Bayou Bound is Book #2 of the Fleur de Lis series; Linda also wrote Book #1: Bayou Born. While it was still in manuscript form, Bayou Bound won 1st place in Romance from The Southeastern Writers Association, and has also been nominated for the Rone Award.
Bayou Bound tells the story of the blossoming love between Biloxi and Nick, Biloxi’s fight to save the plantation she loves, and ultimately discovering her place in the world.
Drama is added by the fact that Nick and Biloxi’s families have feuded for three generations.
Linda paints a lovely picture of life in the south, and her love for New Orléans shines.
The title Bayou Bound refers to Biloxi returning to her family’s estate, Fleur de Lis, after being gone for several years, as she built a successful photography career. Biloxi’s father was in the military, and moved his family around often when Biloxi was young. Fleur de Lis always felt like home to her when she visited.
Years later, she is a successful photographer, but when she learns that her cousin Branna, the current Keeper of Fleur de Lis, and subject of the first book Bayou Born, has left to get married, Biloxi fears that her beloved Fleur de Lis will fall into further disrepair without a Keeper. She returns home to take over the position of Keeper, with a plan to make Fleur de Lis profitable.
She finds that long-held traditions, and long-running feuds, don’t change easily!
“Growing up on military bases, places so different
from Bayou Petite, had spurred her interest in
photography. She learned to capture the beauty of her
surroundings, but those places never felt like home.
New places provided the adventure she wanted, but
always left her longing for the permanency of Fleur de
Lis. Her heart and soul resided within the property
markers where her roots ran deep. Maybe her
connection had to do with the house standing strong for
over two hundred years, the vibration of her ancestors
In the introduction, Linda gives readers a peak at the book:
Under the shroud of darkness, minutes clicked
away slowly. When the driver’s door opened, the
overhead light snapped on and startled her. The stranger
climbed into the driver’s seat. He yanked on a sleeve
and started to remove his large coat. Biloxi strained to
get a better look at his face.
Just in case she ever needed to identify him.
Like in a line-up.
“Take it off.” He motioned to the blanket.
Her mouth gaped. He sounded like a man used to
giving orders—and having others follow them, doing
exactly as he said. Well, he could wait forever. She
didn’t take orders from anyone. That’s why she worked
for herself. Besides, she’d freeze without the blanket.
“C’mon now, you’re cold and wet.”
He must have read shock on her face. He sighed,
but the sigh was tinged with disgust.
“Okay, here goes.”
She froze statue still. The man straddled the
console, a knee in each front seat, then he faced her. He
reached toward her and yanked the blanket.
Clearly he was the stronger one. Their tug-o-war
lasted less than a minute. He pulled the blanket away,
wadded it up, and tossed it on the floor.
She pulled her legs tight to her body, prepared to
fight, kick, even claw. To her surprise, he gently draped
his long coat over her. The lingering heat from his body
covered her shiver. The coat would protect her, if from
nothing else, from him.
Here are some reviews from other authors:
“A raging storm has nothing on the steamy and fierce
passion of Nick and Biloxi. Linda Joyce is the new
author to watch!”
~Kathy L Wheeler, author of
The Color of Betrayal
“As if the bayou needed more heat and steam! Step
aside, Shakespeare. Linda Joyce adds southern charm,
and a much happier ending, to this modern-day Romeo
~Claire Croxton, author of
“Family feud turns up the heat between jet-setting
photographer Biloxi Dutrey and family-oriented
veterinarian Nick Trahan.
BAYOU BOUND is a
~Marilyn Baron, author of
Under the Moon Gate
The main characters are Nick and Biloxi, and their families, who have great impact on their story, and their lives. I empathize with them, and they become even more likable as they grow and become wiser by the end of their story. It is a painful process, at times, for both of them.
To learn more about Linda Joyce, read her guest post here:
and check out her website, where you can read an excerpt from Bayou Born, book #1 of the Fleur de Lis series.