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Meet the Merpeople of River Road – Guest Post by Suzanne Johnson

I am pleased to welcome author Suzanne Johnson to Child of Yden as she tells us about her latest release, River Road. Enjoy, and be sure to leave a comment, below, for a chance to win one of Suzanne’s superlative e-books! ~ S.G. Rogers

As an author, it’s always a fun challenge to take a mythology and put a new spin on it. Which parts of the traditional lore do you want to keep, and what do you want to turn on its head?

In River Road, my new urban fantasy (with a dash of romance) that comes out this week, I wanted to take some of the water species—primarily Merpeople—and figure out a way to bring them into my world of a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. It’s a world already peopled with wizards, werewolves, and a species I call the “Historical Undead”—formerly famous New Orleanians kept alive by the magic of human memory. Think that guy walking down the sidewalk looks a lot like the late Louis Armstrong? Are you so sure it isn’t the REAL Louis Armstrong? And the undead pirate Jean Lafitte is everywhere!

These books have a very deep sense of place. You couldn’t uproot the characters and set them down in another city and have the book make any sense. So I wanted to make sure my Merpeople were tightly woven into the fabric of South Louisiana. And what does one find in South Louisiana? Cajuns. Fishermen. Alligators. Swamps.

Meet the Merpeople, River Road-style. They are aquatic shapeshifters (not wereanimals, so they’re not tied to the cycles of the moon and are born, not made). They can shift halfway into the classic human head to waist, with the fishy lower half and the big caudal fin. Or they can fully shift into big fish. Different mer clans shift into different types of fish.

Oh, yeah, and they’re Cajuns who work in the South Louisiana fishing industry, mainstreaming with humans who don’t have a clue. (You know, if you think about that too hard, it’s kind of cannibalistic—LOL.)

I have two feuding clans of Merpeople in River Road, the Delachaises and the Villeres. Merpeople in my world are a little cranky, tend to be on the shortish side (twins Rene and Robert Delachaise, at 5-10, are quite tall for mers), and, well, they like to fight. Diplomacy is not one of their finer-honed skills. They are long-lived but not immortal, and can mate with humans—although their kids will not be mers. (Probably just good swimmers, I’d think!)

And how are the Nymphs different from the Merpeople? Um…let’s just say the local group has unionized into the Greater Mississippi River Nymphs and their human mainstreaming occupation is a French Quarter escort service. Last I heard, they were bringing in some satyrs for the female clientele…

Want to win a copy of Royal Street, book one in the Sentinels of New Orleans series? Leave a comment to win a signed UK edition. (U.S. and Canada.) The winner will be selected on Sunday, November 18th, midnight EST.

BLURB: Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a weregator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou in the Sentinels of New Orleans series.

River Road is available through, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite independent or online bookstore. You can find Suzanne at her blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Fate Worse Than the Guillotine? Character Interview from House of Cards

Author Juli D. Revezzo has released her latest title, House of Cards, just in time for Halloween!  I’ve invited Juli and her main character, Sinjon, for an interview.  Enjoy!

~ S.G. Rogers

Can you gamble with Fate?

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he answer thwart his fate — one worse than the guillotine?

Buy links: Amazon,, Smashwords, and wherever online books are sold.

Thank you for coming to chat with us today, Sinjon. Why do you think Juli D. Revezzo choose you to represent her?

You’re most welcome, Suzanne. Thank you for having me. Why would my authoress choose me to represent her in House of Cards? Well, the Hag is quite freaky. Better to let a man deal with her, don’t you think?

Juli adds: Don’t mind him, Suzanne. He’s never heard of Women’s lib. 😉

Tell us about yourself, Sinjon. First off, is there anything you wish Juli had kept quiet about?

I wish she hadn’t said I was the bastard son of the family.

I can see how that would be awkward.  What is your birth date?

June 1773

Where do you live, and what is it about that area that drew you there?

I live in Paris. I was born there, you see, and the area remains beautiful to me. Really, what better city is there in our world?

I look forward to seeing it someday. What do you wish people to know about you?

That despite my beginnings, I strive to be better than just the unwished for son. I’d like to be a historian if I could, or visit Egypt or the Orient. I just never expected to have to leave home so soon, or in the way I did.

What music do you most enjoy?

Mozart of course, and Joseph Haydn’s “Apponyi” was wonderful.

Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the limelight?

That will depend on Juli, for now, though, I think I may deserve a little break, don’t you?

(Juli adds: I might write more about his family. I’m thinking about it)

Sinjon: Not to pry, dear lady, but what did you say? You know it’s rude to whisper in front of others, don’t you?

*Juli gives Sinjon innocent look* I didn’t say anything.

What is your perfect evening?

Reading, studying. Perhaps a night at the opera occasionally. I’m not much for the wild parties my contemporaries throw—threw, that is.

What really pushes your buttons?

The fact that my family betrayed me! I mean really, how could they? Is that any way for a family to act?

Ah, the dysfunctional family is the inspiration for much literature. What are your biggest turn-ons?

A gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell, but I have to admit, Suzanne,I have a thing for strong females, and especially blondes.

*Suzanne blushes and clears her throat*

Um…what are your biggest turn-offs?

Hags and people who have the nerve to betray me.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

You know, they say George Washington loved ice cream. For me, there’s a cherry flavor I tasted at a friend’s dinner party once that I’m in love with. I’m not sure the recipe survived to your time though, Suzanne, sorry.

*Suzanne sighs and consults her clipboard once more*

What is your biggest fear?

That I’ll never get out of the nightmare that Paris has become! Or the hag’s clutches.

Finally, why should the readers be interested in your story?

If they like stories of mystical intrigue, stories with heroes who use their brains to get out of sticky situations, or heroes who get the best of the things which would frighten even the staunchest person, they’ll like House of Cards.

*Juli pipes up* If you’d like to learn more about my works, you can find me online at:

My blog,Author’s Den Page, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, on LibraryThing, on Shelfari, and Twitter: @julidrevezzo

Juli: Thanks for having me back again today, Suzanne!

Suzanne: Any time at all, Juli.

Sinjon: Yes, thank you,  Mistress Suzanne.  *Sinjon kisses Suzanne’s hand* It was a pleasure meeting you.

*Suzanne giggles and ends the interview*

Hey, would you like to win an awesome 2″ x 6″ bookmark? 

Leave a comment, below, and Juli will pick a winner November 1st.  Happy Halloween, everyone.

Writing, Bonsai Style

Come over to author Suzanne Johnson’s blog Preternatura and read my guest post about the ‘shaping’ of Tournament of Chance.  Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-book copy!

~ S.G. Rogers

Literary Bonsai – The Shaping of Tournament of Chance
When I wrote Tournament of Chance, I didn’t start out to write a speculative fiction piece.  It began as a short story about a girl who enters an archery contest, hoping to win a royal title and a place at court. The narrative ended just as a revolution begins, cutting off the story right when the action was getting good. (MORE)

Magical Places – Formal Gardens

Formal gardens make frequent appearances in my stories.  Perhaps it’s the riot of colors, or the topiary, or the symmetry of a formal garden that stirs my imagination. I’d like nothing better than to meander down the pathways, admiring the flowers and the pleasing arrangement of manicured hedges.  To me, a formal garden is one of the living embodiments of magic… but I wouldn’t want to trim the shrubbery.

What locations do you consider magical?

~ S.G. Rogers


Excerpt from The Last Great Wizard of Yden:

Clusters of sculptures decorated the pathways and grassy lawns. Some were of magical creatures, but there were a great many sculptures of people.

“I can’t get over the number of lifelike statues,” Jon said.

“Well, at least we now know where the party is,” Fred said. When he poked a fisherman with his finger, it left a fading blue imprint in the stone. “Hey, look, it’s a mood ring statue!”

“Thermochromism,” Casey said.

Fred gaped. “What?”

“The rock is heat‑sensitive,” Casey explained.

Jon circled a statue of an old woman. “The level of detail is amazing.”

The central pathway through the garden featured a carving of a man on his knees. His arm was flung over his head, as if to ward off some unseen danger. Another man was prostrate on the ground. Brett frowned. “They look afraid.”

Jon exchanged an apprehensive glance with Kira. She drew her sword.

“Let’s head back to the beach,” Jon said.

“Sissies!” Fred said. He leaped over the prone statue. “Scared of a bunch of lawn decorations.”

Kira scanned the garden. “Perhaps it would be wise to fear their maker.”
The Last Great Wizard of Yden, a full length fantasy novel. Buy the e-book NOW through Astraea Press, Amazon, and other fine outlets ($2.99 MSRP) FINAL DAY SALE $0.99  and then enter to win the paperback through my Goodreads giveaway HERE.

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S.G. Rogers’ Cypher – Release Day Party

UPDATE:  Using, Onisha’s number came up! Congratulations to Onisha, and thank you to everyone who left a comment on my blog. 😀

“You can’t raze Castle Augur. It’s a national landmark! How dare you even think of desecrating the place where so many people died!” Cypher exclaimed.

Prince Ewan sat with his boots up on a desk, his hands laced behind his head. “If it isn’t the pretty barmaid.” He swung his legs to the floor and stood. “Castle Augur is an eyesore and a danger to the community. I’m building a summer palace on the foundations. Don’t worry, there will be a job waiting for you as my servant once we’re through.”

“I’ll never wait on you. You’re not fit to kiss my Augurian backside, Your Highness.”

Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country.  Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection.  Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns Prince Ewan plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him.  Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy.  At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories.  She stumbles across a silver key she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Can Cypher evade Prince Ewan long enough to recover her memories? Is Lord Joss all that he seems or is his charm a ruse to ensnare the unwary? Finally, will the knowledge of her true identity tear Cypher apart or empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

Available today in all e-formats from MuseItUp Publishing HERE. Coming soon to Amazon, and

To CELEBRATE my latest release, I’m giving away a copy of The Magical Misperception of Meridian (any e-format) and a Cypher cover t-shirt (men’s size L).  I’ll even throw in a little author swag (postcards, magnets, etc).

I’ll pick the winner at 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 22 (EST).  To enter, just do ONE of the following (pick the easiest!), and leave me a comment to tell me which way you entered:

1) LIKE my author Facebook page HERE; OR

2) ADD one of my books to your to-read list on Goodreads HERE; OR

3) LIKE one of my books on Amazon HERE; OR

4) FOLLOW my blog, or FOLLOW me on Twitter.

Buying Cypher or one of my other books (click on covers on the right side of my blog, or there are links on each book page) would definitely qualify as an entry (and make my day). (Cypher will be at Amazon in a day or two… takes a lot longer.)

Thanks for coming to my release day party.  😀 ~ S.G. Rogers

New Book Club With Benefits

Pure. Fiction.

Astraea Press has started a new book club on Facebook you will want to join. Why? For a two week period at the beginning of each month, Astraea Press will offer ONE free e-book to readers to read and enjoy 🙂 At the end of the month you can come back for a chat with other readers and the author. Readers are encouraged to post a reader review on Amazon, B&N and/or Goodreads with their thoughts on the book 🙂  There will also be the opportunity to win author swag!  You really don’t want to miss out.

The fun starts in June, and you must join the group HERE to be eligible to receive the book.  The very first free read will be…Come on over to Facebook and join the fun.

~ S.G. Rogers

Thor Tips His Helmet This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a great occasion to remember the men and women in the military who serve their country.  In homage to Memorial Day, we revisit the grandest warrior of them all…Thor.

Thor wasn’t just a hammer-wielding hunk of a god.  He also knew how to use his brains.  There once was an amorous dwarf, Alviss, who aspired to wed Thor’s daughter.  Doting father that he was, Thor wasn’t having any of it.  Nevertheless, he convinced the dwarf he could gain his consent if Alviss answered his questions on a number of weighty topics.

Alviss was indeed a smarty-pants, and managed to wax enthusiastically and at length about the worlds he’d visited.  Thor and the lovelorn dwarf yakked all night about this, that and the other thing.  Just before dawn, Thor was forced to admit he’d never seen a wiser soul. 

But as George Harrison sang, “Here Comes The Sun.”  (VIDEO) Thor kept Alviss talking so long the rising sun turned him to stone.  End of problem.

The question is, if Alviss was so wise, how come he didn’t see that one coming?

~ S.G. Rogers

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the U.S. Military?  Check out Operation Gratitude.  They send 100,000 care packages annually to servicemen and women, their children, and to the wounded. 😀


DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Uncle John’s Flush Fiction G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y

UPDATE:  Using I’ve picked a winner!  Congratulations, Angie!

I’ll admit it, I’m flushed with success.  One of my flash fiction gems has found its way into the one and only Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series.  Uncle John’s newest throne room publication is entitled Flush Fiction, and it’s jam-packed with all sorts of short stories designed to be read sitting down.  88 different stories, in such genres as mystery, nostalgia, monsters, science fiction and (in my case) humor.  What’s The Not-So-Ancient Chinese Proverb about, you might ask?  It’s about 1,000 words. *winks*

Wanna win your very own paperback copy? Just leave a comment, below!  I’ll pick a winner Sunday, midnight (EST), May 13th.  Good luck, and may the flush be with you.

~ S.G. Rogers

P.S.  Can’t wait to buy your own copy?  Amazon has it. does too.  To learn more about Uncle John’s Bathoom Reader series, visit their website, follow them on Twitter, and find them on Facebook.

P.P.S.  Sorry…this giveaway is limited to the USA only. 😦

Maeve Greyson asks Are We Really the Only One?


I’m honored to have the lovely Maeve Greyson back to Child of Yden, talking about her upcoming release Eternity’s Mark!  Enjoy her guest post…and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win an ARC of Eternity’s Mark plus some terrific swag.

~ S.G. Rogers

Are we really the only one?

Universe –that is. Are we really the only world, the only reality, the only “level” of existence? I’ve always been fascinated…or maybe the better word is “teased” by the idea that this isn’t the only plane of reality. Might there be other “worlds” on different planes? Worlds that we just can’t see? If pondered too long, Quantum physics, multi-verse or multi-world theories can throw you into a brain cramp. But it all boils down to a simple theory: why wouldn’t it be possible that there are perhaps infinite numbers of universes, and everything that could possibly have happened in our past, but didn’t happen to us, has occurred in the past of some other universe or world?

Hannah MacPherson, my heroine from Eternity’s Mark is either blessed or cursed—depending on how you look at it—with a destiny linking her to another world accessed by mystical portals.

The hero Taggart’s alternate universe mimics quite a few traits of our own but also holds a few surprises. The following blurb sums it up.

Eternity’s MarkMarch 27, 2012 from Kensington Brava

A sexy Scot. A mystical inheritance. What could go wrong?

Veterinarian Hannah MacPherson knows better than to believe in love at first—or any—sight.

True, being swept away by Taggart de Gaelson to the vast Scottish castle she’s mysteriously inherited is uber-romantic. The legacy is totally legitimate, and its messenger is big, broad-shouldered, and smokin’ in more ways than one…

Too bad Taggart forgot to mention that Hannah’s also a Guardian of magical dragons called the Draecna. And as Hannah’s sworn otherworldly protector, Taggart is honor-bound not to lay a hand on her, no matter how close he gets…

But turning duty into pleasure is just too tempting. And for Hannah, mastering her powers and saving two worlds from evil will be way easier than showing one hardheaded warrior that breaking all the rules means they are eternally made for each other…

What do YOU think? Are we really the only world? I don’t think we’re alone…

Now I’d like to take a moment to thank the awesome Suzanne Rogers for having me back at her wonderful blog. I’m honored to be the guest of such a talented author.

And since it’s “almost” release day –you guessed it! A giveaway is in order. One lucky commenter will be selected by Jasper to receive an ARC (advanced reading copy) of ETERNITY’S MARK.  I’ll also include some of the promo stuff I’m taking to RT in April. Neat stuff like a cover flat of ETERNITY’S MARK, a rack card with eye candy, ink pens…you know –the kinds of goodies that make reading romance just a little more fun. And if you also go to my website ( and sign up to receive my newsletter, your name will be entered in the drawing twice! (Don’t worry – I only send newsletters when I actually have NEWS – I promise I won’t over-stuff your inbox and I will NEVER share your email.)

Maeve’s other books:

Beyond A Highland Whisper Out now from The Wild Rose Press

Can love prevail over the dark magic of a woman scorned?

The last time Latharn MacKay walked among his kinsman was in Scotland of 1410. Sensuous and charismatic, all the women wanted him, but none could capture his heart. Latharn’s charm became his curse when a dark sorceress didn’t take rejection well. She snared his soul into a crystal globe until the one woman destined to be his love whispered his release. Now all Latharn has to do is find her and guide her to him without speaking a word.

One of the youngest archeologists in St Louis of 2010, Nessa credits one thing for this achievement: the recurring dream of a heart-stopping Highlander since the summer she turned eighteen years old. Little does she know, he’s not some fantasy cooked up by her subconscious. He’s a trapped soul determined for Nessa to end his six centuries in hell.

The Highlander’s FuryMarch 2, 2012 from The Wild Rose Press

An average day in the life of an immortal Fury?

Flex powers. Locate evil. Administer justice.

Until Ciara’s goddess mothers convince her to seduce a brooding mortal and bear the man a gifted child. All she has to do is swap places with his betrothed. A simple task−become the seductive wife, bear the man a child and train the young one in the Ways. Once the boy reaches seven years of age, they’ll swap her back with the wife Faolan thinks he selected and Ciara can resume her job of rousting wickedness from the world.

Faolan MacKay’s advisors plague him daily about his matrimonial duties as laird, dragging prospects from across the Highlands: plump dowries attached to each one.

Faolan’s lost everyone he’s ever loved. He’d rather go straight to the fiery pits of Hell than down the wedding aisle. Out of desperation, a plan takes seed. He’ll select a wife he can ignore. There’s just one problem with this foolproof theory. Nobody ignores Ciara.

Against his better judgment, he’s enthralled with the woman and to Ciara’s surprise, this strange thing called love burns hotter than her hunger for vengeance.

At the end of the seven years the ruse is up, all will return to as it was. Can the bond of love overcome the mandate of the ultimate powers?

Maeve’s Bio:

Maeve Greyson writes paranormal romances with a Celtic twist from her cozy little home not too far from Kentucky Lake.  Tucked away in the middle of nowhere, Maeve listens to the wind whispering through the trees and hears the voices of her characters.

Her debut novel, BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER is available now from The Wild Rose Press and other online retailers. March 2012 will see two new paranormal romances from Maeve. THE HIGHLANDER’S FURY releases from The Wild Rose Press on March 2nd and ETERNITY’S MARK releases from Kensington’s Brava line on March 27th. ETERNITY’S MARK was the winner of Kensington Brava and RT Book Reviews 2011 Writing with the Stars Contest.

Maeve can also be found procrastinating in these corners of cyberspace:

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Review Copies of The Magical Misperception of Meridian


The Magical Misperception of Meridian needs your review! This weekend, I’m giving away review copies (Kindle, .pdf, or Nook format) of this romantic story to FIVE readers who agree to post reviews on Amazon, and/or Goodreads!  Just leave a comment, below, and I’ll choose the winners just before midnight EST on Sunday, March 25th.  Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers

Back Cover Blurb:

Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be
able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she
pleases. She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak
to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.

When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment. Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table. Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant. At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.

Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after nine years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen. Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee fight together for an uncertain future. But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.

Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be
shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?


Jona had a plan.

She crept downstairs, making sure to avoid the squeakiest treads. Her hand was on the
doorknob when her mother pounced from out of nowhere and caught her by the suspenders.

“Jona Barbara Haever, you will not leave the house in those clothes! Queen Gaia will take
you for a boy!”

“But I’m not actually meeting the queen,” Jona protested. “And I want to have fun.”

“You’ll be sitting in the front row with your father and me, watching the presentation. Get
that cap off your head and put on a dress, for heaven’s sake. We’re leaving soon,” Mrs. Haever said.

“Yes, ma’am.” Jona loped upstairs.

She had absolutely no intention of obeying her mother, of course. Her back-up plan involved a very serviceable drainpipe outside the window in her sister’s room. When that room was hers, she’d used it quite a few times to escape. Unfortunately, the neighbors had seen her shimmy down one night and told her parents. The aftermath had been unpleasant and she’d had to change rooms with her sister. The challenge would be to reach the drainpipe before her sister sounded the alarm. If she were caught, the consequences would be swift and dire. Nevertheless, the benefits outweighed the risks on a day like today.

With an air of studied innocence, Jona sauntered into Holly’s room…

Can’t wait to read The Magical Misperception of Meridian? You can buy it right now at Amazon or MuseItUp Publishing (all formats)… (coming soon to

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