Milagro de Los Santos, the only human to survive vampire infection, still has normal girl problems. She can’t pay her condo fees, can’t sell her novels, and still longs for her ex-fiance, Dr. Oswald Grant, the fabulous vamp who accidentally infected her. She also feels guilty about her torrid affair with decadent aristovamp Ian Ducharme.
When Ian’s attentions to a sexy neighbor infuriate Milagro, she jets off to London and begins her own flirtations.
Suddenly, the bodies begin piling up and Milagro’s being framed for murder. Is Ian retaliating or is someone else out to get her? She escapes to Oswald’s ranch, but a blow to the head causes her to lose her memory of all her time with the vampires. How will she clear her name now, and can she really have a do-over with Oswald…or will she make the same mistakes all over again?
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Haunted Honeymoon and a Casa Dracula novel – winner’s choice – to two lucky readers
A lot of people ask about the writing process, mostly what my day is like (sitting at my desk and wishing I could play outside), and it’s taken me a while to figure out that they really want to know how I came up with a story or characters. So I’ll tell you about Milagro de Los Santos, the heroine of my Casa Dracula series.
Reviewers and fans call Milagro intrepid, plucky, sassy, cheerful, good-hearted, sexy, hilarious, and wacky. Do you remember how those losers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer made a Buffybot to fulfill their perverse wishes? (Okay, it was fun seeing Spike with the robot.) Well, I constructed Milagro to be my best fictional friend.
She had to be funny because I think humor is what makes life bearable. She had to be good because I don’t want to spend a lot of time with someone I don’t admire. She had to make mistakes because perfection bores me. She had to be willing to fall in love because I wanted her to be emotionally accessible. She had to be optimistic because I hate whining (and heaven knows I do enough of it).
Writers absorb all we’ve read and learned and heard and use these things to help us construct our stories. My first book, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was inspired by books like Jane Austen’s where a bright and pleasant young woman falls for someone unattainable; and where families and other suitors cause problems. There are misunderstandings, word play, and yearning.
When my editor asked for additional Casa Dracula books, I knew I had to have my character and her world develop and progress. My second book, Midnight Brunch, takes place at a posh resort in the desert where Milagro is hiding out and working on a screenplay. I drew a bit from ‘40s romantic comedies: there are dangerous cults, eccentric heiresses, has-been actors, and tabloid reporters.
Milagro’s world gets even more complicated in The Bride of Casa Dracula. Everything is going wrong as she’s planning her wedding, and she’s making seriously bad decisions. I had to trust my readers to both understand my character when she makes terrible mistakes and to forgive her.
In Haunted Honeymoon, I upped the ante. Milagro’s naturally impulsive nature gets out of control and so does her situation. Her courage, cheerfulness, and good heart carry her through, though. She’s grown from being an impetuous girl to a confident young
woman. She’s still fun, funny, sexy, good and brave. She had more than earned a happy ending so I gave her a fabulous one. I gave her everything she’d dreamed of…I gave her everything I dreamed of for her, because I’d grown to love this fabulous figment of my imagination.
I hope you’ll check out my Casa Dracula books.
Want to purchase Marta’s novels?
- Happy Hour at Casa Dracula at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Midnight Brunch at Amazon or the Book Depository
- The Bride of Casa Dracula at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Haunted Honeymoon at Amazon or the Book Depository
Contest Time! Marta has graciously offered to give away a copy of Haunted Honeymoon and a Casa Dracula novel – winner’s choice – to two lucky readers. All you have to do is answer this one question: Who would be your fictional best friend and why?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Marta’s novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.