by Erica Orloff

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A diary from a lifetime ago. A ghost from the past. And an infatuation long forgotten.

Wedding singer Georgia Ray Miller dreams of becoming a “blues goddess,” but her own doubts keep getting in the way. Besides, she’s got enough to keep her occupied, living in a huge haunted (former) brothel with her hippie grandmother, her surrogate boyfriend, Jack, and the Big Easy’s most infamous drag queen. Still, she can’t help being mesmerized by stories from an old blues pianist. When she discovers a diary from a long-lost aunt, she finds out the blues is truly in her blood.

But before Georgia gathers the courage to sing the Delta blues, she must first figure out the affairs of her heart. Does she remain in the comfortable relationship she’s found with Jack? Does she run off with the love of her life, a man from her past with a roguish reputation? Or strike out on her own? She thinks she has it all figured out, but the ghosts of the past have a way of intruding on the present….

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ISBN-13: 9781459248601
Publisher: Red Dress Ink
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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Diary Of A Blues Goddess 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Deesirings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Orloff's marginal characters and how they are just regular people living what mainstream society might consider irregular lives.
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all I have to say I enjoyed this book for it's setting in New Orleans and the memories provoked. It did however bring back a wish that I had been able to go to The House of Blues while I was there. This book is just a little taste of New Orleans and the music it is famous for. Diary of a Blues Goddess is a little bit romance, a little bit chic lit, and a little bit paranormal, but what else would you expect in New Orleans! Of course there has to be blues, jazz, ghosts, beignets, a little bit of plantations, a lot of the French Quarter and loads of wonderful characters. It is well named as a Diary and revolves around Georgia and the events leading to her realization that yes she can sing the blues....and she is a 'Blues Goddess'. That's not really a spoiler, tho, as it's nothing more than what's implied in the title.So, yes, I recommend that you join Georgia in her quest to sing the blues, and meet all her interesting and flamboyant friends, lovers and relatives, and while you're there, have a little taste of New Orleans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent book! This book is very well written and reminds me of home(new orleans).
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Heartbreak Hotel in New Orleans has a colorful past and an even brighter present. It used to be a bordello until one of the working girls was murdered there and the madam closed it down. Now it is a refuge for the drag queens and the broken hearted who have no place else to go or need a haven. The ghost of a woman who was murdered there haunts the jaunt, but to Georgia Ray Miller it is simply home.

She was brought up there by her grandmother Nan and Georgia makes her living singing at weddings and other events but whose dream is to be a blues singer. The only thing holding Georgia Ray back is herself because she is afraid she doesn¿t have what it takes to make it in this world and she doesn¿t want to leave the security of friends and family. It will take a very special man to enable her to leave her nest.

Erica Orloff captures the essence of New Orleans from fun craziness of the French Quarter to the racism of other sections. There is a lot of racy, bawdy humor in DIARY OF A BLUES GODDESS but it is done in good taste, especially the scenes with the drag queens. The heroine grows and changes as the book progresses so that the reader sees her metamorphosis from a scared girl to a bold woman. Her Prince Charming is a man who loves her praying in the background that she will recognize him.

Harriet Klausner