Interview with Leslie Tentler, author of romantic suspense Midnight Caller

Giveaway! Leslie will  both give away a copy of this book – TWO WINNERS! But, you must answer this question in the comments (the same one I asked Leslie, but I want YOUR answer!): What's your favorite New Orleans restaurant or food or festival? Never been?(what?!) Then answer with what you'd love to eat or experience if you ever go.

"Late night radio show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller's chilling obsession with her and her long- ago murdered mother – an iconic singer beloved among the city's Goth community – has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans.
FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined – and that he may die trying to keep Rain's fate out of a madman's control."

When I heard about Midnight Caller and its setting in NOLA, I confess….
I was worried….
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27 thoughts on “Interview with Leslie Tentler, author of romantic suspense Midnight Caller

  1. I've never been to NOLA, but Hubby worked in that area a lot and brought a ton of crawfish home. I love them, especially if they come to me in gumbo or a huge steaming seafood boil. Oh, heck, fried on a po' boy will work too. And King Cake. Yum!Don't put me in the drawing. I've got Midnight Caller and very much enjoyed it!

  2. Thanks for sharing your story and your process, Leslie – very inspiring! I was a strict vegetarian for a couple of years, and the only meat I really missed was seafood. Now I eat fish and the occasion hot wing or strip of bacon. 😉 It's been a long time since I've visited New Orleans, Pamela, but I wouldn't miss an opportunity to go to Cafe du Monde and chow down a plateful of beignets and a cup of their great coffee. Great review!

  3. Great Review Pamela – you've sold me on "Midnight Caller." May favorite New Orleans style dish is fish "Pontchartrain" over rice. But, since I've never been to New Orleans for dinner, I have to get my fix at Gumbeaux's in Douglasville, GA! Maybe one day we will get to watch the parade come down St. Charles together and have a blast.

  4. Okay, yet another book for the HUGE list, but I love NOLA and want to read this one. I went down for a World Science Fiction Convention in the late '80s ('88?) and while the convention went to hell from staff problems, we'd just go to the French Quarter and drink. No one looked twice at people running around in weird costumes! Like Pam, I remember eating beignets at Cafe Du Monde, but it was 3am and I don't do coffee. This was after we wandered through a used bookstore that was crammed pack of old volumes. My most memorable meal was a shrimp po boy at Acme Oyster & Seafood, then walking down to hear Preservation Hall Jazz Band play. Thanks for the good memories and I can't wait to read your book! (PS I have a picture of Anne Rice's house at the time)

  5. New Orleans is on my list of places to visit! I do love jambalaya and gumbo, and I want to experience Mardi Gras at least once.I applaud your dedication to your "veganish" ways–I can't even think about giving up meat at this point. 😡

  6. Julie, hope you can get to NO sometime! I've never been to Mardi Gras either – hard to imagine, since things were pretty crazy in the French Quarter just on regular nights!

  7. So glad you all stopped by and commented! This post will be up through Saturday, so tell your friends and reading groups/sites to put their names in for a book (please). Kara…Any restaurant you walk into in NOLA will have crawfish, and I recommend the etoufee-shrimp or crawfish- at DookieChase's. Really any where. Carol-> Crawfish Boil! Beer, crawfish, homemade ice cream. What time can you be here? Pam, Allons y nous a la Cafe! Pas portez le noir mademoiselle… tu le regrette!Julee… Acme is one of my fav places to eat off Bourbon & Royal. Have you had the smoked oysters? Becky, Gumbeaux's Fish Pontchartrain is delicious. Ever been to Papadeaux's? Best Oysters Rockefeller in GA! Allison-> Jambalaya is a staple at my house. How do you make yours? Julie…if you get to Mardi Gras, be sure to catch Bacchus the Sunday night before FatTuesday. Favorite!

  8. Leslie, Thanks so much for being here today! I'm honored you answered all my crazy questions, and excited about the Chasing Evil trilogy. You are an author to watch! This has been fun… and now I am so hungry for some gumbo with garlic bread, Dahlin'!

  9. Great interview. Leslie, I can't wait to read to book. I've been to New Orleans many times for both business and pleasure over the past 25+ years, and I must say that Mother's on Poydras is my favorite restaurant (the absolute best jambalya and po' boys in the city), but my favorite dish is the muffuletta at Central Grocery. You just can't beat tradition.

  10. Central Grocery!! Phil, I forgot about them… they reopened last year after Katrina, right? Ever had muffulettas from Rocky&Carlo's? off St.Bernard Hwy, where I grew up. Ask for the busschaloni… only on Wednesdays. YUM!

  11. Love NOLA and the food! Favorite restaurant we visited was the Commander's Palace too! And of course have a soft spot for those Cafe Du Monde beignets 🙂 Great Interview, and the book looks thrilling!

  12. Muffalettas from Central Grocery, hurricanes from Pat O's, then finish up at CDM. Sounds like a plan ladies. Thanks for dropping by Nicki! V & K, one of these days I'll get to eat at Commander's Palace! We always hit the holes in the wall places. Not that I'm complaining.

  13. I have got to say that Mulatte's is my favorite…I love the atmosphere and the food..Plus my sis n law owns it…LOL Anyway, I love New Orleans since I live in Baton Rouge..Love it love it…Love Louisiana!

  14. Thanks for visiting & for the recommending Mulatte's mrsworldwidewebb. I went to LSU & lived in the Garden District for a few years before moving here. Still have family there. Miss it. Aieee!

  15. I love hearing about NOLA and also from fellow vegans!Let me see there are so many favorite food choices that comes to my mind. And people wonder why I don't post a big picture of myself lol. My favorite New Orleans food of all times is the Po-Boy sandwich. I have only had the chicken version of it though, but it was the best sandwich I have ever tasted in my life. I can't do the Jambalya because everyone cooks it different. LOL

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