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Local author releases second novel in Roswell

Vampire book launch at Red Door Playhouse

Roswell author Delilah S. Dawson signs a copy of her new book, “Wicked as She Wants,” for fellow author James R. Tuck at their book launch May 3 at the Red Door Playhouse in Roswell. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – A former Roswell High School student released her second published novel May 3 with a fancy dress masquerade at the Red Door Playhouse.

Delilah S. Dawson – perhaps best known locally as Missy Southard – released "Wicked as She Wants," the second novel in her vampire-themed alternative world.

The sequel to the acclaimed "Wicked as They Come" takes readers on further adventures in her alternative world, where vampires exist. It took Dawson three months to write the first draft.

"It's based on the history of the [Russian] princess Anastasia," Dawson said.

The vampire princess embarks on a quest to reclaim her throne.

Dawson's book is already receiving praise – it was named a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, their highest rating.

"Wicked as She Wants" is the second book in Dawson's "Blud" trilogy, and adds to her library, which will include an upcoming young adult novel set in Savannah.

Along with Dawson was fellow author James R. Tuck of Woodstock, who released his third urban fantasy book in "The Deacon Chalk" series, titled "Blood and Magic."

He wrote it in just six weeks.

"You have to know your characters and know your plot," he said. "Then you have to sit and write for six to eight hours a day."

He said he started writing after an unfortunate literary mishap.

"I read a book that was supposed to be amazing," he said. "I realized I could write a better book than this."

For more about Dawson, go to For more on Tuck, visit

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