A couple years ago I wrote a book called Be Careful What You Witch For!, which was intended to the be first in a series about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife, mom and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic fairy assigned to assist and educate her.
I started working on Book Two, but then got sidetracked by another project, a “true crime” book I co-wrote with Stacey M. Kananen, which is going to be published by Berkley Books in April 2013 (the working title was Sink or Swim, but the actual title is still being decided upon by the publisher–I’ll let you know what it is as soon as I know!). Well, that book has been put to bed, and I find myself with itchy fingers.
So, I’m officially saying hello to Lola and Twink again, and getting back to work on the next book in her series, tentatively titled Shaman-a My House. In it, Lola decides to take some classes in shamanism/soul retrieval at a “New Age” bookstore and, in her naivete, is conned by a trickster spirit from the other side of the veil who is determined to imprison Lola’s soul.
Meantime, she becomes friends with Madeline LaRue, the transvestite antique store owner from Book One, and is dismayed when Madeline falls in love with an obnoxious man who Lola has dubbed “the Tennis Jerk,” due to his annoying habit of screaming and grunting whenever he swings his racket at the tennis court across the street from Lola’s house.
Lola and Twink spend a lot of time on the other side of the veil, trying to untangle Lola’s soul from the web cast by the soul stealer. They must figure out clues and symbols left for them by both naughty and nice spirits, while Lola struggles, as usual, to maintain a balance in her home life, with her eye-rolling husband, Chuck, and her extremely teenaged daughter, Amanda.
Plenty of laughs and hijinks are guaranteed, as Lola and Twink once again find themselves in a complicated, crazy mess. I can’t wait to find out how it ends!
And, of course, here’s you some dogs (I love the one on the lounge chair who couldn’t be bothered to come and bark at us as we drove by!)