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Daisy Ozouwain
Author, Translator
Hell to Pay

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

King Tomparo, the strong and beloved leader of Oyuda, believes that lust, greed, envy, and betrayal have no place in his kingdom. But others do not believe the same. When the king is betrayed by his brother and sister-in-law, his eldest daughter, Kenya, is the first to pay the price. In order to save her, Tomparo enters into a pact with the goddess Hel, the oracle of his clan. It is a bargain that will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Through a strange series of events, Kenya finds herself on a slave ship headed for New Orleans. Separated from her family, the young woman will take the first step in a hostile new world. But all is not lost; her father has given her a gift more powerful than she could ever have imagined. In this fantasy novella, when an African king makes a bargain with a goddess, he passes the supernatural powers he gains on to his oldest daughter, who is bound for the New World.

I found the combination of themes: African history, the Undead, Vampires and American history very interesting. This novel is as good as any I've read by "established" fantasy and mystery authors. Can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens to the character Kenya.


This is a fresh and original take on a much loved theme. Anyone who is a fan of the genre needs to read this book. The author brings an unusual and richly historical take with unexpected twists and turns and reminds us that spooky castles in Eastern Europe do not have to corner the market on this brand of storytelling. I look forward to watching this author's star rise!

Amazon UK

For my first fantasy in more than 10 years. Hell to Pay is worth every single minutes! I literally did not want to finish the book! The mixture of African folklore, vampire lore and the unexpected angels and...and I don't want to give away too much; it's so thrilling! You never know what is coming next! Ozouwain's writing really transports you into that universe that she created and you're able to experience her novella on a whole different level. I highly recommend this book and looking forward to the second part!

Rob Bignell

Daisy Ozouwain weaves an inventive and entertaining novel examining the slave trade by using African supernatural beliefs transferred to the New World. Her story is more than a vampire tale; it brings to light a missing portion of American history, as there’s very little literature about the slave experience just before being captured. The symbolism in her book is striking.