Friday, November 16, 2012

River Road Blog Tour - Character Interview & Giveaway with Suzanne Johnson!





Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.

          
Hi Rene! Thanks for stopping by. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure thing, babe. I’m Rene Delachaise (pronounced REN-ay DELLA-shay), and I’m an aquatic shapeshifter—you’d probably call me a merman. I’m head of my clan down in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, southeast of New Orleans. My twin brother Robert and me, we run a shrimping business down there with a couple of trawlers. We hunt gators during season, and sometimes boar. Lately, we been doing way too much business with the wizards while they’re tryin’ to figure out what’s wrong with the water in the Mississippi River. On the whole, I don’t like wizards.

What is a normal day like for you?

Depends on the season. Before we got all tangled up with the wizards, I’d wait till almost dusk and take the Dieu de la Mer II out on the water and trawl for shrimp. During gator season, I’d put out baited lines late in the afternoon, then go back on the water and pull in the gators next day. Whatever you catch, shrimp or gators, you gotta take it into Venice, Louisiana, to the buyers. These days, wizards have to pay us a day rate to take them down below Venice, trying to test the water. They think it’s another problem, but I can tell them the whole bad water crap is ‘cause of the Villere clan of mers that have moved into our territory. They’re trying to run us out, but it ain’t gonna work. 

Thanks to fairy tales and folklore, people often have a preconceived notion of mermen and how they should appear. Is this something that bothers you or do you enjoy the surprised reactions?

Well, see, my only problem is that it’s all mermaid this and mermaid that. I mean, I ain’t no chick, babe. I can prove it. Wanna see? I got some tattoos you ain’t gonna believe. And our women, they don’t run around half naked all the time. Well, some of the time. Wish they’d do it more, actually. Mers in Louisiana are mostly descended from the French mers who were driven out of Canada a few hundred years ago—what people call Cajuns now. Humans, they don’t know about us, and that’s fine with me.

Of all the body art you have, is there one piece that is your favorite or that has more meaning to you than the others?

My most unusual tat would be a diving bottle-nosed dolphin that’s…well, let’s just say it’s anatomically oriented, babe. The most meaningful is a letter “T” on my lower back—it’s in honor of my mom, Theresa, who died during Hurricane Katrina. Not many people know ‘bout that one.

It's a well-known fact that all mers hate wizards. Now that you've met DJ, has your feelings about wizards changed at all? Would you ever consider dating a wizard? 

Heh. Yeah, you know, I didn’t like DJ at first—she was just another wizard, you know? But she’s okay, her. I like to shift in front of her because it makes her blush. I’d do her. 

What are your plans for the future?

I just want to get this business with the Villeres and the poisoned river straightened out so the wizards can do their thing and leave me alone to my business. Me and DJ, we’ll stay friends….but not everyday friends. Every-once-in-a-while friends. Cause I still don’t much like wizards.

Thanks for having me here, babe. Think you might want to go for a swim? I got no problem with human girls.


A big thanks to Suzanne for allowing me to chat with Rene. This was a lot of fun!
- Cat





38 comments:

Roger said...

Oh yes, Wizards & Mermen. River Road is one of my favorite books of 2012. The second book in The Sentinels of New Orleans series. I like it better than River Road which I liked a lot. You can vote for the cover art at Bitten by Books thru Sunday, can use all the votes we can get from the fans.

ahz1 said...

Can't wait to read more about my favortie undead pirate, Lafitte.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I'm really looking forward to River Road, I thought the first book was a riot, and I adored Jean Latiffe, - need more of him! ;)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks, Roger, ahz1, and Karina! I'm in New Orleans and on my way out to, um...do research. Yeah, that's it. Research. Hope you enjoy River Road if you haven't read it yet. Lots of Jean Lafitte in this one!

Roger said...

Better than Royal Street. I should read what I type. Sorry!

AquarianDancer said...

I really enjoyed River Road, so I can't wait to see what comes next in Royal Street!

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

Great character interview. I'm doing a Royal Street/River Road read-a-thon next week. Cant' wait.

Allison said...

Haha, I look forward to the addition of merpeople and more elves in this one!

miki said...

it's my favorite book too! and yes mermen is a great novelty and we want more!! ( chenoire was a great introduction!!)

erin said...

Thanks for the fabulous post and giveaway! Congrats on the new release!

Rebe said...

Hee hee! "I'd do her" - so funny. Can't wait to read this!

Van Pham said...

Fun interview, and thanks for the giveaway!

SandyG265 said...

I'm looking toward to reading River Road

Christina Kit. said...

What a cool version of merlore!! And no, he most certainly is NOT a chick:)

What a wonderful character interview - very informative and very funny! Loved it:)

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

Readsalot81 said...

That was such a fun interview! :) I'm very excited about River Road.

elaing8 said...

I love character interviews.Enjoyed reading it.
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Steelerlady2379 said...

This is very exciting!!!! I am hoping to win River Road and I am going to buy Royal Street and keep adding as long as you keep writing them lol.... I love stories that are in New Orleans. For some reason I am drawn to them. One of my favorites was Sherilyn Kenyons Dark Hunter series. I am very much looking forward to reading The Sentinels of New Orleans series. I have not been well here lately but I will follow your tour as much as I am able.
Happy reading and writing*
Teresa
morris1963tess@yahoo.com

OldInJersey said...

Great series. I have had fun reading about the people and places. I looked menus from three restaurants mentioned in River Road, and listened to Zacary Richard via YouTube. Wonderful!

Tanya1224 said...

Oh...I like Rene :) love that cajun talk and would love to see his dolphin tat. Thanks for the character interview...they are always the most fun.
Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kayla said...

I haven't read the series yet but I plan on buying the first book in the series soon. It sounds really interesting!

Natasha said...

I haven't started this series yet, but I hope to soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lonnie Moore said...

Royal Street was a Blast to read and I'm looking forward to River Road with much anticipation... To win a copy would be WAY COOL.
Thanks for giving us this opportunity!

Kristia said...

The series sounds fantastic! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

Mary Preston said...

The character interview was a lot of fun to read. The entire series sounds like it will be amazing.

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i want to read suzanne's book...thx u for the giveaway ;)

SdyLion said...

This series sounds amazing- I would love to read this book. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

SandyG265 said...

I'm looking foward to reading River Road

Jo said...

I haven't read this series yet, but it is on my TBR list. I like the theme of mystical and paranormal things being stirred up in the wake of a natural disaster.

jochibi AT yahoo dot com

Spav said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read about your wizards and mermen.

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview with Rene Delachaise and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in River Road.

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! My apologies for not being able to respond earlier and individually. I've been on the road the last couple of days doing bookish things. Finally home again! I appreciate the kind words, though, and hope you enjoyed meeting Rene. He's become one of my favorite new characters!

JenM said...

I'm loving Rene and definitely want to read the book. I'd be happy with a merman of my own.

jen(at)delux(dot)com

donnas said...

Great interview. Looking forward to reading this series

bacchus76 at myself dot com

christy wilhelm said...

thank you for the giveaway they are always fun :)

Aurian said...

Great interview, thank you I really enjoyed it. And I sure would love to inspect all those tattoo's!

Ana♥ said...

Great interview ^_^ Definitely interested in this book :) Plus, me being the cover whore that I am.. that cover is gaaaawgeous :) Thanks so much for the giveaway and the great post <3

Ana♥

YA Vixens said...

Thanks for sharing the interview. Now my TBR will be even longer! Thanks for the giveaway as well. :]

Makaela said...

This series sounds amazing! I'm glad I found this blog, can't wait to read them. Thanks!

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