Alicia has graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us:
What is your greatest temptation:
In men: I am afraid I like bad boys. Hot, bad boys. I have watched The Vampire Diaries for years, and I was obsessed with Daman Salvatore, until he turned nice. I still thought he was drop-dead gorgeous, but my obsession waned.
In food: Mexican, cheese, Salt & Vinegar chips
In clothes: Sloppy
What is your greatest weakness? I have so many…probably shopping on Amazon, in general, for anything.
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? I’m not a car person, but I suppose I would love to have a Lexus. (Not a car person! Alicia, we need to talk!! LN)
Your dream home – mountains or ocean? I love winter, but I’ll admit I’d love to live on the ocean. So, I guess ocean, but somewhere like Maine.
What inspired you to become a writer? My love of reading, and the fact that stories developed in my mind, of their own free will.
Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, please share. No, not at all. I need a daily writing routine. My goal is to arise two hours earlier than necessary each morning to write. I only sometimes accomplish that goal.
What is your favorite book? Gone with the Wind, although Mystic River and the Harry Bosch series are close seconds.
What is your favorite movie? Gone with the Wind
Who is your favorite historical figure? Honestly, I don’t have one. Odd, right?
In your books, who is your favorite hero and please introduce him? Dimitri Santos in Soul Seducer. He is a Grim Reaper who is nearly three centuries old. He was a bad boy as a human and has spent three centuries trying to atone. I love that he performs the dastardly deed of taking souls to their death, yet he does it with compassion.
Who is your favorite heroine and please introduce her? Monroe Donovan of the Northland Crime Chronicles series. She is a newspaper reporter who is in love with a detective who is married to a psychotic woman. Monroe is caring and ambitious. She’s obsessed with the unsolved murder of her best friend when they were 12 years old.
What do you have out now? Excerpt, blurb, book trailers
Devil’s Promenade: A World of Gothic ~ United States
Amidst a blizzard, paranormal debunker Camille Burditt arrives at Devil’s Promenade in Oklahoma to research a supernatural ‘spook light’ phenomenon for her latest book. There she encounters a ghostly being, which she dismisses as a figment of her imagination. But as the apparition becomes too persistent to deny, Camille realizes the woman’s ghost is quite real—and that her demise was not accidental.
Declan Rush—the inhospitable, reclusive owner of the inn where Camille is staying—is linked to the deceased woman, but he is less than forthcoming. Despite his unfriendliness, Camille is oddly drawn to him, even though she suspects his connection to the spirit might be that of killer to victim.
When another suspicious death occurs, Camille intensifies her investigation. She has precious little time to ferret out the truth. Not only is her book deadline looming—she’s desperate to discover if the man she’s falling for is a murderer.
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Once in my room, I settled into the alcove and wrote late into the night. The legends surrounding the spook light were so numerous, I barely made a dent.
When I could hold my eyes open no longer, I changed into an old, tattered black sleep shirt proclaiming “I Need Coffee” and settled into the massive bed. I sighed with delight. The mattress was so comfortable, I felt as though I’d landed in a vat of marshmallows.
Lying back on the oversized feather pillows, I opened a King book I’d been reading during my travels, wishing I’d snatched one of the classics from the library.
I was semi-engrossed in the story when a rattling sound made me jump. The wind had risen so fiercely, the window vibrated. Beneath that sound was another…the yowling of coyotes? I should have asked Loretta about the identity of the animals I’d heard. Not that it would make much of a difference, except, if it were coyotes instead of dogs, I would limit my outside wanderings to the immediate area around the house.
Another sound—almost like that of a human moan—rose. I yelped and slammed the book closed. Tossing it on the nightstand, I threw back the covers and climbed from the bed. Although not sure I wanted to identify the sound, I hurried to the window, the hardwood floor cold against my bare feet.
I rubbed my arms against the chill, then drew the curtain back and looked outside. Darkness pushed against the glass like a physical being. Snow and a sprinkling of stars made the night only slightly less black. What had I heard? Snow falling? No, that was ice pelting the window. I hadn’t been around snow often, but I knew it didn’t make that kind of sound.
A flash of something bright caught my attention. I pushed closer to the window, my nose practically touching the pane. There, in the corner of the yard next to a bare-branched shrub. A wisp of something…
I grabbed my cell phone and zoomed in. My heart beat in triple time as I looked through the phone camera. A ghostly figure…no other way to describe it. The gauzy essence was in the shape of a person, undefined, yet unmistakable. A woman, it seemed—long hair flowing behind her, the skirt of a dress billowing around her legs.
She seemed to be staring up at the window…
New releases anytime soon? Yes, actually, I have a re-release coming out in October, I believe, of Soul Seducer. And a re-release of a Christmas short story called The Twelfth Day. My current WIP is a new installment of the Martini Club 4 series, titled Pretentious. It will be out in February.
Where can eager fans find you?
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Thanks, Alicia! You’re a good sport, but we really must discuss you car mania deficit.