Nothing can change the fact that Olivia Larsen’s twin sister, Violet, is gone…until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn’t just look magical—it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

Olivia’s wish will be granted.

With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses and two more wishes left.

Please welcome Alexandra Bullen, author of Wish, to Luxury Reading!

One of the best parts of writing Wish was that it gave me an excuse to do something I’d always really wanted to do: Spend a few months living in San Francisco.

There’s a scene early in the book where Miles asks Olivia if she drove all the way from Boston to California, and Olivia shudders at the thought. In real life, I did make the cross-country trip, with lots of stops along the way. Luckily, I had company. Here I am with my travel buddies, somewhere between Nashville and Sedona:

As you can see, I did most of the driving.

Since Olivia is new to San Francisco, I spent a lot of time trying to see the city through her eyes. I got to know the neighborhood where the Larsens live (Dolores Park and the Mission), where Olivia goes to school (the Haight) and all of the famous landmarks that Soren shows off on his mini-tour of the city (The Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill…oh my!)

It was a great excuse to be a tourist, day after day. But since I was there for three months, I was eventually able to settle into a routine of my own. I found my favorite neighborhood yoga studio (Yoga Tree on Stanyan), the greatest sandwich shop in the universe (Ike’s Place in the Castro—the Dirty Sauce is addictive!), and spent hours browsing legendary bookstores (I miss you, City Lights!)

Now that I think about it, it’s probably time for another extended visit. You know, for research…

Extra Goodies: Visit the beautiful dedicated Wish website and Alexandra Bullen’s blog. Mouse over to YouTube to watch the book trailer.

Check out Alex’s next blog tour stop at The Compulsive Reader on January 15th, where she will be doing an interview.