Fantasy Cast – The Banovics

I thought I’d pull back the curtains of my Family Portrait series and share with you some of my inspiration behind the series. The series was built off of the characters, then I added the plot. California was a no brainer for the location, because the series features young Hollywood celebrities, ex-celebrities and celebrity wannabes. If you have not read the series, it starts with them, then branch out to their family members… that’s where the real drama starts.

The characters all have very different personalities which range from the way they dress to the way they speak.

Adriana through the years

Adriana is the chief mischief maker that anchors most of the storylines. She is wild, dynamic, strong and devious. She is the type of character that you do not want to piss off. Did I mention that she’s only 15?

The first actress that I looked at to play her was 90210’s Jessica Stroup. I liked Jessica because she had an innocence about her, and soft facial features. I also liked the style her character (Erin Silver) had in the show, kind of hippie, gypsy, bohemian. It stood out among the brand obsessed youths of Beverly Hills, just like the students of Westwood Academy in the books.

Jessica Stroup The Banovics

My next choice was the fantastic Kaya Scodelario. Kaya came on my radar while I was browsing through the online celebrity site Just Jared Jr. By following her, I was introduced to and got hooked on the British teen drama Skins (she was in the first four seasons). By the time I’d found Kaya, Adriana’s character had developed a little more. I wanted someone with more edge to play her. Kaya fit the bill perfectly, she has an edgy, yet classic look that could transfer from grunge to a ball gown in an instant. Plus Kaya is half Brazilian and so is Adriana!

Kaya Scodelario classic grunge

Creating Kevin

Kevin was fun to cast. Who wouldn’t want to go through the Hollywood catalog of hot guys with black hair and blue eyes?

Ian Somerhalder who I call smolderholder, was my first choice and inspiration for Kevin Adam Banovic. The way Ian dresses with soft shirts and cuffed jeans OMG! Ian rocks it hard. He is not afraid to take style risks by throwing on a hat.

Ian Somerhalder The Banovics

Kevin is a total badass, with his drug dealing, money laundering side business. Kevin also has a soft side when it comes to this family and women.

Zax Banovic through the years and beyond

Zax was and still is the hardest to cast. I say still is because I am still not 100% sold on this actor as Zax Jameson Banovic. Zax is the only blond second generation Banovic sibling. I originally modeled him after my crush object Zac Efron. While Efron is perfect in every way in my world, I needed him to have blond roots, I don’t know why, but I picture Zax to have really light hair and stunning blue eyes.

Young Zac Efron The Banovics

It is really hard to find that look in a guy between the age of 18 – 21 in Hollywood. If you have any suggestions I’m open. Chris Hemsworth is too old for the role (in case you were thinking).

Jayne and Robin Banovic

My absolute first choice for this super couple was Susan Walters and Linden Ashby. How perfect it would be if Family Portrait was made into a series and we got these two? First I would freak out because Linden to me is Johnny Cage from Mortal Combat, (I’m a nerd, I know). Linden and Susan are husband and wife in real life, an added benefit for them.

The Banovic Parents Susan Walters Linden Ashby

So there you have it the Banovics, in later posts I’ll share with you my inspiration for the DaCosta clan. Let me know if you enjoyed this article by sharing or leaving a comment.

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Michael D Dennis Presents A Native’s Tongue

A Native's Tongue book promoA Native’s Tongue is about a young man trying to find his way in the world. He struggles to keep the woman he loves while entangled in the sex, drugs, and tragedy of Los Angeles. It was inspired by real events,” says Dennis.

Love and tragedy collide in Dennis’s poignant new novel, A Native’s Tongue.

Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.

So when Violet, an older woman, sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along. He soon finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship that still fails to fill the void within him.

But then he meets Jennifer, a mystical young woman whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her, even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles, and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.

Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA. It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.

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About the Author:

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Michael D. Dennis is an author and playwright who earned a degree in English literature from Loyola Marymount University. Winner of a LMU Playwriting Award for his play Death of a Watchdog, Michael also had his play, Hen in the Field, produced at the Whitefire Theatre in 2012. His highly anticipated debut novel, A Native’s Tongue, was released in June 2014.

Michael currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his girlfriend and two dogs, Jack and Aurora. To learn more, go to http://www.michaelddennis.com/ or connect with Michael on Facebook  | Twitter Goodreads

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Delancey Stewart’s Writing Process

I’m always curious about other author’s writing process, today Delancey Stewart talks about hers. Enjoy.

Photo of Delancey StewartI guess there are two ways to look at my writing process –  and it totally depends on whether I’m elbow-deep in a book that I’m working on, or if I’m at the stage of conceptualizing.

The first is the nitty-gritty day-to-day writing. And since I’ve got kids, a job, and lots of time-sucking obligations outside of writing, it happens early. Like 5-6:30 in the morning. It’s not much fun, and the snooze button is a serious temptation, but once I get myself to the desk with a steaming cup of coffee, this is my best writing time.

My brain isn’t fully on, so I don’t self-edit too much. In order for it to work well, though, I have to have done good planning. I try to spend a little time at night reviewing whatever I produced in the morning; editing and making sure things are on track. And I’ll try to set myself up for the next day so that when I sit down half-asleep, I know what I need to write about. If I’ve done all that, and I manage it almost daily, then the words come pretty easily most of the time.

If I’m in between books, or plotting something new, there’s less of a daily routine. Instead, I try to do the broad strokes mentally over the course of a couple days, letting my brain work on who the characters are, what they want, what’s stopping them from getting it… then, when I’ve hit a wall, I’ll sit down and write out a couple pages without worrying too much about the actual writing – more of a “this is what happens” kind of thing. A synopsis, really. That helps me figure out how to break up scenes, chapters, and acts. And then I build a new Scrivener project and get to work!  Continue reading

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Whisper winter saleWhisper by Heather Hildenbrand
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Synopsis:

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

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About the Author:

Heather Hildenbrand

Author of Across The Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website: www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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Charity Ferrell’s Author Journey

Today’s guest post is by Charity Ferrell. Charity recalls the first time she hit publish on Amazon, you know that terrified feeling, kind of like “OMG what the hell did I just do?” I get it everytime I publish a novel. It never goes away (I hope). Enjoy!

Charity FerrellMy journey as an author has definitely been a prodigious experience and I can’t wait to find out where it’s going to take me. I still find it crazy when I refer to myself as an author, see books on shelves that I’ve written, and receive messages from readers.

Writing has always been a release for me. For years I said, “When I get older, I’m going to write a book.” Then one day, I asked myself why I was waiting. Why was I waiting until I was necessarily older? There’s no age requirement for when you can put your work out there. I sat down, opened up my computer, and started writing. I found myself staying up all night, tapping away at my keyboard, because I couldn’t stop a scene. I couldn’t sleep because characters were screaming out and telling me to let their story out.

I started my first novel, Beneath Our Faults, in October 2013 and finished it at the end of that year. I wrote every single day. And still almost do. When it came time to release it to the world, there were so many emotions running through me. I was anxious, terrified, and elated all at the same time.

I told myself I would’ve been satisfied with only selling a few copies. I’d be able to say I put it out there, tried, and didn’t give up. I still to this day remember the first book I’d sold. I got a message from Amazon telling me my book was live on their site. That’s when I saw I’d already sold my first book. I looked over at my boyfriend and said, “Oh my gosh, I’ve already sold one and I haven’t told anyone to buy it yet!

My debut novel, the one I was terrified of releasing, made it into the Top 100 on in the New Adult & College and the Coming of Age genres on Amazon, which was exciting as a new author. My second novel, Karma, was released in June.

The most satisfying part about becoming an author is the feedback. I love getting messages from my readers telling me they cried, laughed, and fell in love with the story. It’s the best feeling in the world to know I evoked all of those emotions out of somebody. Readers are most sincere people and I can’t wait to hear more from them. They are the reason I put my work out there.

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Kelsey Ketch’s Descendants of Isis Series

Last week Kelsey Ketch, author of the Descendants of Isis series stopped by and chatted about redemption in young adult novels. Click here to read what she had to say. This week I’m happy to introduce you to her series. Enjoy!

First novel in the Descendants of Isis seriesDaughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1)
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: October 26nd, 2013
Upper Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

Content for Upper YA

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Praises for Daughter of Isis

Daughter of Isis is an addicting and enthralling read brimming with Egyptian mythology. Readers will be pulled into the story after simply reading a page!” —Emily, Reader Rising

“I always enjoy a good book about Mythology and Daughter of Isis brings a thrilling modern day spin to one of the tales. Kelsey Ketch wove the story perfectly and sucked me right into her magnificent world.” —Naomi, Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

2nd novel in the Descendants of Isis seriesSon of Set (Descendants of Isis #2)
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: May 2nd, 2014
Upper Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.

Content for Upper YA

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About Kelsey

Kelsey Ketch

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Bridget Fitzgerald Takes On Hollywood

My wonderful friend and actress extraordinaire Bridget Fitzgerald is baaaaaccckkkk! I love having her on here she is so funny, talented, and brilliant! The last time I had her on here she lived in New York, (read the interview here) now she’s made the leap out to Hollywood. You gotta love a girl who goes after her dreams. Seriously she is relentless! So before she gets too famous for Plain Talk I plan on having her back as much as I can. Welcome back Bridget!

Bridget Fitzgerald on Plain Talk

What made you decide to swap coasts?
My dream is to be the lead of a romantic comedy feature film, so I felt like I needed to move to LA to really make that happen. Plus, I always wanted to grow up and be a real film actress and part of what would make that dream FEEL true for me was living in LA, so I had to make it feel true for me. It was a hard choice! New York has been my home for years, all my closest friends live there and will continue to live there. But the stars aligned, I had a good shot, and I took it.

What do you like least and most about LA?
Least I am gonna say the time difference between me & my folks. I love calling my mom after a big audition goes well, or after something nice and unexpected happens, but I can’t do that if it’s after like 6 during the week. I still do sometimes if it’s really important, but I guarantee the next day it’ll be like I talked to her zombie or something because she won’t remember it at all. Maybe next time I have something terrible to tell her, I’ll call her at like 11. :) “What, you don’t remember us talking about that?”

What I like most about LA is how people get tv & film actors out here. I honestly felt like such a weirdo in NY because I was always modeling or acting and hanging out with fellow comedians who didn’t do any of that, so I would be like the odd girl out who brought healthy snacks to all the parties because I watched my figure, or who kept getting tired early because I would be up for the gym at 6 am before my day job, before an audition, before our shows, because otherwise, I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym and I wouldn’t be camera ready.

Whereas here in LA it’s not only ok to be focused on film and tv but also, everyone else is or knows someone who is, so they get it, and the pressure’s off to try to fit in more because I already do. It’s really nice to feel accepted, and it makes me feel at home. Continue reading