Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An interview with a ghost! A sexy, sexy ghost!

Welcome, one and all! Help yourselves to some treats and beverages and pull up a carpet square because we have something truly exciting in store!

Once upon a time, one of my very best friends in the world wrote a story called Paramour. That story went on to become her first published work and my favourite piece of fiction ever. There are dozens of reasons why I loved that story, the main one being Frank. He’s a dead-sexy ghost with an attitude, and my forever character crush.

Margaret Ethridge is the author behind Paramour. Here’s the blurb:

Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she's been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom's previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed. 

Caustic and cranky, Frank has one soft spot—Cam. Over the years, their feelings for one another have evolved from grudging friendship to an enduring love that burns white-hot until Frank puts his feelings for Cam on ice.

When she suffers the loss of her beloved father, Cam returns home to say good-bye, and confront her feelings for Frank. She finds an unexpected shoulder to lean on in neighbor, Bradley Mitchum. Cam falls hard and fast for the handsome ad man’s charming smile and passionate nature, but Brad’s easy-going exterior masks a steely backbone tempered by adversity.

Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Now Cam must determine if her heart is strong enough to choose which dream could lead to a love that will last a lifetime.

Being the generous person that she is, Margaret has unleashed Frank for a day (Squeeee!) to let me have my way with him. I mean, to answer some of my burning questions. So without further ado, let us begin the undressing, er, interview....

1. Frankie-baby, if you could haunt anyone in the world for one day, who would you choose? I’ve been haunting Cam for over twenty-five years. Why would I want to haunt someone else? She was enough of a pain in the ass.

2. Favourite song and why? I can tell you it’s not that stupid ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ crap. Saw Metallica in concert a couple years ago. They were pretty awesome. That’s where I got this shirt. There was a new Bon Jovi song I heard a few times. Something about living on a prayer. I liked that, but I don’t know if I have a favorite.

3. Who would win in a boxing match, you or pretty boy Brad?  You’re kidding, right? The guy colors cartoons for a living.

4. Favourite famous ghost? Are there famous ghosts? What the hell kind of question is that?

5. If you could die all over again, how would you choose to meet your maker? You ask some weird questions. I guess I’d die in my sleep. When I’m old. Maybe while having sex. Yeah, that would be the best way to go. I wanna die having sex.

6. Captain von Trapp first started loving Fraulein Maria that night at the dinner table when she sat on that ridiculous pinecone. When did you first start loving Cam? Are you high? Who are Vaughn Trap and Frowning Maria? As for loving Cam, that’s none of your damn business. And it doesn’t matter, does it? I’m dead. D-E-A-D.

Quick and dirty questions:

Boxers or briefs? Um, briefs. I died in 1987. No one wore boxer shorts but their grandpa. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. I took the Pepsi Challenge too. Never could figure out why that was a big deal. Not hard to tell them apart.
Pancakes or waffles? Waffles. Pancakes get too soggy.
Baked or fried? Do you mean food, or are you asking? I think you might be a little bit of both.
Love or money? Well, that’s a tough one. I probably woulda said money if I was still alive, but dying kind of changes your perspective on things, you know? So, yeah. Love.

Bonus question: Would you date me? Uh, I’m still dead. You know that, right?

Hands off! Frank is mine! Yeah, he's a little rough around the edges, but he's snarky and sexy and he prefers Pepsi to Coke. So basically we're MFEO. Thanks so much to Margaret and Frank for the fantastic interview!

You can get Paramour as part of the Enchanted Lover boxed set available now for only $0.99! Seven books for less than a buck! Even cranky Frankie has to like that!

Don’t call me Frankie.

Ahem. Yeah. Okay. Sorry about that.

Here’s the scoop:

Enchanted Lover
Tales of Everlasting Love

Seven Novels of Mystical, Magical and Paranormal Romance

PARAMOUR by Margaret Ethridge (ghost)
Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she's been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom's previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed.

ENTRANCED by Maddie James (time travel, reincarnation)
Jack and Claire set out on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness--the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard's skull.

MYSTIC THUNDER by JC Wardon (witch, mystic)
Millennia of tempestuous ancestral history forewarn Rayne Cavanaugh to hide her ability to communicate with ghosts. But-- When the nephew of the man she just can't resist goes missing in the mountains of Mystic Waters, West Virginia, she must decide between self-preservation and love.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME by Cheryl Norman (time travel)
When Stacy Webber travels to Germany for her best friend's wedding, she loses more than her luggage and purse. She lands in a different time, fifty years ago, with no idea how to return to her world.

TIMELESS by Jan Scarbrough (psychic, ghost, reincarnation)
When Beth Abbott receives a surprise inheritance from her birth mother, she travels to the family's nineteenth century mansion in Old Louisville, KY, now a bed and breakfast. There she meets the resident ghost, a little girl whose crying not only scares, but also intrigues guests.

MAN OF HER DREAMS by Cat Shaffer (dreams, parallel times)
Jessi Flint has a perfectly good life with a successful business and the perfect man. So, he's only in her dreams...until her flaky assistant goes to a New Age fair and Jessi suddenly begins receiving gifts with love notes signed by a mysterious Damian.

ALMOST MAGIC by J.M. Kelley (magic, witch, gifts)
When it came to Vivian Burroughs' unique connection with nature, her grandmother always said, 'Mediocrity may not burn as bright as a firecracker, but it seldom blows up in your face.' But the old woman never advised her on what to do when a sexy new neighbor stokes the flames of attraction.

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  1. I love Frank! Despite his love of Pepsi...

    Loved the questions and his smartass replies!

  2. Ha! Thank you. He has a few flaws, but overall he's a pretty great guy. For a ghost. :-)

  3. Thanks for the clarification about the "D-E-A-D" thing, Sometimes Evelyn is a little slow about stuff like that. It's well known that she'd date any guy with a pulse, and in your case, I guess she'd be willing to disregard even that tiny little detail. It's also refreshing to hear from someone who remembers when boxers weren't cool AT ALL. Don't ever lose your snark, Frank!