Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

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Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

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If vampires are so wealthy, sophisticated, and elegant, wouldn't they also be terrible snobs? I thought so and that was the inspiration for Happy Hour at Casa Dracula. I wanted to spoof cliches about vamps so I brought together career-obsessed vamps with the sort of character I love best -- a funny, bright, slightly self-delusional, but cheerful young woman who's trying to figure out her life.

I didn't know when I started how much I would come to love Milagro De Los Santos, the daughter of a heartless mother and a negligent father, as she searches for a home, a loving family, and true love with a fabulous man. Well, it makes sense, because I gave Milagro personality traits from some of my favorite fictional characters. She has a quick wit like Elizabeth Bennet. She's wacky and well-intentioned like Bridget Jones. She's enthusiastic and self-deluding like Bertie Wooster. She's trying to do the right thing like Anne Elliot. There's a dash of Jane Eyre's loneliness in her, too, and Milagro desperately wants a maternal figure to replace her beloved grandmother, who died long ago.

I love those romantic comedies set in a country house, where people are always misunderstanding one another, falling into and out of love, and operating with different agendas. The setting for Casa Dracula was inspired by my dear friends' wine country ranch. There were so many evenings we spent watching the sunset and sharing conversation and laughter. It's such a simple pleasure, relaxing with those you love, but so special, and I wanted Milagro to experience belonging to a family, even if it was a vampire family.

I hope you will enjoy my book and read the others in the series!

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Marta Acosta received a degree in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University. She is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Newspapers. Her debut novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was a Book Sense Pick.

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