Free-for-all Friday and #Giveaway

lakeview2Happy Friday!”Free-for-All” Friday just means that when I blog on Friday, you never know what you might find 🙂

I’m heading into an emotional weekend, with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina being upon us tomorrow. Ten years ago today, I left my home fleeing a monstrous hurricane, little dreaming I wouldn’t be allowed to return home for six long weeks. Everything changed that day. Everything.

I will be sharing my story on next week’s blogs, and the stories of some of my friends. Some photos. Some memories. Some music. (And yeah, some winners!)

In the meantime, I am over at Between Dreams and Reality today, talking about some of the legends of French Louisiana outside New Orleans. The real heart of French Louisiana lies in the south-central part of the state (where the new Wardens series will be set). The culture is fascinating and kind of creepy. So head over there and enter to win books!

If you’re interested, I also have a piece up at on how Katrina changed genre fiction.

I’ll also be giving away a TBR book today. Just share any memories you have of Hurricane Katrina–do you remember watching coverage on TV? Comment here to enter, then head over to Between D&R to enter there, too!

23 thoughts on “Free-for-all Friday and #Giveaway

  1. I do remember following Katrina on TV. Doesn’t seem like 10 years has passed. A lot of followup on national TV this week.

    • Yes, I’ve been trying to watch as much as I can–I’m waiting to see what NBC does. Brian Williams, however one feels about him now, was a HUGE part of New Orleans’ recovery. He was in the Superdome during the storm, and came back again and again for years afterward after all the other reporters had moved on. I remember him saying that he was getting emails from people who said they were tired of it and his response was–too bad. This is too important a city and too important a story just to forget about it. I had the pleasure of interviewing him a year or so after Katrina and thought him a sincere, caring man.

  2. This may sound trivial, but the first thing that popped in my head was Mike Myers’ face when Kanye said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on live tv.

    • LOL. Yep, I remember that VERY well, because by that point we were all pretty much feeling like “George Bush doesn’t care about New Orleans people, period.” So many political failures, certainly not just him. There was a rap song by The Legendary K.O. called “George Bush Don’t Like Black People.” I have listened to it a lot because I was so angry, but it isn’t fit for a PG-rated blog! It is on YouTube: Be warned: it is NOT for the faint of heart.

  3. I read your excellent article at Tor. Personally, I can’t imagine dealing with such loss and chaos. I remember watching on TV. Happily, it sparked the Sentinel series and gave us DJ, Alex, Jean and the gang!

    • Yes, I feel guilty in a lot of ways that as bad as it was, it brought about something so wonderfully unexpected–a new career for me that I really love. Had it not been for Katrina, I would never have written a novel. It never would have occurred to me to try!

  4. I watched it on TV, like millions of others. As I work at AAA Oklahoma, we also donated city and state maps to the crews headed there to help (electric, Red Cross, etc). I prayed. I’m from Houston and I’ve been through several hurricanes myself, but not as bad as Katrina.

    • Since I couldn’t go home, I think I watched MSNBC and CNN nonstop for weeks. I remember the night before it made landfall, in a hotel in Bossier City, trying to pray and not knowing what to pray for–it was so massive. How could you possibly pray for it to go somewhere else? I was very blessed; I lost some stuff, but it was just stuff. Living with only two changes of clothes and one pair of shoes for six weeks, I learned that stuff doesn’t much matter.

  5. i remember watching it on Tv and feeling so helpless; then i saw a reportage showing how several houses could be perfectly used to live in if we only took of the wood barricating them and learning that some entrepreneur kept them unhabited to push teh last one living there to move so they could do what they wanted in the area

    But what marked me even more was teh little excerpt from newspaper at teh beginning of each chapters in royal street it really gave me a better understanding

    • There were some who took advantage of the people, but not as many as you might think. 80% of the city was underwater so there wasn’t much to rebuild for a long time. I’m glad the newspaper excerpts helped! I wanted to show how SLOW everything happened.

  6. I live about 45 minutes from New Orleans and my family and me stayed here during Katrina I have to say that was one hell of a storm even here. I sat outside on our porch and watched the trees as they bent to the ground, I’m talking huge trees with thick trunks, I watched pieces of houses fly away and it was like you could practically see the wind itself it was so strong (my imagination I know but it felt real). There several times me and my dad had to go out in it to try to save something, the doors on my dad’s shop, the roof of the shed that covered water well and on that one my dad had to climb up to get over the top to hammer it down. I remember thinking he needed to hurry but it was a good thing I was there because I had to grab a hold of his legs when the wind tried to take him. And if you are wondering why we did this, during Hurricane Andrew the wind try to lift our roof right off our heads so my ex fiance and my dad had to go outside put the posts back up and anchor them so I figured if I was outside I could things before they happened not to mention that the weather was pretty cool. Overall we were very lucky and when we finally got electricity back, I couldn’t get over all the devastation that had been left in the wake of this storm and then it hit me I was the dumbass that sat outside in it.

  7. I remember watching on TV and feeling so bad for all the people caught inthe floods and all the animals left behind.

    • Yes, I was so thankful to have my dogs with me. My vet lost his home and his vet clinic, and all the animals who were boarded there drowned because he couldn’t get to them. And then all the pets left behind. So sad.

  8. I remember watching the devastation on tv. Since my family lost everything in Hurricane Agnes many years ago, I know how difficult and how long it takes to rebuild.

  9. I live in Florida and I experienced several hurricanes in 2004 right after I moved here. I remember watching all the coverage on Katrina and seeing all of the horrible conditions during the storm and the aftermath and thinking about how lucky I was during the storms I had been through that they were nothing like that.

  10. I was living abroad and watched CNN and BBC news. It was difficult to grasp the magnitude of the destruction and the long, challenging aftermath could happen here.