Cherie Claire



Cherie Claire is the award-winning author of several Cajun historical romances and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances. She's a Holt Award finalist, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award finalist, and received the Louisiana Press Women Book of the Year. This year she launches her paranormal mystery series featuring ghost sleuth Viola Valentine.





10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room C
Making the Magical and Supernatural Real in Fiction

11 a.m. to Noon
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Louisiana Ladies of Mystery

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Ghost Town: A Viola Valentine Mystery

Every day at dusk, in a small Louisiana town, the dead emerge from Lorelei Lake. And travel writer Viola Valentine must use her “gift” of seeing ghosts to rid this town of apparitions. Viola struggles not only with the task at-hand, but hopes that this evolving ability she obtained after Hurricane Katrina will help her reach her beloved Lillye. 

Yet, the more Viola struggles to talk to her departed daughter, the more frustrated she gets. Plus, it’s 2008, the height of the Great Recession, travel jobs are hard to come by, and her suffocating family and ex-husband keep making demands. She takes solace in a new love interest, one who teaches her how to harness her anger. 

In the end, Viola realizes that only love can solve her problems, from ridding ghosts of lakeside towns to healing a broken heart.

Ghost Town, book two in the Viola Valentine Mystery Series.


A Ghost of a Chance: A Viola Valentine Mystery

They say there are blessings from Hurricane Katrina. For Viola Valentine of New Orleans, it was losing her dead-end job and leaving behind a loveless marriage and an overbearing family.

But the storm also blew open a psychic door. Now she sees ghosts who have died by water.

As she enters her new career as travel writer, solving mysteries that appear with apparitions everywhere she goes, the one person she hopes to speak to — her daughter who died of leukemia years before — continues to elude her.

Or does she?


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