Our guest today is my fellow Dorchester author, Alicia Dean. Her new release, Heart of the Witch, came out last week, and I went straight to the bookstore to snatch it up. It’s a spine-tingling, heart-in-your-mouth, tear-jerker of a suspense story sure to keep you up all night. Welcome, Alicia!
Thanks for having me as a guest here at the Pink Fuzzies. This is so exciting for me. So many fantastic things are happening with my release of Heart of the Witch. I am just thrilled to have the book out there and hope readers will love it.
Here's a blurb:
There is a monster on the loose, a serial killer murdering young women near Oklahoma City. On each corpse he writes his name in blood:
THE TIN MANBut while the villain claims to be heartless, he’s not beyond making a mistake. This time he left his prey alive, and ex-homicide detective Nick Lassiter plans to use her to crack the case wide open. Yet, Ravyn Skyler is nothing like he expects. She remembers little of the crime, and for a victim, she has a deep reserve of quiet strength. In her eyes he sees both helpless waif and merciless vigilante, and in her kiss he tastes both passion and power. With a tale of a tin man, it only seems fair that there’s a witch. And this witch guards a secret that threatens not only their lives, but their souls.
And here's an excerpt:
“You’re not making any sense,” Ravyn snapped. “I’d give anything to find and stop this maniac. I don’t know what you’re accusing me of, or why. Why?"
Nick sighed and shook his head. “Damn it, I don’t know. I don’t know.”
She put a hand on his arm. “I’m sorry, Nick.”
He gave her a small, humorless smile. “Sorry for what? Are you sorry Kayne is a dangerous fanatic? Or are you sorry that I can’t stop thinking about you, can’t stop wanting you? Sorry that my desire for you is stronger than it ever was for my dead wife?” He grabbed her once more and pulled her to him. “Do you have any idea how crazy that is? How it makes me feel? I want you every second of every day. Even with people dying around me, even with the frustration and guilt of not being able to stop this murdering psychopath, I still want you. It’s . . . it’s like I’m under some sort of spell.”
When I set out to write the book, I wanted to write a paranormal, but didn't want to write about vampires. I mean, I LOVE vampires, but everyone was writing about vampires, and I didn't think I could come up with a new twist that would be appealing. So, I decided to write about a witch, then the Tin Man thing just sort of developed and all kinds of funny Wizard of Oz coincidences followed. I wrote an article for RT about these coincidences, but I'd like to share them here:
1) I entered and won a contest titled Emerald City Opener.
2) While finishing my manuscript, I took a job transfer to Kansas. (But...I'm not in Kansas any more
3) My book is published by Dorchester Publishing. Ray Bolger, the scarecrow in Wizard of Oz who was originally cast as the Tin Man, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Neal McDonough, who played the Tin Man in the sci fi series of the same name, was born in Dorchester also.
A little creepy, but kind of cool, don't you think?
Heart of the Witch is currently Dorchester's 'New Hot Pick of the Month' and FOR A LIMITED TIME, you can get it at DorchesterPub.com for the low price of $3.50.
I am holding a contest on my website through the end of the year. In the book, one of the character's names is a scrambled version of someone connected to the original Wizard of Oz movie. On January 1st, 2010, I'll draw one name out of all the correct guesses that are emailed to me. The winner will receive a 70th anniversary edition of the Wizard of Oz DVD, a $30 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of Heart of the Witch. Check out my website for more details: AliciaDean.com
Thanks for stopping by! One lucky commenter will receive a signed copy of Heart of the Witch.
Thanks for blogging with us today, Alicia!