Scene-Snippet Sunday & Belle Chasse ARC Giveaway

Happy Sunday! Well, except for the have-to-work part. I’ve been on day-job deadline crunch for the past few days, which is why the blog disappeared. There’s a big week planned, though, so hopefully the day job will behave itself this week. Thanks to everyone for suggesting a read for me! I have quite a reading list now, and am reading them in the order they were suggested, which means I’ve just started a re-read of Kim Harrison’s DEAD WITCH WALKING. I’ll have an “author’s review” coming soon.

Okay, then, how about a scene-snippet from…BELLE CHASSE? AND how about an ARC giveaway to go with it?

In this scene, DJ and Jean are having a serious conversation about serious topics when they’re interrupted….

A pair of shots rang out from outside, near the front of the house, followed by shouting. A sudden flood of adrenaline doused my fatigue and political confusion.

Jean’s posture straightened, and he rose quickly. “That is Dominique, whose men were watching the transport. Something is amiss.”

Ya think? I ran for my bag and pulled out the staff.

Jean slipped a triangular-bladed dagger from beneath his tunic, wrenched open the door to the study, and strode out ahead of me. As always where the pirate was concerned, I trailed along, a step behind.

I edged around Jean in time to see his older half-brother and fellow pirate captain Dominique Youx dragging a stumbling, bleeding man into the front hallway from outside and shoving him to the floor. I breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn’t Alex, followed by a chaser of disappointment that it wasn’t Alex, topped by a dollop of concern that our friend Ken Hachette had been shot.

Ken, a human NOPD detective who’d recently been clued in about the big bad world surrounding him, had missed all the recent events due to a family emergency that had taken him out of town.

Why would he be coming to Old Barataria alone via Jean Lafitte’s private transport unless Alex sent him? My adrenaline jump-started my heart to another race, this one fueled by worry. Something bad had happened; it was the only explanation.

Jean and Dominique exchanged a rapid-fire torrent of French that went way past my abilities to interpret. “He claims to be a friend to her,” Dominique finally spat out, and I could tell by the way he said her, much as one might say flesh-eating maggot, that he referred to me. He’d never liked me; he considered me a bad influence on his baby brother the immortal pirate. As if.

I somehow don’t think DJ and Dom are ever going to be pals. The real Dominique You (sometimes spelled Youx) might or might not have been Jean Lafitte’s older half-brother. I use that for the series, but historians are divided. What isn’t in doubt is that Dom was Jean’s closest “lieutenant” and good friend. After the War of 1812, when Jean went back to his old privateering ways, Dom remained in New Orleans and walked the straight and narrow. He is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Here’s his tomb and a closeup of his name plate:

dom headstone

Okay, so, did you win something this week? If so, please email me at suzannej3523 at gmail or via the contact link on this page and let me know your email or mailing address.

JOLENE won a $5 Amazon gift card for helping build my new reading list!

ERIN F won this week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway and chose Casey Wyatt’s DEAD GIRLS DON’T CRY. Please let me know if you still want this book, and whether you prefer digital or print.

Now, want to win an ARC of BELLE CHASSE? Just leave your name in the comments section and I’ll announce the winner next Sunday. I will be doing a couple of Facebook giveaways in the coming weeks as well, so stay tuned to my FB page if you’re on there.

While you don’t HAVE to leave a review on Amazon when the book goes on sale Nov. 8, it would be much appreciated.



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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).

28 thoughts on “Scene-Snippet Sunday & Belle Chasse ARC Giveaway

  1. For some reason, I find it difficult to believe that Dom became a model citizen. I would never have guessed it! Good luck with the day job! Do you have a countdown to retirement?

    • April 30, at the latest, although I keep threatening to move it up a little.

      Dominique You was an interesting guy. He was in the French military before coming to Louisiana, probably by way of the West Indies. He was more than a decade older than Jean and had a wife and children–which probably contributed to his decision to settle down. They were all heroes among the people. Jean could’ve lived to a quiet, prosperous old age had he forgiven the Americans for double-crossing him (they burned his house and took over his ships after promising to leave him alone). Instead, he went to Galveston, Texas, and started over.

  2. Thanks, always like the Scene-Snippet Sunday posts. Looking forward to the November release of Belle Chasse. Excited to see what the fans will think of the Faerie world.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. I am going to be honest…. I never read snippets of books I am 100% going to read! I always like it to be a surprise when I start reading.

  4. I found the Penton Vampire Legacy series on KindleUnlimted and listened to the entire series in a week! Hoping there might be another Penton book in the works, I ventured to your website to see what you were up to! Thank you for the this awesome series. Now… which Sandlin/Johnson book should I read next??

    • Thanks, Jesse! The next Penton book is scheduled for release on January 19 :-). If you haven’t read STORM FORCE (Sandlin), I’d recommend that since it’s tied to Penton–it’s actually set between OMEGA and ALLEGIANCE. All the Susannah Sandlin books are available for Kindle Unlimited, so you might want to give WILD MAN’S CURSE a try 🙂

  5. Love the historical snippets that you give about New Orleans and the interesting people in the past.

  6. THANK YOU!!!!!! I’m not going to enter for the arc as i’ve already won a book 🙂 thanks for sharing and congrats and best of luck on the retirement!!! There’s an end in sight 🙂

  7. I’d love to win an ARC of Belle Chasse. Seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the book. I think I’ll have to do a reread of the last one to refresh my memory before I read it.

  8. *raises hand* “Yes, please!” I am so excited for this book. I didn’t read the excerpt, because I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t like to know ANYTHING before I read the book. No excerpts or snippets! I know, weird! Thanks for this chance!