It’s time to say goodbye to Julia for now–she’ll be back during novella week later in October–and move on to the stand alone books, starting with THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST.
Oh, chickens, this one was painful. It was the first time I tried to write outside the series, and it was not a book that came easily. I started and restarted, and after my editor expressed concerns, I rewrote all but 50 pages of it in a month. It was GRUELING. But I have come to be quite fond of this book because it was a love letter to one of my favorite genres–Gothic. If you grew up as I did, loving Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart, you don’t need any explanation. You understand that there is a youthful–or at least naive–heroine in most cases, a hero with some serious baggage, and a lingering question: is he a good man or a bad man?
And I thought it might be interesting to change that question up just a little. Instead of asking if he was a good or bad man, I decided to ask if he was a man at all. And that’s how we found out that the dead travel fast…
A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all
With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh—and a disappointed suitor—far behind. She is bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence.
She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians, replete with eccentric inhabitants: the ailing dowager; the troubled steward; her own fearful friend, Cosmina. But all are outstripped in dark glamour by the castle’s master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.
Bewildering and bewitching in equal measure, the brooding nobleman ignites Theodora’s imagination and awakens passions in her that she can neither deny nor conceal. His allure is superlative, his dominion over the superstitious town, absolute—Theodora may simply be one more person under his sway.
Before her sojourn is ended—or her novel completed—Theodora will have encountered things as strange and terrible as they are seductive. For obsession can prove fatal…and she is in danger of falling prey to more than desire.