Happy Sunday! The rains have finally stopped and my backyard no longer looks like a lake—no harm, no foul. My thoughts and prayers are with my friends and former colleagues back in Houston, where I lived for seven years, and in the rest of Texas.
First off, I have some winners to announce! Working backward from Friday…If you see your name, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact tab at the top of the page with your format preference and address, if applicable.
CELESTE K won Tim Lees’ DEVIL IN THE WIRES. Loved loved loved this book—hope you do as well. Let me know if you prefer print or digital.
BN100 won Peter Orullian’s TRIAL OF INTENTIONS. Again, preference of print or digital.
JOLENE A won some mystery books from my TBR mountain range (I swear, the “Hoarders: Buried Alive” cast is going to show up at my door any day now). These will all be print books, so I’ll need snail mail.
MIKI won last week’s Readers Choice contest, and requested the first book in the Blackwell Pages series, LOKI’S WOLVES.
And…drumroll…congratulations to DAVINA BELL, who won the Jean LaFeet tote bag from the May issue of the newsletter. Stay tuned for a new newsletter-only giveaway in the June 15 edition!
How about, instead of a scene snippet, an intro to the hero and heroine of my current work-in-progress, WILD MAN’S BLUFF? I don’t have a release date on it yet but it will be either late this year or early 2016, and it will come out under the Susannah Sandlin name.
Gentry Broussard, age 32, a senior enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, working in Terrebonne Parish. 6-2, dark curly hair, dark brown eyes, native of Dulac, Louisiana (in Terrebonne Parish). LDWF enforcement agents are highly trained in not only the hunting/fishing/water resource management laws of the state but are also trained in advanced search-and-rescue, paramilitary tactics, and working in extreme-weather conditions. When I evacuated at the last second before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, I ended up in a fleabag hotel in the Shreveport, La., area (all the hotels were full of evacuees), and the hotel was jam-packed with LDWF agents waiting for the hurricane to make landfall so they could head down for search-and-rescue operations. They, and not the US Coast Guard, are the state’s official first-responders for marine rescues. While the state and federal officials were arguing over who was responsible for what, the state’s game wardens just went in with their trucks and boats and got to work rescuing people from their flooded homes.
Here’s model/actor Walter Savage, who will be playing Gentry in the movie version (LOL). Can I hear a “yummy”?
THE HEROINE: Celestine (aka Cele) Savoie, age 28. A curvy, feisty 5-3, with a dark complexion that reflects her Cajun/Creole/Native American heritage, with light blue eyes. Cele’s a singer/songwriter trying to break into the business in Nashville until she learns her great-aunt Eva Savoie has been brutally murdered back in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, where she grew up and left ten years ago. As Eva’s only surviving heir, Cele goes back to the parish to claim her inheritance and reassess her life, but soon learns that whatever Eva’s killer was looking for, he hasn’t yet found it.
And here’s Cele, as played by actress Denise Vasi!
THE VILLAIN: Sorry, that would constitute a spoiler!
Have a great day—catch you tomorrow for a new Readers Choice giveaway.