Sunday, September 28, 2014

First reviews

The honour of posting the very first review for To Catch a Star goes to Sienna at Lost to Books. Thanks so much Sienna! Click the link for the full review, but I'll share my favourite line:
"I think this was my favourite from the whole series."
South African reviewer Desere Steenberg has also reviewed To Catch a Star. I'm very excited that I'll be meeting Desere in person next month so I can thank her (again!) for this lovely review.
Favourite line? Hard to choose, but I'm going with this one:
"The backdrop settings were as magical as they were simply screaming romance and without a doubt more than once I felt as if I was right there seeing it all."
To Catch a Star is available now from AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunes and All Romance eBooks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tribute to the Classics

My brand new release, To Catch a Star, releases today. This is the book which concludes my Westerwald trilogy, three stand alone novels with a common plot line connecting them.

This book means a great deal to me. It’s the longest I’ve written to date and a little more serious than the previous two Westerwald novels (though there are still the light-hearted moments you’ve come to expect from a Romy novel).

This book also allowed me to pay tribute to some of my favourite classic movies.

The opening scene (read an extract below) is based on a moment in Singin’ in the Rain in which silent movie star Gene Kelly escapes his rabid fans while his good friend (played by Donald O’Connor) looks on, laughing. He eventually jumps into the passing open-topped car of Debbie Reynolds who mistakes him for a gangster.

In To Catch a Star, the best friend is absent – though he makes a few appearances elsewhere in the book – but in many other ways the scene remains the same, with a contemporary twist.

Like Gene Kelly’s character in Singin’ in the Rain, my hero in To Catch a Star is a movie star who started his career as a stuntman. And like Kelly’s Don Lockwood, he’s a ladies’ man with an over-inflated ego who isn’t used to meeting a woman who doesn’t drop at his feet, a woman who questions his career and his life.

Another of the book’s more comic moments, which I call The Balcony Scene, was inspired by a scene from the original Pink Panther, featuring David Niven and a very young Robert Wagner. No spoiler clip this time - you’ll have to read the book to see what I mean.

And then there’s my heroine, who is modeled on Grace Kelly’s character in To Catch a Thief – want to guess how my book got its name?

I still love to watch those old movie classics. Aside from the fact that they’re a great source of story ideas, they’ve brought me many entertaining hours, cheered me up when I needed a mood lift, helped me escape from real life in the same way great books do. To Catch a Star is my little tribute to all those amazing film.

Do you have a favourite movie classic that means a lot to you?

If you haven't already pre-ordered To Catch a Star, it is available now from AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunes and All Romance eBooks.

A bittersweet dedication

To Catch a Star is dedicated to four friends I've known for nearly twenty years. We met in 1995 working together on a BBC TV series about Cecil John Rhodes, and the friendships formed then have lasted through numerous film productions and across thousands of miles.

To Terry and Sue Bamber, and to the entire Bergman Clan, thank you for your friendship. Especially to the Bergmans, who were a second family to me at a time in my life when I was very far from home.

So it is especially bittersweet for me that To Catch a Star releases today, as tomorrow is the cremation service for John Bergman. My heart is in Tiptree with you all today.

Monday, September 15, 2014

10 Days to Launch!

Only ten more days and the conclusion to my Westerwald trilogy will release. Take a trip to the fairy tale kingdom of Westerwald with my bad boy movie actor hero Christian in To Catch a Star.

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