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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Guest Post: Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips

A Twist of Fate: Resurrecting Harry

Have you ever wished you could write your own ending to a story that maybe, didn’t quite, turn out the way you wanted it to?

That’s sort of what happened with my newest novel, Resurrecting Harry.

I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery and bigger than life persona that was Harry Houdini, and found the fact that Bess kept a candle burning for her dearly, departed husband for ten years a compelling – yet, very sad – story. I am a romance writer after all.

The idea of someone dedicating the remainder of their life upholding their mate’s legacy rang of a Shakespearean tragedy.

Some of the questions that ran through my mind were: Wouldn’t it have been better if she’d fallen in love again? But what of her star-crossed, fated love to her dear, sweet Harry? Harry could escape any confines. Or so he said. What if he had been able to escape death?

Yes. It can get pretty scary in my head.

Resurrecting Harry is very different from any of my other work, but my process is much the same. I will hear a song on the radio, see a person waiting for a bus, or hear a bit of a news clip on TV. My mind takes that tidbit and goes off on tangents. It asks questions. Sometimes it answers those questions too. Most of the time, I find myself building, not only characters from the ground up, but scenarios, too.  I create their fates.

Did that one person waiting for a bus, just get dumped? Is he about to meet his soul mate?

But Bess and Harry had their story. A beginning, middle and end already existed. I just wasn’t all that crazy about the ending.

When the book opens, Harry is nearing the end of his time in Purgatory and meets its keeper.  Harry ends up making a wager which allows him to escape death and return to earth with a new, younger face and body, a new name, and a mission to change Bess’s course.

Everything from there is a twist of the fate they were given…

Resurrecting Harry 
By Constance Phillips


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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