Psychic medium Alexandra King is sick of being pestered by her boss's dead mother demanding help to reunite her two estranged sons. Determined to get some peace and quiet again, Alexandra follows a lead in finding the younger Collins brother to Charleston, South Carolina, where she immediately meets the hottest man she's ever laid eyes on and finds herself a willing participant in seduction. Of course, her one-night-stand turns out to be none other than Dylan Collins — her boss's younger brother and a homicide detective who believes psychics are a complete waste of time.
All Dylan wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of The Holy City — a killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he'd just spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.
It doesn't take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra is the real deal - and the killer's next target. Dylan's protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved with a woman he isn't sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer, they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra's secret agenda destroy their chance at happiness — if the killer doesn't strike first?
Thank you. Mrs. Campbell
So you have a spot for the men who dress funny – will we meet such characters in Something Wicked?
As a matter of fact, yes. There’s a mischievous ghost named George who is dressed in a Derby hat and other attire from the late 1800s--a double-breasted black coat with a gray vest underneath, white ruffled shirt and all. I mean, that’s kind of funny dress since the book is contemporary, right? And I developed a huge soft spot for his character when writing him, which is probably why he ended up having a much bigger role than originally intended.
„[C]haracters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations” – I personally love action, urban fantasy, paranormal romance peppered with humor. What do you think about using humor in your books? OR why do you use it?
Humor is an essential ingredient in my writing because, as cliché as it sounds, I believe laughter is the best medicine and a good sense of humor is essential to surviving anything. I love to laugh, and I love to hear other people laugh (except for Fran Drescher, bless her heart). I never know if what I’m writing is actually funny or not, but I have a tendency to get tickled when I’m writing, so at least I’m having fun. I hope my readers at least get a chuckle every now and then, too.
How do you build a relationship from an one-night-stand?
As I’ve never had one myself, I can only imagine! What I imagined for my characters in this story is that once they get past the intense initial attraction they feel for one another, a genuine friendship begins to form. I think every successful relationship is based on friendship and mutual respect. Sexual chemistry is great and all, but if you don’t like the person you’re having sexy time with, any relationship there is bound to fizzle out.
Adult, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense – which is the special ingredient for a successful story?
I think each of these three things brings great value to a story, which is why I try to use them all! I’ve read stories in each of those three genres that are very well done, so I think the special ingredient is simply the writer. If the person who wrote a great story loved the story they wanted to tell, that alone gives it great power.
You were a reporter and in my opinion the writing style is totally different from the one of a novelist. How was the “transition” and are there advantages and/or disadvantages of such experience?
Being a reporter taught me two very valuable things that have translated well into my fiction career—how to write fast and meet deadlines, and how to be precise in my writing. Some people have said I have a straightforward narrative style they appreciate, which I can only assume comes from my background and training as a journalist. I’m also rarely called out for bad grammar, which is a huge plus. At the same time, I do wish I could be more flowery in my writing, and I’ve learned to pay special attention to that and accomodate for it in my edits. I always worry that sometimes I’m too straightforward in my attempts to tell a story, but I’m afraid it’s just habit at this point. I’m working on it though!
About the author:
Author Angela Campbell is an overachiever with a soft spot for men who dress funny. Superman, Charlie Chaplin, Dracula, Doctor Who, Elvis - those are her kind of heroes. An eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, Angela read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately endeavored to write one, too. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, she published her first novel through Carina Press. Her new romantic suspense series is being published by Harper Impulse. With every story she pens, Angela aims to build in a paranormal element to a contemporary and recognizable world with characters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations.
A mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer, Angela has also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. Learn more about her books at:
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