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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Guest Author, Janie Franz Return Visit!

I am happy to say I knew Janie Franz when she had only one book, The Bowdancer. She was a guest on this blog and since then she has returned to talk about her ever growing list of published books. I was thrilled when she became a Muse author and now she has a new book she is showcasing here, The Premier, which has a very elegant cover.

Oh, I see her coming around the bend. "Hi, Janie! It's great to see you again and so nice to have you back as a return guest here."

Janie Franz Bio:

Janie Franz comes from a long line of liars and storytellers with roots deep in east Tennessee. Honed by the frigid Northern Plains and a degree in anthropology, her writing skill and curiosity have generated thousands of feature and cover articles over a vast range of topics for more than a hundred regional, national, and international publications for over a decade. She has co-written two books with Texas wedding DJ, Bill Cox (The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book and The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book), and has self-published a writing manual, Freelance Writing: It’s a Business, Stupid!
She runs her own online music publication, Refrain Magazine (, is a book and music reviewer, and was a radio announcer, a booking agent/publicist for a groove/funk band, and a yoga/relaxation instructor
The Premier is her seventh work of published fiction. Published by MuseItUp Publishing.

Book Blurb:

Susan Davyss faces Hollywood temptation when filmstar David Salizon threatens to become more than a dream hero in her novel.

You know I'm going to want to read this, because I love film and it looks like there is a romance brewing here.

I see you have more than one excerpt for us. Here they are:

Short Excerpt:

     The door opened. A tanned, dark-haired man, slight of build, entered.

     Susan recalled the lines from her book. “…the stranger’s black hair that was beginning to gray at his temples caught her eye. It was an odd quality in someone his age with his obvious Spanish lineage and apparent refinement. She scanned his features, taking in his sensitive mouth and a nose hinting at an Aztec-like hawkishness…. His dark eyes concentrated intently for a few seconds on her and then retreated into his thoughts as if he could only focus on the world around him in brief glimpses…”

     My God! Susan thought. If he looks at me like that, I’ll…I’ll… She took a deep breath. I’ll smile and shake his hand, she bolstered herself.

     He was more than a handsome man and successful film star, more than a romantic leading man. He emanated an aura of confidence and aloofness, both irresistible qualities. Though he wore a casual tan bush shirt and snug European fit slacks, he still looked elegant, crisp, and neat as if he could repair his car and not smell of gasoline.

Now that we know a little bit about the story, I can't wait to see the longer excerpt.

Long excerpt:

     Sam Mattingale’s office gleamed with chrome and glass. A bank of windows exposed the city below like a cubist painting in muted shades of gray and dull blue. Author Susan Davyss, feeling both ill at ease and excitedly decadent in the glamorous surroundings, sipped champagne at two o’clock in the afternoon in the comfort of a black leather and chrome couch. She was in Los Angeles to celebrate the premier of Mayan Heart, the movie made from her book.

     “How was your flight out, Ms. Davyss?” Sam Mattingale asked.

     “Oh, I didn’t fly. We made this a family trip. My husband’s in San Diego with the children visiting his brother. They’re taking in the zoo. We thought it best not to have the children underfoot during all this excitement. Ted said it was my glory, and I should bask in the accolades without someone yanking my jeans, needing to go to the bathroom.”

     Sam laughed, his gray mustache curling around his smile. He looked more like a fatherly lawyer—in fact, very much like the one who had read over her contract back in Aberdeen—than a producer. “I’d forgotten about your little ones. My own kids are grown. One’s an agent in Burbank, and the other’s a cinematographer for MGM. Both are too busy for children—or at least none they’ve told me about.” He rose from his chair near her. “Here. Let me freshen your drink.”

     “You’d better not. One, and I can navigate to the door unaided. Two, and I’ll need help.”

     He laughed again. “We’ll provide all the help you need.” He took her glass to a small bar in the corner of the room. “You have much to celebrate. The film looks like it will be successful and very profitable for you. You had a shrewd lawyer who negotiated a tight royalty contract. I didn’t think they bred that kind of lawyer in South Dakota.” He handed her another glass of champagne.

      She held the glass but only sipped its contents. “Gus Haickman’s a South Dakota transplant like myself. He comes from a long line of Tennessee horse traders. He did a fellow Southerner a good turn.”

     “Quite a good turn,” Sam said, sitting once more and swinging a long leg over his knee. “If this movie paces the way I think it will, you’ll be able to move out of the wilderness into civilized country.”

     Susan smiled. “I’m not sure we’ll do that. We appreciate the advance though…I don’t dare spend it yet. I still feel someone’s going to come and take it back.” She laughed. “The book sales have been steady, and that provides us with a degree of comfort. We’re putting as much as we can into college funds.”

     “Your book sales should increase. We’ve noticed quite a trend toward reading the original after a film like this comes out, and that leads to reading other books by the same author. It should be very good for you.”

     “I think I’m going to need lead shoes to keep from floating away after all this is over. I appreciate your including me in the celebrations.”

      “It’s customary. After all without your story, we wouldn’t have a film—and without David Salizon, we wouldn’t have such a promising one. Why did you ever write him into the contract?”

     Susan’s eyes sought refuge in the bubbles of her champagne glass while she smiled with some embarrassment. “I wrote the story around eight years ago about a stranger I’d seen while I was in Arizona visiting my father. As the story developed, and I saw more of David Salizon’s work, I discovered during the eighth and last rewrite that the character was, in essence, David Salizon. It was a rather eerie revelation.”

     “A very profitable one for us, I hope.”

     The intercom buzzed. Sam Mattingale stood to reach over his desk and punched a button.
“Mr. Salizon is here, sir,” a female voice announced.

Now you have us on the edge of our seats. What does this David Salizon look like? Will there be sparks between the two of them?

Here is Janie Franz's contact information:

Contact: 505-515-9513,
Also available for speaking engagements.

Muse Bookstore

Author’s website:
Book Trailer: Coming soon

Thank you for coming back, Janie and I wish you good luck with this new book! Janie will stick around so please leave a comment or question for her. There may or may not be a drawing for a free book. 

Until the next time, I want to thank any of you who voted for me in the Preditors & Editors Poll. At this time I am in 3rd place and would love to have anyone who hasn't voted go and vote for me. My book, If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor was in 1st place, then tied and moved to 2nd. Now it's in 3rd and I will accept if it stays there, but would appreciate the votes if you have any left. Go here:

This is the last day to vote!

I will be appearing on several different blogs this month. Also there are a couple more guest authors who are visiting me this month too. My Blog Talk Radio Show, RRWL Tales from the Pages will be on Thursday,January 26th at 3PM Central, 4PM EST.

My book has gotten another great review on Amazon, which I have posted on my Review page. Once more someone has recommended it to teen aged girls as a must read. There is a Teacher's Guide for any teachers who might want to use the book and if you are interested in ordering copies please contact me. I am also available for school visits and I will gladly speak with classes on Skype if that can be arranged. I have also given a copy to the American Eating Disorders Association for their library and they will be giving it to people who call their help line and might benefit from it.

Besides the reviews, the reactions I have received from both men and women who have read it makes me realize this is a book for all ages. You can read the first chapter, which I have placed on a separate page for free.

Thank you to all who continue to follow me and my crazy meanderings. Don't forget to leave a comment for Janie Franz.


  1. Janie, I love stories about movie making and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. With that fantastic cover - the gold font and red carpeted staircase -- and your novelist tempted by a movie star you are onto a winner. So Premier is your 7th published work. Congratualtions.Boy oh boy, I'm going to have to get out my wip soon.
    Lovely presentation, Barbara.

  2. Thank you for visiting, Wendy! Glad you like the presentation. I agree, this looks like a winner!!

  3. Wendy, thank you for the kinds words. The Premier was fun to write. It think it's every writer's dream of having a novel made into a movie. I just took this a step farther.

    Barbara, thank you for hosting me again. Yes, I am prepared to give a way a copy of The Premier to one lucky person who leaves a comment. I can offer it in a format for the eReader of your choice.

    AND for the Bowdancer Saga fans, the story continues with the first book in The Lost Song trilogy that will be out in the next couple of months....Stay tuned.

  4. Hey, Janie! Love your picture. Such great backlighting. Naturally, I want those heels on the cover, so you'll have to tell me where our star got them. Not that I lead a glamorous life, but you never know! Wonderful blog. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope I win your book!!

  5. Hi Janie, had to come by for a look. never disappointed here. this book is so different than your others I've read. good luck with it.

  6. Heather, it is a lovely cover,isn't it? Delilah does such a superb job.

    Larion, yes this is a pure romance but a different one. Thank you for stopping by. I might come up your way when the weather stabilizes here.

    I've had such a busy year with all of my book releases I haven't had a chance to really relish each of them. I am fond of this book and hope lots of readers enjoy it.

  7. And guess what, Heather, you won a copy of The Premier! Just send me your email address and what format you need (kindle, epub, or PDF).

    Thank you so much for hosting me, Barbara!


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