And the Heavens Open…(& W*n Some AAD Books)

Another day’s winding down at Authors After Dark, at least for this chicken, who’s too tired to go to the male strip club (behave yourselves, CJ and Boone!) after a crazy day.

It got off to an interesting (“interesting” is one of those dangerous words, you know) start at 10 a.m., when I was scheduled to do a “Supernatural New Orleans”-themed reading with four other authors. One had a conflicting event and dropped out which left three other authors…who never showed up.

So it’s me and about 40 or 45 people. Good exposure, right? There was no time to be shy, so I just barreled in and talked about ROYAL STREET and read a bit from the first chapter of RIVER ROAD. We talked about Jean Lafitte and Cajuns and…it was a lot of fun :-). So to everyone who came expecting to hear a lot more well-known people than me, thanks for making it a fun hour.

Next, I was off to a blogger event for new authors, so I was able to hand out some blogger bags with goodies in them, and had a chance to chat with some awesome bloggers.

Then it was time for the first field trip. I had volunteered to take four people around town to some of the Katrina sites, and some locations from ROYAL STREET. It was raining when we left, but I figured it would stop soon. No. Not at all. By the time we looped through Lakeview and Mid-City and got uptown, the winds were up to 45 mph, the rain was coming down in heavy sheets, making visibility awful, and water had begun pooling in the street. I later learned the city got 3.5 inches of rain in under an hour, and a lot of people got stranded. Even the French Quarter was flooded! I was really afraid we would stall out in the deep water, but in hindsight it was kind of funny–it was like Katrina special effects for the tour. :-). This was actually after the water had gone down a little.

Next, it was off to a blogger ARC party, and I was able to hand out some advance copies of RIVER ROAD. Got to meet Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine.

And our mistress of ceremonies herself, Joey Hill.

And Judi Fennell and Alexandra Ivy.

Finally, there was a panel discussion about alpha male and beta male heroes in urban fantasy and paranormal romance, which was interrupted by yet another emergency evacuation. Fortunately it also was a false alarm since we didn’t even get out of the room before it got called off. Sheesh.

So today…have you ever stalled out in deep water? I have, when I lived in Houston. I got trapped at home or at work by high water several times in New Orleans but never in my car. What will today’s winner get? A surprise bag of books and swag from some of the great authors here at AAD this year. I won’t say what all’s in it (well, because I don’t know yet), but it will be good stuff!

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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).

48 thoughts on “And the Heavens Open…(& W*n Some AAD Books)

  1. I’ve never been stalled out in high water, but I did get stranded with a bunch of girl scouts during a flash flood once…we got to use all of our “this how you make a tornado shelter out of picnic tables” stuff (as we are girl scouts and not boy scouts, we don’t have to be prepared, we can improvise). Fortunately, the funnels landed a good bit to the south of us. Okay, not fortunately for the people to the south of us, but…
    Sounds like you’re having fun…Stay dry!!!!

  2. Thankfully, I never have stalled out, nor been trapped by flooding!
    I’d love to win some AADNOLA books. I’m SOOOOOO jealous of everyone who’s there!

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  3. I have come close just twice. Once in Lafayette, I waded out to my car and decided there was no way I was making it to class in water that deep. Prof totally understood.

    The second time was in the company car in Charleston. It made it but I had my doubts all the way through!

    Wish I was in NO right now!

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  4. I have been trapped at work waiting for the water to go down enough to get home but I’ve never gotten stuck in my car.

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  5. Haven’t gotten caught in the car, but did have to wade home once because I didn’t want to chance it with the car (also in Houston).

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  6. I have never stalled out on the water, nor on land. Flooding isn’t a big issue here (Upstate NY).
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  7. Even though I lived in Florida for 10 years, luckily I never faced a high water situation. I’m pretty careful also, and I know to watch for signs of flooding if it’s been raining a lot.

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  8. I live in Cali so, so never really experienced a high water situation…sounds scary!

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  9. Great prize in perspective^^;;

    i haven’t been stranded no but we had inondation in the cave and during the night i finished the night in my underwears ( wet t-shirt wasn’t easy to move with)completely cold dripping freezing water and i had to spend the next two days in bed because of the cold i caught. And now the cat doesn’t want to get down either^^;;

    I would bee anxious with all those false alarms

    take care^^

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  10. No real flooding here (N Tx) – so Ive been lucky in that respect.

    great giveaway, thanks!

    kerryjcj [at] verizon [dot] com

  11. Hi Suzanne! I can’t say, that I’ve ever been trapped by rain water, but I know that we do get that around here. Although being in the part of the country that hasn’t seen rain in about 2 or 3 months, right now I’d be happy to see some! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  12. born and raised in Houston, so, yes, I have. You know Houston, “here’s a swamp, let’s build a city!”. Thanks, Allen bros! Also used to play in the flood water, until we started wondering where all the snakes were—playing with us, that’s where! Fun times…
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  13. I’ve never stalled out because I’m a wimp and go out of my way to avoid it (even turning around on a road when I came upon some scary-looking water coverage and there wasn’t a side street available to turn on). I’ve gotten stuck in snow a LOT though (welcome to MI).

  14. Your blog posts have been so much fun this week! (sorry – not that they’re not normally) It’s fab seeing what you authors get up to!
    I haven’t ever stalled in deep water, there is one road near us that floods all the time, and while my dad likes to drive his land rover through it, I like my little corsa too much to risk it! โ˜บ
    gfc – sarah elizabeth
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  15. I haven’t ever stalled in deep water. I’m pretty good about staying away from the areas I know flood. : )

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  16. It never happen to me with water…..in Quebec a couple of year ago we got a huge black ice storm around christmas. We had no electricity for days and we were keeping warm with the fireplace. The best part was no school for two extra week.

  17. I have never stalled out due to driving through high waters but did have it cause the fans on my car to quit working and have to be replaced. Now, I would not even try to drive through it. Where I live now, down the road from me a creek tends to flood across the road if it rains fairly hard. And it moves quickly so I won’t attempt it.

    I do have some wild pictures from a few years back where waters flooded so bad that entire fields looked like ponds/rivers.

  18. I lived 99% of my life in Utah and it is a rare occasion indeed if we have standing water, son no I haven’t stalled in high water, however we are now in Maryland and it flippin’ rains all the time so I guess time will tell if I ever have to battle mother nature.

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  19. Nope, never stalled out in deep water thank goodness!

    Great authors on the AAD tour – read both Joey Hill and Alexandra Ivy before! Hopefully you’ll also have your books in the prize?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. I remember as a kid my dad drove through pretty high waters but we didn’t stalled out.And still have never.
    Thanks for the giveaway
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  21. No, fortunately for me, I never got stalled out in deep water (and lets keep it that way…).

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and recap posts from AAD! Enjoyed reading them since I never get to attend these in person…

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  22. I never have. But it can be a serious issue here in MO. Some roads near me are known for flooding and I have gone to see it but never gotten close enough to get stuck.

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  23. That’s a lot of rain! At least it looks like the sun was also shining ๐Ÿ™‚ No, never had a car stalled…just broken down during a rainstorm.

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  24. I have stalled out in the rain before. I was 16 years old and scared out of my mind. I have never been stranded other than that because of the rain or water. It got pretty bad here (Southern Alabama) during Katrina though not as bad as New Orleans.

    Thanks for making us feel like we are there at#AADNOLA with you and having these awesome giveaways.

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  25. I’ve never stalled out but that could be because I’ve never driven car and rely on public transport!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    GFC – Mel S
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  26. Never in my car, but I got caught up in a flooded building! Not nice at all!

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  27. sounds like you had an eventful day from start to finish. way to go on taking charge on your panel & pulling it off, I’m sure folks enjoyed it just as much (if not more) than if the others had showed.

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  28. Thank god, i haven’t experienced that ๐Ÿ™‚ only saw on tv, that’s not a good thing am i right ?

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  29. yeah.. and it’s not a good experience. the rain’s pouring, the car stalled, and we’re stuck inside the car. nope, absolutely not good.

  30. I live in NW Missouri and yes I have stalled in flood waters but thankfully most of our flood waters is from flooded fields that arent draining so if your vehicle stalls there isn’t usually a current to carry it away. I wish I was there maybe next year.

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  31. Yep, the place I worked was at the bottom of a hill…it was pretty frightening trying to get out of the building before the water reached the level of the electrical outlets!

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  32. I had a pretty harrowing experience once driving home late at night in a terrible deluge. The road was flooded way beyond my car tires. I had my foot down on the accelerator & was praying hard all the way until I cleared that stretch of road. Not something I’d ever want to experience again.

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  33. Great story, thank you. I am lucky to say I have never have been stalled by high water. Which is very important as most of Holland is below sea level.