Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Melody Winter’s new novel Starshine. Find out more about the book below, it’s definitely on my ever growing wish list! I also have a fab author interview which I hope you enjoy!
Film student Ella Summers can’t believe her luck when she is selected to work on the set of the most anticipated film release of the year—STARSHINE. For the next four weeks, she’ll be in the studio with heart-throb and leading man Alex Denton, and his co-star—and recent ex—the stunning Amy Strickland.
But her first day on set has her questioning the true character of the enigmatic and sexy Alex. The charming celebrity she’s adored on screen disappears before her very eyes—if indeed he ever really existed.
Off-camera arguments between Alex and Amy become difficult to ignore, and when Ella uncovers layers of deceit and closely guarded secrets between them, she becomes involved in a battle that has far-reaching implications.
With the paparazzi hounding her every move for the most sensational story they can get, Ella becomes deeply embroiled in Alex’s life. Can she break down his seemingly impenetrable walls, or will he remain the arrogant ass she first met?
STARSHINE is set in London, England. Beware though—Alex Denton has a crude mouth, and an equally wicked smile.
Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.
1. Tell us a bit about Starshine
Starshine is a contemporary romance, sprinkled with a little bit of fantasy. It centres around Ella and her four-week work experience on the most anticipated film of the year, Starshine. The leading man is her idol, but she’s less than impressed with him after her first day on set. As she gets to know more about him, things change. Starshine is a little bit of escapism, but also asks many questions about the price of fame.
2. What inspired Ella and her story?
I had a dream one night about my favourite screen idol, and it was so realistic that I jotted down the outline of it the next day. The basic plot of Starshine was born. I always think there’s a lot of myself in the female characters I write, although whether I’d be brave enough (or stupid enough) to do the things they do is another question.
3. Who is the main man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?
Alex Denton is the main man. He’s arrogant, cocky and has a foul mouth. Having said that, he has a heart of steel whenever you can break through to it. He’s been hurt in his past, and can’t see beyond that at the start of the story. He’s not based on anyone I know, although there are several mannerisms he has that I took from my idol, but his name will remain a secret for now.
4. Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?
5. What is your writing process?
I’m a big planner and researcher! I usually plan out my stories, possibly because I’m used to writing series. And even though Starshine was sparked by a dream I had, I still drafted my outline and the order in which I wanted the scenes to happen.
6. Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?
I never set out to write a particular genre, it just so happened that when I wrote my first book, it was a romance. I love the complexities of relationships, the slow burn, or the insta-love. When I look at my reading list, I mainly have romance novels of some sort or other. I set out, once, to write a story that wasn’t a romance, but half way through those pesky cherubs danced on my shoulder and insisted it become one. So I don’t think it’s what drew me to the genre, it sort of wouldn’t let me write anything else 😊
7. Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Twilight by Stephanie Myers (Not so much the rest of the series), and I also like Lauren Kate (Fallen series), and Maria Snyder (Poison study.)
8. If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Maybe I should try mystery. My stories usually have some sort of suspense rolling around under the surface. (the Mine series, Sachael Dreams, Sachael Desires, and soon to be released Sachael Discovery, and Sachael Destiny have many secrets that are gradually revealed through the four books. You don’t get all your answers until book 4!) Whether I could do it without some sort of romance would be the main question.
9. What book have you most recently read?
I’ve just reread Gambit, by C Denault. This is a book by an Indie Author signed with my publisher for the Mine series. I devoured this book the first time I read it, and it was even better the second time around.
10. What book do you most wish you had written?
It would have to be Twilight by Stephanie Myers. Gosh, I really love that book 😊
Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.
About Melody Winter
Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced that the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two teenage sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or listening to 80’s music on her IPod.
Melody has a tendency to fall head-over-heels in love with her main characters, even when they frustrate her and refuse to act the way she wants them to. She is a romance writer at heart and loves reading and writing about anything mythological or magical, as well as exploring the gritty side of love affairs and the complexities of being in love.
SACHAEL DREAMS was her debut novel, (REUTS Publications, USA) and the first in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’. The second book in the series, SACHAEL DESIRES’, was released in November 2015, and the remaining books in the series, SACHAEL DELUSIONS, and, SACHAEL DESTINY, are due to be released in the near future.
Melody has also self-published two books, INIQUITY, the first book in a Dark New Adult Romantic Fantasy series— ‘The Ascent’ (The second book in the series, ADVERSITY, is due for release later this year.) and STARSHINE, Melody’s first contemporary romance, released 29th May 2017.
Book & Buy Links
Author: Melody Winter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 29 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US