Guest Author: Olivia Hardin

A Little Something Extra

 

I’m a lover of weird, historical or obscure facts. Because of that, I decided that for each of my stories I wanted to be sure to give my readers a little lagniappe–for those of you who aren’t familiar with that Cajun word, it means something extra given at no cost.” That’s why at the end of each of my books you’ll find what I call a “fun fact blurb”–Just a little something extra that relates back to the story.

In Witch Way Bends there’s a scene when Devan locates Nicky by recognizing the “star and moon crescent” symbol of the New Orleans Police Department. She connects the symbol to her father’s obsession with secret societies, including the Knights of the Golden Circle which existed prior to and during the U.S. War Between the States. You’ll find a little history tidbit about that at the end of the book. I’m especially fond of that little blurb because it ties into my hubby’s hobby of reenacting and also the star and moon crescent he used on some of his equipages.

For Bitten Shame I chose to touch base with the Legend of Kisselpoo, an Indian story I was told when I was growing up. My fun fact blurb at the end of the book ties that legend to an early Rock-n-Roll song and some local Southeast Texas music legends, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Johnny Preston. This that fun fact relates back to the part of Texas where I’m from, I have a certain affinity for it.

My short story, “Tell A Soul” in the anthology Cupid Painted Blind also has a little lagniappe attached to it. Since that story was included in a collection of shorts, I wrote a blog post about the Aztec people and especially about my favorite book by Gary Jennings, aptly named Aztec. Jennings’ novel just happens to be my all-time favorite book and so it was such an honor to find ways to tie that into my story.

So the one thing you can be assured of when you pick up something written by Olivia Hardin is that I’ll always make an effort to give you just a little “something extra!”

 

 


Bitten Shame
Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
By Olivia Hardin
 
Genre:  Paranormal/ Romance
 
ISBN-10: 0615645380
ISBN-13: 978-0615645384
ASIN: B0085W2BAW
 
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 52,310
 
 
 
Book Description:
 
Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey.
 
On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…
Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…
 
 
Author Bio:
 
 
Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement.
 
With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.
 
 
Blog:            www.oliviahardinwriter.com
 
Twitter:        https://twitter.com/OliviaH_Writer
 
 
 

Youtube Trailer:    http://youtu.be/9I0C2V6DFUQ

  • Olivia Hardin

    Thanks for letting me guest today and share with everyone my thoughts about lagniappe! Happy reading, All!

    ~Olivia