Asking an author to pick her favorite book is a bit like asking a mom to pick her favorite child. An exception to the rule is my mother, because I’m obviously her favorite—but don’t get my sister and brother started on that one. Another exception is the fourth book in my Liv & Di in Dixie cozy series, TIL DEATH DO US PARTY, which comes out in less than two weeks (March 27)!
Actually, I can’t say definitively that it’s my favorite. But I can say that, to date, it was the most fun to write. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Las Vegas setting. While we keep in touch with the happenings in Dixie—including wrapping up the story back home—Til Death Do Us Party is set mostly in Vegas. Hotels mammoth enough to house roller coasters and Venetian-style canals. A skyline boasting the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. The siren call of the musical slot machines and the lure of jackpots just waiting to be won. Neon, buffets—and…
2. Elvis impersonators. We’ve got wall-to-wall Elvis in this one. Fat Elvises filling jumpsuits like sausage casings at a high school reunion. A hunky, bad-boy Elvis impersonator and a sweet, petite aspiring Elvis tribute artist. And a dead Elvis impersonator-minister who leaves mama and Earl in the lurch at the altar. I’m from Memphis, so plotting the murder of an Elvis impersonator had been a longtime dream of mine.
3. A lively bachelorette party that my party planner protagonist didn’t plan. Liv and Di end up partying with Mama and Liv’s mother-in-law—and having a good time. (SPOILER ALERT: Wine and beefcake waiters may be involved.)
4. My “research” trip to Vegas. Hubs and I had fun, but I really did check out all the locations used in the book. And I annoyed bus drivers, bartenders and desk clerks with nosy questions. While Liv and Di and the gang end up staying in a fictionalized hotel/casino (because of some of the nefarious goings-on), most of the locations mentioned are real places.
5. The screaming pink cover. I admit, I was a little overwhelmed by the pinkness of the cover when I first saw the art. In fact, I described it to my agent as bordello pink. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I may have used a word other than bordello.) But, my agent, editor, and husband loved it immediately. It is very Vegas. And it’s grown on me. It’s actually one of my favorite Liv & Di covers now.
Can you single out a favorite or fun book you’ve read—or written? Maybe one that you ended up liking a lot more than you though you would like based on the title, cover art, or cover copy? Share in the comments.