June 28, 2012

AAD Author Spotlight: Guest Post & $25 GC Giveaway with Julia Talbot!

Hey, y'all!

How are all the GC readers doing today?

My name is Julia Talbot, and I'm an author of romance and erotic romance that spans all genders.

I am gearing up for convention season, and I'm really excited about Authors After Dark in NOLA. Last year in Philadelphia was such a blast, but I'm from Texas, so New Orleans is totally in my comfort zone, despite the heat, and I'm going to be trolling for hurricanes. (The drinks, not the actual storms. Eek.)

New Orleans is one of those cities still on the rebound, where amazing food, shopping, and history sit side by side with desperate poverty and empty buildings. The city has always had a mystique to it, but sometimes now I find it almost has a post apocalypse feel, where the French Quarter and Garden Districts are little oases in an otherworldly landscape.

It sure makes for great story ideas, y'all. I mean, there's a romance or horror tale around every corner. The last time I was there I got the idea to write a story about a special effects artist from Hollywood who comes to New Orleans to meet a mask maker who specializes in monsters. Maybe monsters who are too real.

Who knows what I'll get up to this year? I love to wander around the side streets of the Quarter and the Fauborg Marigny, just checking out shops and restaurants, searching for crazy original art and gluten free food. (Try Muriel's, y'all. Really.) I love the cemetery tours and ghost tours, too, and the carriage rides are made of awesome. Did you know that by law, New Orleans carriages can only use mules? They'd more surefooted and heat resistant than draft horses.

The Authors After Dark masquerade this year is all about dressing up as a historical person from NOLA, or as a book character from the city. I have to admit, I have no idea what to dress up as, y'all. Give me some ideas! Comment with a suggestion, or even just an 'I don't know", and one commenter will win a $25.00 Amazon gift certificate!

You can find that story I was talking about, Manifest, here at Torquere Press Inc. http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_93&products_id=3113 Other stories can be found at Changeling Press, Cleis, and Pretty Things Press

I'm also in an anthology of New Orleans themed stories called Po Boys, which is from Torquere Press as well. http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=3531

You can also find me at www.juliatalbot.com and on my blog at http://juliatalbot.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by, y'all! I hope to see you at Authors After Dark, August 8-12, 2012.

About Po Boys...

New Orleans is beautiful, mysterious, and above all, sexy. Po' Boys explores all the dark alleys and shadowy cemeteries the city has to offer, with all the heat you expect from the Deep South.

In Ghost Hunting with the Stars, by Lydia Nyx, Harley Weston is an average guy. So when Jackson Carney, America's favorite gay ghost hunter, comes to film a TV show at the haunted French Quarter hotel Harley works in, Harley isn't impressed. However, Harley does admire Jackson's surprisingly down-to-earth attitude.

In Bubba's All Night Diner and Bait Shop, by Kiernan Kelly, you'll find muffuletta and murder at Bubba's, where the danger is as thick as the accents, and the sex is as spicy as the jambalaya.

In Sexual Frankenstein, by TC Blue, friends and band mates Darian Jones and Tony Delacourt think they know each other well. When an opportunity for the band falls into their laps, it seems like a dream come true, but between their unacknowledged attraction, and some questionable decisions, they must decide whether to play it safe, or risk it all.

Finally, in Link to the Crescent, by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, werewolf Landry is sent to New Orleans from his home in the swamp, told he'll meet his destiny. What he meets is vampire, Thierry, who might just be exactly what Landry's looking for.

Let the good times roll!

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  1. Dress up as anything that takes your fancy. It's up to you. Maybe write down a list of the characters and then pick the one whose style you most like. :)

  2. I understand completely about the costume part. Being from Baton Rouge, N'awlins is too close to pass up such a wonderful experience and I haven't made up my mind what to do. Anyway.....I'll see you there.

  3. Thanks for a fun post! Have fun at AAD! I would love! to vist NO :)

    Ummm... whenever I think of New Orleans, I always picture southern belles w/ the giant hoop skirts and fancy hats w/ gallant Riverboat captains in tails. :)

  4. When I think of old New Orleans I think of Jean Lafitte so I would dress as a pirate

  5. Great Post and I agree with Joye about dressing as a pirate:)


  6. I struggle with creative thinking so I guess I am going to have to be an "I don't know". My kids always suffered at Halloween. I do have to say, I LOVE your hair, Julia! That is awesome!

  7. I would probably do something related to Voodoo. I have always been fascinated by it so I would dress up as some sort of Voodoo queen :)

  8. Whatever you decide to wear, just make sure you are comfortable with not only your choice but how it fits.

  9. I've never been to New Orleans. The closest place for me would be New Orleans Square in Disneyland. If I was attending, I would probably want a a big ol dress. If its hot, then that's out. Can you go steampunk? What ever you choose, make it fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I would dress up as a witch. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  11. Goodness, the choices! You could dress as one of the Jazz masters, or anything from an Anne Rice novel, or a Cajun woman, or Pierre Lafitte (the pirate), or Delphine LaLaurie (the socialite/sadist), or even Hurricane Katrina.

  12. I'd dress as Marie Laveaux, the legendary Voodoo priestess!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  13. Hmmm, all my favorite characters from New Orleans are kick ass chicks in black leather, so that might be an option but it might not be very comfortable. You could dress as Anne Rice, or one of her characters. :D

  14. I would want to dress up as a fortune teller! I'd be very colorful in flowy attire.


  15. nooo nooo T_T
    It was all going great until I had to suggest clothes or costumes for you to wear T_T
    I stink at those :'/

    T______________T I don't know what to suggest and I'm freaking out :'(


  16. When I think of New Orleans, Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire always pops to my mind. Maybe you should watch the movie and see if you like any of the costumes there?

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. I'm not going to be much help, but a corset is a must for a start. Google the period you are looking for & go from there.


  18. Well according to Wikipedia both Anne Rice and Ian Somerhalder are from Nola so a vampire costume is my suggestion :)
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  19. I don't know, I've never been to New Orleans or the Quartier! But whatever you choose will be fine I'm sure; french maid maybe?

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  20. You could dress up as one of the Mayfair Witches from the Anne Rice series. Of course, vampires will always be associated with NO. A voodoo priestess might be cool. You could also have a Mardi Gras theme. Having fun is what counts!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  21. I have to agree with StacieD on the Mayfair Witch by Anne Rice costume. That would be SO cool!!


  22. How about Benjamin Franklin?


  23. Aw shucks, I have no idea. I've always been terrible at creating costumes! (extemter at hotmail dot com)

  24. I don't have a creative mind sorry :)

    gaby891 AT YAHOO DOT COM

  25. Thanks to all y'all for the great comments! Tore is the winner of the GC, but I'm the real winner here!


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