Monday, February 16, 2015

Meet Jason – The Man Behind the Movie Star

My Hero’s A Sexy Movie Star – Basically the kind of man that makes women drool as they spend time pouring over the latest tabloids to find out what he’s up to. Julia’s Star” is where the lifestyles of the rich and famous meets small-town girl. In case you’re wondering, culture shock sets in as the two work to find a way to meld their two worlds into one satisfying whole. Thankfully, Jason MacKenzie, is a man of many layers – sex appeal by the boat load, money and fame galore but also has a definite soft spot for a sexy widow and her three amazing children who live in rural California. Instead of me extoling his virtues, let’s let Jason answer some of our questions in his own words:



38 – old enough to have learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to hook up with a woman who is not right for me.

Physical Description:

A woman’s pirate-fantasy come to life. Think Errol Flynn only better looking, my face more chiseled, with greater muscle definition and hot six-pack abs included – basically, women don’t seem to have any complaints about my appearance.

People’s First Impression of You:

Playboy all the way, awe-inspiring but for the life of me I can’t figure out why. Guys want to be me and women throw themselves at me. I’m just a man who puts his pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.


I love my job, can’t wait for the next great script, spending time with my family – even my quirky Mom who can’t understand why I’m not married and giving her grandchildren – and yes someday I’d like to give her those grandkids. Oh, and before I forget, I love the fact that I can pick and choose my parts now that I’m considered a ‘somebody.’


People who pretend they like me but really want to be with me so I can do something for them. I hate being used. Unfortunately it goes with the territory. I’ve learned to live with it and the suspicion about people’s motives that creates.

Relationship Status:

Divorced – man that took me down a few notches. Apparently I’m not every woman’s dream. The experience made me cautious. I definitely plan to look before I leap the next time – and I’m sure there will be a next time, especially after I met that luscious, adorable, little redhead the other day.

Best Memory to date:

The day I got my first acting job. What a trip that was! It was just a bit part but it was my chance to prove I had what it takes to be a star. Of course, in those days, I thought it was all about being a star, hitting the big time. Luckily my family and my best friend, Pete, never let my head get too big and kept me grounded.

Worst Memory:

The day I realized that I was hurting Barbara, my ex, and knew she could never live in my world and I couldn’t live in hers. I don’t like failing and you can’t fail bigger than having your marriage end in divorce. I believe in ‘till death do us part’ and I really messed it up.

Typical Friday Night:

Attending a charity or industry function with a gorgeous woman on my arm – maybe on each arm since I need to keep up appearances. But if you really want the truth, I prefer a quiet evening at home with a few friends – no fans, no paparazzi – just being a regular guy.

Drink of Choice:

Tequila, straight up – no salt, no lime but I tend to drink wine when I’m with the ladies.

Favorite Food:

I was born and raised in Boston so I still crave a steaming bowl of clam chowder and if I’m anywhere near fresh-cooked fish & chips, I’m in heaven.

Favorite Song:

I know this is going to surprise people but I like jazz. Put on a Miles Davis or John Coltrane album and let me soar. Although I can also get lost listening to Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughn.

Your Favorite Past time:

The sea has always fascinated my so I like long walks along the beach. Never got into sailing – it just wasn’t something a poor boy from Southie ever dreamed of doing – but walking along the shore or fishing off the pier – that I could do.

Your first impression of Julia:

I think what I said when I first met Julia sums it up best:

“Lady, if I were wearing socks, you would have just knocked them right off."  He ended with a formal bow, bringing her hand to his lips for a soft, brushing kiss.  On impulse, he reached for one of the soft, auburn strands that caught the fire of the sun as she moved from the shade of the trees. “Spun gold,” he murmured softly.


Learn more about Jason MacKenzie in “Julia’s Star” available on Amazon.


You chug along life’s highway, minding your own business, and all of a sudden - wham - something smacks you upside the head.  For smart and sassy widow, Julia Marlowe, it was something as simple as a flat tire that landed her squarely in the path of swashbuckling film star, Jason MacKenzie, who slams into her life with the force of an 18-wheeler.   

She doesn’t want to like the guy.  The lifestyle he represents stands contrary to everything she believes in.  He has that Hollywood ‘love-them-and-leave-them’ attitude written all over him – but despite her best intentions, he has a way of getting under her skin.  Besides, her kids like him and so far he hasn’t flinched at tarantulas, errant goats, space aliens and the chaos an active household creates. 

Then again, there is the little matter of his ex-wife, Barbara, who clings to Jason like plastic wrap on steroids.  Further complicating the situation is the 200 mile distance between the places they call home.  She has no desire to live in his world but can he possibly live the country life after the bright lights of the big city?  Can she trust a man who only has to smile to make millions of women’s hearts go pitter-pat to give her the happily ever after ending she seeks? 

Sit back and enjoy the fireworks in this smart, contemporary romance as Jason and Julia laugh, argue and circle each other as they try to figure out if this unlikely couple can make a go of it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I Wish I Were Writing

I always have big plans to put pen to paper or fingers on the keyboard on the days when I’m not occupied by my day job. Like the photo above, that’s how I thought I would spend a good portion of my day today laptop nestled comfortably on my lap as I busily typed away. Now it’s 3:30pm and I’m wondering how the day slipped away.

The day started off with coffee and good intentions as I checked email – but my emails reminded me that I needed to post news about my book and a new review on every piece of social media I subscribe to. That led to some website updates and every person who has had to manage their own website knows what a black hole that task is. One tweak leads to another and another and another and all of a sudden it was noon.

Ever cognizant that a fit body is somehow tied to a fit mind – I decided I needed a brisk walk to keep the mind/body universe in balance. Once I returned from my handshake acquaintance with exercise, my stomach reminded me that lunch was in order. Lunch is also my chance to spend a little time with a good book – one that is not my own – and wait, what do you mean it’s 2:00?

Chores – bummer, I really would rather be writing – but today is the day to change the sheets on the bed and get the laundry done. Then a quick trip to the grocery store – and dinner, scrambled eggs and toast anyone??

Finally, I’m at my computer and realized that I haven’t researched new book reviewer sites like I promised myself I would do. Marketing is the bain of every author’s existence and another big time-sucking activity. No one will buy your book if you don’t get the word out so finding people who will provide an honest review without charging you to provide said review is vital.

Ah, sigh of relief because, at last, I have a free hour to dive into my next book’s first rough draft. I started chapter five yesterday so my goal is to finish chapter five by the end of the week or bust!

Wish me luck and lots of inspiration!!