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The Witch of Painted Sorrows Blog Tour: Author Interview with M.J. Rose

Posted on 06/30/2015 in Author Interview, Blog Tour / 3 Comments

  Welcome to my stop on The Witch of Painted Sorrows Blog Tour!  Today, I am featuring a Q&A with the author, M.J. Rose.

Q: Who is your favorite Disney princess, and why? A: Cinderella because she said “Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.”   Q: What’s your favorite song from the 90s?

  Q: What superpower would you like to have and how would you use it to make the world better? A: I’d like to turn back time and I’d try to stop global warming.   Q: A zombie apocalypse is upon us!  Choose one weapon: saran wrap, a pair of maracas, or a replica Harry Potter wand? A: Harry Potter Wand.   Q: If you aren’t writing, you are ____ (fill in the blank) A: Worrying.   Q: Speaking of writing, what’s the hardest part of the writing process for you? A: Stopping and turning it in.   Q: If you could be any character for a day (yours or someone else’s), who would you pick and why? A: Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden… so I could spend the day in the garden   Q: What’s your favoritest book quote ever?

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. (- From The Great Gatsby)

  Q: What would you name your pet unicorn if you had one? A: Diaglev   Q: What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked? A: If I was a phone sex operator.  

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About the book

The Witch of Painted Sorrows Blog Tour: Author Interview with M.J. RoseThe Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Series: The Daughters of La Lune #1
Published by Atria Books on 3/17/2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
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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.

Praise for The Witch of Painted Sorrows

This bell époque thriller is a haunting tale of obsessive passions.” —People Magazine Provocative, erotic, and spellbindingly haunting…will have the reader totally mesmerized cover-to-cover….a ‘must-have’ novel.” —Suspense Magazine A haunting tale of erotic love…. M.J. Rose seamlessly weaves historical events throughout this story filled with distinctive characters that will keep the reader captivated to the end.” — Rose has a talent for compelling writing, and this time she has outdone herself. Fear, desire, lust and raw emotion ooze off the page.” —Associated Press Haunting tale of possession.” —Publishers Weekly Rose’s new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle epoque Paris — lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting.” —Kirkus Mixes reality and illusion, darkness and light, mystery and romance into an adult fairy tale. [Rose] stirs her readers curiosities and imaginations, opening their eyes to the cultural, intellectual and artistic excitement that marked the Belle Epoque period. Unforgettable, full-bodied characters and richly detailed narrative result in an entrancing read that will be long savored.” —Library Journal (Starred Review) An elegant tale of rare depth and beauty, as brilliantly crafted as it is wondrously told….melds the normal and paranormal in the kind of seamless fashion reserved for such classic ghost stories as Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw.” —Providence Journal

About M.J. Rose

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. Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president. Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.