Monday, May 6, 2013

River Road - Virtual Book Tour

Hello Escapists!

I have been lucky enough to be part of the book tour of Suzanna Johnson'snew book River Road, the second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans. Hmmm lets start you off with the cover and the book blurb to remind us all what it is about.

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.

Excited yet? I know I am. I had a chance to interview Drusilla for this blog tour and here's how it went.

Drusilla Jaco, the wizard heroine from the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, took a break from chasing down pretes (preternaturals) who’ve crossed the borders from the Beyond into modern New Orleans to chat about life and love as a wizard, and what it’s like to be one of the very few female wizards to hold the job of sentinel.

What’s the hardest part of your job as sentinel?
Well, since Hurricane Katrina tore down the borders between New Orleans and the Beyond, all the rules have changed. Before, if a prete like a vampire or a member of the historical undead came across into the city, I could just pack their happy asses back to the Beyond. Now, they’re negotiating treaties with the wizards and as long as they can mainstream with humans and don’t kill anybody, I have to do things like compromise and negotiate. (Sighs.) I hate that.

Do you feel like a trail-blazer? You’re one of only a very few female wizards to ever hold the job of sentinel.
Not really. I mean, most days I’m just trying to stay alive—or out of the wizards’ Elders’ doghouse. They seem to feel I’m a little, shall we say, entrepreneurial in my methods. Which is patently ridiculous, of course.

What are you most afraid of?
Losing someone else that I care about. The years since Katrina have been rough, and it has been hard for me to trust anyone and learn to care about someone again. Oh, and elves. I’m afraid of elves. And zombies.

Have you ever met an elf or a zombie?
I met an elf recently and he scared the crap out of me. One minute he’s this nice, middle-aged, suburban-looking dude, and the next his mind is burrowing into mine like a ground squirrel hiding an acorn. I haven’t met a zombie. I don’t want to. Although my partner Alex gave me a grenade just in case one shows up at my house. He swears grenades are the best things to use against zombies. I bet an elf wouldn’t fare well with a grenade either.

You know that the elven staff you found after the hurricane, the one you call Charlie, is attracting the elves’ attention, don’t you?
Uh, you think? I know I should quit using Charlie but that staff gives my physical magic a big boost—it’s like being a nerdy ritual-magic wizard and a kickass physical-magic wizard at the same time. The best of both worlds. As long as the elves don’t bother me, I won’t bother them.

How kickass can you be if you can’t aim the staff? I mean, so far you’ve burned part of your coffee table, zapped your ceiling fan into oblivion, and…let’s see…oh yeah, you set fire to the Louisiana wetlands. You shoot like a girl.

I could try it on you. Bet I wouldn’t miss.

Okay, changing the subject. Jean Lafitte.

Is that a question?

What’s between you and the undead French pirate?

We’re friends. Well, not exactly….We’re colleagues in…well, no. I have no idea what we are.

You went on a dinner date with him.

Yes, and it turned out so well. (Rolls eyes.)

Will there be more dates?

(Sighs.) I’d like to say no, but somehow my common sense seems to fly out the window when the pirate walks in the door. I mean, you’ve seen the pirate, right? And heard that sexy accent?

Who’s your least favorite person?
I like everyone. Hey—what’s that look for? Oh, okay. I’m currently very unhappy with Adrian Hoffman, the speaker of the Elders. He’s an insufferable jerk and… don’t get me started. I’m also keeping an eye on my new neighbor Quince Randolph. He’s dating my best friend Eugenie, but there’s something totally off about that guy and I can’t figure it out.

Is he human?
Let’s just say he bears watching.

Watching him won’t be too unpleasant—he’s hot, isn’t he? Tall, blond, built like a swimmer?
He can be hot and still be a jerk who’s up to something.

A quick word-association game before we go. I’ll say a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind:

Alex: Chocolate
Jake: Honey
Jean: Cobalt

You realize you’re describing their eye color, right?


Fine. New Orleans: Home
Jazz: Louis Armstrong. I talked to the undead Louis last week.
Elves: Sneaky bastards
Loup-Garou: (long pause) Guilt.
Love: (longer pause) Gotta go. There’s a goblin wandering the Quarter and those guys just can’t mainstream. Later, gator!

Okay, that was fun. I love doing interviews and this interview was ...interesting. Let's keep it at that. 
I hope had as much fun as I had doing it.

River Road released on 22nd of November, 2012.


Roger on May 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM said...

You shoot like a girl! LOL Team D.J. Thanks for the Q&A, always fun. Love the series, recommend it to everyone.

Sullivan McPig on May 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM said...

Great interview :-)
Very curious about River Road I will confess.

Timitra on May 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM said...

Fun interview...thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Johnson on May 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM said...

Thanks for the comments, guys!

@Roger...Yes, DJ does shoot like a girl, and as a girl who would totally shoot like that, I can say this :-)

@Sullivan McPig...the River Road paperback comes out June 25!

@Timitra--thanks for stopping by!

SandyG265 on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM said...

I think DJ should meet a zombie beilng down in NO

miki on May 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM said...

^^ i can't resist DJ and the way she doesn't know where she stands with Jean.... the dinnier didn't went so bad ( at keast it wasn't his fault at all he was the perfect gentleman)
and i don't think Charlie would accept to be left unused

Liz S. on May 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM said...

Love the Q&A! Definitely,looking forward the next book.

Mel on May 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM said...

Sexy french pirates are always difficult to say no too! Although I have to admit I'd rather have hime to myself! :-)

rissatoo on May 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM said...

Great interview with DJ. "shoot like a girl" and the word association were tops! :)

Bonnie on May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM said...

Great interview! Can't wait for the next book.

mariska on May 8, 2013 at 1:10 AM said...

One of the Fun interview, i enjoyed it :)

Suzanne Johnson on May 8, 2013 at 2:25 AM said...

@SandyG....DJ is petrified of zombies. So of course she will meet the next-best-thing in Elysian Fields--an undead serial killer :-)

@Miki...Charlie becomes a lot bigger "character" starting with the third book, and Jean...well, he's going to do something to confuse DJ even more in some ways!

@Liz..Thanks! I can't wait for it to come out!

@Mel...See, I kind of feel that way too. Let DJ deal with Alex and Jake. I can keep Le Capitain all to myself :-)

@Risatoo...DJ's going to have to stop shooting like a girl, and soon!

@Bonnie...Thanks! August seems like forever :-)

@Mariska...Thank you for stopping by! I love doing character interviews, even if DJ can be a little grumpy.

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Maureen said...

Eagerly awaiting Elysian Fields!

June M. on May 8, 2013 at 5:03 AM said...

LOVE character interviews! They tend to be so fun :) I did not know that grenades were the best thing for zombies. I will have to try to get some for the Zombie Apocalypse, lol.
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Sounds like a tough part of the job

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Janhvi on May 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM said...

Hahaha she is grumpy but I still loved it! Wanna know more about Jean though ;)

Suzanne Johnson on May 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM said...

@Maureen--thank you! Can't wait till it arrives. ARCs should be showing up any day now :-)

@June...Yes, we really do need to lay in a supply of zombie-killing grenades :-)

@bn100...DJ handles most of her job with grace and dignity...NOT!

@Janhvi...Yes, wizards are grumpy-guses...but DJ can't quite resist the pirate Jean Lafitte!

Jennifer on May 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM said...

Thanks for the Q&A. Interesting stuff.


becca said...

Can't wait for the next book I really want to know who or what Rand is and what he wants...oh and I think Dj should be with Alex I mean a hot guy that can shift to a big dog...he is the best of both worlds

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