NC Literary Hall of Fame



Bayou My Love by Lauren Faulkenberry

Velvet Morning Press
$11.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-692556238
March, 2016
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"Read it for the mystery, read it for the fire, read it for the magic."
—Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement

"I loved this book. It has so many different dimensions that you will literally be glued to the pages....There is mystery, intrigue, and some unexpected pieces to the story... PICK UP THIS BOOK. It's a MUST READ."
Pretty Little Book Review

"From the moment Jack spoke in that French/Creole drawl he and Faulkenberry had me hook, line and sinker. I was a goner, and I didn't surface until the novel's end. I may be in love."
—Page One Books

Romance, fire, suspense... Louisiana's about to get a whole lot hotter!

Thirty-year-old Enza Parker is at a crossroads. To prove to her overbearing father she can flip a house on her own, she takes on an ambitious project and it puts her in the path of the most alluring man she's ever met.

Enza plans to flip the house she inherited from her estranged grandmother, Vergie, in Bayou Sabine, Louisiana. As a child, she spent summers there until the day her mother—Vergie's daughter—inexplicably left. Since then, Enza hasn't let anyone get close to her.

Arriving in Bayou Sabine, Enza finds her house occupied by bedeviling firefighter Jack Mayronne. Enza has no intention of being a landlord, but Jack convinces her to let him stay in exchange for helping her with repairs. With only six weeks to fix the house and sell, she's determined to prove her father wrong, but she didn't count on all the delicious ways Jack could distract her.

When Enza's fling with Jack intensifies, she finds herself entangled with a vengeful arsonist from Jack's past. As she reaches her breaking point, she must decide: Should she sell the house and leave her past in Bayou Sabine behind for good, or can she overcome her fears and build a new life there with Jack?

If you like the heart & story of novels by Emily Giffin such as The One & Only, but also enjoy the steam of Bella Andre and Melissa Foster’s romance novels, this sexy Southern romance is for you!

Lauren Faulkenberry is author of the novel Bayou My Love (Velvet Morning Press, 2016), the novella Back to Bayou Sabine, and the children's book What Do Animals Do on the Weekend?

Lauren divides her time between writing, teaching, and making artist books. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, where she attended on fellowship, and earned her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story "Beneath Our Skin," and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award.

She currently lives in western NC, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.


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