Showing posts from February, 2013

Please welcome Donna Gallagher and her book "Laura's Light"

Donna will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so check out all the stops: BlurbForty-two- year- old single mother Laura Harris devoted more than half her life to raising her son. She remembered the concept of having sex but it had been aeons since she’s actually been a participant - especially with a real flesh-and-blood partner. But it’s time to reclaim her life. Her son is a man now. And the rising star of the Jets rugby league team. Their future is brighter than ever and, for the first time, financially secure. But Laura is starting to think agreeing to have dinner with Trevor Hughes could be biting off more than she can chew. Not that she can’t see herself taking a nice big chunk from the absolutely gorgeous thirty-four-year-old sports commentator’s rump, he’s one prime piece of masculinity! She just isn’t sure how or when the whole sex thing will bec…

Celebrate a Belated Mardi Gras and a New Release...

...with a slice of king cake!

Mardi Gras came early this year, the twelfth of February, but we can still celebrate with this week's release of my book, Laisser le Rouleau du Bon Dom,my contemporary BDSM, Mardi-Gras-themed novella.

Many people over the years have asked me why I chose New Orleans as my home. I grew up in a small town on the Central Coast of California. We had a university there with many professors from New Orleans.  In the late seventies, they--with the help of many locals looking for an excuse to party and satirize a little--started Mardi Gras in San Luis Obispo, California.

I grew up attending that Mardi Gras every year, and most years I was in the parade. Even as a small child, I rode on floats, walked and threw beads, or even roller-skated.

After some nearly-notorious riots one year around the university, the event was cancelled, but those who had organized and developed Mardi Gras, California style, had already instilled in me a love for the culture, revelry,…

Excerpt from Le Bon Dom

Le Bon Dom is now available! Buy it here:

And here's an excerpt to whet your whistle!

“You’re anywhere,” the ghost girl said.
Hollis opened his eyes and took in the dirty, tagged plaster walls rising up in front of them. “Where are we?”
“St. Louis Number One,” she said. “I needed to make a delivery, and you didn’t seem particular.”
A cemetery? Hollis straightened in his seat, pulled out his phone, and checked the time: 11:45. Still not even midnight. How had the evening progressed so quickly and to such… What kind of results were these? Sitting outside a boneyard minutes away from a new year, a mystery ice maiden responsible for him? This night had put him so out of his element he didn’t feel like himself anymore.
Around them, seemingly from all sides, the pop and whiz of fireworks sounded. The big ones over the river wouldn’t start until the gumbo pot dropped on top of the Jax Brewery Building at midnight, but that didn’t …

A Mardi Gras tradition

Well, today is the big day. I should be out, gathering with the marchers for St. Ann this morning, but instead I'm toasty and warm in my office, working. The sky outside is gray, and it rained most of yesterday. The idea of going out today, even for Mardi Gras, just seems...blah.
Sadly, Mardi Gras day means the end of king cake season. Don't know what that is? Read on to find out...
Mardi Gras Tradition Down here we have something called “king cake.” It’s basically a giant cinnamon roll with icing and colored sugar on top. Traditionalists won’t eat it if it’s filled, but the cakes do come with anything you’d find in a danish: cream cheese, apple, pecan praline, Bavarian cream… The list goes on!

Supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shops…heck, even gas stations…find counter space for these for the season of Mardi Gras, 6 January to whatever day Fat Tuesday falls on. This year it’s 12 February.

The cakes range in size from enough to serve four people, to being able to serve two or thre…

Please welcome Liz Everly and her book "Saffron Nights"

Liz will be awarding organic saffron and cedar bath gel and handmade soap to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY), so make sure to stop at all the blogs:

BlurbWherever they travel, there’s an aphrodisiac waiting to whet their appetites…

Brazil…Hawaii…India….As a food writer, Maeve has just been handed the hottest opportunity of her career. She’s being sent on an international research tour for an aphrodisiac cookbook. The downside is that she has to travel with rock star photographer and womanizer Jackson Dodds. And the upside is that she has to travel with Jackson Dodds. Because once they meet, Maeve understands why he’s been named “America’s Most Eligible Bachelor”—and despite her best intentions, all she can think about is putting their arousing recipes to the test…

Sexy and talented, Jackson can have any woman he desires. But lately, the thrill is gone—until he lays eyes on Ma…

Missed my newsletter? Here's some info on Marie Laveau

There is a myth surrounding Marie Laveau’s tomb that plays a role in Laisser le Rouleau du Bon Dom. The legend states that if you mark it with an X, make a wish, and leave an offering, the spirit of Marie Laveau will answer your prayer. Of course, the tomb is protected now. Marking it is considered vandalism, but that doesn’t stop people trying each year. Her tomb can be visited on one of the cemetery tours that leave the French Quarter each day. It’s best to go with a guide rather than trying to see it alone.

Laveau was such a powerful voodoo queen—and some say spy—that followers raised her pretty much to the level of the loa, a god. Her daughter even pretended to be her after her death, making people think she did not age.

More details can be found at this article at the Nicholls State Web site.