Spotlight Wednesday – Jana Deleon

It is time once again to take a look at a series, suggested by you, that you feel deserves more attention than it gets. This week’s spotlight author is Jana Deleon, who was recommended by Helen Faris. While they don’t seem to fall into the PNR/UF genre, her Miss Fortune books sound like they would be a little bit quirky and a whole lot of fun. And for some reason, I have been reading a bit outside the box lately and going for more of a romantic suspense/action vibe, so this could be a good fit…

So far, there are eight books in the series, starting with Louisiana Longshot. If you are interested in checking out an excerpt, one can be found HERE. I was checking it out over on Goodreads, and one person called it “Miss Congeniality meets The Golden Girls”. Heh.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]Synopsis…

It was a hell of a longshot…

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever–in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it’s too late.

Other books in the series:


jana deleonAbout Jana Deleon: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won’t find it on a map. Although she has never stumbled across a mystery or a ghost like her heroines, but she’s still hopeful.

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Your turn, everyone. What other authors or series do you think deserve a little more attention? Just hit the “Contact Me” button on the top menu and drop me a line, and we can turn the spotlight on another hidden jem.


8 thoughts on “Spotlight Wednesday – Jana Deleon

  1. Lisa says:

    I am a loyal book slave to Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune series. I got the 1st Ebook as a “vacation” away from my usual Fantasy series genre, and now I’m hooked! They’re so funny!!

    Poor Fortune Redding, the heroine of this series, is an undercover CIA operative whose cover gets blown and the bad guy puts a price on her head. Her boss, Director Morrow, believes their office has a spy and decides to hide her by sending her to the small Southern town of of Sinful, Louisiana until the spy is caught and the bad guy from the blown operation is caught. She’s disguised as Sandy Sue Morrow, niece of the director and daughter of one of the women of Sinful. Sandy Sue Morrow’s mother has passed away and has retured home for the first time since childhood to settle her mother’s estate. Unfortunately, the real Sandy Sue Morrow is an ex-beauty pageant queen. Fortune is then put through a Miss Congeniality-like beauty treatment process and then dumped off at Sinful. It might have been easier for her to have been sent to Mars. She has no idea what to make of the strange townspeople, particularly the good-looking Deputy Sheriff. Then she meets the women of the Sinful Ladies Society, a group of elderly women who Fortune soon realizes are more than they appear. The ladies expose her to the town’s strange customs and support her when a body is discovered in the bayou behind her deceased “mother’s” home. The series is packed with action, hilarity, fierce friendship, strange customs, even stranger people and great storylines.

    I highly recommend!

  2. snapdragon says:

    I so enjoy this series. The books just seem to have great action and hilarity. I believe that they are more in tune to my liking than Jana’s other “Ghost-In-Law” series which is still funny but makes me roll my eyes a bit too much sometimes.

    It kinda, sorta is similar to the Bobby Fae Sumerall series by Toni McGee Causey.

  3. Shannon says:

    Hey! Louisiana Longshot is a freebie on Kindle right now. I gave it a try after reading your post. It was a fun, light beach read….a mix of comedy/mystery. I liked the small town setting with quirky characters. I will give the next book a try.

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