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.”
Place 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: http://underwaterflorida.homestead.com/itch.html
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 him 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:
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!