The One (or Two) Sentence Summary


After my recent blog posting about questions not to ask an author–specifically, being asked to provide a quick answer to “what’s your book about”–a couple of folks pointed out that the worst thing is when nobody asks. Uh, good point.

Author Marilynn Byerly (who has a terrific blog, by the way) also said every author should have an “elevator” summary ready to whip out on demand. Of course, I took that as a challenge. So here’s my one-sentence (well one or two) summary for Royal Street, and then for River Road, which will come out six months later.

ROYAL STREET
Royal Street follows young wizard Drusilla (DJ) Jaco as she copes with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, dealing not only with the devastation of her city and the disappearance of her mentor, but also the mortal threat posed by breaches between the modern world of science and the preternatural world Beyond…not to mention an undead (and dead sexy) pirate Jean Lafitte.

RIVER ROAD
People in New Orleans say Katrina changed everything; they don’t know the half of it. Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco and her partner, enforcer Alex Warin, investigate a series of wizard murders in the city, where every water species–from Cajun mermen to creepy nixes to nubile nymphs–is a suspect.

And of course I have to say they’re funny and sexy!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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