Friday, May 31, 2019
Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner Bronze 2018.
Contemporary Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best buddy's Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power of freedom, he discovers he's lost his heart.
When Weston Beaudurant’s buddy, rodeo clown Cody Goode is killed in a rodeo accident -- gored by the maniacal bull Baby Face that Weston is riding, Weston is consumed with guilt. The day after the accident, while going through Cod’s papers, lawyer Wynona Vasquez discovers that he had been secretly engaged to a Thai immigrant who is arriving by train that evening.
Elected by unanimous decision to be the welcoming committee, Weston arrives at the train station prepared for anything but the lovely forlorn creature he finds waiting in the rain. Though appearing waif-like, Song Phan-Rang is anything but fragile. Her mettle quickly rises to the surface in her determination to remain in Y-oh-ming.
Forced together by their circumstances, Weston and Song are explosive. Used to solitude, Weston is driven crazy by the obliging Song. But as Song shows her prowess not only as a housekeeper and cook, but as a rider and rancher as well, Weston discovers that against his best efforts (and damned if he'll ever admit it) -- he's falling in love.
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Dream Cast—Western Song by Leigh Podgorski
Always so exciting to imagine your dream cast for a novel or a play or a screenplay, it makes the piece come alive in a way nothing else can—except for the actual casting for a film or play!
Behold below, my dream cast for Western Song a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride; as she discovers the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
For Weston Beaudurant—ruggedly handsome Ewan McGregor. Oh, yeah, any woman’s dream!
Best known for the TV Series Fargo and the film Beauty and the Beast, Ewan is a versatile actor with more than 79 credits and counting. Is there a Western in his future?
Michelle Ang is well known around the world for her work as a regular cast member on the Australian show "Neighbours", "Outrageous Fortune" and the hit teen show "The Tribe" I think Michelle would be a perfect romantic Song Phan Rang to Ewan’s Weston.
Of course no Romance would be complete without a triangle. Well, maybe we could name a few, but this one not only has a triangle, but two broken-hearted unrequited loves.
Strong, smart, competent, and beautiful lawyer Wynona Velez loses her heart to, who else, Weston Beaudurant. And who else to play her but the fabulous Jessica Alba?
Our second broken heart belongs to, yup, another lawyer, Jack Deerstalker. Jack is a young, dynamic Native America who is felled by the beguiling Song. My top pick for Jack, the powerful, compelling actor, Eddie Spears.
Weston is a powerful presence in the town of Wild River, and he has a passel of friends. One of his oldest friends is the shaman Mad Bear. Wise, funny, and mentor to Jack, Mad Bear has a calming aura, though he has been known to mix it up with the best of them. My dream choice for Mad Bear? The formidable Graham Greene.
Next to Mad Bear is Zebadiah, Weston’s best friend from their school days, now married to his little sister Olive. Zeb is staunch and true, a firm stalwart of the Beaudurant family. Walton Goggins would be my dream pick for this role.
Finally, one of the deepest hearts of the piece is Weston’s sister, Zeb’s wife, Olive. When the brother and sister lost first their father and then their mother, it was Olive who held the household together. It is always Olive to whom Weston turns, though he’ll be durned if he’ll admit it. Rounding out my dream cast is the lovely and talented Zoe Deschenel as Olive Chantry.
So, there you have it.
My very own Dream Team.
Sometimes, dreams do come true.
Or, from another great Hollywood “dream”:
”If you build it, they will come.”*
*From the Book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
Movie Field of Dreams produced by Kevin Costner
Leigh Podgorski’s stage plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York City and regionally. She had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for her one-act play Windstorm, which was presented as part of the annual festival CelebrateWomen that Leigh also co-produced. We Are Still Here, the story of Cahuilla Indian elder Katherine Siva Saubel, was premiered at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum as part of CelebrateWomen 2000. The play has been presented throughout Southern California at college campuses, Universities, and Indian Reservations and Casinos.
In addition to her plays, Leigh has penned several original award-winning screenplays and several of her monologues have been published through Meriwether Publishing, Ltd..
Leigh produced her first documentary, We Are Still Here, based on the play in 2007, which she also wrote and directed. The film has screened at the. American Indian Film Festival, Sherman Indian Film Festival, Cal State San Marcos Native American Film Festival, and the Talking Stick Film Festival.
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guest posts and a giveaway!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Miss Rosalind Merriweather’s life has been one of hardship and servitude since her late sister’s ruination. Now a paid companion, her latest post brings her to London to watch over the daughter of a social climbing harridan. She vows to protect her charge―and her own heart―from rakes and libertines, the very type of man who destroyed her sister. This vow proves difficult when Sir Tristan Crosby, the epitome of all she despises, begins to show attention to the girl.
Tristan has spent decades perfecting his easygoing, charming persona to hide the damage done by years of abuse by his father. Finding he has a talent for matchmaking, he fills some of the emptiness inside him by helping the overlooked, shy women of London find true love. However, the latest young woman has a watchdog of a companion who seems to see beyond his careful façade to the flawed, uncertain soul he strives to hide from the world. Even worse, she affects him in ways no woman ever has.
But he will not give up his matchmaking, even for one such as her. What he does not expect is for Rosalind to be fired from her position because of it―nor that she will immediately find a position in his own household. When these two headstrong adversaries meet under one roof, will their attraction to one another lead to heartbreak, or have these two passionate souls finally met their match?
Christina Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and noblemen with tortured souls.
She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of Romance Writers of America, she also belongs to her local chapter, Silicon Valley RWA, and is a 2017 RWA® Golden Heart® winner. Her debut novel, With Love in Sight, was released by Diversion Books in early 2018.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
street. This time, he was the one who came to me, to make an offer I couldn’t refuse: marry him, or bury my only brother. Or rather, what’s left of him, after Claudio finishes with him. What Claudio asks of me every night is sick, and wrong – so why do I find myself starting to crave it? Why, when I have the chance to escape, do I find myself hesitating?
Game of Revenge
Francis Scott-Wren Series Book 2
by Charlotte Larsen
Genre: Crime Thriller
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”— Confucius
Heart crushing international thriller from a bestselling Scandinavian author.
But along the way, Francis Scott-Wren picks up the scent and sends in his agent Jo Vermeer to stop the destructive rampage of James.
However, the relationship between her and her target brings her a dilemma of loyalty, that unstable her significantly.
Charlotte Larsen is a bestselling Scandinavian author of more than twelve books, including the bestselling crime thriller GAME OF GREED, and a series of management books.
A graduate of Aarhus University and University of New South Wales, Charlotte is highly recognized as a specialist in managerial issues. Besides working on her next novel, she serves as a high-end management consultant for high performing industries such as the legal profession, finance, and defense.
Charlotte keeps a blog on creativity, writes for a Danish broadsheet, and is generally an opinion maker in the Danish business community.
She lives and writes in the Danish countryside and keeps a closet full of business suits in a flat in Copenhagen.
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by Kathy Kimbray
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 28th 2019
A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.
Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.
But doing so comes at a steep cost.
Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.
Filled with longing and heart, surprise and wonder, A SHIFTING OF STARS is the first book in Kathy Kimbray's gripping Of Stars trilogy.