Friday, November 14, 2014

Charlotte's Restrained Blog Tour (Top Ten List)

Charlotte's Restrained Blog Tour (Top Ten List)

Top 10 Favorite Songs: 
"Music and me, we’re BFF’s!"  -Celia Kennedy
1)      Perfect, by Pink
2)      Remember When, Alan Jackson
3)      Open Arms, Journey
4)      Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
5)      Impossible, James Arthur
6)      Like Real People Do, Hozier
7)      Almost all things sung and written by Ed Sheeran
8)      Crazy, Patsy Cline
9)      Twist a St. Tropez, Peppino di Capri
10)  Volcano, Phil Phillips

Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American Army base. Her parents' penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.
Mark Twain said, "Write what you know." When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend's close friend) thinking of what to write about isn't challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day.

Celia published Charlotte's Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December of 2012 andVenus Rising in August of 2013. Look for Kathleen's Undressed, The Accidental Enigma, a companion novel to Charlotte's Restrained, to be published in November 2014.
Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.

Charlotte's Restrained

Charlotte's Restrained, a comical fictional tale of what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide. 

While vacationing, Charlotte has a chance encounter with a celebrity famous for his lead roles in romantic comedies. Unfortunately for Charlotte, lighthearted banter develops into tabloid fodder. With her career, friendships, and new found romance all impacted, Charlotte sets about dealing with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame.

From the Author:
Charlotte has four fabulous friends that she met at Oxford, while doing graduate work in business law. Right out of the gate you know these are intelligent, driven women. However, they let their hair down when they are together, so these capable ladies sometimes run amok. Hence, Charlotte landing in a bit of trouble and in the public eye.

I wanted to write an intelligent and funny tale, set in real locations, where Charlotte rescues herself. While doing this, a great romance, or two, blossom, but the tale really is about the strength and friendship of these women.

I was inspired to write Charlotte's Restrained after watching the television show, "Inside the Actor's Studio." After watching Clint Eastwood being interviewed my husband and I were chatting about how amazing it would be to chat with him over dinner (at his house in Carmel-by-the-Sea), maybe let him play the piano for us... Which led to a conversation on how a non-celebrity would or could go about making contact with a mega-star AND how do mega-stars make friends with everyday people.

The banter amongst the women is really entertaining. The way they talk to each other demonstrates the depth of their friendship as well as displays their personalities and different cultural backgrounds. One could suffer whiplash from Marian's Irish sarcasm or feel seduced by Tiziana's Italian vivacity.

The real story, which has an unexpected twist, is embedded in a great travel book. Because these women live all over the globe, we jet between the US and Europe, while following Charlotte's path to redemption over cocktails, great food, and lavish backdrops.

My favorite part? There is some downright goofiness in the book, which makes me feel squirmy and embarrassed for Charlotte. Then there are really touching moments, where I cheer. The range of emotions is great to experience.

Connect with Celia Kennedy 
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Twitter: @KennedyCelia
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