Monday, April 2, 2012

ARC Spot: Royal Street

by Suzanne Johnson
releases 4.10.2012
publisher: TOR

Author info:
The "Official" Bio 
Suzanne Johnson is the author of a new urban fantasy series beginning with ROYAL STREET and RIVER ROAD, both coming in 2012 from Tor Books, and ELYSIAN FIELDS, coming in 2013, also from Tor. A longtime New Orleans resident now living in Auburn, Alabama, Suzanne is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a native of Winfield, Alabama.

During her daytime job, Suzanne is associate editor of Auburn Magazine, the quarterly magazine of the Auburn University Alumni Association. She has also worked at Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of San Diego, Rice University in Houston, and at the University of Illinois. Awards include: the Robert S. Sibley Award for the best university magazine in the U.S. and Canada, for the Rice University Sallyport; feature writing awards in 2009 and 2010 from Writer's Digest magazine; and more than 50 awards in writing and editing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, for which she was a founding chairman of the annual Editor's Forum.

Suzanne is an active member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and is a member of the Georgia, Southern Magic, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapters of RWA. Find her online:


My Thoughts on Royal Street:

Royal Street takes the reader into a torn apart New Orleans rich with magic, spirits and deceit.

We meet our main heroine Drusilla, or mainly referred to as DJ in the story, as she is swapping snark with a long past Pirate from the Beyond. While we have our normal world filled with wizards and humans, there is also the world of the beyond ripe with spirits, zombies, old gods, voodoo queens and everything else imaginable.

DJ is training as a wizard when Hurricane Katrina sticks and those her whole life on hold. With her Uncle missing and the Elder Wizard Congress sending her into the flood waters with a hot and hunky Enforcer named Alex, DJ soon finds herself in a whole heap of trouble and in the middle of a thick and dark plot to change the very foundation of our world.

Suzanne Johnson has created an amazing new twist to New Orleans and how storms effect everyone in the mundane and supernatural community.

With an exquisite cast of characters and a quick and driven plot Suzanne Johnson has made a fantastic debut that will catch readers and leave them stunned until the last page. With such great writing and characters I cannot wait but see what else comes from Suzanne with future releases. After Royal Street I cannot help but want more from this author.

Book Blurb from the Publishers:
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.
Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.
While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.
To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

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