Thursday, April 23, 2015

Drawn Together

Today's special guest is Amelia Swan. Amelia writes contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and new adult romance. She’s interested in characters that are smart, sincere, and somewhat artistically inclined. All of her heroines are girls she could totally see herself being friends with.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Hailey Sommers is only home from New York for a few months. So when she reconnects with the one guy she can't forget, will she be able to walk away...again?

Hailey can’t wait to get back to New York City. There she’s a hip children’s book author with a healthy social life. Being back in her hometown of Medford only reminds her of the less-than-cool girl she used to be. Until she runs into Cody, her old partner-in-crime in high school art and the boy she lusted after all four years.

Cody West has everything he could want in Medford, except Hailey. When she left for the big city, there was a hole in his life no other girl could fill. But he’s not sure he wants to open himself to the pain if she leaves again.

A chance encounter at the town coffee shop reignites the chemistry between the pair and is almost enough to make Hailey forget how much she wants to return to the city she’s grown to love. Almost. Wanting it all, Hailey plans to bring Cody back to New York with her. The only catch is that she’s not sure he’ll agree…


AN EXCERPT

I looked up from my netbook screen and there he was: Cody West. The boy I’d lusted after throughout high school. The boy who’d changed my life and didn’t even know it.

He’d grown up since I last saw him at Jessica Mitchell’s graduation party. His sandy hair still cascaded down his forehead, but it no longer perpetually hung down over his big brown eyes. Four years of high school football had kept Cody in shape back when I knew him, but four years of college football had added a little bit of bulk to his lean frame. At least, I assumed he played in college. I knew that he headed off to Temple with a sports scholarship.

Rocking back onto his heels, Cody scanned the glass pastry case, probably looking for something sweet to accompany his coffee. He tossed his hair to the side as he inspected the contents of the case. He always liked sweets. He and I used to pass bags of candy back and forth while Mrs. Cole, our art teacher, wasn't looking. After taking a sip of my cappuccino, I smiled at the memory, glad for the first time that I was back in Medford.


IF THE BOOK WAS A MOVIE...



The other day I was wondering who would play Cody and Hailey in a film adaptation of Drawn Together...and that’s when I realized that I’m not familiar with a lot of today’s young actors. So, I was in the car with my husband the other day, and I asked him to name some actors. His answer: Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake Gyllenhaal is 34 years old! He’s older than we are! But he was definitely considered a hot young actor back when we were in high school and college. Boy, did that make me feel old.

So I had to do a little research. Ultimately, after some help from Google and IMDB, I found a couple of actors who would be perfect for the roles of Cody and Hailey.

I think Hailee Steinfeld would be the perfect candidate for the role of Hailey Sommers (and not just because they share the same first name and the same initials). Steinfeld has the long dark hair and the girl next door beauty that are required of the actress chosen to play the part. She is roughly the same age as Hailey, so I think that would make her portrayal more believable.

Tyler Posey of Teen Wolf fame would be an excellent Cody. The actor doesn’t have Cody’s blue eyes, but that’s why colored contacts exist. When Posey’s hair is long, he has the same boyish good looks that make Cody irresistible to all the girls in Medford.
 

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11 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us here today. Your book sounds awesome. Best of luck with your book tour!

Amelia Swan said...

p.m.terrell- Thank you for your kind words and for hosting today.

Mai T.- Read as much as you can. I learn so much from reading other people’s work. And be patient. Things aren’t going to happen as quickly as you want them to.

Rita said...

Sounds like a great read.

MomJane said...

I don't know either of these actors, so will take your word for their being the ones who best fit the characters in the book.

Patricia said...

Hailey likes cappuccino and Cody likes sweets - What do you like to grab at the coffee shop?

Patricia said...

Hailey likes cappuccino and Cody likes sweets - What do you like to grab at the coffee shop?

Amelia Swan said...

Rita- Thanks!

MomJane- It was a hard decision.

Patricia- A decaf coffee with soy.

Betty Woodrum said...

Amazing excerpt! Thank you for sharing and for the contest!

Ree Dee said...

I enjoyed the excerpt! I'm getting more invested in the book as I read more excerpts. Thank you>