Some books come so easily, they seem to write themselves.
Others are a little more… challenging.
I had grand plans for The Lady Doctor is a Vamp. I was going to write the entire book while I was on a writing retreat. Five days of non-stop writing, with minimal breaks for meals, sleep, and sanity. I had reason to believe I could get that much done in a single get-away session. I’d written a similar number of words just a few months earlier, while I was finishing High Stakes Trial.
But the Lady Doctor had other ideas.
When I started the book, it was going to be a send-up of a certain type of romance–those super-sexy billionaire books, where an uber-alpha male utterly captivates a naive, submissive woman. I wanted to tell the story of what happened when the billionaire alpha-hole was rebuffed by the object of his passion.
There was just one problem.
My billionaire hero could be rebuffed once. Maybe even twice. But if he didn’t get a clue after that, he wasn’t a fun, sexy hero. He was an obnoxious jerk.
My carefully plotted book would never work. It wouldn’t be an enjoyable romp for my readers. It would be infuriating.
I had a literary precedent for the story I’d started to tell: William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. I just had to figure out what Taming would look like in modern dress. With an independent heroine who never submits. And vampires.
You can read the first chapter of The Lady Doctor is a Vamp here.
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One of the most common questions I get is, “Which of your books should I read first?”
The answer is, “Whichever one sounds most interesting to you! And you can read the first chapter of every one of them, for free, on my website!”
But a lot of folks still wonder what order to read the Magical Washington books. I have a fun little chart that tells people the way the books relate to each other. But some people don’t know if they should read about witches first. Or vampires. Or warders. Or the magical hospital where all of them go to recover from threats to their supernatural health.
So, I decided to make things easy for folks. I decided to put the first book in every Magical Washington series into one boxed set.
A librarian who finds out she’s a witch—Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft.
A clerk of court for the vampire night court—Fright Court.
A warder who juggles work, warfare, and protecting Washington’s witches—The Library, the Witch, and the Warder.
A witch who loses her powers the night a Secret Service agent vampire appears in her hospital’s emergency room—The Witch Doctor Is In.
A little romance… A lot of magic… These four complete novels will show you the paranormal power behind the scenes in the nation’s capital!
Magical Washington: Four in Hand is available in stores today. I hope you’ll check it out! (And once you own this great boxed set, you can start with whichever book you’d like!)
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One of the most common question authors receive is, “Where do you get your ideas?” (There are jokes about buying them in Poughkeepsie or Schenectady — two places chosen, I’m sure, for how difficult they are to spell!) I don’t have any trouble coming up with ideas. But I always need help when it comes to titles.
Often, I’ll pose questions on my Facebook page, asking folks to help when I can’t come up with a title, or when I’m trying to decide between multiple titles. Sometimes, the people who answer come up with far better titles than I was considering on my own.
Several months ago, I posted about the first book in my Washington Medical: Vampire Ward Series — The Witch Doctor Is In. Mostly, I wanted to know if anyone found the title offensive, but I also asked if anyone had ideas for an alternative title. One person suggested Fae’s Anatomy.
Instantaneously, I knew I had to write that book. I knew it would include a fae princess. And I was certain it had a vampire (after all, when your series title contains the word “vampire” you know certain characters are certain to appear!)
The idea of a runaway bride came to mind fairly quickly. And I understood right away that my princess was being pursued by her very unsuitable, definitely-not-a-romantic-hero prince. While fleeing, she met the titular vampire.
I wrote a few chapters. I deleted them. I wrote a few more. I deleted those too. I struggled and fumbled and sobbed.
And then, I realized I was using the wrong name for my fae princess. She was actually called Titania Silveroak. And my villain was named Oberon Blackthorne. My vampire hero was clearly Jonathan Weaver (after Bottom, the Weaver, in Titania and Oberon’s most famous tale.)
I grabbed the nearest copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the rest of Fae’s Anatomy wrote itself.
What’s the book about? Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:
Titania Silveroak: Fae princess. Con artist. Runaway bride.
Jonathan Weaver: Vampire. Doctor. Humorless SOB.
When Titania flees her controlling bridegroom, Oberon Blackthorne, she doesn’t have a plan. Arriving unexpectedly in the emergency room at Empire General Hospital, Titania resolves to work one escape-sustaining con—stealing Dr. Jonathan Weaver’s wallet. Oberon ups the ante, though, kidnapping Jonathan’s estranged daughter to bring Titania to heel.
Titania is desperate to avoid her murderous intended. Jonathan longs to rescue his daughter and heal the old rift between them. Oberon would gladly slay one or both of the supernatural creatures damaging his street cred. How will Titania and Jonathan join forces to send Oberon back to the Thousand-Oak Grove?
You can read a sample chapter here.
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The Magical Washington Universe continues to expand! Do you like witches? Vampires? Cozy paranormal romances that make you laugh out loud? Then the Washington Medical: Vampire Ward Series is just for you, starting with The Witch Doctor Is In.
What’s it all about?
Dr. Ashley McDonnell, a witch, always knew running a hospital for paranormal creatures would be a challenge. But then she lost her magical powers. And Empire General’s operating license was put in jeopardy. And the most valuable supernatural drug in all of Washington DC was stolen from the hospital’s impermeable safe.
Now, Ash must work to regain her lost powers, even as she fights to discover who is undermining the hospital’s upcoming inspection. All of which would be a lot easier if she weren’t distracted by Secret Service agent Nick Raines, a newly turned vampire who appeared at Empire General the night everything went wrong.
How can Ash regain her magic when the vampire making her hormones hum may be the man sabotaging her career?
The Witch Doctor Is In, the first volume in the Washington Medical: Vampires Ward Series, is available as an ebook and in print. The story takes place in the Magical Washington universe. It is part of the Love Spells line of laugh-out-loud cozy paranormal romances.
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