Monday, 9 November 2015

OUT NOW: Modern Magic

Modern Magic hit the stores today and I couldn't be prouder to be part of this collection alongside three other amazing romance authors.  In case you need a reminder to help you decide whether it's for you, here's the blurb:

What if Cinderella ditched the prince's ball and sent her fairy godmother to find love in her place?
Suppose a streetwise hero hired to steal an all-powerful Genie (stuck in a flash drive rather than a brass lamp) for a tech company ended up running for his life with the CEO's gorgeous, intelligent daughter?
Or what if the bed that a certain golden-tressed girl accidentally napped in belonged to the hot and famous middle brother of a notorious boy band?
Can you envision the sparks that might fly if a bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound woman propositioned a handsome bookseller to stay with her in exchange for her rare book collection?
This spellbinding anthology features modern and sexy spins on four classic fairy tales that will enchant you by Jennifer DeCuir, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R. Cooper, and Nancy C. Weeks.
Sensuality Level: Sensual

See the book at Amazon US or Amazon UK

Monday, 2 November 2015

Guest Post: Stage Names and Pen Names

The other day Steve and I were talking about how authors and actors choose pen and stage names, and I was very interested in what he had to say, so I invited him over to my blog to tell you more about the subject.  Steve blogs about musical theatre at  Welcome!  

What Would Your Stage Name Be?

Tonight Matthew I'm Going To Be xxxxxxxxx!
Did you ever watch that TV programme ‘Stars in their eyes’ where members of the public impersonated their favourite pop star and got made up to look like the star? Which celebrity names did you dream of being if you ever got to utter those famous words ‘Tonight Matthew I’m Going To Be!’?

Quick Quiz
Have you ever watched a TV sitcom with Jennifer Anastassaki in the lead role?
Have you ever watched a film directed by Allan Konigsberg?
Have you watched a film starring Julie Roberts?
Have you been blown away by the dancing of Virginia Katherine McMath and Fred Austerlitz?
Have you sung along to songs written by Reginald Kenneth Dwight?
Have you read a crime novel by JK Rowling?
Are you sure it is a no?

Celebrities Real Names
I was reading ‘Parcel Arrived Safely – Tied With String’ the Autobiography by Michael Crawford star of Phantom of the Opera and TV show Some Mothers Do Have ‘Em where I found out that Crawford was not his real name.
Stage/Pen Names are something the world of entertainment and writing have in common and it left me wondering what celebrities real names were and what they had changed them to.
There are 4 main reasons why people end up with a stage name.

Similar Names
People have to change their name because there was already someone with the same name in their field of work.
Michael’s real name is Michael Ingram and as his agent was telling him he needed a different name a Crawford’s biscuit van was passing by and Michael pointed and said “That will do. I’ll be Michael Crawford’
Julie Roberts found out there was another actress with the same name so changed her name to Julia Roberts and then found fame with Pretty Woman.

People change their name to hide who they are to stop people finding out who they are in real life.
Ronny Barker who wrote many of the sketches for the Two Ronnies did not like people prying in to what he was doing so he used to write the sketches under the name Gerald Wiley as he did not want all the fuss.
Also there are those that hide their name as they want to be successful in their own right and not on the back of their previous fame like JK Rowling has got a pen name of Robert Galbraith for her latest crime novels.

More Recognition
There are those that have celebrity names to make them more recognisable.
For celebrity real names mentioned at the top of this post such as:
Jennifer Anastassaki,
Allan Konigsberg,
Virginia Katherine McMath and Fred Austerlitz and
Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
They are much better known by their stage names of:-
Jennifer Aniston,
Woody Allen,
Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire and
Elton John.

Married people have the dilemma of do they change to their married name or keep using the name that their audience already knows.
My wife writes under her maiden name Stephanie Cage, because her first book had already been published under that name before our wedding.
Singer Victoria Adams now uses her married name of Victoria Beckham and somewhere in between the actress Demi Moore uses the surname of her first husband even though she has had another 2 husbands since.

Character Names
Unfortunately some people as much as they try with keeping their real names or adopting stage names get associated with a character they played/wrote about and for ever more will be known as:-
The woman who wrote Harry Potter’ - (JK Rowling),
Alan Partridge is in that!’ – (Whatever character Steve Coogan plays on TV or in a film),
Him with Orville’ – Keith Harris and
Phantom Frank’ (Whenever Michael Crawford is discussed).

Your Stage/Pen Name

So do you have a Stage/Pen Name? What is it and why did you change to that name?
If not what stage/Pen name do you dream of calling yourself?
Or are you happy with the name you have got?

If you are wondering what the title to Michael Crawford’s book is referring to, let me enlighten you.
It is to do when he was born and his father wanted to send a telegram to his parents but did not want the whole world to know so they agreed that the message would either say ‘Parcel arrived’ if it was a girl or ‘Parcel arrived tied with string’ if it was a boy.

Thanks to Steven Bisby for this guest post, and don't forget if you're a fan of stage and screen, check out his blog, or follow @wheresthatmusic on twitter! 

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

OUT NOW: Perfect Game

Just in case you missed it, here's a quick post to let you know that the Perfect Game 'box set' - six sporty stories in ebook form - is now out.  Alongside my dancing romance, Perfect Partners, there's the first of Rachel Cross and Ashlinn Craven's exciting formula one stories, High Octane: Ignited.  I loved it so much, I immediately had to go and download the rest of the series! Plus four other stories of sports stars getting their happy-ever-afters.  All for less than the price of a coffee! 
Here's the official blurb: 
Playing the field comes easy to these six successful athletes who are at the top of their games, but lasting love is harder to find. Watch them meet their perfect matches in these adrenaline-fueled sports romances. Are you game?
  • Full Strength: When an injury derails goalie Shane Reese, he takes it badly, and the new team shrink, Allie Kallen, has to help him get his head back on straight. Allie sees through his bravado to the real fear beyond it - and what she sees reminds her of the past she's running from. Falling in love isn't in their plans, but they can't keep their emotions on ice.
  • Trade Off: Traded and jaded, catcher Ben Border is considering stepping out from behind the plate . . . until he runs into former flame Scarlett Dare. The sexy marketing executive still sends him into a fever pitch, but is she willing to trade Fortune 500 success for a happily ever after?
  • The Bull Rider's Brother: Lizzie Hudson is enjoying a rodeo weekend to start her summer when James Sullivan, the cowboy who got away, walks back into her life. Can he learn to redefine family before she gives up on him and marries another?
  • Perfect Partners: London's latest hit dance competition television show throws Lisa Darby and Redmond Carrington into each other's arms. The problem? They're former flames who aren't looking for a repeat performance. Can they stay in step with their goals and ahead of their past?
  • The Rebel's Own: In high school, a cruel prank left shy Kennedy Bailey pregnant and alone. Now grown-up and gorgeous, she won't let anything stop her from saving her five-year-old son's life when he's diagnosed with leukemia. Even if it means confronting his father, NFL quarterback Ryan Carville, who just wants a second chance to show he's a man worth loving.
  • High Octane: Ignited: Cassidy Miller was living her dreams as an EMS helicopter pilot, but it all came crashing down. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a British Formula One driver who thrives on risk. Sexy daredevil Ronan Hawes has no room in his life for anything but winning. From Brussels to Abu Dhabi, Texas to Germany, their relationship navigates the dangerous turns of life, love, and racing.
See this book on amazon US or amazon UK