Friday, November 13, 2015

Spotlight, Excerpt, & #Giveaway - Pirateship Down (Sentinels of New Orleans) by Suzanne Johnson!

French pirate Jean Lafitte is tall, cobalt-eyed, broad-shouldered, and immortal. What’s not to love? But New Orleans’ most esteemed member of the historical undead is headed for trouble. He’s determined to reclaim Le Diligent, his gold-laden schooner lost at sea in 1814 and recently found at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. 

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office might beg to differ. 

New Orleans wizard sentinel DJ Jaco and her merman friend Rene Delachaise can either lock up their friend Lafitte or join him on a road trip to Cajun country in order to save him from himself. Terrebonne Parish—not to mention its jail—might never be the same after the events of the all-new novella Pirateship Down, presented here along with a collection of urban fantasy stories and essays. 

Wizards and Cajun merfolk, sexy shapeshifters and undead French pirates. Welcome to the world of the Sentinels of New Orleans in this collection, along with a little Louisiana lagniappe. No previous knowledge of the series required!

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Publisher: Suzanne Johnson | Date of Publication: Nov 2, 2015
Number of pages: 278 | Word Count: 55,000 | Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Designs

About five minutes passed before I heard Jean Lafitte in the hallway of the prison, having a spirited, if one-sided, argument about Spanish fruit. I definitely heard the words orange and Spaniard. And the pirate never had anything nice to say about Spaniards since he’d spent most of his human life plundering their ships.
The door opened, and he strode into the room, sending my empathic senses into overload with the force of his outrage. I closed my eyes and tried to squelch the urge to bray like a donkey, because the source of his anger was obvious.
They’d taken away the cord he used to tie back his shoulder-length, wavy black hair, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was his fluorescent orange jumpsuit with Terrebonne Parish Prison stamped on the back. The suit was tight across his shoulders and baggy across his hips, obviously not tailored for the pirate’s athletic build, and the pants were three inches too short and flashing bare calf. He wore short white athletic socks someone had scrounged up for him. Obviously, his pirate boots had been confiscated. It wasn’t an outfit designed to please a man as arrogant and aware of his good looks as my undead pirate.
Jean shifted his commentary from his guard to me. “Drusilla, a grievance must be made against these ruffians and thieves. They have stolen my clothing and given me only this…this….” He ran out of words.
“Ugly-ass orange jumpsuit?” I offered, always ready to help Jean with his command of modern English.
“Oui, exactement. I demand that you obtain my release, tout de suite. And you must know, a woman who allows her husband to remain in such conditions for an entire evening must face reprimand.”
I leaned back in the chair and crossed my arms. “And you must know that, in this day and age, should a man reprimand his wife too much, said wife might leave her husband to enjoy a longer time in his prison cell wearing his ugly-ass orange jumpsuit.”
The guard who’d accompanied Jean into the room listened to this exchange with no expression. Now that Jean and I were both in silent mode, he leaned over to fasten the handcuffs to a ring on the center of the table, which forced the irate pirate to sit down.
“You got half an hour,” the guard said. “I’ll be right outside. If I hear or see anything through that door that I should not hear or see, visitation will be ended. That includes shouting, moving of furniture, excessive use of profanity, or sexual activity. Do you understand?”
I nodded. “Not a problem.” I had a confusion potion with Jean’s name on it in my shoe, and I wasn’t afraid to use it.

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, including the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award-winning Elysian Fields. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, including the 2013 Holt Medallion winner for paranormal romance Absolution, as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 2015 Holt Medallion winner and 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, and loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, uptown New Orleans, all things Cajun (including a certain Cajun merman named Rene), and redneck reality TV.


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Roger Simmons said...

Pirateship Down is a great collection of short stories from Suzanne Johnson's world of The Sentinels of New Orleans. Wonderful introduction to new readers and a fun review for fans. The novella is a a fast paced read with DJ having her hands full with Jean. You will enjoy the stories. I recommend this series whenever I can.

jmcgaugh said...

I'm looking forward to it! I love Jean and Rene.

Heather Mitchell said...

Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I'm really looking forward to reading this book.

Irma Jurejevčič said...

A gift card for Book Depository!?! Yes, please!

gemiinii said...

Love the cover!

Betul E.

collenga said...

I love pirates! Great excerpt, thanks for sharing

Ann L said...

I love your books and this is an autobuy for me. I do love pirates!

SuzieQ said...

Love love love this book, made me laugh out loud!

miki said...

This nthology was really superb! easy read for new to teh series and great treat to already fan! i can't recommend it enough if you want more of Jean or just a good laugh

まいだ said...

Sounds hot :3

Jules said...

Argh matey this looks like a good read.

Theresa said...

What a great sounding book.

Jeanna Massman said...

I love that this paranormal novel has an historical connection. Pirates are very popular right now and I'm ready to jump on that bandwagon.

Jenny Scheldberg said...

Generous giveaway! Nice cover :)

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great excerpt - looking forward to reading this one :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance! This book sounds really interesting!

Kelley Lambert

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