Message From The Author

Kristen Callihan

Book Title: MOONGLOW
Genre: Victorian Period, England, Paranormal, Historical Romance

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Author's Message

Dear Reader,

From the time I was a young girl until I graduated from high school, my mother was the manager for the cosmetics department in Neiman Marcus. Being the manager meant that my mother would receive numerous samples from sales vendors. Thus my sister and I grew up with Lancôme, Dior, Clarins, and Keihls. When $100 pots of Crème de La Mer were en vogue, we had them for free.

Needless to say, our perception of cosmetics in regard to cost was wildly skewed. But never so much as when it came to perfume. Bottles of Guerlain, Gucci, Bvlgari Boucheron, Creed, and Channel crowded our shelves. My mother used to wrap up perfumes and give them to our teachers for end-of-the-year gifts. (Our teachers loved her.)

When I was younger, I used to play with the bottles, picking out my favorites—it was a tie between Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique, which features a torso-shaped bottle, and Salvador Dali’s nose and lips bottle. They both still rest on my bathroom shelf. The odd thing is that as much I love perfume, from smoky exotic blends to light and fruity florals, I rarely wear it. However, my appreciation for those who blend fragrances remains.

When I started writing Moonglow, I had no idea that my heroine Daisy would be a perfume nose. Yet it made perfect sense. A mad werewolf is attracted to Daisy’s perfume. However, if the perfume was a common blend, why would he only want Daisy? Well, she had to be wearing an original fragrance. And why not have her be the one to create it?

This also works in a subtle way in that Ian Ranulf, the hero, is a lycan and has a highly developed sense of smell. Thus Daisy and Ian share a commonality, one that leads them to work together as they track down the mad werewolf through Daisy’s perfume.

In truth, scent plays a big role in my story, from the sweet fragrance of Daisy’s perfume to the foul, moldering stench of London’s dark underbelly in which a killer lurks. I hope you enjoy Moonglow.

- Kristen Callihan

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