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In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the bicentennial of The Battle of New Orleans in 2015, New Orleans writer O’Neil De Noux spent two years researching and writing an epic historical novel set during that titanic struggle. BATTLE KISS is an intense, accurate depiction of the battle, of life in New Orleans in the days and nights preceding and following the monumental event. It is a saga of love and war, of battlefield heroes, of young men and young women in love – a tale of spies and privateers, ladies and rogues, patriots and traitors, sudden passion and sudden violence as the battle unfolds in stages until the cataclysm of January 8, 1815, when a rag-tag army of Creoles, free-men of color, pirates, American backwoodsmen, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Attakapas braves, fortified by a limited number of U.S. army regulars and marines and led by a general whose only experience was fighting insurgent Creeks, stands between New Orleans and a battle-hardened army of British soldiers, led by one of the Duke of Wellington’s finest field commanders and hero of the Peninsula War against Napoleon – Major General Sir Edward Pakenham. Centered around two Creole families (one of French descent, the other Spanish), BATTLE KISS chronicles the tumultuous events preceding the battle as frantic citizens argue over surrendering New Orleans to the British in order to save the city from destruction. They are pitted against the rock-hard determination of General Andrew Jackson and the Americans who would burn the city rather than let the British have her. During this turbulent time, two young women recognize their growing affection for several young men caught in the battle, men vying for their love yet willing to sacrifice their lives for their new country. The story climaxes at the battle where rivals for the affections of the women stand side-by-side on that foggy January morning as the British come across the cane fields of the Chalmette Plantation. O’Neil De Noux, award-winning, international author of eight novels, seven short story collections and over two hundred published stories, was surprised when conducting his exhaustive research (forty-two source books) to learn there is no full-length saga written about the battle. Like TITANIC and GONE WITH THE WIND, De Noux’s epic is a love story set against a stirring historical event. As the bicentennial of the battle approaches, with its attendant international attention (the 150th Anniversary drew ambassadors and dignitaries from a half dozen countries), many books will be written about the struggle. The Battle of New Orleans was the last time American and British armies met as enemies on a battlefield. Native son O’Neil De Noux has penned a gripping panoramic novel destined to be the finest written of this explosive time when New Orleans changed from a Creole town into an American city. So timely is BATTLE KISS, the Louisiana Division of the Arts awarded an Artist Services CAREER ADVANCEMENT AWARD FOR 2009-2010 to O’Neil De Noux for his work on the epic.
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Born in New Orleans, O’Neil De Noux is a prolific American writer of novels and short stories. Much of De Noux’s fiction falls under the mystery genre (character-drive crime fiction primarily). He has published stories in many disciplines including historical fiction, children’s fiction, mainstream fiction, science-fiction, suspense, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica. At the World Mystery Convention in 2007, The Private Eye Writers of America awarded its prestigious Shamus Award for BEST SHORT STORY to “The Heart Has Reasons” by O'Neil De Noux (the cover story of the September 2006 Issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). The Shamus Award is given annually recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. “The Heart Has Reasons” features De Noux’s private eye Lucien Caye. De Noux is also the 2009 Derringer Award winner for BEST NOVELETTE (stories between 8,001 and 17,500 words) for “Too Wise” – another Lucien Caye private eye mystery. The Derringer Awards are given annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize excellence in the short mystery fiction form. Another De Noux story, “The Bonnie and Clyde Caper” featuring New Orleans Police Homicide Detective John Raven Beau was runner up in the Derringer Best Long Story category. In 2009, De Noux tapped his history background to pen a 320,000 word historical epic set during The Battle of New Orleans and received an Artist Services Career Advancement Award for 2009-2010 from the Louisiana Division of the Arts for his work on this upcoming book – BATTLE KISS. Slick Time, a sexy caper novel, was published by Big Kiss Productions via amazon.com. New Orleans Nocturnal is a collection of nine crime stories featuring John Raven Beau. Big Kiss Productions released the second edition of New Orleans Confidential, adding the two award-winning private-eye stories, “The Heart Has Reasons” and “Too Wise.” Additionally, De Noux began selling previously published and unpublished short stories via his web site - http://www.oneildenoux.net John Raven Beau was published by Big Kiss Productions. A hyper-realistic crime story, John Raven Beau provides an intimate look into the beleaguered NOPD Homicide Division, a story that begins in the French Quarter and ends in a swamp, all within the city limits of America’s eternal city, a city that cannot be destroyed – New Orleans. A short story collection New Orleans Prime Evil (ten historical mysteries) was published.
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