Heartbroken, hungry, and a little bit drunk, Cassandra soon realizes that just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, sometimes they can get very strange…like finding a skeleton in the basement of her newly inherited cottage.
But when that skeleton suddenly becomes a hot, romantic, and business savvy vampire named Varo…things can get a little better. That is…until his infamous older brother shows up, and their centuries old sibling rivalry threatens her chance at true love.
Can their love survive her conniving ex-fiancé, his vengeful brother, and the Curse of the Seven 70s?
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I remember watching an old Dracula movie where a guy goes into a graveyard at night to dig up a grave. He opens the coffin and there is a skeleton with a stake through its heart…He pulls it out! At this point, I remember thinking, Why doesn’t he put it back in?
In this book, Curse of the Seven 70s, I get to do just that!
I also can’t quite seem to write straight horror. It has to be funny. This book is really the second in a planned trilogy. The first book, Sweet Life of Dead Duane, was turned into a screenplay and I am in process of turning it back into a novel. The last book, House Training Werewolves, was supposed to be funny as well, but it is turning out to be a rather serious, mystery. Not a lot of laughs in that one.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Sometimes they flesh out in front of me, fully developed and ready to rock and roll. That is what happened with my lead character Varo Dracula in Curse of the Seven 70s. Other times, they take a while to develop. In my zombie story, Sweet Life of Dead Duane, that character was the result of a writing prompt. We were given words from which we were then supposed to come up with a poem, short story, beginnings of a novel, something. The words were: zombie, salmon, beach, tiger, dance, and a couple of others I have forgotten.
Anyway, that character who came to life was so great, I knew I had to give him more room to live and breath in the great big world.
And then there are those character who move into my head-space and take over. My first two stories are told in 3rd person POV, perfect past tense. In Housebreaking Werewolves, Pete Jacks came on very strong in first person POV, present tense. He scares the living bejezzus out of me. This excites me. But I will have to clear my plate before I invite Mr. Jacks back in. We’ll see where he takes me.
AS FAR AS Cassandra was concerned, if she never saw
Howard again it would be too soon. How could she love him
and hate him, want him back and wish they had never met, all
at the same time? Multi-tasking had always been her strong
suit at the university library—she handled antiquities, flustered
students, and angry professors with ease—but this…this was
emotional contortionism at its finest. She deserved a medal. The
one-hour commute from the university to her new home on
the edge of the known universe had turned into a three hour
bumper-to-bumper detour through pounding rain—plenty of
time to rehash their parting conversation.
Her lower lip trembled as the last words they had exchanged
played again in her mind.
“The University doesn’t get the significance of my research,
Cass, but they will. I only need you to store my stuff until I
get a little further along.” Howard’s caramel-colored eyes
bore into hers.
Cassandra was a sucker for those eyes; they had gotten
her into trouble more times than she cared to admit. What was
worse, they seemed to have the power to turn her legs to jelly.
Attempting to shake it off, she looked at her feet.
“C’mon, Cass. Do it for me. For old times’ sake,” he
“Why don’t you store them? Why do I have to?” She kicked
the stack of boxes on the curb. “This can’t all be research.”
“Taffy doesn’t like clutter. I gotta make a clean start.”
Howard stood, hands on hips and chest puffed out, in a perfect
But he had fallen for the wrong leading lady.
That pretty much summed Howard up: Great eyes.
Great body. And absolutely no clue when to shut the hell up.
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