Thursday, September 8, 2016

Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez Giveaway & Interview

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Here Comes the Witch by Ani Gonzalez. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 7 till 20 September. You can see the tour schedule here.

Here Comes the WitchHere Comes The Witch (Main Street Witches #1)
by Ani Gonzalez
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 7 September, 2016

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Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?

You can find Here Comes The Witch on Goodreads

Ani GonzalezAbout the Author:
I write paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty funny heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find magic, love and laughter and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Minneapolis suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband and three children and I'm still trying to adjust to the cold..


Where are you from? I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s the land of the chupacabras, which is probably why I’m so interested in urban legends, magic and folklore. I lived in Northern Virginia for a long time and recently moved to Minneapolis.

Tell us your latest news? I’m releasing Here Comes the Witch, the first book in my new paranormal cozy mystery series, Main Street Witches. The book is a spin-off from my haunted town romance series, Banshee Creek, and I’m very excited about it. It has ghosts, romance and legends, like the Banshee Creek stories, but with more mystery and magic.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing the Banshee Creek series five years ago.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I published the first Banshee Creek book, Must Love Ghosts, last year. It was a huge milestone for me.

What inspired you to write your first book? I was driving through the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Northern Virginia and I loved the legend of the Irish ghost chasing the hapless farmer through the hills (“reeks” means hills in Gaelic). That gave me the idea for a small town where strange and wonderful things happen. I changed the name of the town, though. I thought “creek” sounded better (not to mention less stinky).

Do you have a specific writing style? I use a lot of humor and snark in my writing. I also put in a lot detail and worldbuilding. I like to surprise my readers. My fans have gotten used to arcane Egyptian rituals and obscure cryptozoology facts. They know they won’t get the typical vampires and werewolves in my books.

How did you come up with the title? It’s a witchy pun on “here comes the bride.” My protagonist, Kat Ramos, has to get married in order to break an ancient curse. After the wedding, she realizes that things are a little more complicated than she expected and she will have to embrace her sorcerous heritage in order to solve the mystery of the Hagen House.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? If you find your own magic, you can do anything. That’s the common thread in all of my books. They all feature spunky heroines with big dreams. And the girls all figure out a way to make those dreams come true. Kat is a jewelry designer and she wants to open her own store in Manhattan. She agrees to marry Liam Hagen and break the family curse in order to get the money to make her dream come true. She didn’t expect a vengeful ghost to be part of the deal, but she figures out a way to deal with it and gets her jewelry shop at the end.

How much of the book is realistic? There are a lot of supernatural happenings in the book, but the core of the series is the town and the relationships between the quirky townspeople. Those are very realistic. My characters tend to be small business owners and they’re all very committed to their shops, their families, and their one-of-a-kind community. The magic and mayhem in the book is balanced by the town dynamics. People have bills to pay, businesses to take care of, and family problems. Banshee Creek is like any other small town, just with a lot of ghosts and monsters.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? It’s all based on real life. The Hagen Hose is based on an old house in Puerto Rico called La Giralda. It’s a beautiful mansion with gorgeous trees. The main character, Kat Ramos, is based on my cousin, who is a jewelry designer. Banshee Creek is based on my grandparents’ hometown in Puerto Rico, Aibonito.

What books have most influenced your life most? Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Agatha Christie’s mysteries, and small town romance writers like Jill Shalvis and Sheryl Woods. If you put those all together, you get my various Banshee Creek series.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I think Zoe York, Lindsay Buroker, Rachel Aaron, Kristen Painter, and Marie Force are amazing mentors. They inspire me every day. 

What book are you reading now? My ereader is full of Halloween books now. As you may expect, this is my favorite reading season. I’m on a paranormal regency kick right now so I’m really looking forward to the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series and the Under Your Spell box set.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Barb Taub (Null City series) and Becca Andre (Final Formula series) are both new-to-me authors that I’m passionate about. They write amazing urban fantasy series with creative worldbuilding. I recently discovered Ann Brooklyn’s paranormal regencies (Scandals with Bite), and I love the way she married true period detail with paranormal traditions. I also love SJ Pajonas’ Miso Cozy mystery series. I’m a big Haruki Murakami fan, and I adore the way she weaves Japanese culture into her plot.

What are your current projects? I’m starting the fourth Main Street Witches book, A Very Merry Witchmas. I love holiday books, so I’m really psyched about this one. Kat enters the Banshee Creek Solstice Cookie Contest and finds that murder and baked good don’t go well together, so I get to research lots of yummy recipes.
What would you like my readers to know? They can try out Banshee Creek for FREE by signing up for my newsletter-exclusive Ghost Hunters After Dark series. It follows Banshee Creek’s resident paranormal investigations team, PRoVE, as they travel the world looking for ghosts and monsters (and finding romance along the way). 

You can find and contact Ani here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Newsletter

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Here Comes the Witch. These are the prizes you can win:
- Custom Jewelry (US Only)
- a 25$ amazon gift card (International)

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