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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Throw Me Something, Mister by Kimmie Easley

I am excited to announce that I am elbow deep in my new romance novel, Gutter Princess. It’s been a long road, and there’s still a good stretch left to go. Nonetheless, it is coming to life far better than I could have imagined! I love when my characters push the limits and surprise me (yes, this does happen)!

Gutter Princess is steamy romance following the combustible love story of Baby Jade, a stripper caught in the clutches of the Big Easy and Lucky, a New Orleans native turned motorcycle nomad.

In honor of the beautiful, yet haunting setting of New Orleans, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about the historical city.


25 Things You Should Know About New Orleans 

1. Its pronounced New Or-luns, not New Or-leans. Unless you want a giant neon sign hanging from your forehead that reads “I am not from here"!

2. It is known as the Crescent City because of its moon-like shape hugging the Mississippi River.


3. Two words: The food. Okay here’s some more words: In New Orleans beignets have been a staple of Creole cuisine, and is the basis for one of the city’s most popular dives: Cafe du Monde. The delicacies were even named the Louisiana state doughnut back in 1986. Unfortunately, not every state has named their own doughnut. Call your local congressman today to rectify this egregious matter.

4. Speaking of which, in New Orleans it’s not a “sub,” it’s a “poboy.”

5. The term “Dixieland” originates in the city. Dixieland references the Old South and the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans performers. It’s since been used as a name for pretty much every middle-of-nowhere rinky-dink theme park ever.
  
6. Most of the buildings and architecture around today actually have more of a Spanish history. Due to a city-wide fire that spread in the 1700s under Spanish rule, most of the earlier French buildings were lost.

7. Guinness officially named the nearby Lake Pontchartrain Causeway the longest continuous bridge in the world. According to Gutter Princess, it's a good place to hide bodies!

8. The New Orleans Superdome is one of the largest enclosed arenas in the world. GET THIS! It’s so big that condensation inside it can allegedly make rainstorms within the dome. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

9. Mardi Gras may not have originated here (it actually got its start in Mobile, AL) but it sure stayed!

10. In fact, the Endymion Krewe has more than 2,500 members and sees about 15,000 guests to its paradesevery year. Of its circa 80 parades per year, their parades are the largest the city sees. 

11. The motto of the Endymion Krewe is “Throw Until It Hurts”. Meaning you are guaranteed to get cool stuff hurled precariously close to your face at any moment.

12. Endymion has also been grand marshaled by many a famous face, such as Marisa Tomei, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Costner, Kelly Clarkson, and Maroon 5.

13. Speaking of famous people, a ton of them were born in the city. They are known to return every now and then for a visit, including Reese Witherspoon, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ellen DeGeneres (who was actually born right outside the city in Metairie).

14. Lee Harvey Oswald, president JFK’s assassin, was born in New Orleans in 1939. This factoid is meant to counterbalance all the positives on this list; otherwise, the world may step into chaos.

15. History question: During the Civil War, what was the largest city in the Confederate States of America? You guessed it: New Orleans. Like most Southern cities, it has a storied and bloody history that shows how it’s grown over the years, but also one that can’t be ignored. Just avoid asking everyone which side their great grandparents fought for.

16. It was New Orleans where voodoo was first introduced into the United States. In fact, in the 1800s Voodoo queens became central figures in the culture. In New Orleans, Marie Laveau gained prominence amongst these figures. She was an oracle, performed exorcisms, and overthrew the other queens in the city. Because of this influence, she is remembered to this day. Fun fact: her tomb in the New Orleans cemetery even warrants more visitors than Elvis Presley’s in Tennessee. That’s a legacy.

17. Vampires and werewolves and fae-folk… oh, you get it. HBO’s uber-popular southern paranormal drama “True Blood” takes place in the fictional town of Bon-Temps, LA and throws a gallon of supernatural paint at the wall to see what sticks. What does this have to do with New Orleans? Not much, but it’s probably the most recognizable popular culture representation of a Louisianian town and is hard to ignore because of it. Just don’t let the were-panthers scare you off.

18. Louisiana is 1 of 2 states in the U.S. that does not have counties. Instead, the state prefers the term “parishes.” Unsurprisingly, New Orleans is situated in Orleans Parish.

19. The city was originally founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville for the sole purpose of being safe from hurricanes. An act that would today earn him his own facepalm gif.

20. The French Quarter, known as the heart of New Orleans. A popular tourist stop for shopping and street vendors. It’s actually the small square area that Bienville first founded when he discovered the area. Thirteen city blocks long by six deep – the original boundaries of New Orleans.

21. Alcohol is practically given away in the city and can be found at any time of day. Bars stay open day and night, and because of the city’s festivals happening throughout the year, most bars give patrons little to-go cups for their favorite poisons. Inebriation, ahoy!

22. Like gambling? Thank New Orleans. The city was the place where both craps and poker were invented.

23. The first opera in the U.S. was performed in New Orleans way back in 1796. They may not be popular nowadays but this early form of performance art is easily traceable to having influenced the influx of the theater arts in the US, including the myriad interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays stateside and the eruption of Broadway throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

24. The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in 2010. This has a cool factor all its own. 

25. Once known as the “Back of Town,” is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans and is widely known as a racially mixed area. It’s an integral center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture. HBO made the polarizing TV show “Treme,” chronicling life of a cast of characters living in this lesser off section of the city. Sorry, no joke here. Have you seen “Treme?” They mean business on that show.

*** I can’t say enough about New Orleans. Yes, it’s full of positives and negatives. It’s a cliché setting for numerous books and movies. But here’s the thing… it NEVER gets old.

Keep an eye out for updates on Gutter Princess! COMING SOON! 

 

Original article found here

9 comments:

  1. Kimmie, what a great post! My husband and I honeymooned in New Orleans. Anywhere you spend your honeymoon becomes special, I'm sure, but I have fond memories of the city. I learned some things from your post and look forward to reading GUTTER PRINCESS.

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    1. Hi, Caroline!

      Thank you! It's always fun to research a setting for a book, but I already adore New Orleans, so it was even more fun! How neat to honeymoon in such a magical city!

      I'm hoping to bring Gutter Princess to life SOON! :)

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  2. Kimmie, Lots of fun information I didn't know. Good luck with your book.

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  3. Hi, Paty! Thank you! I enjoy researching the historical city of New Orleans. :)

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  4. Hi Kimmie,

    I love setting books in New Orleans. There's not another city like it. You have everything there, and it's the perfect setting for my romantic suspense books. Love all the facts you gave. I'll have to incorporate some of those in the next one. :-)

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    1. Hi, Kathy!

      I couldn't agree more! Thanks! I know the fact list served as some great inspiration for myself. Happy writing!

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  5. I love New Orleans. My great uncle Arch lived in New Orleans. Decades ago, he dropped dead of a heart attack on one of the street cars. I always wondered what the name of the streetcar was. Hubby and I have probably made a dozen trips to "Nawlins." It's still one of my favorite cities. Looking forward to Gutter Princess.

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    1. Hey, Joan!

      Wow, what a piece of history! I'm hoping to get a dozen 'Nawlins' trips under my belt. I want to go... now. ;) Thank you!

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  6. I've just installed iStripper, and now I enjoy having the hottest virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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