FanTasTic February Giveaways!

Posted by Mary Marvella | 9:09 PM | 20 comments »

FanTasTic February Giveaways!

Sharing it with permission.
The first month of 2014 is behind us.
Some of us have already fallen down on our resolutions.
Tax season is staring us in the face.
Old Man Winter has blanketed much of the world with record setting weather: subzero temperatures, ice storms, and unprecedented heat waves.
Biloxi, Mississippi
Biloxi, Mississippi
However, it’s always nice and warm on the bayou, which is where I am for a few days. Join me. Go Bayou Bound!
Bayou Bound is book two in my Fleur de Lis series. It opens with Biloxi Dutrey missing Twelfth Night festivities because of…weather. Twelfth Night is exactly twelve nights after Christmas on January 6th and heralds in the start of the Carnival Season, which ramps up until Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Twelfth Night is a static date, though the day of the week might change, while the date of Mardi Gras changes each year. We look to the stars to determine when we will “Les le bon temps rouler!”
Here are the calculations:
Determine Easter in any given year. It’s always the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox.
Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter.
Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Thus Carnival Season in some years lasts longer than in other years, but again, it always begins on Twelfth Night.
Here’s peek into what’s going on in Bayou Bound:
Bayou Bound
Bayou Bound
Biloxi Dutrey grounds her jet-setting photography career and returns to Mississippi when she learns her family home, Fleur De Lis, is headed for financial ruin. She plans to save it by scooping up the job of Keeper. But that means breaking tradition, and her family isn’t cooperating. Veterinarian Nick Trahan is new in town and wants folks to stop matchmaking. He won’t settle for just a pretty face. He wants the perfect woman, one who believes in family and commitment—the exact opposite of his parents.
Nick rescues Biloxi during a raging storm, but the squall is tame compared to the tempest between them. Soon they experience the backlash from the long-standing feud between their families. If Biloxi surrenders her dreams for Fleur de Lis and toes the line with tradition, will she also be forced to give up on “forever love” due to the hate their families still harbor?
If you can’t wait for the giveaway, you can find Bayou Bound at Amazon.
This GIVEAWAY is simple. It begins today, February 1st and runs until February 14th.

Leave a comment (and you email address—this is very important if you’re a Giveaway Winner, it’s how I will contact you) between now and Valentine’s Day, and you’ll be entered to win an eBook of Bayou Bound from Amazon. There will be 10 Winners!
Contained within your PG-rated comment, feel free to ask a question about Twelfth Night, Mardi Gras, or other curiosity you may have about the south. Or share a southern experience you’ve had. :-)
Now for lagniappe (a little some extra for free) which is a custom in Louisiana, during the two week period, I will be popping in and leaving comments and giving away SWAG. What sorts of things? Check out my author page, Linda Joyce, Author on Facebook to see the item of the day. There will be jewelry, Mardi Gras beads, and other cool things!
Happy Reading!
Les le bon temps rouler!”
Linda Joyce
2/4/14 – Lagniappe has been awarded spontaneously! Angela left a message about this post and she is the winner of a Tab Benoit CD titled Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit. More lagniappe coming up all through the month of February!
Tell your friends so they won’t miss out. And check for a peek at the next item that will be spontaneously awarded!

About Linda Joyce

Award-winning writer and author Linda Joyce has deep southern roots intertwined with her Japanese heritage. She was born in Mississippi, though she considers New Orleans home. She has lived coast to coast in the United States and spent four years in Japan. She married her college sweetheart and now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three dogs: General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack, and Masterpiece Renoir. (Beau, Jack, and Reni.) She’s still trying to convince “the boys” that they are her pets, and not the other way around. Beau in particular is not buying it. She loves boiled peanuts, sushi, and grits. She and her husband share a passion for college football. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, Atlanta Writer’s Club, and several other writing groups.


  1. Mary Marvella // February 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM  

    Welcome, Linda Joyce! Did you already know that stuff, or did you research for this book?

  2. Josie // February 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM  

    Welcome, Linda, and thanks for posting, MM. I have never visited that area, but it's on my list. Best wishes on your book.

  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM  

    Linda, sorry to be late stopping by. We're so pleased to have you visit with the Fuzzies. I can't wait to read your book. It sounds so interesting. Makes me want to go to NO!

  4. Beth Trissel // February 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM  

    Hi Linda! Good to see you over here. Is it really always mild on the bayou? I've never been. Always thought that neck of the woods seems mysterious and intriguing. Great setting for your novel. What is the origin of Mardis Gras?

  5. Barbara Monajem // February 10, 2014 at 7:59 AM  

    Thank you for supplying the calculation for Easter! I knew it was "the first Sunday after the first full moon after..." And there I stopped. So good to know the whole formula.

    I've been to Biloxi, but I never thought of it as a woman's name. It's great! Good luck with your book.

  6. debjulienne // February 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM  

    I've been to New Orleans, I really loved what little time I got to spend there, it's on the top of my bucket list to go back and do a thorough visit, graveyards included. I'd can't wait to read, and then go back.

  7. Autumn Jordon // February 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM  

    Congrats on the new release. It sounds interesting.

    I hope you stay warm and safe in Atlanta this week.

  8. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM  

    Mary Marvella,

    Thank you so much for hosting me here! I appreciate it more than you know.

    There is always some research I do, even if I'm very familiar with a setting or topic. Mostly for Bayou Bound, I tracked a calendar to be sure of the days of the week. :-)

  9. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM  


    If you ever decide to make the trip to New Orleans, Biloxi or parts there about, let me know. I consider myself the unofficial Ambassador and would love to share with you all I know.


    Linda Joyce

  10. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM  

    Scarlet Pumpernickel,

    I would love to get a van load of ladies and be a tour guide. When can we go?



  11. Linda // February 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM  

    Beth Tissel,

    Yes, it's always mild on the Bayou, however, Nick Trahan will tell you that 40 degrees, damp and rainy feels the same as freezing.

    Mardi Gras is an old tradition brought over before Louisiana was a state. This is a great site to learn all about Mardi Gras



  12. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM  

    Barbara Monajem,

    I was born in Biloxi. *smiles* In Bayou Bound, the three children in Biloxi's family are all named after cities where they were born.



  13. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM  


    Thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you'll hope over to my blog and leave a comment there-I'm giving away 10 ebooks on Valentine's Day...and everyday there's a spontaneous gift giveaway this week!

    Speaking of graveyards, I just inherited two cemetery plots.

    hmmm, plots...plotting...another story is coming to me.


    Linda Joyce

  14. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM  

    Autumn Jordon,

    Thankfully (I think) I escaped the coming storm. I'm helping out with three sick parents in Florida. The only thing good going on is the weather. :-)

    I hope you'll enjoy Bayou Bound.


    Linda Joyce

  15. Linda Joyce // February 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM  

    To Everyone:

    There's still time to hop over to my blog and leave a message there. Spontaneous giveaways every day. 10 eBooks on Friday. My heartfelt Valentine's present.


    Linda Joyce

  16. Mary Ricksen // February 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM  

    Sorry to be late getting here, and your book is right up my alley!!!

  17. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM  

    LJ, be careful what you suggest! You know I'm retiring this year, I'll be up for traveling and taking in NO with someone who can show us around. Count on it!

  18. Linda Joyce // February 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM  

    Mary Ricksen,

    You aren't late to the party! Hope over to my blog and leave a comment and you could be entered to win an eBOOK. Tomorrow is the GIVEAWAY!

    Linda Joyce

  19. Linda Joyce // February 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM  

    Miss Scarlet,

    Congrats on the retirement! And yes, I'm available as a tour guide. :-)


  20. Josie // February 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM  

    Welcome, Linda, to the Pink Fuzzies, and thanks to MM for posting. This sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing.