Monday, November 14, 2016

Belinda Williams Talks Writing as HEARTTHROB Releases! #HollywoodHeartthrob #Giveaway #AuthorInterview #Excerpt @TastyBookTours @bwilliamsbooks

I'm so excited!!  Today Belinda Williams stopped by.  She is the fascinating author of Hot-off-the-Presses HEARTthrob so of course I had some questions for her.  Here's what she had to say...

So Belinda, what are the first five words that come to your mind when you think about Heartthrob?
Fun – Hollywood, movie stars, fashion, award ceremonies, squee!
Escapist – because we all wonder what it would be like to live the movie-star life
Glamor – it’s set in Hollywood and Ally is passionate about fashion design
Dreams – it’s about following your dreams, and
Self-belief – because sometimes you have to forget what the world thinks about you, and do what’s right for you.

If Heartthrob became a major motion picture, whom would you want to play your leads?
I always envisaged Jake as someone like Chris Evans, with his easy-going nature and superhero qualities, while Ally felt to me like Christina Ricci with her big brown eyes and alluring combination of innocence and sex appeal.

What do you do to get into your “zone” when you’re trying to write?
The simple act of sitting at my desk in my home office grounds me. It’s ‘my’ space and I always feel in my element there. Then I usually listen to music (preferably loud!)

Who are your role models with regards to life as an author & your writing? 
Nora Roberts is my main one, for the quality of her writing, how prolific she is, and you have to admire the length of her career! I also look to other successful self-published authors like Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, Kate Perry, Liliana Hart and Marie Force for their keen business sense.

If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose?
Nora Roberts (for obvious reasons); David Attenborough (what an amazing life he has led!); and retired Australian F1 racing driver, Mark Webber (because he seems like a really good guy and I’d love to hear more about his racing career).  

What are your three favorite books of all time?
The Search, a romantic suspense by Nora Roberts; Silent in the Grave, a historical detective series with romantic elements, by Deanna Raybourn (the whole Lady Julia Grey series is fantastic); and, Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe, a very funny and heartfelt contemporary romance, by Hazel Osmond.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
To eat, it’s got to be chocolate, but if we’re talking milkshakes, always vanilla.

Wow, what a variety and range of topics!  Here's the scoop on her newest book!


Hollywood Hearts #1
Belinda Williams
Released Nov 10th, 2016


Ally Valenti doesn’t belong in Hollywood. Not like her friend and actress, Lena Lyons. Lena’s convinced Ally to pursue her dreams of fashion design, starting with some gowns for the awards season.

Which Ally will get around to creating as soon as she can stop looking at Jacob Swan, Lena’s latest co-star. Not that she’s staring. Ally’s skeptical of anything celebrity and it’s not like she’d be pathetic enough to fall for a Hollywood heartthrob.

Then Ally learns there’s more to Jacob than his good guy, all-American persona. She finds herself torn between the desire to get to know him better and her determination to stay out of the limelight.

Of course the media has other ideas—and someone doesn’t like all the attention Ally’s getting. When threats aimed at destroying her fashion career go too far, Ally’s convinced she’s living in crazy town.

The sensible thing would be to retreat home before it all ends in spectacular fashion. But will Ally be leaving more than her dreams behind if she says goodbye to Hollywood?

This glamorous, fast-paced contemporary romance that will make you smile, is perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Victoria Dahl, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Liliana Hart.

 “Is it true?”
I winced and moved the phone away from my ear. At eighteen, my youngest cousin could still occasionally be painfully teenaged. For reasons that continued to elude me, Bella and I had formed a strange sort of sisterly bond. “Hi, Bella,” I said when it was safe to bring the phone back to my ear.
“Ally, don’t mess with me. Are you seriously in LA?”
“What?” she screeched. I directed a pained look in Lena’s direction while she continued. “I go away for the summer and you just up and leave? How could you?”
“You were at summer camp.”
“I could have come to LA with you!”
I sighed. “No, you couldn’t. You’ve still got to finish senior year. Besides, it was kind of a last-minute thing. When Lena—”
“Bella! Watch your mouth!”
I heard her take a deep breath. “Sorry. I’m just not sure I believe you, Ally.” I didn’t miss the note of contempt in her voice. “When Mom told me where you had gone, and who you are supposedly with, I didn’t believe her. I mean, come on, my mom calls social media ‘social medium’ and thinks Twitter is ‘tweeter.’ Personally, I think you’re having some sort of mid-life crisis.”
I couldn’t help myself and smiled. Aunt Lisa’s appalling lack of knowledge of all things twenty-first century was pretty funny, but I sobered at the thought my teenage cousin considered me old enough to be having a mid-life crisis. Arabella obviously didn’t remember Lena because she had only been a toddler when Lena lived in Providence. And maybe I was closer to middle age than I wanted to admit. “I’m hanging up now,” I told her. “Call you back on Facetime.”
I ended the call before she could protest and turned to Lena. “Bear with me, please?”
“Of course. You know I love your family.”
“That makes someone,” I muttered as I scrolled through the contacts in Facetime. “OK, here goes.”
After a brief wait, Arabella’s face came up on the screen of my cell phone.
Upon seeing me, she crossed her arms and shot me an unimpressed look. She had the same shoulder-length dark loose waves I had, but was one of the few members of our family blessed with Uncle Tony’s bright blue eyes.
“Ooh, you’re in a cab,” she drawled.
“It’s not a cab.” Tired of her sass, I pointed the phone at Lena.
Lena waved and her perfect red nails glinted under the car’s interior light. “Hi, Arabella. Nice to meet you.”
 In the split second it took for all the color to drain from Bella’s olive complexion, she managed to draw another breath.
“Oh my fucking God, it is you!”
I jolted in my seat at her crystal-shattering pitch and quickly lowered the volume. Alright, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all.
Her eyes rounded in a sort of mad haze. “When Aunt Rosa told me Ally had a model friend in high school, I didn’t believe her. You’ve got to admit it is pretty hard to believe because Ally’s not the popular type. I mean, as if! Ally’s one of the most boring people I know—no offense, Ally.”
I saw Lena’s lips quirk and I opened my mouth to put a stop to my youngest cousin’s observations, but I was already too late.
 She continued with the force of a freight train. “I don’t know if you know this, but all Ally ever does is work and I’m pretty sure she hasn’t been out with a guy in like forever. Even Aunty Rosa says Ally needs to get out more. So it’s pretty hard to imagine someone with your talent hanging out with her, but then I guess she can be kind of fun. I mean that’s why everyone asks her to babysit all the time, the kids just love her and—”
“Bella! I managed to interrupt finally. “Thank you for the honest character assessment but I think you might be boring the most famous actress in Hollywood.”

Belinda Willliams is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her. She was named a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award in both 2013 and 2014.

Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda’s eclectic music taste forms the foundation of many of her writing ideas and her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.

Belinda lives in Sydney and blogs regularly about writing and reading at