30 Books in 30 Days: Sentinels of New Orleans Edition

I’ve had a productive last few months, finishing and turning in both WILD MAN’S BLUFF, the first in my new suspense series featuring Louisiana game wardens (yum) and THE CONSORT, a novella for the DARK SECRETS anthology. Release date for the anthology is Sept. 29.

THE CONSORT is set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse, which means it is only tangentially connected to the ongoing story arc of the series. Part of the story takes place in New Orleans and part in Faerie. The main characters are Faulk and Liandra, both of whom are fae, but you’ll also see a little more in the ongoing feud between Christof, the Prince of Winter, and Florian, the Prince of Summer. No weather tantrums, though!

Speaking of the Sentinels series, I’ve come up with a scheme to keep you entertained while we all wait FOREVER for BELLE CHASSE, book five, to appear…November 2016, folks. Not a thing I can do about it.

So I’m planning five inexpensive collections that will release between now and then, and am shooting for the first to come out in early October. I’m exploring the costs of doing print as well as digital and will keep you posted on that. I will keep the price points as low as possible in order to recoup my production costs.

In the meantime, as most of you probably know, I’m giving away a mystery book per day for each day leading up to Aug. 10, when I head off to the Authors After Dark convention. All you have to do to enter to win a book from my TBR mountain (which, and I swear this is true, experienced an avalanche last night) is answer a question.

Today’s question is this:

What would you like to see in a Sentinels collection? I know that each one one will have a novella that’s either totally new or a greatly expanded version of an earlier story. Each one will contain 4-5 short stories, some new, some that have appeared online for limited runs. Each one will contain 5 articles ranging from character interviews to backstories.

Then I want to put in some extras, that might include, for example, character lists and dossiers broken down by book, family trees, annotated guides to the books….what else?

Just tell me the types of things you think you’d like to see!

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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).

41 thoughts on “30 Books in 30 Days: Sentinels of New Orleans Edition

  1. More back stories on Jean, Alex and the crew definitely. How about a holiday party-maybe Christmas? More insight into the Elven society too. You could write a recipe and I’ll read it!

    • Ha, thanks, Liz! I’m thinking we do need more on the elves. I’m considering a story about Rand’s parents–surely there’s a reason he’s such a donkey butt 🙂

  2. I think I would like to know more about Charlie. We have had little hints of why Charlie is attached to DJ but have very little info. Maybe more of the Beyond. Hidden treasure, Jean must have more gold coins somewhere.Annotated guides are great.

    • Oh, good idea, Roger! I hadn’t even thought about doing something on Charlie, but he’s a major part of DJ’s magic so that would be fun. There’s a very obscure tie between Jean Lafitte and the new book WILD MAN’S BLUFF, by the way, although WMB isn’t paranormal.

  3. I would love to see a family tree on both of DJ’s parents, which hopefully would led to more on the Elven society.

    • Good idea! We don’t know much about DJ’s parents except what was in Royal Street. And it might be time for DJ’s grandmother to make another appearance. We haven’t heard from “Gran” in a while.

  4. I’d love to see more of Alex’s and DJ’s families and more fun stories of Jean and Rene.

    • I’ll definitely have those. In compiling the ones I’ve already written, I was surprised to see more of Rene. Apparently, the merman likes to talk!

  5. i would be happy to learn more about charlie yes then i know the council has file on the paranormal characters( i think Alex spoke of that once) and i would be really curious to see those for example what they have on jean, DJ or the elves ( thought on those i’m sure it will have a lot of blank)
    oh or DJ met Eugenie

    but really your plan does sound exciting and don’t worry you won’t loose our support because publisher is stubbornly slow

    just don'”t over do it again^^

    • Oh, the Council’s files on people would be fun! Also, DJ and Eugenie before all the trouble started.

      You know me too well–I’m bad to overcommit. I won’t do what I did last year, though…promise!

  6. I would love to get a look into Jean’s head, see things from his point of view; he is my favorite character(after DJ of course). Some more history on the different supernatural races. I would also like to know about DJ’s family(grandma,mom, dad, and step dad), why so many secrets were kept, and about DJ’s physical magic. Honestly, anything and everything!! lol

  7. I would like to see more history of the characters to find out how they came about,

    • Yes, I was thinking I really hadn’t done much with Rene’s family. I do have one about Jake and Alex as teenagers. Maybe a younger DJ–you know she had to get in all kinds of trouble. The woman is a trouble magnet!

  8. Your plans for the Sentinels collection sound fantastic. The annotated guides to the books and family trees would be very interesting. I would enjoy some historical background information, holiday stories, and more Jean. I hope you will be able to publish a print edition of the collection.

    • Oh, it might be fun to pull more from Gerry’s diaries that factored so heavily into Royal Street–lots of stuff there about DJ as a kid and the history of the last wizards’ war!

  9. Uh…your publisher IS familiar with Pirate’s Alley and knows it ends on a cliffhanger, right!? Why they make us wait so loooong! (Yes I know it is totally not your fault!)

    I second the notion of having more info on Charlie! I would also like to see more information on Historical Undead that are in the Beyond that maybe haven’t been in the series yet but it wouldn’t be spoilers to have little bios for them. I would also be interested in novellas focused on the shifters and weres, or even just fleshing out more in their world if you don’t do full-on novellas with them. I know you are doing more separately in the world of Faerie so you probably already have plans for that!

    • Ugh, I know! I probably would have ended PIRATE’S ALLEY differently had I known it would take so long to get the next book out. I do think a novella focused on the weres and shifters would be interesting to do. I want to write about how Jake ended up living in the Beyond, which has a lot to do with how the shifters and weres are organized. He never fit in.

  10. I’m not picky, the things you have planned all sound great to me. I like learning more about the history of the characters, that sounds great.

  11. Maps? That’s just something I enjoy in books. I’ve honestly never read any of your books. However now that I’ve discovered you and signed up for your newsletter I want to read PA. I have a pirate in my ancestry and the book appeals to me greatly. I have some serious catching up to do, eh?

  12. Sounds like you have everything covered. 🙂 Looking forward to the new series and Belle Chasse.