Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gypsy Blood by Lorrie Unites-Struiff

Today, I welcome back fellow Muse author Lorrie Unites-Struiff. She's here to tell us about her Paranormal Romance, GYPSY BLOOD and a special giveaway she's running.

Hello again, everyone. Mary, Thank you so much for inviting me back to your blog. This is such a fun place.

Aw, thanks, Lorrie. I'm happy to have you here again.

Today, I want to tell readers about my novella, GYPSY BLOOD.

Oh, what a treat. I really enjoyed this novel. It's full of mystery, romance, and I loved the Romany plot line so much! You must have learned a lot of interesting things researching that.

When I researched the Roma culture, I was very surprised to find such a rich heritage and learn about these beautiful people. Their lore is one of the most fascinating I’ve ever read. Many live among us today in the U.S., Canada and abroad. They number in the millions.

Did you know Yul Brynner was Roma? Sir Charles Chaplin? Bob Hoskins, who spent his youth working in a circus and then became an actor? The TV program, Criminal Minds, had a story on last year about a gypsy family and a tradition. LOL. Of course, for that program, it was on the darker side.

There are British actors who have a Romany ancestry—though dating back to some generations ago. Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.

Never the less, I’ve read about their customs, their beliefs, and have included many in my novella.
Come and meet Rita Muldova of pure Roma blood, and a detective for the Keyport Police Department. Meet her family: her mother, Anna, a great seer, and Uncle Dragus who plays the sweetest melodies on his violin.

Instead of going on and on, let me show you the cover, and you can read blurb and excerpt.

Everyone has secrets.
Homicide Detective Rita Moldova has a secret, a crystal amulet from her Roma bloodline that shows her the last image a victim had seen before they died. Now, a ritual killer is terrorizing her town and the crystal’s magic has suddenly stopped.
FBI agent, Matt Boulet, is sent to lead the task force and gives the group strange orders. Worse, Rita senses he is holding back a deep dark secret about the killer.
When she confronts her seer mother’s advice, she learns another secret about their clan that she finds impossible to swallow.
Rita swims through a whirlpool of confusion as the investigation continues. Can Rita deny the lore of the ancients? Can she deny her growing feelings for Matt Boulet?

The units arrived and sealed the crime scene.

Matt walked to her. “It’s a wash for tonight, let’s call in our troops. All the uniforms on the scene will keep our man away.” He took her hand. “Damn, your fingers are like ice.” He grabbed both her hands and rubbed them between his, the friction warming more than her fingers. “It’s late. Let me take you back to your car at the station. You look wiped.”

She let her shoulders slump. “Yeah, it’s been a long day.”

The SUV’s seat cushioned her sore muscles. Rita let her head fall back on the warm headrest with a deep sense of relief and closed her eyes. Matt turned up the heat, and delicious warmth flowed over her legs. A whisper of breath brushed her cheek, a hand slid over her waist. Her eyes flew open.

He laughed. “I’m just putting your seatbelt on. Don’t panic.”

Rita inhaled deeply and caught the faint scent of spice, pine, and man. His nearness tempted her to lay her head on his broad shoulder, cuddle, and sleep.

The grin he flashed…well, for a moment she could have sworn he had read her thoughts. She sighed with frustration.

They pulled up to the station and he walked her to the Rover. “Lock your car doors. You’re still dressed like you’re ready for action.”

The chilly car seat sent gooseflesh up the back of her thighs. With the door open, she quickly turned the key and hit the heater. When she glanced back up at him, she found his eyes devouring her from the top of her blonde wig, down her legs, then back to rest where the hem of her skirt barely covered her bikini panties. 

She cocked her head. “What?”

Matt shook his head, took a deep breath, and groaned.

Her gaze strayed to the noticeable bulge in his jeans. She lifted her eyes to meet his. That sinful smile surfaced on his lips again.

Watch your legs.” He shut the Rover’s door and walked back to his SUV.

For your reading pleasure this paranormal/romance/thriller-chiller/action/mystery is Available on Amazon at

Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment and to one commenter, I will put names in a hat and send you a PDF copy of my popular paranormal short story, Wild Blackberries.
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Hope to see you there.

Thanks, Lorrie!


  1. Nice interview, Mary.

    I don't read paranormal, but the book sounds good.


  2. I've been following Lorrie's writing for years (more years than either of us will admit). She's one of the few writers I know who are multi-genre and do it all well. My favorites, though, are the C.O.D. Club stories. Winnie is a hoot.

  3. Wonderful :)! I love you're writing so I guess that makes me biased.

  4. Thanks, Elizabeth. I hope you do give it a try.

    Lol, Marva. You're right, I won't mention the years if you don't.

    Oh, BK, you say the nicest things. Love your blogs too.

  5. Congrats Lorrie! What a hot excerpt! I loved it. Your story sounds fascinating. I wish you the best with it!

    1. Thanks, Ro. It gets hotter in the book. lol. But we are on a blog that anyone can read.
      Mary is such a wonderful host.

  6. Sounds like a great book, Lorrie, but that's no surprise, you're a great writer!

    Love the info on those actors who are Roma, didn't know that about Chaplin and I read his autobiography! Yul was a very handsome man! I almost got to see him live in The King and I, but I chose to let my husband see a Cards game instead, and then Yul passed.

    Great blog, Lorrie!

  7. I too am a fan of Lorrie's. And I agree with Marva, Lorrie's COD Club is my favorite also. I think because they're loaded with humor.
    The reason I like your writing so much is that you really do a great job writing your characters. And in each book or short story, there's one or two that I'm really drawn to. In this case, it was Anna and especially Uncle Dragus.
    I love the paranormal and you give a nice twist with this one. Don't worry no spoilers here.


    1. Thanks for the compliments Darla. Don't know if I deserve them. *blush* but I do try to learn more with every story I write. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hi Julie, I remember seeing him in the movies only. I have forgotten the exact number, but as I researched, I was totally awed by the number on gypsies living in the US. The number is in the millions. Wonderful people.

  9. Lorrie, you do a fantastic job of weaving Roma lore into this story. Loved it, and loved Wild Blackberries - no need to enter me.

  10. Yes, I know you read them both, Cate. Thanks for dropping in and the lovely words.


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