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New Book Covers--Favorite Things Monday

My debut novel Haunted on Bourbon Street was launched at the end of July. Some of you may be wondering what’s next in the series. I’m happy to report I’m busy working away on Witches of Bourbon Street, slated for a December release. It will probably be late December, but I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the year.

Yesterday, my lovely team Lisa Liddy of The Printed Page, and Kyle Crichton finished work on the new cover. Lisa is my book designer. She does my covers and layouts of my books. Kyle is a graphic artist who does photo manipulation (among other things like painting and animation).

Anyway, the e-version cover  is ready. Thank you Lisa and Kyle! I couldn’t wait to share it.

Book Recommendation Thursday--Haunted on Bourbon Street

Thursday morning cliché: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Yesterday my first print run arrived. I thought it was cool the day the proof got here. Now imagine how cool it was a to have a box of books show up? Pure glee.

Sadly (for me ) the box is empty, and all those books are already gone. But great news for all my readers who pre-ordered their book. Cause they all hit the mail yesterday.  Thank you friends! Needless to say, I underestimated how many of you wanted a signed copy.

I wasn’t sure if I should highlight my own book on Book recommendation Thursday, but then I said to myself, “Hello! You liked it enough to write it, right?” Well, yeah. And I really wanted to show you the box-o-books!

If you haven’t ordered it yet, all the retail links are to the right hand side of the page. If you want to order a signed copy go here. It will be a few weeks however, because I have to wait for the next print run to arrive.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me with this adventure. It really is totally cool, even when my best friend is embarrassing me because she’s telling everyone at the bar and dinner all about how I wrote a book.  :)

Blurb:

Jade loves her new apartment  ̶ until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and having feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade, to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own—to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

Real Estate--Favorite Things Monday

You’d think with a title like that I’d have a beach house, a ski cabin, and a condo in Belize right? Oh, that would be nice. No. I just have one cute little cottage in southeastern Louisiana.

It’s pretty adorable right? Yeah, I think so too. I’d like to transplant it right into New Orleans. We live north of the city and that has many advantages, like being relatively safe from hurricanes and low crime and about half the cost–at least is was half the cost.

But the house prices are getting closer together. And that is exactly the type of thing that makes me want to house shop. It’s a hobby. I love to look at real estate just about anywhere, but when it’s New Orleans. Oh my.  Greg and I both just adore the old houses.

And that is what got us out of the house on Saturday. It was only 94 degrees with a heat index of 117. Perfect day for a stroll right? Yeah. That’s what I said. But we did it anyway. We are slowly narrowing down the area we want to live in should we ever have the means to actually move there.

Top of the list is Algiers Point. It’s just a short ferry ride across the Mississippi from the French Quarter. This is what we went and looked at.

New Orleans Triplex

The upstairs is a three bedroom and downstairs has two studio apartments. We were thinking one could be the studio and the other we’d rent out. It’s pretty darn cheap, but it does need some work. I mean it’s over 100 years old and in New Orleans. Everything needs work. Of course this is just speculation, cause we aren’t really moving. But it sure is fun to look. I have more fun running around looking at houses than art shopping. That’s saying something.

Another Haunted on Bourbon Street

This is what Greg fished out of the kiln this morning. He named it. I didn’t. :)There is a courtyard in the middle with a ghost hanging around in there.

Friday the 13th!

Hey, someone just pointed out to me that it is indeed Friday the 13th.  I wonder what kind of weird party is going on down in The French Quarter.  I am certain there is something, there always is.  Like the end of the prohibition party, or the 4/20 party, or just about anything anyone can come up with as an excuse to party down.  :-)

Happy Friday the 13th.  Stay clear of Jason.

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