My debut novel, Bayou My Love (Velvet Morning Press), was released in March 2016. (Get your copy here, only 4.99 on Kindle and 11.99 in print.) It’s the story of the dynamic 30-something Enza Parker, who travels to the bayous of Louisiana to unearth the mysteries of her family’s past. Her grandmother is dead, her mother has vanished, and now she’s put in the path of an arsonist bent on revenge. And then there’s Jack, the dashing firefighter who’s been living in the house she inherited. Can she resist his charms long enough to enlist his help? First in the Bayou series.
“Read it for the mystery, read it for the fire, read it for the magic.” – Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement
“I loved this book. It has so many different dimensions that you will literally be glued to the pages… There is mystery, intrigue, and some unexpected pieces to the story… PICK UP THIS BOOK. It’s a MUST READ.” – Pretty Little Book Reviews
The sequel, Bayou, Whispers of the Past, was released October 2016. (Get your copy here: 3.99 for Kindle / 11.99 in print.) Things just keep heating up as Enza continues to unearth her family’s darkest secrets, all while balancing her new love and her new business. It all comes to a head over Christmas dinner, as her plans go awry and a new stranger threatens the safety of the people she holds dear. Can a spontaneous road trip with her best friend put all of the chaos to rest, or will it make her wish she’d never dug into the past?
“A rich and emotional story that will draw readers into the heat of the bayou and leave them wanting more.” – Tina Ann Forkner, Author of Nashville by Heart and Waking Up Joy
“I adore her novels that wonderfully represent women’s fiction with a touch of romance, plenty of depth, and just the right amount of suspense. If you have not yet started this series, you are missing out on an incredible author with amazing stories to share.” – Jennifer, Dandelions Inspired
Back to Bayou Sabine: a novella, is a prequel to Bayou My Love. In it, we follow Enza as she goes back to the little town of Bayou Sabine, where she once spent those magical summers with her grandmother. It’s the first time she’s been back in 15 years, but little does Enza know that her life is about to change all over again. Can she resist the pull of her family’s mysterious past, or will she allow herself to be immersed in the allure of the bayou once again? (2.99 Kindle and 5.99 in print.)
“I was a goner, and I didn’t surface until the novel’s end. I may be in love.” – Page One Books
Check out my Pinterest page for the Bayou series, where I share the photos that inspired lots of places in the novels. Want to select a Bayou novel for your next book club? Check out my reader’s guide. And don’t forget to find me on Goodreads.
Interviews and Features
Interview and review of Bayou, Whispers from the Past by Jennifer at Dandelions Inspired. October 2016.
Interview by Joyce Lamb, featured in USA Today‘s Happy Ever After March 2016.
Four-star review of Bayou My Love featured on Page One Books.
Five-Star review of Bayou My Love featured on Chick Lit Plus.
Author interview with Melanie Smith, March 2016.
Author interview by Mercedes Fox, May 2016.
A piece I wrote for Women Writers, Women’s Books where I talk artist books and creative processes.
And for something completely different…
The first book I published was a children’s alphabet book, What Do Animals Do on the Weekend? (Novello Festival Press, 2002). Written and illustrated by me, it follows the zany adventures of animal couples as they venture through their weekends. Look for an eBook version of it soon.
In addition to women’s fiction, I also create artists books and limited edition letterpress-printed works. To more about my letterpress books, please visit my letterpress page.
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