If you’re at all inclined to be swept away to the U.S. Virgin Islands to fall in love with a rainforest jumbie house and a lead character who’s as much a threat to herself as the bad guys on the island are, you’ll love this book. It’s funny, touching, and exciting. Officially, it’s summarized like this: Texas attorney Katie Connell escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and her Bloody Mary-habit when she runs to the island of St. Marcos to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents. But she trades one set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit in an abandoned rainforest house and, as worlds collide, finds herself reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again to defend her new friend Ava, who is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.
Saving Grace is the book you’d get if Janet Evanovich wrote Wuthering Heights meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back: zany, tropical, intense, and eerie, all at once. Readers tell me that if you like Evanovich, Jennifer Weiner, or Lisa Scottoline, you will love Katie, Annalise, and Saving Grace. I love those comparisons! It won a few awards, too, as a Romance manuscript and as a Ghost Story (thanks, Writers League of Texas and Houston Writers Guild!).
Saving Grace is women’s fiction, but it is more. Ghostly. Mysterious. And, according to reviewers, hilarious, tear-jerking, pulse-pounding and nail-biting.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes fiction and nonfiction. She is a former Human Resources executive and employment attorney who lives with her husband and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston, but their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring. She has six books out wtih SkipJack Publishing: Saving Grace, Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans, How To Screw Up Your Kids, Love Gone Viral, Puppalicious and Beyond, and The Clark Kent Chronicles. She is also a contributing author to Easy to Love But Hard to Raise and the upcoming Easy to Love But Hard to Teach (DRT Press), Ghosts! (Aakenbaaken & Kent), and Prevent Workplace Harassment (Prentice Hall). She won Romance in the 2010 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Competition for Saving Grace (fka Leaving Annalise), and she also won both Mainstream Fiction (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Narrative Non-fiction (2012) in the Houston Writers’ Guild’s Manuscript Competitions for Conceding Grace (novel) and How To Screw Up Your Kids (nonfiction book). She won top Ghost Story in 2012 from the Houston Writers Guild. Visit her website http://pamelahutchins.com, or follow her on Facebook http://facebook.com/pamela.fagan.hutchins.author.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The house I owned in the US Virgin Islands, and its jumbie!