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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy Tour: Interview & Giveaway

 Hidden Mortality

Maggie Mundy

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Soulmate Publishing

Date of Publication: 6th February 18, 2014

ASIN: B00I911NI0

Number of pages:281
Word Count: 85,000

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Purchase at Amazon

Hidden Mortality will be on sale for .99 throughout the tour.

Book Description:

A witch is murdered in 1850 in a ritual that will grant longevity to four men. What they are not aware of is that she has bestowed the same power to another called Seth to avenge her death.

Cara lives in present day Bristol, and is a descendant of the witch. Having been unlucky in love she fills her days with food with her Irish themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power. 


Cara kept searching but couldn’t find the book she wanted. The assistant at the empty counter smiled politely as she approached.
“I’m looking for a book called Immortality and Witchcraft, Fact or Fiction,” Cara said.
The woman typed the title into her computer. As Cara waited, someone walked up to the other counter beside her. She turned to look. Her world stopped as she met the slate grey gaze of the man staring straight at her. This wasn’t possible. He couldn’t exist. He was just a dream lover. Yet there he was, standing next to her as big as life.
She tried to smile, but it probably came out as more of a grin. He didn’t smile back. Her legs turned to jelly. If she didn’t breathe, she would pass out. She reached out and gripped the counter. One of them had to look away but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Someone was talking to her and the moment was broken.
“Excuse me.”
     “Sorry.” Cara replied, as she forced herself to look at the salesperson. She was afraid if she glanced back, he would be gone. Her imagination must be playing tricks on her.
“It looks like we should have one copy left,” the woman said.
“I think I’m just about to sell it,” the other shop assistant said coming up to the register. “We could order it in for you. It might take a couple of weeks.”
“Please, take my copy.” The man at the other counter held out the book. His voice was deep, exactly as it was in her dreams. She was caught again in his gaze. The world disappeared and for a moment they were the only two people alive locked in the gaze they shared. Her hand went to her chest. She could feel her heart racing at the thought of him being near.
“Thank you, but no I couldn’t. You had the book first.”
           “Please, take it. I have plenty of time to wait for another copy to come in.”
           She found it hard to say no. Perhaps, it was the fact he was about six three and wore grey bike leathers. They added to the effect of making him look powerful. The shaved head and the stubble on his face gave a menacing look, but she wasn’t afraid of him. This wasn’t right. Her life was wild enough without dream lovers becoming real.
           Plus, she wouldn’t want her other dreams to become real as well. She needed to say something, or he would think she was an idiot standing there with her mouth gaping. He held the book out to her. As she took it, her hand touched his. It was such a tiny touch and yet it meant he was real. She felt the heat rising up her neck as she blushed. She also sensed another heat inside her. It was the same way he had made her feel in her dreams.
          “Thanks.” Cara paid for her book and listened as he confirmed his contact details. Seth Scanlon. She had a name. She wasn’t really stalking. Taking another book off a shelf, she flipped through the pages. He glanced her way before he left and caught her gaze once more.
          She couldn’t fool herself. The look he gave her was so intense she felt he was seeing inside her soul. Her breath caught. She shivered although the shop was warm. For a split second, she considered following him and saying he must remember all the times they had made love.
           She could just imagine the expression he would give her. He didn’t know her. She was a stranger. The shop became suffocating as she pulled at the collar of her jumper. She needed to be outside. There was no sign of him on the street. For a moment, she wanted to cry. At this rate, she would give the silly schoolgirls in the shop a run for their money.

About the Author:

Maggie Mundy lives in Adelaide, Australia and is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, and the local chapter SARA (South Australian Romance Authors). She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English at Flinders University. She had a short story published in the RWA Topaz Anthology Little Gems in 2010 called Sea and Vines. Over the past year she has had stories on line with Alfie dog in the UK and Antipodean SF in Australia. She has also performed for many years in corporate entertainment for which she wrote her own sketches, which probably explains why her head is so full of characters. She loves writing romance but thinks falling in love can be scary, especially in her stories where creatures of the night really exist.


I would like to thank Maggie Mundy for stopping by for an author interview and telling us about herself and Hidden Mortality. 

What is your favorite part of the story, Hidden Mortality? 

I love the part when Cara and Seth get intimate for the first time. It should be slow and erotic but they have issues. She has scars from surgery and is self-conscious. His body is scarred as well and he allays her fears. Cara then struggles as she undresses him from his bike leathers and ends up giggling. I wanted it to be real as things don’t always go like the movies.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

Seth. He is the hero and is over six foot tall, well-built and is immortal. I have always seen him as a cross between Kelly Slater and Vin Diesel. Oh did I mention, he is great in bed. On a desert island it might be sex on the beach. Tricky with the sand. I would just have to go for a naked swim with him in the ocean as well. It would be hard but I could suffer for research. We just won’t tell Cara about it.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Cara. My heroine has so much thrown at her but she keeps on going. She is resilient and loyal to her friends. She also has that side of her that doubts her abilities which most of us have. To allow yourself to be vulnerable and yet persist is a great attribute to have.

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

I came to writing late. I wasn’t one of those people who always knew this was what they wanted to do, and had scribbled down stories all their life. I was in my forties and at work one day and thought is this it. What else could I do? By the way I’m an operating room sister. I went to university and did a degree in Drama and English. I loved it and have not stopped writing since. It’s scary to think all these stories were locked away in there and might never have seen the light of day.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Only one, that is so hard. I have to say Sarah Dunant. I read her book The Birth of Venus and was blown away. You would get to the end of a page and take a deep breath and say to yourself. How did she do that? I was lucky enough to meet her at a writer’s festival and she was lovely.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am writing the second book in The Earthbound Trilogy. The first book World Change is out next month. The second book is called World Apart.
World Change. Clare gets transported from present day Florence to an alternate world, one that looks like fourteenth century Italy. The only way back is through a portal half a world away, plus the local High priestess wants her dead, and the only one she can trust is a vampire called Trevi. He is the only one who exits in this world, and she knows more about what he is than he does. He is hard to resist, especially when he saves her life. Trevi can take her home but he is keeping one big secret. She will have to be like him to survive the journey through the portal back to her world making a myth a reality.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading the The Blackdagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I am really loving them. Who wouldn’t love these gorgeous vampires with their tattoos, black leather, buff bodies and daggers? She is one of the few authors who have made me cry when reading their work.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you. I am new to the writing world and still humbled by the fact that someone takes the time to read my work. I love it when people get attached to characters and say that they could identify with them. Hopefully not the murderous sides but definitely the sexy aspect. When I write I am going on the journey with my characters and love it that others want to go there too. Yet again a big thank you.

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