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Book Tour & Giveaway: Are We Scared Yet? Sentinels of New Orleans characters share their biggest fears

Book Tour & Giveaway: Are We Scared Yet? Sentinels of New Orleans characters share their biggest fears

by davincikittieMay 20, 2013

Please help me welcome author Suzanne Johnson!

Think you know everything about the characters in your favorite books? I guarantee you, the sneaky authors of those books are keeping secrets. Sometimes it might be some kind of background detail that wasn’t important enough to include in the books. Sometimes, the right moment to reveal it hasn’t presented itself yet.

I’m no exception, and all of the characters in my Sentinels of New Orleans series are holding onto a few secrets (well, besides all those secrets they’re keeping from the humans who live around them in South Louisiana, who don’t know things like mermen and wizards and undead pirates exist). And each one of them has his or her secret fears….

DJ Jaco, Green Congress wizard and Sentinel of the New Orleans region. DJ’s job is to help protect the borders between modern New Orleans and the world Beyond and keep the preternaturals under control. DJ is kind of a geek girl, but she’s been able to ramp up her ritual magic with the use of an ancient elven staff that claimed her after Hurricane Katrina. Until recently, DJ would tell you she most feared zombies—they creep her out, big-time. Lately, Elves have topped zombies on her most-feared list. Think Elves are all pointy-eared, benevolent Tolkienesque beings? Uh-uh.

Alex Warin, Co-Sentinel of the New Orleans region and Enforcer for the wizards’ Congress of Elders. Head of a new preternatural enforcement unit called the DDT (Division of Domestic Terror). We all know Alex is a big, tough guy who likes to shoot things. But Alex (shhhhh, don’t tell) is afraid of spiders. DJ doesn’t know this yet, but when she finds out, she will put it to really good use.

Jake Warin, Enforcer trainee, wizards’ Congress of Elders, and owner of the Green Gator Bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter. We all know Jake’s a former U.S. Marine injured in Afghanistan, and some nasty things happen to him in Royal Street. Jake’s biggest fear used to be slipping back into the depression that plagued him after his return from military duty; now, he’s afraid of hurting someone he cares about.

Jean Lafitte, early 19th-century French-born pirate and now a member of the historical undead, is New Orleans’ most famous citizen, of course. (The historical undead are famous humans given immortality through the magic of human memory.) Jean’s greatest fear, of course, is being forgotten. If no one remembers him, he’ll well and truly die. But that’s not likely to happen. A close second in the sexy pirate’s fear is being made the pawn of servant of another person.  Mais non. This, he would not tolerate.

Rene Delachaise, the merman who heads the Delachaise clan of merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, just southeast of New Orleans. Rene is a shrimper and owns his own trawler, and he and his brothers Robert, Cheney, and Claude also work a smuggling business with Jean Lafitte, moving goods back and forth between the modern world and the Beyond.  Rene most fears his race being confined to the beyond or not allowed to swim freely—something that has happened in the past.

Quince Randolph, DJ’s mysterious neighbor who might or might not be human (we’re voting NOT), can’t share too many fears without spoilers. But he will admit that he fears what will happen after his mother dies, and she has given up the will to live. It could make him do desperate things.

So there you have it—a few fears of the characters of Royal Street and River Road! Of course, they’ll develop some new fears in August when Elysian Fields is released….

What’s your most irrational fear?

Like Alex, I’m not wild about spiders but they don’t freak me out. However, here in the South, we have cockroaches the size of toy poodles and they can FLY. Consider me fearful. Leave a comment then fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win your choice of Royal Street or River Road, or an author swag bag!

About the series

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1) by Suzanne JohnsonSentinels of New Orleans, book #1

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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River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) by Suzanne JohnsonSentinels of New Orleans, book #2

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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About the author

author Suzanne JohnsonSuzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance from Auburn, Alabama, after a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

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To enter to win your choice of the Royal Street or River Road ebook or a swag pack from Suzanne, leave a comment telling us what your greatest irrational fears are then fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Roger Simmons
    May 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Great post, haven’t heard of the character fears before. Great series. Thanks.

  • May 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I didn’t think ALex would be afraid of anything. Steph

  • Francene
    May 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m not afraid of most insects but don’t make me climb too high. I hate heights. Lighthouse stairs and fire ranger stations and lookouts are not places I enjoy.

  • Liz S
    May 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I hate snakes! They give me the creeps!

    • May 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

      LOL. I know quite a few people with snake phobias, Liz! They don’t bother me in theory, but if I were to come across one in the wild I’m sure I’d feel differently.

  • Sandyg265
    May 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I enjoyed the post. I never really thought about characters having irrational fears before.

    • May 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sandy! I always think little quirks like that make a character more relatable. And, okay, I amuse myself at their expense :-0

  • Stacey
    May 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I hate, hate, hate snakes!

    • May 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Ah, another snake-hater! It’s funny that in my local writing group, which has seven people, TWO of them are herpetologists. One has a pet python named Severus Snake. Which he is not allowed to bring to our group meetings, by the way!

  • Katy Peppel Holder
    May 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I fear a lot of things (IT anyone?) but my biggest fear is of going blind. The world is so beautifully ugly and vice versa.

    • May 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      You are so very right, Katy! (About the whole clown thing, too.) I can’t imagine trying to live in darkness, although I guess one learns to find other kinds of “light.”

  • Paris
    May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I hate spiders and I’m irrationally afraid of geese, although since i was attacked by one as a child I suppose it’s a tad more rational than some other fears.

  • bn100
    May 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    don’t like snakes

  • Damaris
    May 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I have social anxiety and I hate it. It makes no sense to me. I struggle to leave the house and especially going out by myself. I also hate being inside elevators. I’m afraid of being stuck in one. It’s happened before and even though it was only for a few minutes I almost fainted. My sister had to keep distracting me to calm me down. That was horrible.

    • May 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I’ve had problems with something similar, Damaris, and it’s awful–I do know what that’s like. I still don’t like anyplace I’m closed in or feel as if I can’t leave. Hope it gets better for you!

      @BN100…Snakes seem to be the winner (or loser, depending on how you look at it!)

  • May 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Suzanne, I SO feel you on the monster-sized cockroaches!! And OMG when they FLY… I have goosebumps from shuddering just thinking about it. When they say everything in Texas is bigger, that is NO LIE… for scary mutant bugs, anyway. =D

    Thanks so much for being our guest and for this very creative post!

  • Sarah Delgado Lieurance
    May 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Sounds like a series I’ll need to read. My most irrational fear: is to shower when no one else is home. That is the scariest thing for me because I immediately think of Norman Bates. 🙂

  • Kai W.
    May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Claustrophobia is just irrational to me. Whenever I’m in a small confined places whether it’s in the car or elevator, I freaked out. I feel like the air has been sucked out of the room and I can’t breathe. I just need to feel the air circulating around me to know everything is going to be OK otherwise I am having a panic attack which is not a pretty sight. It is not like I’m buried alive but it feels like that.

  • Eva Millien
    May 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Like Alex, I do not like spiders! But I also agree that the cockroaches here must be mutants from an experimental lab the army created to scare the enemy.

  • martha lawson
    May 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    logging trucks!! i’m always aftaid if they get close to my car, the logs are going to break loose and crush me!!! I would love to win one of these books, they sound awesome. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  • Janie McGaugh
    May 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Probably snakes

  • Natasha
    May 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • BookLady
    May 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Interesting post! Thanks for sharing.
    I’m frightened by snakes.

  • May 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Roaches!!!! I live in Florida and those suckers are EVERYWHERE!!!

  • Joe
    May 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Natural disasters. I can’t watch a movie like Armageddon or Deep Impact without worrying that an asteroid is gonna hit.

  • Allison W
    May 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Spiders… I know they are tiny and can’t do much, but scary!

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Congratulations to Kai W. on winning the giveaway!

    Thanks so much to Ms. Johnson for being our guest and to everyone who came out to chat! I think we’ve now all discovered enough phobias to last lifetimes! *shudder* =P

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