Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CONTEST: Suzanne Johnson's ROYAL STREET!

"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.
Suzanne's novel is a bittersweet love letter to New Orleans, taking place during Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that follows, but she balances the sadness with joie de vivre, particularly in the form of devilishly sexy pirate Jean Lafitte. The story also has some hunky paranormal characters, dangerous baddies, and lovable secondary characters. I enjoy magic books, but they can be problematical; Suzanne succeeds in building an interesting, cohesive magical world with an intriguing mystery.

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.


How addictive is this song by Gotye? I can listen to it over and over.


LadyVampire2u said...

Oh me!! *Waves hand* I would love to read Royal Street. Thanks for the chance.
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Chelle818 said...

I so want to win this. I live in New Orleans and love to read books set here. :)

Marta said...

Hi, LadyVampire! You're entered. If you want to read an excerpt, I think Suzanne's got one up on her website.

Marta said...

Hi, Chelle, good luck in the contest! I'll try to post about other giveaways for Royal Street so you'll have more chances to read about your hometown.

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SandyG265 said...

I follow Susan's blog and have read some of the short stories she's posted there. I've been waiting to read Royal Street for a while.

sgiden at verizon.net

JenM said...

It's an interesting idea to include the real life events of Katrina in a UF. I'd be curious to see how the author handles the story.
Jen(at)delux(dot) com

Marta said...

-Sandy, it's been a long wait! I remember when Suzanne started her blog and her release was years off. Now here we are!

-Jen, reading about the hurricane and flooding brought back so many memories. I hope you'll have a chance to read Suzanne's book because she follows the event from the first warnings to the aftermath.

elaing8 said...

I would love to win this.It sounds so good.Thanks for the chance.

Kimberly B. said...

I would like to read this because ooh, ooh, ooh, Jean Lafitte! I realize that isn't a complete sentence, but he fascinates me; I remember watching the Buccaneer with Yul Brynner in my teenage swashbuckler phase (everybody has one of those, right?) and it made me cry. Plus you enjoyed it, and Jeri Smith-Ready blurbed it, and I can always use a new urban fantasy series to get into.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

donnas said...

Sounds like a great story set in a great city. And Ive heard a lot of good things about it.

Simona Husaru said...

Wow! So awesome! Thank you for sharing this ~~
I would like to read this book since i dig in for urban fatasy books and the synopsis of this one is really interesting! I love the covers!!!

emmad said...

Not sure if open to international or not but if it is I would love to enter.
I've been following Susan's blog tour and Royal Street really appeals to me. I like how it is taking the recent history and adding to it with an urban fantasy twist

tetewa said...

This would be a new author for me, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

Barb P said...

Hi Marta! There are two reasons that I would love to win this book. Number #1 is that I love NOLA and #2 is that I think Suzanne is awesome! I love her Blog (along with yours ** LOL **). Thanks for the awesome giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

Michelle Par said...

Wow. Sounds like a really interesting book. I am intrigued by the idea of "supernatural" New Orleans (of which there is quite a history, as we all know) in a modern setting, being affected by current events.

Since I also can't afford to travel, it sounds like this would be a great way to 'see' New Orleans through the eyes of someone who knows the city, loves it, and grieves for the tragedies it has recently endured.

Marta said...

Hi, everyone! So glad to see all the interest in Suzanne's book.

-Elaine, it is good! I hope Suzanne will sneak an ARC of book two to me.

-Kimberly, I will tell you that Jean Lafitte does not disappoint!

-Donnas, the praise is deserved. I'll be sure to have Suzanne here later and we'll do another giveaway.

-Simona, I dig the urban fantasies, too. I like the mix of action, humor, danger, etc.

-Emmad, I'll check with Tor to see if they'll mail internationally.

-Tetewa, be sure to follow Suzanne's Preternatura blog because she has truly amazing book giveaways.

-Barb, I agree about Suzanne and her blog being awesome!

-Michelle, it is rather wonderful that we can "travel" to places through books!

Amber R. said...

I would love to win this book! I live in Louisiana and try to read all the books set in Louisiana, especially New Orleans!

Tore said...

I would like to read it because it sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

sienny said...

Royal street!!! i want to read this, bad.. please make it international too.. *praying real hard*


Galena said...

I'd like to read it because I have great confidence that this will be a great read :) Suzanne runs a great blog and does great articles for Tor, so she knows what she's doing industry- and writing-wise. Great great great. P.S. The excessive use of great was on purpose :)

Marta said...

-Amber, you're quite lucky that so many wonderful urban fantasies and paranormals are set in New Orleans!

-Hi, Tore, you're entered!

-Sienny, okay, I'm going to ask Suzanne's publicist if it can be international. Tor Books is really good about that sort of thing.

-Galena, I agree that Suzanne is all kinds of awesome!

Rachel at thejeepdiva said...

I would love to read Royal Street. It has many supernatural creatures in it and is in New Orleans which fascinates me also. I have never been there. Thanks for the chance to win.

rachel at thejeepdiva dot com