>Passport: Georgia- Afterlight’s Author Elle Jasper takes us to Savannah!

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Check out MY Savannah…

Hey, I’m Elle Jasper and I’ve lived in Savannah my entire life, and it’s cool, creepy, mossy, and exciting! Follow me through the cobbled streets of the historic district, and out to the nearby coast, for a taste of the Old South, and maybe even take a peek at my heroine’s, Riley Poe’s, take on Colonial Savannah. 🙂

Established in 1733, Savannah has seen quite a lot through the centuries: Fire, Yellow Fever, two wars, you name it. You can feel it ALL as you walk the cobbles on historic River Street. Downtown (that’s what we call the historic district) is filled with surprises! Whether you’re a tourist elbowing your way through the crowds to get to River Street Sweets and taste mouth-watering pecan pralines or hand-pulled salt water taffy, strolling through the colonial squares or enjoying Forsythe Park’s gorgeous fountain (with MERMEN/WOMEN in it!), or locals who just enjoy their home town, everyone will find something to take away and lock into their well of memories forever.

Spared from destruction by General Sherman during the Civil War, Savannah has retained her old-time charm and beauty-despite several fires over the centuries. On the river front you’ll find old-time white river boats, with their big paddle propellers behind them, docked along the walk. (They’ll take you on a dinner cruise over the Savannah River–loads of fun!) Along the street rises the ancient storefronts which used to be, long ago, a place for all sorts of trade: cotton, wares, goods, grains, and slaves. The barrier islands of northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are home to an ancient culture of ancestors of those slaves, and you’ll find in my new series, The Dark Ink Chronicles, just how amazing and cultural-rich the Gullah are to this area. You can read about them not only in my debut, AFTERLIGHT, but here: http://www.ultimategullah.com/culture.html The Gullah played an intricate part in Georgia’s histoy, and they’re a beautiful people with much to share. Sweetgrass baskets are their specialty, and they’re absolutely gorgeous! You can find them lined along HW 17 going to Charleston, on the side of the road, weaving and selling, dressed in colorful skirts and head wraps.

One of my favorite things to do in Savannah, besides just walking the squares and cobbles and dipping into the Sweet Shop, is to go on Ghost Tours! They’re fun, take you places you’d never see unless walking with a tour guide, and it really gives you a good feel of how the city used to be. One of my favorites is http://www.sixthsensesavannah.com/ The old squares, with ancient oaks dripping with Spanish Moss, is a must-see, must-experience. You’ll find plenty of it in AFTERLIGHT!

City Market is great place to hang! So many fantastic restaurants and pubs, bars and music. Garibaldis Cafe on Congress Street is one of my favorite restaurants in the historic district. I’ve even mentioned it in my book! If you’re ever in Savannah, this place MUST be on your agenda. http://www.garibaldisavannah.com/flash.html I usually go straight to the desert menu, and their fruit basket is made with a sesame basket filled with ice cream and fresh fruit. THE BEST, I swear! If you’re in the area and want some fantastic burgers and crab stew, try The Crystal Beer Parlor. In business since the 30’s, it has that old-time feel to it and has the best food EVAH! http://crystalbeerparlor.com/

The Pirates House on East Broad Street is also a must! (I went there for my senior Prom–EEK! LOL!) Once an old pirate’s tavern for the burly, scrappy, unpredictable sea-ruffians who used to frequent our coast, it has a feel to it that I cannot explain! (their fillet mignon is THE BEST!). Some say it’s a little touristy, but I don’t think so. I love it! Check it out! http://thepirateshouse.com/

Wow! I seem to have a LOT to offer by way of FOOD! LOL! Well you can’t come to Savannah, GA and NOT jump in line to eat at The Lady and Sons (Paula Deen’s restaurant). Too much deliciousness to mention–but all YUMMY! (and her sons are HOT! LOL!) Everyone wants to step inside The Lady and Sons, so if you’re one of those you need to get in line about an hour before lunch. I KNOW! A LONG WAIT! Only you decide if it’s worth it! I think it is, and I have several of her cookbooks and LOVE THEM! 🙂 http://www.ladyandsons.com/

Tons of shops, antique stores, specialty stores line the river front and Factors Walk off of Bay Street (all of which you’ll find in my book, too!). My heroine, Riley, who is a gritty, kick-butt tattoo artist, has a shop right on River Street called Inksomnia. Fictional locale, but the shop is real enough! Located in Marietta, GA, (toward Atlanta) you can visit the owner, Mike, and get inked! Check it out: http://www.inksomniatattoos.com/ He graciously allowed me to use the name of his studio for Riley’s. Cool!

Wanna see a cool fort? Fort Pulaski, on the way to the now-infamous Tybee Island, is a place you want to hit! It’s cool, eerie, and will take you back in time! You’ve got to check out Tybee Island while you’re almost there–cool lighthouse, and MOVIES are being FILMED there! LOL! http://tybeevisit.com/attractions/fort-pulaski

Wanna see a little of Riley’s world? Step onto the wild side of Savannah and visit one of her eclectic clubs: http://www.wormholebar.com/ Cool!

You can find just about anything to do by going to this website: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/Georgia/Attractions/Savannah/Photos/19805

Everything from pics of the squares, the Cotton Exchange Building, Factor’s Walk, and River Street. Restaurants, B&B’s, and the historic houses found on the city tours. You’ll be in for a fantastic weekend!

So, a little about me: I grew up in Savannah, like I said, on the marshes of the Vernon River. I love the Gothic architecture in Savannah, the old buildings, the cobbles, the eerie feel as you walk beneath the moss-draped trees in the squares. Step into Molly McPhearson’s Scottish pub for a pint, then have a walk around! Here’s my bio:

Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King. Growing up on the salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia, she was always fascinated by the city’s ancient cobblestones, eerie church spires and Gothic Revival architect—as well as the dark, not-so-publicized side of Savannah, both steeped in tumultuous history. After an education at Armstrong Atlantic University, she forged her love of Gothic literature with an active imagination to pen her own stories. She is now a full time writer and lives amidst the moss and shadows of Savannah.

A little about my book, AFTERLIGHT:
There is a reason we fear the night…

As Savannah’s most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe is quite familiar with the local underground scene. She lives and works on the edge of it every day.

Now, she’s about to step over the edge.

When her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by centuries-old vampires, Riley discovers a world of shadows and blood–and those who exist there.

Her ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, who is attracted both to Riley’s beauty as well as her one-of-a-kind blood type. A blood type he is not alone in craving.

To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley will face dangers she’s never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour all in its vile grasp.

That’s just the back-cover blurb. On my website you can find digital portraits of my two leading characters, Riley and Eli (the hot vampire she falls for), and their short bios. You can also view my Photoshow–pics I took of Savannah as seen through Riley’s eyes, all set to the fantastic music of Breaking Benjamin. Plus a little more info about AFTERLIGHT’S debut release, and upcoming contests.

So, there’s a little about My Savannah! If you’re ever in the area, stop by, have a bite to eat, and take a stroll through the mossy squares. You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re there after dark, well…watch your neck 😉
ELLE

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12 responses to “>Passport: Georgia- Afterlight’s Author Elle Jasper takes us to Savannah!

  1. >Thanks Elle! I'm going on a little road trip this Saturday and I guess I'll need to make a detour to Inksomnia. 🙂 Can't wait to see a bit of Riley's world.

  2. >This is fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing with us;)

  3. >Hey PBD-thanks for having me today! I love Savannah and love sharing it with others! Thanks for a fabo post! And if you're headed to Inksomnia, you have to travel a leeetle further north and west of Savannah. 🙂 It's actually in Marietta! But totally worth the visit!

  4. >What a great post. I'm really looking forward to this book. I absoulutly love the cover.

  5. >What a great cover. I will be adding this to my TBR pile.

  6. >@Elle your welcomes! One fabulous post for one fabulous lady is a fair trade in my opinion! @Danielle me too! Both covers are really great. I was lucky enough to get a chance to read Afterlight early and I can tell you it's worth the wait! :)@ Sharon The cover is what had me at hello. Sometimes they really do get it right.

  7. >Oops! Double posted and had to delete! 🙂 THANKS for all the posts, guys. I'm glad you like the cover! NAL has fabo artists–I didn't ask for one change on Afterlight's cover art. I loved everything about it!

  8. >Elle – what a wonderful post! It really makes me want to head over to Savannah right now. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. >Thanks for the great blog! I really love Savannah. Spent a memorable weekend there, including one long evening at Churchill's Pub (hope they're still in business) listening to a dynamite Irish band. And imbibing. Lots of the latter. It's the only time I've successfully inhaled four pints of really fine beer during the course of one evening. Paid for it the next morning, but I still love Savannah.

  10. >Thanks Everyone, and PBDs for a really fun blog! I hope if you pick up a copy of Afterlight you not only enjoy the story but the Savannah I've written into the pages as well. Peace Out!

  11. >Holy cow! That cover is HOT! I so badly want to visit Savannah! I will have to make a trip this year!Thank you so much and I cannot wait to read these books–I hadn't heard of them before now, so this is kind of a treat!

  12. >Makes me want to hop on a plane and head for Savannah!Can't wait for AFTERLIGHT's release!!

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