Thursday, 25 July 2013

Blogger Book Fair July 2013: Constance Phillips - The Happily Ever After

It is my pleasure today, as part of the Blogger Book Fair July 2013, to introduce you to author Constance Phillips, who is talking about the happy ending. So, Constance, over to you.


Why do you pick up a romance novel?

I’m sure the reasons are as many and as varied as the types of romances out there, but if you’re anything like me a big part of that desire is for the happily every after.

Not only is the happy ending a big part of why I read romance, but it is the main reason why I write them.

I love taking two characters, putting them on a bumpy road, and watch them learn how to stand on their own two feet, while realizing they can’t live without each other.

It was also why I decided to write Resurrecting Harry. To quote that old TV show Quantum Leap (one of my favorites, by the way) [I wanted] to set right what once went wrong. And give two people real people who were very much in love, the happy ending they were cheated out of in real life.

Harry Houdini, even many years after his death, remains the best known escape artist. He continues to be the gold standard that magicians of this day hope to emulate, and tops just about every list of escape artists.

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 not the happy ending we long for in romance books.

Enter Jaden: purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a new body, life and face and is charged with using it to save Bess from herself. Harry (now known as Erich) believes their love transcends death, but quickly learns he has to fight for his one-and-only love and a second chance at that happily ever after.

Can you think of another historical couple who deserve a better ending to their story than life gave them?


Resurrecting Harry

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?  


About Contance Phillips

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). 

Constance blogs regularly at You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.



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