My grateful thanks to Katrin Lloyd at Accent Press for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations for The One That I Want by Lynne Shelby. I’m very excited that Lynne has agreed to stay in with me today and tell me more about this latest book.
Staying in with Lynne Shelby
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Lynne. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Hi Linda. Thank you so much for hosting me.
My pleasure. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along my second novel, The One That I Want. I’m super-excited that it’s just been published on 26th July.
(Congratulations Lynne. A slightly belated happy book birthday!)
What can we expect from an evening in with The One That I Want?
You can expect the glamour of show business as well as an authentic look behind the glitz, a love story, and a story about the importance of family and friendship.
There is a link to a trailer for the book here.
(I really enjoyed watching the trailer Lynne. Some great shots of London there!)
And here is an extract in which Lucy, a theatrical agent, and Cassie, a TV star, who have been friends since childhood, are discussing Owen, an up-and-coming actor:
‘I don’t have a favourite client,’ I said. ‘But I do think Owen is a very talented actor. If you’d seen him on stage, you’d think so too.’
‘You like him, don’t you?’
‘Yes, I do,’ I said. ‘Actually, I’m meeting him for a drink tomorrow after work.’
‘Was that your idea or his?’ Cassie said.
‘I’m not sure.’ The previous night, after we’d finished our champagne, we’d left the charity gala together, and I’d invited Owen to share my hired car, dropping him off at his flat in South London. While we sped through the dark streets, we’d talked non-stop, but as to which of us had suggested continuing the conversation over a drink, I’d no idea. I said, ‘I think it was me. I don’t remember.’
Cassie gave me a long look. ‘Lucy, tell me honestly. Is there something going on between you and Owen?’
‘There honestly isn’t,’ I said, taken aback. Where was this coming from? ‘We had a good time together last night, but I’m not attracted to him.’
‘Does he know that?’ Cassie said.
(And now, of course, I really want to know what happens next!)
What else have you brought along and why?
I’ve brought along a photo of crowds watching stars arriving on the red carpet for a film premier in Leicester Square, London, which I pinned to my inspiration board when I was writing The One That I Want, a bottle of champagne because my characters often drink champagne, and a CD of show tunes, because I love musical theatre and some of my characters are musical theatre performers.
I think we all love a bit of musical theatre! The One That I Want sounds a smashing read Lynne. Thanks so much for staying in with me and telling me all about it. Now, let’s get that champagne open and celebrate The One That I Want in style!
The One That I Want
The latest sparkling romance from the award-winning author of French Kissing.
When Lucy Ashford lands a top job at a leading theatrical agency in London, work mixes with pleasure, as she literally falls into the arms of Hollywood heartthrob Daniel Miller.
Handsome, charming and irresistible, Daniel is just what unlucky-in-love Lucy needs, and she is quickly drawn into his glittering celebrity lifestyle. But can she tame the A-list bad boy or is she just one more girl in Daniel s long line of conquests?
And then there’s up-and-coming actor Owen Somers, fiercely talented but as yet uncast in a starring role. After she takes him onto the agency’s books, Owen and Lucy’s friendship slowly grows. If she looks closely, Lucy’s leading man might be right before her very eyes…
The One That I Want is available for purchase here.
About Lynne Shelby
Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction. Her debut novel, French Kissing won the Accent Press and Woman magazine Writing Competition. She has done a variety of jobs from stable girl to child actor’s chaperone to legal administrator, but now writes full time. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city, writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.
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