Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie begins in the French Quarter in the early 1800s. A young Creole woman named Lisette Lavigne, her cousin Serafine, and her 9-year-old brother Rafe are hiding in the family gardens, waiting to flee from Lisette's betrothed in the middle of the night. A few days earlier Lisette overheard her betrothed discussing plans to throw her brother into an asylum after they marry, and she knows the only way to save Rafe is to take him to England where his guardian is living. Sneaking past the two goons her betrothed has stationed outside her home, they make their way to the waterfront to a tavern called The Abyss in search of Captain Daniel Hillary, the man she thinks has agreed to allow them passage on his ship, but that's a whole other complication.
I think the opening chapter of Miss Lavigne is my favorite opening chapter of any book I've written, because it has a bit of the flavor of New Orleans. I know having written that book made me look at the city through different eyes this time. I stopped to admire the iron work, flora, and the Mississippi river in a way I hadn't quite when I visited the first time. I was very happy with our decision to stay in a bed and breakfast even though it was a distance from the convention hotel, because it allowed me those moments to explore the French Quarter. I took a few photos and thought y'all might like to see some of the scenery.
|My writing spot at the B&B|
|Look at that iron work & arches|
|I love the overflowing flower boxes & red door!|
|Lafitte Blacksmith Bar|
A note about the Lafitte Blacksmith Bar: There is a claim the Pirate Lafitte and his brother used the building between 1772 & 1791, but Lafitte didn't come to Louisiana until 1803. Hmm… Perhaps we have a little fiction going on?
|The Mississippi from the 41st floor of the Marriott|
Because I love the Hillary brothers and I'm working on their older brother's story now, I'll giveaway a copy of either Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half or Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie to a reader who hasn't ever read about the Hillary men.