November 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens – Guest Post, Guest Post, G!veaway

Hello readers!  Thanks for stopping by for our tour stop for

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

presented by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer!

Today, we are thrilled to have Jennifer stop by the blog to talk about
Making a Movie About a Movie Star!

You can also find an excerpt of Grace Doll, and be sure to enter
the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him.

With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known… and embracing the role she was born to play.

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
Publication Date:  August 20th 2012
Publisher:  Grove Creek Publishing

Hands clenched in my lap, I look for him. The corners of the giant soundstage are dark and ominous. Rufus could be anywhere, watching. He’s been known to hide and observe, then swing the gauntlet later. I shiver. I catch sight of Jonathan touching up my co-star’s makeup, the two of them a dozen feet away off set.

Jonathan was irate this morning when he’d applied my makeup. He knew, without me having to say a word, what had happened between Rufus and me last night—again. No one can see beyond skin to the soul like Jonathan. His light blue eyes fasten on mine offering comfort.
He strides over.
He glances around the set for Rufus before stopping at my chair, his grey slacks rubbing against the robe I wear to protect the gown beneath. He wears his favorite sweater, a gray wool pullover with a diamond pattern across the chest. I gave it to him for his twenty-fourth birthday.
“Four more days,” he whispers. “And he won’t be able to hurt you ever again.”

Making a Movie About a Movie Star –
GRACE DOLL by Jennifer Laurens


I’m sure every author would love to see their work on the big ( or small screen ) I’m no different! With GRACE DOLL being about a 1940’s movie star who is found alive — and agelessly beautiful—some 70 years after her death, the plot lends itself to a cinematic expression.

GRACE DOLL would be fun to cast. I didn’t have anyone specific in mind when I wrote it, but an actress would have to be able to portray the nuances of Grace’s character being an older, wiser being in a teenage body. She’d also have to be the kind of gorgeous female every man wants and women want to be. That’s hard to find in today’s stable of actresses. Grace has spent so many years out of the mainstream world that she’s also innocent. Who could portray such a multi-faceted character?

Brenden also has his demons. He’s attractive, of course, but troubled by the loss of both parents, by neglect from his father, and he’s not sure what he wants to do with his life.  When he goes about unraveling the mystery of who Grace is and falls in love with her, he finally has a shred of hope in a dark period of his life. An actor’s got to be intense, with a lot of charisma and screen power to play Brenden – so that when the two of them are together onscreen, the energy and sexual chemistry work.

Rufus Solomon “could charm the devil himself” – according to Grace. Another actor needed who has incredible screen presence and exudes power. Someone we love to hate.

Judy, Brenden’s step-mother, is flamboyant, gawdy and aggressive. She’s over done but she doesn’t think she is, and she’s slick. Manipulative. She’s charming around her Hollywood friends and jealous of Brenden’s relationship with her deceased husband.

Lastly, Oscar, Grace’s long-time confidant and companion who has been with her since her screen idol days needs to be an older gentleman whose very tone of voice and demeanor reminds us of someone familiar and someone love. Onsight.

Who would you cast?

About the Author:

I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don’t have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn’t write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I’ve written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say “write what you know” and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we’ve been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

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  1. jenniferlaurens

    Thanks for participating in the tour!

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

  3. dian aesha

    thanks for the chance to win..i love the cover book..

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