Guest Blogger Nicole Peeler: Ode to NOLA (Or, Why My Thighs Are Large)

Today, I’m excited to welcome guest blogger Nicole Peeler, author of the awesome urban fantasy series featuring half-selkie half-human Jane True. Today, Nicole’s paying homage to my erstwhile hometown of New Orleans; read on to the end for a great offer on the first book in her series, Tempest Rising! (And if you’re wondering, the weekly roundup will be here tomorrow.)

Ode to NOLA: Or, Why My Thighs Are Large
by Nicole Peeler

     I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Suzanne’s ARC for Royal Street to blurb. And not only was the book great, but it took place in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans.

     Having taught for two years in Shreveport, Louisiana, I went down to New Orleans quite often.

     “For Mardi Gras?” you ask.
     “For vampire tours?”
     “For all of the culture and stuff?
     When I go to New Orleans, I go to eat.
     For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook or at my blog, you know I love food. And some of the best food on Earth is in New Orleans. First off, there’s the beignet, best served with chicory iced coffee:

     I would sell a kidney for a beignet right now. I mean, look at them! Here’s a close-up. Rawr.

      Then there’s jambalaya. Or “Rice of the Gods,” as I like to call it. This one’s rabbit:

     And let’s not forget Fiorella’s amazing fried chicken:

      But my ultimate favorite has to be good ole red beans and rice, with a sausage. Everything’s better with a sausage!

     Yes, all of these photos were taken during my own travels. And yes, I’m drooling remembering each and every delicious meal.

     What would/do you eat when you’re in New Orleans?
Suzanne here. I would sell a body part for the alligator and crab cheesecake at Jacque-Imo’s, the fried green pepper rings from Franky & Johnny’s or some shrimp remoulade from just about anywhere. In the meantime, leave a comment for a special Mardi Gras goody bag that I’ll be putting together from my stash. And read on for a special offer to pick up Nicole’s first Jane True novel, Tempest Rising!

ABOUT TEMPEST RISING: Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human. Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie’s lamp.

ABOUT NICOLE PEELER: Nicole Peeler is a professor of English literature and creative writing at Seton Hill University, in Greensburg, Pa. She also writes  urban fantasy novels for Orbit Books. Her third novel, Tempest’s  Legacy, just hit shelves in January.

For those American  readers interested in Nicole’s fiction, Orbit Books is offering her  first book, Tempest Rising, as this month’s Orbital Drop,  downloadable on multiple platforms for only $2.99. Click HERE for more details.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

22 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Nicole Peeler: Ode to NOLA (Or, Why My Thighs Are Large)

  1. Oh, New Orleans! It’s been years, but I love it. As a Louisiana girl, I really miss the food from South Louisiana. We ship in frozen sausage and boudin and anything else we can’t find here, but I would have died for a real King Cake last week!

  2. I had fantastic food in New Orleans, but can’t actually recall what it was. (I’m sadly not a foodie.) My family would *love* to go back there (some have never been) for just this kind of tour, though! (I’d want to go back for the jazz, myself.)

  3. @Becky. King Cake! I forgot King Cake on my want list. My fave is from Heydel’s Bakery. Sugar overdose.

    @alanajoli–the jazz is great too…especially over food 🙂

  4. I would most definitely go for a beignet and a cup of chicory coffee. I’ve been to New Orleans, but man, it was during an awful storm and all I could think about was leaving! Love to go back!

  5. mmmmmm…shrimp remoulade…Why isn’t the rest of the world dripping in remoulade sauce?

    And Nicole, is “rubbing the genie’s lamp” a euphemism? Just wondering…

  6. I used to live in Louisiana & I’m begging my husband to move back. The food is the best! My faves were red beans & rice, crab cakes w/fried green tomatoes, & all the rich sauces served w/the food. I’m hungry!!

  7. @Teri Anne–LOL. I don’t know. Nicole tweeted recently that she was writing a smut scene. Maybe it had to do with lamp rubbing. Nicole?

    @andreat78…it gets in your blood, doesn’t it? Jacque-Imo’s (my favorite NOLA restaurant) used to have an entree called Godzilla meets Fried Green Tomatoes. A stack of tomatoes topped with a fried soft-shell crab. Yum…

  8. I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Dr. Peeler in New Orleans about a year and a half ago for the Vampire Film Festival — she is so very funny! I have to agree — I’ve been to NYC, and even France, yet nothing is better than NO cuisine — Mr. B’s, The Palace, and those yummy air-puffed potatoes at Galatoire’s — long live NO cuisine (and oyster po’boys!)!

  9. I still have never been to NOLA. I have no idea how that has happened. I intend to fix it next with AAD, but holy SHIT do I love the food. We have some authentic Cajun places here in Austin, TX but I cannot wait to some day have the real thing.
    BTW – I heart Dr Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series. It is one of the best UF series out there 😉

  10. “Everything’s better with a sausage” — boy howdy, ain’t that the truth! ;-p both literally and double-entendre figuratively 😀

    I yearn to go to New Orleans. Ever since I read Calvin Trillin’s descriptions of his eating adventures there. Fried oyster po boys, crab cakes, beignets… bring it on!

    (Wow my mouth is watering and all I’ve got on the agenda is high-fiber cereal. Bleah)


  11. I’ve never been to NOLA, but I love the food! I had a friend from LA who would come out to SoCal every summer and cook OMG! good food. My mouth is watering, just remembering the shrimp and boudin and rice and jambalaya and etc., she would make! One of these days I must visit NOLA and see if the ambience intensifies the enjoyment of the foods. (I’m guessing YES!)

    And if you haven’t read the Jane True series yet, what are you waiting for?? They’re GREAT!!!! 🙂

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  12. Holy cow, those are some big sausage! I looked up these books about a month ago and loved all the reviews and really really need to get ahold of them, though I think I really want them in paperback. I have a kindle but there are just some books that I must have on my bookshelf. Thanks for all the pics of the yummy food, I am now starving 🙂

  13. Ah, Nikki…Love The Palace Cafe. It’s a splurge but a good one, although I’m still a Commander’s girl, myself.

    @Pamela, Sandy, Rissatoo, Anonymous: You need to go. Just not in the summer!

    I’m with you, Jolene. I need to find out where Nicole got those sausages. Cause those are some big sausages!

  14. I think I just grew two inches looking at the pictures. LOL. Oh, that looks good.

    The book sounds great. I’m going to check it out.

  15. I’m finding it a little surprising with all these comments that nobody has mentioned the RUM! I’m trying to remember the name of the place where we did rum tasting.

  16. Awe…that food looked so yummy! We just moved to TX and its a days drive to New Orleans. I’m going to have to go check it out. After reading your free read I’m curious about the place 😉 Tempest rising sounds good. Count me in for the goodie bag.
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  17. we went in 04 and the food was fantastic. My oldest son was 15 and he tried a little bit of everything. We didn’t get him to try crawfish but that was just because we never went anywhere they were served lol. only there a couple of days. would love to go back.
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  18. As a Nola gal – I try to stay away from all that fattening food – I don’t do that (stay away that is) very well, but I do try…lol

    I have lots of favs, but I do love a good crab-cake po-boy…(ate one today)

    And Suzanne, come on down and we will fix you up…

    Congrats on your new release, Nicole.


  19. I have been reading about NO since high school-Frances Parkinson Keyes (author.)
    I have never been but it is on my Bucket list.

    Will Jane be visiting NO in one of the next books. Love the books by the way.