From the Author
Not having the luxury of a plausible diagnosis or the ability to suspend my life until one was found, I kept going, doing my best to ignore the growing list of debilitating maladies. Though I tried to avoid it, my deteriorating health would force me back into the medical arena--time after fruitless time--where I was diagnosed with everything from Ankylosing Spondylitis to Restless Leg Syndrome.
It took nine years from the onset of my symptoms to learn the name of my nemesis. Because the diagnosis was so long in coming, I now had late-stage Lyme, which is next to impossible to cure. My only hope at that point was going the "alternative" route, which required leaving normal and taking a huge leap of faith, resorting to methods that are part new-age, part medieval. I would soon learn getting the correct diagnosis was only half the battle.
Throughout my struggles, three things saved me from complete despair: an overabundance of willpower, an appreciation of the absurd, and writing. My experiences during that time make for a candid, comic and sometimes harrowing look at what I endured at the hands of medical professionals. What I got for my trouble was a craft that has allowed me to channel my overactive imagination into writing books, which is now my sole occupation--besides fighting Lyme.
About the Author
"Spouse Trap," set in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, is the prequel to the series. It tells the story of how Madeline Ridley becomes Madeline Dawkins, and the dual careers she forges after going to hell and back. It was released in February 2013 and has received very enthusiastic feedback.
Because of what she put her heroine through in the first installment, the author realized Madeline needed to have martial arts training in the subsequent books. To that end, she has taken up karate, a discipline she has fallen in love with - so much so, she incorporated her instructor into her latest book.
The author's other works include A High Price to Pay, Lucky at Love, Alligators in the Trees, and Golden State. To learn more about the author and to sign up for updates to the series, please visit cynthiahamiltonbooks.com.