Dear readers I have been sooo excited to finally both read and review a title from Misa and to get to interview her. She's such an impressive and inspiring person if you've noticed her around the social sphere of the 'net, but especially in Entangled related matters. This interview is definitely one of my favorites and if you read my review of DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR on Wednesday you'll know why I consider it one of my favorites. Now read on... 'cause we sure had fun! -- Rhi
While I first became acquainted with you as Entangled Publishing’s Marketing Director, you have quite an impressive resume as both an editor and an author. You’ve written Cozy Mysteries and Romantic Suspense but this is your first Paranormal. With so many terrific elements one could write about in a Paranormal, what made you choose a Witch?
Thank you for having me here today! My Magical Dressmaking Mystery series has light paranormal elements and I love magical realism. I wish the world was like a Sarah Addison Allen book! Wouldn’t that be fun?!
When I started Storie Bell’s story, I saw her a witch in a small Texas town, but one whose skills were rather rudimentary because she grew up in the mortal world, not the magical world. The little bits of magic she does are fun and add just enough paranormal to make it an enchanting world. And I love enchanting ☺
DtWND’s heroine, Storie Bell, has a reputation for being Bloomington, Texas’ resident nutcase. With a busy career that reads with plenty of slashes—writer/editor/marketing-director—and five kids I’m betting you know a thing or two about crazy. As a witch Storie must have a few tricks up her sleeve for blowing off steam you can share with my readers...?
LOL Yes, I know crazy! Storie’s powers are fairly rooted in the natural world. Using her magic drains her (for reasons I can’t explain here). Still, she manages to use her powers. She goes to the lake (where she first encountered Reid Malone, the hero of the story) and harnesses the power of a brewing Texas summer storm. Clouds rolling in, thunder, lightning, and rain help ground her.
I live in Texas, so have a little affinity for the sexy cowboy, but I like my men to have solid footing in the business world and city life, too. I like ‘em well rounded! Reid is all of that, and more. He’s cowboy rugged, but he’s itching to leave Bloomington and get back to Austin and city life. He’s the perfect combination. And all from my imagination!
The blurb for DtWND is rottenly teasing regarding a big secret Reid’s guarding. Do you have any special secrets you could share with the readers who might be interested in writing their own Covet title someday?
The Covet line is really contemporary romance with just a hint of a paranormal twist. It could be about falling in love with your best friend’s brother—who just happens to be a werewolf, for example. So heavy world-building is not what this line is about. It’s light paranormal, fun and flirty, and completely engaging anyone who loves contemporary romance.
And now a few just for fun questions...
Is everything really bigger in Texas?
YES! Especially the spiders.
And the heroes, too ☺
When you write your heroes: boxers or briefs?
If you had to choose another fictional witch to have Storie battle who would you love to pit her against?
One of the sisters from Practical Magic. It’s one of my favorite books!
If I were ordering DtWND off a dessert menu what kind of luscious confection would I be damning to eternity on my thighs?
A little decadent chocolate soufflé with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
Thanks for being here and answering all of our quirky queries Misa! :)
It was a blast!
About Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense titles.
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About Deceiving the Witch Next Door
Storie Bell has a little secret—she’s a witch. But magic hasn’t exactly kept her life from being a complete mess—her love life is non-existent and the town thinks she’s a total nutter. Plus there’s her neighbor Reid Malone who runs hot one minute and cold the next.
Reid Malone can’t wait to escape Bloomington, Texas. Unfortunately, he’s stuck where he is unless he helps his father hide a very illegal secret. The only key to Reid’s freedom lies with the eccentric Storie…and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the information he needs from her.
But Reid’s holding something back. Something big. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out exactly what happens when you try to deceive a witch…
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About Sacrifice of Passion
Texas rancher, Vic Vargas, finds himself facing more than his stubbornly silent son when the chupacabra, a supposedly mythical blood‐sucking beast, starts killing his livestock—and stalking Delaney West, the town’s newly returned veterinary assistant, the sensual woman who ran from the altar and broke his heart twelve years earlier.
Reluctantly, he seeks her help to get to the bottom of the disturbing animal mutilations, only to have her break through to his sullen son...and rekindle the love he’d thought was lost forever. But her refusal to share a terrible secret sends her running straight into the lair of the chupacabra, plunging her back into her worst nightmare, and forcing them both to confront the wrongs of the past—in order to stay alive for the future they desperately want.
Get your copy of Sacrifice of Passion at Amazon or your choice of many other book retailers.
About Bare Naked Lola
Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps….
Get your copy of Bare Naked Lola at: Amazon or your choice of many other book retailers.