By: Amber Hart
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.
Fun fact—I had originally intended for Wicked Charm to have a fantasy twist. A little paranormal. A little magic. I wrote the whole first draft this way, but quickly saw that it wasn’t working for this particular story. So, with my agent’s help, I came up with a different angle. A contemporary, still set in the swamp, but with a different backstory. I adore novels dipped in southern cadence, so I made sure to keep that aspect. Some characters stayed. Others were scrapped. But overall, the bones of the novel remained. A secretive guy with a complicated past. A curious, feisty girl. A romance between them. And a string of shadowy murders to figure out. The novel went through one entire rewrite, four edits, many rereads, and outside input. Writing is never a one-shot-and-done process, at least not for me. The process was long—about three years or so—from start to finish, but so worth it. Now Wicked Charm is in readers’ hands. I hope they love it as much as I do!
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep’d by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
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