Friday, April 5, 2013

B is for Bayou

Researching the Bayous
by Elle James


My sister, Delilah Devlin and I took a trip last August to Louisiana. We drove all the way down to Grand Isle then back up to Thibodeaux, LA and then over to New Orleans for the Authors After Dark conference. We were determined to get a feel for what it's like to be live in bayou country. So we stopped along the way. Stayed on Grand Isle for a night where houses are built on stilts and fishing is for fun and a livelihood. In Thibodeaux, we took an airboat ride touring the swamps, took great pictures and I pet a 12ft long alligator. Yikes! There are people who actually rob alligator nests. We stopped by one and the mamma alligator was pretty adamant we didn't get close to her eggs! It was fun, beautiful and creepy all in one. And the driver was insane! Talk about great fodder for the air boat chase scene in DEJA VOODOO! Then we drank mint juleps at Oak Alley, a sugar plantation house that made you want to put on a hoop skirt. We wrapped up our research trip in New Orleans where we explored some of the Voodoo shops in the French Quarter, had our palms read and experienced the charm and smells of the city. All these forays were great research for my Cajun Magic series which combines Voodoo, romance and suspense in an exciting group of books coming out this year from Entangled Publishing.

VOODOO ON THE BAYOU (Feb 2013), VOODOO FOR TWO (April 2013) and DEJA VOODOO ( Jun 2013)
Voodoo on the Bayou
Book #1 of the Cajun Magic Series
by Elle James (aka Myla Jackson)

“By day a frog, by night a man, ‘til de next full moon...”
At first, lawyer and ladies’ man Craig Thibodeaux thought Madame LeBieu’s chant was a strange bayou joke. But the voodoo worked and Craig is spending his days as...well, a small green frog. Now he has only two weeks to find love, or his new froggy transformation becomes permanent.
When she receives the anonymous toxic water sample from Bayou Miste, research scientist Elaine Smith decides a trip to the bayou is the perfect excuse to escape the lab, and forget about her cheating ex-fianc√©. Then she accidentally stumbles upon Craig’s oh-so-fine naked form, and her science-nerd brain is overrun with naughty thoughts about her new gorgeous night-time bayou guide.
But there’s more to Bayou Miste than voodoo curses and sexy late-night trysts. Dark secrets threaten the delicate ecosystem, and there are those who would do anything to keep those secrets hidden. Even murder...

Elle James Bio

Elle James aka Myla Jackson spent twenty years livin' and lovin' in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning, sassy western romances, intrigue
s and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 34 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over many works with other publishers including Samhain, Ellora's Cave, Kensington and Avon and 19 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn't wrangling cattle, she's wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she's not at her computer, she's traveling, snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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  1. Hi Tonya,
    Thanks for inviting me to post on your blog today. I hope your readers enjoy the trip through the bayou and get a chance to visit themselves. Nothing like petting a 12-ft alligator to get the blood moving!

  2. Thanks for the blog until I can get there myself. With all I read about the area & the fact my Daddy is from there, I am somehow going to get there myself. Previous attempts have bee broken legs, child births, no $$$$s, did I mention childbirth. The day is coming, though. Would love to win your giveaway, though.

  3. Thise photos are amazing. I can see how they'd inspire you to write about the area.

  4. Hi Elle!! Can't wait to read Voodoo on the Bayou! When we went to NOLA, we took a swamp tour and the guide called the alligators to the boat with Cheetos!!! I held a baby alligator (about 2 ft long), it was a great experience. My hubby wouldn't pet or hold one. Can't wait to go back, didn't get to see alot I wanted to. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. You and your sister are braver than I could ever be. That's why I enjoy reading so many different genres of books. They just sweep me away and I delve right into the adventure I'm reading. At the end, I'm still at home and safe.
    Love the pictures.

  6. Great pictures. I've never been to the South but would like to visit someday. Don't think I'd like to be near an alligator though. Visiting a plantation home would be fun I think.

  7. Thank you all for the lovely comments. I'm glad I got some great pictures while I was in Louisiana. But being there was even better. Loved the adventure!

  8. It was a wonderful trip!! Everyone better go get a copy of Voodoo in the Bayou! It's a terrific book!

  9. I love when Elle travels because she is so good about sharing pictures and funny stories. This is a great book.

  10. Wow. Beautiful photos and the book sounds amazing! get to write off the trip! Awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!


  11. Impressive pictures, you definitely captured the flavor in your book. Thanks for giving us a vivid word picture of some place that I doubt I will ever visit! Good luck with the release.

  12. I didn't pay them to say that. Really! But thank you for all the wonderful comments. I really do love my Voodoo Books. They were so much fun to write!

  13. Great blog. I can relate to a lot of it as I live in South Floria. Nothing like a good airboat ride to remind you of nature's wonders. Best wishes with the book. I would love to read it.... must add it on my "to buy" list!!

  14. Thanks for the great guest post and amazing photos. They show so much inspiration. The book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

  15. Oh, my, great photos. Glad I found your blog, the book looks like an intriguing (to say the least) read. And that 12 ft long alligator -- how scary.
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

  16. Visiting via A to Z... looking forward to your return.

  17. Love New Orleans and the bayou country. Lucky you to be able to spend days there researching then even more days writing about it.