Take a trip down to Louisiana with Tule Author Susan Sands (with surprise guest, Jane Porter!) to celebrate the release of Bayou Redemption!

Hi Tule readers! I’m so excited to be here today on the blog! 

My latest Louisiana Series novel, Bayou Redemption, is out today. Cardiac surgeon, Elizabeth Keller, has appeared in the first three Bayou books as the clear villain until now. In book four, Elizabeth finally gets her redemption. 

She’s considered a mean girl by pretty much everybody in Cypress Bayou—because she’s been one up until recently. But as with most bullies, Elizabeth’s been misunderstood and has a strong desire to change her image now that she’s got a recently discovered half-sister and a brand new nephew. It’s time to let go of old grudges and turn over that proverbial new leaf.

Elizabeth’s not prepared for Charlie Beaudine. The Cypress General hospital board has gone behind her back and hired a second cardiologist—one with more experience from a bigger hospital in New Orleans. A man. The good old boy network is alive and well in Cypress Bayou, and she’s in jeopardy of Charlie taking over as head of the department. Over her dead body. She sees him as her competition from day one.

But Charlie is a nice guy, a skilled surgeon, and he doesn’t seem to be after her job. Elizabeth is suddenly distracted by the news that Cypress Bayou is in the path of an unusually strong hurricane. The two surgeons must work together for the safety of the community and their patients.

As in all of my books, this story is chock full of family, food, and southern charm. Oh, and romance. Bayou Redemption is an “enemies (kind of) to lovers” and “stranger-comes-to-town-with-a-secret” story. 

As a bonus, I’ve just returned from the real-life in Cypress Bayou (Natchitoches), Louisiana with Jane Porter! We ate at all the places in the books, strolled along the “bayou” which is really Cane River Lake, and wandered down Front Street through all the shops. We stomped around some very rural graveyards on red dirt roads, and then I had a book release event for Bayou Redemption at Many City Hall. 


Back in October at a conference, we learned that her “family in the graveyard” resides thirty minutes from my hometown of Many, Louisiana. We then decided to go on this Louisiana adventure together. I’ll let Jane fill you in on her findings at the graveyards.

I hope you’ll check out my Louisiana Series and get to know the Bertrands, Kellers, and Carmichaels!

Check out some of our photos from Louisiana!



About the Author.

Susan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?

Susan lives in suburban Atlanta surrounded by her husband, three young adult kiddos and lots of material for her next book.


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