Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.
Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.
If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.
From NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Michelle M. Pillow, a Cozy Mystery Paranormal Romantic Comedy.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been a published author for about 15 years now, and during that time I’ve had the opportunity to write in many different romance genres—dark fantasy, historical, paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, futuristic. One thing became obvious very quickly in my career. For better or worse, I wasn’t a one-genre writer. My muse likes to explore and research, so I let her.
My first “cozy mystery paranormal romantic comedy” (say that ten times fast), was in The Happily Everlasting Series project with Mandy M. Roth, Kirsten Painter, and Jana DeLeon. We each wrote a different book in a shared world. In the first book, Fooled Around and Spelled in Love, Aunt Polly quickly became a fan favorite. (You can see her make appearances in Mandy M. Roth’s book in that series.) She started as the loveable, quirky aunt to Fooled Around and Spelled in Love’s heroine, Anna. She runs a tiny, and slightly questionable, magic shop in the back of Anna’s coffee shop.
So why did I write Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes? For Aunt Polly. Readers love her. I love her. She’s too much fun to stop.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My new series is called (Un)Lucky Valley where I bring my Polly character from those other books to a new setting.
Aunt Polly goes where she is needed, and a long-lost relative is in some serious need of her brand of magic. Lily Goode just inherited a creepy mansion in Lucky Valley, Colorado. It comes complete with neighboring ghost town, Unlucky Valley. The residents aren’t too welcoming and blame Lily’s family for the string of bad luck that runs through town.
Nolan Dawson, one of the town’s favorite sons, is the city code enforcer and is give the task by the town council to run the Goodes out of town. He agrees, thinking it’s what’s best, but then he meets Lily and all bets are off. And it looks like he’s not the only one tasked with frightening Lily.
Oh, and Aunt Polly brings her gnome army with her. No one is quite sure what is happening with those statues, but they’re popping up everywhere.
(Un)Lucky Valley has it all—werewolves, witches, ghosts, other supernatural creatures, mystery, and a run of really bad luck.
Michelle M. Pillow is a NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Romance and Cozy Mystery Author with over a million books sold.
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