Haven’t done this in a while, so today I’m continuing my trip through the Style Sheet for Elysian Fields, book three of the Sentinels of New Orleans series. And…I just got an unexpected box of UK copies of the River Road paperback, so read on to win one. (And there are a couple of folks I owe one of these to, so I can finally send it!) All you have to do is help DJ name her new dog. Read on for details!
Here’s how the Style Sheet works. In the process of getting a book published, authors go through a number of stages. Copyedits are when an editor with an eagle-eye for detail has combed through the manuscript, made grammatical and house-style changes, asked questions, or made notes when something needs clarifying. They also create a Style Sheet that makes notes of unusual words or spellings, or proper nouns, as they occur in the book.
So…I thought it would be fun to go through the Style Sheet for Elysian Fields, which might give some clues as to things you’ll see in there, as well as some background on the series in general….Today, we tackle the letters G-H-I (you can find the As here, Bs here, Cs here, Ds here, Es here and Fs here).
Gandalf…The wizard from Lord of the Rings. No, no. Gandalf himself doesn’t appear in the book, but this is the name DJ gave her dog in Royal Street. It’s also her, ahem, “pet” name for Alex. Gandalf makes two appearances in Elysian Fields, but on neither occasion is he pink. If you’ve read River Road, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!
Gator Bait…Sometimes could refer to DJ, but in this case it refers to a ride at the deserted ghost of Six Flags New Orleans.
Grand Terre, Old Barataria…Grand Terre is one of two barrier islands due south of New Orleans that blocks off part of the entrance to Barataria Bay. This was Jean Lafitte’s kingdom in his human life, and the Beyond version of Grand Terre is his kingdom in his undead life. He lives there, as he did in real life, when he’s not prowling the streets of modern New Orleans. It’s stuck in the year 1815, and, yes, we get a look at Jean’s home in this book.
Green Gator, The….Jake Warin’s bar in the French Quarter. The Gator is located at the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis streets. In reality, it’s the home of the Bourbon Street Blues Company club.
Historic New Orleans Collection…A treasure trove of a museum. Among its interesting holdings are quite a few original documents written by, about, or signed by our favorite undead pirate. And how cool is that? It’s located at 533 Royal Street and one can take tours or actually go there and do research.
Hotel Monteleone…One of the city’s finest old hotels, located at 214 Royal Street. Its Eudora Welty Suite, of course, is Jean Lafitte’s home in modern
New Orleans, where he’s registered as John Lafayette. The hotel was begun by a Sicilian immigrant named Antonio Monteleone, a cobbler by trade. He bought two adjoining buildings in 1886 and the Hotel Monteleone was born. It is still owned by members of the Monteleone family and is considered one of New Orleans’ most haunted buildings. On the first floor is the revolving Carousel Bar. This is a photo of the lobby with the giant clock, where the first scene of River Road takes place.
Interspecies Council…A council being set up by the wizards’ Elders to give representation to other pretes in the maintenance of the borders. Will set laws governing the behavior of different species with relation to humans. The breakdown of the council is very much in flux right now as different groups vie for greater representation–or to wrest control of the borders from the wizards altogether. This issue is not going to get resolved for a while, and gets more complicated by the end of Elysian Fields.
Now…did you win a book this week? You know the drill. If you see your name, please email me at suzannej3523 at gmail dot com with your mailing info. I’m (very slowly) getting caught up with mailings, but will be at RWA Nationals next week so bear with me.
KIRSTEN LAMBERTON won the FB “like” giveaway of a $10 gift card to her online retailer of choice.
VAN PHAM won the Delilah Devlin giveaway and chose the first book in her UF series, Shattered Souls.
MICHELLE W won the “any book” giveaway and chose my book Storm Force (which is, yes, a full book).
CYP/Yet Peng won this week’s Reader’s Choice contest, and chose Shadow on the Mark.
Congrats, everyone! New Reader’s Choice coming up tomorrow.