Curse of Passion
Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
August 12, 2013
The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.
Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.
With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts.
Melissa's Top 5 Favorite Scary TV Shows
Full disclosure: I'm a chicken. I don’t watch a lot of scary movies or TV. I’m selective about the suspense novels I read, too, because, well, I scare easily.
How then, did I come to write not one, but two romantic suspense novels? The love stories! The suspense elements are fascinating to me (Mexican legends-Chupacabra in Sacrifice of Passion and la Llorona in Curse of Passion), but it’s the power of the love stories that I really adored writing.
So, with that disclosure, I’m going to share the scare movies and tv shows that have stuck with me (in no particular order):
- American Horror Story, season 1 (because I haven’t gotten around to season 2 yet)
- The Walking Dead. I don’t have to cover my eyes anymore, and I don’t watch for the zombies. Love the characters, the conflict, the dire circumstances, and Daryl! (YES! Daryl!)
- Twilight Zone. Because, you know, it’s the Twilight Zone. Each episode was freaky.
- The Shining. It was the first scary movie I ever saw and it haunted me for months!
- Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I was a teenager when I first saw it and it totally freaked me out. See, I told you, I’m a wuss.
But actually, you can see from the current shows on my list that I’m more open-minded to the scary now that I’m in my 40s. I still won’t watch the Saw movies, and Friday the 13th will never be my cup of tea, but the zombie apocalypse and haunted Victorian’s? I can get there now.
How about you? Favorite scary TV shows?
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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 with Entangled Publishing, is the founder of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has two romantic suspense novels, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, all to be released in 2012/2013.
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