Young Hollywood: Episode 3, Doctor Uncle

In Young Hollywood, Episode 3: Doctor Uncle, revenge takes a backseat when a tragic accident, puts gifted surgeon, Adrian Banovic at a crossroad. His goal is to protect his niece’s reputation at any cost.

The History

Six years ago, Adrian Banovic disappeared, leaving his family to fear the worst. Upon the death of their father, his brother, Robin Banovic discovered that their father had hired a detective to find Adrian. One month later, the detective turns up dead.

Robin, decides to hire his own detective, who suffered the same fate. Before the trail of dead bodies could lead Robin to Adrian, the trail gets cold.

Kevin, Robin’s eldest son, is the only person who knows Adrian’s whereabouts, but he isn’t talking.

Previously… (in FPS 5: Bad Uncle)

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle, Adrian out from the shadows and into a world of trouble.

Doctor Uncle Episode 3

“You got any kids?” Adriana asked.

“No, why? Look up.” Adrian Banovic shined his pen-light into her eyes.

“How come you’re so nice to me and mean to everyone else?”

“Look down. I like you, you remind me of my niece.”

“What’s she like?” Adriana’s eyes lit up with curiosity.

“Follow my pen without turning your head.” He held the pen in front of her face and slowly moved it from right to left. “She’s your age. Feisty as hell, don’t take shit from anybody. If she wants something she goes after it and nothing can stop her,” pride filled his voice.

“You must really love her.”

“There’s nothing I won’t do for her.”

There was a brief pause between them and Adriana picked up on his sadness.

“What’s her name?”

“Monkey.” He said quickly, “Got any headaches?”

Adriana laughed. “That’s not a name. Just a little.”

“I used to call her that. How’s your vision, blurry? Clear?”

“Clear. Why’d you call her that?”

“When she was a little girl, she used to climb up my arm like a monkey.” He searched her face to see if the memory of their time together registered. It did not.

“Where is she now?”

“She’s um, she’s out there, somewhere.”

“Why don’t you find her?”

“You ask too many questions. Get some rest, I’ll check on you in the morning.”

“Is my dad coming tonight?”

“Yeah, he’ll be here soon.”

“I want to wait up for him.”

“Okay, but keep your eyes closed, they’re very sensitive.”

Adrian turned down the lights in her room and paused to look at her. He longed to kiss his niece on her head the way he did when she was little. To her, he was just her ill-mannered doctor. A role he was willing to accept if it meant that she would be spared the pain of remembering the horrible night that brought her to this place, or that he left without saying goodbye so many years ago. Continue reading

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Young Hollywood: Episode 2, Dear Friend

Young Hollywood Family Portrait Book 6In Young Hollywood, Episode 2: Dear Friend, we explore Zax and Leighann’s friendship.

Their History

In earlier books, Zax was Leighann’s best friend’s older brother, math tutor, first non date-date, and her first crush. Oblivious to her feelings, Zax pairs her with his best friend, Joel, and so began the birth of J-Leigh.

Previously…

In Episode 1, The Tennis Champ. Kristin, Zax’s girlfriend tries to seduce him but his mind is on his family drama. When Zax rejects her, she kicks him out.

In Dear Friend

Zax leans heavily on Leighann to help him deal with his family drama. The bond between them is strong. Is it more or are they both just vulnerable?

Episode 2 Dear Friend

Zax hated the way he left things with Kristin but knew that leaving was the right thing to do. He knew that it was only a matter of time before Kristin got tired of him, and as much as he tried to hold it together for the sake of their relationship, part of him felt exhausted and consumed by his own life.

He stood outside the DaCosta mansion, hesitant as to whether he should ring the doorbell. As he turned to walk away, as if sensing him, Stefan DaCosta opened the door.

“Zax?” The handsome man in his mid-fifties stopped him in his tracks.

“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t be here.” Zax said quickly.

“Don’t be silly, you are always welcome here. Come in.” Stefan opened the door wide and took a step to the side. “How have you been holding up?”

“I’m good,” Zax lied.

Stefan led him to the sunken living room.

“Is there anything I do anything for you or your family?” Stefan signaled him to sit.

“We’re good, thanks.” Zax avoided eye contact.

“You know, I went to Westwood Academy with your dad, I graduated the year before him.”

“Everybody in my family attended Westwood Academy … at some point.”

“That’s right, your uncle, Adrian, and your aunt, the gymnast, Roxanne?”

Zax nodded. “My mom went there too.”

“You have quite a lineage at Westwood Academy, your grandfather built the science wing after it was torched in the 90’s. I heard about his passing, I’m sorry.”

“Thank you.”

“You know, Zax…” Stefan leaned toward him. “You don’t need to sneak in to see my daughter. I know you and Leighann are close. I know she misses your sister, and it’s okay for you to lean on each other.”

“I’ll never disrespect her.” This time Zax made eye contact. Continue reading

Young Hollywood: Episode 1 – The Tennis Champ

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This episode contains adult language and situations.

Episode 1 – The Tennis Champ

Young Hollywood Tennis Champ

Kristin Newman, was ranked number 1 in the USTA under-21 players in Southern California. Her powerful serves and aggressive backhand stroke struck fear into her opponents even before they set foot on the tennis court.

Kristin was poised to becoming a world class tennis champion like her father/coach Josh Newman. Not since Josh Newman played his last game at Westwood Academy, before moving on to the pros, had so much attention and excitement been brought to the game. Kristin was the next generation. When she walked out onto the court, she owned it, and the crowd loved her. People came from all over the country to see her play. Girls wanted to be like her, and boys wanted to sleep with her. She was a marketers’ dream and it wasn’t long before sponsors started courting her, throwing in all sorts of extra perks like private plane rides to the destination of her choice, yacht parties, premium seats for any concert or event she wanted; anything to secure her endorsement.

Kristin Newman was no longer Westwood Academy’s star player, she belonged to the tennis enthusiasts of Southern California. Her entire career was already mapped out for her; she’d become the next Serena Williams.

Kristin was in her senior year at Westwood Academy, yet for most of her years there she felt like an alien. Her strict training regime, speaking engagements and public events made her social life non-existent, that is, until she convinced her father that she could balance training, socializing and keep up her grades.

Kristin wasn’t exactly sad when she rolled her ankle and had to miss several games. As good as she was at tennis, it wasn’t exactly her first love. When the doctor had suggested she sit out this season to give her body time to heal, attendance at the games dropped, and Kristin’s influence was clearly felt.

The downtime gave Kristin plenty of time to leverage her potential endorsement deals and most importantly, spend time with her boyfriend, Westwood Academy’s star basketball player, Zax Banovic.

When her twenty-minute attempt to arouse him failed miserably, she rolled off him and onto the bed.

“I’m sorry,” Zax whispered. “It’s not you.”

“Are you seriously giving me the ‘It’s not you, it’s me speech?’” Kristin didn’t bother to hide her frustration. She got out of bed, picked her clothes off the floor and started to get dress.

“It’s just this thing with my family … there’s this huge space between my mom and dad … they think I don’t notice it. They never talk or laugh anymore, it’s like they can’t be in the same room. Kevin’s not around, so there is nothing … just emptiness.”

Zax’s family had been in turmoil since his sister, Adriana, got into an accident and lost her memory. While Kristin sympathized with him, she hated that his problems affected their sex life.

“Welcome to my world, Zax. My dad’s only around to coach me, and the only time I see my mother, is in one of her stupid movies, and recently they’ve all been box-office flops mind you.” Kristin pulled her tee-shirt over her head.

“I’m sorry, Kristin.”

She sat next to him on the bed. “You can’t let what’s going on with your family affect what we have. It’s not fair.”

“I know… My family means everything to me.”

Kristin took his face in her hands. “Are you still attracted to me, Zax?”

“Of course.” He replied.

“Then, show me.” She straddled him and lightly teased his ear with her tongue. Her hand slid down his bare chest, slowly tracing the ripples of his chiseled chest. She rotated her hips on his pelvis hoping to get a raise out of him.

“Can we not do this right now?” Zax bit his lip.

Kristin groaned loudly with frustration, climbed off him and headed to the bathroom.

“You can show yourself out.” She snapped. Continue reading

Young Hollywood premiering soon

Last year, (May 23), I had Young Hollywood, the 6th novel in my Family Portrait Series written and ready to send off to my editor. I felt that this was the strongest novel in the series. Don’t get me wrong, my novels are my babies, I have no favorites. As the series progress the characters reveal more of themselves making the drama juicer than ever!

I’d planned on handing over the manuscript after my evening walk. Then the unthinkable happened. While crossing the street a drunk driver plowed into me with his car, I was dragged 50 feet before he stopped.

After a year of recuperating and dealing with all the drama that comes with an accident of this magnitude, I had a lot of time to put things into perspective.

I went back and forth about releasing this novel or even writing again. My passion for writing was strangled by the accident, my life revolved around the what happened, and I didn’t want to deal with the pressure of the book launch, chasing reviews and promoting out the wazoo.

I re-read the manuscript cover-to-cover and felt that I needed to release it. That’s what I’ve decided to do. Release it on my terms. No Amazon, no editing, no major promotions.

If it gets read… GREAT! If not, I’m still doing what I love, which is to tell the story of these characters.

So, my dear readers, I’ll be releasing a new episode of my newest title Young Hollywood (Family Portrait 6) every 2 weeks on my websites. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Continue reading

Writers and their marketing strategy

We’re winding down the author collaboration. Today I ask six authors to share their book marketing strategy.

6 authors interview

What is your favorite marketing tactic?

Laurel A Rockefeller – Author of Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to GlorianaCatherine de Valois: The Legendary Women of World History – I use twitter a great deal.  Some of my favourite tweets are quotes from the individual books which I think really draw you into the story.

Marilyn Brand – USA Today & NY Times Best Selling Author – I can’t say there’s anything about marketing specifically that I’m really drawn to or would consider a “favorite” activity. I love the writing process, though, and I truly enjoy interacting with readers and chatting with them about stories and things in their lives that are meaningful to them. So, I guess I’d lean toward Facebook conversations as a type of marketing activity, since it’s one way fans and potential readers can get to know me more personally and, as a result, come to understand my author brand. In any case, it’s been built organically, and I think that’s an important component of any successful sort of marketing strategy.

Karen -Anne Stewart – Author of The Rain Trilogies | Ash to Steele – Gillian, you know how much I suck at marketing ;). Marketing is my nemesis, my biggest weakness. Usually, I post on Twitter or Facebook. I do love blog tours, though! I’ve had a blast with each blog tour I’ve participated in, and I thank all the bloggers, readers, and organizers for their amazing parts in those experiences! Goodreads is also a wonderful place to market.

Kelsey Ketch – Author of the Descendants of Isis Series – Marking is definitely not my strong point. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary evil to give your book exposure. Which is why I turn to book tour sites for media blitzes, highlights, and blog tours and email newsletter advertising sites to advertise my sales. There are a lot of great people looking to help you promote your novel. You just have to look in the right place.

Gillian Felix – Author of The Family Portrait Series | Blog Tours: A Win-Win For Authors and Bloggers  – Content marketing has been my favorite so far. My most successful piece of content so far has been an article I wrote as Haze—the hot handyman-turned-model in my series. Haze is multiracial and he talked about his challenges while growing up. That article has been featured in many online magazines and retweeted countless times. People really seemed to connect with him. Now, if only I could recreate that magic with the other characters.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson – Author of The Frugal Book Promoter |Imperfect Echos – Persistence. Continue reading

6 Authors share what keeps them motivated

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Author collaboration continues with 6 authors answering 2 questions. Today we talk about motivation and reading habits. Enjoy!

Motivation

What keeps you motivated and why?

When it comes to motivation, I’m a little like I am about writers’ block. There is always something I want to do that hits me on the head when I wake up in the morning! – Carolyn Howard-Johnson – Author of The Frugal Book Promoter |Imperfect Echos

Motivation seems to change. With the Rain Trilogy, one of my biggest motivations was to help shed some awareness on abuse and human trafficking. With Ash to Steele and Feel, the motivation was entirely different – just as personal, but in other ways. One constant motivation for me, is how writing is a form of therapy. If the day has been really trying, throwing myself into my characters is the best stress reliever. – Karen -Anne Stewart – Author of The Rain Trilogies | Ash to Steele  Continue reading

My Favorite Scene from Bad Uncle

Book cover Bad Uncle Family Portrait Book 5I have many unforgettable scenes in Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) so choosing one scene as my favorite was a task. The reason I love this scene is because of Kevin and Adriana’s relationship. One of the things readers are attracted to in the series is the relationship between the siblings.

In the scene below called Krav Maga, it is Sunday morning and Kevin, Adriana’s older brother is around teaching her how to protect herself. Adriana’s mind is not into it because her boyfriend is leaving for New York and, well the last time he went to New York she almost lost him for good.

Chapter 12: Krav Maga

“Focus, Adriana.” Kevin’s voice interrupted her thoughts as she rolled over. The training used to be fun and a great way to spend time with her brother, but today it was a hindrance. Adriana glanced at the pool; maybe if she could get him close enough to the edge, she could push him in and that’d be the end of their training for the day. She grappled with him in an effort to take him down, but he spun out of her grip, flipping her to the floor. He held his hand out to her to help her up; she roughly grabbed it and rushed after him, moving herself closer to the edge of the pool and off the mat.

“Come on, fifteen more minutes,” he encouraged and she thrust at him with fake punches and uppercuts.

Stopping to take a breath, he lectured her about paying attention when in combat and never losing focus.

“Oh, hi, L’Wren.” She looked towards the entrance behind him, and when he turned around, she successfully took him down and held his neck in a headlock. He tried to flip her over, but the angle his body was positioned made it impossible to do without seriously hurting her. He tapped out, but she ignored him.

“You should never lose focus when in combat, Kevin,” she mocked.

“What are you guys doing?” Concern coated L’Wren’s voice.

“Just playing around,” Adriana said casually as Kevin tapped the mat.

“Cool! I wanna learn how to do that.” Leighann was amazed.

“That looks dangerous,” L’Wren warned.

“Kevin’s been teaching me, so I’ll always know how to protect myself from evil boys,” Adriana said ignoring Kevin’s frantic tapping.

“He looks like he can’t breathe,” L’Wren pointed out nervously.

“He’ll live,” Adriana said sweetly. “You spending the night?” She directed her question at Leighann.

“Yes, L’Wren leaves tomorrow,” Leighann replied, still fascinated by the predicament Adriana had her brother in.

“Could you let my boyfriend go, please? He’s turning blue.” L’Wren’s concern grew and Adriana sighed, kissed him on his head and released him.

Kevin coughed and gasped for air as L’Wren ran to him.

“I’m all right, she got lucky.” He stretched his neck like it was no big deal.

“You guys play really rough,” L’Wren said in her mommy voice.

“Can you show me how to do that?” Leighann asked gingerly.

“NO!” Kevin and L’Wren said in unison.

“Let’s go in the house and leave Mom and Dad alone,” Adriana mocked.

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Bad Uncle Blog Tour Kickoff

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The Bad Uncle choose your own date tour kicks off on Monday corresponding with the release on Amazon.

Thank you to all the bloggers taking part, this could not have happened without you. I am always open to putting in blog appearances so if you’d like to join the tour, click on this link.

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Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) by Gillian Felix

Published by: Plain Talk Book Marketing LLC

Genre: Drama, New Adult

Warning: Strong sexual content, language and situations. For readers 18+

Book cover Bad Uncle Family Portrait Book 5Synopsis

Who needs enemies when you’ve got family.

The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?

Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend, can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he wants despite the consequences?

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

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All About the Bastard

Book cover Bastard's BrewEverything we touch, we destroy.

When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

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What people are saying about Bastard’s Brew

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Kevin BanovicFeaturing the loveable bad boy Kevin in Bastard’s Brew was an absolute must. Readers loved him and were eager to know more about him.

In Brew, we got to see Kevin and L’Wren’s relationship intensify. I introduced Victoria Johansson, who was only supposed to be in this book but readers liked her, so she puts in an appearance in the novels to come. Of course the series wouldn’t be what it is without some kind of scandal, so expect the unexpected where Vicky J is concerned. I actually loved writing her and I look forward to seeing where she takes me and the readers. She was not part of the original TV series, she just kind of happened as an ally to Kevin.  Apart from Kev’s frenemyship with Haze, he really has no one who knows both sides of him.

Victoria is the exact opposite of L’Wren yet they both make up an important part of Kevin’s life. Their paths never cross and I think it would be interesting to see the interaction between these two ladies when they do meet.

Of the four books in the series so far, if I had to pick a favorite, Brew would be it. I loved the intense drama. While writing it I never knew what the characters were going to do. I had an outline, but once I started writing, they clearly took over! So far this book was the darkest.

There was something wickedly exciting about seeing what Kevin would do next to try and get out of the blackmail – Rachel B

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Hanging with the Banovic Siblings

Banovic Siblings Dec coverCollege boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax. Continue reading