Hello and welcome to a new concept for the blog – one where authors get to choose the cast for their novel!
I love imagining who might play a character on the big screen inspired by a book I’m reading. It conjures up all sorts of possibilities, so now there will be a regular spot devoted to giving readers a chance to see who the author envisions playing a character.
My first guest is the lovely Alexa Bravo, whose debut novel ‘In Bed With the Boss’ was released by Escape Publishing on May 1st.
Congratulations on your new release, Alexa. I love that cover – could look at it all day! Can you tell us a bit about ‘In Bed With the Boss’, please?
Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way.
After a failed marriage and years of self-doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed, and there’s only one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli.
So it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator. But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all.
Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss. Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?
Protagonist: Trish Carter, Manager, curvy brunette, sassy, hard-working and unaware of her own attraction.
Tell us about this character: Trish is a divorced middle management executive who has dedicated herself to succeeding in her career after failing to keep her marriage together.
She is bright and ambitious but carries emotional scars inflicted by her ex, who never failed to make her doubt herself and her power as a woman.
Trish has hidden depths of passion that she holds on a very tight leash, unknowingly waiting for the right man to teach her to trust again.
When she finally lets go, the results are explosive and have far-reaching implications for her life and her future.
Who would you choose to play this character? Jennifer Connelly, for her beauty and grace, her apparent frailty and hidden strength.
Hero: Keith Donnelli, CEO, tall, dark and brooding, physically and emotionally scarred from a horrific car accident that almost took his life.
Tell us about this character: Keith has been to hell and back. He is astute in business but was fooled once by a woman and is determined to never be fooled again.
He has very defined business goals and needs his star performer, Trish, to be on board with convincing the other executives to follow his plan.
What he does NOT need is to be distracted with an office romance, especially one that puts the plan in jeopardy.
For Keith, the hardest lesson yet to learn is that you can’t control everything, not in life and not in love.
Who would you choose to play this character and why? Chris Pine, for those dazzling blue eyes and that take-charge attitude.
Who is Alexa Bravo?
Alexa Bravo “self-published” her first manuscript at age 12, when she typed a one-page romance story in the seventh grade and gave it to the girl sitting next to her in class to read. Before she knew it the story had been passed along from classmate to classmate and Alexa was getting requests for more stories and taking reservations for those already in circulation.
Alexa has always been passionate about reading as well as writing and despite her “real job” managing a business, she enjoys as many romance novels as she can lay her hands on and sometimes, she writes one too. Alexa hopes to one day write a classic regency romance, her favourite type of love story but for now, the corporate world and all its possibilities for illicit liaisons is more than enough to inspire the romantic in her.
Alexa lives in Sydney, Australia with her three beautiful girls and her very indulgent husband