Time for winners and snippets. All but a couple of the 30 Days winners’ books are on their way but I’m having to ship them as inexpensively as possible to keep from going broke, so bear with the long delivery times.
If you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m taking the weeks leading up to Authors After Dark to try and pare down some of my TBR pile..which outgrew the word “pile” a long time ago. I actually considered throwing books away this week but couldn’t bring myself to do it. So stay tuned on Wednesday, because 30 Books in 30 Days is getting ramped up! Also, if you win a book and prefer one of mine, let me know. I have piles of many of them sitting around and taking up space 🙂
Before I get to a snippet from PIRATESHIP DOWN, a novella-in-progress set in the Sentinels world, here are last week’s winners. As always, email your snail-mail address to me at email@example.com or using the “contact” tab at the top of the page. I’ll be cutting off the newsletter entries at the end of this week, July 31, so if you haven’t entered for the AAD Swag Bag, now’s the time! If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter, you can still get in on the August 15 edition by clicking on the newsletter tab above.
Now….here are our winners….let me know your top two genres. I can’t make any promises but will try to match you up. I have LOTS of YA paranormals so if you don’t want YA be sure and tell me.
BN100 won the cousins giveaway.
DAWN CAVENEE won the vanilla ice cream giveaway.
MELLY801 won the rodent giveaway.
LIL won the junk food giveaway.
JC LOH won the Reader’s Choice giveaway and chose The Devil’s Bag Man.
WENDY won the last scene-snippet giveaway.
Speaking of which, try this one:
I was still a few dozen yards down the darkened beach when the sound of raised male voices reached me through an open window.
“The wizard’ll kill you. She ain’t that hurt.” Definitely my merman buddy Rene Delachaise. Nobody could speak South Louisiana Cajun like Rene, since that’s exactly what he was.
“Bah. We shall return with the gold before Drusilla realizes we have departed.” That French-accented baritone could belong only to the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, appropriate since the voices were coming from his study window.
Awesome. I had arrived to check on Jean’s health, staggering down a mile of dark beach with an armload of sausage and brandy, only to hear some type of nefarious piratical plot being formed.
Whatever Jean Lafitte and my merman buddy Rene Delachaise were fighting over, they didn’t want me to know about it. All the more reason to eavesdrop.
I settled the andouille and brandy on the edge of the banquette stretching from the beach to the door of Maison Rouge, Jean’s tropical mansion, and sneaked next to the floor-to-ceiling window to listen.
“You ain’t in no shape to be going off in search of treasure.” Rene’s voice rose and fell; he was pacing. “You just got killed again, or did you forget about that?”
“Mon Dieu, Rene. A man does not forget his own death, even if it is not his first.”
“That ain’t the point, pirate.” I startled as Rene banged on something for emphasis. “You’re gonna get yourself killed again and either me or the wizard will get killed tryin’ to save you, and we ain’t immortal.”
Jean’s voice rose loud enough to wake the undead. “You forget to whom you speak, Monsieur Delachaise, vous poisson géant.”
Holy crap. Jean had just called Rene a giant fish. Time for some intervention.
I leaned over to pick up the andouille and brandy, which sent my ribs and bandaged shoulder into a dance of pain. I groaned without thinking.
When I straightened up, both the pirate and the merman were charging toward the window.
“What you doin’ here, babe?”
“You should be healing, Jolie. At your own home.”
Uh-oh. They’re up to something. This is a new novella that will be included in the first of four or five Sentinels of New Orleans story collections. I hope to have this one out in October. The plan is for each novella to have one novella, five short stories, and some bonus content, and will be available in both digital and print. Or at least that’s the plan. Stay tuned! (P.S. Timeline-wise, if you are concerned about such things, PIRATESHIP DOWN takes place between ELYSIAN FIELDS and PIRATE’S ALLEY.
For today’s mystery book giveaway, which outfit would you prefer to see Jean Lafitte wear–an orange prison jumpsuit or a black and white striped prison jumpsuit? Yes, the pirate is going to run afoul of the law.