Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo -1) by Adrian Phoenix

Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1) by Adrian Phoenix

Hoodoo series — by Adrian Phoenix, author of Maker's Song series.

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Series Description or Overview Edit

The story follows Kellie Rivière, hoodoo practitioner who has gone to visit a magical carnival run by the Hecatean Alliance, kind of international magic police/UN. It’s a time to party and play with your fellow magical practitioners and Kellie has a blast – until she wakes up and finds the guy she slept with last night is now dead in her bed. And worse, the magic seems to have been aimed for her. She now has to deal with her dead lovers surviving friends and family, the Hecatean Alliance officials and the shadows of her own traumatic past while trying to find out who is trying to kill her, her friends and her family in the name of an ongoing vendetta. ~ Fangs For The Fantasy: Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Lead's Species Edit

  • Hoodoo practitioner

Primary Supe Edit

  • Magic Users: Hoodoo, voodoo, sorcerers, witches... 

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Focus on Hoodoo

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told from Kellie Rivière's perspective;

Books in Series Edit

Hoodoo series:

  1. Black Dust Mambo (2010)
  2. Black Heart Loa (2011)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

  • 2.5. Caught Forever Between (2012)

Other Series by Author onsite Edit

Themes, Motifs, Symbolism Edit

  • The menace of magic as an unknown and distant force, of an enemy that can strike without you being able to see it. ~ Fangs For The Fantasy

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Setting Edit

New Orleans, Bayou


  • Bayou Cyprés Noir: Kallie's home

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Cajun hoodoo, soul-eating juju, shaman, sorcerer, gris gris, bayou pirate, black dust hex,

Glossary: Edit

  • Mambo: term for a voodoo priestess
  • Rootworker: term for hoodoos.
  • draiochtbruthair: brother-in-magic

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Hecatean Alliance: kind of international magic police/UN.

World Edit

In this world there is a variety of magical traditions—wiccans and hoodoo and voodoo and more formal Hecetean magic. The hoodoo and voodoo. The menace of magic as an unknown and distant force, of an enemy that can strike without you being able to see it, without you even having to be close to the person trying to hex you. It's a them I haven't seen much outside of the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher and it adds an element of menace and tension that mere hissing vampires and snarling werewolves cannot match. ~ Fangs For The Fantas

Protagonist Edit

Kellie Rivière:

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: Belladonna / What: Voodoo Priest / Sidekick-to: Kellie Rivière / About: best friend / Book First Seen: Black Dust Mambo

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Kellie Rivière hoodoo practitioner Hoodoo root-worker in training. Has long dark hair and blue-violet eyes; mixed race;
Belladonna Brown Voodoo Priest (mambo) voodooienne; Kallie's best friend; Tall and boyishly slim, her skin the color of dark chocolate;
Layne Valin Celtic honey-blond dreads that go nearly to his waist, bue-inked Celtic tattoos (fox tattoo beneath his right eye) and pine-green eyes
Gage Buckland pagan Nomad conjurer, Fox clan; Layne's brother-in-magic; Kallie hooks up with; finds him dead in her bed the next night; swirling blue-inked clan tattoos, small fox black-inked beneath his right eye;
Mckenna Blue shaman, Raven clan Nomad Irish or Scottish; Layne's ex wife and friend; Layne's ex-wife; hates Kallie; Nomad;
Gabrielle LaRue Hoodoo mentor, mambo woman under whom Kallie studied, her aunt (from her mother side)
Lord Basil Augustine Illusionist British Master of the Hecatean Alliance; smug and full of pride; his ghost possesses a body, he obsesses on;
Rosette St. Cyr Doctor Heron's daugther share her father's sense of revenge; the one that put the hex in Kallie's bed;
Doctor Heron hoodoo bogeyman crusade of revenge against Kallie's family;
Jackson Bonaparte Kallie's cousin, pirate gone missing; orphaned as a teenager when a hurricane killed his family;
Poesy Valin Layne's sister She was murdered.
Felicity Fields assistant. Lord Augustine's assistant.
Baron Samedi loa

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Adrian Phoenix

Adrian Phoenix

Author Edit

Adrian Phoenix

Bio: Adrian Phoenix has had stories published in Amazing Stories, Pulphouse, and in anthologies, including Embracing the Dark. She also earned an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. All short fiction has been published under Adrian’s full name, Adrian Nikolas Phoenix. She lives in Oregon with three cats – Amiga, Diabla, and Ember, and travels to New Orleans, the city of her heart, whenever possible. Adrian Phoenix Author Page ~ Shelfari

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Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Black Dust Mambo (2010): There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse . . ." Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching -- the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju -- a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her. Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer -- even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated -- back home to Bayou Cypres Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.  ~ Goodreads | Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo, #1) by Adrian Phoenix

BOOK TWO—Black Heart Loa (2011): "An eye for an eye is never enough.” Kallie Riviere, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as a storm–the deadliest in a century–is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Valin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup-garou designed to steal her heart–literally. ~ Goodreads | Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo, #2) by Adrian Phoenix

First Sentences Edit

  1. Black Dust Mambo (2010) — "C'mon, scoot your gorgeous ass over, Gage," Kallie Riviere whispered, climbing onto the shadowed bed.
  2. Black Heart Loa (2011) – The goddamned nightmare hadn't ended, after all.

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Voodoo Magic


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