Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review and Interview with A.F. Costa author of Bruxa The Secret Within

I interviewed A.F. Costa and this is what she shared with me:

Which of your characters is your favorite to write? the easiest? the hardest? the most fun?

My favorite character to write was Alvero I had the most fun with his character as well. My hardest character to write was Joey I wanted the reader to love him and distrust him at the same time. Gabriella was the easiest maybe it’s because she has that nerviness we all once had once, before getting hit with the cruel reality of truth.

What do you hope people get out of reading your book?

To never to give up even when the world around you is caving in, there is always hope.  I love that message!

If you could pick any destination, where would you go?

I would love to go see Portugal the mainland, so much history and beauty.

Elevator or stairs?

Elevator, but my waist line could use the stairs.  lol! Mine too!

Do you prefer baked or fried?

I’m not big on fried food, so baked.

Hardback, paperback, or ebook?

I love paperback the smell and the feel, but money wise eBooks is much better.

What is your all time favorite book?

Secret Circle, I read it when I was younger and it still feels as if I read it yesterday. 
What is your favorite part of the day?

When I see my son after school or work.

Are you more likely to wear a skirt or pants?

Pants I’m a real tomboy at heart.  Hear, Hear!

What is your favorite sport?

Soccer but I have to say I love watching my son play hockey.

Do you have a favorite scent?

Funny you ask, I go through fazes right now that it’s getting colder cinnamon spice scents are my favorite.

Fresh air or air conditioning?

Fresh air hands down, especially ocean air.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. :D

I had a great time answering your questions, thank you for the interview.

Title: Bruxa The Secret Within

Author: AF Costa

Genre: Paranormal YA

Paperback: 400 pages

ISBN-10: 1463704275

ISBN-13: 978-1463704278

Purchase Links:

Amazon & Smashwords 

Book Description:

Gabriella is no ordinary seventeen-year-old girl. She is the last to carry her mother’s rare bloodline of Bruxa, an ancient secret order of witches.

Settling into her late father’s estate, she is welcomed by a phantom presence that resurrects within her, a secret curse her father took to his grave ten years ago. Gabriella finally finds a sense of belonging and gains the affections of high school’s most desired boy, Joey Davale. Her newly found life becomes derailed when she learns her whole existence has been a lie, and the boy she’s falling for, is designed to destroy the very thing growing inside of her.

Forced to conceal this truth, Gabriella embarks on a secret life that will drive her into the arms of Alvero, the embodiment of her darkest fear. Her newly found heritage traps her in a dangerous web of lies between two worlds and two loves. Her life will become more dangerous than she ever imagined. As the age-old battle between witches and vampires collide, will she fall prey to her heart or welcome the predator inside?

The Intense and stylized, A.F.Costa’s debut is an alluring live wire full of intrigue and forbidden love. Bruxa: the secret within, powerful vision of witches and vampires will challenge your understanding and leave you craving more.

About the Author:

A.F. Costa has been creating vivid, imaginary worlds before she could even pick up a book, so it was only natural for her to put a pen to paper the moment she learned to write. Growing up with rich Latin superstitions and strong spiritual beliefs sparked her interests for the paranormal world.

Captivating small audiences with her campfire stories resurrected her passion for writing, but seeing her same passions for reading and writing developing in her son has inspired her the most.

Toronto, Ontario-based stylist A.F.Costa has been showcasing her creative abilities for over sixteen years, working with some of the best in the industry. As it is with her visual creativity, A.F. Costa brings the same passion to her writing. In Bruxa: the Secret Within, you‘ll discover an innovative world of witches and vampires like no other, blending Latin, Portuguese and Hebrew folklore into a modern day love story with an unforgettable twist.

Connect with her: Website, Twitter, Facebook

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Drop a comment under Gabby's bracelet, and tell her your favorite scene and why.

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My Thoughts: 

Bruxa was a magical journey of self discovery for Gabby a half breed. She is torn between her two heritages.

I felt bad for Gabby. It was hard for her to find out that her parents kept secrets from her. These secrets were now coming about and she felt like she was going crazy. I get the feeling that her mom is still keeping things from her.

She has two love interests and they both seem to have secrets. I hope she ends up with Alvero. ;-)

I was enthralled by this story. I couldn't wait to see who she ended up with. I will have to wait for the next book I guess! There were so many twists and turns in this story. There are so many secrets to figure out. It seems like everyone has an ulterior motive. I don't think anything is as it seems.

The plot was riddled with mystery and secrets, some romance, action, and magic. It was evenly paced and easy to read. 

I recommend it to all those looking for a good paranormal story to read. This book has a mixture of vamps and witches. Some of the witches can shapeshift which makes it even more interesting. Bruxa is age appropriate for anyone! If you like Secrets by Dawn Kirby, you'd like this book too. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to finding out more in the next book. :D
I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. Thanks for a great interview, I'm glad you enjoyed Gabby's complexed life...I really enjoyed my stop today.
    happy readings