Author: Celia Bonaduce
Published: September 19th, 2013 by Kensington Publishing
Word Count: approx. 75,000
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: None
Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she’s almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister’s constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she’s thrilled to be making a paycheck–and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she’s certain her life is getting a romantic subplot. But with the director, brash, gorgeous young Jude, dogging her every step, she can’t help but look at herself through his lens–and wonder if she’s been reading the wrong script all along…
What do you believe sets your book apart from others in the same genre?
The Venice Beach Romance Series was actually not conceived as “romance novels” – although I am honored and proud to be accepted into the club! I consider myself a humorist first and foremost and if I were going to stick a label on my books, I would call them “romantic comedies.”
The first of the “Venice Beach” books, The Merchant of Venice Beach is the story of woman named Suzanna as she is approaching her 33rd birthday in the Los Angeles area. She has been living and working with her two best friends – both of whom are guys – and she sort of “wakes up” one morning a little restless. I feel as if that is a classic L.A. area tale. It’s sort of like “The weather never changes and neither do I” Then, one day, BAM! You realize you are getting older and have ZERO to show for it. Suzanna picks a totally ridiculous way to dip her toe into adulthood – she starts chasing after an emotionally unavailable dance instructor – but that’s where the fun comes in.
In Book Two of the series, A Comedy of Erinn, we follow Suzanna’s older sister, Erinn. Where Suzanna was living life in arrested development, Erinn was old before her time. Her story is the polar opposite of her sister’s. Erinn needs to loosen up and realize that life is for the living. As hard as she tries to stay bottled up and protect herself from the world around her, two men enter her life at the same time – both determined to get behind that wall she’s built. Of all my characters, Erinn is probably most like me, so exploring where she would go given the parameters I set for her was very enlightening.
Book Three, Much Ado About Mother follows not only Erinn and Suzanna, but their mother Virginia. I’m in the middle of writing this one right now, but I am exploring what I consider archetypal women’s themes in a modern world. Love is part of it, but what men these women end up with is only a part of what I’m looking into. I find all the adventures women experience worth exploring. My characters are all flawed people and I love them enough to give them a full life…not just a love life.
Currently a Field Producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, Celia Bonaduce’s TV credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone.
An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been always a lifelong ambition. Kensington eBooks’s The Merchant of Venice Beach, first in The Rollicking Bun book series, will be available August 1st, 2013.
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
· 3 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)
· 5 Print copies of A Comedy of Erinn (US Only)
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