Today we are happy to welcome back to Book Lovers Inc Melissa Bourbon Ramirez whose latest release is a sexy paranormal romance Deceiving the Witch Next Door, which debuted Entangled Publishing’s new Covet line! Melissa stops by today while surfing the blogosphere with her virtual blog tour, please give her a warm welcome and answer her question for a chance to win a copy of Deceiving the Witch Next Door!
My husband and I are trying (desperately) to buy a 1900 Victorian home just off the square in a neighboring town. I don’t think the deal will go through, unfortunately, but I’m hopeful that it will. I’m hopeful that in a few short months, we’ll be patching up walls and cleaning hundred year old floors and sleeping in a creaky house with double hung windows. When I walk in that house, I feel the history and the lives that have bloomed there. It feels like so much more than just a house. And I can imagine myself sitting on the porch with my laptop, sipping from a cup of coffee, and writing my heart out because I’m filled with contentment.
All from a house.
Writing about small towns, the people who live there, and all the dramas that unfold. Writing about a world with a touch of magical realism or witchery. Writing. Just writing.
Somehow, I think I’ll be more productive if I am in that house. Is that really true? Probably not, but I’m a writer so my imagination runs away with me. It’s kind of funny, when I think about it, because my stories are all very contemporary. Latina PI in Sacramento (the Lola Cruz Mystery series), Deadly Legends trilogy (romantic suspense), Magical Dressmaking Mystery series (cozy mysteries in a small town), and the Bloomington Witches, the first of which is Deceiving the Witch Next Door.
But I feel as if they hold charm between the pages, and that being in that house will help me infuse that magic into every story I weave. Maybe it’s all in my head and I don’t need an historic home at all, but I sure want one because I know it will fill my soul with comfort and a sense of peace that I don’t feel where I’m at.
It’s the same feeling that I am always searching for in my characters. The magic in the story comes from the house, the people, the town… Storie Bell, for example, is a witch who doesn’t quite fit into her world. She’s searching for peace. For that place where she belongs. And she finds it in Bloomington, Texas. If only Reid Malone didn’t zap that peacefulness right out of her every time he wanders into her shop, The Storiebook Café.
But, of course, part of Storie fitting in has to do with Reid, their past, and the future neither one of them know they have with each other. It’s a fun read. It’s a light read. And for me, it holds just enough charm to make it magical.
Just like that old Victorian I’m trying to buy.
Tell me, what do you think of old houses, and is a 100 year old Victorian a place you’d want to live?
Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
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…
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.
Entangled Publishing has generously offered an ebook copy of Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez to a lucky commenter!
All you have to do is answer Melissa’s question: What do you think of old houses, and is a 100 year old Victorian a place you’d want to live?
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, 22 September 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.