I’m all about the excitement of Mardi Gras and New Orleans! Today we’re still in the old French South with Marcia King-Gamble, author of the Revelers series with Michelle Monkou, who joined us yesterday. Marcia also has a giveaway for commenters…so keep reading!
I’ve got the fever – travel fever that is!
I figured I would continue the journey my collaborator, and friend, Bestselling author, Michelle Monkou, began yesterday. Michelle and I are on a mission to take you to a faraway place with our steamy Mardi Gras stories set in exotic locales.
My travel bug began at age eight when I left my tiny, Southern Caribbean Island and headed for the United States. I was so excited and so nervous that I never left my plane seat. I was awed by the clouds whizzing by and thrilled to be on a plane heading for a new adventure.
14 years later, I got offered a position as a flight attendant for an international airline. I was thrilled beyond belief. I’d made the cut, even though speaking a second language was a stretch for me.
From then on every penny of disposable income got squirreled away for the next international adventure. This was a love affair rivaling none. Oh the sights I saw, the foods I ate, and the people I met. It was the best finishing school ever. I went to places like Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. I pub crawled in Kansas City, flew over the glaciers in Alaska, and bought lobsters in Portland, Maine. I partied with rock stars and actors, and served kings and queens on my knees. (No joke here!)
Naturally when Michelle came up with the idea to serve up romantic, carnival-themed reads, I jumped on it. These were all places I’d been. Carnival was a part of my culture and writing about it was a natural for me. I chose New Orleans as a setting because Mardi Gras in The Big Easy is associated with fun. New Orleans is a city of mystery, tradition and culture. It’s got it all going on.
Its origins can be traced way back to medieval Europe. Then in the 17th and 18th centuries the French introduced Boeuf Gras – Fatted Calf. The colonies quickly got with the program and Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans. Society balls quickly became the norm and that led to today’s Mardi Gras balls. It took a full one hundred years for the first street maskers to appear, and presto, the parades that exist today were born!
Almost anything goes at Mardi Gras and revelers will do almost anything to get those beads. The more beads you have draped around your neck, the more you probably have exposed. So when you shout, “Throw me something, Mister,” be prepared to bare your breasts and more.
Seducing Circe captures the excitement and decadence of a New Orleans Mardi Gras. Think Cajun hero meets savvy New Yorker amongst a world of intrigue.
Marcia King-Gamble hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue.
This former travel industry executive is a national bestseller with almost 30 books to her credit. She has written for Harlequin, Kensington Publishing, BET, and St. Martin’s Press. Visit her web page, Twitter, and Facebook page! Leave a comment.
She is giving away a copy of the novella and a Mardi Gras mask to a randomly-selected commenter below! Let us know what you think and be entered to win!