What to Read Wednesday

17 Apr

WOW…The month of April is flying by. We’re already at another What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m excited to have Linda Joyce joining us. She’s written an awesome guest post titled Place Isn’t a Lesser Angel in Bayou Born and is sharing her debut release BAYOU BORN.

And there’s more!

Linda is graciously giving away 1 kindle copy to a lucky commenter today. Please leave your email address along with your comment so that we can find you 🙂

And I just want to give Linda some COVER LOVE…I can get lost in her cover. I’d love to be able to see that view from a window right now. Gorgeous.

Okay, let’s get things started. Please help me in welcoming Linda to What to Read Wednesday!

Greetings! I’m so glad you joined me here at Christine’s Words. I appreciate Christine for giving us this time to chat. But, I have to ask, Where is “here”?

Where are you right this second? What’s your location?

Me? I’m hanging out in a little town called Acworth. Yet, despite the difference in our physical locations, we are together “here” at Christine’s place where we’re surrounded by the chocolaty brown background of her blog that makes her space cozy while we spend a few minutes together. (I’ll bet Chocolate, Caramel, and Smokey, her feline cheering squad is keeping her company.)

Don’t you agree that “Here” is an important aspect of every story written? How many times have you have picked up a book, a romance, a mystery, a historical, and decided to read it because the place where the conflict happens appeals to you? Like Paris, or London, or Las Vegas, or even the Grand Canyon.

Contained within Eudora Welty’s essay, “Place in Fiction,” in her collection of essays and reviews, The Eye of the Story, she says this about “Here”:

Place is one of the lesser angels that watch over the racing hand of fiction, perhaps the one that gazes benignly enough from off to one side, while others, like character, plot, symbolic meaning, and so on, are doing a good deal of wing-beating about her chair, and feeling, who is my eyes carries the crown, soars highest of them all and rightly relegates place into the shade.”

Christine WordsPlace is not a lesser angel for me, as you will see in my novel, Bayou Born. Branna Lind’s roots run deep in Bayou Petite, Mississippi, but she’s taken a job in the small north Florida town of Lakeview. From the mere names of the places, your imagination begins to conjure swaying Spanish moss in hundred-year old oak trees, bodies of water from a brackish bayou to a sparkling lake. I’ve also included a favorite place of mine in the book, the Ichetucknee River. I’ve been tubing down the warm, constant 72-degree water, which is the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. Take a peak:

Now, let me introduce you to Branna Lind and James Newbern in Bayou Born.

Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught perf5.000x8.000.inddhim beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type.He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire–Branna.

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his “type”?

I hope you’ve enjoyed our chat. Many thanks to Christina for hosting me today.

I’m doing a giveaway today. If you leave a comment with this post today, your name will be included for a giveaway of a copy of my book. The book is on Kindle, so I’ll send it as a gift through Amazon pretty quick. If you don’t have a Kindle, the Nook version will be available about mid-May.  

Bayou Born is available through:

Amazon Kindle

And, I hope you’ll visit me at my website: or my blog: Linda Joyce Contemplates

Or through Facebook Author Page!/pages/Linda-Joyce-Author/211949585615265

Twitter: @LJWriter



Now, a little about me: 

Award-winning writer Linda Joyce has deep southern roots. Her Fleur de Lis series captures her love of southern culture and it is the backdrop for Bayou Born, the first of the series. Linda was born in Mississippi to an Irish/Cajun father from New Orleans and a Japanese mother. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Don, and their three four-legged boys, General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack and Masterpiece Renoir.


Thanks so much for your wonderful post and the amazing pictures. Good luck with your debut book Linda and HAPPY SALES and HAPPY WRITING!


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29 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    April 17, 2013 at 5:28 am

    I’m definitely going to add you to my “new author to read” list, Linda! I love Louisiana and its culture – and food! I wish you huge success in your writing career.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Thanks so much for coming by Loralee. I’m glad you’re adding Linda’s book to your list 🙂 Happy Reading!

      • Linda Joyce

        April 17, 2013 at 9:49 am


        Thank you for having over to your place today. I’m excited to be here. 🙂

        Also, thank you for your kind words about my cover. I think the artist did an amazing job.


        Linda Joyce

  2. Linda Joyce

    April 17, 2013 at 9:45 am


    Thank you for stopping in and leaving a note. Do you have a favorite food dish? I took the base for my gumbo out of the freezer – it’s what’s for dinner tonight. 🙂

    And if you love Louisiana, then, you might also enjoy Book 2 of the Fleur de Lis series – Bayou Bound. I just sent it to my editor. I hope it will have a late-summer release.


    Linda Joyce

    • Loralee Lillibridge

      April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Linda Joyce, I’ll be waiting for Bayou Bound’s release. : ) And I love file gumbo, crawfish and shrimp etoufee. Just about any of that good stuff.

      • Linda Joyce

        April 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Thank you Loralee! I hope to know within a month about a release date. In the meantime, I’m writing book three. Starting chapter 5 tomorrow. Oh, and gumbo is what’s for dinner on Friday. 🙂

  3. ellaquinnauthor

    April 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great interview. I tweeted.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks for the tweet Ella…so glad you came by and got a chance to meet Linda 🙂

    • Linda Joyce

      April 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm


      Thanks for the Tweet!


      Linda Joyce

  4. dianeokey

    April 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    No other place in the world like the American South! Looks like a great read, Linda. Lovely cover, too 🙂 Best of luck!

    • ChristineWarner

      April 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Diane 🙂

      • dianeokey

        April 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        My pleasure

    • Linda Joyce

      April 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm


      I have lived many places in the US, yet no matter where I roam, the south is always home. Thanks for the note, 🙂



      • dianeokey

        April 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Know what you mean. We own an Upstate SC home, which we hope to make our year-’round residence before too long. Love it there…the area and the people 🙂

      • Linda Joyce

        April 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        ahhh- South Carolina. I dream of a place on the river near Mt. Pleasant. Maybe someday we’ll be neighbors – of sorts.


      • dianeokey

        April 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        Been there–reminds me of SW FL Coast–where we now live. We’re on a lake in SC…ah, water…so we’re happy campers 🙂 Hope your dream comes true.

  5. Sharon Cullen

    April 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    What a gorgeous cover! I’d love to be sitting under that tree right about now.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      You and me both Sharon! Thanks so much for coming by.

    • Linda Joyce

      April 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm


      Thanks for stopping by. Kim Mendoza is the cover artist. I think she did an amazing job.


      Linda Joyce

  6. Carol Bibb

    April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Enjoyed the party that was online over the weekend. Looking toward to reading your books.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 18, 2013 at 4:04 am

      So glad you had a chance to stop by the blog today Carol…thank you 🙂

  7. Linda Joyce

    April 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm


    So glad you enjoyed the party! I had the music going and with fingers glued to the laptop, I needed a straw for my drink. 🙂


    Linda Joyce

  8. Linda Joyce

    April 18, 2013 at 10:13 am


    Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a guest. I hope the winner of the giveaway will enjoy Bayou Born.


    LInda Joyce

    • ChristineWarner

      April 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. I’m so glad I got to know you better and HAPPY SALES!!!

      • Carol Bibb

        April 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Who won?

  9. Janet Taylor-Perry

    April 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Setting can be super important, but the best setting in the world without characters readers care about means very little.

    • ChristineWarner

      April 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Very true Janet. Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

  10. ChristineWarner

    April 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The lucky winner of BAYOU BORN is Ella Quin. Since nobody left email address in with their comments I will try and contact Ella via facebook 🙂 Thanks everyone for coming by to comment and CONGRATS to Ella!

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