Monday, April 13, 2015

Interview and Giveaway: Never Cross A Warlock by Marilyn Vix

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I’m Marilyn Vix. I’m a paranormal romance novelist. I’ve been writing romance for almost 2 years now. I love characters that like to take on the world, but have some fault that messes it up for them. I love to travel. I’ve been to Munich, Paris, London, Sydney, and Las Vegas. I love using places I’ve visited as settings.

I also write erotica romance shorts (eroms) under the pen name, Lynda Belle. I’ve got some spicy shorts with rockstars and Scottish lords. Again, a lot of my past experiences such as participating in Renaissance Fairs and working at a radio station influence my stories. I love using my experiences to add to my ebooks.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My newest ebook is called Never Cross A Warlock. It’s the last in the Beware of Warlocks series. Catherine Banks will finally face her husband in the final spell battle divorce for witches. She ends up having a confrontation with the best friend that slept with her husband and deciding if she is going to choose Jeff for the long-term haul. I took into account of what many of my readers were telling me they wanted to see in the last book. I am hoping that I put everything in that they asked for, and more.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

My main characters are based a lot on me. Most writers will do this. There are fictional aspects to make her a little different, but a lot of her experiences come from my own life. People in my life inspire characters too. Catherine’s best friend, Cassandra, is inspired by several of my best friends. Jeff is inspired by my husband. I lived in Australia for several weeks, and loved it there. All the men were hot. So, it was a no brainer to make my lead man Australian.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Sometimes I see a theme in my stories, usually after the first draft is written. I’ll go back and add reading clues later to bring them out during the revision process. But often, I let the characters tell me what they want to say. I’ll get my message from them.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you? 

My day job. You might not expect it. But I’m keeping it a secret. I’d rather leave you guessing.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

Yes. In my off time, I participate in Renaissance Fairs and Scottish Games in Northern California. I play the Gaelic Harp. My guilty pleasure is wine which I learned from my great uncle. Plus, I live in California. It’s a no brainer to enjoy the wine here. There are too many fabulous wineries to pass up. My biggest guilty pleasure is going to the spa. My favorite is in the town of Calistoga near Napa. The specialty is mud baths in the area. Best place on Earth for a mud bath.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

 A classic book I wished I’d written was “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. I read that book thinking; I want to write that well. I’m so looking forward to the sequel coming out in June.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Right now, Catherine Banks is my favorite. I so wanted to be a witch growing up with secret powers. I loved watching “Bewitched” as a kid. I used to go around and wiggle my nose with my finger like Tabatha. But since I couldn’t be a witch, I made up who I wanted to be. Next best thing.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

This is the last book in the Beware of Warlocks series, but not the end of the world I’ve created. I’m working on a new series with Catherine’s friend, Cassandra. She’s going to be a mortal flung into this world of witches and the undead. I want to see what kind of trouble I can get her into.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’m working on a Time Travel/Historical Romance that I’m nearing completion on. It’s called “Everything For Love” and starts in 1899 Paris. I used to live in Paris. So, it was fun to finally write a story that takes place there. It moves later to 1914 London. The research has been a lot of fun. I’m hoping to get it through the process soon with my editor. Hopefully, by the end of the year it will be released.

What book are you reading now? 

I have a huge list on Goodreads for this. That site really keeps my reading organized. I’ve been reading a lot of Doreen Virtue’s books since I’ve been going through a lot of health issues recently. Her books are helping me keep a positive attitude, and concentrate on healing. Plus, I do a lot of reading of other paranormal romance. I love Vivi Anna, Bella Andre, and Anne Rice. Anne Rice is my favorite author. I’ve been reading Prince Lestat, and I’m so excited she’s got her Vampire Chronicles again.

Thank you for having me. It was good to be here, and share some of my secrets. –Marilyn Vix

Never Cross A Warlock
Beware of Warlocks
Book 3
Marilyn Vix

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Shadowcat Publishing

Date of Publication: March 25, 2015

ISBN: 9781310845635

Number of pages: approx. 45 pages
Word Count: 15,000

Cover Artist: Melody Simmons

Book Description:

Can two warlocks be too many?

Yes, if one happens to be your ex-husband trying to kill you for a witch divorce.

The other, a sexy Aussie that makes you forget all the rest.

That’s Catherine Bank’s warlock problem. She will have to choose between the two of them. Will she marry either, or end it all in a spell battle that will bring Las Vegas to its knees. Only time will tell.

No one knows the mind of a witch better than herself. Unless, she falls in love.

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Excerpt 2 From Chapter 3 of Never Cross A Warlock

I slid out of my bar chair faster than I’d ever made an exit. I had to regroup. Nothing like a quiet bathroom stall to clarify your thoughts.
I made it through the bathroom door and stumbled into an empty stall. Sitting on the toilet, a stream of tears burst forth. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I let it happen. Nothing like a good purge to get some sense back into a girl. Was I really ready for a life with Jeff? I felt the soul binding telling me he was the one to stick it out through thick and thin. But then, I thought so with Rich, too. But he’d never done the soul-binding spell. Just the marriage spell, and then we went on a shopping spree, buying houses, cars, and anything else that he thought my money, and now his, could buy. I was so stupid. He was such a cock suck up.
I heard a knock on my stall door. “You okay in there?”
I snuffled, using some toilet paper to clean up the snot from my nose.
“Yeah. Men suck.” I wouldn’t say warlocks. This was a mixed club.
“I agree with you there, girl. Just let me know if you need something.”
I blew my nose a couple of times, wiping off any excess, then stood, straightened my dress, and flushed all the tissue down the toilet. There. My man tears were spent. Time to move on and try to make a decision. I opened the stall door and saw the attendant ready to hand me a towel.
I added a quick “Thank you” before dabbing at my streaked make-up. I was going to have to do some reapplying.
“Sometimes this is the best place to come and let it all out, dear,” added the attendant.
“I’m totally embarrassed,” I said as I tried to make something out of my raccoon eyes. I’d just gone old-fashioned tonight. No added spells instead of make-up. I liked going all natural, as I called it. I really didn’t need spell enhancing, and was proud of that. Not every witch could claim to have a spell-free appearance. I started going through my purse for items to reapply and make better the mess on my face. My brown hair kept flopping in front of my eyes. It was getting distracting.
“Don’t be. I get a lot of woman crying out their man problems in here.”
“Hear any good solutions?” I started to reapply some liner, giving up on the mascara. I figured just adding more base and rouge would make me presentable again.
“Yes. Most of the answers involve kicking the scoundrels out of their lives, or forgiving them. I’m guessing one of those options might fit yours.”
“It does in one case.” I laughed. Throwing Rich out of my life would seem fit, if I lived through his retaliation. “I think getting rid of him is the best option.” I smiled at the thought of it.
“Oh, girl, two men. That’s always a problem.” The attendant smiled, leaving me to my make-up repairs. Just then, a toilet flushed and the stall opened. In the mirror, I recognized the woman exiting. It was Cassandra.
I wasn’t sure how much she’d heard. She came up to the sink next to me, rinsing her hands. My lips pursed, and I tried to play it coy. I looked in the mirror to touch up my rouge, but I saw my cheeks were plenty red without it. Maybe she wouldn’t notice it was me.
“Cat?” Her voice actually sounded surprised.
Shit. “Cassandra?”

About the Author:

Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don't fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to share her experiences with her readers. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as possible. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.

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