"Unplug the phone. Turn off the TV. You won't want to be interrupted. I read it in one sitting."
--C.T. Adams, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Rarely has an urban fantasy so moved and entertained me on the very same page!"
--Jeri Smith-Ready, author of the SHADE and WVMP RADIO series
I met my project deadline, and yesterday I finished all the paperwork for my taxes, so now I have a bit of a breather. This is the first time in forever that I don't have a deadline hanging over my head. Now I can catch up on all the things I've let slide, including....
Suzanne Johnson's long-awaited urban fantasy, Royal Street, has been released today! Congratulations, Suzanne! I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this first book in her Sentinels of New Orleans series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here's a synopsis:
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. Her boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the other world crumbled.
Now, the Undead and the Restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and an undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love serves up one bitter gumbo.
I quite like the cover for River Road, book 2, in the series, to be released November 12.
CONTEST: Tor Books has very generously offered to let me give away a copy of Suzanne's debut novel in a contest! To enter, simply leave a comment saying why you'd like to read it. Maybe you're out of books, or like magic stories, or like stories with pirates, or like to win contests.
The contest runs through April 18, and a winner will be selected by random draw.
Speaking of contests, Suzanne always has great ones at her Preternatura blog, and offers lots of new releases. Be sure to follow her there and to check out her website.
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How addictive is this song by Gotye? I can listen to it over and over.