Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Blog Tour for River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) by Suzanne Johnson; Character Interview with DJ

River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)
River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) 
by Suzanne Johnson
Release Date: November 22nd, 2012
Publishers: Headline
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.

Drusilla Jaco took a break from chasing down pretes (preternaturals) who’ve crossed the borders from the Beyond into modern New Orleans to chat about life and love as a wizard, and what it’s like to be one of the very few female wizards to hold the job of sentinel.
 
What’s the hardest part of your job as sentinel?
Well, since Hurricane Katrina tore down the borders between New Orleans and the Beyond, all the rules have changed. Before, if a prete like a vampire or a member of the historical undead came across into the city, I could just pack their happy asses back to the Beyond. Now, they’re negotiating treaties with the wizards and as long as they can mainstream with humans and don’t kill anybody, I have to do things like compromise and negotiate. (Sighs.) I hate that.
 
Do you feel like a trail-blazer? You’re one of only a very few female wizards to ever hold the job of sentinel.
Not really. I mean, most days I’m just trying to stay alive—or out of the wizards’ Elders’ doghouse. They seem to feel I’m a little, shall we say, entrepreneurial in my methods. Which is patently ridiculous, of course.
 
What are you most afraid of?
Losing someone else that I care about. The years since Katrina have been rough, and it has been hard for me to trust anyone and learn to care about someone again. Oh, and elves. I’m afraid of elves. And zombies. 
 
Have you ever met an elf or a zombie?
I met an elf recently and he scared the crap out of me. One minute he’s this nice, middle-aged, suburban-looking dude, and the next his mind is burrowing into mine like a ground squirrel hiding an acorn. I haven’t met a zombie. I don’t want to. Although my partner Alex gave me a grenade just in case one shows up at my house. He swears grenades are the best things to use against zombies. I bet an elf wouldn’t fare well with a grenade either. 
 
You know that the elven staff you found after the hurricane, the one you call Charlie, is attracting the elves’ attention, don’t you?
Uh, you think? I know I should quit using Charlie but that staff gives my physical magic a big boost—it’s like being a nerdy ritual-magic wizard and a kickass physical-magic wizard at the same time. The best of both worlds. As long as the elves don’t bother me, I won’t bother them.
 
How kickass can you be if you can’t aim the staff? I mean, so far you’ve burned part of your coffee table, zapped your ceiling fan into oblivion, and…let’s see…oh yeah, you set fire to the Louisiana wetlands. You shoot like a girl.
 
I could try it on you. Bet I wouldn’t miss.
 
Okay, changing the subject. Jean Lafitte.
 
Is that a question?
 
What’s between you and the undead French pirate?
We’re friends. Well, not exactly….We’re colleagues in…well, no. I have no idea what we are.
You went on a dinner date with him.
 
Yes, and it turned out so well. (Rolls eyes.)
Will there be more dates? 
(Sighs.) I’d like to say no, but somehow my common sense seems to fly out the window when the pirate walks in the door. I mean, you’ve seen the pirate, right? And heard that sexy accent?
 
Who’s your least favorite person?
I like everyone. Hey—what’s that look for? Oh, okay. I’m currently very unhappy with Adrian Hoffman, the speaker of the Elders. He’s an insufferable jerk and… don’t get me started. I’m also keeping an eye on my new neighbor Quince Randolph. He’s dating my best friend Eugenie, but there’s something totally off about that guy and I can’t figure it out.
Is he human?
Let’s just say he bears watching.
Watching him won’t be too unpleasant—he’s hot, isn’t he? Tall, blond, built like a swimmer?
He can be hot and still be a jerk who’s up to something. 
 
A quick word-association game before we go. I’ll say a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind:
Alex: Chocolate
Jake: Honey
Jean: Cobalt
You realize you’re describing their eye color, right?
And?
Fine. New Orleans: Home
Jazz: Louis Armstrong. I miss the undead Louis—might need to call him up soon.
Elves: Sneaky bastards
Loup-Garou: (long pause) Guilt.
Love: (longer pause) Gotta go. There’s a goblin wandering the Quarter and those guys just can’t mainstream. Later, gator!

Author Bio: 
Suzanne 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 college football and fried gator on a stick.

38 comments:

miki said...

So good I love DJ interview ^^ and yes Charlie is useful and dangerous at the same time but he loves her!! and he is top loyal at least!

Christina Kit. said...

LOVE DJ:) I like how she's funny but you also get how sensitive she is with her answers. I like this kind of main character - tough at times but not totally kick ass, very smart and also okay with all these messy feelings:)


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Roger Simmons said...

"Will there be more dates?", dates for D.J. usually don't end well! Charlie, yes, hope she learns more control in Elysian Fields. Q & A with D.J. are my favorite character interviews. Team D.J.

Sandy Giden said...

I like D.J. and hope there are more dates

allisoneb said...

Oh that Charlie is going to get her into trouble. I just know it.

Roger Simmons said...

I was thinking that Charlie might just get her out of trouble. I think the Elves will get her in trouble big time. Guess we wait for Elysian Fields to find out. Unless Suzanne wants to tell, or maybe gives us a hint [hint, hint].

Readsalot81 said...

I love the character interviews!! Moar, Moar, moar! I especially like how her staff has a name!

Tanyaw1224 said...

Chocolate :) too bad she didn't answer the love...sighs..lol Thanks for the post.

Suzanne Johnson said...

LOL...DJ's basically a chicken! (She'll answer it soon, though.)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Ah, but which name do you prefer--the elven name (Mahout) or her name (Charlie)?

Suzanne Johnson said...

Charlie is definitely a mixed bag. Ultimately, though, Charlie at least gives her a fighting chance...unless he gets, like, broken or something. (Zips lips.)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Charlie doesn't MEAN to get her in trouble... :-)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Oh, Jean Lafitte won't give up too easily, and he has all the time in the world. Literally!

Suzanne Johnson said...

I think there needed to be a Team DJ button!

Suzanne Johnson said...

DJ's heart usually is about three steps ahead of her brain, but it seems to work for her...well, most of the time :-)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks, Melanie--hop you enjoy it!

Suzanne Johnson said...

LOL, yes, Charlie is always loyal...but he can bring trouble :-)

Mel S said...

A hot jerk who is up to something...? Sounds like he does bare watching... ;-)

Donna Simmonds said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Johnson said...

Yes, I don't think she'll find watching him too painful :-)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

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