Author Guest Post
My Dream Cast For Help Me Move On
I’m Angie Hemmings, the author of Help Me Move On, and today’s focus is on the cast I came up with when writing Help Me Move On. The cast came first and let me just say it took a while before I knew I had the right cast. When I’m writing I have to be able to see them and I ended up with a collage of these characters who went from actors that I would get when I googled a certain characteristic. It’s strange how excited I would get when I finally figured out who would be who in this cast but here we go…
Ally isn’t just your ordinary leading lady, she’s made mistakes that haunt her and she’s not just stronger than you think but she’s smarter than you’ll give her credit for. Like the fact she’s a better shot than most men and she can take down a man twice her size without the slightest effort.
Dream character doesn’t do this man justice. He’s calm and calculating, he’s too smart for his own good and all you’ll want to do is break him. Yes, I said break him. Break that perfectly calm exterior and get some real emotion to come out. Isaiah was so frustrating a character, so dark that I ended up with this series. It’s because I wanted Isaiah’s story to continue that this series exists and believe me when I say it only gets better because there are 3 Atwood men and they’ll each have a book!
Who doesn’t want a sexy fireman as a boyfriend? Laid back, carefree, and strong enough to handle the mess that is Ally Walker. Colton can manage to cause her heartbeat to jump, her breath to halt, and all from walking in the room. He’s got longer brown hair that you want to run your fingers through and this scruff on his face like he didn’t want to bother shaving that morning. I don’t know though, calling Colton Walker sexy doesn’t really do him justice...I mean the man runs into burning buildings to save people!
Oh Eric...the fallen soldier who is everything Ally thought she would ever want. I opted for this specific picture simply because he’s hot. I mean lets be real here, it’s a romance novel so of course Ally’s going to be with a very hot man and Eric was exactly that. Eric is really a mystery because there are so many unanswered questions with his death. Now, a funny thing about Eric is I thought of this actor one day when an old episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer came on. Yeah I’m old school I suppose because I loved that show so of course I’d pick him as Ally’s first love.
You’re going to probably love Sadie one minute and then you’ll hate her the next. She’s Ally’s best friend but she’s also Eric’s sister and I’ve put this girl through hell. She has the worst luck, the girl who gets new tires and then a flat on the way home. She’s gorgious but her insecurities lead her to not always being the nicest person. You know...the pretty girl who’s mean to everyone because she can. In Help Me Move On we see the early progression of Sadie’s development, her transition from being this carefree girl to finding what she thinks is her first love. I almost feel bad for Sadie because everything she thinks is right for her is the furthest from it.
In Help Me Move On we meet Nate for the first time. He’s Colton’s best friend and he’s also Sadie’s love interest...for the moment at least. Nate’s just like Colton, a southern boy to the core and it’s through him that Sadie will begin a downward spiral. The only question left will be can she come back from the fall she’s about to take?
There you have it.
My dream cast for Help Me Move On, as used while I was writing and as I imagine every single time I reread this book. I’ve plastered these pictures on my desktop and my bedroom wall which my husband found comical but you have to do what works right?
About The Author
Help Me Move On by Angie Hemmings
Book 1: The Southern Ties Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: December 8, 2014
Format: Paperback - 251 pages
Kindle - 660 KB
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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 Bewitching Book Tours.
Ally Dunn is a small town girl with big dreams planning a wedding that would never happen. Ally’s life revolved around being Eric’s wife…until she watched his best friend Isaiah step off that plane, his arm in a sling and Eric's casket behind him. Her grief consumed her, their last conversation not one filled with love but an argument over her favorite flower. He knew her favorite flower, he was just busy…fighting for his country. Isaiah made a promise to Eric, he would keep Ally safe even if that meant saving her from herself. Isaiah takes Ally away when her grief becomes too much but their return brings about something she never expected.
When Ally meets Colton Walker she knows her life will never be the same. She never planned to move on from Eric, the mere idea of moving on would send her into a panic. How do you move on from the man you loved, the man who shared your dreams, who made your heart feel whole? But Colton doesn’t push her, he doesn’t pressure her, he gives her everything she ever needed and he does it effortlessly.
Falling in love with Colton was like taking her next breath; she didn’t have to think about because it came naturally…only a cloud hangs over Ally. Isaiah trains her in Krav Maga, Eric trained her in gunfire. Colton sees all of this, asking the one question she can’t answer, why? Why would a woman who lives in such a small town need to know such aggressive self-defense? Isaiah vows to keep her safe, going so far as to track her every move…but why?
Surviving Eric’s death almost killed Ally, the hole in her heart never truly healed until Colton. Falling in love with Colton was easy, fighting for her life when everything she thought she knew was wrong…that was a completely different story.
My Book Review:
Help Me Move On is an intriguing romance story with a touch of mystery and suspense that follows a woman's journey to move on with her life after the military death of her fiance.
Set in the small town Pilot Mountain, NC, Ally Dunn was busy planning her wedding to Eric Thomas when he is unexpectedly killed while serving in the military. Ally struggles with the grief of losing Eric, but his best friend Isaiah Atwood has promised to keep her safe. Eric had taught Ally how to use a gun, and Isaiah teaches her self-defense ... but why would she need that in a small Southern town?
When Ally meets firefighter Colton Walker, sparks fly and a romantic relationship develops, one that she didn't think she'd have again after losing Eric. As Ally falls in love with Colton, her life gets complicated when dark secrets surface and danger is around the corner. Can Colton help Ally move on ... even when her life is in danger?
Help Me Move On was an interesting multi-layered and complicated romance story that easily drew me into Ally's story. The story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow Ally's journey of moving on with her life after the death of her fiance. From unbearable grief to finding new love to deep secrets that puts Ally's life in danger, Help Me Move On has an intriguing mixture of heartache, romance, mystery, suspense, and danger that easily keeps the reader engaged and guessing what would happen next between Ally, Isaiah, and Colton.
I really enjoyed reading this multi-layered storyline, the mixture of romance and danger kept my interest, and when you add in the small town Southern setting and a cast of realistic characters who provided enough dramatic and spicy interactions that kept me turning the pages and wanting more, than you know that Help Me Move On will certainly whet the reader's appetite to read the future books in The Southern Ties Series.
RATING: 4 STARS
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