Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Monica McCabe whisks us off to Botswana

Cate: Please welcome Monica McCabe to my special Halloween celebration. Monica, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Monica: I’m a staff accountant at a truck leasing firm by day. Just about every other minute I spend either traveling or writing romantic suspense novels. My perfect world would be to combine the two...travel, then write about it! I love going places, both in person and in my books. I tend to research the stomp out of anywhere that catches my fancy, I can stare at maps for hours, and am addicted to travel review sites like Trip Advisor. I firmly believe I’ve either been a gypsy in a past life, or there’s gypsy blood somewhere in my family tree.

Cate: TravelZoo is a constant temptation to me, lol. What do you love most about Halloween?
Monica: I’ve read that Halloween is when the veil to the other side is at its thinnest. Wouldn’t it be cool to catch a glimpse of that travel destination? From the safety of this side, of course. Not sure I’d be game for that kind of extreme adventure. But who knows?

Cate: Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Monica: Hubby and I went to Salem, MA last July and we took a nighttime ghost tour (are there any other kind?). We visited many witchy locations, a spooky old graveyard, and ended it at a freaky Victorian mansion where murder most foul happened in the late 1800’s. The house and its grisly events has even been featured on one of those ghost hunting TV shows. Intrepid explorer that I am, I wanted to go inside. But alas, we could only stare at the darkened windows from the shadowy street. Might be for the best though. I mean look at this house...would you go inside?

Cate: Only if the lights worked, lol But Salem is on my Bucket List, along with a ghost tour of Mark Twain's house in Connecticut. Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Monica: I used to live in a haunted house. I swear. Not the Amityville horror kind of haunted, more like Casper the friendly ghost. My two cats were always watching an invisible someone cross the room, but it never bothered me, just made me curious. Eventually Casper started to play tricks. I’ve a nightly ritual of washing my face before bed and sometimes I’d finish, head for bed, and a few minutes later I’d hear water running. I’d totally turned it off, I know I did, but I’d get up and go shut it off again. Stuff like that happened a lot until I started talking to the ghost. I had many one-sided conversations with him as I made dinner. I'd tell him to leave the water alone so I could go to bed, that sort of thing. I felt like I had a new friend, though I never saw him. But one night I was home alone as hubby was out of town. I'd fallen asleep on the couch and something woke me up around two in the morning. The cats were beside me staring at the front door and I heard two guys out on the porch, talking. That's when I got scared. Then one of the guys shouted, ‘What was that?’ They got all agitated and fled. I believe Casper scared them off. Who knows, he might’ve saved my life that night. A year or so later we had to move and I was so sad to say goodbye. I felt like I was leaving a good friend behind.

Cate: Aw, I love that story! Now for the real goodies - tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Monica: Well, there are no ghosts involved, but I there is a monkey in jeopardy! Diamond Legacy is my debut novel and a romantic suspense that faces the harsh reality of conflict diamonds. It’s a serious subject and I try to do right by it. There’s all the fast paced action you’d expect, including gun battles, explosions and government corruption. But my writing also has a humorous undertone. I can’t help it. It just happens. And I didn’t start out to write a serious novel about gun runners and blood diamonds. I had this idea about an animal dentist. I saw a newspaper article where our local zoo had an orangutan in need of a root canal and they had to fly in specialist. I was fascinated. Before I knew it, I’d hatched a plot with a dental zoologist heroine who flies to Botswana to help a hippo in need, and ends up clashing with an undercover agent on the trail of diamond smuggling.
Diamond Legacy is at most all online book retailers. Here’s a few…

Cate: How cool! Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Monica: Absolutely! Here’s the back cover…

Africa—where diamonds are the currency of the weapons trade, and trust is the only option between two strangers...
Miranda Parrish is a world-renowned veterinarian specialist with expertise in endangered species. She's fearless and will go anywhere an animal is in need. But when she journeys to Katanga, an animal sanctuary in the heart of Botswana, she lands in the middle of a blood diamond smuggling operation. And there's only one man who can help her.
Special agent, Matt Bennett's parents were murdered by a ruthless arms dealer when he was fourteen. He's devoted his life to avenging their deaths and ending the cycle of violence threatening southern Africa. Undercover at Katanga, he clashes with Miranda. He's never met a woman so stubborn, who'll let nothing stand in the way of what she believes in. And he'll let no one come between him and the vengeance he craves.
Matt and Miranda will have to work together if they want to save Katanga, and both of their lives, before it's too late.

Cate: Readers, Monica has a treat for you!
Monica:  So...would you go inside the Salem murder house? Yes or no...tell me why and you'll be entered in a giveaway for a free digital copy of DIAMOND LEGACY!

Cate: Thanks so much for joining the Halloween fun, Monica!


Monica McCabe said...

Thanks for the invite to the party! It's going to be fun to see if there's any takers on going inside that spooky mansion. I say that I would, but in reality I'd probably chicken out at the front door!

Cate Masters said...

It does look pretty haunted, lol. Thanks for sharing your fun stories!

maeclair.net said...

Monica, you are brave indeed! I've been to Salem but I visited in the daylight (no ghost tours for me) and there is no way I'd EVER step foot in that spooky old house. *shivers*

Loved your ghost story tale. I'd be freaked, but it sounds like you made a good connection there. And cats are always seeing things that we can't, so I'm sure they were able to zero in on your house spirit.

Also had to say how much I loved your novel. Anyone discovering it for the first time is in for a treat!

Jezebel Jorge said...

I was disappointed by how non spooky Salem was and found it a total tourist trap. I'd gladly go inside since I know my guides wouldn't allow any negative energy to come through.

I've been meaning to read your book and haven't gotten around to downloading it yet.

goaliemomextraordinaire said...

What a great interview! I thoroughly enjoyed your haunting story, how incredible. I would go in the house in a NY minute, well armed with holy water and a crucifix.

Diamond Legacy is a wonderful romantic suspense with strong secondary characters. I am actually reading it again.

Monica McCabe said...

Thanks for the book high fives! You guys are awesome. =)

And Salem did have the usual tourist shops and stuff, but the thing I liked the most is how doggie friendly they are. The town is perfect for walking and lots of folks had their critters with them. It was cool to see that near every shop had fresh water bowls out front. And the town center was pretty with the trees and flowers. Loved the old houses too. We stayed at a B&B that was built in 1874. Didn't see any ghosts, but I bet they were nearby.

Monica McCabe said...

Thanks for letting me hang out at the party, Cate! I'm going to stick around to see what kind of mayhem this month will bring. =)

The winner of the digital download of Diamond Legacy is . . . Jezebel Jorge!

Email me at mmccabe.writes AT gmail.com and I'll get you hooked up.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween everyone!

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