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Friday, April 5, 2013

"Seduction" by M.J. Rose~Author Interview & Necklace Contest!!

SYNOPSIS: From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.


Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Atria Books
Hardcover; 384p
ISBN-10: 1451621507


M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a co

mmercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing compa
ny for authors -

Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her
WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.



Welcome M. J., and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for your many fans on our blog today.  I especially appreciate this opportunity. 

1) First of all, please tell us a special something about what makes you “tick.”  When you aren’t writing, what are you doing? (Aside from being a dad/mom)


No dad or momJ I’m pretty boring – what makes me tic is work though. I love to read and watch movies and travel and cook. But when I’m not writing I’m usually running AuthorBuzz.com which is the ad agency I own.


2) You chose a specific genre, a place and time to write about, what made you choose it?

Because it fascinated me. I love to write about what I want to learn about.


3) Bronte or Austen?  Hemingway or Hawthorne?  Why?

All of them really. I wouldn’t know how to choose. Each was such a wonderful storyteller with such a great voice and so good at evoking a time and place and world to escape into.


4) In your opinion, what makes a book a great one?

If you can’t stop turning the pages makes a book good – if when its over you can’t stop thinking about it  - it’s very good and if you want to re-read it – it’s great.


5) Which author(s) most influenced your love of books from childhood?

Frances Hodgson Burnett.


6) Read any good books in the past 6 months?

Yes, so many.

The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss, Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell, The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers, The Lost Wife by Alyson Richmond and The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

7) Choose 4 guests from any era for dinner.  Who would they be and what would you choose for a topic of conversation?


Monet, Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe and Daphne Du Maurier and the topic would be yearning.


8) Which of your characters is most like you?

None of them that I am aware of – I really write to get away from me.


9) If you could cast your book for a movie, who would you choose?

I’m so bad at this – I never can answer it because my characters are too real to me.


10) Worst habit you have?

I worry.


11) How much research did you do before and during writing?

Endless. I researched the book for a full year before writing it and kept researching the whole time.


12) Psychologists tell us the thing we think we’d most like to grow up to be when we’re ten years old is our avocation.  What did you want to be?


A writer and a painter.
No wonder your books are so fascinating, Ms Rose, you are, too!  I would love to sneak into that dinner party in particular.  Thank you for taking time to be with us today.
For more on her book "Seduction" and to read my recent review click here:  http://abookishlibraria.blogspot.com/2013/02/seduction-by-m-j-rose.html

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To win this beautiful Victorian choker reminiscent of "Seduction"

1. Put the book on your To Be Read shelf on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15802432-seduction

-You must leave me your email to confirm so I can check your Goodreads


- If you pre-order SEDUCTION, please send your receipt to mjrosewriter@gmail.com.

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