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Guest Blog by Suzanne Johnson - Fantasy, Meet Reality - and Giveaway

Please welcome Suzanne Johnson to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1), Suzanne's debut, will be published in April 2012.


Fantasy, Meet Reality

     On Sunday, August 28, 2005, I piled in a car with two dogs (one a ninety-pounder), an elderly parent, a friend, and her ailing cat, and left home for a two-day trip. It’s what I’d packed for, after all: one change of clothes, only the shoes I was wearing, a book to read (John Berry’s Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America), and a few cans of dog food. I was pretty much broke, it being two days before payday and, like most people, I lived paycheck to paycheck.

     But I didn’t go home on August 30 as planned. In fact, I didn’t go back for almost six weeks. We all lived in a hotel room for a week with our restless pets, and then disbursed to live on the goodwill of friends. When I finally did go home on October 10, I was afraid of what I’d find. (And I really, really grew to hate the irony of that John Berry book.)

     I was a New Orleanian, and when I left on August 28, it was a last-minute run from a little storm called Hurricane Katrina. You probably know what happened after that.

     For the next couple of years, I fought insurance companies and bureaucrats to get my house repaired. I watched elderly friends grow weak from the stress and die. I watched the city I loved so fiercely as it struggled back to its feet. I worked long hours trying to do my part in helping Tulane get reopened and repaired. I cried a lot.

     I don’t say all this as a “poor me,” because I had it SO much better than a lot of folks in New Orleans, including many of my friends and coworkers. But a catastrophe or natural disaster leaves its mark on everyone who goes through it. What do you do with all those unresolved feelings?

      For me (and at least two or three other New Orleanians I’ve since met), it became a new endeavor: fiction writing. I’d been a nonfiction writer and editor in higher education for years. But fiction? Moi? Uh-uh.

     I left New Orleans in late 2007 for family reasons, and between unresolved Katrina stress and homesickness, I began to write. In early 2009, I finished a book called Royal Street. I didn’t know if it had any commercial legs—after all it was about a national tragedy people are still dealing with…and it was urban fantasy.

     Urban fantasy is a genre I loved long before I ever heard the name. Anne Rice introduced me to vampires. Stephen King introduced me to all kinds of scary stuff that might be true (and might, without provocation, eat me). The joy of urban fantasy, for me, is the “what if” factor. What if, in our real world, we could turn the corner and run into a vampire? What if the guy behind the counter at the meat market is a werewolf (who cleans up the scraps between customers)? What if science hasn’t really killed off magic in our world?

     What if a wizard got caught in Hurricane Katrina? What if the levees that broke were not only physical but metaphysical? What if more than floodwater swept into New Orleans after the storm? “What if” is the heart of any story, but it’s especially strong at the crossroads of fantasy and reality that we call “urban fantasy” or “contemporary fantasy.”

     Royal Street, at its heart, is a love song to the hometown of my heart. It’s a story about what we do when the things we’ve learned to depend on are taken away from us, abruptly and unexpectedly. It’s about the power of human memory to keep alive those we love. It’s about how even in the worst of times, good things can happen if our hearts are open to them. The wizards of Royal Street aren’t real, but the post-Katrina world they live in is.


A contest! Royal Street, the first book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, will be released by Tor Books on April 10 and is available for preorder at the usual places online. I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Royal Street to a commenter who answers one of these questions:

     Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans? (Note: the winner will receive the book in March, as soon as I have author copies available.)

Please see contest rules below.


To find out more about me or the Sentinels of New Orleans series, visit my Preternatura Blog at http://suzanne-johnson.blogspot.com, or my website at www.suzanne-johnson.com.


About Royal Street

Royal Street
Sentinels of New Orleana 1
Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Suzanne Johnson -  Fantasy, Meet Reality - and Giveaway 
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. DJ’s 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 Beyond crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover. 

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter roux.
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About Suzanne

Guest Blog by Suzanne Johnson -  Fantasy, Meet Reality - and Giveaway
Urban fantasy author Suzanne Johnson grew up in rural Northwest Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace. That, plus living in New Orleans for fifteen years, has given her a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick. Her debut novel, Royal Street, will be released on April 10, 2012, by Tor Books, and will begin an urban fantasy series set in New Orleans during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. The second book in the series, River Road, will be released in November 2012. By day, Suzanne is an editor at Auburn University despite being a graduate of the University of Alabama, which she thinks makes her bilingual. She lives in Auburn with two dogs named after professional wrestlers—a story she is not inclined to share (unless you catch her at the Napoleon House during Authors After Dark 2012).



Suzanne's Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
At Tor.Com


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) from Suzanne. Note: the winner will receive the book in March, as soon as Suzanne has author copies available.

How:  Leave a comment answering one of the following questions posed by Suzanne:

Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or 
what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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78 Comments on The Qwillery: Guest Blog by Suzanne Johnson - Fantasy, Meet Reality - and Giveaway

  • CYP @ A Bookalicious Story
    on February 19, 2012 | 09:14 CYP @ A Bookalicious Storysaid :
    "I've only ever read a few books set in New Orleans. One example is The New Orleans Threesome by Louisa Bacio. Haha, or for one that is centred around natural disaster is the Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver. I've never really read a wizard/witch book before, and Royal Street seems really interesting, so, thanks for this giveaway!:D

    +1 Comment
    +1 Follower (CYP @ A Bookalicious Story)
    +1 Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/CYPyeti/status/171236059215179776)

    CYP
    cypsays_hi[@]hotmail.com"
  • Cherry
    on February 19, 2012 | 06:07 Cherrysaid :
    "Congratulations on your new book release!! :)"
  • Cherry
    on February 19, 2012 | 06:05 Cherrysaid :
    "I think True Blood is toe-ing a fine line between being true to the series and giving an alternate version in the show. I like the alternate version thus far, but it remains to be seen if that will hold true in succeeding seasons. The books however has me hooked well and good already :) I like the way Charlaine Harris takes a true event such as the Katrina and weave it into her fantastical world... it gives the fantastical world a bit more realism where I could connect more firmly with the invented world..."
  • Linda McDonald
    on February 18, 2012 | 19:46 Linda McDonaldsaid :
    "I've always loved New Orleans as a setting in books. Some of Heather Graham's paranormal romantic suspense books are set there. And I loved Anne Rice's books too.

    csolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com"
  • ML
    on February 18, 2012 | 18:25 MLsaid :
    "My favorite NOLA series is the Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She bases most of the series there and has even mentioned Katrina in the later novels.

    GFC: ML
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Rogue237/status/171011742229467136
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com"
  • ferretvamp14
    on February 18, 2012 | 15:57 ferretvamp14said :
    "Sookie Stackhouse comes to mind for me. Some parts of the books were set in New Orleans and after Hurricane Katrina. I can't wait for Royal Street. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +1-comment
    +1-blog follower
    +1-Tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/ferretvamp14/status/170974574949830656

    ferretvamp14[at]live[dot]com"
  • Reading Mind / The Loyal Book
    on February 18, 2012 | 09:59 Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said :
    "So good to see Suzanne around here! I follow her blog and can't wait to read her book.
    As for the question, no, I haven't read any but I think it would be very interesting!

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it"
  • Rachel V
    on February 17, 2012 | 17:47 Rachel Vsaid :
    "I have not read a book set around a natural disaster just some that have mentioned them like the main character lived through one. I do read Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is her new YA series and is set in New Orleans. Congrats on your book. I would like to read it.'

    follow by GFC & Google +
    Rachel Vessar
    pefrw at yahoo dot com"
  • booklover0226
    on February 17, 2012 | 12:11 booklover0226said :
    "I have not read a book set around a natural disaster. I have read some of Anne Rice's works which were set in New Orleans.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 17, 2012 | 11:15 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "@Sariah, Barb, Vins and Na--great to see from of my Preternatura folks here! Thanks for the good wishes and Vins, I hope Royal Street proves to be memorable in a good way :-)"
  • Na
    on February 17, 2012 | 02:54 Nasaid :
    "I'm really looking forward to Suzanne's urban fantasy book. I can't recall any story set in New Orleans so it looks like this will be a first for me.

    +1 GFC follower
    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com"
  • Vins
    on February 16, 2012 | 18:12 Vinssaid :
    "I have in fact read many books which had as a backdrop or a main plot device a natural disaster. And I have to say some of the most memorable were those that contained floods. Fires, volcanoes, earthquakes and such are all of course very scary and all that, but there is something about the often seemingly slow but almost unstoppable rising of muddy waters that just hits some chord.
    So I hope that Royal Street will be just as memorable, or even more so in fact.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

    vinsarama[at]gmail[dot]com"
  • Barb P
    on February 16, 2012 | 18:11 Barb Psaid :
    "Hi Suzanne! Congrats on the new book!! I can't really say off hand that I have read any books the revolved around natural disasters. I have read plenty of books that take place in NOLA. Off hand, a lot of Heather Graham's books are set in New Orleans. I am currently reading Sins of the Demon, although not set in NOLA, it does take place in Louisiana. Good luck with the new book/series and I am a follower on this blog & yours. Thanks for the giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net"
  • Sariah
    on February 16, 2012 | 14:10 Sariahsaid :
    "I really haven't read any books that have natural disasters. I love when Cat and Bones goes to NOLA. I can't wait to go there in Aug. for AAD!!

    I am a follower
    sariahwalters at gmail dot com"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 16, 2012 | 10:59 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "LOL--I think you're right, Roger--the next Preternatura Book Club read!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 16, 2012 | 10:58 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Filia--there are a lot of movies and TV shows about natural disasters. I used to be a disaster movie buff but lost my taste for them a little after living through one :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 16, 2012 | 10:57 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks for the blog follow! I'm so ashamed to admit I haven't read the Immortals After Dark series yet, although I have most of them in my (toppling over) TBR pile. I know enough about them to know I'll like them."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 16, 2012 | 10:56 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks for the comment, Marybelle--there haven't been a lot except maybe in sci fi. A few, though!"
  • Roger
    on February 16, 2012 | 08:02 Rogersaid :
    "Nice to see so many comments. Jane Yellowrock - future book club read???"
  • Filia Oktarina
    on February 16, 2012 | 05:29 Filia Oktarinasaid :
    "I havent read any books set in New Orleans or around a natural disaster. If about movie, there a lot movie about disaster i watching on TV.

    +1comment
    +1blog follow via gfc: Filia Oktarina
    +1 facebook

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com"
  • bn100
    on February 16, 2012 | 02:47 bn100said :
    "I like any of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, which are mainly set in Louisiana. Your book sounds very good.

    I follow your blog.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com"
  • Mary Preston
    on February 15, 2012 | 23:29 Mary Prestonsaid :
    "I don't think I have ever read a book set around a natural disaster. I'm sure I would remember if I had.

    I follow.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:48 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Rebecca--nice to see you here! Yes, it was an awful time, but something good came from it. I'm not sure I would have ever tried my hand at writing fiction otherwise, and it's turned out to be something I really love. There's always good that comes with the bad."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:47 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Debby--Thanks for your comment. Yes, there are several that have been set afterward...not so many (especially fantasy) set immediately after."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:46 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Renee--I thought I'd read everything set around Katrina but I've missed this one. I'll definitely have to read it--it's contemporary YA, I gather?"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:45 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Tore--thanks for your comment!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:44 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Tanya--great to see you over here :-) You guys who read my blog turned me on to Cat and Bones! I'm excited that both Jaye Wells and Jeaniene Frost will be at the Authors After Dark con this summer--I'm going to be a total fangirl."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:43 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks, Barbara! Wow...how have I missed the Jane Yellowrock series? And you're right--New Orleans is the perfect city for urban fantasy."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:42 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Linda--nice to see you here! That is why you love dragons so much, yes? :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:41 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks for the comment, Vivien. I'm not familiar with that title, but will have to check it out :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:40 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks, Mel! Anne Rice was my introduction to vampires too (well, if I don't count Stephen King). I loved Lestat especially--he was probably my first vampire crush!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:38 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi roro--glad to see you here :-) I read Shattered Dreams not long ago myself. It had a great old "haunted house" in the New Orleans Garden District!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:37 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks, Maria! Another vote for the Faith Hunter books. Am going to Amazon next and check them out :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:36 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Rabid Fox...Believe me, as a New Orleanian I wondered why the media could get there and the emergency services couldn't too, as did a lot of other folks. I have Jaye Wells in my "TBR" stack right now!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:34 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks for the comment, alainala...I haven't read one with an earthquake, but I'd probably enjoy it (that sounds kind of gruesome, doesn't it?), especiallly after living in California a couple of years and experiencing a few little ones. Scary!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:33 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Joe--It was tricky, but I tried to weave the reality of Katrina in behind the urban fantasy story with wizards and undead pirates and did I mention undead pirates? LOL. The pirate Jean Lafitte almost steals the book."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:31 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Sullivan--Yeah, I think zombie apocalypse would count...that would be a pretty big disaster :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:30 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Krystal: I've had The Way We Fall on my "wish list" since it came out. I think there are quite a few YA dystopian books that handle it really well. Thanks for the comment!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:28 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Cherry--nice to see you here! I love the Sookie series too (the books more than the TV show). I thought Charlaine Harris did a nice job of addressing Katrina in the series."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:27 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Van--Nice to see you over here. Well, even though Royal Street is set around a natural disaster, it has a LOT of humor in it. I don't think you'll find it depressing. Maybe a little bittersweet at times--but funny, too :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:25 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "I love Sherrilyn's Dark Hunter books, too. She lives not too far from me, in Georgia, but she captures New Orleans really well!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:24 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks, Erin :-) Wow--another vote for the Jane Yellowrock series. I am definitely going to have to read it!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:23 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Ellana--glad to see you over here! I haven't read the Jane Yellowrock series, I must confess--but I've heard really good things about it. Now that I know it's in New Orleans, I'll have to check it out!"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:21 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks for the comment, Di...It was a horrible thing, but it's been interesting to see how many (like me) have used it as a jumping-off point for creative expressions--books, art, music."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:20 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "LOL, Mary--I actually don't read much nonfiction either. I do like that intersection of fantasy with the real world in urban fantasy, though...as long as it isn't too real :-)"
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:18 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "I think disease definitely counts, Sandy! There are a lot of virus/dystopian books that have come out in the last few years."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:17 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Thanks, Anne...Hm..Was it one of the Julie Smith New Orleans mysteries? She had a whole series back about that time that were set in NOLA. One was The Axeman's Jazz. Another was New Orleans Mourning. I'll have to see if one of those fits your description."
  • Suzanne Johnson
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:15 Suzanne Johnsonsaid :
    "Hi Miki--great to see you here! Yes, Cat and Bones--love when Cat goes to New Orleans :-)"
  • Rebecca
    on February 15, 2012 | 21:06 Rebeccasaid :
    "My favorite book set in New Orleans has to be Anne Rice's "Interview With a Vampire."

    I can't imagine leaving home thinking it would be for a couple of days and then... Wow! Not good! :-(
    +1 comment
    +1 follower as rrgreene62
    rrgreene62(at)gmail.com"
  • Debby
    on February 15, 2012 | 20:59 Debbysaid :
    "I have read a book set around a natural disaster and Iread one which referred to New Orleans and the hurricane but it was setafter.
    debby36 at gmail dot com
    follower"
  • Renee
    on February 15, 2012 | 20:57 Reneesaid :
    "Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi is set in Hurricane Katrina. It's a young adult fiction based on what happened in the Superdome during the Hurricane. While fiction, it still embodies a lot of what went on there during the crisis and aftermath and challenges your heart as you read it. I am a follower and email subscriber. rrbcpa@bellsouth.net"
  • Tore923
    on February 15, 2012 | 20:24 Tore923said :
    "I havent read any books set in New Orleans or around a natural disaster. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com"
  • Tanya1224
    on February 15, 2012 | 19:14 Tanya1224said :
    "I have not read any books yet set around a natural disaster but I have read a few that take place in New Orleans. In The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost cat and Bones are there a lot. I went there to visit and loved the place. I was very sad when Katrina hit...I know that had to have been awful. Thank you for the contest.
    +1 comment
    +1 follower as Tanyaw1224
    +1 tweeted at https://twitter.com/#!/Tanya1224/status/169936967797190656
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com"
  • Barbara E.
    on February 15, 2012 | 19:09 Barbara E.said :
    "My favorite books set in New Orleans are Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series - Skinwalker, as well as Blood Cross and Mercy Blade. I enjoy books set in New Orleans, I think it's a fantastic city for urban fantasy especially, so I'm looking forward to reading Royal Street.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower - Barbara E."
  • Linda
    on February 15, 2012 | 18:58 Lindasaid :
    "I'm like a previous commenter. I stay away from reality in my reading preferences; for reality I switch on the tv! Probably why I adore fantasy.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower
    +1 tweet https://twitter.com/#!/LindaThum/status/169932438246662145

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com"
  • Vivien
    on February 15, 2012 | 18:35 Viviensaid :
    "Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a fantastic book set around a disaster.

    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com"
  • Mel
    on February 15, 2012 | 17:16 Melsaid :
    "I'm really looking forward to Royal Streets coming out.
    I can't remember any books about natural diasters, but I always loved the Anne Rice vampire books set in New Orleans. Like you Lestat and Louis were my first introduction to vampires and I still retreat to those books as often as I can! I also loved the Jaye Wells book - Green Eyed Demon which was set in New Orleans!

    +1 GFC Follower - Mel S
    notanotherbookblog@hotmail.co.uk"
  • roro
    on February 15, 2012 | 16:28 rorosaid :
    "Congratulations on the upcoming release! I don't have a favorite book set around a natural disaster but I do have book i liked set in New Orleans shattered dreams by ellie james

    I am a follower of this blog via RSS/GFC

    I also tweeted a link to this post:
    https://twitter.com/#!/rocapri/status/169895258778386432

    +1 comment
    +1 follow
    +1 Twitter

    student.caprino[at]gmail[com]"
  • Maria D.
    on February 15, 2012 | 15:59 Maria D.said :
    "Congratulations on the upcoming release!

    I don't have a favorite book set around a natural disaster but I do have a favorite series set in New Orleans post Katrina - The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.

    I am a follower of this blog via RSS/GFC

    I Tweeted the post/giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/crazymidwestgal/status/169888302105755648


    +1 comment
    +1 follow
    +1 Twitter

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com"
  • Anonymous
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:49 Anonymoussaid :
    "Wow. That's a heckuva prompt to start a novel. I can still remember those first images on the 6 o'clock news and wondering why there seemed to be more press than emergency services.

    Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans?

    ... I haven't read many books set there, but I am actually reading one right now by Jaye Wells, called Green-Eyed Demon. How 'bout that?

    I'm a follower of this blog via GFC.

    I also tweeted a link to this post: http://twitter.com/WagTheFox/statuses/169870365533798401

    therabidfox at gmail.com"
  • alainala
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:40 alainalasaid :
    "hmm read a couple that have earthquakes or something big as a plot point.. have read a few set in new orleans (before and after).. dont remember them offhand though

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

    +1 for following!"
  • The Joe
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:38 The Joesaid :
    "I generally stay away from natural disaster books or movies. Something about tragedies that are that "real" prey on my inner nightmare generator.

    That being said, the way that Katrina affected people sounds cool.

    bitteroldjoe(at)gmail.com
    Comment + follower"
  • Sullivan McPig
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:24 Sullivan McPigsaid :
    "Do books about the zombie apocalypse count ;-)
    Can't remember any books with natural disasters or set in New Orleans :-(

    Sullivanmcpig(at)gmail(dot)com
    +2 comment + follower"
  • Krystal Larson
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:14 Krystal Larsonsaid :
    "I have just finished up Megan Crewe's new book-bioterrorism edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson"
  • Cherry
    on February 15, 2012 | 14:07 Cherrysaid :
    "Sookie Stackhouse series immediately comes to mind. Definitely Dead and also All Together Dead referred to the Katrina hurricane... I also just happen to be addicted to this series :)

    [+1] Comment
    [+1] Follower. My GFC name is Cherry.
    [+1] Twitted about this giveaway at: https://twitter.com/#!/cherrymischivus/status/169859773876019201

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-darkward [at] yahoo [dot] com"
  • Van Pham
    on February 15, 2012 | 13:56 Van Phamsaid :
    "I haven't read a book that set around a natural disaster. As many other commentators stated, I too stay away from those types of book because it makes me sad/depress. Regardless of that, I am really intrigued by Royal Street's synopsis.

    +1 comment
    +1 Blog follower

    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com"
  • Stephanie
    on February 15, 2012 | 13:55 Stephaniesaid :
    "Most of the Sherrilyn Kenyon books are set in New Orleans and I love those.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follower-Stephanie

    Skk25@aol.com"
  • erin
    on February 15, 2012 | 13:52 erinsaid :
    "Congrats on the new Release!!!

    I've loved the cover of your book and the premise :)

    I haven't read any books on natural disasters - not on purpose, just haven't found a book yet. I love, love, love Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series which is mainly set in New Orleans.

    +1 comment
    +1 follower: GFC: erin and email
    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com"
  • Melliane
    on February 15, 2012 | 13:47 Mellianesaid :
    "thank you so much for this great giveaway! Thank you for the guest post I think if we don't live it it's difficult to really wonder about it.It's really impressive.

    Well, for the questions, I don't think I've ever read a book around a natural disaster... Or I don't think so. But I've read a book set New-Orleans, I confess I didn't remember about it, but here it is the first book of Jane Yelloworck.

    I'm a follower:Melliane

    I've shared it: https://twitter.com/#!/betweendandr/status/169854721589395456

    ellana_(at)hotmail(dot)fr"
  • Di
    on February 15, 2012 | 13:41 Disaid :
    "Those are some really interesting 'what if' questions. I do that sometimes, but in a much more mundane way. I've read a few historical romances set during the San Francisco earthquake (the first one), but can't think of any others. And I've read a few historical romances set in New Orleans, plus a few contemporaries by Sandra Brown & a few other authors. I've never been there but it sounds like an intriguing city. It was surreal to watch the news coverage of the flood, and can't imagine going thru some thing so devastating to so many.
    +1 Follower - email etc
    +1 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/DianeSallans/status/169853493908226048
    sallans d at yahoo dot com"
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