I am thrilled to have author Melissa Bourbon Ramirez here with me today! She is the author of Sacrifice of Passion (review here) which was amazing! She has been gracious enough to stop by today to answer some questions for me. The publishers were also kind enough to offer up an eBook copy of Sacrifice of Passion for one of my readers so make sure you read all the way to the end for details on that. Now onto the interview!
A Bookworm’s Have (ABWH): Can you tell us a little bit about Sacrifice of Passion for those who might not have read it?
Melissa Bourbon Ramirez (MBR): Thank you for having me today! Sacrifice of Passion is the first book in the Deadly Legends Trilogy. It takes place in the small town of San Julio, Texas, a place that is supposedly cursed. Killings and the legend of chupacabra are at the center of the story.
ABWH : Did you grow up with stories of the Chupacabraor is it something you researched specifically for this book?
MBR: My husband is Latino. The legend of la Llorona was my first foray into Mexican legends. I found them fascinating! Chupacabra is urban legend, and the little creatures are creepy—perfect for a romantic suspense novel!
ABWH : Do you have a favorite scene from Sacrifice of Passion? I personally love the playfulness of the scene when Vic finds Delaney tied up trying to prevent herself from sleepwalking. *grins*
MBR: I love that scene, too! As far as sexy scenes go, I think I am partial to the scene in which Delaney finds herself in Vic’s bedroom. Ooolala! The climactic scene with the chupacabra and the chase on horseback is another favorite and gives me tingles—still J
MBR: Yes, book two is Curse of Passion and is Ray’s story J You’ll get to see much more of him! It should be out in the early spring sometime.
ABWH : If Sacrifice of Passion could be made into a movie, who would your dream cast be for Vic and Delaney?
MBR: Oh, gosh, that’s hard! I love Juanes (a Columbian musician) and could see him as Vic. Delaney is a little harder. I don’t actually have anyone in mind for her. But I’d love to see who you imagine in the role!
ABWH : Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?
MBR: Probably in every book I read J It’s fun to be able to transport ourselves into books. Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, for example. Would be awesome to play against Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy.
ABWH : Who are some authors that are on your must read list?
MBR: I love Kristin Hannah, Julia Quinn, Wendy Lyn Watson, Molly Cannon (a debut author), JK Rowling (haha… channeling my inner child), and Jennifer Donnelly.
ABWH : What is something you have to have with you when writing?
MBR: Water! I love ice water and chewing on ice. Boring, I know.
ABWH : Can you share what you are working on now?
MBR: Working on the 4th Magical Dressmaking Mystery (A Custom Fit Crime) for my series with NAL/Penguin. Brainstorming the next Lola Cruz Mystery novel. And gearing up to finish up Curse of Passion. I also have Deceiving the Witch Next Door coming out this month, so working on promotion for that.
ABWH : Thanks so much for being here today Melissa! Is there anything that you would like to add?
MBR: Just another big thank you for having me here today! So glad you enjoyed Sacrifice of Passion!
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.
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The publishers have also been kind enough to give me the opportunity to give away one eBook copy of Sacrifice of Passion to one of you . All you have to do to be entered to win is fill in the form below. It is open internationally. The contest will run from now until midnight Saturday August 4th 2012. Want an extra entry? I will give you a bonus point if you tweet or link to this contest (Twitter, sidebar, facebook, etc.) and be sure to put the link in the form. I will use random.org to pick the winner. Good luck to everyone.
This contest is now closed.
Also available from Melissa Bourbon Ramirez: 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….
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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.