MuseTracks Guest – Linda Joyce – Let Me Take You There – Giveaway

MuseTracks is proud to host award-winning author and southern gal (Hooray for Southern girls!), Linda Joyce. Help me welcome her as she talks of settings and shares a poem. One lucky commenter will receive a Kindle copy of her newly released Bayou Born.

Let Me Take You There…

Let’s compare notes. Is where you live or work or vacation important to you? Do you make sacrifices daily to have two weeks in paradise? Do you seek comfort in all things, like me? No matter who you are, what you do, or how you spend your time, the setting surrounding you is where you draw a breath and live your life.

It’s no different for characters in a story. The House at Pooh Corner, Harry Potter at Hogwarts, Death Comes to Pemberley, or Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. Setting is as important in these stories as any character. In fact, without the setting, the story would not carry the same impact.

In many of my stories, the southeastern United States is the backdrop. Heat and humidity suffocate in the summer and can raise frustrations in even the mildest mannered grandma. Sweet tea is a relaxing respite. Never guzzled or swilled. Spanish moss swaying in a soft breeze might be tranquil or spooky, but rarely is perky.

To “show” my point about setting, I’m sharing a poem I wrote that the Coal City Review, a literary magazine, published in 2010.

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My No-Name Island Home.

Old Fort Pike stands sentry

three hundred years strong.

LakeCatherine swirls her watery gown

ruffling edges seep into canals

where bulrushes and cattails thrive.

Paths of crushed bleached oyster shells

crunch under foot

stretch side-by-side

long weather-grey docks

where shrimp trollers, houseboats, and pirogues wait.

Crab traps and casting nets rest in shade

wraparound porch offers panoramic view

solitary pelican rests on piling

seagulls soar, dive, cry,

a crusty alligator sleeps.

Breezes cool waterlogged air

flutter hair from my face

waves lap against aged seawall

stiff brine wafts to my nose

aromas of Grandma’s gumbo,

crab, shrimp, okra, andouille.

As if Katrina never raged.

– Linda Joyce

perf5.000x8.000.inddI hope you enjoyed a brief visit to my home. It’s bayou country, and the idea of my novel, Bayou Born, was launched from there. Take a peek:

Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal.

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire—Branna.

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his “type”?

You have an opportunity to win a Kindle copy of Bayou Born today! Please let me a comment to my post. All names will be included for a drawing.

*WINNER!* Christi Corbett, congratulations!

(If you win and are a Nook reader, the book will be gifted in mid-May when it’s available through Barnes and Noble.)

Bayou Born is available now on Kindle:

And, here’s a little bit about me:

Linda Joyce is an award-winning writer born on Christmas Eve in Biloxi, Mississippi to an Irish/Cajun father from New Orleans and a Japanese mother. Southern culture Linda_Joyce_0342plays a prominent role in her stories.

Linda and her husband, Don, a fifth generation Floridian, now live in Atlanta with their four-legged boys, General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack and Masterpiece Renoir. Linda shares with Don a love of college football, boiled peanuts, seafood, and grits with eggs.

Please visit me at : or Linda Joyce Contemplates: .

And join me on:

Twitter: @LJWriter



Facebook Author Page!/pages/Linda-Joyce-Author/211949585615265

30 Responses to MuseTracks Guest – Linda Joyce – Let Me Take You There – Giveaway

  1. A beautiful poem, Linda. Thanks for the post. I can see the place so vividly. Love living in the south!


  2. jbrayweber says:

    I love living in the South, too, Catherine. Of course I’m Southern, so I’m a bit biased. 😉 Thanks for popping in to say hi to Linda.


  3. christicorbett says:


    Great interview! I especially love the picture, and your vivid command for how to drink sweet tea :).

    Christi Corbett


  4. jbrayweber says:

    Agreed, Christi. Linda has a way with words.


  5. Linda Joyce says:

    Hey there! I’m happy to be here today and share about my writing, not only my debut novel, but my poem. Thank you for the warm welcome! *smiles*

    The photograph is one I took near Madisonville, LA.

    Something I’ll like to share with you about Branna and James. There’s a scene where they’re talking about southern food and Branna points out that her “souther food” is different from his. She’s gumbo and jambalaya while his is “anything” fried. Through this I hope to show that even in the south, there are differences…though the food is always good!


    Linda Joyce


  6. jbrayweber says:

    And despite those differences, we are wove like the patchwork of a handmade quilt.
    Thanks, again, for being our guest, Linda.


  7. beautiful images. I really love this line “LakeCatherine swirls her watery gown/ruffling edges…”


  8. jbrayweber says:

    It’s a great poem, Wynne. Linda captures vivid imagery with her words.


  9. Linda Joyce says:


    That line was the launching point for the development of the entire poem. The connection of the poem to Bayou Born is that the heart of the poem is also the heart of Branna Lind, my heroine.


  10. Linda Joyce says:


    A lovely thought, that we create a lovely patchwork quilt. As southerners, we invite others in and love to share our hospitality. 🙂


  11. Melissa Keir says:

    Setting is so important to the story. It is its own character. I love my hometown and feature it in my Wilder Sisters series. Now if I had a choice, I’d move to warmer weather. The Michigan winters are hard.


  12. jbrayweber says:

    I never really thought of it that way, Melissa, but you are right. Setting is it’s own character.


  13. Linda Joyce says:


    Come south for a visit and stay for a while. 🙂


  14. bookpeeps says:

    You touched all the senses with this one. Beautiful poem, Linda.


  15. Linda Joyce says:


    Thank you for stopping in. I’m glad you like the poem. 🙂

    Linda Joyce


  16. dianeokey says:

    Lovely poem…and the South has a unique beauty, a gentility all its own. Nicely done, Linda.


  17. jbrayweber says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Diane!


  18. jbrayweber says:

    Thanks, Ella!


  19. Linda Joyce says:


    I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for leaving a note. 🙂


  20. dianeokey says:

    You bet, Linda. Here’s to all things Southern 🙂


  21. jbrayweber says:

    Here, here!


  22. Linda Joyce says:


    Thank you for the RT! Much appreciated. 🙂


  23. Linda Joyce says:


    As an avid follower of MuseTracks, I enjoy the news and information the blog provides. It’s an honor to be a guest blogger here. Thank you for the hospitality.

    Warmest Regards,

    Linda Joyce


  24. jbrayweber says:

    Aww…thanks so much Joyce. It was a real pleasure hosting you and you are always welcome back.



  25. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read your books. They sound very good.


  26. jbrayweber says:

    Thanks for coming by, Victoria! Always nice to ‘see’ you here. 😀


  27. Linda Joyce says:


    Thank you for the vote of support. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to read Bayou Born. Bayou Bound will be out laster this year.


    Linda Joyce.


  28. Linda Joyce says:

    My thanks and gratitude to all of you who came to share a note with me. I appreciate that my connection to you is the love of reading.


    Linda Joyce


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