Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Guest Poster: Addison Westlake!

To celebrate her new book Facebook Jeanie Addison has been kind enough to guest post today!


Writers get inspiration from various sources. Some feel inspired by a gorgeous landscape, or by reading a great work of literature. How about me, as a romantic comedy writer? Well, I feel tremendously inspired by good movies. In particular, romantic comedies with hunky leads. I’m so inspired by them in fact that I’ve decided to compile a top 10 favorite romantic comedy hero list. Yes, I recognize that most of these movies are at least a decade or two old. These men, like fine wine, improve with age. Read on with me and see if you agree.

10. Romain Duris in Heartbreaker. If you haven’t seen this French romantic comedy, watch it now. It’s funny and different and features Johnny Depp’s ex Vanessa Paradis. The romantic hero is really anything but, yet Romain Duris manages a wonderful blend of odd and strangely appealing.

9. Bill Pullman in While You Were Sleeping. I like that he makes furniture. I like his somewhat scratchy voice and that he’s a good guy. I like the scene when he and Sandra Bullock are slipping all over on black ice. He’s yummy.  

8. Nick Cage in Moonstruck. Is this Nicholas Cage’s best role? Perhaps. I love how over-the-top he is, holding up his big, wooden paw in the bakery and yelling “I lost my hand!” Also, he’s pretty hot in that white tank top.

7. John Cusak in The Sure Thing and Say Anything. Yes, I’m a child of the 80s and like any of us I can quote my Lloyd Dobbler. “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.” And “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” I have to include The Sure Thing as well, just because.

6. Sam Shephard in Baby Boom. He’s a veterinarian in this movie. If he were my local big animal vet, I would have owned a lot of large animals and developed hypochondria regarding their well-being, requiring daily check-ups. Add the fact that he’s also a great writer in real life and you can just fuggedaboudit.

5. Paul Rudd in Clueless. He’s much funnier and more himself in later roles, but I like seeing him in this and knowing the wise guy lurking beneath the cute exterior. He makes a good slacker and his sideways smiles make his growing crush completely believable.

4. John Travolta in Grease. I love a man all in black. Add hair pomade and hip gyrations while dancing on top of a classic car and it’s all over.

3. Ciaran Hinds in Persuasion. Random pick? Perhaps, but this somewhat obscure gem of a movie—and book, thank you Miss Austen—is a keeper. Ciaran Hinds even makes awkward sexy.

2. Colin Firth as Darcy, first in the A&E miniseries version of Pride & Prejudice and then in Bridget Jones’ Diary. I believe Liz Lemon said it best when she referred to her Colin Firth movie collection as erotica. Sideburns have never looked so good. Remember the scene when he takes a bath trying to rid himself of his Lizzy fixation? Yeah, we all remember that scene.

1. Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen Candles. That final scene? Not many people can pull off wearing a striped sweater vest, let alone make it look so good. He’s the king of romantic comedies, number one, and there will never be another to unseat him from his throne.  

Who would you add to your list?

About the Author

Addison Westlake made her debut as an author at age 13 by rewriting the "Sweet Valley High" series. Despite copyright violations, she maintains that her rendition of Elisabeth and Jessica Wakefield as preteens in a British orphanage is a classic. Between then and now she went to some fancy schools, swapped out the East Coast for the West Coast, and had oodles of kids. Some of her favorite things in life include coffee, Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat and the sleepwalking scene in "Step Brothers."

Addison's first romantic comedy, “Christmas in Wine Country,” spent six weeks on the bestseller list in contemporary romance, women’s fiction, humorous fiction and humor. And it’s only $0.99, y’all. http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-in-Wine-Country-ebook/dp/B00A9I292U

She would like to thank MCM cover design, mcm@1889.ca, for the awesome “Facebook Jeanie” cover. And for the unfailing patience with questions such as “should she have an earring” and “do her pinks clash?” Addison loves to hear from readers, so please find her at:
Google Plus: gplus.to/addisonwestlake

Blurb for “Facebook Jeanie” by Addison Westlake

It's Bridget Jones meets "Groundhog Day"...

Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out?

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), Clara comes home to her empty apartment (yes, she was dumped) and settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It's her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. With the bod of a God and a net worth of umpteen bamillion, he now has the perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn't been so, so stupid.

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara's job. There's a new app they're beta-testing and Clara's perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and... nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", she realizes she's back in college. With the chance to do it all over again.

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?

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