Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A Dressmaker’s Mystery
All the Cassidy women possess special gifts. Harlow Jane Cassidy's is creating beautiful dresses. But she's about to discover secrets in her own family and another gift-one that can reach beyond the grave....
When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But soon after she opens Buttons & Bows, a custom dressmaking boutique in the old farmhouse she inherited, Harlow begins to feel an inexplicable presence....
One of her first clients is her old friend Josie, who needs a gown for her upcoming wedding. But when Josie's boss turns up dead, it starts to look as if the bride-to-be may be wearing handcuffs instead of a veil. Suddenly, Josie needs a lot more from Harlow than the perfect dress. Can Harlow find the real killer-with a little help from beyond?
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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, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense novels to be released in 2012.
ONE STITCH, TWO STITCH,
RED STICH, BLUE STICH
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
MELISSA: Not nearly as often as I’d like! Time is short these days. 5 kids, a job as marketing director for Entangled Publishing ( http://entangledpublishing.com ), teaching, and writing means little time for unwinding with a good book. But I try to read every night before bed, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
ANGI: What's your favorite fairy tale?
MELISSA: I grew up loving Cinderella, but of the modern day Disney fairy tales, I love Mulan. I adore strong female characters who aren’t afraid to kick butt!
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
MELISSA: I’ve never been a huge cartoon fan, but always liked Wilma Flintstone!
ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
MELISSA: Willie, Waylon, and the boys, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and anything that puts you in a down home country mood!
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
MELISSA: The crashing waves of the ocean. We moved from Northern California to North Texas 3 years ago and the ocean is one of the things I miss the most.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
MELISSA: Fairy Tale, although I love me some Indiana Jones and Harry Potter, but I guess those have fairy tale elements, don’t they? ;)
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
MELISSA: I wrote a story in a college creative writing class about a stolen car and fingerless gloves. My teacher’s comment was to write about what you know. Little did he know that the story was true! ( http://misaramirez.com/about/)
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
MELISSA: That’s a tough one! It used to be Gone With the Wind. It might still be, although that’s partly due to the memories that go along with it. I love The Joy Luck Club. And I’m a sucker for fun romantic comedies.
ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
MELISSA: Writing a story is absolutely easier for me! I need time to think and process!
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Hey Melissa, I’d love to hear about your favorite scene from PLEATING FOR MERCY.
MELISSA’S GOTTA ANSWER: Hmm, I think one of my favorite scenes is Lola chasing down Thelma Louise, her grandmother’s feisty Nubian Goat. Thelma Louise is on the cover of the book and ended up playing a fun bit part in the book. She reprises her role in book 2, A FITTING END, which will be out in February.
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Sure... a copy of PLEATING FOR MERCY!
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?TODAY’S FAN QUESTION?
Have you ever used tape or staples to temporarily hem pants or another article of clothing?
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