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Author Misa Ramirez, best known for her Lola Cruz Mysteries, spins a tale of a more chilling type in her novel inspired by the legendary Weeping Woman
Hispanic legend tells of la Llorona, The Weeping Woman, who was rejected at heaven's gates because she drowned her children to be with the man she loved--who rejected her. Most think la Llorona is mere legend. But Johanna Rios knows the truth.
By Misa Ramirez
5.0 Stars - 4 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
Most people think the Spanish legend of la Llorona, a woman who killed her children to be with the man she loved, is just a story.
High school teacher, Johanna Rios, knows the truth. A descendant of la Llorona’s one surviving child, Joanna’s mother fell victim to the curse, drowning as she tried to kill Johanna and her sister Carmen. When one of Johanna’s former students, dressed in a white peasant dress like the crying woman herself, turns up drowned in the San Julio River, Johanna’s world turns upside down.
The curse is back.
Single father Ray Vargas is filled with guilt. His daughter’s friend, a former student from the high school where he’s principal, is dead and he could have prevented it. When Johanna Rios, one of his teachers, reveals her obsession with la Llorona and thinks three more people will die, each one representing a different version of the crying woman’s story, he will do whatever it takes to stop the killings from happening.
But with danger closing in and his own daughter at risk, Ray must join forces with Johanna to confront the legend, the curse, and the man behind the killings.
About the author:
Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January '09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from St. Martin's Minotaur / Thomas Dunne Books. A former middle and high school teacher, current instructor at Southern Methodist University's Continuing Education program, and active CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures.
Whether it's contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she's always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women's fiction novel, is published in Woman's World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children's book published.
From the reviewers:
I'd read Misa's other books (in the Lola Cruz series), so when I picked this one up, I already knew she could write. I didn't know she could be chilling. This is a creepy book, in the very best sense of the word. Great protagonists, great supporting characters, and an interesting, fast-paced story with a surprise twist at the end that I, at least, didn't see coming. Highly recommended!
I first found Misa Ramirez through her Lola Cruz mystery series and just adored her voice and story-telling, and I'm thrilled she's released even more stories. With an ages old curse, romance, and edge-of-the-seat suspense, A Deadly Curse is a fantastic read.
Misa Ramirez is a master storyteller, and the legend she brings to these pages is a fascinating realm in which to get to know her talent.
I don't often read romantic suspense...I'm more of a Cozy Mystery Chick...but I'll read every one of Misa's books.
This is a Must-Read that you simply won't be able to put down 'til The End...then you'll be diving right into her next one!
A Deadly Curse is a wild ride of smokin' hot Texas romance and the eerie curse of la Llorona. So glad I bought this book!