We all do it. Every author fantasizes about the day Hollywood comes calling to make his/her masterpiece into the next summer blockbuster. Here’s my vision of that event for my latest novel in my Afterlife Series, In Your Dreams:
I walk into the board room of the major movie studio and scan the stellar cast of actors and actresses clustered around the gleaming table. “I want to thank you all for coming,” I announce as I set down my copies of the script.
Ryan Gosling immediately rises and begins to unbutton his shirt.
“No, Ryan, it’s cool,” I tell him with a wave of my hand. “I’ve seen your washboard abs. That’s why you’ve already got the part. You’re the perfect Sean Martino. I wrote the character with you in mind the whole time.”
(I admit my husband wasn’t exactly thrilled to see photos of Ryan all over my desk as I worked on the book, but the man is perfect hero material and…okay…hot eye candy.)
While Ryan re-buttons his shirt and takes his seat (much to the disappointment of me and the other women in the room), Mena Suvari raises her hand. “Tell me about my character. Isabelle. What’s she like?”
“She’s a failed Hollywood actress who, at the beginning of the story, attempts to commit suicide.”
“But I save her,” Ryan interjects. “Right?”
“Because you’re already dead. You committed suicide back in 1982. You work in the Afterlife now. It’s your job to prevent Isabelle from making the same mistake that you did. But since you’re on a different plain, you can only communicate with her in her dreams.”
Ryan looks confused. “Why would I kill myself?”
“You were a cop in a crime-ridden section of New York City in the eighties. You accidentally shot a suspect and killed him. The suspect was a teenager. You couldn’t live with the guilt.”
“That’s good,” he tells me. “It makes me sympathetic.”
“It makes you an idiot,” Gabrielle Union chimes in.
“And that,” I say, pointing to her, “is what makes you the perfect choice to play Xavia. You’ve already got her kick-ass attitude and impatience for the hero’s soft underbelly. Xavia is Sean’s boss in the Afterlife. She’s a wounded mama bear type, hiding her vulnerabilities by growling to scare off anyone who comes too close.”
The movie’s producer then goes into the particulars of contracts and compensation, while I sit back and ogle Ryan Gosling for as long as possible. I wonder if that casting couch legend has any truth to it, and whether the writer actually gets to test it out…
The Blurb: What sacrifice is too dear when the reward is eternal love?
Disillusioned Afterlife bounty hunter, Sean Martino, is transferred to the Probation Department, where he counsels recent suicide attempters by sending them subliminal messages while they’re asleep. But he’s unprepared to match wits with former child star, Isabelle Fichetti.
It’s not every day a woman gets to date a dead man. Although Sean’s appearance in her life isn’t exactly a dream-come-true for Isabelle, she likes having him around for scintillating conversation and trips to faraway places–all while never leaving her bed. Still, after years of abuse and abandonment, and with no rosy future to look forward to, she’s not about to give up on her plan to kill herself just because he asks.
After breaking the rules one too many times, Sean is cut off from all contact with Isabelle, but not before providing her with a reason to live. Now, she’ll choose the path her future takes and confront her greatest fear. Alone.
Unless Sean can find a way to fight for her from the other side…
In Your Dreams, Book II of the Afterlife Series, is available now at Amazon at http://amzn.com/B00F738RTQ
GIVEAWAY: To celebrate the new release, Gina will be giving away a Kindle version of both books currently available in the Afterlife Series: Eternally Yours and In Your Dreams to one lucky winner!
Contest ends on 9/29/13 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
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