Friday, February 1, 2013

Win a Book Bag Signed by Charlaine Harris & Mardi Gras Beads


Our special coverage of fun things New Orleans & Mardi Gras begins today and we're opening it up with a giveaway for one book bag signed by the creator of True Blood inspiration Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris and some Mardi Gras beads. 

She graciously signed this bag for me at Bouchercon 2012 in beautiful downtown Cleveland.

Sookie lives in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps (which means good times, btw) but I figure Sookie goes to New Orleans often enough to give out this bag for the Mardi Gras special.

To enter enter a link to your favorite blog below and then tell us a little bit about the blog you selected. It's OK to mention your own blog. Make sure there is an e-mail address where you can be reached. Anonymous commenters can't win, but only because we don't know how to contact you. The giveaway ends on Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12pm EST. The winner will be notified the week after. 

Our New Orleans coverage will feature 12 days of good food, stories and fun, including posts on a New Orleans speakeasy, Mardi Gras throws, parades and food. I am not from New Orleans, so these posts are more my impressions as a visitor and fan.

Unlike the city of New Orleans, we are not taking a Mardi Gras break for Superbowl (Go Niners), so coverage will be continuous.

Tomorrow, look for a little bit on the history of the Mardi Gras King Cake.

In the meantime, Laissez les bons temps roule!

 (Let the good times roll.)

From an actual Mardi Gras float. He looks a little worried. 
Bananas Foster, anyone? 


  1. My favorite blog is Would love to win the bag.

  2. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  3. I love and

  4. My favorite blog is

  5. My favorite blog is But I was at Bouchercon and met Charlaine, my husband lived in NO, and this would be great!


  6. One of my favorite blogs is
    I am a long time reader of Sandra Parshall & I like to read what the other authors have to say. Which is why I'm always looking at the blogs from DorothyL.

    Tina Shelton,

  7. Oh I forgot:

  8. Love The Rap Sheet.
    All things Mystery. Fun and informative.

  9. I'm going to go with Jeri Westerson's blog as well as her lead character, Crispin's. Jeri's really into her medieval research and often carries weapons and is accompanied by knights. You can't beat that. I haven't visited everyone's blog but a couple mentioned above are also where I go weekly. Would love to win the bag. I didn't have the faintest notion who Charlaine was until our book discussion group instructor a couple years ago was talking about Harris having 5 books on the NY Best Selling List simultaneously. It took me a while but now I've read about 10 of her books, which has led to my looking for more books about the South. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

  10. Cozy Mystery Book Reviews is one of my favorite mystery blogs, and that's how I found this yours! I like Criminal Element, too.


  11. Thank you to everyone who entered. Congratulations to Judy!