Sunday, January 27, 2013

Swamp Legends

Louisiana is well known for its legends. No one knows what's lurking in the dark bayous and swamps, although many a tale has emerged.

One such legend is performed by The Charlie Daniel's Band in this video by WoW. Enjoy.


If you like legends, don't forget to download The Legend of Ghost Dog island into your e-reader!

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Ice Captain's Daughter-A review

I just finished reading The Ice Captain’s Daughter, by S. G. Rogers.

This beautifully written story takes the reader to late 19th century England--at a time when courting was done proper--and into the Victorian world of the Ladies and Gentlemen of English upper-class and prestige. Ms. Rogers does a flawless job of describing the glorious gowns and the elegantly decorated townhouses and villas of the elite of England, as well as the strict rituals of courtship during that era.

Our heroine, Jillian Roring, the daughter of a ship captain who makes his fortune transporting ice, faces ridicule by those who think him a “tradesman,” thus making his daughter less worthy of the titled gentlemen that seek to find a mate during the “season” of courtship in London. However, the beautiful Jillian holds her own among the competing young ladies at the various functions set up to display the season’s finest of young available women.

The hero in our story, Logan, meets Jillian at the beginning, during an unfortunate incident that threatens her life. Logan rescues her and houses her in his cabin overnight. But they must keep their meeting secret otherwise her reputation would be at stake. Jillian is taken by him, but is he the scoundrel those that know of him say? Is he still in love with the beautiful Sophia, who jilted him a year earlier?

The characters come to life vividly as the story progresses, but I must say the most charming character for me is the Ice Captain himself, who sweeps onto the scene at the end to capture the admiration of all.

Overall, I found the story to be a sweet tale of a young lady, who wants to marry for love instead of position or convenience.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well-written romantic novella.
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The Ice Captain's Daughter is now available on Amazon for .99.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

How I Turn an Idea into a Publishable Story

Plot bunnies? What are they? Check out the article by Barbara A. Barnett on how she wrangles them in and develops them into a publishable piece.

Penumbra eMag: How I Turn an Idea into a Publishable Story: by Barbara A. Barnett Easy. Bunny wrangling. If you're a writer, you've likely encountered the term "plot bunnies"—those pesky little st...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Moon over Alcatraz

Today's featured author on the Bayou is Patricia Yager Delagrange, where she tells about her book. I've also added a five-star review I found on Musa. 

Moon Over Alcatraz

Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.

Everything is once again going according to plan--until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?


Three days later we were standing at the edge of a hole in the ground at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward, the silence so thick, the insides of my ears buzzed like a distant swarm of angry bees. Mr. Peralta and another gentleman stood off to the side while Weston and I held hands next to the tiny casket.

Weston had chosen a simple mahogany box with gold handles, and a bouquet of white lilies graced the top of the small box. I knelt down and laid a kiss on the smooth wood then wiped off the tears that had fallen on the dark, shiny surface. Weston joined me and placed a single red rose in the middle of the lilies.

He helped me up and we stood side-by-side in silence, my guilt over her death like a stone in my empty belly. I missed everything I’d dreamed would be happening right now, yearned for all that could have been.

Weston nodded at the man standing next to Mr. Peralta and our baby was slowly lowered into the gaping maw. She reached the bottom, and a bird landed on the rich brown dirt piled next to the grave. It pecked around, chirping a little song then flew off - as if saying goodbye. My heart squeezed inside my chest.

I picked up a small handful of soft dirt. “Goodbye, Christine,” I whispered, throwing it on top of her casket.

Weston wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me in close to his side. Why her? Why my baby? Was this supposed to make sense? And, if so, to whom?

We drove home in silence. No words existed to express my grief.

Glowing Review:

Patricia Yager Delagrange has written what I would say as an excellent women’s romance novel. Its heart wrenching at times and I will admit I shed a few tears. But it was one of those stories you cannot put down and I would say one of the better romance novels I’ve read in awhile. Patricia’s writing is excellent the words flowed seamlessly and her writing made you feel actual emotions when reading this story. I would compare her writing to someone like Nicholas Sparks; I truly loved this story and couldn’t put it down till I reached the end.

This is a story of love, loss, recovery and moving forward. We are introduced to Weston and Brandy having just lost their baby, Brandy is overcome with sadness and depression blaming herself for the death of her new born daughter. Weston who is struggling and not quite understanding why his wife won’t let him touch her, you see his compassion and you can feel his sorrow. So many words left unsaid, secrets on how they are feeling inside only causes their marriage to begin to weaken. Weston has been asked to go away for work and accepts the job with Brandy’s blessing hoping she get pull herself out of the depression and be the wife Weston deserves. Loneliness and grief cause Brandy and Weston to make some horrible choices that almost causes the marriage to end. Being determined that their love and marriage is worth fightening for they leave their mistakes in the past and try to start over.

But more secrets are revealed and the past mistakes are in the forefront again, Brandy ends up alone and struggling and does a lot of soul searching within herself never really knowing what is going to happen and if love can overcome all of their mistakes. Or will they move on and find new loves of their lifes?

Moon Over Alcatraz is an excellent book and I would recommend this to anyone who loves a true romance novels. I rated this story 4.5 as I truly enjoyed the book and really enjoyed Patricia’s writing. All I will say is go buy this book.
by Tana Troniak

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Some Cajun Humor - Boudreaux and the Bridge

Justin Wilson is one of my favorite Cajun storytellers. His sense of humor and his thick accent remind me of my own late father.

Most Louisiana folks know our old friend Boudreaux is the mascot of many a Cajun joke. So here we go....

Boudreaux and the Bridge.
Boudreaux lived across the bayou from Clarence, who Boudreaux did not like. There was no bridge or other easy way to cross the bayou so the two would argue by yelling across the bayou.
Boudreaux would often yell across the bayou to Clarence, "Clarence, if I had a way to cross dat bayou, I would come beat you up!".

The threats continued for many years.

One day the state built a bridge across the Bayou.

Soon after the bridge was built, Boudreaux's wife, Clotile, says "Boudreaux, you've been talking about going across dat bayou to beat up Clarence all dese years. Now that they have dat bridge, what are you waiting for?"

So Boudreaux decided it was time to go see Clarence, so he started walking down to the bridge.

Just as he was getting ready to cross the bridge, he looks up at the sign on the bridge, reads it, and goes back home.

When Boudreaux gets home, Clotile asks "Mais, Boudreaux, did you go beat up Clarence?" Boudreaux said, "Mais no Clotile, dat sign on dat bridge says 'Clearance 13 feet 3 inches'. Mais, Clotile, Clarence don't look dat big from across de bayou!"

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wenches of the Paranormal

Today, I'm featuring four lovely ladies from my group, The Wenches of Words. These Musa Publishing authors are super natural (pun intended) when it comes to the paranormal...or downright evil. If you want a good read to keep you up at night, these are your girls.

Samantha Combs
The Detention Demon

A raggedy group of delinquents, thrown together by circumstance, get the opportunity to prove if rumors about the detention teacher being less than human are true and discover it doesn’t take years of friendship to bond together and overcome evil.

Wayne is a Junior High school boy who just got detention for fighting in school to protect his longtime best friend, Gumby.  But recently, there have been stories about detention.


 Kids have mysteriously disappeared, creating creepy rumors about detention class. Now, Wayne finds himself trapped in there with school bully Bubba Dugan.  Keeping his distance from Bubba won’t be Wayne’s only problem.  In fact, those rumors about the detention teacher don’t seem like stories at all.

 With his best friend Gumby, a crew of delinquents and a surprising late addition, a pretty cheerleader harboring a secret crush, Wayne and his group of misfits will have to band together to outwit the detention teacher.  He’s protected his best friend from harm his whole life…..but, can he protect him and everyone else against something that might not even be human?

Musa Buy link for Detention Demon
Samantha's Blog
Eleni Konstantine
Gateway to Hell

Zeta will protect the one she loves, even if it means living in Hell.

 Mastering a unique power was much safer for Zeta Kosmos with a mentor to help her along. Now that he’s disappeared, Zeta must continue alone with her calling—closing Gateways to Hell.


Daniel Richards is in the family business—Warding supernatural evil from causing havoc on humans. As such, he’s only interested in the safety of one-night stands. Until Zeta. This bad boy now wants a long, lasting relationship.


But Zeta can’t let go of her past, nor can she ignore the secret demonic threats against Daniel’s life. She’d rather fight demonic spawn and be dragged into Hell than allow anything happen to him. Can Daniel convince her to stay? Will she have to pay the ultimate price?

Eleni's Blog

Clarissa Johal

How far would you go to redeem yourself?


As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.


After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.


As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.


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Clarissa's Blog

Dusty Crabtree
Shadow Eyes

Iris thought she could ignore the shadows...until they went after everyone she loved.


Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil.  But she is the only one who can see them.  

She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.


Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters.  First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.


As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be.

Musa Buy Link for Shadow Eyes

Dusty's Blog

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cajun Humor from Justin Wilson, Part 2

As promised, the second part in Justin Wilson's album, The Humerous World of Justin Wilson, from YouTube. (Wanted to load another picture of Justin, but Blogger isn't cooperating.)

No one speaks the language of the Cajuns better than Justin Wilson.

The Humerous World of Justin Wilson

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Justin Wilson - Cajun storyteller

 On Wednesdays, Bayou Tales will feature Louisiana tidbits

Today, and the next few Wednesdays, I am pleased to present a great Cajun story teller, Justin Wilson.

Justin knows how to tell a great Cajun tale. He was born in Roseland, Louisiana, on April 24, 1914, and died in Baton Rouge on September 5, 2001, at age 87. He was known for his Cajun cooking show, has several Cajun cookbooks to his credit, as well as many comedy albums.

In this one he explains what a Cajun is. You'll enjoy it...I garontee!

The Humor of Justin Wilson - Part one

Tune in next Wednesday for Part two.