Screen Kiss by Ann Roberts (plus a FREE ebook)

Congratulations Belinda! She won an ebook copy of Screen Kiss.

Happy Sunday everyone! Ann Roberts is with us today, giving away an ebook copy of Screen Kiss. Drop a comment in the space below to enter the drawing. We’ll pick a winner on Friday, March 22.

Good luck!

 


I’ll own this right now. Screen Kiss isn’t a torrid love affair. It’s a sweet story that makes readers feel good, because when I wrote it last year, I felt readers needed something kind and sweet to counterbalance the scary, awful, and frustrating things outside our respective front doors.

The main characters of Screen Kiss, Addy Tornado and Mazie Midnight, each have a goal to achieve and a past to overcome. They meet and connect at the Bijou Theater, a quaint and charming independent theater in fictitious Wilshire Hills, Oregon. (The REAL Bijou in my town of Eugene, Oregon, was the inspiration for the novel.) The fictitious Bijou is struggling like most independent theaters in America, and Mazie has been tasked with saving it. Addy, one of the Bijou’s most frequent customers, loves to come and lose herself in one of the movies, usually a lesbian love story. Her active imagination often floats away to steamy romance scenes similar to those she’s seen in the movies. With a cast of supporting characters who do just that–support each other—Screen Kiss will hopefully be a bright spot, if only for a short time, in your day.

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At the center of the novel is one of my greatest passions, film. While I adore literature, one of those “right regrets” was never going to the UCLA Film School and majoring in directing. Instead I went into education and wound up a principal, so sort of the same thing. As a writer, I often see scenes and chapters as if they were on a screen. Maybe that’s weird, but movies have always been a part of my life, and some of my fondest, most vivid memories happened in a theater…

The uproarious fun at a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Millenials, you’ll never know what you missed.)

When the audience gave ET a standing ovation

The gasps when Han Solo died

Smiling at all the young girls waiting in line to see Wonder Woman

The enormous knot in my stomach watching Schindler’s List, 12 Years a Slave, and the opening of Saving Private Ryan.

Experiencing audience camaraderie with moviegoers fraught with anticipation, while we all waited 10+ hours outside a theater in Westwood, California, to see Return of the Jedi on opening day.

The never-ending laughter in the theater at the antics of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone.

And recently, scanning the audience at the end of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and recognizing all of us middle-age folks were crying—for our long-ago childhood, the death of one of the kindest men to ever walk the earth, and the juxtaposition of his kindness against a country divided.

What are some of your favorite movie scenes or memories? Leave a comment and be eligible for my book giveaway, two eBooks of Screen Kiss.


Ann Roberts is the award-winning author of nineteen mystery, romance, and general fiction novels. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her wife and their four fur kids. When Ann isn’t chasing after the puppies and kitten, writing her own stuff, editing someone else’s, coaching a newer author, or remodeling her home, she can be found exploring Oregon’s wineries or strolling along a beach, preferably near a lighthouse. To learn more about Ann, please visit her website, annroberts.net.

 

 

 

48 comments

  1. I remember seeing “The
    Wizard of Oz” in the theater the first time. Wow when it went from black and white to color, stocks with me.

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  2. Hi Ann! We love your books!

    I remember going to see the second Terminator movie with my wife, her daughter and a friend of the daughter. At the end of the movie, when the Terminator lowers himself into the vat, my wife’s daughter and friend begin crying their eyes out. Then they cried all the way home. Moving experience for them, apparently, but gave us something to chuckle about for years!

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    • I’ve also had some moments where I’ve wondered why I reacted the way I did to a movie. Sometimes it’s obvious, like when Old Yeller dies, but other times I’ve found surprising.

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  3. I’m a film buff too. My parents took me to the movies when I was still a baby. From my childhood, the movies that affected me [for life!] were Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Bambi. I was probably about five when I saw each of these. As an adult I’ve been affected by too many films to mention. The last one to affect me was Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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    • Ah, the drive-in! I could’ve included one in the post as well. My parents didn’t have much money, so when they wanted to see a movie, we went to the drive-in. The kids fell asleep in the back while they watched something like All the President’s Men.

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  4. Sometimes it’s only one or a handful of scenes in a movie that really stick with me, like the way Helen Mirren looks at Kyra Sedgwick when she’s running along the beach trying to fly a kite in ‘Losing Chase’ or Rachel Griffiths’ stage reveal near the end of ‘Blow Dry’. And if the music is really good in those scenes it makes them exponentially more effective and long lasting in my memory. Movies can be truly powerful.
    I look forward to reading your book Ann.

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    • Really good points, Maddy. I’ll never forget John Travolta and Uma Thurman dancing in Kill Bill, and the music can mean so much. Who can think of Star Wars without hearing part of John Williams’ score?

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  5. I really like all the scenes of Strickland’s personal life in “The Shape of Water”. I love the idea that there’s this character who values what society considers success, has all the markers of success, and none of it actually makes him happy.

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    • I must confess, Belinda, I have not yet seen this one. My wife hasn’t wanted to watch it because of the “creature” aspect, but it’s on my list. Sounds like you–and the Oscars–have many favorable things to say. 🙂

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  6. A film archive’s special screening of Psycho, over 20 years ago. When the “screaming violins” started, a girl in the audience screamed for real – and the whole (packed) auditorium jumped. The resulting sigh of relief (“it’s just a movie”) was LOUD!

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    • That scene is probably one of the best ever filmed. And I can’t help but mention that I’ve actually had the chance to stand inside the large exterior house set on the Universal Studios lot because my cousin’s friend worked there at the time. It was still creepy even though the inside is nothing but a shell of wooden crossbeams.

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  7. I’m excited you have a new book out! Long ago, in junior college I took a film class. We saw a lot of Hitchcock films because he filmed locally – which made being outside in some places with a flock of birds overhead feel scary. But the most memorable film was of a nude young woman masturbating and her resulting orgasm. This was decades ago and I can still picture her.

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  8. Ok, I’ll date myself. The movies National Velvet and Old Yeller! Both made me bawl my eyes out. I’ll always remember those movies!

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    • Agreed, Kim. I even liked the remake with Tatum O’Neal (International Velvet). Or, maybe it was just Tatum I liked. As for Old Yeller, I could only watch it once. Same with all movies where the pet dies in the end. 😦

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  9. My brother is a big James Bond fan. He used to save money and buy VHS tapes of each movie from Sean Connery onwards (this was during Timothy Dalton’s Bond days). Then the whole family will gather and watch the movies together. It was great family time.

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    • Wendy, we did the same thing. At the beginning of Screen Kiss, I acknowledge my parents for my love of film. That’s how we spent a lot of Sunday afternoons. And my father also had every James Bond movie–and book. I wish I still had those JB books. I imagine several were first editions. Probably one of the best book series ever made into film.

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  10. OMG the fun we had at the monthly Rocky Horror Picture Shows. First time I saw it I missed much of it just watching the audience. I guess the other most memorable would be the screening of Desert Hearts with the director in the audience.

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      • Yes, it was very cool and the screening was held at one of the two independent theatres we have here in town. They work very hard to stay relevant and I’m happy to report that they both still exist.

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  11. My favorite movie theater moment was Sound of Music. The breathtaking scenery and the music build up to Julie Andrew’s was thrilling to me.
    I would love to have a copy of your book, Screen Kiss. I love reading new authors!

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  12. What an enjoyable post. Another movie fan here, who also considered going to film school but never did.

    While you’re right, this millennial missed the Rocky Horror train, I did get a few fun movie theatre experiences growing up. Each Harry Potter premiere is a highlight…dressing up and watching the midnight showing with a hundred other self-proclaimed “nerds” made me feel seen and gave me a place to be myself.

    Another memory is seeing Dreamgirls in theaters with my mom, and both of us turning to one another after the intermission number “And I Am Telling You” sung by Jennifer Hudson. Both of us had tear-soaked faces and were absolutely floored by her performance. The entire theatre applauded after the song as if we were at a live show.

    Love the movies. Thanks for writing about it.

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  13. Thank you Ann for writing a story because you “felt readers needed something kind and sweet”. At this point in time that is the only kind of story that I want to read. I want sweet. I want kindness. I want to feel “good” after reading a story. I want to feel hope.

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  14. I’m not a grat movie fan as I would rather read but I do have a couple good memories. As a teenager I had to take my little brother (he was 10, I was 16) with me everywhere because my Mother worked full time. One Saturday night we went to the drive-in to see It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. We laughed so hard at that crazy movie that everyone is the cars around us was glaring and yelling at us to shut up. I thought we were going to get kicked out and told never to come back!

    Years later my partner and I went to see ET at the local theater. I don’t care much for movie theaters because of other people talking and moving around making it hard to hear. Of course the theater was packed with kids so I figured we wouldn’t hear anything. Boy was I wrong! Once that movie started the only sounds from kids other than oohs aahs were “quiet”, “shh” trying to get the young adult couple talking near us to shut up! And even I have to admit that was an awesome movie.

    I’ve enjoyed your books Ann and look forward to reading this one.

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    • Thanks for your support, CW. It means a lot. My wife and I have, over the years, trimmed our movie nights out because of some of the headaches you mention. However, if it’s a blockbuster, like Captain Marvel, we’ll spend the money and try to pick a showing that might not have as many kids.

      As for Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, I also remember that one. It was the start of several chase movies. I still remember the big palm tree “W.” That was the place they were trying to reach, right? Very funny film.

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  15. This story sounds delightful! So many movie memories… seeing Star Wars three times opening week. Walking out of The Princess Bride knowing I’d just seen my all time favorite movie (30+ years later, it still is). Leaving Finding Dory with a headache from so much crying. Big Eden helping me decide I needed to come out. And on, and on…

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    • I’d just started teaching high school English when Princess Bride came out. I lost track of how often I heard, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya…” I’ll assume you know the rest of the line. 🙂 And my wife wanted to move to Big Eden.

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  16. since i remember alot of the movies it makes me feel old – but i am. so it is fun to recall them and smile and my TBR list keeps getting longer and longer added a few more Ann Roberts

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