Thursday, June 7, 2012

Meet Melissa Bourbon Ramirez from Entangled Publishing

Congratulations to Tammy, the winner of Melissa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

One of the best things about writing the Lola Cruz Mystery Series is spending time with the characters who’ve become friends and family to me.  Lola, of course, Jack Callaghan, Manny Camacho, Reily, Antonio, Lola’s parents, her cousin, Chely…  I could go on and on!

I was recently thrilled to discover that Bare-Naked Lola was selected from the many, many books out there, to be one of Walmart’s Beach Read Books at the end of the month.  The Lola love is spreading, and just in time.  People need to meet Lola and her crew.

Muy pronto!

If Lola’s new to you, which she probably is to many of you, I thought I’d give you a snapshot of a few of the people in Lola’s world.  I created online dating profiles for some of the core series characters thought I’d share a few of them today.  As I visit different sites to celebrate the release of Bare-Naked Lola, book three in the Lola Cruz series, I’ll be sharing more.  It’s fun to try to decide who each person belongs with.   Hope you’ll follow along!  You can see the tour stops HERE.

Screen Name: LolaPI
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Brown with copper highlights
Body Type: Athletic with curves and proud of it–weight training, biking, and yoga keep me in kick ass shape; tacos and chicken mole keep me curvy   
Age: 29
Education: Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University Sacramento
Absolutely a non-smoker- Can’t kick ass if I’m gasping for breath. ¿Entiendes?

Grande pet lover: My Boxer’s name is Salsa

Non-Catholics need not respond

Single, never been married female seeks hunky male. Must be able to handle Xena girl who has occasional Cinderella tendencies (ie: over the top love for flirty skirts and stripper shoes). Prospective dates must like chicken mole, Kung Fu, detective novels, and undercover work (handcuffs optional).

Best first date: Romantic dinner and a night of salsa dancing.

Confidential File:
Dolores Cruz (Lola for short)

Novice Private Investigator at local firm and part time waitress at family’s restaurant, Abuelita’s

Interviewer’s Comments:
Talk about a bombshell. Ms. Cruz is the whole enchilada, complete with a body that can make a grown man cry. When she mentioned her belly button piercing, this interviewer nearly drooled on his notepad.
Why this woman is single is a mystery. She says she’s got two men vying for her attention (an old high school friend and her boss) and it seems someone’s out to kill her. But other than that…

She’s hot, but this interviewer will stay away from her inbox.

Screen Name: Callaghan_1
Height: 6 feet
Eye Color: Smoky Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Body Type: Athletic. Running and weight lifting break up long writing stints at the computer
Age: 32
Education: Degree in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Pets okay. Special attraction to women who like Boxers (dogs and looking hot wearing a pair)

Strong moral compass a must. Need not be based on specific or organized religion
Guitar playing single male seeking attractive, strong, independent woman. Must know her mind and not be afraid to use it. Must want children, be able to engage in conversation using afore mentioned mind, and be wicked sexy. Navel piercing will bring me to my knees.

Best first date: Dinner at Zocolos, followed by playing pool at the Blue Cube. Connection will be best with a woman who’s open to what the night will bring…

Confidential File:
Jack Callaghan

Newspaper Columnist

Interviewer’s Comments: 
OMG! Mr. Callaghan is one hot guy. Killer body. Bet he has a six-pack under that t-shirt. Maybe two. I’ll be sending my info to his inbox, pronto. ‘Course he says he’s in love with an old high school friend. Great. But her job is complicated and dangerous, so maybe I have a chance. But then there’s Sarah. Who’s the heck is Sarah?
Mr. Callaghan just moved back to Sacramento to take a job at the newspaper. His column runs on the front page of the Metro. You better believe I’ll be checking it out. 

I think I’ll clip out his byline photo for my personal use. *grin, wink, wink*

Thanks to Just Romantic Suspense for having me here today!  I hope to be back to share about my upcoming (in one week, yikes!) romantic suspense, Sacrifice of Passion!

Entangled Publishing will be offering up an eBook of Bare Naked Lola to one lucky person leaving a comment.

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  1. The Lola Cruz mysteries are great fun-- congrats on the new release! Looking forward to reading this one to escape the pile of science papers I'm going to be buried under as my advisor & I work on submitting our own over summer... yay? :)


  2. Thank you, Cris! I'm so glad you enjoy the series. They are so much fun to write. Good luck with your science extravaganza!

    this sounds like a great read thanks for the chance tammy

  4. These characters sound interesting.


  5. Love your character's name. My Tia Lola, who I only knew when she was older, was so gorgeous when she was young that when my cousin and I found her pic, we were floored. Sounds like your Lola is, too.

    I hope to meet your Lola muy pronto, as in ahorita :-)

  6. Her name was Lola...Bare Naked Lola! LOL. Love the title and the series sounds fun. Congrats on the Walmart gig as well.


  7. It looks like you had a lot of fun writing this!


  8. Sounds like a fun series!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  9. Your book has such wonderful characters Lola and Callaghan. It would a wonderful break after reading so many serious books.