Suzanne Johnson (suzannej3523 on QT) has signed with agent Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only laid waste to the city of New Orleans; it also opened breaches between the modern world and the preternatural world beyond. Through these breaches has come an old god bent on completing the destruction Katrina left undone and a rogue wizard intent on bringing magic back into the world of humans.
ROYAL STREET, a completed 90,000-word urban fantasy with strong elements of mystery, history, and paranormal romance, follows the story of Drusilla Jaco (DJ), a funny, tough female wizard whose pre-Katrina job was to help guard the borders between New Orleans and the Beyond, even when it called for such questionable duties as seducing the undead pirate Jean Lafitte. After the storm, DJ, an empath who fights to keep from absorbing emotions from everyone around her, must return to her ravaged city and cope with her own personal losses while unraveling the plot woven by the voodoo god Samedi and her own missing mentor.
The novel blends magic, humor, and romance to explore life in post-Katrina New Orleans, and it uses that backdrop to show the power of love and friendship in persevering against horror and chaos. It blends the antics of historical New Orleans “royalty” such as Louis Armstrong, Huey Long, and Jean Lafitte with preternatural creatures such as shapeshifters and one very human bar owner with killer dimples.
The novel will appeal to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as those interested in a different take on New Orleans history and Katrina.
I am a Hurricane Katrina survivor myself and was a longtime resident of New Orleans, which helped me bring both sensitivity and accuracy to the topic. I also am a widely published journalist with more than fifty national awards in feature writing and editing. ROYAL STREET is my first novel.
Thank you for your time and attention. I have attached the (amount requested) of the manuscript below--I hope it entices you to want to read more!
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