Friday, May 23, 2014

Slip Away


Summary:


Singer-songwriter Charlotte Kenner has it all: blockbuster record sales, sold-out world tours, and multiple Grammy awards. It's everything she hoped for in life. It should be enough . . . but it's not. As her career soars, Charlotte discovers the steep price fame demands of its stars. She pays for it day and night, stalked by hordes of celebrity-hunting paparazzi, sleeping alone in cold hotel beds, miles away from her family and friends. Every moment micromanaged by a full-time staff, she travels the world in an insulated bubble. 

Charlotte’s reprieve arrives in the form of close friend and filmmaker Matthew Selman, the director behind a career-spanning documentary on legendary Seattle grunge band, Clever Check. One piece of the documentary still needs finalizing: an interview with reclusive bassist Ethan Avery, who has been avoiding Matthew’s repeated requests to appear on camera. With time running out, Matthew tasks Charlotte with traveling to Ethan’s home state of Montana to spend a few days with him, steal past his enigmatic facade, and shoot the final footage needed to meet the film’s deadline. 

Montana’s starry skies bear witness to an instant connection between Charlotte and Ethan, one that must be wrenched apart by weekend’s end. They return to their busy careers, but Ethan is never far from Charlotte’s mind. Her feelings for him are so sudden, so intense, she knows he couldn’t possibly feel the same . . . or could he? With their lives and careers propelling them forward but on seemingly separate paths, Charlotte fears she’ll never get the chance to find out. 

In Montana, she got a glimpse of the life she truly desires—quiet and peaceful, far beyond the glitz and glamour of show business. But how can a star that shines so bright slip into the shadows? If Charlotte thinks the price of fame is steep, she’s about to learn that love exacts a whole different cost.


Friday, February 7, 2014

STARBRIGHT Summary and Release Date Announcement!

Hello, everyone! I am excited to announce that Starbright, the second book in The Starlight Trilogy, will be released May 6, 2014!




Summary:

For starlet Elizabeth Sutton, it’s difficult to tell which has more momentum: her burgeoning film career, or the growing intimacy in her forbidden romance with notorious Hollywood outsider, Aidan Evans.

When the opportunity to costar in a feature film arrives, Beth and Aidan fight to keep their relationship out of Hollywood’s rumor mill and away from the ever-watchful eyes of Starlight Studios head Luther Mertz, who condemns a union between them and threatens the future of Beth’s acting career.

The pressure mounts as the cameras roll. Beth and Aidan navigate the precarious heights of superstardom while exploring their physical desires in secret. Beth grapples between the debilitating nervousness over her sexual inexperience and her unbridled need for Aidan. Meanwhile, the demons from Aidan’s past he thought forever vanquished linger on the fringes of a fragile inner peace . . . 

The Starlight Trilogy is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age.




Friday, January 3, 2014

Writing Plans for 2014

Hi everyone,



I hope you all had a great holiday! I'd like to let you all know my writing plans for this year, which are all tentative at the moment, but seem to be solidifying with each passing week.




First, in the next few months, Starlight fans can look forward to the second book in the trilogy, Starbright, which primarily focuses on a deepening intimacy between Beth and Aidan, but includes lots of surprises for all of its principle characters.




Later in the spring, I have a new novella (it's just about novel length) that's more in the vein of my Gilded Cage story. It's called Slip Away, and it explores the challenges faced by a wildly successful female singer-songwriter as she struggles with fame and the complications it imposes on a blossoming relationship with a member of her favorite rock band.




None of my work so far has included very much humor, which is something I wanted to showcase in a short story collection called Alexandra Richland's Threesome. The title is suggestive and for good reason - the stories are all of an erotic nature, but quirky and humorous, too. That should be out mid-summer.




Lastly, fans of Frontline will be pleased to know that Trenton, Sara, and the gang have gotten themselves into an enormous amount of trouble on a humanitarian mission abroad. I aim to have the currently unnamed Frontline sequel delivered sometime in the fall.




I'm also trying to find space on the calendar for the release of the third part of The Starlight Trilogy, Stardust, but I'm trying not to get too ahead of myself here!




Thank you, everyone, for all your continued support. Hold on to your e-readers, it's going to be a very exciting year!




Yours in epub, mobi and print




Alexandra Richland