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Debbie Herbert’s Bayou Wolf – Review

Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she’s the Choctaw tribe’s only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn’t know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

As many of you know, I am addicted to Debbie Herbert‘s books, but I didn’t expect to love Bayou Wolf as much as I have her other books. Why? This novel’s heroine, Tallulah Silver, was a secondary character in an earlier novel (Bayou Shadow Hunter) in the Bayou Magic series, and I found her to be infuriating for most of that novel. This was the first and only of Debbie’s books that I’ve stepped into with any amount of skepticism at the outset, and I’m delighted to report that Bayou Wolf washed that skepticism away by the end of the first page.

Bayou Wolf paints a much more vulnerable, human portrait of Tallulah that I was easily able to relate to. She’s wounded and deeply flawed, which makes her all the more real and endearing to me.

Now, on to our hero! I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Payton Rodgers as I was reading this book! (Probably because he reminds me a lot of my amazing husband, but I’m heavily biased on that subject.) I love that Payton is a genuinely good, hardworking man in spite of his flaws and insecurities. It was incredibly easy for me to fall in love with that character, and with the journey he and Tallulah take together on their way to finding true love.

As always, I adore the setting (Bayou La Siryna) because it speaks to this Southern Alabama native on a soul-deep level.  Bayou La Siryna is like home to me in more ways than one, and Debbie Herbert paints a perfect picture of just how enchanting places like my hometown can be.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book! It’s another supernatural hit from Debbie Herbert, in my book. 😉

 


Debbie Herbert's Bayou Wolf – Review

Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she’s the Choctaw tribe’s only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn’t know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

As many of you know, I am addicted to Debbie Herbert‘s books, but I didn’t expect to love Bayou Wolf as much as I have her other books. Why? This novel’s heroine, Tallulah Silver, was a secondary character in an earlier novel (Bayou Shadow Hunter) in the Bayou Magic series, and I found her to be infuriating for most of that novel. This was the first and only of Debbie’s books that I’ve stepped into with any amount of skepticism at the outset, and I’m delighted to report that Bayou Wolf washed that skepticism away by the end of the first page.

Bayou Wolf paints a much more vulnerable, human portrait of Tallulah that I was easily able to relate to. She’s wounded and deeply flawed, which makes her all the more real and endearing to me.

Now, on to our hero! I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Payton Rodgers as I was reading this book! (Probably because he reminds me a lot of my amazing husband, but I’m heavily biased on that subject.) I love that Payton is a genuinely good, hardworking man in spite of his flaws and insecurities. It was incredibly easy for me to fall in love with that character, and with the journey he and Tallulah take together on their way to finding true love.

As always, I adore the setting (Bayou La Siryna) because it speaks to this Southern Alabama native on a soul-deep level.  Bayou La Siryna is like home to me in more ways than one, and Debbie Herbert paints a perfect picture of just how enchanting places like my hometown can be.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book! It’s another supernatural hit from Debbie Herbert, in my book. 😉

 


Debbie Herbert on Autism – Interview Question

AUTHOR INTERVIEW(1)

Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Interviewer: As you know, I’m an avid reader of your books, both through Harlequin and your independently published works. Many of them feature characters who have Autism, as well as their caregivers. Your books are ambassadors for Autism Awareness, in and of themselves. Can you share with me and my readers why Autism is such a near and dear subject to you?

Debbie Herbert, Author: My oldest son is on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Even though I never plan on it in my book outlines, characters with this challenge will just walk into the scene and demand to be heard. I suspect because this is a cause that is so near to my heart and a presence in my life. To me, writing is a magical process. You can never predict what the subconscious will bring forth through your characters.

Check out Debbie’s website and her books HERE.


Debbie Herbert's Changeling – Review

Changeling by Debbie Herbert is a fantastic love story steeped in Fae lore and Southern charm. I love that Debbie’s work is set in familiar Southern locales that I know and love.

I am a HUGE fan of Debbie Herbert’s work, and Changeling is another hit in my book! This novel deserves to be a NYT bestseller! Debbie’s characters are so real and easy to relate to! I love Kheelan, Skye, and Kyle! I also love how each of Debbie’s books has a lovable Autistic character. I feel that it’s so important to spread awareness, love, and support for Autistic people and those who love them.

I’ve also loved fairies and fairy lore for my ENTIRE life, and this book re-awakend that love! If you need magic and love in your life, this is the book for you!


Debbie Herbert’s Changeling – Review

Changeling by Debbie Herbert is a fantastic love story steeped in Fae lore and Southern charm. I love that Debbie’s work is set in familiar Southern locales that I know and love.

I am a HUGE fan of Debbie Herbert’s work, and Changeling is another hit in my book! This novel deserves to be a NYT bestseller! Debbie’s characters are so real and easy to relate to! I love Kheelan, Skye, and Kyle! I also love how each of Debbie’s books has a lovable Autistic character. I feel that it’s so important to spread awareness, love, and support for Autistic people and those who love them.

I’ve also loved fairies and fairy lore for my ENTIRE life, and this book re-awakend that love! If you need magic and love in your life, this is the book for you!


Review – Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

I am a long-time reader of Harlequin romance novels. When I was 10 years old, I discovered my mom’s stash of Harlequins. She had a whole walk-in closet full of them! It was a waiting utopia of romantic ideals. See, my mom was a Harlequin subscriber for many, many years. She had more than 500 Harlequin romances, and I read them all before middle school ended. I guess you could call me a Harlequin romance novel addict.

I started collecting my own copies of romance novels after Mom’s collection ran out, and it’s something I still do to this day. Almost every time I go in Walmart or Barnes & Noble, I come out with a Harlequin romance of some kind. My favorite Harlequin lines are Nocturne, Intrigue, Romantic Suspense, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired.

I’ve decided that, because I’m passionate about reading romance novels, I’m going to review the ones I read here. First on my list is Bayou Shadow Hunter, author Debbie Herbert’s latest Harlequin Nocturne release. (I’m a HUGE fan of her Dark Seas trilogy–it doesn’t get better than mermaids and romance. Check them out at http://www.debbieherbert.com/books/.)

While Bayou Shadow Hunter is a departure from Debbie’s Dark Seas trilogy, I am already craving the next book in THIS series! Yes, Bayou Shadow Hunter is THAT good. You’re wondering what makes it so good, right? Well, buckle up because it’s a long list.

First and foremost, I ADORE the setting–Bayou la Siryna. It strongly resembles the area where I grew up. Being a native of the Alabama Gulf Coast and married to an avid fisherman, I can vividly see and feel the bayou setting. Actually, every bit of the setting feels real to me.

Next on my list of loves about this book is the heroine, the Hoodoo practicing “witch” Annie Matthews. I feel deeply connected to her on so many levels, and I can identify with every single one of her struggles. I don’t want to detail too much and risk spoilers, but she’s one of the most real and well-rounded romance novel heroines I’ve ever read.

Naturally, the hero–Tombi Silver–comes next! This strong, sexy, brooding Choctaw Shadow Hunter is mouthwateringly strong and far beyond hot!

I love how the plot is shrouded in suspense, Hoodoo, and Choctaw legends, all inexorably entwined. The spiritual framework for this novel perfectly matches the internal belief system I developed growing up in an area similar to Bayou la Siryna.

As for the shadows that Tombi hunts, I have had my own struggles with similar evils, and that part of the novel felt so REAL to me.

That’s what I love about all of Debbie’s novels, though. She has a fantastic way of making magic feel real.


Guest Post – Debbie Herbert

Crystallizing Your Book Idea . . . for Paranormal or Any Genre

By Debbie Herbert

I love paranormal romance because the possibility of magic tingles my creative drive and curiosity.  The speculation that there might be something more to reality than can be perceived through our senses provides a natural “what if” environment writers need to create stories.

Plus – I’ve never outgrown my love of fairytales and mythology!

Not only do I write paranormal romance, my subject matter isn’t of the popular vampire or werewolf variety.  I chose to write about mermaids.  I’d completed three other novels (as yet still unpublished) before switching to mermaids and landing multiple contracts with Harlequin Nocturne for a series.

It all started with a dream.  I was swimming in a deep body of water when I noticed a man dumping something from the side of a boat.  Curious, I swam over.  The man noticed me and his expression was so evil that it frightened me and I woke up.  Like a typical writer, I started asking those ‘what if” questions:  what if he were a killer? what if he was dumping a dead body? what if I were a mermaid and he caught me?

And from that one dream, I created a world in which a clan of mermaids secretly lived deep in an Alabama bayou.

Okay, great ideas are had by all writers.  How do you begin the whole unwieldy process of stringing together thousands of words into an interesting, coherent story?

We all have our own process.  I’m sharing mine today in the hopes it may spur you to try something different that might make it all a little easier or clearer.

My starting point is answering these three questions:

 

  1. What is the HOOK or PREMISE?  What makes your book unique? What’s it about?  Just write one sentence – the shorter the better.
  2. What is the GOOD VERSUS EVIL in my world? I think for paranormal writers, this is important. Are your supernatural beings seeking power or dominance over humans or other creatures?  For mystery writers, it may be an evil killer versus potential victims that provides this conflict.
  3. What are the STAKES? The stakes are huge in paranormal worlds – it is often no less than world upheaval or human subjugation to supernatural beings.

 

If I can grasp these, I can go on to develop character and romance ARCS and external and internal conflicts.  The questions form my logline and blurb.  This is how I start every book.  It’s how my brain works.  Here are some examples from my books:

 

  1. CHARMED AND DANGEROUS – How can a teenage witch help an immortal on the run from another enemy immortal?  Note:  In Immortal legends there is already a strong, built-in good versus evil theme. The hook was combining the worlds of witchcraft and immortals. Stakes: Control of immortals and humans by an evil warlock clan.
  2. CHANGELING –What happens to a child kidnapped by fairies and raised by them? Good versus Evil is between two warring fairy worlds. Hook is the reverse fairy tale. Stakes – if bad fairies win upcoming battle with good fairies, humans will suffer from bad fairies.
  3. FAMILIAR MAGIC – How can a magical cat help an outcast middle grade girl? The evil are the bullies. The Hook is that the book is written from a cat POV.  Stakes:  character and animal’s happiness and survival in MG school world. (not published yet)
  4. SIREN’S SECRET – Hook: What would happen if a mermaid saw a serial killer dumping a body at sea?  Good versus Evil – serial killer versus cops. Stakes: Killer could expose mermaid world and endanger their species.
  5. SIREN’S TREASURE – What would happen if a mermaid was captured by modern-day pirates? Hook – treasure hunt. Good versus evil – kidnappers versus law enforcement. Stakes:  Missing H-bomb captured by American enemies. Stakes: World peace.
  6. SIREN’S CALL – What would happen if a siren met a man not affected by her magic? Hook – hidden world of Okwa Nahallo – (Choctaw legend of mermaids in the bayou) and Indian lore. Good versus Evil:  Female stalker versus cops. Stakes:  Main character’s life and happiness of hero – prevention of future murders.
  7. BAYOU MAGIC series – All three books in this Harlequin series started with the question: What if the old Choctaw Legends of supernatural beings really existed in the Alabama Bayou today? How would you fight the evil spirits?

 

Once you’ve answered these questions you can go about the nitty gritty details of plotting your book.  I’m pretty low tech.  I get a posterboard and divide it into 20 sections which represent each chapter.  I fill in the turning points and any scenes that have come to mind.  I don’t worry about filling every square, I just fill in what I have and GO.

 

How do you begin your novels?  I’d love to hear your process as well!

Connect with Debbie on social media or learn more about her books.

 

Website:  www.debbieherbert.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/debherbertwrit

Facebook fan page:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Debbie-Herbert-Author/151793451695632 Debbie Herbert Author

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Herbert/e/B00F96OXUI


Siren's Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


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