Cruising the Mississippi

In crossing another travel adventure off their bucket list, two retirees take a fascinating river cruise and find the heart and soul of the American South.

Born travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood seized their dreams of exploring America’s natural wonders. From hiking Sierra Nevada mountain trails to photographing wildflowers in Death Valley, they’ve documented their fascinating journeys to critical acclaim.

A serious car wreck changed their lives. They stopped postponing their dreams of ocean cruises.

Now, these veteran travelers embrace a new travel adventure: a river cruise up the magnificent Mississippi.

Join Al and Sunny on the decks of an antebellum paddle-wheel riverboat as they experience the culinary delights, rich architecture, breathtaking vistas, and famous hospitality of southern culture.

You’ll visit lavish plantation mansions, honor the fallen at Civil War memorials, and be swept away by the magical beat of authentic New Orleans jazz. Before the journey ends, you’ll witness how the couple’s first impressions are challenged, changing their hearts forever.

In Cruising the Mississippi, you’ll discover:
-Fascinating histories of riverside cities
-Little-known facts about famous landmarks
-Personal reflections and insights from their daily experiences
-Tested travel tips and advice for embarking on your own river cruise adventure
-The lifelong benefits of immersing yourself in different customs and cultural experiences
-A detailed tour of the historic paddle-wheel riverboat, and much, much more!

If you like cultural exploration, American history, practical travel insights, colorful characters, and authentic personal stories, you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s illuminating exploration of America’s mightiest waterway.

Buy Cruising the Mississippi today and embark on a breathtaking adventure for the young at heart!


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.

They’ve watched July 4th fireworks over Lake Tahoe, explored the Taos Pueblo and ridden the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through forests ablaze with autumn colors.

They’ve ridden the amazing Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the Flam Railway in Norway and Ushuaia’s train at the end of the world.

They’ve photographed the Barbary apes of Gibraltar and Gentoo Penguins frolicking in the surf on Falkland Island beaches.

From North Carolina’s Outer Banks to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Al and Sunny love to wander and wonder and enjoy.

Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, moments to share with their readers. Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. It has been recognized with awards from the National Federation of Press Women, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and Seven Sisters Book Awards.

“We write to encourage others to travel, to take a break from their ordinary routine and discover the many rewards of traveling with your eyes wide open,” Sunny said. “Go somewhere new, even if it’s only in the next county. And have fun exploring the sites, the sounds and flavors of the place. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have.”

Al added, “We also write to share the wonder of our own travels. To help you feel what it’s like to be on a cruise ship, or wandering the back alleys of Venice, Italy. We hope our books give readers a real sense of our travel adventures.”

Black Magic Woman

There’s a voodoo woman in New Orleans who knows your darkest secrets

French Quarter paranormal investigator Wyatt Thomas learns he’s permanently linked to the spirit of a man with whom he’d fought a duel during another lifetime. The only person who can free Wyatt from his curse is long-dead voodoo queen Marie Laveaux. To seek her help, he must travel back to Antebellum New Orleans, succeed in his endeavor, or be trapped in the past forever. When Wyatt meets his former lover at the Mulatto Ball, he doesn’t know if he wants to return.

While Wyatt is time traveling, detective Tony Nicosia and U.S. Attorney Eddie Toledo are working for mob boss Frankie Castellano to try and retrieve a stolen cornet given to him by jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Their failure could result in having their throats cut and bodies thrown in the bayou for the gators to eat.

If you love New Orleans and Louisiana history, don’t miss Black Magic Woman. Visit the French Quarter tonight. You might decide to stay awhile.


Meet Eric Wilder

Eric Wilder is an American author known for his gripping mystery novels set in New Orleans. He was born and raised in Louisiana, where he discovered his love for storytelling at a young age. After completing his education, Wilder spent several years in the oil and gas industry before pursuing a career as a writer.
Wilder’s breakthrough came with the publication of Big Easy, which introduced readers to his signature blend of suspense, action, and local color. The book instantly succeeded, drawing critical acclaim and a devoted following. Wilder followed up with a collection of thrillers set in the heart of New Orleans.
Wilder’s writing is characterized by his deep knowledge of the city and its unique culture and his skillful use of suspense and plot twists to keep readers on the edge of their seats. His books have been praised for their authenticity, vivid descriptions, and compelling characters.
Today, Eric Wilder is a respected author with a loyal fan base and a reputation for delivering top-notch thrillers that transport readers to the heart of New Orleans.
Wilder is the author of nineteen novels, several cookbooks, many short stories, and Murder Etouffee, a book that defies classification. His series features characters who often find themselves involved in the paranormal.
Eric Wilder lives in Oklahoma near historic Route 66 with his wife, Marilyn, a gorgeous pit bull named Moebius, and two remarkable cats, Buttercup and Blanco.

Sisters of the Mist

THIS HALLOWEEN IN NEW ORLEANS, REAL VAMPIRES ARE ABOUT TO EMERGE

When French Quarter detective Wyatt Thomas is awakened from a dark dream by his cat Kisses, he witnesses an eerie funeral procession from the balcony of his Chartres Street apartment. Riding in the limousine ahead of a hearse is his former lover, Desire Vallee. It’s the first time he’s seen her since she became a nun and entered a convent. Now, Desire’s skin is ashen, her long hair turned ghostly white. Realizing Desire is in grave danger Wyatt—his only clue an antique pendant with pictures of Desire and her deceased twin sister Dauphine—sets out to rescue her.
“Not to be put down until the end.”
“I can’t wait for his next book.”
“Great read! As always, when I miss New Orleans, I can pick up one of Eric Wilder’s books and be transported to the sights, sounds, and soul of the Big Easy. Eric Wilder manages to intermingle fun, humor, romance and the paranormal all wrapped up in the ambiance that is New Orleans!”
“I am in love with the French Quarter Mystery Series.”
“So gripping I couldn’t stop reading.”
Big Easy Book 1
City of Spirits Book 2
Primal Creatures Book 3
Black Magic Woman Book 4
River Road Book 5
Sisters of the Mist Book 6
Garden of Forbidden Secrets Book 7


Meet Eric Wilder

Growing up during steamy Louisiana summers, Eric Wilder would sit in the backyard at night beneath a giant pecan tree listening to his grandmother’s tales of ghosts, magic, and voodoo. The author of thirteen novels and many short stories, he still loves reading and writing horror stories, supernatural thrillers, and paranormal mysteries. He lives in Oklahoma near historic Route 66 with wife Marilyn, two wonderful dogs, and one great cat.

River Road

BIZARRE NEW ORLEANS DEATH CEREMONY ENDS IN MURDER

French Quarter paranormal investigator Wyatt Thomas meets a new client at an bizarre death ceremony in a revamped Canal Street movie theater. The man gives Wyatt a bag of cash and a single clue: a solid gold Krewe of Rex, 1948 Mardi Gras doubloon. His only request is for Wyatt to find the person or persons who murdered his mother.

The case isn’t simply cold, it’s 50-years old. When his client is shot dead on the way out the door, Wyatt must go into hiding, solve both murders, or suffer the same fate


Meet Eric Wilder

Growing up during steamy Louisiana summers, Eric Wilder would sit in the backyard at night beneath a giant pecan tree listening to his grandmother’s tales of ghosts, magic, and voodoo. The author of thirteen novels and many short stories, he still loves reading and writing horror stories, supernatural thrillers, and paranormal mysteries. He lives in Oklahoma near historic Route 66 with wife Marilyn, two wonderful dogs, and one great cat.

City of Spirits

Paranormal investigator Wyatt Thomas deals with murder, spirits of the night, and a forbidden love triangle

It’s Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, an escaped killer on the loose, and a sunken boat in the shipping channel preventing cruise ships from entering or leaving the city. Wyatt’s rich new client wants him to prove he isn’t a passeblanc—a person of black heritage passing as white. Wyatt becomes enamored with his client’s beautiful daughter, a conflict of interest that threatens to get him killed. Oh, and N.O.P.D. Homicide detective Tony Nicosia is having a torrid affair with the daughter of his best friend.


Meet Eric Wilder

Growing up during steamy Louisiana summers, Eric Wilder would sit in the backyard at night beneath a giant pecan tree listening to his grandmother’s tales of ghosts, magic, and voodoo. The author of thirteen novels and many short stories, he loves reading and writing supernatural thrillers, and paranormal mysteries. He lives in Oklahoma near historic Route 66 with wife Marilyn, two wonderful dogs, and one great cat.

Big Easy

“Reads like a collaboration between Charlaine Harris and James Lee Burke.”

In the most haunted city on earth, the police can’t afford to disregard the supernatural. When N.O.P.D. homicide detective Tony Nicosia realizes voodoo is involved in a spate of panhandler murders, he turns to someone he knows who can help him — Wyatt Thomas the French Quarter’s favorite private investigator.  Voodoo mambo Mama Mulate, Wyatt’s partner, is also a Tulane University English professor. Together, they form the most powerful paranormal partnership in the Big Easy. If you have problems involving magic, voodoo, ghosts, the occult or the supernatural Wyatt and Mama are the ones to call.

Big Easy is the fun, sexy, and gripping first novel in the popular standalone French Quarter Mystery Series. Join Wyatt and Mama as they visit smoky Bourbon Street bars, dark French Quarter alleyways, and haunted New Orleans cemeteries. Read Big Easy and find out why the French Quarter Mystery Series is the favorite mystery series of readers who live in and around New Orleans. Check out what they say on Amazon.

“A funny, upbeat, sometimes creepy, hellishly fast read.”

“A rollercoaster of intrigue set in that exotic, erotic Mecca known as New Orleans.”

“A murder mystery that steeps the reader in home-cooking of down south, Creole and voodoo.”

“Loved the integration of magic with real life along with a dash of local cuisine.”

“While I couldn’t wait to see how it ended, I was sorry when it did.”

“Great characters, mile-a-minute plot, wonderful ending.”

“I could almost smell those sweating bodies, had a feeling I could touch the tomcat’s fur, and taste the gumbo.”


Meet Eric Wilder

Growing up during steamy Louisiana summers, Eric Wilder would sit in the backyard at night beneath a giant pecan tree listening to his grandmother’s tales of ghosts, magic, and voodoo. The author of thirteen novels and many short stories, he still loves reading and writing horror stories, supernatural thrillers, and paranormal mysteries. He lives in Oklahoma near historic Route 66 with wife Marilyn, two wonderful dogs, and one great cat.