Guest Cajun: Toni McGee Causey
This book looks so good: Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day, by Toni McGee Causey. It is the very next book I am going to buy and read because it looks that irresistible. In fact, ever since I found out about it last week, I have been antsy to get to a bookstore, because I feel it is exactly the book my life needs in it right this minute.
Here, by the way, is the way my social outings went before I got married and had a baby:
Tuesday night: I think maybe I’ll go to the bookstore.
Thursday night: Oh, look, a new book is out. It’s been ages since I’ve been to the bookstore, maybe I should go again.
Friday night: Meet friends at the bookstore and then go out dancing with them.
Saturday morning: Let’s swing by the library.
Saturday night: Meet friends for dinner and then go out dancing. (See!!! No bookstore that night!! Unless maybe I stopped by before the dinner.)
Sunday morning: What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than in B&N, I ask you?
Now, if I can find the time to even LOOK at Amazon let alone track down my credit card (my baby has shown an unfortunate predilection for credit cards, so these have to be hidden in inconvenient places) and order something, I count myself lucky.
BUT for this book I am going to have to make a special effort because I am dying to read it.
Here’s what it’s about:
Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day
Bobbie Faye Sumrall is a dead-broke Cajun living in a broken-down trailer in Lake Charles, Louisiana. When criminals demand Bobbie Faye’s Contraband Queen tiara– the only thing of her mama’s she inherited– in exchange for her good-for-nothing brother, Bobbie Faye has to outwit the police, organized crime, former boyfriends, and a hostage she never intended to take (but who turns out to be damn sexy), in order to rescue her brother, keep custody of her niece, and get back in time to take her place as Queen in the Lake Charles Contraband Festival (think Mardi Gras, with more drinking and pirates). Luckily, she knows how to handle guns, outwit angry mama bears, drive a speedboat, and get herself out of (and into) almost every kind of trouble. If only that pesky state police detective (who also happens to be a pissed off ex-boyfriend) would stay out of her way . . .
OMG! If the thing I’m trying to save is chocolate instead of a good-for-nothing brother, that could be MY life.
It sounds as if it could be author Toni McGee Causey’s, too, because here is her bio:
Toni McGee Causey lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and two sons; a Louisiana native (and Cajun), she has nearly completed a double masters at LSU. She’s placed in top tier screenwriting contests, published many non-fiction articles and edited a popular regional magazine. To support her writing addiction, she and her husband Carl run their own civil construction company. Bobbie Faye is the first in a three-book deal with St. Martin’s press on a pre-empt; the chaotic, rollercoaster thriller world of Bobbie Faye owes much to Toni having way more experience than she’d like to own up to in the world of trouble-shooting, disaster-prevention and survival.
(Michelle! She sounds right up your alley, don’t you think?)
This book has been getting rave reviews ALL OVER THE PLACE. Here are a few:
“Causey doesn’t miss a beat in this wonderful, wacky celebration of Southern eccentricity.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This hyperpaced, screwball action/adventure with one unforgettable heroine and two sexy heroes is side-splittingly hilarious. Causey, a Cajun and a Louisiana native, reveals a flair for comedy in this uproarious debut novel.”–Library Journal (starred review)
“Move over Stephanie and Bubbles you’ve got major competition tracking north from the Deep South. Bobby Faye might have had a very bad day but Toni McGee Causey is going to have a very good year. With Causey’s debut novel (A Griffin Trade Paperback Original), Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day, Bobbie Faye Sumrall is out to capture both the hearts of spunky women everywhere and the minds of men ready for a challenge.”– Deadly Pleasures
“It’s about time women had an Amazon to look up to… Bobbie Faye is a hurricane-force heroine who makes this novel the perfect adventure yarn.”– The Tampa Tribune
“This is an action comedy novel that will delight fans of the Ya Ya/Sweet Potato Queens genre. The pacing of the book will take your breath away.”– The Advocate
“If you like Janet Evanovich, if you’re looking for a lot of unlikely action (when is the last time someone you know escaped a burning boat by lassoing an oil rig?), or if you’re simply having a bad day, go out and find Bobbie Faye. She’s an outrageous hoot.”– The Times Picayune
“There are many things to love about this book — the plot, the pacing, the dialogue — but my own favorite element is the characterization… But if you want a short description of this great novel, think Die Hard in the swamp. And Bobbie Faye? She’s a titanium magnolia.”– Bookreporter.com
Aren’t you dying to read it now, too? Here’s that link again: Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day
And we asked Toni McGee Causey to answer a few of our burning questions over here on this blog, namely:
Laura: Toni, this is a very, very important question. Probably your fate as an author depends on it. Do you know what kind of chocolate your main character eats? If not, how else did you manage to get a good feel for this character?
Toni: Bobbie Faye loves every kind of chocolate and would happily live on it if she could.
Laura: I KNEW it! I knew she sounded like my type of girl. What about you? Have you ever had a very, very, very bad day in the publishing world? If you could change one thing that you have done in your writing/publishing history, what would it be? Or, another way of thinking about this, if you could warn unpublished authors away from any one error, what would it be?
Toni: If I could give any advice as far as any one error, it would be for authors not to wait to try what their heart is telling them to try. Don’t wait ’til you’re supposedly old enough or worldly enough or have enough experience… you can research a thousand things, ask questions of those who do have more experience and your view of the world is going to be unique, so just go for it.
Laura: Okay, I saw from your bio that your life is sometimes like Bobbie Faye’s in terms of trouble-shooting and disaster-prevention. When you need to take a break from writing or maybe just life, clear your head, and get the creative juices flowing again, whether for half an hour in the day or for longer periods, what do you do?
Toni:� Read.� Reading is my luxury and my salvation and a joy. I have other hobbies and lots of other projects (and a construction business to run), but nothing… nothing beats sinking into the story in a novel. I read widely, many genres, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I stumble across a great book.
Laura: You said it, Toni! And I am feeling lucky, because I think I may just have stumbled across a great one today! Thanks for coming on, and I can’t wait to read Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day.
P.S. The reason the entire interview is in bold is: MY BLOG HATES ME. I will go in an meticulously change all the HTML code and then it will change it all back to whatever it wants. If it had a head, I would smack it upside it, I swear.
Thanks for coming on, Toni!
P.P.S.� Okay, now it’s not all bold anymore.� Once the bold started infesting the whole *&($#% blog, and turning OLDER posts bold, I had to call on the Higher Technological Powers, namely Sébastien.