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WOULD YOU TELL US ABOUT DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR, YOUR NEW RELEASE FROM THE COVET LINE FROM ENTANGLED PUBLISHING?
Of course! Thank you for having me today J Storie Bell is a witch whose powers are fairly rooted in the natural world. She comes back to Bloomington, Texas and has to figure out how to fit in. But Reid Malone, a man she had a close encounter with just after high school, is also back (helping his dad with a very important task that forces him into the Storiebook Café, the business Storie just opened. And, well, sparks fly—magical and otherwise.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEROINE? WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD BEST DESCRIBE HER?
Survivor. Resilient. Girl-Next-Door (does that count as one word?)
NOW THAT WE KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THEM THAT HAD YOU WANTING TO WRITE THAT HEA FOR THEM?
When Storie learns a truth about her mother, she goes to the lake and harnesses the power of a brewing Texas summer storm. Clouds rolling in, thunder, lightning, and rain help ground her. But Reid Malone is there, and he thinks she’s drowning and going to be electrocuted in lake. I loved writing that scene and that’s when I knew Storie and Reid had to have a happily ever after.
WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SCENE THAT WAS THE MOST FUN FOR YOU TO WRITE?
Absolutely, the mirror scene!
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED WHEN YOU'RE WRITING?
I love writing, and I love creating magical stories. I’d love the world to have magical realism. I like light magic, and that keeps my stories grounded in a contemporary world, and that is what keeps me inspired!
DO YOU HAVE A PROCESS YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW OR A FAVORITE PLACE TO WRITE?
As long as I have my computer and a mocha, I’m happy and can write! Inspiration happens…eventually.
I ALWAYS FIND THAT AUTHORS HAVE THE BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. ANYONE YOU'VE READ RECENTLY THAT YOU LOVED READING OR A NEW AUTHOR YOU'VE DISCOVERED?
Good question! I wish I had more time to read than I do. I have a few standouts from the last year: Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution and Kristen Hannah’s Night Road. I loved them both so much!
WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU NEXT AND IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
I’m working on the next book in my Magical Dressmaking cozy mystery series, A Custom Fit Crime. Book 3, Deadly Patterns, comes out in October. After that is my next romantic suspense, the next Deadly Legends book following Sacrifice of Passion. Busy, busy!
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…
Also by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez:
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.
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…
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.