The daily commercial message. Be sure to check Susannah Sandlin’s website today for another Omega tour link to win the tour prizes (big prizes, guys), and an announcement that’s sort of quasi-official.
In honor of the Super Bowl, I thought today’s blog could offer a bit of a tour of things in the Sentinels of New Orleans series that 49ers and Ravens fans might encounter while they’re in NOLA. Of course, they think they’re experiencing Mardi Gras as well, but they aren’t. The two-week Mardi Gras parading season was split this year, with half of the parades held last weekend, and the other held next weekend, culminating on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12. There will be beads, drinking, and ridiculous crowds in the French Quarter, however, so they’ll never know the difference.
They might, however, visit (or even be staying in) the Hotel Monteleone, which is located on Royal Street.
On the lobby level, they might sit in the Carousel Bar (which slowly turns like, you know, a carousel), where DJ is sitting when River Road first begins.
They can look at the massive grandfather clock where she counts the moments until she has to go up to see Jean Lafitte. (to get a feel for scale, realize that’s a grown man standing next to the clock)
Someone is no doubt staying in the Eudora Welty Suite, not realizing that it’s the modern-day home of the undead pirate Jean Lafitte. They could enjoy Jean’s living area, where he tells DJ about the problems with the merpeople.
Or they could be sleeping in Jean’s bed, which DJ gets a look at in Elysian Fields (but my lips are sealed).
They might wander down to the Old Coffeepot for breakfast one morning. In Elysian Fields (coming in August), DJ and Jake stop in for some breakfast in one of the opening scenes.
Jake has very rare steak and eggs, but DJ gets a local favorite, pain perdu, or “lost bread.” It’s a deliciously evil concoction of French toast deep fried and smothered in syrup.
Or they might walk a few blocks over for a drink at the Napoleon House, which is where DJ and Jean first reached their quasi-truce in Royal Street. They can sit in the courtyard and ponder the steps to the second-floor gallery where the banquet room lies in which DJ set her first fire with Charlie the staff. She was aiming at Jean and his brother Pierre and missed them both.
If our football fans are brave, they will elbow their way through the crowds on Bourbon Street and visit a bar at the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis called the Cat’s Meow. It’s actually a karaoke club but in the Sentinels series, it is the Green Gator, the bar belonging to Jake Warin.
There’s also a Bourbon Street Cam outside the Cat’s Meow, so you can check in anytime, day or night, and see what’s happening around the “Green Gator.” Come back and look at it Sunday night after the Super Bowl. I predict it will be in-SANE.
So those are a few of the things this weekend’s football fans might find on their Sentinels Tour, um, I mean Super Bowl visit!
And now…for our weekly winners….If you see your name, please email me at suzannej3523 at gmail with your mailing info.
LIZ S won a copy of Kim Harrison’s Ever After. Choice of digital or print.
ROGER, REBE, SANDYG, LISA C and NOOKNUT won copies of Lexi George’s new book Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar.
MIKI won this week’s Reader’s Choice contest, and chose Kim Harrison’s Ever After.
Stop by this week for a new Reader’s Choice contest, a special-special guest interview on Thursday, and…oh yeah…maybe another release day for someone I know…