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.
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.
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.