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During this year’s A to Z Challenge, I am writing about my latest novel, Escape Plan by giving you all little snippets about the characters, inspiration, and lessons learned while writing my third novel.

Stacia Tate Curran is the second lead in the Overlook series. At the age of fifty, she is the queen bee of the sub-division and rules it with an iron fist. Crossing her would be social suicide. Stacia is a member of one of the founding families of Magnuson and is well-schooled in the ways to manipulate people to do her bidding.

Unfortunately, the times are changing around Stacia. Northerns are moving into Magnuson and don’t care that she is a Tate. The women’s movement has changed her peers’ focus from winning in the social sphere to winning in the professional sphere. The old families simply don’t have the power they once did.

Stacia was a satisfying character to write because at first glance she comes across as a villain, but once the reader gets to know her, they realize that she has demons just like anyone else. Stacia was the sole survivor of a terrible car wreck when she was 18. Her best friend died in the accident and Stacia has been punishing herself for that ever since. It isn’t until she helps Kitty Haskell that she is able to lay down the burden of that guilt. Writing Stacia reminded me that sometimes you don’t get what you want in life, but you can get what you need.

Escape Plan by Elizabeth Hein (100x150)To celebrate the release of Escape Plan coinciding with the A to Z Challenge, I am giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and 3 copies of Escape Plan. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to reach you when you win.

Also, if you sign-up to receive my newsletter, I will send you a free copy of Overlook, the prequel to Escape Plan.

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