Girl Power and Name Games

I have a couple of guest posts up today if you have time to check them out.

First, I’m over at Pearls Cast Before a McPig with Sullivan McPig today, talking about how I choose names for my characters (and some pitfalls I’ve fallen into along the way) both in the Penton Legacy and Sentinels of New Orleans series.

And I’m over on author Jill Archer’s blog talking about how ILLUMINATION accidentally became a novel all about girl power despite the presence of all those sexy vampire boys.

Scene Snippet Sunday, SENTINELS Edition–A Peek into Frenchmen Street

Happy Sunday! They say FRENCHMEN, I say FRENCHMAN. The real name of the street in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street, but there’s only one undead Frenchman we all care about, right?

It won’t be out until early next year because of contract restrictions, but the sixth Sentinels of New Orleans book, FRENCHMEN STREET, will come to be. It will be the final book in the current story arc of the Sentinels series, after which I do have plans for these characters to live on.

So, here’s a snippet to prove the book IS in progress…

I met myself at the crossroads for a long overdue discussion with the biggest chaos magnet in the wizarding word–namely, myself. It was not a happy meeting, because grownup DJ–the one who had found herself an unwilling linchpin in an interspecies world war–said some things the old DJ didn’t want to hear. Hard truths.

Like the fact I’d been hiding out in Jean Lafitte’s shadow for too long, and it was time to claim my birthright as a green congress wizard with elven magic and kick some interspecies ass.

Like the fact that the man I’d been so desperate to commit to might never be the man I needed–and if I changed to be the woman he wanted, I might lose myself.

Like that I played a big role in the death of a good man because I’d tried to follow the wizard who was supposed to be my leader. That however strong Willem Zrakovi’s political and magical skills might be, at the core he was an immoral asshat.

Like the fact that my greatest allies were rogues and the misfits, and that I was, indeed, my father’s daughter. Peter Jaco, the kind human man who’d tried to raise me before losing me to the wizards, was not my father. That role belonged to the Red Congress wizard who had powerful magic but naive judgment.

I planned to keep the power but, unlike Gerry, I would not let naive choices drag me to my death.

Hm….I think our DJ has grown up. The book will take place during Mardi Gras season, so just imagine what chaos the princes of Faerie can cause during that time!

Stay tuned tomorrow for new ILLUMINATION tour stops and our weekly Reader’s Choice giveaway, as well as this week’s winner!