Title: Drama Queens with Love Scenes
Series: Actors and Angels, book 1
Author: Kevin Klehr
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 17
Heat Level: 1 – No Sex
Genre: Romance, Literary Fiction, Angels, cisgender, Fantasy, friends to lovers, gay, humorous, Life after death, romance
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Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They’re not crazy about the idea, so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.
Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.
Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.
Drama Queens with Love Scenes
Kevin Klehr © 2017
All Rights Reserved
She looked like Jayne Mansfield without the attributes. Her cherry-colored wide-brimmed hat complemented her black unbuttoned jacket. A low-cut white dress completed the look. She seemed overdressed and would have looked better wearing a casual pink T-shirt and torn jeans, like a pinup girl sparking the imagination of a lusty army boy. Her pleasing smile said she had been waiting to greet us.
An angel stood next to her, barefoot in old blue jeans and a ripped-sleeved khaki shirt. While he didn’t have the glam factor of the female, his striking dove-gray wings drew focus. They spanned his height and then some, towering above his head by at least an arm’s length. He rarely made eye contact with us and stood hunched with his hands lightly clenched below his navel. His demeanor implied a vanilla hint of gayness.
Just what did we actually get up to last night?
My friend, Warwick, and I safely considered this scene from the doorway of our tiny room.
A moment ago, we had said goodbye to my uncle and his girlfriend, and now we were facing two strangers on what looked like the set of a Greek epic.
Our confused oohs and ahs echoed off the marble black and white tiles, which stretched so far into the horizon they became gray as they met a set of stairs. Each step alternated in color, again black and white. Someone had overdosed on 1980s pop videos when they conceived this design.
“What do you make of the red velvet curtains, classic or uninspired?” I asked my friend.
“Allan, they’re lush. Just lush.”
“Don’t be alarmed, gentlemen,” the Jayne Mansfield look-alike said with an air of whimsy.
As we nodded awkwardly, she shot a concerned glance at the angel and whispered, “Don’t smile like that. It doesn’t match the décor.”
Discouraged, he rolled his eyes and mislaid his smile.
I began biting my thumbnail as my eyes darted between our hosts and the opulent aspects of this room.
“A sex kitten and an angel,” I timidly said to Warwick. “Does this mean…?”
Warwick stepped through the doorway and addressed the angel. “Those wings? Please tell me they aren’t real.”
The angel gracefully flapped them three times before shrugging. I switched my denial into overdrive.
In the past week, Warwick and I had left our chaotic beach-town lives for a little break. My dead-end job was getting me down, and my partner in crime suggested a holiday would be the best remedy. Until this point, he was right. All had been going as planned. We’d visited my uncle Bryant and his new love interest in Melbourne before considering a driving trip around Tasmania. Who could have imagined this strange twist in our plotline?
Our hosts seemed to study us like a diplomat about to shake hands with a head of state. The angel endeavored to smile again, while the blonde bombshell gave us a moment to gauge our bearings. Then her arms extended in greeting like Jesus in a biblical painting.
“My name is Samantha, and this is Guy. We’re here to welcome you.”
Over a decade ago I heard an interesting radio interview. The guest did his thesis on how Bob Dylan and The Beatles shared a public conversation using the titles of their songs. Dylan would release a track, then the Beatles would respond to his ideas with their new song title. The dialogue would continue back and forth in an open forum.
One thing I’ve noticed after initially releasing my first two novels with my previous publisher, is the unique connection I find with my reviewers on various book blogs. Sure, we may never have met each other, but like the ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ we all have on social media, I’m starting to understand how they think, and to a lesser extent, what makes them tick. And in some ways it’s a conversation I address as I write my novels.
It’s a philosophy I was trying to relay while in the audience of a panel discussion at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, however, not effectively. You see, I’ve had the ‘pat myself on the back’ compliments like “great world building” or observations like the “characters were so real”. But one blogger began rewriting the plot in her review of ‘Drama Queens with Love Scenes’. She played with the idea of the love story being between my main protagonist and my angel character, Guy. In the third book of the ‘Actors and Angels’ series, ‘Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes’, (out on June 19) I have a scene where that scenario comes to life. I won’t say where it leads, but I will say it’s my way of honouring her review.
This is why having these various opinions out there can be delicious for a writer. They not only give me an honest appraisal of my craft, but also give me an insight into what my readers think as they consume my words. Where have their imaginations taken them? What elements did they daydream about? What appeals to some but doesn’t appeal to others, and why? That last question is always the most fascinating. It’s what I can play with as I write my next book.
Meet the Author
From an early age, Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his work commitments changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, secretly passed the notebook to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his story. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.
His first novel spawned a secondary character named Guy, an insecure gay angel, but many readers argue that he is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. Guy’s popularity surprised the author.
So with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.
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