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Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday Spotlight: Lyrical Press
Hi. My name is Dara England. The book I currently have out with Lyrical Press is a paranormal romance titled Brought to Life. I got the idea for Brought to Life from a short story I had written a year or two in the past. The subjects of the two stories were unrelated except that they were both about time travel and things not being what they seemed. I thought it’d be fun to see if I could stretch a time travel story into something more than just a few pages.
I dreamed up the character Megan, her fictional dashing duke, and the mysterious character named “Duke” and after that the story just seemed to come out on its own. Oddly enough, I think the most fun I had with Brought to Life was in writing the dialogue between my main character, Megan, and her friend and roommate Carlita. Their friendship and verbal battles reminded me of a friendship I have in real life.
I’m not sure where I got the inspiration for the nineteenth century duke Megan falls in love with. I just came up with the idea of a storybook character coming to life and things took off from there. As for the other “Duke”—the mysterious stranger who walks into Megan’s life, bearing so much resemblance to the fictional duke from the novel she’s reading… well, I’ll leave you to find out more about him on your own. :)
And now, here’s a brief teaser about the book:
Megan Hurst's life has taken some unexpected turns: First she loses her heart to the dashing hero of a novel. And then she meets an amnesia victim who seems just like him.
The mysterious stranger needs her help to piece his past together, and the closer the two become the more questions arise about his resemblance to a "fictional" character.
Megan's romantic feelings and her bizarre suspicions bring her to an impossible question... Has she dreamed the Duke to life?
Reviews for Brought to Life:
“Brought to Life is endearing in its ability to pull you in and convey that light, whimsical tone that Ms. England executes so well.” ~ Ava from Dark Diva Reviews
"Brought to Life is a quick, fun, enjoyable read. And as you dive deeper into the novel, you’ll have a hard time putting it down. The ending is the best part and will cause you to want to find a Duke of your own to kiss.” ~ Primrose from Long and Short Reviews
“Dara England uses characters that the reader can identify with and focuses the story on romance and a fairy-tale ending.” ~ Amazon review