Cherie Claire is the author of The Cajun Series of historical romances and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances. Her latest novel, A Ghost of a Chance, begins a paranormal mystery series featuring New Orleans travel writer and ghost sleuth Viola Valentine. Claire is the pseudonym of Cheré Dastugue Coen, an award-winning journalist, book columnist, and nonfiction author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is a frequent visitor to the Louisiana Book Festival.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 4
A New Frontier: Electronic Publishing for the Digital Age
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Dewey Hennessey left Louisiana and Michael Arceneaux, the love of her life, with so many questions unanswered. Now, fourteen years after Dewey went “gone pecan,” her grandmother delivers an ultimatum — return to Louisiana and make things right or she’ll never speak to her again. Can Dewey leave her high profile job in Hollywood, even if it means restoring her broken heart? And even though Michael has forged ahead with his life, he can’t deny having Dewey back in town will make his life complete. But can he get past the pain she caused fourteen long years ago.The Cajun Embassy series follows three Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana who find comfort in a bowl of Cajun gumbo. Each book — Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees and Gone Pecan — follows these dedicated friends as they make their way into the world. Because love — and a good gumbo — cures everything.
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