Entangled Under the Mistletoe Blog Hop!

I'm super duper excited to take part in the first Entangled Under the Mistletoe blog hop! As you know, I love my publisher and fellow authors so it's a real honor to be included here.
Don’t forget to check out what the other authors participating in the hop are giving away!

Plus I'm giving away an e-copy of my YA book CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series at the bottom of this post. And since I'm on Authorgraph, I'd be delighted to send you a personal inscription. 

But before we get to that, I thought I'd share a little Christmas-themed hoodoo magic with you.

Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday. But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends—are lost forever.

In CONJURE, Emma Guthrie learns Gullah hoodoo magic to combat The Creep, a wicked flesh-eating curse that threatens her brother’s life. 

Hoodoo is an African-American folk magic prevalent in the southern United States. Plants and roots are the most important elements in both hoodoo medicine, which is used to heal ailments, and in hoodoo spells cast for magical ends. 

Since this is the Entangled Under the Mistletoe blog hop, I thought I'd share how our evergreen namesake plant is used in hoodoo magic. So without further ado...
Mistletoe's Uses in Hoodoo Magic 
For starters, in Hoodoo, mistletoe is not just for kissing under. According to one of my favorite hoodoo reference books, Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by catherine Yronwode, Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that is poisonous if ingested but it has plenty of beneficial uses. For example:
  • When mistletoe is dressed with Hoyt's Cologne, it can be carried to ward off enemies.
  • If mistletoe is combined with rue, wahoo, and oak bark, the mixture can be burned to keep away evil.
  • Mistletoe can be added to mojo bags for love, especially when there's a need to ward against love jinxes.
  • Store owners can add mistletoe to devil's shoe string and cinnamon then bury the mixture at the door to their business to draw in good customers who want to spend money and keep away those who'll waste time or not pay their bills.
  • To make a True Love Powder, mistletoe can be blended with verbena and elecampane  then pulverized.
  • Mistletoe and oak chips can be burned together to remove unsettled spirits or ghosts from a house or business.
  • Burning mistletoe, rue, verbena and benzoin over charcoal is said to take off jinxes affecting health.
So after you've gotten your kiss under the mistletoe, consider swiping that sprig to work a different kind of magic!

And now for my giveaway! I'm giving away an digital copy of CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series. Entering is easy peasy, just complete the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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Before you go, if you haven't already, don’t forget to check out what the other authors participating in the hop are giving away!


xCynyx said...

Ahhhh mistletoe moments.... We don't have that tradition here in argentina. But I remembre a few years back, watching my little bro's face when he opened his presenta and he got exactly what he wanted... I'll never forget his face in that moment.
That was mágicas to me.

xCynyx said...

Ahhhh mistletoe moments.... We don't have that tradition here in argentina. But I remembre a few years back, watching my little bro's face when he opened his presenta and he got exactly what he wanted... I'll never forget his face in that moment.
That was mágicas to me.

BlueBox Bookreader said...

The only mistletoe we had in our house was a plastic one, I wonder what kind of magic that would produce? And yet, the colored sugar chrystals on cookies tend to bring delight into my household

Dreams said...

Sadly I do not have any mistletoe stories. Cannot have in the house because of my animals.

Stephanie said...

No mistletoe stories here either. I think my favorite though, is in Order of the Phoenix when the Room of Requirement grows some for Harry and Cho (in the movie at least, it's been too long since I read it to remember if it happened in the book too).

laurie said...

never been kissed under the mistletoe


Laura said...

We don`t have that tradition in Spain!

Anne Consolacion said...

Unfortunately we don't have mistletoe in my part of the world. :(

Liz S. said...

Never had a mistletoe kiss. Your book looks very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Judy-Ree said...

I have never had a mistletoe kiss.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

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petula said...

Happy holidays. I will send your name to my friend who is looking for YA authors for her daughter.


Krystal A said...

Ive never been kissed under the mistle toe, decided to add it to my bucket list :)

Merry Christmas !

CBarton said...

I would have to meh...cause if it has ever happened, it wasn't good enough to remember.....

Thank you for the giveaway and for being a part of the hop.


Julianne Keller said...

I like to put up mistletoe at get kisses at Christmas. My husband likes to tease me and ignore anytime I'm standing under it. He says I can't just stand there expecting a kiss. It's supposed to be accidental. He hardly ever gave me kisses. So I don't put it up anymore.
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Jamie said...

Never been kissed under the mistletoe, so I don't know what it's like.

Thanks for the giveaway!