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Guest Blogger: Elle James
Monday, February 25th, 2013

Bayou Road Trip!

My sister, Delilah Devlin, and I took a trip last August to Louisiana. We drove all the way down to Grand Isle, LA which is nothing more than a little spit of land surrounded by water and barely above sea level. Houses were built on stilts and daring the ocean to take them back. Great sunrises greeted us in the morning and even more beautiful sunsets closed out the day.

ej3We trekked on up to Thibodeaux, LA for a fabulous airboat tour of the bayous, a tour of Oak Alley Plantation and then on to New Orleans for a conference and to explore some of the Voodoo shops in the French Quarter.

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We were in search of great settings, and a firm understanding of what it means to live along the bayous and the crazy but loveable people who do. From the ladies dressed in period costumes leading tours through the old plantation houses while serving mint juleps, to the crazy coonasses insane enough to drag a ‘gator out of the water so we could pet it, we met wonderful people along the way. Small towns, lots of water and great food added to the experience.

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And what a change of scenery heading into New Orleans! What happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street! Street performers, voodoo shops, palm readers, men in red dresses and beignets…the city is magical.

All these forays were great fodder for my Cajun Magic series coming out this year from Entangled Publishing. Watch for VOODOO ON THE BAYOU (Feb 2013), VOODOO FOR TWO (April 2013) and DEJA VOODOO ( Jun 2013) for a little fun delving into Voodoo and the magic it can create.

Voodoo on the Bayou

Book #1 of the Cajun Magic Series

by Elle James (aka Myla Jackson)

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 “By day a frog, by night a man, ‘til de next full moon…”

At first, lawyer and ladies’ man Craig Thibodeaux thought Madame LeBieu’s chant was a strange bayou joke. But the voodoo worked and Craig is spending his days as…well, a small green frog. Now he has only two weeks to find love, or his new froggy transformation becomes permanent.

When she receives the anonymous toxic water sample from Bayou Miste, research scientist Elaine Smith decides a trip to the bayou is the perfect excuse to escape the lab, and forget about her cheating ex-fiancé. Then she accidentally stumbles upon Craig’s oh-so-fine naked form, and her science-nerd brain is overrun with naughty thoughts about her new gorgeous night-time bayou guide.

But there’s more to Bayou Miste than voodoo curses and sexy late-night trysts. Dark secrets threaten the delicate ecosystem, and there are those who would do anything to keep those secrets hidden. Even murder…

Elle James Bio

Elle JamesElle James aka Myla Jackson spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning, sassy western romances, intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 31 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over many works with other publishers including Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington and Avon and 19 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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6 comments to “Guest Blogger: Elle James”

  1. sharon chalk
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 8:04 am · Link

    Elle,I know that you and Delilah had to have fun because your trip sounds like the exact same trip,I took a few years back,we went up for Mardi Gras,but during the day we also went places and Grand Island ,that little spit on land,and it is little,was one of our locations,our friends had warned us that the little town you go thru to get there ,the posted speed limit is 25 and being speed traps is one of its main sources of income,you will get a ticket for even going 26 mph,needless to say,we were very careful lol we also saw the Thousand Oaks Plantaion only we took the Delta Queen river boat there and the tour was wonderful and everything was so well preserved even the slave quarters,I have lots of pictures of that place it was so cool,did they tell you the story how the first owner during the week before his daughters wedding they put thousand of spiders in the tress to make silk lines and then they had all the spiders killed then wet down the silk so his daughter looked like she was walking down a silken fantasy,it was so cool,but I would not have wanted to be a guest,I dont think they could have caught all those spiders they let loose lol and then of course we went and enjoyed the hell out of ourselves on the last night of Mardi Gras,it was for sure an adult party!!!! It sounds like you and Delilah enjoyed it as much as me and my best friend did!!!!!



  2. Elle James
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    Delilah,
    Thanks for letting me come play on your blog! Hugs, Sis!

    Sharon,
    Louisiana is a wonderful state to visit, where the history is rich and the food is richer. We had a blast and our favorite part was the air boat tour. I used that experience in the third book of the Cajun Magic series due out in June. Love, love, love the bayou!



  3. Lisa J
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 10:46 am · Link

    This one sounded so good I had to go buy it. Can’t wait to read it. :lol:



  4. ronnie cornett
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 11:23 am · Link

    Now I want to go and visit the bayou! This book looks great…going to amazon now to check it out!!! :!: :wink:



  5. Elle James
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 1:54 pm · Link

    Thanks, Lisa and Ronnie! I JUST finished writing Book #3 in the series. They’re so much fun!



  6. kathleen yohanna
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      · February 25th, 2013 at 11:49 pm · Link

    Thanks for the great pictures. I would like to travel to the bayou. I hope it’s soon.