There’s something to be said about a happy ending, isn’t there? It’s one of the reasons I love to pick up a romance over other genres to read. It is also the main reason I write romance. Taking two characters, putting them on a bumpy road to travel, and then watching them learn how to stand on their own two feet, while realizing they can’t live without each other, makes me all warm and mushy inside.
In part, it was why I was drawn to write Resurrecting Harry. To quote that old TV show Quantum Leap: “[I wanted] to set right what once went wrong...”
Harry Houdini, even many years after his death, remains the best known escape artist. His wife Bess was his partner on the stage and in life. He died before his time and she continued on, dedicated to both him and the act. Admirable, yes, but it’s not the happy ending we long for. In the romance novel version of their life, things would have ended much differently.
So with a little help from Jaden – purgatory’s keeper – Harry gets a new body, life and face and is charged with using it to save Bess from herself.
I’ll admit I was a little nervous about taking two real life characters and playing with their destiny. The angst was increased proportionally by the level of Bess and Harry’s success in their life. It was then that I realized the book had to be about more than who these people were. It had to be a universal story. Yes, it was happening to them, but it could be happening to anybody.
And isn’t that what’s most wonderful about a story that ends well. When we read them – even if they are the most unlikely circumstances, even if they contain creatures from other worlds that only live in our imaginations – we can picture ourselves in those final embraces. We like to feel our hearts melt a little. We want to believe that we can all be the stars of our own happily ever after.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 91,000
Cover Artist: Lilliana Sanchez
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/2fWMcc8h368
Can the greatest escape artist ever known break the grim reaper’s chains to save the only woman he’s ever loved?
In order to save Bess from self-destruction, Harry Houdini puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.
Bess clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave, determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, even if that means befriending her husband's sworn enemy.
Erich needs to help Bess over her loss and put her on the road to healing, but will any good come from resurrecting Harry?
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About the Author:
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
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