Free Urban Fantasy Read: CHENOIRE (The Complete Story)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last Thursday to read part one of my novelette Chenoire, set in the world of my urban fantasy series that kicks off April 2012 with Tor Books.

(The first book in the series is Royal Street, and the second is River Road. You can read about them by clicking the “My Books” tab above.)

Today, I have the second half of Chenoire–the complete story is now available at the “Free Reads” tab above or by clicking the link below. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it and let me know what you think! Chenoire is set in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, right outside New Orleans, and it revolves around the Delachaise family — specifically, the youngest of the Delachaise sons, Rene.

(Now, if you’re from Southeast Louisiana, you’ll know that Rene is pronounced with the heavy stress on the “ren” and not the “nae” and Delachaise is pronounced “della-shay.”) Rene and his twin brother Robert (“row-bear”) are prominent characters in River Road, in which the River Styx suddenly starts bleeding into the Mississippi River just south of New Orleans. This, as you might guess, is not a good thing.

Just to show how reality plays into the story (in addition to the all-too-real BP oil spill), my house in New Orleans was located just off Delachaise Street, about ten blocks from the river. And while the settlement at Chenoire doesn’t exist, I have been lost in the wilds of St. Bernard Parish quite a few times, once driving past Delacroix until the road completely fizzled out and I got spooked by a dead, skinned nutria (think ginormous rat with orange teeth) nailed to a post next to the narrow road.

Bienvenue Γ  Chenoire. Happy reading!

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10 thoughts on “Free Urban Fantasy Read: CHENOIRE (The Complete Story)

  1. You know what I’m going to say, right? More, I Want MORE!
    I also want want lessons … you packed so much emotion, description, CHARACTER, into this short story … I am totally committed to these families and dying to visit their world again; that’s the hallmark of a great storyteller.
    Oh! And what the heck is with your publisher making us wait until 2012, don’t they know Americans have no patience and demand instant gratification?! I’ll get by I suppose, if more short stories are coming … πŸ˜‰

  2. LOL, Rachel. Tell me about this waiting thing! I plan to have monthly stories this year. In March you’ll meet an undead William Faulker and Truman Capote…and cats. πŸ™‚

    Both of you–thanks for reading!

  3. Hi Suzanne. I just finished your first “Free Reads” post and I really enjoyed it. What I have always loved about literature is the chance to glimpse into other worlds and other lives from one’s own, and Chenoire was one of the most fascinating that I have come across. I only have one criticism, and that is when Rene puts Julien’s body in the cooler, you typed that the cooler was still in the back of the truck, yet Rene had put it in the boat earlier. The confusion does not really affect the story, but hey, if I hope to be an editor someday I have to be able to catch these things πŸ˜‰

  4. Great catch, Wathira! One of those scenes I changed at the last minute. One of the beauties of putting stuff on the web–you can change it,and I will do so. One of the bad things about putting stuff on the web–I don’t get to work with my editor!

    Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you enjoyed it!