The Story Behind BLACK DIAMOND (and Weekly Winners)

Still life of spice. Black pepper and other spiceSo, if you subscribe to my newsletter (tab’s at the top of the page, just below the banner), you know that the second Wilds of the Bayou novel finally has a release date, Oct. 18, a buy link (and the paperback price has dropped to $9.99–Amazon will honor the lowest price), and a name–BLACK DIAMOND. Poor thing was called Bayou2, then Lure of the Bayou, but BLACK DIAMOND is more fitting. It is the name of a synthetic drug flooding Terrebonne Parish, and our wildlife agents get caught up in the investigation.

I’d been playing with the idea of a drug case for a while, but it didn’t gel until I began reading about the problems South Florida is having with a synthetic drug called flakka. It’s cheap and easy to make, and it’s able to mimic both crystal meth and heroine–in other words, it’s almost instantly addictive and drives people bonkers.

I needed something similar to flakka, but with a different name. For a long time as I was writing the book I just substituted ALBATROSS for the name of the drug–that’s my writing code word for “need to go back and deal with this later.” (So if you ever see “albatross” in my book, that’s a big OOPS.

Well, like my book, my drug needed a name and I looked at the name of a song currently playing on my iTunes, and there it was: “Diamont Noir,” by Alexandre Poulin. The song has nothing to do with drugs, of course. It’s actually a disturbing story of a young African child caught in the brutality of war in the Congo.

But Diamont Noir, or Black Diamond, was a perfect name for my drug….and ended up being the perfect name for the book. So thanks to singer-songwriter Alexandre Poulin for his unintended contribution! The video’s very difficult to watch but here it is if you’re curious.

Alexandre Poulin – Diamant Noir by RIMBOWARRIOR

Now, did you win a book this week? If so, please contact me at suzannej3523 at or the contact tab on this page with your winner info. If you won a TBR I’ll need a physical mailing address; a Reader’s Choice or digital book can be choice of formats and email address if digital…

And yes, I’m woefully behind with mailings, so be patient. I’ve just wrapped up teaching a six-week online workshop so that will free up some time for mailing. Oh, and writing. 🙂

LIL won a TBR book for commenting on Lençóis Maranhenses. This will be a print book.Let me know if you like or don’t want YA or if it doesn’t matter, or if you have a preferred genre.

SUZANNE BOYD won her choice of any of Jeffe Kennedy’s books, in print or digital.

BOOKLADY won a copy of Kim Harrison’s WAYLAID. It’s a good standalone for the Peri Reed books and fun for a Hollows fan. This is only in digital so let me know if you need Kindle or Nook. (I’ll check availability on iBooks and Kobo if those are preferred.)

PATTI won a TBR mystery book for commenting on my SH*T Authors Wish They Could Say post. That was a fun day–LOL. This will be a print book. Let me know if you like or don’t want YA or if it doesn’t matter, or if you have a preferred genre.

SULLIVAN McPIG won this week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway and decided to decide if and when she won. So…time to decide 🙂

Thanks for stopping by–come back tomorrow for a new Reader’s Choice giveaway and we’ll have a couple of interesting new authors visiting this week as well!


6 thoughts on “The Story Behind BLACK DIAMOND (and Weekly Winners)

  1. Thanks Suzanne! Contact info sent. I am looking forward to Jenna’s story. She’s a very interesting character. I know she will be dealing with the repercussions of the events in Wild Man’s Curse, and that increases my interest in Black Diamond. I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense without a paranormal aspect. My daughter says “if it could possibly happen, she’s not interested.” Lol. I gave her Wild Man’s Curse today to show her Mom is not always so predictable. 🙂

  2. Just preordered Black Diamond. Loved the photos in the newsletter too!
    Congrats to the winners!

  3. congrats to all winner ( great sullivan^^, let share what you pick^^)
    thank you a lot for sharing more abour black diamond^^