by Christina Coryell
Madeline Heard wants what many girls want—a little respect, a boost in her career, and to find a guy to share happily ever after. When she gets a sudden promotion at work, it looks like things might finally be going her way…until she realizes the job is not at all what she expected.
Working for the perpetually tan, fitness-crazed Kent Cooper might be the least of her worries, though. Her spotlight-stealing sister-in-law is back in town, and her mother is bent on believing a crazy misunderstanding. To top it off, while she’s looking for Mr. Right, her relationship with her friend Josh might be threatening her chances of discovering real love.
There’s a fine line between hanging on for dear life and standing up for herself. Can she find a way to have everything she wants, or should she be careful what she wishes for?
“Laugh out loud crazy stuff.”
“Funny, uplifting, romantic and true to life.”
“So excited to see where this new series will take me. You will not be sorry when you pick up this book!”
CIR: What inspired this story?
CORYELL: This up-coming series is really inspired by The Camdyn Series, my first four novels. At the end of the fourth book, one of the main characters ends up leaving Tennessee and settling in a new place. That place is Wonder Lane in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, and this series follows three lovely ladies who happen to live on that street.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about starting this new series?
CORYELL: With my last series, all four novels focused on one main character, so I spent a great deal of time pretending to be Camdyn Taylor. This time around, taking on the personalities of three different ladies was fun, especially since they are so different from one another. It almost felt like playing dress-up. Add to that the concept of the three ladies taking on characteristics of players from Alice in Wonderland, and that pushed it into an even more fun dimension.
CIR: Are any of these characters based on people you know?
CORYELL: Yes, especially the work-related characters in Simply Mad. Some of the crazy situations in Simply Mad also happened to me, one of which is so bizarre people would probably find it hard to believe.
CIR: Tell us about these new characters.
CORYELL: Madeline Heard is the quintessential Mad Hatter, with everything being a little topsy-turvy in her life while she tries to organize chaos. She is fun, quirky, and has her flighty moments, although there is a hint of seriousness lurking just beneath the surface. Harley Laine is the queen of Wonder Lane, a poised and perfectly polished news reporter who is quickly rising the ranks to the top of the heap. Behind the façade, though, hides an insecure young woman with a heart of gold, if only someone could break through her act. And finally, Alexis Jennings has spent her entire life doing the right thing when one wrong decision finds her on the wrong side of the mirror with her world turned upside down. After being known as everyone’s friend, she ultimately finds herself angry, cautious, and lonely. Her intention is to turn her life inside out and to make it resemble what she originally wanted. When her past follows her to Louisville, though, she’ll be forced to decide whether a little of the unexpected craziness has a place in her world after all.
CIR: This is the beginning of a new series. When do we get more?
CORYELL: Harley’s story will follow at the end of summer 2015, with the final volume focusing on Alexis appearing in the fall. Fans of The Camdyn Series will recognize some of their favorites in each of the three books as well, especially the third and final book, which heavily features a favorite male character they might have fallen in love with previously.
Learn more about Christina Coryell and her writing at www.christinacoryell.com