South Dakota novelist Jackie Sue Davyss-Brennan is alone in Hollywood for the premier of the movie made from her book, Mayan Heart. In her contract for the book rights, she specified that the role of her main character be played by David Salizon, a handsome, well-known actor. When Jackie and David, both married to other people, are thrown together at media events for the promotion of the film, they soon find they are attracted to each other, and temptation, ever present in Hollywood, becomes something neither can’t deny.
Susan recalled the lines from her book. “…the stranger’s black hair that was beginning to grey at his temples caught her eye. It was an odd quality in someone his age with his obvious Spanish lineage and apparent refinement. She scanned his features, taking in his sensitive mouth and a nose hinting at an Aztec-like hawkishness…. His dark eyes concentrated intently for a few seconds on her and then retreated into his thoughts as if he could only focus on the world around him in brief glimpses…”
My God! Susan thought, if he looks at me like that, I’ll…I’ll…She took a deep breath. I’ll smile and shake his hand, she bolstered herself.
He was more than a handsome man and successful film star, more than a romantic leading man. He emanated an aura of confidence and aloofness, both irresistible qualities. Though he wore a casual, tan bush shirt and snug, European fit slacks, he still looked elegant, crisp and neat as if he could repair his car and not smell of gasoline.
Author Bio ~
Janie Franz comes from a long line of Southern liars and storytellers. She told other people’s stories as a freelance journalist for many years. With Texas wedding DJ, Bill Cox, she co-wrote The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book and The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book, and then self-published a writing manual, Freelance Writing: It’s a Business, Stupid! She also published an online music publication, was an agent/publicist for a groove/funk band, a radio announcer, and a yoga/relaxation instructor.
Currently, she is writing her twelfth novel and a self-help book, Starting Over: Becoming a Woman of Power.
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Favorite type of pet:
I can’t have a pet where I live. However, if I could in this wee casita, I’d have a cat. There’s always room for a cat. (I do a lot of petsitting/housesitting for friends so I get to enjoy their animals, including some broody chickens.
Most important goal:
I’m exploring more about more public speaking, workshops, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Conventions, etc. I think that’s the next step in this career.
Worst fear or nightmare:
Buckling myself in a seat on a plane, ready to leave the country, and realizing I’d forgotten my glasses or my meds or something vital that I couldn’t get in another country. (I tend to walk out of the house with my computer glasses on and start driving down the road and wondering why the distant places are so fuzzy.
Secret desire or fantasy:
It’s not so secret. I want to travel to all of the places I’ve only read about: Hawaii, Fiji, the UK, Australia, Greece, Egypt, India, and South America.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would buy a bigger casita, a house actually, so my family and friends could come visit me and it would feel like a vacation. I’d pay bills. But not much else would change, though I might travel more.
Thank you for joining us, Janie! It's been great having you!