We’re so pleased to welcome author Vanessa North to TNA today on the tour for her brand new release, Summer Stock. Vanessa’s sharing a great bucket list with us, and there’s also a fun giveaway, so be sure to check out those details below.
The Summer Stock Popcorn Bucket List
The Sci-fi musts:
Ryan’s biggest role to date at the beginning of the summer is a secondary role on a sci-fi TV series that has been cancelled. While the TV show is never described in detail, I like to think of it as a mashup of Galaxy Quest, Starship Troopers, and Firefly. Also, Hollywood, please make this a thing?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
An American in Paris
Jules et Jim
If Ryan and his besties each picked a movie for a classic movie night at West’s house, this would be the lineup: Ali’s favorite is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ryan has a crush on Gene Kelly, and West totally geeks out over the bug scene in Jules et Jim. Trey would probably be down at the bar watching a basketball game—to each their own.
The Shakespeare adaptations:
Much Ado About Nothing (the Branagh one)
Julius Caesar (the Brando one)
The two plays performed in Summer Stock have both been adapted to the big screen multiple times, but these are my favorites. The Branagh adaptation of Much Ado features some of the best comic acting I’ve ever seen in Michael Keaton’s Dogberry, and who doesn’t get chills when watching Brando deliver Antony’s Friends, Romans, Countrymen speech?
I could probably do another whole list of these for television shows, but I think I’ll stop here—I’d love to hear from you in the comments about your favorite movies. Do you have a popcorn bucket list?
About the Book
Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?
Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.
As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.
About the Author
Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
To celebrate the release of Summer Stock, one lucky winner will receive a Summer Stock swag bag! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 20, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!