Reading By The Book is happy to welcome Ella James as she celebrates the release of Book 3 in The Cajun Magic Series, Deja VooDoo. Today we will learn how the book and series came about as well as the trials to make it an success. So take it away Ms. James……
How Déjà Voodoo Came About
by Elle James
I started the Cajun Magic Series back in 2002 with VOODOO ON THE BAYOU. Back then I was an unknown author with nothing published yet. I entered the story in many writing contests and it won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart. Soon after, it sold to Dorchester Publishing as To Kiss a Frog. It didn’t get a very good cover (nothing like the one it has now-wowza!) and its sales were sad. Romantic comedy with a boring cover is a hard sell. So VOODOO FOR TWO never sold and DEJA VOODOO only had three chapters written and I thought that was the end of the series.
After Dorchester Publishing went under, I got back my rights and shopped the books around until I found Entangled Publishing who loved the stories and wanted them. I’ve loved these stories from the time I dreamed them up and I love revisiting all the characters in the stories.
The idea for DEJA VOODOO came from a thought. Why can’t we fall in love with someone who will always be happy to see us come home, always great us with excitement? Wouldn’t care what I wore, how I looked or how chubby I got as long as I loved him? The only living being I knew that met that criteria was my dog. So what would happen if a girl wished her man was a dog and it came true? I had a blast writing this story. So much so that I wrote the bulk of it in just a week! And I need to write Calliope’s book next. I know my readers will want to know her story soon and I won’t be happy until she gets her happily ever after. And the Boyette family has stories to tell with 19 children, what’s not to love?
I hope you fall in love with Alex, Ed, Calliope and Sport like I did.
Elle James spent twenty years in South Central Texas, ranching horses,
cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, retired Army and
Air Force Reservist, she’s proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and
paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats or
laughing out loud. Now, living in northwest Arkansas, she’s given up wrangling
cattle and exotic birds to wrangle her muses, a malti-poo and a yorkie. When
she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow skiing, boating, or riding
her four-wheeler, dreaming up new stories.
TRIGGERED – COVERT COWBOYS INC – Harlequin Intrigue July 2013
DEJA VOODOO – CAJUN MAGIC – Entangled Suspense – Jun 17, 2013
VOODOO FOR TWO – CAJUN MAGIC – Entangled Suspense
VOODOO ON THE BAYOU– CAJUN MAGIC – Entangled Suspense