la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, December 12, 2016
Cynthia Toney - 6 Dates to Disaster
Good Monday Morning Readers!
visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, 6 Dates to Disaster
Tell us a little about
6 Dates to Disaster
December 6, it’s the third book of the Bird Face series. The main character,
Wendy, is a half-Cajun 14-year-old in the second semester of ninth grade. She
has matured since the first book, 8 Notes to a Nobody, and even a little since
the second book, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status. In this story, Wendy’s new
blended family must deal with sudden financial hardship, and she decides to try
to make money on her own to reach a personal goal. Of course, she creates
trouble for herself, as Wendy often does in spite of her good intentions.
When her family has money problems, Wendy must
find a way on her own to see Mrs. V and Sam again—but will she lose David
forever in the process?
For her mom’s birthday, Wendy finds an
old jewelry box at a flea market—the perfect gift for someone who loves
salvaged junk. But inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have
been written recently. Who wrote the note, and did the intended
recipient ever see it?
curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side and eager to
Wendy needs more personal and urgent help—the financial kind—because her
stepfather has lost his job. The
family’s plan to visit Alaska on vacation is headed down the sewer like a
hard Louisiana rain. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again?
When an opportunity arrives in the form
of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, Wendy’s money problems appear to
be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble
like never before.
And in the final months of ninth grade,
she might lose everything she counted on for the
smell or fragrance?
basil from my herb garden
kind of daisy. They’re so cheerful, come in lots of colors, and last a long
time when cut and placed in a vase of water.
dad’s old leather wallet from 1979.
Birthday Card: Email
or Snail Mail? Snail mail
Color? Just one! Turquoise
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Steel Magnolias or
Fried Green Tomatoes? Fried Green Tomatoes
Crawfish or Crawdads?
What is the best NON-writing
advice you’ve received?
It’s the same advice I’d give to a young person looking for
someone to marry and spend a lifetime with. Find someone who is kind and caring
to animals and to the elderly. That person will be good to you in your old age
and a good parent to your children.
What is the best
WRITING advice you’ve received?
Write your story without worrying if anyone will like it.
Give readers your
brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
“I write character-driven novels with twisty plots—because
life is complicated.” I came up with that because I’ve been told by one or two
people that my stories have too many plot threads. But that’s the kind of novel
I prefer to read, so that’s the kind I write.
If you weren't a writer,
what would be another dream job?
What can we expect from you in the
I’ll write at least one more book for the Bird Face series, to wrap up
questions readers have about Wendy and her friends. But the next book to be
published will be a tween/teen historical, The Other Side of Freedom, which
takes place in the 1920s and has a 13-year-old boy protagonist. Look for it in
late summer/early fall of 2017 from Write Integrity Press.