Conjure Woman's Cat logline:
Conjure Woman’s Cat is a contemporary fantasy about Eulalie Jenkins, a tobacco-chewing north Florida hoodoo practitioner who dispenses herbs, mojo bags and rustic wisdom to her small town clients. When her granddaughter is raped and murdered by four white men, and the police--who are in bed with the KKK--refuse to investigate, she unleashes her shamanistic cat, the fiery power of old magic, and the blood of the blues to bring justice into the racist shadows of her 1950s piney woods world.
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A new Kindle novel about magic, mountains, a summer romance, a crime on a dark street, and destiny twisted into a knot.
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Lena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida’s lightly populated Liberty County, where longleaf pines own the world. In Eulalie’s time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state’s prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart.
When that gloss fails, the Klan restores its own brand of order. When some white boys rape and murder a black girl named Mattie near the sawmill, the police have no suspects and don’t intend to find any. Eulalie, who sees conjure as a way of helping the good Lord work His will, intends to set things right by “laying tricks.” But Eulalie has secrets of her own, and it’s hard not to look back on her own life and ponder how the decisions she made while drinking and singing at the local juke were, perhaps, the beginning of Mattie’s ending.
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"I love Lena’s irreverent narration throughout this story. She is able to give us a unique perspective of an era from the past most of us haven’t experienced. Since Lena is a cat she can’t be bothered by human emotions, unless you are scratching her behind her ears. This tale, while being fiction, rings true on many facts. The addition of magical realism brings us an eccentric, enthralling, and entertaining history of days gone by."
--Big Al's Books and Pals
Conjure Woman's Cat and Eulalie and Washerwoman are published by Thomas-Jacob and are distributed by Ingram at standard bookseller terms and discounts.
Torreya, a small 1950s Florida Panhandle town, is losing its men. They disappear on nights with no moon and no witnesses.
Foreclosure signs appear in their yards the following day while thugs associated with the Klan pack out everything of value from inside treasured homes that will soon be torn down. The police won't investigate and the church keeps its distance from all social and political discord.
Conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins, her shamanistic cat, Lena, and neighbor Willie Tate discover that the new "whites only" policy at the once friendly mercantile and the creation of a plantation-style subdivision are linked to corrupt city fathers, the disappearing men, rigged numbers gambling and a powerful hoodoo man named Washerwoman. After he refuses to carry Eulalie's herbs and eggs and Willie's corn, mercantile owner Lane Walker is drawn into the web of lies before he, too, disappears.
Washerwoman knows how to cover his tracks with the magic he learned from Florida's most famous root doctor, Uncle Monday, so he is more illusive than hen's teeth, more dangerous that the Klan, and threatens to brutally remove any obstacle in the way of his profits. In this follow up to Conjure Woman's Cat, Eulalie and Lena face their greatest challenge with scarce support from townspeople who are scared of their own shadows.
Even though Eulalie is older than dirt, her faith in the good Lord and her endless supply of spells guarantee she will give Washerwoman a run for his ill-gotten money in this swamps and piney woods story.