Deja VooDoo Blog Tour


Reading By The Book is happy to welcome Ella James as she celebrates the release of Book 3 in The Cajun Magic Series, Deja VooDoo. Today we will learn how the book and series came about as well as the trials to make it an success. So take it away Ms. James……

How Déjà Voodoo Came About

by Elle James
I started the Cajun Magic Series back in 2002 with VOODOO ON THE BAYOU. Back then I was an unknown author with nothing published yet. I entered the story in many writing contests and it won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart. Soon after, it sold to Dorchester Publishing as To Kiss a Frog. It didn’t get a very good cover (nothing like the one it has now-wowza!) and its sales were sad. Romantic comedy with a boring cover is a hard sell. So VOODOO FOR TWO never sold and DEJA VOODOO only had three chapters written and I thought that was the end of the series.

After Dorchester Publishing went under, I got back my rights and shopped the books around until I found Entangled Publishing who loved the stories and wanted them. I’ve loved these stories from the time I dreamed them up and I love revisiting all the characters in the stories.

The idea for DEJA VOODOO came from a thought. Why can’t we fall in love with someone who will always be happy to see us come home, always great us with excitement? Wouldn’t care what I wore, how I looked or how chubby I got as long as I loved him? The only living being I knew that met that criteria was my dog. So what would happen if a girl wished her man was a dog and it came true? I had a blast writing this story. So much so that I wrote the bulk of it in just a week! And I need to write Calliope’s book next. I know my readers will want to know her story soon and I won’t be happy until she gets her happily ever after. And the Boyette family has stories to tell with 19 children, what’s not to love?
I hope you fall in love with Alex, Ed, Calliope and Sport like I did.
Deja Vodoo Cover

A little magic goes a long way…

Alexandra Belle Boyette is closing in on the big 3-0 and her mama has made it her mission to marry her off. In the tiny parish of Bayou Miste, deep in the Louisiana swamps, finding suitable hubby material can be a challenge—and Alex would rather not rely on magical spells to do the trick. But there is a sexy new man in town who might fit the bill…

Ed Marceaux is in Bayou Miste to safeguard a key witness to a Louisiana Mafia murder. He must keep an eye out for suspicious characters—but the place seems to be full of them! What could be stranger than a woman dressed in a sexy nightgown chasing a naked man down the street? The enchantingly gorgeous Alex Boyette certainly makes it worth his while to find out…

Add a Voodoo spell gone wrong, and voila! madness—and love—ensues.


2013-07- DejaVoodoo Prize Pkg




Elle James spent twenty years in South Central Texas, ranching horses,
cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, retired Army and
Air Force Reservist, she’s proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and
paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats or
laughing out loud. Now, living in northwest Arkansas, she’s given up wrangling
cattle and exotic birds to wrangle her muses, a malti-poo and a yorkie. When
she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow skiing, boating, or riding
her four-wheeler, dreaming up new stories.


TRIGGEREDCOVERT COWBOYS INC – Harlequin Intrigue July 2013

DEJA VOODOO CAJUN MAGIC – Entangled Suspense – Jun 17, 2013



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  • Mayas Sanders says:

    Thank you, Ella for stopping by. I appreciate you allowing me to host on you tour.

  • I had fun playing on the Reading by the Book blog. Thanks for inviting me!

  • Yay, Lori. Like others have said, the magic is the love.

  • Woot! Thanks Martha! Glad you're enjoying the stories. I hope to write Calliope's soon. I know the readers will want to see her happy.

  • Rock on, Pat! Congrats on the long lasting relationship. It is magical, without the Voodoo.

  • Thanks Jeannie,
    I like it when the readers feel the same emotions I felt writing the books.

  • Lori Ha says:

    I didn't use magic to find love and I've been married 20 years 🙂
    Congrats on your recent book release.

  • martha lawson says:

    I am starting Deja Voodoo tonight! I finished Voodoo for Two last night. I love, love your Voodoo books. I know I'm going to love Alex's story and can't wait to read Calliope's. I do love a book that makes me laugh and these do. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win. I'm trying to get all your backlist and read them.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    I agree that love has its own mystery! We've accepted that mystery for fifty-two years and it all began when I
    invited a long, tall Texan to share my chair at a party!

    Pat C.

  • Jeannie Platt says:

    I believe that there is that special someone for everyone…Love when it is right is Magic and can last though many trials. I have been married for 10 years now it hasn't been easy i have sometime wished i could turn hubby into a frog or something but God was smart when he didn't give me magic powers of any kind as i have a quick temper lol. Happy that you recieved all the rights to your books as sometimes it is hard for authors to get their early works… I am glad you got yours though 🙂 Love your books as they always make me feel so many emotions when i read them 🙂

  • Angela says:

    Love IS magickal. These sound like fun reads, Elle. Thanks for writing them! Blessings! ~ Angela

  • Mel K. says:

    I've learned my lesson about using magic to find love. Be careful what you wish for! It's always come back to bite me in my hiney.

  • Cool idea, Diane! VOODOO FOR TWO set up the idea of a love spell working on two men and what my heroine was up against trying to choose between two great guys, while fighting guilt for using a potion to gain their love.

  • Diane Sallans says:

    It might be good to use magic to find the one you are destined to love (like if it could direct you to a place), but not cool to use it to make them love you – that wouldn't be real love. Tho it could lead to some interesting chances for mis-identification if the pull to a certain place to find love lead to multiple options.

  • I feel ya! Don't we all wish it was that easy?

  • Brenda Crider says:

    I don't think I could use magic to find love but boy do I wish it was that easy!!!!

  • You do have a magical relationship, born out of true love!

  • Finding and keeping love would be the kicker. Wouldn't want to rely on magic to keep it. That's all up to the individuals involved.

  • I know what you mean. Dating could be really scary after so long. A little magic would help, maybe?

  • Yeah, using magic to find love could get sticky. But it doesn't stop some people from making those careless wishes, right?

  • No, love should not be found by magic. Love has magic in of itself. There is a mysterious spark, which casts a mystical spell upon the two lovers involved, that invokes their hearts to join as one soul, one half of each other, one natural love spell that binds two people in passion.I have found my soul mate, my twin flame, the yin to my yang, my other half, and the love of my life. It was not through any magic spell, except the one our hearts and souls cast upon each other, drawn in through our eyes, our flesh, our emotions, and our feeling of oneness with each other. <3

  • I think finding someone that loves you is magical. That first blush of love, the excitement, the longing when you're seperated. Then staying together for over fifty years…

    Our anniversary was on the 16th, and we've stopped giving each other gifts, if one of us desires something, we go buy it. However, the day before, a huge vase of flowers was delivered. I cried.

    Then for two days in a row, my less than a year old computer killed my email program, needless to say, I was depressed. Then my hubby offered to buy me a new one. A very sweet gesture on his part, but he wanted to cheer me up. That's love.

    I think that finding love is magic, but staying in love is a special magic. Respect, friendship, support, being partners in life.That's what keeps you in love.

  • Jane Squires says:

    I don't need magic to acquire love. When I spoke to my husband when we met, sparks flew and a commitment of 34 years keeps us going. I am thankful for a husband who has stood by me all these years.

  • Minna says:

    Sure, I would use magic to FIND love. But the rest would be up to me and him.

  • Texas Book Lover says:

    No I don't think I would use magic to find love. But this is coming from someone who hasn't dated in over 20 years so who knows what I would do if I had to start again!

  • Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    I would say 'no' to using magic to find love. It would probably be perfect and lovely, but you would never know if it was real. But then again, if it was so great – who cares! 🙂

  • Oh, and one other thing…My father was one of 19 kids in his family. I modeled the Boyettes after them. Some of my aunts and uncles had interesting names like Commodore Washington and Fanny B (Think Fanny Brice).

  • Lee Todd says:

    whatever is fair in love and war… for me 😉