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This excerpt is from VOODOO QUEEN. It starts out with the birth of the infamous voodoo priestess of New Orleans: Marie Laveau. I hope you like it!
Marguerite writhed and groaned on the mahogany four-poster bed. Her teeth clenched and her copper-colored fingers gripped the sheets as a contraction took hold.
Catherine washed her hands in a porcelain bowl on the dresser, calm and determined as she was for her daughter’s other two births. Calm and determined… but not quite as excited. As much as Catherine wanted to greet this child into the world the same way she did with her other grandchildren, she couldn’t ignore the differences between those births and this one
“Shouldn’t I send someone for Henri?” Catherine asked for the third time. Marguerite’s white lover and the father of her other two children only lived a few blocks away. It would take no time at all to bring him to her.
Marguerite snorted. “I told you, he doesn’t want anything to do with this. I’m getting tired of tell you.”
Catherine wanted to shake her daughter. For Marguerite’s last two births Henri had paced in another room for hours, eagerly and nervously awaiting news of her progress. Of course, they had been his children. This child had no father. As much as Catherine prodded, Marguerite stubbornly refused to reveal her baby’s parentage. But this was not the first time Catherine was unhappy about Marguerite’s relationship with the rich white man who was twice her age. Marguerite had settled for this life and there was nothing Catherin could do to change it.
Henri could forgive Marguerite’s infidelity. He could not forgive the baby for its mysterious origins. Marguerite spent most of her pregnancy at her mother’s house, and when the pregnancy was over, Catherine would have to raise the child herself.
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