Monday, November 2, 2015

Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson Excerpt and Giveaway

Pirateship Down: Stories from the World of the Sentinels of New Orleans

Suzanne Johnson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Suzanne Johnson

Date of Publication: November 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-0996822008

ASIN: B0169K0YW8

Number of pages: 278

Word Count: 55,000

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Designs

Book Description:

French pirate Jean Lafitte is tall, cobalt-eyed, broad-shouldered, and immortal. What’s not to love? But New Orleans’ most esteemed member of the historical undead is headed for trouble. He’s determined to reclaim Le Diligent, his gold-laden schooner lost at sea in 1814 and recently found at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office might beg to differ.

New Orleans wizard sentinel DJ Jaco and her merman friend Rene Delachaise can either lock up their friend Lafitte or join him on a road trip to Cajun country in order to save him from himself. Terrebonne Parish—not to mention its jail—might never be the same after the events of the all-new novella Pirateship Down, presented here along with a collection of urban fantasy stories and essays.

Wizards and Cajun merfolk, sexy shapeshifters and undead French pirates. Welcome to the world of the Sentinels of New Orleans in this collection, along with a little Louisiana lagniappe. No previous knowledge of the series required!

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About five minutes passed before I heard Jean Lafitte in the hallway of the prison, having a spirited, if one-sided, argument about Spanish fruit. I definitely heard the words orange and Spaniard. And the pirate never had anything nice to say about Spaniards since he’d spent most of his human life plundering their ships.

The door opened, and he strode into the room, sending my empathic senses into overload with the force of his outrage. I closed my eyes and tried to squelch the urge to bray like a donkey, because the source of his anger was obvious.

They’d taken away the cord he used to tie back his shoulder-length, wavy black hair, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was his fluorescent orange jumpsuit with Terrebonne Parish Prison stamped on the back. The suit was tight across his shoulders and baggy across his hips, obviously not tailored for the pirate’s athletic build, and the pants were three inches too short and flashing bare calf. He wore short white athletic socks someone had scrounged up for him. Obviously, his pirate boots had been confiscated. It wasn’t an outfit designed to please a man as arrogant and aware of his good looks as my undead pirate.

Jean shifted his commentary from his guard to me. “Drusilla, a grievance must be made against these ruffians and thieves. They have stolen my clothing and given me only this…this….” He ran out of words.

Ugly-ass orange jumpsuit?” I offered, always ready to help Jean with his command of modern English.

Oui, exactement. I demand that you obtain my release, tout de suite. And you must know, a woman who allows her husband to remain in such conditions for an entire evening must face reprimand.”

I leaned back in the chair and crossed my arms. “And you must know that, in this day and age, should a man reprimand his wife too much, said wife might leave her husband to enjoy a longer time in his prison cell wearing his ugly-ass orange jumpsuit.”

The guard who’d accompanied Jean into the room listened to this exchange with no expression. Now that Jean and I were both in silent mode, he leaned over to fasten the handcuffs to a ring on the center of the table, which forced the irate pirate to sit down.

You got half an hour,” the guard said. “I’ll be right outside. If I hear or see anything through that door that I should not hear or see, visitation will be ended. That includes shouting, moving of furniture, excessive use of profanity, or sexual activity. Do you understand?”

I nodded. “Not a problem.” I had a confusion potion with Jean’s name on it in my shoe, and I wasn’t afraid to use it.

About the Author:

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, including the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award-winning Elysian Fields. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, including the 2013 Holt Medallion winner for paranormal romance Absolution, as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 2015 Holt Medallion winner and 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, and loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, uptown New Orleans, all things Cajun (including a certain Cajun merman named Rene), and redneck reality TV.

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  1. Looks like an interesting book to start reading.

  2. Love the era it is written in; thanks for the chance :)

  3. This looks like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Have read Pirateship Down and loved it. Have it on the Kindle & a paperback for the keeper shelf. Buy the book guys, you will be in for a fun read. Learn about the people, places, and things in the Sentinels of New Orleans world.

  5. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. Love the cover! Definitely on my to-read list. :)

  7. Love this series and the cover and I so can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great cover! Started reading my copy today and loving it so far. Thanks for the contest.

  9. Sounds amazing, Thank you for much for the chance!

  10. Preordered this a couple weeks ago, looking forward to reading it!

  11. Jean is simply fantastic!! thank you a lot for offering us this great release ( and Congrats on this new book!)

  12. I love the cover, thank you!

  13. Cannot wait to read this book! :)

  14. Thank you for informing me about this book.

  15. I love this series AND I have this book on my reader! I can't wait to read it!

  16. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  17. I'll definitely be checking out Pirateship Down!

  18. Love the cover. Sounds like a great series.
    Jennifer Rote

  19. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like a very interesting read! Also, I like the book cover! Very intriguing!

  20. Sounds intriguing and entertaining, will have to read soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to it.

  22. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  23. Can never get enough of Jean & DJ! Congrats on the new release!

  24. This book sounds so great! I can't wait to read it!
    rebeccaniehaus at mail dot com

  25. This book sounds great and I would love to read it.ty

  26. I can't wait to read this series, sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)