Can You Love a Ghost? Q and A with Alexandrea Weis (and a Giveaway!)

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to author Alexandrea Weis to Preternatura today.  Alexandrea has stopped by to talk about her most recent release, The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine, which was published on September 1st by World Castle Publishing.
Alexandrea is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans (hm…that place sounds familiar!). Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and kicked off an award-winning romantic suspense series. Other award-winning novels have included Broken Wings, Diary of a One-Night Stand, and Acadian Waltz. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Alexandrea rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
You can learn more about Alexandrea by visiting her website, on Facebook, by following her on twitter or by visiting her blog. 

ABOUT THE GHOSTS OF RUE DUMAINE:  Ready to get her life back on track after ending a painful marriage, Danica Giles returns to the Creole cottage where she grew up in the New Orleans French Quarter. Danica is anxious to rekindle her friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy. The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper. When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon discovers that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price. Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine.

And now, let’s hear from Alexandrea…
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine is a ghostly love story about a woman healing from a broken marriage and returning to the childhood home where she was happy. But the home is haunted by a ghost, someone she befriended as a child, and now that she has grown into a woman, their friendship turns romantic. But Gaston is a ghost of a plantation owner who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1853, and being together is impossible for them…or is it? There is voodoo, intrigue, lust and a whole lot of New Orleans ambience set into this novel. A great Halloween read.   
What is your favorite scene in the book?
The moment when Gaston, our ghost, comes to Danica, our heroine, for their one night together on Halloween. Her excitement at being with him, and how they are together. They dine at Antoine’s in the French Quarter and walk amid the shadows of Jackson Square. It’s very romantic and filled with the sights and sound of New Orleans.  
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
I think when you kill off a character, that is pretty tough, especially one you have grown to love almost as much as the character. For me that was in my first novel, To My Senses. I got teary eyes at the end of that book when I wrote it, and many who read it say the same thing. 
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Phillipa Gregory, The White Queen.
Favorite book when you were a child:
EB White, The Trumpeter Swan
Your five favorite authors:
Ian Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, Elizabeth George, Mary Renault.
Book you’ve faked reading:
A lot of them in high school that I will only get in trouble if I name. Thank God for Cliff’s Notes.
Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
50 Shades of Grey
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
I always read the blurb first and never went by the cover.
Book that changed your life:
The first one I wrote, To My Senses. It changed everything for me and opened a door to a new world.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
The Mary Renault Series on Alexander the Great:  Fire From Heaven, The Persian Boy, Funeral Games. 
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
That Santa Claus was not real. I was devastated!
Favorite book about books or writing:
Chicago Manual of Style (the bible for writers)
Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):
Why do you write? Because I have to.
What’s next?
The next book is called Cover to Covers and is coming out on Feb. 1. It is a contemporary romance tale about a romance writer who pens novels with the heroes based on the one man she loved and left behind. Many years after the failed affair, that man walks back into her life, and she begins living the romance she has always written about. Soon, her writing changes because of him, and so does her life. They have problems to conquer, failed marriages to put behind them, but what they initially felt for each other long ago is still there. It is a tale of rediscovery and second chances. Find out what happens when a romance book moves out from behind the cover, and comes to life between the sheets.

Thanks, Alexandrea! Hm…Would you enter into a love affair with a ghost? (Remember, our favorite pirate Jean Lafitte is technically a ghost…although in a very real body!) Leave a comment to be entered for your choice of a digital copy of The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine, or a sampler box from my TBR mountain range. 

11 thoughts on “Can You Love a Ghost? Q and A with Alexandrea Weis (and a Giveaway!)

  1. ^^ with a ghost like Jean? definitively yes, an incorporal one i don’t think so ( i need to be hold sometimes^^) it would be too sad if i missed my soulmateand saw him only as a specter

    i’m loving new orleans/louisiania setting more and more with each other i discover^^


  2. I think I’d also want a flesh and blood person. But to have a ghost friend would be cool 🙂 Congrats to Alexandra on the new release!

  3. I love fall in love with the ghost. The way I see it is that he will be there when it is my time to cross over. What better way not to be alone.