Come take a peek at Frenchman Street by Susannah Johnson ~ Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway

Come join us as we explore the Frenchman Street novel….

Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

F is for Faeries (in particular Florian, the Faerie Prince of Summer, who is determined to kick off a preternatural/human world war by taking over New Orleans’ Mardi Gras).

R is for Rene (a Cajun merman, or aquatic shapeshifter, who has taken on the dubious honor of being heroine DJ’s best friend, which means he gets shot and stabbed a lot—but he can shift into a dolphin).

E is for Elves (including Quince Randolph, the prettiest elf on the planet and the bane of heroine DJ’s existence, never mind their pseudo-marriage-in-name-only).

N is for naked (as in, why does DJ wake up naked in a bathtub filled with ice, and why does Quince Randolph get naked in the Orleans Parish Prison)?

C is for Corgis (as in Welsh Pembroke Corgis, who make up the Royal Canine Guard of Elfheim, which means they have some magic of their own).

H is for High (which is what DJ gets when the healer of Elfheim pays her a visit and offers up some special “medicine”).

M is for Mardi Gras (which is the biggest party on earth, and also the setting for the novel, as faeries infiltrate all the Mardi Gras parades).

A is for Aretha (the faery-glamoured version of Aretha Franklin who, unbeknownst to the real Aretha, is singing in the Krewe of Muses’ parade). 

N is for New Orleans (where all the good times roll throughout this series). 

Tell us a little about the series?

The Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series explores what happened when Hurricane Katrina broke the veil between the human and preternatural worlds and flooded the the city with Bigs, Bads, and Plain Old Weirds. It’s told from the point of view of a young wizard, DJ Jaco, who is a junior-level sentinel, or border guard. As the series progresses, the wizards, elves, vampires, shifters, faeries and historical undead figures like French pirate Jean Lafitte get into stickier relationships, with DJ (who is part elf, she learns) right in the middle. The series has a little romance, a lot of humor, and, well, a lot of explosions. 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

A half-dozen vampires stood in the churning surf of the Gulf of Mexico, moonlight reflecting off their bared fangs.

I blinked at them a hot second before yelling as loud as I could: “Vamps incoming!”

My voice didn’t carry well on this dark beach, but I was doing transport guard duty alone and I knew that, wherever they were on this godforsaken barrier island off the coast of Louisiana in the 1814 version of the otherworld, my shifter friends would hear me.

I pulled my elven fire staff from its holster, ready to incinerate the first vamp to come ashore.

Except none of them moved.

Please share a few FUN facts about this book:

In each of the previous books in the series, we learned a bit more about one of the major kinds of species (wizards, historical undead, vampires, elves, faeries) inhabiting the otherworld. In this book, we get to see them all interacting as they descend on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which is kind of a madhouse anyway. 

  • The undead pirate Jean Lafitte is a plant in the mayor’s tourism office to spy on the planning. 
  • Faeries, who can glamour themselves to look like celebrities, are riding on parade floats (think of a faery prince disguised as George Clooney, riding a unicorn…a real one). 
  • The elves have enlisted their fleet of dragons as part of parade security—and the dragons have their own unique skills. 
  • There might be a couple of cases of spontaneous combustion….

 

Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

Definitely. To avoid spoilers, let me just say that a character important to the series dies in a way that was neither intentional nor quick. It was slow and brutal and had me in tears when I wrote it. Once it made me cry, I knew I had gotten it right. 

With Frenchman Street being the final book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, what do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Maybe a sense of the fun and chaos and heart and soul that are New Orleans. I began this series as a New Orleanian myself not long after Katrina, and the whole series is a love letter to the city I’ll always consider my home no matter where I live. I want people to finish this series with a desire to experience NOLA for themselves! (And while this is the last book in the particular story arc, the characters live in a huge multiverse, so I do plan future books that will spin off the series. A Fae Hunters novella series has already begun.)

Last, what are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned? What is next for you?

I’m working on the first book of a new shifter series, Daughters of the Morrigan, that is set in the mountains of North Georgia. It’s a different take on shifters, and I’m really excited about it! I have a second Fae Hunters novella planned for later this year, and am beginning work on the third book in my Wilds of the Bayou suspense series (written under the name Susannah Sandlin). 

 

Frenchman Street
Sentinels of New Orleans 
Book Six
Suzanne Johnson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Suzanne Johnson
Date of Publication:  July 24, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9968220-4-6
Number of pages: 352
Word Count: approx. 99,250
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Book Description:

The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte is the mayor’s newest consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters with a new leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.

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I turned to glare at the unicorn. It was hanging around for some reason.

“Can you talk? If not, what are you waiting for?” I made a shooing motion. “Go home to your whack-job master.”

Because we needed to find out how it got to our remote beach in the Beyond.

“I’ll find a rope—maybe we can make a halter,” Rene said, walking toward the house.

Jean also seemed to have had his fill of unicorn wrangling. “Bah. I shall depart for Old Orleans, Drusilla. There are people with whom I must discuss matters of import, and perhaps I might discover the truth about Christof.”

Fine. Leave me with the merman and the unicorn.

He turned and walked into the transport, disappearing in seconds. He hadn’t removed his boots, but he had held his pistol out of the water. The pirate had his priorities straight.

“Here is my message.”

I whirled to look at the unicorn, who was now doing his best Mr. Ed impression.

“I knew it.” That freaking unicorn could talk; he’d been waiting to get me alone.

I held up the elven staff, and the unicorn had the good sense to back up a couple of steps. I slipped my left hand into my jeans pocket, fingering a couple of potions I’d cooked up in this rustic paradise using a generator-powered hot plate and my own blood. My physical magic wouldn’t work outside the human world, but my potions and charms were fine. The staff worked everywhere.

“Okay, start talking, horse.”

The unicorn managed to look offended. “Here is my message,” he repeated. “His Royal Majesty Florian will be crowned King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond in two weeks. You are—”

“Wait.” I shook the staff at him, and sparks flew out its tip. “What do you mean, ‘King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond’?”

What in the name of Merlin was that madman up to?

The unicorn tossed his head and looked even grumpier. “Here is my message,” he repeated for the third time. “His Royal Majesty Florian will be crowned King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond in two weeks. You are invited to attend and pledge fealty at his coronation in New Orleans at the apex of the celebration the humans call Mardi Gras. Should you die before the appointed time, this invitation may be considered null and void.”

And with that, the unicorn turned, took a big, steaming dump on the sand near my feet, and made to trot back down the beach from whence he came. I flipped the lid off one of the charms in my pocket, chased him down the beach, and tossed it on him. I only hit his tail, which, considering it was a freezing charm, only made said tail freeze at a ninety-degree angle.

“Stop, unicorn, or I’ll toast your rump like a potroast!” I yelled, aiming the staff. I sent a warning zap of fire onto his rump. My aim had improved a lot in months since I’d blown up my own SUV and burned down half of Six Flags New Orleans. I’d had lots of time to practice.

Unfortunately, the shot only made the unicorn fly into a gallop. I had no choice but to run after him and hope I could keep him in sight by moonlight.

 

On Aug. 28, 2005, Suzanne Johnson loaded two dogs, a cat, a friend, and her mom into a car and fled New Orleans in the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Four years later, she began weaving her experiences and love for her city into the  Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, beginning with Royal Street (2012), of which Frenchman Street is the sixth and final book in the story arc. She also has written Pirateship Down and The Consort, both set in the Sentinels world, and the standalone Christmas in Dogtown.

She grew up in rural Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, which means she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

She can be found online at her website or her blog.

As Susannah Sandlin, she writes multiple award-winning paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including The Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance, suspense duology The Collectors, romantic suspense series, the Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series, and the standalones Storm Force and Chenoire.

Suzanne currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she works as a full-time author and copyeditor.

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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65 comments on “Come take a peek at Frenchman Street by Susannah Johnson ~ Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway

  1. This series sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! 💖

  2. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt and also loved reading about the author. Sounds great to me!

  4. Love this series. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Thanks for the chance.

    Would love to win.

    Good luck everyone.

  6. How did the cover come about? I really like it.

  7. Good luck on your book. It sounds wonderful.

  8. LOL I definitely loved this passage from the story. Does New Orleans play a large part of your stories? I have visited once and truly found it magical.

  9. Do you try to be more original or to deliver to readers what they want?

  10. I really like the graphics on the cover. She almost looks like a ghost or angel.

  11. What is your favorite movie?

  12. Does your family support your writing career?

  13. How do you get your ideas for your stories?

  14. How do you select the names of your characters?

  15. How many half-finished/unpublished books do you have?

  16. sounds like a fun one

  17. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

  18. I love the cover. It’s very eye-catching.

  19. Where did your love of books/reading/writing, etc. come from?

  20. Who are some of your favorite authors?

  21. I love the Historical Undead element in this series. The only thing similar to them (that I’ve read)are Carole Nelson Douglas’ sentient movie characters in her Delilah Street series.

  22. How did you choose the genre you write in?

  23. It sounds amazing! I love fantasy and especially anything with intrigue and mystery.

    • it’s a great series, with lot of humour, tension, twists and a bit of romance, i love to see how teh characters mature ( at least some of them^^)
      it’s really a series i recommend without hesitation so if you haven’t had teh chance to try it yet don’t hesitate you can get teh full set signed on the author website
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  24. Do you prefer e-books or print books?

  25. I added this series to my TBR. It sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  26. It’s got fairies and elves? I love it! Supernatural and paranormal stories are great.

  27. What writers have inspired you?

  28. Love this series and have the privilege of working with this author. My copy downloaded last night and I cannot wait to devour it.
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  29. What a wonderful post. And I’m wondering why I haven’t started this series yet! It’s right up my alley and I love the fabulous cover art.
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  30. Love the cover

  31. I’m excited to read this book.

  32. Great excerpt ^_^ thanks for the post

  33. so much fun! I can’t wait to read this new book!
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  34. I read the excerpt-thanks for the giveaway

  35. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

    • Thanks, Janie–hope you enjoy it!

  36. Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book: Thanks, loved this.

    Must admit I had a tear or two while reading Frenchman Street. WOW!

    I highly recommend this to everyone I can.

  37. Sounds great! I love the cover!

  38. Looking forward toi the further adventures of DJ and Jean Lafitte. My library system doesn’t have this yet. I may have to break down and spend some precious Amazon credit.

  39. Great cover, thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Beautiful cover.

  41. Great excerpt and interview!! Shared on all my socials!!

  42. Congrats on the success of your series!

  43. This sounds like a great read.

  44. this book was fabulous, i laughed, i cried and i wanted to punch some jerk^^ really a wonderful universe i can’t wait to get more of
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