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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Author Spotlight
Linda Bowers Bolton

Guest Blog Post:
My book, TAKE 2, was born out of pure fantasy - my fantasy that is. I have a terrible celebrity crush on actor Gerard Butler. He's from the movie 300, Ugly Truth, and Olympus Has Fallen to name a few. I spent many nights watching movies and found him. I just couldn't get enough of him. One day it dawned on me that instead of sitting around daydreaming maybe I should write my fantasy down. It could make a good story. After six months the first draft was complete. 

This wasn't the first thing I'd written. I started with poetry in high school and different stories have floated through my head but never really saw fruition. This novel was the first one I completed.

Its a contemporary romance about a celebrity and a housewife that meet by happenstance and years later try to to make it work. In the meanwhile, there are obstacles. Due to Derek Dunbar's love of travel, he is able to whisk Alexandra Daniels off to places she's never been. Of course, he's distracted by beautiful women that throw themselves at him and Alex has to decide if that's a lifestyle she live with. The paparazzi don't help much either - after all he is from Hollywood. No celebrity is complete without being stalked by a camera or two. 

There are some great supporting characters that help Derek and Alex along. Derek has his dear friends that help him sort out his feelings for Alex and Alex has her daughter and Kathleen, her best friend from work. Kathleen tries to distract her by taking her to a speed dating meeting. The excerpt is below is my favorite scene. 

I hope you check out TAKE 2, available on Amazon, and enjoy it. TAKE 2 was released in Ebook format December 2012 and in paperback July 2013. If you are in the Dallas or Houston area keep an eye out for my book signing. I'd love to see you there.


Alexandra Daniels is forty-something and hard-working in and out of her home. Her life has been plodding along at a snails pace and she’s longing for excitement. She wins a trip to her favorite talk show in New York, the Veronica Becker Show, and it just so happens the actor of her dreams is a guest, Derek Dunbar! Is Alex’s life about to change? 

Derek Dunbar is Scottish, an actor and a hunk! Every woman in America drools after him. He has his pick of women but stinks at relationships. At forty, is he longing for a more meaningful relationship? Does he even know how to have one? Is he willing to make the effort or will it just be too complicated?

Author Bio:
Take 2 is Linda Bolton’s first novel is available on Amazon. She is currently working on her second book to be released summer 2013. When she’s not writing, Linda is a GiGi, playing with her new granddaughter Z, and working full-time. While working on a future projects Linda can be found:

“Go”, “Two minutes”, was hollered out. Alex felt nervous even though most of the men at the speed-dating meeting didn’t appear her type. The fact that they wouldn’t find her their type bothered her most. 
“Hi, my name is Rick. I work at a comic book store” was all Alex heard. He had shoulder length hair, a beard and his shirt was wrinkled. “Your turn”.
“Hi, I’m Alex. A widow. Customer service rep. My daughter just got married.” She was on auto-pilot. She repeated the same thing with every guy. “Tell me more about yourself,” was her next line so she wouldn’t have to really participate. And they did.
Why did she agree to do this? Kathleen was crazy. She actually looked like she was having fun.
“Go! Two minutes.”
And it repeated, this time with a manager of Burger King. Ugh! These men were so boring. It’s no wonder they couldn’t find dates. “I love reading and watching science fiction. I have the complete set of Star Wars collectables.”
This was pure torture. Kathleen owed her. Having her eyebrows waxed was better than this.
“Go! Two minutes”.
This one had a real job. “I work at a bank.”
“Oh, what do you do?” Alex was a bit intrigued. 
“Oh, I meant to say I worked a bank. Until I went to jail for embezzling. I have served my time and am looking for work right now. I’m on probation for five years,” Mitchell said with a smile. 
“Isn’t that a felony?” Alex couldn’t believe she was having this conversation. 
“Yeah, I’ll get a job soon. I’m staying with my mom right now. She has plenty of room and doesn’t mind if I bring the ladies by,” he managed with a wink. 
“Go! Two minutes”.
Thank God it was almost over! Alex was never going to repeat this experience. As her last speed-date babbled on about his inability to wear corrective shoes, Alex watched Kathleen laugh and chat away with hers. Kathleen looked like she really enjoyed doing this. Alex was in awe--and misery.
When it was finally over Alex and Kathleen headed to the bar for a drink to compare notes.
“This was too much fun! These guys are a riot! I think I may meet the ex-con for drinks later!” Kathleen giggled at the thought of her possible date.
“Are you insane?” Alex couldn’t believe her ears. 
“Did you not have fun Alex?” Kathleen looked genuinely surprised.
“Kathleen, I realize your fun and my fun are two totally different things. You know I would do anything for you but NEVER ask me to do this again! It was pure torture!” Alex didn’t mean to come across so agitated but she just couldn’t help it.

Kathleen looked a bit hurt but after her first margarita she was understanding and agreed to take her sister next time. Alex couldn’t wait to get home, take a long shower and crawl into bed. Suddenly, being alone sounded wonderful.