Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Author Interview: Kirsten Weiss, author of The Infernal Detective

Hey there! Author, Kirsten Weiss recently launched Book #4, in the Riga Hayworth Series, The Infernal Detective.  I had a chance to chat with her about her latest so gather around and get the inside info about this hot paranormal romance series.
Please welcome, Kirsten!

Mina:  I understand this is Book 4 in your series and it’s a stand alone, can you tell us a bit about the series and about Riga.

Kirsten: Riga Hayworth is a metaphysical detective who looks almost identical to the forties actress, Rita Hayworth – and this is something of a mixed blessing. Her magic goes haywire, and over the course of the books she struggles to figure out what’s changed, and how to deal with it. Her familiar, a stone gargoyle named Brigitte, has lots of opinions on the matter. But Riga, who’s a bit stubborn, is trying to forge her own path.

Mina:  Oh, I love Rita Hayworth too. What an icon! And the story sounds amazingly hip & different. What other new paranormal mystery/urban fantasy would you compare your novel to?

Kirsten:  Hm… Tough question. It’s a bit different from the other books I’ve read in the genre, with young witches or wizards finding their way. Riga is in her early forties, so she’s a bit world weary, and doesn’t take any garbage. This makes her really fun to write.

Mina: What age range would you suggest to read this book or the series?

Kirsten: Probably twenty and up. There’s some violence, but it’s not gratuitous. And I’m fairly coy with the sex scenes. I’d probably give the series a PG-13 rating.

Mina: What is the one thing about yourself that you want your readers to know?

Kirsten: I spent over twelve years living and working in developing countries, where I saw some really crazy situations. They tend to find their way into my book, details changed to protect the guilty!

Mina:  What authors inspired you to write?

Kirsten: Carolyn Keene, who doesn’t really exist, but she’s the name of the collective that wrote the original Nancy Drew series. I was reading them when I was five, and they made a big impact on me. Initially, I wanted to be a girl detective, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that wasn’t feasible and I quickly landed on being a mystery writer.

Mina: LOL. That's cute. What other novels are you writing?

Kirsten: I’m working on Book five of the Riga Hayworth series, as well as a new paranormal mystery series featuring Rocky Bridges, a female security consultant. I’m also working on a steampunk YA.

Mina: Cool & I love steampunk. Hey, I always like to ask this next question. What’s your favorite recipe? 

Kirsten: My youngest sister invented an amazing coconut and cinnamon-chip scone recipe. I think it’s the only recipe she’s ever invented, but it is fantastic. Hm… Maybe I’ll make some this weekend!

Mina: Tell us the last book you read.

Kirsten: Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti. It’s the sequel to the zombie thriller, Plague Town. Dana is in my Sisters in Crime writing group and she’s a great writer and a remarkable person.

Mina: Do you have any advice to other authors?

Kirsten: Keep writing, and recognize that what you write will never be perfect and this provides you an opportunity, if you’ll allow it, to learn and grow.

Mina: Excellent advice! And now take a look at a snippet & a sample chapter of The Infernal Detective?

Riga checked her watch.
It was thirteen o’clock, and her feet hurt.
She’d never liked high heels, shouldn’t have worn the over-priced, strappy black pumps. Riga had been almost relieved when one of the heels snapped, relieved for the excuse to slip upstairs, relieved to escape.

A roar of laughter, punctuated by shattering glass. On the stairway, Riga winced, the relief evaporating. A week to the wedding and she’d already begun to feel proprietary about his things, their new lake house. But the crash was likely only a wine glass, and Donovan – they – could afford it…

Frowning, she looked again at her watch.
Nine forty-seven.
Riga rubbed her eyes. She had imagined the thirteen o’clock. It wasn’t an omen, a portent.

She limped up the steps, dangling the broken pump from one hand, the other hand grasping the hem of her gown, a sweep of formfitting black lace. She looked damn good in it, but the dress was a fraction too long for her five-foot-six form, and she’d been stumbling over the hem all night.

At the top of the steps, she walked down the wood-plank hallway to a tall door swagged with holly. She pressed her forehead against the wood, and released her hold on the dress. Riga shut her eyes. Inhaled the scent of Christmas garlands and wood polish.

Thirteen o’clock.
It had been a trick of the light, a trick of her brain.
It wasn’t magic. Not here. Not so close to her wedding.

You can find The Infernal Detective for via Amazon here. Kirsten can be found via her website and on twitter @RigaHayworth.
Mina B.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ISWG: Express Yourself

I'm back on track with Insecure Writers Support Group.  I missed last month due to work and family conflicts.  Special thanks to Alex for creating and hosting this monthly meme. I also want to thank Alex's co-hosts this month:  Nancy ThompsonMark Koopmans and Heather Gardner

I won't bemoan the To Do list for my book for my IWSG post.  I'm getting there so I'm thankful for that.  For IWSG I decided to post something I saw on College Humor that had me rolling.  I thought I'd share with you to maybe lighten your day or mood.

8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need


Although they all are pretty darn funny, my favorite is the Mockwotation Marks.  Do you have a favorite?

Mina B.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Updates & Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Well I'm embarrassed that I've neglected to post and have ignored my friends this past month.  It couldn't be helped though.  Between work and family, life hit me in full force.  That said, I'll do my best to get back into the swing again this month.

JulNoWriMo:  First off, anyone participating in July Novel Writing Month?  I'm going to try but I fear I may be off to a bad start.  For those interested, that's a whopping 1600+ words per day.  Are my writer buddies up for the task?  Let me know if your in.

ISWG:  Insecure Writers Support Groups is scheduled for Wednesday so I'm looking forward to that.  I could use some support lately.  Keep your fingers crossed that my book releases this month.  I've had a heck of a time crossing all the items off on my self-pub To Do list so please bare with me.

Guest posts & author interviews:  If you're looking to promote your book and need some help, please drop me an email.  I'll be happy to work with you on a post.  My schedule won't allow me to review books though, but I can still promote authors.  :)

Giveaways:  Since I've been remiss with my blogging duties, I haven't given away any free sh** in some time, so without further delay, it's time for the...

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Mary at Book Hounds and Kathy at I am a Reader Not a Writer  are hosting this year's Freedom hop.  *waves to the blogger babes*  Hi, girls.  Thanks for hosting one of my fav hops.

Summer is here and nothing's better than enjoying the summer months with a good book.  My free sh** fairy is on vaca so you'll have to be satisfied with a Amazon GC.  What can I say?  My fairy has turned into a lazy a** fairy. I'm giving away to one (1) lucky winner a free $10 Amazon gift card.  

To enter my Freedom to Read Hop...

You MUST be a follower of my blog and MUST fill out this entry form.

Extra entries:
+2 Like me on Facebook/AuthorMinaBurrows
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Again, the giveaway starts at 12:01 AM EST on Tues. July 2nd and runs through July 9th midnight. Contest is open to International participants.

Check out who else is participating. Visit Book Hounds and Kathy at I am a Reader Not a Writer and hop on by.

Update:  Congrats to Jessica B. for winning the FRGH.  The winner was chosen by the reputable Random.org and has been notified via email.  They have 72 hours to respond.    

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Thanks for participating!  Happy 4th!

Mina B.