LES MARTEL BRINGS LOUISIANA-STYLE-ASS-KICKING TO HOLLYWOOD!Three generations of a Louisiana Creole family have struggled amidst blues music, religious conflict, lust, lynching, murder, voodoo and racism. Now, as they have come of age, the grandchildren of Martha Broussard/Fergerson, find that they must carve their own paths through a rapidly changing world. Ann Martel becomes the doctor her grandfather had hoped her brother would become. Disappointed in love, she finds contentment and happiness with an older woman-partner. Meanwhile, her brother, Les Martel, defies all who challenge the man he desires to be. He protest racial intimidation in Estilette, takes on an abusive lover in Chicago, fights a Paul Bunyan-sized giant in the backwoods of Bemidji, kicks the ass of a contemptible womanized in Nashville, and gives comeuppance to a backstabber in Hollywood. He soon discovers that Hollywood is not the place he thought it would be—the values were not his values—the truth is not his truth—trust is deception—honesty is weakness, and loyalty, an unknown word.Bodacious Blues, the remarkable finale to Whitney LeBlanc’s compelling, blues-filled trilogy, completes this proud family’s saga in the 1980’s. Amidst a milieu of religious controversy, sexual cross-identification, changing values, and racial exploitation, the message is loud and clear—“coming of age as adults is not as easy as thought.”“Whitney LeBlanc’s, Bodacious Blues is an excellent and entertaining coda to his explosive Creole family trilogy. An engrossing saga, vividly told by this loyal Louisiana native and highly respected theatre artist who intimately understands the many shades of truth that the Big Easy holds. Writer LeBlanc presents the reader with a bevy of colorful multiracial characters who will resonate long after you’ve finished this haunting and deeply personal read. As with his two preceding volumes—Blues in the Wind and Shadows of the Blues— Bodacious Blues and its lead character Les Martel, takes us on a soulful and heartfelt journey. It was hard to put down.”Robert Hooks -Award winning actor; producer; founder Negro Ensemble Company.“What an exciting novel. My mother, her father and his mother were born in Waterproof, Louisiana. Late in life I discovered this and went there. This novel reminded me of some of the stories I heard. There is such a rich cultural history in Louisiana I felt like a fly on the wall experiencing Les’s journey. This feels like as bestseller and a film. Kudos to Whitney for a wonderful novel.”Marla Gibbs -Lead Actress of 227 series. Major supporting actress of The Jeffersons series. “Talent will out! As exemplified by Whitney J. LeBlanc. Playwright, award winning theatre and television director, designer of beautiful stained glass windows, Whitney has just completed his third historical novel. Last of the trilogy, Bodacious Blues depicts the trials and tribulations of the townspeople of Estilette Louisiana in their association with its most prominent families, the Fergerson/Broussards. Blues, voodoo and the inborn racism of the area touches everyone’s lives in this, Whitney’s tense climatic finish to the Fergerson/Broussard family, and those that embrace and those who would destroy them…Great reading!!!!”H. Wesley Kenney -Seven time Emmy winning Television Producer – Director“I have known Whitney J. LeBlanc since 1963 and he is without doubt the most creative man I know. A brilliant scenic designer, playwright, director, stained glass artist and now novelist. Whitney never ceases to amaze. With BODACIOUS BLUES, he draws us into the life of Les Martel, aspiring actor and a southern fish trying to swim in northern waters. It’s a wonderful and very entertaining story that finds relevance for our present times. Well done my friend!”Conrad John Schuck-Television, movie and stage actor.