Happy Holiday Season!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas, I’ve got a new novel! Or maybe I should say my alter ego, Hilary Rose, has a new novel. As I wrote in my last letter, my good pal Rhonda Friedman, supervising producer of the Emmy-winning daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful,” asked me if I’d be interested in contributing to a new series of books inspired by the show - novellas published by Momentum/Pan Macmillan Australia and sold worldwide. Rhonda said, “We’ll tell you which characters we’d like you to pair up in a romantic relationship and you create an all-new story for them.” I jumped at the chance because it sounded like such fun and because I’ve been watching the half-hour CBS show ever since I met Rhonda (it’s on while I take a half-hour break for lunch). I was even hired to write an episode of the show that aired last year, talk about fun. Now my "B&B” story, Blindsided by Love, is coming out in late November/early December with publicity gearing up in a big way next week. What’s especially exciting is that I’m the only American author to contribute to the series thus far; the others are hugely popular romance writers based in Australia including Amy Andrews, Ros Baxter and Shannon Curtis. Another thrill is that Blindsided by Love, which features the characters Ridge Forrester and Caroline Spencer, dovetails with an actual storyline that’s been causing lots of buzz on the show right now. In the book, Ridge and Caroline team up to design gowns for Forrester Creations. Simultaneously, Brad Bell, B&B’s executive producer and head writer, came up with a plot for the show in which Ridge and Caroline team up to design gowns for Forrester Creations! The situations for why they team up differ from book to show, but their chemistry is undeniable either way. Check out Blindsided by Love’s individual page in this site’s Books section for more about the story. Why did I write it under a pseudonym, you may be asking? Because I continue to write romantic comedies under my own name - currently I’m working on a spinoff of Princess Charming with the tentative title of Rich and Famished and featuring my three best-friend heroines, Elaine, Jackie and Pat, as they take another vacation together and solve another mystery - and I thought it best to differentiate between my Jane Heller books and the B&B novella, which is firmly in the romance genre and not my usual fare. Why did I choose the pen name Hilary Rose? Because Hilary is my middle name and Rose is in honor of my Grandma Rose, who adored soap operas and used to watch “Guiding Light,” “Search for Tomorrow" and “The Edge of Night." Anyhow, I hope fans of B&B will read my book and that fans of mine will give it a try too.
As for the new Jane Heller novel I alluded to a few months ago, after much deliberation I decided that it wasn’t ready for prime time. It was a big-canvas, multi-charactered comedy and I thought it was the best movie idea ever and maybe still is, but ultimately it needed so many revisions that I decided to shelve it. It could rear its head in the future, who knows, but for now I’m on to other projects.
Switching gears to nonfiction, I continue to promote and speak about my caregiver’s survival guide, You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You. November is National Family Caregivers Month, so everybody will be celebrating the often difficult work that caregivers do for their loved ones - the perfect time to buy the caregiver you know a copy of You’d Better Not Die. I’ve been the caregiver to my husband of 22 years, as well as the long-distance caregiver to my 97-year-old mother, so I come to this subject with great love and respect for anyone on this journey. My mantra is that there are silver linings even in the darkest times and I’m here to help others find them. Check out the video about the book if you haven’t already.
Till next time...
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