Guest Blog by Liz Newman, author of The Movie Star's Wife
Thank you so much, Keira, for having me as a guest at Love Romance Passion. Gentle Readers, thank you for stopping by. I'm really excited about this new romantic novella. It has been described by Amazon Vine Reviewer Geri Ahearn as "Sizzling, Compelling, Intriguing!" I am also hosting a giveaway. Simply leave a comment below and you will be eligible to win a $10 Amazon gift card, a free copy of The Movie Star's Wife, or a box of delicious Helen Grace Mint Chocolate Truffles.
Juliet James, aka Julie Streets, is a former starlet married to one of the biggest action stars in history. He’s handsome, sexy, and her best friend. There’s only one thing keeping them from falling in love. Enter a world of glamour and riches where all of the indulgences of heaven are there for the taking, but the trappings of a marriage of convenience have made life a living hell. A chance meeting prompts Juliet to change her situation when she comes across a romantic interest she just can’t stay away from.
The genesis of this story was a discussion with girlfriends on how difficult it is to keep our private lives from the public sector, even when that public sector is only made up of acquaintances we must see every day, such as business associates, clients, even the parents of our children's friends at elementary school. Every family and circle of friends has their secrets, and every family has traditions and values that encompass loyalty, secrecy, and simply the need to not air out a family's "dirty laundry." Really, these secrets are terribly minimal but mean something to the person or people who are keeping them. It is highly likely that, when exposed, one would have to deal with some semblance of ridicule from bigots, for secrets of activities that don't hurt anyone should be perfectly fine out in the open but unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Imagine that angst of the public eye magnified hundreds of times over in the psyche of a major movie star. That is where this story begins.
Here is an excerpt:
"This doc covers everything, from maid service to housekeepers to even just close friends. He can't imagine exactly what this can cover as well," I lied. "I mean, what transpires between you and I." Tiny droplets of sweat formed at my hairline. "You and I work together. We've formed a friendship. He'll think it pertains to whatever happens or is said on set. The entire crew will have to sign one as well if the pilot becomes a series."
Gavin placed the document on a teak side table. Lifting up my chin gently, he caressed my cheek with his hand. "This doesn't work for me, Juliet."
I stared off into the moonlit seascape, watching the waves lap upon the shore. The ocean held as many tears as were prepared to fall from my eyes. I closed them as I breathed deeply, listening to the sound of the waves pounding, and the crickets chirping at the sight of the moon. The nearness of him, combined with the romantic setting, seemed to be a stage set for a joke, a parody of forever unrequited love. I felt the weight of his body upon mine, as his lips pressed against mine, opening them in a passionate kiss that ignited my very soul from where his lips touched me in a secret place that had been treated as an affliction for far too long.
"I have a suggestion of my own, that I want to run by you." Slipping off the hammock, he disappeared down the stairs, coming back up with one hand behind his back. "Juliet. I know you are another man's wife, and under any other circumstances I would have nothing to do with you. I can't stay away. I won't. Unless you ask me to." He waited as he searched my eyes. He bent down on one knee and brought a box from behind his back. "Perhaps this is not as extraordinary as the one you already own. If you don't like it, I can find you a different one more suited to your taste. Juliet James, will you marry me?"
"Yes!" I blurted. Then just as quickly, "No! I mean... I have to ask Steven."
"I can't explain. I'll try. When you live with someone for so long, you owe them an explanation."
"Do you want to marry me, Juliet?"
Please view the book trailer on my website at www.lizrnewman.net.
The book is available at Amazon, as well as All Romance, Books On Board, and Bookstrand.