Friday, March 22, 2013

Resurrecting Harry, Resurrecting a Legend and $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Resurrecting  Harry, Resurrecting a Legend

I knew when I decided to write a book about a reincarnated Harry Houdini, that I was treading on thin ice. I wasn’t just writing an alternate timeline for an historical figure, I was adding a new fictional tale to the life of legend.  But, when the idea of an escape artist who could escape death hit me, I know Houdini was the only potential star for this story.

I combatted my fears with research and by writing a story that was about more than the act, and about more than the real life man and woman.  Resurrecting Harry is about learning from our past mistakes and understanding that each day is a gift we’re given and not to be squandered.

I’ve been asked if it was harder to write about (fictional) real-life characters than the characters I completely make up in my head. The answer: not really. If anything, it was easier.  I’m a pantster (wite by the seat of my pants). So, when I’m working with characters that I’m building from the ground up, my first fifty pages end up uneven. The characters say and do odd things until I figure out their personality. With Resurrecting Harry, I researched Bess and Harry’s life and felt like I had sense of who they were. Quite the pair, both of them were determined and both worked hard for their eventual success. It didn’t take me long to figure them out, and to begin writing them in a consistent way.

It is my hope that when you read Resurrecting Harry, I’m able to take you to the make believe time and enjoy a new happily-ever-after for these legendary people.

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Resurrecting Harry
Constance Phillips

Genre: Paranormal Romance    

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN:  978-1-939173-13-3

Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 91,000

Cover Artist: Lilliana Sanchez

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

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 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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Constance Phillips said...

Thanks for being a host on my Bewitching Book tour.

Rebe said...

This is an intriguing concept - THE escape artist trying to help his love escape death. I like it!

Lesley D said...

Resurrecting Harry sounds really intriguing!!

bn100 said...

The book sounds interesting

Shannon R said...

Love the cover, looking toward to learning more about the book

Debby said...

Houdini is an absolutely fascinating character. Your book sounds just as amazing.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Bethany C. said...

Interesting- hope this gets the ball rolling on resurrecting other worthy characters!

Constance Phillips said...

Thanks, Rebe! I thought Harry could use a task that would challenge him. Thank you, Leslie and BN100, Thanks, Shannon, Lilyana Sanches did an amazing job with the cover. Thank you, Debby, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, Bethany.

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Margay said...

This is a very unique concept. How did you come up with it?

rivie bleu said...

I had not heard of this book but it looks very interesting. I had not heard of the author either. I'm adding this book to my TBR! Hope I get to read it soon!

stefanie gladden said...

this book sounds very interesting! cant wait to check it out! :)