Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Suzanne Johnson, author of Elysian Fields, here today. Welcome!


The Sentinels Guide to Summer TV

What, you thought the wizards and shifters and undead pirates of the Sentinels world sat around sucking on crawfish heads and engaging in preternatural power struggles?

Even a merman needs a no-pressure evening in front of the TV.

So I asked each of the major characters of Elysian Fields to tell me his or her favorite show. See if there are any surprises…

Rene Delachaise, merman, head of the Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, merclan: “Chopped,” a long-running show on the Food Network where four chefs compete using a basket of bizarre ingredients to make a three-course meal in less than an hour.
Babe, you are gonna ruin my reputation if I don’t say somethin’ all manly, so don’t spread this around. I won’t miss a single episode of “Chopped.” Man, I can cook some stuff, you know. I make a mean pot of gumbo and a crawfish boil that’s as good as an orgasm. Well, not really. But those “Chopped” people are nuts. I might suck the juice outta a crawfish head, me, but ain’t no Chinese eel eyeballs going in my mouth.

DJ Jaco, wizard, Sentinel of greater New Orleans area: “Big Brother,” a summer reality series where a group of shallow, backstabbing (but beautiful) strangers are locked together in a house filled with cameras for three months and cut off from everyone and everything in the outside world.
I can’t wait for this to come on each time. I mean, these people are seriously cray-cray and mean and spiteful and did I mention alarmingly dumb? They make my life, and the people that surround me, seem so totally sane and normal by comparison. Even the pirate.

Alex Warin, shapeshifter, head of the FBI’s Division of Domestic Terror: “NCIS,” a drama about the investigative arm of the U.S. Navy, featuring an ensemble cast of eclectic characters.
Jethro Gibbs, head of the NCIS unit, is my hero. Yeah, his personal relationships suck, but the man’s just so damned cool. You don’t pull anything over on Jethro. He knows the score. And that Israeli agent, Zeva, is hot. Especially when she pulls out her weapon. She can point that thing at me anytime.

Jake Warin, loup-garou werewolf, investigator for the FBI’s Division of Domestic Terror: “House,” a drama about an eccentric, drug-addicted, self-destructive—but brilliant—medical diagnostician and his team.
Man, that Hugh Laurie—the guy who played Dr. House—is just brilliant. He plays the perfect role of this doctor who’s built up a thick, defensive wall around himself to keep people away and cover up the fact that he’s addicted to painkillers and always hurts. I know how that feels. It sucks. The show’s off the air now, but I can always find reruns when I have a free night from the Green Gator.

Jean Lafitte, early 19th-century pirate, representative of the New Orleans historical undead: The Weather Channel.
I must confess, I find the whole notion of this “television” quite fascinating, although I do not understand how it operates and thus do not trust it. For example, how do I assure myself that the people inside the box do not also see me? Therefore, I drape a blanket over the screen most of the time when I am in residence. However, I do enjoy viewing “The Weather Channel,” as it is called. The things men have learned to do! Had I this sort of information, I could have sailed the globe with no fear of hurricanes or rough seas to jeopardize myself or my men.

So those are the characters’ favorite shows. What might you recommend for them to watch?


About the Author
On Aug. 28, 2005, Suzanne Johnson loaded two dogs, a cat, a friend, and her mom into a car and fled New Orleans in the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Four years later, she began weaving her experiences and love for her city into the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, beginning with Royal Street (2012), continuing with River Road (2012), and now with Elysian Fields (August 2013).

She grew up in rural Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years—which means she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

She can be found online at her website or her daily blog, Preternatura. As Susannah Sandlin, she writes the best-selling Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series and the recent standalone, Storm Force.

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Sentinels of New Orleans Book Three

The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans.

Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren't random--an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard.

Namely, DJ. Fighting off an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn't easy. Jake Warin's loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world's most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ's to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.

Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte's pirate wench? It could be DJ's best option.

Sentinels of New Orleans Book Two

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.

Sentinels of New Orleans Book One

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco's job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans' fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards' Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ's new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter roux.

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  1. Really agree with Alex about NCIS! Release day for Elysian Fields. Congratulations Suzanne. Hope they fly off the shelves in the bookstores today.

    1. LOL. I love NCIS too, although I'm more of a Jethro Gibbs than Zeva fan. Alex would like Zeva though, although DJ's way more like Abby!

  2. Like Roger the only tastes i have in common with one of them is NCIS so for once i could do something with Alex but Jean stays my favourite of course

    Happy Release day Suzanne!!!

  3. Thanks, MIki! See, now you and Alex have something in common! I couldn't decide if Jean would be fascinated by TV or perplexed. I do think he'd find the Weather Channel mind-boggling, though!

    1. for sure ad he would be intrigued with the tele shopping too^^

  4. I absolutely love the covers...so beautiful!

  5. The Weather Channel? I can so understand Jean's interest! Love the character interviews. Happy Release Day!

  6. I love that NO has mer. I think it is awesome. I am looking forward to reading Elysian Fields. evamillien at gmail dot com
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and the giveaway.

  7. Books sound so interesting, how many are you planning for the series?

  8. These books look awesome! You definitely have my attention! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the amazing giveaway! Happy Release! Best wishes!

  9. The series sounds great. Can't wait to read them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I like how she weaved where she lives into her books. Thanks so much!

  11. My summer guilty please is Big Brother. And I love Chopped.
    Congrats on the new release.

  12. This book sounds like a Harry Potter for adults . Deb P

  13. Happy Release day for Elysian Fields, always love the cover of all the book from this series and enjoy reading the story :)