By Robyn.Bachar On Jul 2 2014, 7:30 pm
I love libraries. As a college student I worked in the main library of the University of Illinois. The stacks are massive—two buildings, ten floors, endless rows of books. Old books bound in decaying leather that leave a rusty residue on your hands and jeans after you pull them from the shelves. I always wondered what secrets might be hidden behind the aged doors tucked into lonely alcoves and marked “Do Not Enter.” Could there be tomes of arcane magic tucked between the farm reports? Ancient spells hidden in the rare book room?
So of course the supernatural world of my Bad Witch books includes librarians—yes, librarians. Magic librarians, responsible for recording and safeguarding magician history. Even vampire librarians. A librarian’s greatest wish is to join the Order of St. Jerome and become a chronicler, so that he or she can do their job for all eternity and tend a glorious, enormous library of magic. I picture Simon’s library much like the enormous U of I stacks—a little musty, just a shade too dark, and so quiet you can hear a pin drop. (Or the sound of a student worker cursing, because she wore flip-flops and rolled a book cart over her foot.)
Becoming a chronicler is considered a great honor, something that a librarian works toward his entire life. So what happens if a librarian has spent his entire life preparing to become a chronicler, and he suddenly learns that he has a soul mate? And not just any soul mate, but the beautiful, charming woman he’s been secretly pining after for years. That’s Michael Black’s dilemma in The Importance of Being Emily (included as a bonus in the print edition of Poison in the Blood—it’s two books in one!). Michael learns, much to his surprise, that his soul’s perfect match is the meddlesome seer Miss Emily Wright. Michael has sworn himself to the Order, and to have a life with Emily means turning his back on everything he’s worked for. As a seer, she can’t join the Order, and he’s faced with a tough decision: Immortality, or true love?
The Importance of Being Emily and Poison in the Blood tell Emily and Michael’s adventures in a Victorian England filled with magic and murder, and how they find their happily-ever-after despite their star-crossed state. And Poison in the Blood has bonus cute baby librarians, or as they warning calls them, “adorable plot moppets”.
I’ll be reading from Poison in the Blood at the August 5th Lady Jane’s Salon in Naperville, Illinois, and I’m giving away a Samhain swag bag at the event. I hope to see some of you there!