Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian: Character Interview and Excerpt: Bewitching Tour Stop



Our interview today is with Ewan March, a demon from a realm parallel to ours. He lives here now and patrols the portals that connect both realms, making sure demons behave and preventing nasty creatures from crossing over.

What do you think makes a good story?

Good characters with plenty of reason to disagree with each other. (He smiles.) We demons disagree more than we agree, so I guess I can identify with that.

Tell us about your family.

(A shadow crosses his eyes.) My family, we led the warrior roa, um in English, I guess cult is the closest translation. My father took this responsibility very seriously. He trained my brother and me in the ways of the warrior roa the moment we were able to hold a sword in hand. My mother was a warrior as well, but she was more balanced. She tried to lighten our childhoods with games and other non-training activities, but she died when I was…(he taps his chin) in your years, a teenager I guess. My brother and I…(his eyes darken) …we had a good relationship. We often butt heads with our father.

Is your brother in the human realm as well?

He’s dead. (I express my condolences and he shakes his head.) Thank you. That happened a long time ago. Next question.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Probably the first time I met Ruby, the necromancer. Christ, she was so beautiful, but I knew she had issues with demons. (He laughs.) I guess I can’t resist a challenge, even if it scares me.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

(He gives me a broad, beautiful smile.) I used to help my mother cook. I loved it. We don’t have restaurants like you have here, but families serve food from their homes, and some are known for a particular type of cuisine. I wanted to have a “family restaurant.” But warriors don’t cook, my father admonished, and that was that. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being a warrior, but sometimes I shop for exotic ingredients and cook. Maybe I should cook for, Ruby. You think that would get me in her good graces?

In the Necromancer’s Seduction, you often run into zombies and revenants. How do you deal with them? Avoid them at all costs. I let Ruby handle them, which she does pretty well. She’s learning anyway. Sometimes they have a mind of their own.

What books have most influenced your life?

A book written by a man, now considered a heretic among our people. His books were banned. I hid mine in the human realm. He wrote about changing the hierarchical structure of our society. (He pauses.) I guess you could say that it inspired and destroyed my life at the same time.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I’m kind of going through a retro phase right now, listening to lots of Soundgarden, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and I just discovered Ray LaMontagne and Timber Timbre. Great stuff.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My brother.

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I have a Japanese katana given to me by a Samurai warrior in the Nineteenth Century. He taught me how to wield it, and how to do katas, the choreographed movements you see martial artists practice. In the mornings, I like to do my katas with the sword. This ritual, well, it keeps me going sometimes.


Thank you. I enjoyed this interview, the opportunity to…well…enjoy a few moments away from my burdensome demon responsibilities.

The Necromancer’s Seduction
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Mimi Sebastian
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books 

Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus 


Book Description:


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.

Ewan waved me over to an empty expanse of the porch circled with candles of various shapes and colors, casting an ominous glow that barely chased off the shadows skulking around the room. I walked over, steering clear of the screen.
“Will this do?” he asked.
I nodded. “Where’s Adam’s body?”
“In the basement. Do you want it brought up now?”
“No.” Achieve inner calm while peeking at the dead body, worried it’ll pop up and jump on me? Not likely.
“All right then, I’ll leave you alone.” He didn’t move. The lines around his mouth softened. “I want to apologize for last night. I wasn’t acting very gentlemanly.”
“Gentlemanly?” I smiled. The tension eased from my shoulders. “I’d never use gentleman in the same breath as demon.”
“Now I’m offended.” The crinkle of his eyes told me the opposite. “We demons are quite chivalrous.”
“Chivalrous? I suppose you have a white horse hidden away somewhere?”
He’d somehow moved closer during our exchange and grazed my cheek with his finger. “White horse,” he whispered close to my ear, “boring.”
He lowered his lips to mine but stopped short of touching them, tracing my back with his hand, gliding it up my neck to wrap his fingers in my hair. Our bodies were close but not touching; only our breaths met in a hot exchange. He gazed at my lips before possessing them with his own.
I swayed and caught his shoulders to steady myself. I moaned at the electric shock searing a path from my lips to my core. Feeling, tasting him was better than I ever allowed myself to imagine.
Ewan consumed me.
I wasn’t ready to be consumed.

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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1 comment:

Mimi Sebastian said...

Hi Laurie. Thanks for hosting Ewan on your blog today!