Music Monday: “Louisiana Saturday Night”

Hi, everyone. Today is Doug Kershaw’s 86th birthday. Some of you may recall that he inspired me to play fiddle as a kid, and that I own one of his instruments now. His music, including this piece, was in nearly constant rotation when I wrote Bayou Fire. Laissez les bontemps rouler!

Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee — Free eBook to Celebrate!

Jerry Lee Lewis is 86 years young today. Here’s a snippet from It Happened in Memphis, a bonus track, and a coupon code to get a free copy of the eBook. Enjoy!


It Happened in MemphisEvie went down the stairs that she’d taken just moments before. The studio looked totally different. There were no photos on the walls, no X marks on the floor … just a group of people milling around. Evie shook her head in confusion.

Over at the piano, a man with dark blond hair sat on the bench with three others gathered around. A long-legged, dark-haired woman in a woolen suit with a pencil skirt sat on the back of the spinet while a man took their photograph.

After the photographer left, one of the men left as well, everyone calling out “So long, Johnny” or something similar as he walked out the door. The man who’d been at the piano helped the young woman down from the back of it and went over to chat with a bunch of friends who’d evidently come with him.

“Whoo-ee, ain’t you a pretty thing?” One of the other men who’d been in that big photograph came over to Evie. He had wavy, peroxide-blonde hair and the most arresting amber eyes that Evie had ever seen. “What’s your name, baby doll”

“I’m Evangeline Boudreaux. I think I left my purse in here earlier. It’s turquoise and white, to go with my dress. I don’t imagine you’ve seen it?”

“I ain’t seen no pocketbook, no. But I tell you what; with a name like Evangeline Boudreaux, and that sweet accent of yours, you must be from Louisiana. Guess what? I am, too. Jerry Lee Lewis, from Ferriday. What do they call you at home, baby doll?”

“Evie.”

“Nah, that ain’t right. That’s a little girl’s name. Reckon I’ll call you Lina. How ‘bout that?”


You can get your own copy of It Happened in Memphis by clicking here. Enter coupon code MN39K to get it free of charge through Oct. 31, 2021.

Back cover copy: Evie Boudreaux has a knack for seeing history in action. Why? Because she sees ghosts. Come along on a visit to Tupelo and Memphis, and see the earliest days of rock music through Evie’s eyes! Buy “It Happened in Memphis,” Pocketful of Stories No. 7, today!

 

Happy Anniversary, Gaston Leroux!

iteotbToday, September 23, 2021, marks the 112th anniversary of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera — in a way. It was initially published as a serial in a French magazine called Le Gaulois, and the first chapter appeared 100 years ago today.

The complete novel, as we know it today, appeared in April 1910. Leroux’s thinly veiled social commentary on Parisian society has inspired numerous films, musicals and books — not the least of which is my In The Eye of The Beholder.

Today, I wish “bon anniversaire” to my beloved Erik, whose voice cried out in my heart that his story was not over.

Author’s Inspiration: “Bayou Fire”

Hi, everyone. This week, I’m sharing the inspiration behind Bayou Fire, my multi-award winning paranormal historical romance.

I’d wanted to visit New Orleans for decades simply because of the food and music, and finally got the chance in 2016, when I needed to go there on business. I took some vacation time in conjunction with the trip so that I could do some sight-seeing.

Now, one of the things I do when I’m going to visit a place is that I read up on its history. I didn’t know a ton about New Orleans, so there was a lot of ground to cover.  In the process of my research, I learned about Delphine LaLaurie, and the fire at her mansion that revealed the abuse of numerous slaves. That incident became the centerpiece for the historical portion of the tale.

BF AwardsHonestly, Bayou Fire remains the book of which I am most proud among all of my works. I was able to get across my love for the city of New Orleans and its culture, as well as some of the social issues that have plagued the city for centuries (e.g., racism). I am not blind to New Orleans’ faults, by any stretch of the imagination. Still, it was an amazing and evocative place from which I was able to draw inspiration across a couple of research trips and a lot of reading to create a time-spanning romance.


Want your own copy of Bayou Fire?  Here are the book blurb and purchasing links:

Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE?

Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart presents her first full-length historical paranormal tale, set against the backdrops of modern-day and 1830s New Orleans.

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