Guest Blog & Giveaway: RIVER ROAD BY Suzanne Johnson & win a Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch

November 22, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 90

Today we are bringing you the latest stop on Suzanne Johnson‘s book tour for RIVER ROAD, the second book in her Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series is available now  from Tor Books. We’ve got a killer giveaway too with eight winners and a grand prize winner choosing either a Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch (or $100 gift card for Amazon, B&N, or Book Depository). Enter via the widget below!

5 Ways to Spot the Historical Undead


Suzanne Johnson

You’re walking down the streets of New Orleans and ahead you see an eyeful of pirate. He’s six-two, is built like a Chippendale dancer, has a realistic-looking curved blade tucked in his wide belt, looks at you with deep blue eyes that make you swoon, and speaks in a deep baritone with a heavy French accent (which also might make you swoon).

He’s got to be a stripper, right? You follow him, thinking he’ll lead you to a tacky, neon-lit bar where he’ll take the stage, pretending to be the early 19th-century pirate Jean Lafitte. You’ll end the evening tucking dollar bills in those tight black pants with the button fly. You might spring for a lap dance.

Unless he really is the early 19th-century pirate Jean Lafitte—member in good standing of the Historical Undead, famous humans granted immortality by the magic of human memory. In which case, he might lead you into a dark alley and help himself to your wallet or your virtue.

But never fear—there are some easy ways to tell if the sexy bad boy you’re stalking is a garden-variety celebrity impersonator or the real Historical Undead pirate himself.

  1. Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)What is he wearing? The Historical Undead have proven very partial to clothing from their human lives, so Jean Lafitte, for example, would probably be stalking the streets in tall boots, a loose-fitting tunic, tight pants, a sash (with or without visible weaponry), and a belt or sash. If he’s wearing jeans, which he would consider peasant garb and far beneath him, it’s a modern pirate wannabe. (Plus, the real Lafitte would likely be perplexed by that newfangled zipper thing.)
  2. Offer him your cell phone or iPad. If he looks at it in confusion, or as if it were a strange species of toad, or is afraid of it, he’s most assuredly a member of the Historical Undead. Although Jean Lafitte has quickly learned that electronic devices may be pawned for cash, so this method of undead-detection is not foolproof. And there is a rumor floating around that the undead William Faulkner has managed to obtain a laptop.
  3. Who’s his buddy? Since all of a city’s Historical Undead live in the same part of the world Beyond when they aren’t visiting our world, you might be alerted by odd pairings. Undead jazz great Louis Armstrong might be walking down Bourbon Street with the pirate Lafitte and the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, for example. It’s unlikely even the most bizarre of strip shows would feature this pairing, unless it’s really, really kinky, so chances are good you’re looking at a trio of the undead.
  4. River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)Tell him he’s hot. The pirate Lafitte is quite the handsome man, so if you are so forward as to tell him he’s hot or he’s smoking, the real Lafitte will likely look down at himself in confusion, wondering if he’s been set on fire or has somehow mistaken his own body temperature. Any slang will work: “How’s it hanging?” however, might tempt him to try stringing you up from the nearest light pole to see if he can answer your question.
  5. Follow him. The pirate Lafitte is kind of smokin’ hot, after all, so go ahead and follow him into that dark alley. He has more money than God, so he won’t likely take your wallet. And if he takes your virtue? That’s kind of the whole point, n’est-ce pas?

Jean Lafitte and other members of the Historical Undead can be found roaming the streets of New Orleans in River Road, the second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. GIVEAWAY: In addition to the tour giveaway of a choice of Kindle Paper White or Nook Simple Touch (or equivalent gift card), comment for one of two $25 tour-wide gift cards to your online bookseller of choice. Which member of the Historical Undead would you most like to meet?

 Suzanne  Johnson I’m the author of a new urban fantasy series (i.e., this is not paranormal romance) set in post-Katrina New Orleans beginning with ROYAL STREET and RIVER ROAD, both coming in 2012 from Tor Books.

After living in New Orleans for many years, a couple of years after Hurricane Katrina I moved to bucolic (really) Auburn, Alabama, for family reasons. ROYAL STREET started as my attempt to come to terms with the Katrina debacle, my own post-traumatic stress, and homesickness for New Orleans.

Eventually, it took on a life of its own. It has wizards, assassins, undead pirates and other New Orleans royalty, some voodoo goods, a very light touch of romantic promise, and what I hope is a sensitive and truthful feel for the horror and strength of spirit that marked New Orleans in the post-Katrina months.


Tour Wide Giveaway

1–Choice of Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch (or $100 gift card for Amazon, B&N, or BookDepository)

5–$10 gift cards for Amazon, B&N or Book Depository

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*BONUS Giveaway* 2–$25 tour-wide gift cards to your online bookseller of choice

Leave a comment answering this question to enter: Which member of the Historical Undead would you most like to meet?

Book Details

River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)


Available now from Tor Books


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.

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90 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: RIVER ROAD BY Suzanne Johnson & win a Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch”

  1. miki

    hil my mother would love to meet louis armstrong but i prefer jean it would be more fun ( a bit risky perhaps but i will stick my someone i’m sure to be able to speak too without being understood by a bystander ( after all they love they discretion^^)

  2. Suzanne Johnson

    Thanks for the comments, guys, and if you’re in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving! It looks like my favorite pirate is popular today…he really can be quite charming. Just remember: he ALWAYS has an angle!

  3. rissatoo

    While Jean might be fun to meet, wouldn’t it be cool to meet Louis Armstrong and listen to him play?

  4. Roger Simmons

    I would like to go to The Green Gator, and meet Louis Armstrong. Would love to hear that horn of his again.

  5. suzanne johnson

    Louis would be my second choice (definitely the safer choice)—although William Faulkner or Tennessee Williams might be cool!

  6. JenM

    I’ve always had a crush on Jean Lafitte, so definitely him. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Nora-Adrienne

    I love New Orleans and would love to live there someday. The covers of your books are amazing (but being TOR means you get the best artists) and your story concept has me looking at my library’s web site to see if any of them are on hand.

    If it looks like the real pirate, moves like the real pirate, it probably is.

  8. Catherine

    YES…I’d agree with Jean (if he spoke in French to me…hubba, hubba). Marie Laveau would be great to do a voodoo walking tour through NOLA with.

  9. suzanne johnson

    Ah…a brave soul is willing to meet Marie Laveau! Although she’s probably safer than the real pirate!

    • Tanyaw1224

      I would pick Marie too if Jean was taken 😉 Happy Thanksgiving Suzanne 🙂

  10. Tanyaw1224

    Ummmm…The one I’d most like to meet you ask…JEAN of course. I like all her characters but for the would so be that sexy pirate. Love him. Thanks so much for the post and Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  11. erinf1

    Congrats to Suzanne on the new release! I’m very excited for this new book 🙂 Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! Well… Jean of course 😉

  12. Mel S

    As intriguing as my favourite pirate is, I would love to meet Cleopatra – she was such a strong woman for her time and there are so many stories and myths around her! 🙂

  13. Christina K.

    Oh Jean – all of us are so eager to meet you we’re willing to follow your impostors;)

    I’d love to meet Robert Frost – and Jean of course!!

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  14. Kai W.

    Thanks for the Giveaway. Between the eReaders, it is still a tough choice but I have more books in Kindle but no portable device but I like the Nook. Oh, well…

    Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. Coley

    Just what I need, another book on my to-read list. These books look very awesome and we have a chance to win at the same time. Awesome!

  16. Barbara Elness

    I thinking meeting Jean Lafitte would be fun and very interesting.

  17. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    well i haven’t read this series yet and the guest post makes jean sound pretty intriguing so i’d have to go with him. i’d brave a dark alley to see what he’s up to. 🙂

  18. Richard Hayes

    Sounds like a good book. If just in La. then either Jim Bowie or LAfitte

  19. Breana M.

    As interesting as Jean sounds I’d like to meet Washington Irving. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  20. suzanne johnson

    Thanks for the comments….Jean is a popular pirate! But Cleopatra would be fascinating…and I know nothing about Washington Irving!

  21. Amber D.

    Marie Laveau has gone to know some funky stuff, she would be my choice.

  22. elaing8

    From all the things I’ve learned about him on the tour I think I’d like to meet Jean Lafitte 🙂

  23. donnas

    After all Ive been reading. It would have to be Jean.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  24. Kimberley C

    thanks for the giveaway. I would have to go with Jean..
    I am really enjoying this series, thank you.

  25. Larena Hubble

    I love the part about looking at an iPad in confusion. So I would have to go with Jean Lafitte.

  26. Yaara

    Hmm, the more I hear about this Jean character the more I’m intrigued 🙂

  27. Readsalot81

    There’s a lot of ladies in line to meet Jean Lafitte. 😀 Although, he’d probably enjoy that. lol.. I’ll add myself into the mix. Would to meet the scalliwag, Jean Lafitte.

  28. Biki

    I love your blurb! I cannot wait to read it and will be on the lookout!

    Which member of the Historical Undead would you most like to meet?
    Humm, hard choice actually. I’m not sure I know of any but after the blurb, Jean Lafiette is sounding pretty stinking hot!

  29. Brooke B.

    I’d totally follow Jean into a dark alley to, um, meet him but I think I’d pick Cleopatra. I’ve read so many books about her. I fell in love reading about her at a young age because of her strength, smarts and it was reported she owned a jaguar. I’d just love to find out what really happened and what she’s really like.

  30. Suzanne Johnson

    Thanks for all the comments. Yes, Jean is quite the popular pirate, but he does hate to disappoint the ladies so I’m pretty sure he can handle all the attention!

  31. aurian

    I would love to meet Dame Barbara Cartland, I grew up on her books.Awesome guestpost Suzanne, this was fun, thank you.

  32. vero

    I have not read any of Suzanne Johnson, sounds so good that I have to start now

  33. nat ogu

    im looking forward to a story based in that locale that isnt by anne rice

  34. kyla whitley

    hi! thank you for the giveaway! looking forward to reading your new book! 😀

  35. Anne

    Well, after reading the post how could it be anyone opther than Jean?!? I wouldn’t miond listening to Louis Armstrong either.

  36. Suzanne Johnson

    Thanks for all the comments–you guys rock! Jean is thrilled at his (overwhelmingly female) fans, but I’ve heard some other interested “historical undead” suggestions too!

  37. Chinyere Ezinwanyi

    Louisiana is always a great setting for the historical undead. No other place can the monsters blend in like you could there. I could dig Jean Lafitte!

  38. Enigma75

    Oh man…who to choose??? I’d love to meet Louis Armstrong! Or possibly Marie Laveau, but I think I might chicken out at the last minute. lol

  39. Sumiyati E Monoarfa

    Jean Lafitte is definitely my choice. Although, I am not opposed to seeing any of them.~

  40. [email protected]

    This is a fantastic giveaway!! I would love to win a Kindle since I am a Nook reader. It seems most authors prefer working with Amazon, so this would be a great way to read Suzanne’s book, among others 😀

  41. rhowie

    sounds like a good book! ill add this on my tbr! awesome! so much to read so little time *sigh

  42. *Pernille*

    I would love to meet a real pirate so Jean Lafitte – how cool would that be? 😉

  43. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    Jean Lafitte would be good or how about Captain Jack Sparrow. HAHA! He was undead for a while also.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  44. latisha depoortere

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway! This sounds like a really good book would love to read it!

  45. Kimberly B.

    I’d love to meet Cleopatra, but there might be a language barrier, so perhaps I’ll go with my second choice, Oscar Wilde. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  46. Alina

    Jean, of course 😉 O and it would be interesting to meet Cleopatra or Pocahontas maybe… Thanks for the awesome giveaway! And I’m looking forward to reading this series 🙂