Today I would like to give a warm welcome to romance author, Eliza Daly!
My Cameo Appearances in Under Her Spell
I recently discovered Reading Between the Wines when I was following an author’s blog tour. The name of the blog hooked me--wine and reading, two of my favorite things. Wine makes an appearance in almost all my books, including my debut romance novel Under Her Spell. My characters tend to be red wine drinkers and lately they are really into Malbecs. This made me realize that mypersonality and quirks sometimes sneak into a book without me even realizing it. The following are several appearances I made inUnder Her Spell.
I’m an event planner like the book’s heroine Monica. The big difference between our jobs is that I plan corporate events and Monica plans romantic events.I am all-too-familiar with the challenges she faces throughout the book and it was easy to make her suffer, which of course makes her stronger in the end.
The book is set in Milwaukee where I live. I’ve only set two books in Milwaukee.
Monica’s favorite meal is an Italian dish called Capellini Toscana. I read this book numerous times before I realized I’d used my favorite dish from my favorite restaurant, Mimma’s Café. If you are ever in Milwaukee, I highly recommend Mimma’s.
I make several references to Frank Sinatra tunes. This might be because I often listen to Sinatra while writing and his songs subconsciously made their way into the book.
Monica wears a reproduction of the dress Audrey Hepburn wore to the Larrabee garden party in the movie Sabrina. Audrey is the epitome of style and grace and my all-time favorite actress. I also reference Breakfast at Tiffany’sin the book. You’ll find Audrey making cameo appearances in many of my books.
The book’s hero Reed is Irish. In one scene he reminisces about taking his mother to Ireland and singing Irish pub songs. I’ve been tracing my Irish ancestry for five years and have traveled there three times to meet me rellies. I have two pub CDs I sing along to in the privacy of my car.
Monica plans a Packer-themed event. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and my father has season tickets, so I’m a Packer backer.
Monica holds a romantic event at Bastille Days, a French festival that takes place in Milwaukee. I love all things French. I studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris for a semester in college. I speak French, but not very well. I did manage to include a few French phrases in the book.
Monica also holds an event at the Renaissance Faire. I attendthe Faire annually and actually conducted research there for some of the New Age ideas used in the book.
Monica inadvertently helps her cousin cast a negative spell on her cheating hubby. It’s up to the reader’s imagination whether or not the spell holds any real power, or if her husband is merely suffering a run of bad luck. While writing Under Her Spell, I had a good friend going through a nasty separation and I found this plotline very therapeutic. After all, I write fiction to make all my dreams come true.
Is your personality reflected in your job?
Thanks so much Crystal for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of Under Her Spell. I would like to give away two e-copies of Under Her Spell. To be eligible to win one, please answer the above question or leave an insightful comment on my post. Thank you to everyone who stopped by today. Please check out future stops on my blog tour, ending November 27. I’ll be giving away a variety of gifts.
As Eliza mentioned above, she is giving away an eBook of Under Her Spell to two readers. To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering her question and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!