Nancy K. Duplechain
Nancy K. Duplechain hails from south Louisiana where her first novels are set. These are paranormal fantasy page-turners that will keep you wanting more!
“I always knew that my first stories would be paranormal in nature. Those were the kind of stories I started reading as a child. I loved being scared. It was such a thrill! I wouldn’t call my books straight up horror, though, but there is that element in there among the modern fantasy. But I think people are too quick to judge a book by its cover these days. Aside from the fantasy and paranormal aspects, the story of Leigh Benoit—the main character—is about family and overcoming the darkness inside of you. It’s about coming home again, and prevailing over the person you used to be.”
Duplechain is currently working on Dark Legacy, the third and final installment of The Dark Trilogy.
Following are excerpts and descriptions are from Dark Bayou and Dark Carnival, the first two novels in The Dark Trilogy.
Excerpt from Dark Bayou:
“The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams—rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker, it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice.”
When Leigh Benoit returns home to Louisiana for the funeral of her brother and his wife, she becomes increasingly concerned about the welfare of her orphaned niece, Lyla. She is prompted by her grandmother, Clothilde, to move back to take care of her. Leigh has no desire to take on any responsibility, and being home again brings back painful memories. At the funeral, Leigh’s childhood friend, Detective Lucas Castille, tells her the mysterious details of the accident that killed her brother and his wife. Lucas’ young son has dreams of a Dark Man who wishes to harm Lyla. Leigh begins to have similar dreams. She struggles with her rational mind but vows to protect her niece. Soon, she finds out there is more to the story and more to her grandmother than she thought.
Excerpt from Dark Carnival:
"I noticed countless eyes following me. They belonged to shop-keeps closing up for the night, the homeless watching me from their makeshift beds, call girls pretending to wait for their next tricks on the corners, but all the while, wary of my every move. I didn’t belong here and they knew it. I could feel Les Foncés all around me, too, watching me from behind the tombs of the cemeteries, waiting for me around the corners of St. Louis Cathedral. With each breeze that floated off the Mississippi, I could feel their breath on my neck."
The city of New Orleans beckons Leigh Benoit into its mysterious arms in this sequel to the popular Dark Bayou. She continues with her mission to learn the art of the Traiteur while ancient beings threaten to tip the balance to the dark side. With the clock ticking, it’s a race to find a cursed antique during Mardi Gras—a celebration that is about to become the Dark Carnival.