Winds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz

Winds of Salem:
Beauchamp Family Series

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New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz once again “lets her repressed sorceresses rip” (New York Times) in WINDS OF SALEM, the spellbinding conclusion to the Witches of East End trilogy featuring the beguiling Beauchamp family of witches.

In this Authorlink AUDIO interview, Melissa discusses her new novel, soon to be a Lifetime television series starring Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. She also talks about her career as a novelist and some of her darkest and brightest hours in the publishing business.

Melissa de la Cruz
August 13, 2013;
ISBN: 978-1-40132470-4

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz
Photo by Denise Bovee

When the Witches of Salem opens, Freya Beauchamp is trapped in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, at the height of the witch trials, with no recollection of her past—not a good predicament to be in for a witch. An old and powerful rival has sent Freya spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and her sister, Ingrid. Freya’s more immediate threat, however, is the wealthy, influential, and ambitious Putman family; young Ann Putman, one of the first accusers in the witch trials, and her family intend to profit from witch hunts by consolidating power and foreclosing on estates of the accused. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the horror of the witch trials, only this time even her immortality is in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares for the Beauchamp family. While Joanna and her pixie allies search for a missing totem to reopen the Passage of Time and bring Freya home, Ingrid is suffering from very human romantic woes—she might be losing her police detective boyfriend to his ex-girlfriend.

Expertly weaving together the past and present, WINDS OF SALEM is an exotic, sensual and irresistible brew that will delight readers old and new.


Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens and adults, including the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), the Au Pairs series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor of the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux-Pas.

Her first series for adults debuted with Witches of East End, which People called a “bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.” The bestseller was followed with Serpent’s Kiss; the third novel in the series, Winds of Salem, will be published by Hyperion in August 2013. Lifetime Television has picked up a drama based on Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (American Horror Story), Rachel Boston (In Plain Sight), and Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), and the ten-episode story arc will air in the fall of 2013.

De la Cruz’s brand-new young adult fantasy series launches in the fall of 2013 with Frozen, Book One in the Heart of Dread series, which she co-wrote with her husband (and previously behind-the-scenes collaborator) Michael Johnston. Penguin will publish the book on September 17.

A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl!, and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends, and fame for CNN, E!, and FoxNews.

She grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated as high school salutatorian from the Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English.

Melissa de la Cruz lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

Twitter @MelissadelaCruz

Winds of Salem (Hyperion / On Sale August 13, 2013 / $23.99)