WELCOME POST: A Little Too Familiar

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We’re very excited to welcome you to our tour for an adult romcom, A Little Too Familiar! We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help boost and support this book, and we hope you’ll join us along the way. If you haven’t already, make sure you pick up a copy for yourself, and don’t forget to follow all of our wonderful hosts–that way you won’t miss a stop!


A Little Too Familiar
by Lish McBride
Self-Pubbed by Devil-Lish Publishing
Releasing on May 17, 2022
Adult Romance, Fantasy, Magical

Love brings out the animal in you.

Louise Matthews has got it good. Wonderful job? Check. Loving family? The best. Roommates? Pretty fantastic, thank you. All of this helps her stay focused on what she wants: to finish out her apprenticeship and become a fully licensed Switch — an animal mage who bonds familiars to their witches.
Only a problem has just moved in — a hot, occasionally wolf-shaped problem.

Declan Mackenzie doesn’t want to be a lone wolf, but he doesn’t have a choice. Girlfriend? Gone. Sister? Starting a new life. Parents? In prison where they belong, thankfully. All he wants is a fresh start-new home, new job, new life. What he gets is a house full of witches, a fledgling phoenix named Dammit, and rogue ferrets who won’t stay out of his business.
And he could handle all of that if it wasn’t for Louise. It’s not great to crush on your roommate. It’s even worse when you realize she wields the kind of magic that sends you running for the door.
Still, Declan is no pup, and he’s not going to let this set him back..
Until the past comes back to haunt him-the parents he put in jail have busted out. They want revenge.
And the only thing standing between them and Declan is Louise and the very magic he vowed never to go near again.


I am fortunate enough to be on friendly terms with the author, Lish, and she was gracious enough to give me an interview! Keep reading for some fun behind-the-scenes info and to have some questions answered.

From the info I can find, this is your first romance! What made you venture in the romcom area, straying from your usual fantasy path?

I’ve always wanted to move into other areas of the bookstore–I figured my first go would be horror or fantasy, but I have a deep love of romance. All of my books have a romance thread and I read so much of it! During lockdown I needed something fun. Something that was just a joy to write. ALTF [A Little Too Familiar] was that book–just a super fun, weird, oddly sweet romp of a book.

I love the magic system you’ve devised in this book! How’d you come up with it?

Two of my favorite things about writing are making up characters and building worlds. Romance, for me, is so character driven, that I had a blast making up all the people, but I got to do fun world building, too. All the fun things I like to do in one book.

So part of the magic–Lou binding familiars–was there from the [starting] concept. How it looked, though, was something I built over various drafts. I rely a lot on editors and beta readers to point out what they want to know, what needs more explanation. A lot of this book is sort of me exploring what daily life would look like for magic users. It’s not all big battles and world-ending fights. Sometimes it’s arguments over chores and looking for a job. [Although], I love a big battle book, too!

Which character/characters that you’ve written are you most similar to?

I can see parts of me in most of my characters. In ALTF, probably Van. We have similar issues, I think. In the necromancer books [McBride’s previous works: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer & Necromancing the Stone] Ashley or Sean. Sam is much nicer than I am. In the Firebug books [Firebug & Pyromancer], Ava because we’re both bad at people-ing. Ha! For Curses [released in 2021 from PenguinTeen]…probably Val? She’s got a mouth on her and SAME.

So, to tag on that question, which of your published work was your favorite to write?

I mean, I liked writing all of them. Well, I think it’s more that I liked writing certain characters. Out of all of them, honestly, ALTF was the most fun. I felt like I was able to just really get as weird as I wanted. That being said, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was my first book, so that one was really special to me as well. 

If you could compare ALTF to another book, what would you say its similar to?

[…] You could say its like FX’s What We Do in the Shadows meets Hulu’s Ted Lasso, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Last question, where can readers go to keep up with your writing/future projects?

I post a lot to my Instagram, and give news tidbits to my Patreon, but I also have a newsletter! (All of these things are under my name, so if you just look for Lish McBride, that will be me.)

Thank you so much, Lish, for answering my questions and for writing (if I may say) a knockout of a book!

Lish McBride is a writer, former bookseller, and amateur goblin living in the PNW. In the crime of the century, she tricked not one but two universities into giving her degrees, ending up with an MFA from the University of New Orleans. (They cannot have it back, either, as she has invoked the ancient law of “no backsies.”) When she is not writing or reading, she’s usually hanging out with her family and friends…and talking about writing or reading. Her ultimate dream is to have her own castle and one of the libraries with the wheely ladder. 

You can find her online in all of the usual places under the handle @lishmcbride, usually posting pictures of her dogs.




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