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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Hollywood Homecoming by Sasha Summers

I'm extremely excited to welcome the fabulous Sasha Summers today as she discuss one of your favorite subjects "Tension" and her 3rd installment in the 
Red Carpet Series, "Hollywood Homecoming".

Tension isn’t something I set out to do. I’m kind of an emotional writer - I tend to put myself into the story and then proceed to traumatize my characters. I worry a lot about taking things too far, you know? I don’t want the story to be over-the-top dramatic, I want the tension and conflict to be ‘real’.

If I had to define elements I think that ‘keeping it real’ is the most important. Next, I’d stress the importance of having ‘appropriate’ drama and tension to the storyline. My heroes aren’t traditional alpha males, they don’t immediately rush in to save the day. They tend to support the heroine and protect her, of course, but they’re her equal--her other half.

Helen and Joseph were especially hard to create tension between. Why? Well, Helen’s this free-spirit. She rolls with the punches and doesn’t like drama. And Joseph? He’s this globe-trotting humanitarian who loves his family and is an all around decent, funny, and dashing sort of guy. (Check out my Pinterest boards for my inspiration) See any tension there? Not immediately right. It was having these two sincere, slightly inexperienced people come to terms with their attraction (and a host of outside conflicts, of course) while keeping them these sweet, quirky, and relatable characters. In the end, I’m really happy with the way it turned out--but the readers are the ultimate judge, so we’ll see.

Thanks so much for having me Viviana!!!!

Hollywood Homecoming
(The Red Carpet Series, bk #3)
By Sasha Summers

Make-up artist to the stars. The favorite aunt. Dance teacher. Baby sister. Talented musician and song-writer.


Why did that word rank above the rest? Helen loved her family and understood they wanted her to have the real love they’d all found. It’s just that she’d found her someone special and learned to live without him. She’d been too young for the quirky, idealistic doctor-off to save the world-to notice. And, really, if she had it her way, he’d never know how she’d felt. Now, he was one of her best friends, a pen pal, losing him would be too much.

Seeing him at their parents wedding, Helen realizes the horrible truth: she still loves Joseph… which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t in the situation she was in.

But she was. And her secret will change everything.

Will it destroy hope for a Hollywood happy ending too?

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About the Author

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.


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