This is the inspiration for plantation in my second novel Resurrection.

The Witching Hour

Contrary to popular belief, the elegant row of oaks that lead visitors to the front porch of Oak Alley Plantation were not planted to grace the drive of this prestigious home.  Instead, this beautiful historic house turned bed and breakfast was built where it stands specifically to take advantage of the picturesque avenue with its intertwined canopy of leafy branches that run the length of the drive almost to the banks of the Mississippi River. The vista is one of the most photographed in all of Louisiana, so the déjà vu you may experience as you walk up the path to the home is probably not other worldly. Cinematographers also enjoy the scenery as well, so you may have glimpsed Oak Alley on the small screen or silver screen.  Arguably its most famous film appearance was in the movie version of Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire.

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Poe on Halloween

On Halloween I thought I would share some Poe with you.  This is one of my favorite Poe poems.       I hope you like it.

A Dream Within a Dream

By Edgar Allan Poe

(published 1850)

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Resurrection Preview

The preview for my second book Resurrection is up now! This is the link:



Ok, so I haven’t posted anything in a while.  So I thought I would share what’s been going on with my work (or what’s not going on with the work!)

For the last few weeks I’ve been in serious writing mode on my new book Resurrection the second vol. in the Bayou Blood series.  Since the book series is intended for struggling readers, my intention was to gradually make each volume a little more advanced in reading level so I’ve been spending a lot of time editing and trying very hard not to use too difficult of vocabulary and etc…

I had to take a break!  I start to over think things. So I decided to take a vacation from my Louisiana Vampire world.

Since I’ve had a sick child all week, it’s been a perfect time to snuggle up with him and read.  I didn’t think I would get so addicted to the series that I would lose sleep trying to find out what happens next, but I did!  I am reading Richelle Mead’s Bloodline series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series.  I’m totally addicted to it.  One of my favorite characters from Vampire Academy is now one of the main characters in the Bloodline series. (Adrian Ivashkov)  So, good job Richelle!


My son is all better now and back at school.  My fingers are crossed that nobody else in the family gets ill!

Much Love From Louisiana! – Jill

Swamp Secrets Book Trailer

I just finished my first book trailer!  I’m in the process of posting it on and Youtube.

This is the link for the trailer on Youtube:

Again, thanks for all of your support.

Much love from Louisiana! – Jill

A New Dryer

My Clothes dryer went out day before yesterday, which is horrible.  My old one was only five years old and had already been fixed once!  It had been making an awful racket for the past couple of months and finally just quit altogether.  (I have five children which makes for a lot of laundry!)

I did my research on the internet.  Then went to the store today and found the best deal I could, which was $449.00 before I bought a cord and taxes.  I bought the most simple old fashion dryer I could and it still cost that much. (My old one was one of those pretty HE ones with all of the fancy settings.  It was just more stuff to get broken!)

I totally detest spending money on stuff like that.  This is my official list of things in which I hate to spend money!

Tires, Appliances, Vacuums, Lawn Mowers, Doctor Visits & Dental Work

What are some of your most hated items to spend money on?

Tooth Ache

Yesterday my tooth started hurting so bad that I made an appointment with my dentist.  He is really awesome and sweet, but I still hate going!  My face and mouth were numb all day from the visit.  I was so excited because I thought it was going to feel great and I would be able to eat and drink again without any pain.  Boy, was I wrong!  It is a little bit better, but still pretty painful.

My point about all this is that I detest having to deal with this kind of thing!  I don’t have time to feel bad.  The kids have two soccer games tomorrow and my 6 year old has a birthday party at my house tomorrow evening!  My plan is lots of Motrin and no cold liquids.  (Really wishing I could just lie in my bed take medication and write on my book!)

Furthermore, I want to take the time to say thanks for all of the encouraging words and the following!  All of you who are authors know how hard it is to get your name and your work out there.  So I just wanted to say I appreciate the following!

Much Love from Louisiana Everyone!