Friday Blogs, Black Diamond Spotlights, and Chances to #Win

Just some odds and ends today–sorry Jean flaked on us for the BLACK DIAMOND tour. He will be back for the BELLE CHASSE tour; he and Rene should have a chance to get their eBay scam, er, I mean scheme, set up by then.

In the meantime, I’m talking about Mr. Lafitte over at the Tor Books blog today. Today’s BLACK DIAMOND tour stop was a no-show, so nothing to do on that count.

Thanks to Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality for the great review today!

Have a great weekend! I plan to sleep. A lot.

Welcome to Pointe-aux-Chenes, LA–and my Top 10 Reads!

Pfft, that Jean Lafitte is useless. He’s abandoned me to run off with Rene to collect items to sell on eBay. I’ll give you an update on their adventures later.

In the meantime, the tour for BLACK DIAMOND continues today at the Silver Dagger Scriptorium, wherein I list my top ten books. It’s an eclectic list, based not necessarily on favorite books, but on books that have influenced me the most. See what you think–and you can enter for the tour giveaways here, too.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read the first Wilds of the Bayou book, WILD MAN’S CURSE, even though they technically can be read as standalones, a reminder there’s still time to pick up a Kindle copy on sale for $1.99. The Kindle version of BLACK DIAMOND is $3.99.

Also, tonight on Facebook, I’ll be joining author Cecy Robson to celebrate the launch of her new book, OF FLAME AND LIGHT. It lasts from 7-10 p.m. EASTERN, and I’ll be taking over the 9:15-9:30 EDT (8:15-8:30 CDT) time slot, giving away an ARC of BELLE CHASSE (or another book in the series–winner’s choice).  You can find the event here.

So, in both Wilds of the Bayou books, there are scenes set deep in the marshes of southern Terrebonne Parish, which is at the southern tip of central Louisiana, about halfway between New Orleans and Houston. If you’ve read the books and want to envision where the action takes place, here are a couple of videos, as well as an introduction to “Mean Jean,” a gator who lives in the parish as he (or she) enjoys a snack of raw chicken on a stick. Hey, to each his own.

First, an aerial tour of the marshy lands and water in the parish where da roads dey don’t go.

And a view of Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes from the POV of a kayak (kayak fishing is popular on this bayou):

And here’s Mean Jean! (aka “baby”). It takes him (or her) a while to take the bait.

Hm. I think the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries might not like this gentleman feeding Mean Jean lest the gator start associating humans with yummy raw chicken….