Cherie Claire is the award-winning author of several Louisiana romances and a paranormal mystery series. In 2019, she released two books in her Viola Valentine mystery series, Ghost Trippin’ and Give Up the Ghost. A native of New Orleans and a veteran journalist, Cherie now makes her home in Lafayette. She has also published several Louisiana nonfiction books under her real name of Cheré Dastugue Coen. Visit her website at CherieClaire.net.
11:15 a.m. to Noon
Senate Committee Room A
Modern Romance: Love Finds a Way
2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Senate Committee Room F
Building a Mystery: Creating a Series in Genre Fiction
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Give Up the Ghost: A Viola Valentine Mystery
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina uprooted Viola Valentine from her dead-end job and what she deemed a loveless marriage. Four years later, she and her husband Thibault "TB" Boudreaux are starting over on a Tennessee houseboat, she following her dream as travel writer and TB finishing school at Smoky Mountain University.
But the ghosts of the past continue to hound the couple, infiltrating negative energy into their peaceful cove. With her family at stake, Vi must learn to harness her supernatural powers, face her fears and fight the evil that threatens to unravel them all.
Book Five in the Viola Valentine Paranormal Mystery Series.
Ghost Trippin': A Viola Valentine Mystery
John Valentine left home for a birding conference and never returned, his family chalking it up to the divorced father’s mid-life crisis. But when a body is found on the old family homestead, his daughter Viola must piece together the clues her father left behind. Along for the ride are her witchy Aunt Mimi, her uptight lawyer sister Portia and her sometimes ex-husband Thibault Boudreaux, otherwise known as TB. What they discover on this crazy ghost trip through Texas will be much more than they anticipated.
Ghost Trippin’ continues the story of Viola Valentine, who changes her life after Hurricane Katrina and follows her dream of being a travel writer. But the storm also blew open a psychic door and now she sees ghosts who have died by water. As she travels the South in her new career she must also solve mysteries that appear with apparitions. But the one person she hopes to speak to — her daughter who died of leukemia years before — continues to elude her....or does she?
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