The Movies in Our Minds: A Casting Call for Characters
Even though writing is obviously all about putting words on a blank page, a lot of writers talk about how sometimes the stories play out like movies in our heads. It’s fun to have pictures to refer to while writing. The right picture can conjure up scene ideas, help keep character descriptions consistent (what color were her eyes again?) and also be very inspiring -- especially pictures of the hot hero!
January’s Harlequin Nocturne Cravings has two intriguing couples: a witch and a cop from Elle James and a fairy and a cowboy from Jessa Slade. When Hollywood finally gets around to calling us, here’s who we’ll suggest to play our heroes and heroines:
Elle James (also writing as Myla Jackson): Casting for THE WITCH’S SEDUCTION
Deme Chattox is the oldest of the Chattox sisters, red-haired, tough and has an amazing amount of attitude. Of the five sister's her talent runs in the earth point of the pentagram. And she's been in love with Cal Black for a while, just afraid he will never understand or accept her for what she is...a witch. When looking for a red-haired actress to play this part, I was torn between a few different women. Emma Stone stood out. She looks good as a red-head, can be very sexy and has a ton of attitude. I think she'd play the part of the sexy, oldest of the Chattox sisters and has the ability to pull off the magical side of the role.
Cal Black is a dark, handsome, leather-clad cop with swagger. He's been assigned to work on the paranormal investigative team and work with his love Deme. Channing Tatum could play the part of Cal. He's sexy, muscular and could pull off a cop vibe easily. And wouldn't he look good in a leather jacket, astride a rumbling beast of a motorcycle?
Jessa Slade: Casting for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSE
Adelyn is a musetta, a delicate kind of fey creature, who reluctantly finds herself exiled to the wilds of Eastern Oregon in late winter. It’s a harsh place for her, but it also teaches her strength. I think Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone would make an excellent Adelyn. Not only does she have the otherworldly beauty, but her sometimes wary eyes and a sense of strength at her core fit the out-of-her-element Adelyn.
Josh Reimer has his ranch, his horse and his dog…as well as a deep loneliness in his heart and the hands of an artist. How lucky was I to find a picture of Aussie actor Simon Baker with a horse? If only the picture had Simon out of that stiff suit. Sigh. Josh favors snug denim (ahem) and warm flannel sheets. But don’t we all? ;)
Don’t you think the world needs more paranormal romance movies? We get plenty of explosions and monsters in our paranormal movies, but we need more kissing! Who would play your favorite romance hero? Leave a comment for a chance to win a print copy of WITCH'S INITIATION by Elle James and meet Deme and Cal for the first time, and the first ebook in Jessa Slade’s Steel Born series, DARK HUNTER’S TOUCH.
About the Authors:Elle James aka Myla Jackson spent twenty years livin' and lovin' in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 31 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Samhain, Elloras' Cave, Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn't wrangling cattle, she's wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she's not at her computer, she's traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.
Deme Chattox is eager to return home and start her new job on the Chicago PD's paranormal task force. As a witch, she's got special insight into the city's supernatural underworld. And as an added bonus, her partner is also her lover, Cal Black.Deme can't wait to pick up where their off-the-charts chemistry left off, but she senses a change in Cal. Though the sex is hotter than ever, she doesn't need mystical powers to know there's something he's not telling her. Something that threatens their budding relationship, and their latest case…
Jessa Slade writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance, and science fiction romance. Basically, anything with woo-woo and woo-hoo! She lives in the Pacific Northwest where the rain rain rain rain keeps her at her computer all day and all night. Jessa can be found online in all the usual haunts:
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSE
Jessa SladeConvicted of treason, Adelyn has been banished to the sunlit realm of humans—a fate worse than death for a musetta who exists only to inspire other phae. To reverse her exile, she must find a pair of lovers who have fled the court and return them to face the Queen's wrath. But once in the mortal realm, she meets a man who unveils her hidden desires…When Josh Reimer discovers an ethereal beauty at a cabin near his ranch, he decides the neighborly thing to do is take her in. Adelyn inspires a passion unlike anything he's ever known and he vows not to lose the magic they've found together—even if that means she must choose between her home and their love.