Book Review and Interview: The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian

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Synopsis:

She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.

For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.

Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.

She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.

With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.

About the Author:

Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

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Interview with Mimi Sebastian:

Tell us about your publishing journey.

I started taking online classes and met some great authors who provided motivating encouragement to submit my manuscript. I queried some agents first. Got rejections. I joined the local RWA chapter and made some great friends. Focused on writing my second book. Then decided to query directly to some small publishers and was picked up by ImaJinn. I’m very happy with going with a smaller, independent publisher. It’s the right path for this point in my life and writing career. They are very supportive.

Who is your favourite authors and why?

Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz. Ray Bradbury is such a beautiful writer. Horror writers are good with creating mood and atmosphere because that’s an important part of imparting the fear. I try to incorporate that in my Urban Fantasy, I mean, we are talking about zombies and other supernatural beings. I recently read some Lisa Gardner and think she does an amazing job with writing suspense. I also read lots of comics and think Matt Fraction is a great writer. He’s currently writing a wonderful new comic series Hawkeye.

What was the last book you read?

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher.

 What advice would you give to inspiring writers?

Writing is a bi-polar endeavor. One day, you can be on the best writing high and the next day, completely in the dumps. It’s okay to take breaks when you need it, but just keep writing, and try to find other writers to connect with. They will understand what you are going through. And when you’ve finished a manuscript and decide to query or whatever path you take, start another book, so you don’t obsess over rejections.

What made you pick the genre you write in?

I think Urban Fantasy chose me J. But I’ve always been fascinated by the strange and unusual and like exploring how supernatural characters deal with living in the “normal” world and how being supernatural gives that person glimpses into the strange and unusual, which I love. I also write pirate historical romance because I love pirates and seafaring adventure.

Which of your characters in Necromancer’s Seduction is most like you?

Probably Ruby, which is kind of scary. Not because she’s a necromancer, LOL. I think lots of things about our psyches slip into our writing and characters without us really knowing. I’m a bit of an introvert and I see some of that in Ruby and how she relates to the other characters.

 Which character would you not like to meet in a dark alley?

Any one of my zombies.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Sometimes it’s just getting those creative juices flowing. I have to fit writing in between work, taking care of family and household, so I sometimes only have an hour or two at a time and it can be hard to jump start the muse.

Do you find it difficult writing love scenes?

Yes and no. Sometimes it’s challenging coming up with creative words beyond thrust, etc., but each of my sex scenes has an emotion driving it, depending on where the characters are coming from or what state their relationship is in. It can be angry sex, or sex for the sake of asserting dominance, or fulfilling some need. I like finding that emotional state to frame the sex scene.

If you could raise the dead – which deceased famous faces would you rise and why?

I’d love to see Bob Marley play live so I’d bring him back. Mark Twain, because we need a brilliant satirist in our world right now.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series – before her books descended into random wanton sex for the sake of it. Mimi creates a wonderful character in Ruby who takes on supernatural journey that is definitely open for another book. The sex scenes are classy and carefully placed and some of the zombie descriptions are not only gross buy amusing; for example ‘Damn these zombies and their Lego body parts!’

From a writer’s perspective there wasn’t any new plot points in there, no real surprises – but hey, that’s okay. There’s not much more than can be done with paranormal romance, as it’s such a popular genre and there are so many books out there right now. It jumped in a few places, but I was reading a Galley, so I put that down to it being an un-corrected proof. The Necromancer’s Seduction may not be revolutionary in concept, but what it does do, it does extremely well.

The front cover is romantic and sensual and really does capture the essence of the book. Although not enough that you’d be embarrassed reading it on a train!

I’ve always thought necromancers are one of the more forgotten about paranormal characters, so I do relish the fact that there is now another series out there to read.

4 out of 5 stars – if you’re a paranormal romance fan – pick up this book. It’s a solid read that keeps your eyes on the page. But beware! If you try to put it down, it will rise back up and devour your reading time!

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