10 Fun Facts About Drusilla Jaco aka DJ
The heroine of the Sentinels of New Orleans series, DJ Jaco, has come a long way from her early days in the series to the more kickass wizard she’s fast becoming in the newest book, BELLE CHASSE. Here are a few fun facts about our intrepid wizard.
- DJ was home schooled until she was 18, but then earned a degree in chemistry from Tulane University, with a minor in Louisiana history. The Tulane history building was blown up in PIRATE’S ALLEY. Extra trivia: The author’s day-job office might have been in the attic of that building at one time.
- DJ has gone through several job changes. She started as junior sentinel, then shared sentinel duties with enforcer Alex Warin, then became the sole sentinel when Alex got reassigned, then…well, things kind of went south. She is currently unemployed.
- Actually, DJ is not just currently unemployed. She is on the lam.
- DJ’s least-favorite case, when she was a junior sentinel, was a pixie-retrieval job when the preternatural gnats took over the baggage-claim area of Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.
- DJ cannot swim (a wizard trait). She did quite a bit of swimming in RIVER ROAD, however, when she and Cajun merman Rene Delachaise did a power-share ritual and, for 24-hours, she experienced life as a merman. Accent on MAN.
- DJ has transportation challenges. She accidentally blew up her trusty old red Nissan Pathfinder. An undead serial killer accidentally blew up her rental car (he was setting off grenades in her house at the time), making her persona non grata at the car rental places, her favorite cabbie abandoned her after she made him leave her at the Orleans Parish Criminal Court building amid gunfire. She’s currently bumming rides from friends.
- DJ’s first scene in the first book saw her attempt to seduce the undead pirate Jean Lafitte. It was supposed to be a trick to capture him. It sort of backfired, although she eventually prevailed.
- DJ is afraid of zombies. Although technically, the undead serial killer the Axeman of New Orleans is not a zombie, once he began chasing her DJ decided that difference was splitting hairs.
- DJ wears Harry Potter PJs in winter, although she only wishes real wizards had the fictional Harry’s powers. The PJs finally bite the dust in BELLE CHASSE at the hands of a Cajun merman exercising undue shifter force.
- DJ is a big fan of singer-songwriter Zachary Richard. She had Zachary’s music as her ringtone for much of the series until she switched to Pink’s “So What” to match her ticked-off mood with significant something-or-other Alex.
Sentinels of New Orleans #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: TOR Books
Date of Publication: November 8, 2016
Number of pages: 336
Word Count: approx. 93,000
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Suzanne Johnson’s “strong and intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal (“a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity”) and PW (“vivid…a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists”).
With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.
With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.
It’s time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series but perhaps is best known for her romantic suspense and paranormal romance books written as Susannah Sandlin, including the Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series, the Wilds of the Bayou suspense series, and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Her awards include two Holt Medallions in 2013 and 2015, a 2015 Booksellers Best Award in romantic suspense, and nominations in 2014 and 2015 for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, all things Cajun, and redneck reality TV.
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