March 16, 2015

Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose - Review/Interview/Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
The Daughters of LaLuna Series
ISBN: 9781476778068

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery. [provided by the author]

I am a fan of M.J. Rose and was happy to jump at the chance to read her newest book coming out. I also got the chance to interview her as well. So be sure to check that out. This book has a lot of mystery and suspense which makes you trying to read as fast as you can so you can see what is going to happen next. It was enjoyable to follow Sandrine on her journey to flee an abusive husband. M.J. Rose does such a great job of taking us round early 19th century Paris. You can tell she does her research. I felt as if I could see the sights, here the sounds and smell the smells along with Sandrine. I suggest this book to you if you are looking for suspenseful story with a little romance thrown in. I look forward to the next book that M.J. has in store for us. 

About the author:

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City
mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum,
the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park
and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.
She believes mystery and magic are all around us
but we are too often too busy to notice…
books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.
Please visit her website, her blog: Museum of Mysteries
Subscribe to her mailing list
Follow her on Facebook and Twitter

When did you know you wanted to be an author and why?
​When I was about eight and read The Secret Garden and learned there was such a thing as an author.
How did you choose this genre?
​It was what I loved to read.
What is one of the most interesting/surprising things you have found in your research for your books?
​That perfume can be made from the seepage of mummies brains.
Who is your favorite author and/or book that you would like to recommend to readers?
​ There are too many too recommend but out right now I'd say C.W. Gortner's Mademoiselle Chanel, Sara Gruen's At The Water's Edge and Steve Berry's The Patriot Threat.​

When you are not writing what do you like to do?
​Visit museums, swim and shop.
Who is  your biggest supporter?
​My husband.
Which famous person living or dead would you like to meet and why?
​Monet, the painter. I admire so much about his life and could live inside his paintings -- they move me to tears.
List five fun facts about yourself?
​I only wear black and my closet looks like I'm a nun.
I'm dyslexic
I was left back in 7th grade.
I hate oatmeal and soft boiled eggs and mayonnaise 
I love romantic comedy movies and can watch my favorites over and over and over.​

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  1. I enjoy reading books by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Acheron is one of my favorites.

  2. thanks for your awesome review. I also enjoyed knowing MJ a bit more through your interview. And the neat thing is Mademoiselle Chanel will be also n tour on France Book Tours in a few days. For your readers:

  3. This book sounds great! Thank you for the review, interview and contest!

  4. Enjoyed the review and MJ Rose interview! another paranormal book I enjoyed...Fire, Burn, Cauldron Bubble, Jolie Witkins Book 1

  5. Great review. Looking forward to reading it. The Green Mile by Stephen King and any book by Susanna Kearsley. Her books are amazing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. I like Jayne Ann Krentz. She also writes historical fiction as Amanda Quick.