Just days hot from World Weaver Press is this New Adult Paranormal Romance novella, THE DEVIL IN MIDWINTER. I’m part of the cover feature blitz going on across blogs. Without further ado:
Isn’t it stunning? Now, I’m not normally a fan of covers with people on them, but the hues of red, green and black capture the glamorous seasonal magic of the blurb.
A handsome stranger, a terrifying monster, a boy who burns and burns…
Mattawa, Washington, is usually a sleepy orchard town come December, until a murder, sightings of a fantastic beast, and the arrival of a handsome new vintner in town kindle twenty-year-old reporter Esme Ulloa’s curiosity—and maybe her passion as well. But the more she untangles the mystery, the more the world Esme knows unspools, until she finds herself navigating a place she thought existed only in storybooks, where dreams come alive, monsters walk the earth and magic is real. When tragedy strikes close to home, Esme finds she must strike back, matching wits with an ancient demon in a deadly game, where everything she values stands to be lost, including the love of her life.
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As part of the tour, author Elise Forier Elie stopped by the blog to talk about the setting of THE DEVIL IN MIDWINTER:
ROMANCE IN THE “OTHER” WASHINGTON
“The Devil in Midwinter” is set in the eastern half of Washington State, in a little, out of the way town called Mattawa, near the Columbia River. Mattawa has two claims to fame (besides being the setting for my new paranormal romance, of course). (1)It is part of the Geoff Mack song “I’ve Been Everywhere,” (“Oklahoma, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma”). (2) It was mentioned in an X-Files episode (Season 1, Episode 17).
In the X-Files story, Mulder and Scully set off for Mattawa to investigate a UFO sighting. Of course, when the episode aired, residents of the tiny town (population 5,000) tuned in to see their Columbia Riverside paradise on the screen…only to find a shot of a drizzly, pine-lined highway in the middle of nowhere.
Um. Newsflash for the makers of the X-files: Mattawa, Washington is not known for its pine trees.
In fact, large swaths of Washington State have no pine trees at all. Ditto for the rain. Yes, it rains a lot on the coast of Washington. But in the thousands of miles that make up the rest of the state, there’s other stuff: mountains, fields, farms, deserts, rivers, snow, sagebrush and lots and lots of orchards. They’re especially gorgeous in springtime, with miles and miles of flowers, pink and white. In cherry season, you can get Rainiers (the pretty yellow and pink ones) cheap in Mattawa, and eat them from the bag like candy. In the fall, you can get the first pick of the Pink Ladies right off the tree. My Washington State smells of sage, sounds like coyotes, and has clear night skies so full of constellations, it’s like an orchard of light up above you, with stars close enough to pluck from the dark.
Don’t get me wrong. I like the west coast of Washington too, with its cities and fish markets, drizzle and mountain views. But the view from the other side of the Cascade Mountains is pretty sweet, too. And it’s easier to see, because of the clear desert air.
In “The Devil in Midwinter,” readers will not find any rainstorms, misty beaches, ferry boats or pine trees. But they will find some seriously romantic settings that include rosy desert mornings and miles of apple blossoms. I hope they enjoy a glimpse of this other Washington, and maybe even become curious enough to visit. If they do, I highly recommend the wines, the rafting, the cowboys and the apples.
About the author: Elise Forier Edie is an author and playwright based in southern California. Recent works include the play “The Pink Unicorn,” which performed at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, a short story, “Leonora,” published in Penumbra magazine and several plays, included in the anthology “Original Middle School Scenes and Monologues,” edited by Kent R. Brown. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is married to actor Keith Edie. When she is not writing, she likes to make quilts and soup, but rarely at the same time. Visit Elise Forier Edie on these sites to follow her or list her as one of your favorite authors: Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter @EliseForierEdie, and http://www.eliseforieredie.com.