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10 – 4 Tuesday

13 Aug

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Melissa Bourbon Ramirez!  She’ll be sharing her 10 followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book, Curse of Passion. :)

ALSO…please click on this link and scroll down to enter the rafflecopter for 1 e-book copy of Melissa’s book SACRIFICE OF PASSION. There will be 1 copy awarded at each tour stop!

Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday  Melissa!!!

Thanks for having me!

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First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a mother of 5 (ages 10-20, one girl, four boys), a wife, a writer, a Publicity Director for Entangled Publishing, a lover of vintage and my new, old Victorian house, and so much more!

You’re definitely a busy lady :) What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write romantic suspense, cozy mystery, caper mystery, and sometimes light paranormal romance.

Share your blurb for Curse of Passion!

The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

 

Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

 

With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts…?

Are there any other genres that you write?

I adore the cozy mystery series I write.  It’s A Magical Dressmaking Mystery and also takes place in Texas (just like Curse of Passion).  Harlow Cassidy is a dressmaker and back in her hometown of Bliss, Texas.  She’s a descendent of Butch Cassidy and therefore has a magical charm (you have to read the book for more about that).  It’s a bestselling series and book 4 just came out in July (A Custom-Fit Crime).

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?

With my family and busy schedule, I tend to write more in the evenings.  Daytime is for the day job, which is very demanding.  I work in writing time whenever I can, and definitely on a daily basis.

What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

Revising!  Yes, that’s right.  I’m one of the strange people that actually likes the revision process more than the initial creation process. :)

I agree. I love the edits and watching my story improve and tighten. What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

This was my first romantic suspense (although Sacrifice of Passion, which I wrote second, actually came out first) so learning elements of writing romantic suspense was a challenge.  But despite the frustrations along the way, I loved writing the book, love the legend it centers around, and love the story.

Why should we read your book?

Haha!  If you enjoy romance, suspense, and a unique setup that isn’t seen in the typical romantic suspense, then you’ll love Curse of Passion (and Sacrifice of Passion).  They are both centered around Mexican legends which lend themselves so beautifully to suspense novels.  These two books have passionate and powerful relationships between the hero and heroine.  I’ve reread each of the books and love them more now than when I first wrote them, and I think that’s saying something.

In short, read them because they’re good!

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

I would be thrilled to learn that a reader had a deep, contented sigh upon finishing my books.  I want them to feel as if they know the characters, as if they’re friends.  I want them to have rooted for the love story and to feel satisfied with how it all played out.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

Right now I’m finishing revisions for the 5th Magical Dressmaking book, A Killing Notion, and getting started on the 6th in the series.

I have another Lola Cruz mystery to write (another series of mine).

Now the 4:

Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them to visit?

LOL  I’d have them stick around my house for the next family reunion, which will definitely be a blast.  I’d have them go to the San Francisco Bay Area (where I grew up).  And finally, I’d say the Pacific Northwest just because I adore that region.

You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?

Wow, that’s a tough one!  I think it would be a random day when my kids were all home, mother and father were over, husband is grilling, we’re all swimming and laughing and just enjoying being together.  I never get tired of spending time with my family!

That sounds like a wonderful day!

All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?

The TV version of Lola Cruz (it got several reads for TV by Jennifer Lopez’s production company, so it’s not that far-fetched!).  Okay, since that can’t happen, I’ll choose The Walking Dead.  I’m not a zombie apocalypse girl, but I do love that show!

Very exciting about Lola Cruz. And, I love The Walking Dead too, which my family and friend don’t understand because I’m not a zombie girl either. lol

You were part of a horrific scientific experiment that went wrong. You’re skin is now a flashing neon green, you can’t eat anything unless it’s through a straw, and you can only speak five words. Which five words would you be able to speak?

Give me my soy mocha!

LOL..love it, Misa. Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 and playing along!

Thank you!  This was fun :)

About Curse of Passion

Curse of Passion 250The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts.

The Excerpt

Johanna paced and turned toward him, but still hadn’t noticed Ray in the doorway. He catalogued her features. She was thirty-two, with honey-colored skin, cheekbones that gave her an exotic look, long, dark hair…

As it often did, his gaze hitched at her full, red lips. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d kissed lips like that. Maybe never.

The sliver of skin showing between her sweater and her pants drew his eyes. She looked far hotter than any teacher had a right to—certainly hotter than any teacher he’d ever had. Thank God, or he’d never have graduated.

He felt his eyes pinch and blinked hard to break the drugged feeling that suddenly slid over him. He’d done his best to steer clear of her for years, and after this conversation, he’d go back to staying away.

“Who is this? What do you want?” Johanna’s voice held fear, tinged with anger.

That was not a tone Ray associated with Johanna. He froze in place. He’d been trained well by the Army. Freeze first. Assess. Decide. Then move.

She spoke again, her voice rising in pitch. “Would you just stop calling?” she demanded, her voice shaking.

Distressed. Johanna was distressed. Time to act. Ray moved then, coming into the classroom, bumping a desk as he came toward her, startling her.

She whipped around, gasping as she saw him. Her face paled, and a second later she dropped her cell phone on her desk. She speared her hand through her hair, her fingers bending until they looked like claws digging into her scalp.

His heart pumped hard. What the hell? “Johanna,” he said, aware his voice was gruffer than he’d intended. “What was that about?”

She stared at him, her eyes wide, like a damn deer caught in the headlights. One second. Two seconds. Three seconds.

“Prank caller,” she finally said, snapping out of her trance.

Ray ran the pads of his fingers over his goatee. Prank caller, my ass. She’d been engaged in that conversation, had been responding to the person on the other end of the line. But her eyes stayed wary and he decided to let it go. He was here for a purpose. Marianne’s murder needed his attention, and he wanted to know Johanna’s secret.

“Sorry for barging in,” he said, “but I’d like to continue the conversation we started back in my office.”

She raised an eyebrow at him. “You mean about Marianne? Are the deputies coming back?”

He shook his head. “They’re gone.” She looked puzzled as he continued. “You brought up la Llorona.”

“Yes,” she said flatly.

Her voice had lost the shaky edge it had held a moment ago on the phone. Hell, now it almost sounded like it could freeze water. Her own form of self-preservation, he supposed. “You wrote your master’s thesis on her?”

Johanna slumped against her desk and ran one hand over her face, down her neck, let it settle on her chest. “Yes.”

“Why?”

She hesitated, and for a moment looked like she wasn’t going to respond. Then she spoke, her voice softer, more thoughtful. “My mother believed in her.”

Odd. Johanna had placed a strange emphasis on the word believed. Hadn’t her mother simply known about the story? Why would she believe in a ghost tale? “La Llorona is a legend,” he said.

“A legend based on a real woman who lived five hundred years ago.”

“It’s a kid’s story. Like the boogieman and the chupacabra.”

Johanna shook her head. “My mother believed la Llorona was real. Because of that, I’ve always been…curious…about the legend.”

She started when her cell phone rang. Her sudden jerk sent the tips of her fingers slipping under the vee of her sweater. His eyes followed the path as her hand settled on the swell of her breast. He swallowed, narrowing his eyes as he forced his gaze back to her face. Her phone, playing a traditional cumbia rather than a regular ring tone, continued for a full ten seconds while she stood frozen. She didn’t even look at where it sat on the desk.

He tried not to think about whatever might be going on in her personal life that warranted heated phone calls. A bad break-up, maybe? He hadn’t heard she was dating anyone, but she might be. Much as he hated to admit it to himself, he didn’t want her to have a personal life. It messed with his fantasy.

Enough. He had to get his head back in the game. Had to focus on why he was here —and that reason was not to stare at her breasts or get jealous over imaginary lovers or remind himself of the fantasies he’d had of her—fantasies featuring her naked. Her hot mouth on his. Her skin sliding sinuously under his.

About Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

Melissa Bourbon RamirezMelissa 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 with Entangled Publishing, is the founder of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has two romantic suspense novels, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, all to be released in 2012/2013.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 
11 Comments

Posted by on August 13, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts

 

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11 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. ChristineWarner

    August 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for joining me on 10 – 4 Tuesday Melissa…I’m so glad you’re visiting and sharing your latest release. Loved the excerpt :)

     
  2. Kristina Knight

    August 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I’m hooked! Hooked, I say. Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us, Melissa, good luck with the book!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      August 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      So glad you came by Kristina and I hope you get a chance to read Melissa’s book :)

       
  3. D'Ann

    August 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Sounds like a great read! TBR pile just got bigger!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      August 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Don’t you love that huge tbr pile D’Ann? lol Mine is looking pretty crazy too! Glad you came by :)

       
  4. Jennifer Lowery

    August 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Ooh, a ghost story! I am so reading this and sharing the link with my sister! She’s gonna love it too! Thanks so much for introducing us to a fabulous new author, Christine! And so nice to meet you, Melissa!!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      August 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Glad you found a new read Jennifer. Thanks so much for coming by!

       
  5. Brenda D

    August 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Ooooooh this book looks so good!

     
  6. Sara Walter Ellwood

    August 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    This sounds like an amazing story. Congratulations on your release and wishing you great sales!

     

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