Author Guest Post
Dream Movie Cast: There are two kinds of authors; the ones who create their dream movie cast, and the ones who lie about not giving it a thought. I am absolutely an author who has already cast the characters of my novel! This is a question I get asked a lot, and I usually want to wait until they have read my book to answer. I’d hate to taint the image of a character for someone else. It’s probably more fun for me to hear who the readers are picturing as the story progresses, than for the reader to hear who I had in my mind as I was writing it. Nevertheless, here goes…
1. Annie Whitman & Kessler Carlisle- I have no idea with these two. I’m so invested in these characters, (especially since I’m halfway through writing the sequel) and for some reason, I can’t picture their faces. I see every other detail- height, weight, hair, stature, hand gestures- but neither one of them has an actual face. I can give you some reader’s thoughts though.
Annie- Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams, Reese Witherspoon
Kessler- Matthew McConaughey, Blake Shelton, Brad Pitt, Oliver Hudson
2. Jack Whitman- Matthew Fox
3. Wade Rutledge- Tim McGraw
4. Hope Rutledge- Faith Hill
5. Mama D- Cathy Bates, Dolly Parton, or Jean Smart (from the TV show Designing Women)
6. Jamie Whitman- Scott Wolf (Yes, I realize the cliché that Matthew Fox and Scott Wolf played brothers on the TV show, Party of Five, but I have always pictured Scott as Jamie. Matthew Fox came way later in the game.)
7. Liz Whitman- Ali Larter
8. Hutch- Jeff Bridges or Denzel Washington
9. Gail Adams- Holly Hunter
10. Leslie Abbott- Jennifer Connelly
11. Jenna Walker- Zoe Saldana
12. Claire Kingsley- Alyssa Milano
13. Tori Slade- Emily Blunt
Thinking about characters is fun, but stressful at the same time. I’ll never say never, but I’m sure I have some time to perfect this list.
About The Author
The first part of Karyn's life was spent in the South, and the last fifteen years have played out in the Midwest, but she's still holding on to a shred of her Southern roots. She is a wife, mother, daughter, and sister who has made it her mission in life to carve out a career for herself, while keeping the husband and the children happy.
The Achilles Heel by Karyn Rae
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: March 21, 2014
Format: Paperback - 232 pages
Kindle - 435 KB
Nook - 785 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Annie embarks on a mission to the Virgin Islands to uncover the truth about her husband’s past and seek safety from her brother-in-law, who seems to be the captain of his own sinking ship. While settling into paradise, she meets the wickedly handsome, but surprisingly reserved Kessler Carlisle, who is struggling with his retirement from country music superstardom. With Kessler’s help, Annie discovers the heart’s uncanny ability to heal, and the possibility that dead men don’t always keep their secrets-even if they’re buried in the Caribbean waters of St. Croix.
The Achilles Heel delves into the formidable fact that everyone harbors darkness, and some will go to the depths of the ocean to keep their secrets hidden.
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, The Achilles Heel, author Karyn Rae weaves an intriguing tale of romantic suspense that easily draws the reader into the story from the beginning.
When Annie Whitman's husband Jack suddenly dies in a tragic car accident, her world is turned upside down, unable to cope with her grief Annie escapes into the bottom of a vodka bottle. When Annie resurfaces and finds the courage to move forward with her life, she receives a key at the will reading and stumbles upon a lockbox stored in the crawl space in the basement that contained items that has Annie questioning her husband's life and death. Annie embarks on an investigative journey that will transport her from her home in Kansas City, Missouri to the tropical island paradise of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where she follows mysterious clues in search of the truth behind her husband's secret past.
Kessler Carlisle is a country music superstar from Nashville. Tired of the whole music scene, Kessler announces his retirement after playing his final tour date, and escapes to the relaxing tropical island of St Croix, Virgin Islands. Even though he finds the peace and quiet he sought on his island retreat, Kessler is having a hard time adjusting to his retirement ... that is until he meets the lovely widow Annie Whitman.
Filled with intriguing mystery, suspense, and an unexpected romance, the reader follows the story of Annie and Kessler as they deal with issues, secrets, and discover the truth of what is really important in life.
Author Karyn Rae does a wonderful job of weaving mystery and romance within the storyline, it is filled with enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. I loved following Annie's journey as she searched to uncover her dead husband's secret past. The danger that lurked and the unexpected twists and turns kept me engaged and turning the pages. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the romance that blossomed between Annie and Kessler. In my mind I pictured Kessler to be a mix between country music stars Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney ... wow what a yummy combination! I loved the raw emotion, passion, friendship, and sassy banter that made up their relationship, it is a testament of the heart's ability to heal and move on.
With a realistic cast of characters who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a rich description of the settings; The Achilles Heel is a captivating romance suspense novel that will draw you in with its intensity and drama, and leave you wanting more with its unexpected and surprising conclusion.
RATING: 4 STARS
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