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  • Writer's pictureCherie Claire

Happy New Year — Here comes Carnival

Here's a Mardi Gras novella by yours truly just in time for Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), to get you in the mood for the Carnival Season. "Carnival Confessions" was a 45-minute audiobook I wrote years ago for a company that produced short audios, kind of like the podcasts of today. The company was ahead of its time and folded before my story was made, so I turned it into a short novella instead. It's only 99 cents to download at all online bookstores. You can access them all at links on my website. Click here.

Here's the description of "Carnival Confessions: A Mardi Gras Novella:"

Attorney Cameron Reed is not too pleased to be paired off in a court case with Stephanie Bertrand, a New Orleans socialite whose privileged background is vastly different from Cameron’s bayou upbringing. But when Cameron overhears Stephanie’s boyfriend asking another woman out, he feels it his duty to tell her of her fiancé’s betrayal.

Wearing a mask and sneaking into a Mardi Gras ball, Cameron plans to inform Stephanie of her boyfriend’s tryst but never gets a chance. Instead, a tipsy Stephanie delivers a confession. Not only is she not dating the man in question, she is secretly enamored with Cameron. And because Cameron does not return the feelings, she plans to take a job in an Atlanta law firm.

Like the wild Mardi Gras festivities, Cameron’s world turns upside down at the news. But how can he make amends to the woman he nicknamed “Deb” for debutante, and convince her to remain in New Orleans — and hopefully in his arms.


• Contemporary romance

• Set in New Orleans during Carnival

• A novella of approximately 7,500 words

• PG-rated content: No steamy love scenes!

Click here for links to online bookstores.

For those of you wondering the difference between Carnival and Mardi Gras: In New Orleans, Carnival is the season that stretches between Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, and Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Carnival balls are held during the entire period of Carnival, where krewes chose royalty among themselves and debut young daughters of the city’s elite. Mardi Gras is only one day, a Tuesday, the final blowout before city residents must give up something for Lent.

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