Sentinels of New Orleans Book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Date of Publication: April 21, 2015
From award-winning author Suzanne Johnson comes the fourth book in the smart and sexy Sentinels of New Orleans series.
Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear.
Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal. Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband Quince Randolph is growing more powerful, and her best friend Eugenie has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back.
And that's before the French pirate Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest "death," returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ's assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.
Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.
War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won't be that easy.
About the author
Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she also is the author of the best-selling Penton Legacy paranormal romance series and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Elysian Fields, book three in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence while her Sandlin-penned novel, Allegiance, is nominated for a 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.
For me, it’s finding uninterrupted time to write. Most authors, including myself, still have to hold down a full-time “day job,” so by the time you factor in day job, family obligations, and all the marketing and promo activities authors need to do these days, it’s hard to find quality writing time. Something has to give. For me, unfortunately, it’s usually sleep!
2. What inspired you to write this book?
Well, it’s the fourth in a series, and the Sentinels of New Orleans series was inspired by my own experiences as a New Orleanian going through Hurricane Katrina. What started as a way for me to unload some of my post-Katrina stress turned into a story, then a series. The story arc begun in PIRATE’S ALLEY and the previous book, ELYSIAN FIELDS, was inspired to a great extent by the early 19th-century pirate Jean Lafitte (who is a major character in the series, in undead form) and his role in the Battle of New Orleans back in 1815. He’s going to try and make history repeat itself!
3. How many hours per day do you spend writing?
On weekdays, I spend about three hours, from 8-11 p.m., writing or working on writing-related activities (it’s 10 p.m. as I write this!). I usually only work a couple of hours on Saturday—it’s my “off” day unless I’m on deadline, so I do household stuff. Sunday’s my big writing day, and most Sundays I work anywhere from twelve to fourteen hours. I have a daily word count I try to hit, and if I fall behind during the week, Sunday’s the day I catch up to my weekly word goal.
4. Name your top five favorite books.
Yow. Well, it would probably change from day to day. Today, in no order, it would have to include: Stephen King’s THE STAND; Susan Howatch’s THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE; JK Rowling’s HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE; JRR Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy; and Rick Bragg’s AVA’S MAN.
5. Do you have a book soundtrack?
I usually do have a playlist for each book; the Sentinels has its own extensive playlist, dominated by the music of Zachary Richard—about half is in English and half in French. There are a few of songs about Jean Lafitte on the playlist for this book: Roy Mette’s funky “Jean Lafitte”; Aaron Einhouse’s “Me and Jean Lafitte”; and Zachary Richard’s “Cote Blanche Bay.”