December Easter Eggs and Weekly Winners

LovelyDarkAndDeepThe book blog tours are officially over! Many thanks to those of you who followed along. I should get the winners list from the tour organizer in a week or so, so good luck!

Book winners: I am officially BEHIND schedule. What a shocker. I will get everything done before Dec. 19, however, since that’s when the day job mailroom holiday break begins, so be patient.

Over the holidays, I’m going to be doing some blog-pondering. I feel as if it (and I) has been in a rut for a while. So if you have some idea of memes that you enjoy or things you’d like to see more of, please leave a comment. I can always talk about writing and the books and I’m reading and writing….does that interest you or is that too boring?

SALE! My publisher is having a Kindle sale for LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP for 99 cents. I don’t think they’ve ever marked it so low, so it’s a great time to pick up an inexpensive read or even a holiday gift. Did you know you can gift Kindle copies? Anyway, so it seemed like a good time to talk about some LDD trivia. Some or most you might already know…

This was my first non-paranormal book and I still like it a lot. I did more research for this book than for any before or since, and now I can tell you more than you could possibly want to know about the Knights Templar and their lost treasure; the towns of Levy County, Florida; shipwrecks off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, especially Scaterie Island; Main-a-Dieu harbor in Cape Breton; cold-water diving for shipwrecks; and the sea floor geography of the North Atlantic. Since I’m a bonafide geek, I thoroughly enjoyed the research!

I named many of the characters after pets in my and my friends’ lives, past and present. The hero, Shane Burke, was named after my Australian terrier, Shane (who was female but she didn’t mind having a boy’s name). Shane’s friend Jagger was named after my friend Dianne’s black lab. Charlie Burke, Shane’s uncle, was named after my friend Lauri’s Corgi mix. Harley, the bar owner, was named after my friend Stella’s cocker spaniel. There are a good half-dozen others as well. Heroine Gillian’s dog, Tank, was, of course, my dog Tanker. He looked like my Tank and acted like my Tank, who could be surly with anyone but his mama (i.e., me).

The place in Florida in which Shane lived and where the first part of the book is set, is Cedar Key, a small island off the Gulf cost of Florida just west of Gainesville. I took a brief vacation there the year before I wrote the book and fell in love with it. It’s 1950s Florida, very uncommercialized and pristine. Gillian rents a cabin there, and it’s based on the V-Ibis cottage, which is where I stayed when I was there.

LDD was one of the few books I’ve written that doesn’t have a direct New Orleans connection so I took care of that by naming Shane’s boat The Evangeline (name of a town in Acadia Parish and a parish itself, Evangeline Parish). Gillian’s parents own a gator ranch around Slidell, Louisiana, north of New Orleans.

Jagger, appropriately, is always singing Rolling Stones songs. Although I don’t listen to the Stones much anymore, I was a MAJOR Stones fan back in the day and loved me some Keith Richards. How did Keef get so old? LOL.

When Gillian visits her friend Viv in the hospital, she sneaks her in some steak biscuits from Hardee’s. This is a personal weakness. It’s a good thing the nearest Hardee’s is nowhere near my route to or from the day job or they’d see way too much of me in the breakfast line.

Originally, before I added the prologue as an afterthought, the original opening scene in LDD was one I’d been playing like a movie in my head for a month before I started actually writing. It was inspired by “One Good Year” by Slaid Cleaves. (Slaid’s song “Borderline” inspired the character of Jack Kellison in STORM FORCE, and I’ve threatened to write a series of short stories based on his music.)

Enough on the trivia for today. Pick up a copy of Lovely, Dark, and Deep if you get a chance. And in the meantime, AMIE GAUDET won a copy of Dana Marton’s Flash Fire (Kindle or print), and ROGER S won the Reader’s Choice contest. He picked Witch is Why Another Door Opened (Witch P.I. #15) by Adele Abbott, but can make a substitute choice if he prefers. Amie and Roger, you can contact me at suzannej3523 at gmail or via the contact tab on this page to let me know your preference.

New Reader’s Choice tomorrow!

6 thoughts on “December Easter Eggs and Weekly Winners

  1. I really enjoyed Lovely, Dark and Deep. I have been fascinated with all the legends associated with th Knights Templar. Hope you get a chance to relax. Two blog tours back to back must be exhausting! First show today-looks really pretty, but I’m not ready for winter.

  2. Oh I like Slaid ( new to me ). You have yet to bore me so keep on blogging. Love learning about New Orleans, the Bayou etc. I also enjoyed Lovely, Dark and Deep.

  3. It was great to see Shane and Tank as characters in LDD. Please, talk about writing and the books you’re reading and writing, That will not be boring. Always have liked that kind of thing. Especially when we get hints as to what’s coming. And thanks again for the book.

  4. Congrats on the successful blog tours for your new releases! I enjoy reading about your writing and books, especially when you share the details on your research and your inspiration for each story. It would be fun to have a jigsaw puzzle section on the blog highlighting your lovely book covers.