Today, we have an author here who is doing something great with her romance novel, and is here to tell us all about it. Take it away, Angela.
A romance with some fluff – by Angela Campbell
Which would be awesome if it hadn’t made her the target of every wacko in the metro Atlanta area. Now Hannah and her famous pets need protecting. And there’s only one man who can help them…
Enter Zachary Collins: ex-TV star of ‘The Psychic Detective’ and street-wise private investigator — all 6-foot, blue-eyed gorgeousness!
Only Zach’s got secrets of his own, not least that he finds Hannah, his client, irresistibly hot. The more time he spends keeping her out of harm’s way, the more he’s tempted to give in to the attraction and break all his own rules.
I’ll be the first to admit that the premise of my book ON THE SCENT can sound a little … far out there. Even my publisher said, “At first it does sound quite kooky, but it really works!”
Seriously, I promise it’s not as kooky as it sounds. As a writer, I like to take ideas that sound weird and kooky and turn them into fun, plausible reads.
This time I had help from two characters who pushed and wiggled their way into the forefront of my story. I’m talking about two furballs who kept sneaking onto the page when my attention should have been on the romance between my hero and heroine.
That’s right. My romance is full of fluff. Fluff in the form of a snarky cat named Abbott and a goofy dog named Costello, who refused to be relegated to mere plot devices and demanded to become full-fledged characters.
Needless to say, I’m a huge animal lover. I loved Abbott and Costello’s characters so much while writing them that I wanted a way for the reader to hear their thoughts. Enter my story’s hero, a hunky psychic who doesn’t realize he’s psychic until he meets these two mischievous critters. Oh, there’s plenty of romance between the humans in my book, but Abbott and Costello steal quite a few scenes. So I’ll tell you straight up: if you don’t like animals, this book probably isn’t for you. If you love animals as much as I do (or just a little?), I hope you’ll give it a try, especially because I’m hoping Abbott and Costello will help me save the lives of other lovable pets.
I’d decided long before I ever found a publisher for this book that I would donate my author proceeds to an animal rescue organization. I considered the Humane Society of the United States, ASCPA, Best Friends and a long list of local groups in my area. Honestly, I want to help as many animals as possible, but I think it’s best to start on my own turf since I’ve seen firsthand how strong the need is here.
I’m donating half of my author royalties to Greenville County Animal Care because it works with so many rescue groups to save as many animals in my area as possible. I’ve sponsored the rescue fees for many animals on this shelter’s urgent list in the past, but I’d love to sponsor a lot more with your help.
If you’re as big of an animal lover as I am, I hope you’ll read my series (yes, Abbott and Costello make appearances in each book) and rest assured you’ve contributed to a worthy cause. You can also learn more about the real-life animals who inspired Abbott and Costello at my website, www.AngelaCampbellOnline.com, as well as keep up with how many animals we’ve been able to save together.
In the meantime, why not live by Costello’s motto: Wag more, bark less!