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Interview with Holly Hill

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome Holly Hill of the Affairs of the Heart Series by Kew Townsend

Hi, Holly, and welcome to my blog. Let’s get started with the questions.

RW:    What’s your story/backstory? Why would someone come up with a story about you?

HH:     Hi Rochelle and readers, my name is Holly Hill. I am the ingénue pushing my late-twenties and point-of-view for the London and Hollywood series of Affairs of the Heart.

My story? It’s a woman’s search for self and a life filled with meaning—and with any luck—make a difference in the people in my life.

Does that happen? We’ll see! The twist and turns as the story unfolds make my goals seem beyond my reach as I willingly take a chance on love and follow my heart. But that chance comes with high consequences, especially if I make the wrong choices. They could lead to destruction and worst—the deaths of the ones I love most.

The reason for my story?

I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when they want to break from the past and create a new future of their own choice. I know I do. I suffered a great tragedy in my early twenties and reacted badly. Trying to define myself became impossible as my family and close friends became very watchful and protective of me, and that doesn’t allow much space to grow and develop my talents and ideas.

I work at a high-profile criminal law firm with wealthy celebrity clients as a paralegal and occasional investigator into the dark side of the law; however, I live in the shadow of a childhood friend who keeps a watchful eye on me. That relationship has led to an engagement, but I see it as another manipulation to keep me close and watch me.

Now, I’m on a new adventure in another country far from friends’ and family’s watchful eyes, with two wonderful men who create situations where I’m able to make my own mistakes and victories, and to revel in the joy and growing freedom I’m encountering.

Another reason for my story might be to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the 1980s rock music scene. I’m unwittingly thrown into the thick of it, and others may enjoy a snapshot of how rock musicians behave on and off the stage.

In my case, to see how two very strong and determined men, who climbed to the top of the 1970-80s world wide music scene, come to terms when they inadvertently fall into love or obsession with me—the outsider, with my own wounds. I never would have considered finding love in the fast-paced, dizzy, thrilling, and unpredictable sex- and drug-drenched world of rock-and-roll with infamous outlaw music men.

RW:    Can you tell us a bit about your hero?

HH:     My hero… Well … I have two. One is Luka, the other Kaine. They are similar in that they are intelligent, self-made men, very successful, and have amassed large fortunes.

They differ as one, Luka, is a behind-the-scenes and blonde-haired, while Kaine is the dark-haired front man in a rock band.

They both are charismatic and unbearably handsome men used to getting what they want when they want it. Women are plentiful, and the music business has caused both to become very jaded. They’ve lost their belief in one true love.

And oh, did I mention? They’re both interested in me and have entered into an intense rivalry to impress me.

RW:    Do you expect your heroes to help or are they the problem?

HH:     At first glance, I don’t have expectations from my heroes. Each lives in a world alien to me. Everything I’ve experienced with them makes expectations difficult, as their world moves fast and I barely have time to evaluate each twist and turn.

Looking deeper, I can see I do expect their help—in regards to both of them treating me with respect and honesty, so I’m able to make wiser choices for my future with them. And that each will put my wellbeing and security on the top of their list.

But as I found out, sometimes they also become the problem as we ride the ups and downs of the music business.

RW:    Where do you live?

HH:     I live in West Hollywood, California, high above the Sunset Strip on a curvy tree-lined street in the hills of Laurel Canyon. My cottage is cozy and surrounded with trees and a garden laced with a rainbow of blooming flowers.

However, in the story, I also visit England staying in a five-star hotel, and other times traveling first class in the American Southwest staying in executive mansions. Finally, I conduct secret investigations on Briarwood Estate, an historic castle in Surrey, England.

RW:    During what time period does your story take place.

HH:     My story takes place in 1989 London, England, the American Southwest, and Hollywood.

RW:    How are you coping with the conflict in your life?

HH:     I’m exhausted, confused, overwhelmed, and sometimes falling apart. Other times I’m exhilarated, and the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m up for the new challenges this adventure has given me and very hopeful for a happily ever after ending.

Thank you Rochelle for having me, I’ve had a wonderful time.

Thanks for stopping by our little backwater burb of the Windy City to talk with me. I couldn’t exactly offer you a five-star hotel, but my house is Elizabeth Clean this weekend. My daughter’s so meticulous, she ordered the limo for her wedding early so she could clean it to her specs. I always say “There’s clean, and then there’s Elizabeth Clean.” And you never have to sleep alone at my place. Acey’s always accommodating, though he’s probably not as sexy as the two men you described. But you lucked out. Tink slept on my lap in the recliner, and she’s a chunky cat.

Kew Townsend Author Bio:

KEW’s love of rock music began at a very young age when she returned glass Coke bottles for change to buy 45 rpm records. Her interest moved from the music to the musician, and living in Hollywood, she interviewed the Beatles when they landed at Los Angeles International Airport. Acquiring a taste for the funny Englishmen, she began dating one of the Rolling Stones, and that exposed her to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Later her memories surfaced in the Affairs of the Heart Series where she weaves her behind-the-scenes anecdotes with her long love of fairy tales and castles, mysteries, lightning, and thunder into a romantic suspense story.

Contact KEW: KEWTOWNSEND.COM to join her Newsletter and get updates, for the Rock Stars & Hollywood Blog, book excerpts, and playlists.

 Deception

(Part 4) Hollywood: Affairs of the Heart Series

(Rock Star Romance)

The Plot:

The Shattering Truth… A black storm is following Holly Hill. Landfall promises to bring destruction and no one is safe. She is anxious and filled with trepidation as she anticipates the arrival of dark-haired poet, Kaine Walker, rock star. Will Holly be able to free herself from the powerful hold that Luka Hunter has on her and follow her heart?

The Evil Lies… Luka Hunter’s plan is working flawlessly. He is confident and waiting for the perfect moment to spring a big surprise on Holly. Will it bring joy, heartbreak, or vengeance?

To Be Revealed… Kaine Walker is expected and everyone is on edge predicting the outcome of his inevitable confrontation with Luka Hunter. Will his presence bring love or death? No matter, which, he will cause devastation like no one has ever seen. Time is running out… Who can she trust?

Ms. Townsend did not send an excerpt for this book.

Contact:

Author Website/Blog: http://kewtownsend.com/

Buy Links:

Amazon

Print: https://www.amazon.com/Deception-Part-Hollywood-Affairs-Romance/dp/0692647422

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Deception-Part-Hollywood-Affairs-Heart-ebook/dp/B01HYPCJHA

BN: https://www.amazon.com/Deception-Part-Hollywood-Affairs-Heart-ebook/dp/B01HYPCJHA

Thanks for visiting.

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Deception - Media Sheet

Affairs of the Heart Series – Hollywood

DECEPTION Book CoverPart 4 – Hollywood

About Hollywood ~ What if you had everything you ever wanted – but not what you wanted most?

Step into a modern, fairytale, and get lost in love, betrayal, and revenge, where your “VIP all-access pass,” takes you behind the scenes, to sex, drugs, and rock n roll, with the most gorgeous men and women in rock music.

About the Book

The Shattering Truth

A black storm is following Holly Hill. Landfall promises to bring destruction and no one is safe. She is anxious and filled with intrepidation as she anticipates the arrival of dark haired poet, Kaine Walker, rock star. Will Holly be able to free herself from the powerful hold that Luka Hunter has on her and follow her heart?

The Evil Lies…

Luka Hunter’s plan is working flawlessly. He is confident and waiting for the perfect moment to spring a big surprise on Holly. Will it bring joy, heartbreak, or vengeance?

To Be Revealed…

Kaine Walker is expected and everyone is on edge predicting the outcome of his inevitable confrontation with Luka Hunter. Will his presence bring love or death? No matter, which, he will cause devastation like no one has ever seen.

Time is running out… Who can she trust?

About the Author

KEW’s love of rock music began at a very young age when she returned glass Coke bottles for change to buy 45 rpm records. Her interest moved from the music to the musician, and living in Hollywood, interviewed the Beatles when they landed at LAX. Acquiring a taste for the funny Englishmen, she began dating one of the Rolling Stones that exposed her to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Later her memories surfaced in the Affairs of the Heart Series where she weaves her behind the scenes anecdotes with her long love of fairy tales and castles, mysteries, lightning, and thunder into a romantic suspense story.

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DECEPTION (Part 4) Hollywood

ISBN: 978-06926474-2-4                         0692647424

Page Count: 187

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Genre Fusion ~ Rock Fiction, Historical, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, New Adult ~ What Is My Genre?

 

It’s tough for me to categorize my writing. At first, I would use a throwback term Glitz and Glam. Those stories were about rags-to-riches but for me, the attraction was concentrated on the ritzy, glamorous, Hollywood-type, fast-lane entertainment stories.

In my twenties, I loved to read the Hollywood stories about actors, their struggles to be discovered, and their rocky and sometimes destructive road to fame.

However, I am a true romantic and write a romance story focusing on strong elements of attractions, steamy sex, and love between the characters, with a twist of unusual pitfalls to overcome.

The strong music element in Affairs of the Heart Series also falls under the current term used – Rock Fiction. I would say I am solid in that genre since the story delves into the development of the rock music scene from the 60s to 1990.

My characters have a lot to say so as the story begins to unravel it drops into their secrets and I weave them into the darker sides of their natures. That element comes from my love of Hitchcock and his ability to draw a picture of a regular person lured into an unusual set of events beyond anything they would normally participate in. And that fascination led me down the dark path to Noir and thriller stories.

Because of the location of the isolated Briarwood Estate in England, I could be considered a Gothic writer. I include a ghost, fog, lightning, and thunder, the usual atmospheric setting, which become a character to itself. Add a spooky, old castle I am hooked. Naturally, I would choose to add all these elements, knitting them in some places heavier than others.

What genre do I write? I see the Affairs of the Heart Series beginning as a second chance at love that degenerates into the darker side of sex, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle bringing additional suspense, twists, and surprises. It would be fair to say I am a multi-genre author, but because of the way publishing requires definitive labels I fall under New Adult, Romance-Suspense though I wouldn’t reject Contemporary Romance, and considering the time period – Historical, or as the series draws to its conclusion a Thriller.

Tell me – what genre do you think I write in – and why?

 

Rolling Stones 1st Arrival At LAX - 1964

Rolling Stones 1st Arrival At LAX – 1964

Rock Stars & Hollywood
By KEW Townsend
(Copyright 1990/2016)

Chapter Two

Sherri and I took what seem like forever and every bus in Los Angeles until we finally reached out destination – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). I’d never been there before so going to the airport was exciting and my inauguration to autonomy. Trying to find the correct terminal and gate in the honeycombed airport took most of our precious time. Inexperienced, we had not allowed for bus and airport time to be on time for the Stones flight arrival.  

We were late!

We finally found the correct airline and ran down the long tunnel. Up the stairway, to the gates, which gate? Oh, there it was! We found a small gathering of approximately 10 girls. The crowds tried to climb over each other to see something. The Stones! The Stones!

Somehow, the excitement began to climb from my toes and worked its way up to my chest. I felt constricted and I could barely breathe. I had to see the Stones.

As we cautiously approached the group of girls, we notice that they were all straining to look down a narrow passageway. Some girls had already gone up to where the doors were opening.

The Stones suddenly burst through the doors.

They were … were … Ugh! Ugly!! Short, skinny, pale, white, young men, with long unkempt hair.

Over the past several months, I had cultivated a deep appreciation and loyal bond for the Stones counterparts, The Beatles. The Beatles were presented as squeaky clean, well-mannered and non-sexually threatening in appearance. Their song lyrics spoke to me only of holding hands and of sweet, so sweet kisses. Their entire media blitz image presented solid, honorable, well-intentioned, husband material.

Many years before, I had step-Aunt who hailed from Jolly old England. She was my first and only exposure to an English accent. She too was clean, well- mannered and meticulous in appearance, as the Beatles. Imagine my horror when I came face-to-face with my first English import, The Stones.

They did not estimate the anticipated scrubbed, wholesome appearance and so familiar now by the Beatles. The Stones’ unattractive, exaggerated features were very prominently on the thin, colorless sunken faces. Their undersized bodies were by contrast, emaciated and repulsive. Thoughts of King Bee flashed through my mind, and I could not justify many thoughts of a physical relationship within one of the Stones as they poured out of the gates at the airport terminal.

They ran past me and grabbed others girl hands. Mick Jagger, the lead singer, latched on to the hand of an exotic looking girl with midnight black, shoulder length hair. Slender, she wore the California’s surfer uniform, hip-huggers pants, and a crop top.

Oh My God! Sherri and I never thought of what to wear.

Based on news shots of the Beatles arriving in New York and the massive crowd held back behind gates, we never thought we would get that close!

 

What about you? Have you ever gone to the airport to meet a band, if so, who where they, where were you, and what happened?

 

 

The Stones Are Coming!

Rock Stars & Hollywood
By KEW Townsend
(Copyright 1990/2016)

Chapter One

It was June 2, 1964, when fifteen year old Sherri and I heard on the radio that the next day the Rolling Stones were arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  There wasn’t much press.  We had read about some rumblings of the Stones in the fan magazines.  They were scary looking and billed as the Bad Boys of England.

Headlines read:

“Would You Let Your Sister Marry These Boys?”  Well, I certainly wouldn’t even go out with them.  We sifted through the magazines we bought at the bookstand on the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard in downtown Hollywood.  There we were able to purchase the valuable import magazines from England, so we were able to investigate the Stones.  We didn’t have any import albums except for Meet the Beatles, so we really didn’t know how the Stones sounded.  We devised a scheme.  We had never cut school before, so we plotted and designed our escape.

The first part of our plan was to take the RTD bus to Wallach’s Music City on the corner of Sunset and Vine, in downtown Hollywood.  This was not just any record shop.  Lining the walls inside the store was a row of glass enclosed booths.  Inside them were turntables and a person could select any album, enter the booth and privately preview the tracks before purchasing.

We proceeded to the record file for “R” to find the new Rolling Stones album.  What a cover!  Dark, light pouring down on top of them lined up in a row fading into darkness.  Similar to the album cover of the Beatles.  Copycats!  We took the vinyl into the booth and prepared to meet the Rolling Stones.  While the tracks played, I took the album cover and study the faces.  I decided that the one called Keith was the most intriguing. 

All went well. 

One-by-one the tracks filled the booth, mostly blues covers; “Not Fade Away”, “Route 66”, “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” (a tasty little tune), “Now I’ve Got A Witness”, and “Little By Little”.  But the outstanding track that suggested ‘making honey and buzzing around your hive’-“King Bee”, was outrageous!  Imagine that?  My teen-age fantasies ran wild and soaked up every lyric until … the last cut.  The guitar pierced right though me reaching depths of my adolescent heart in a way I had never felt before, I had to feel it, hear it again … and again.  It was “Tell Me”, a Jagger/Richards original composition.  The voices, the harmonies, the lyrics, the guitars, the powerful and strong pounding drums, the haunting tambourine, the mood, what a love song. 

That did it. 

The Stones had me. 

If they could create that sound and feeling I had to see the Stone.

Until now, Sherri and I had agreed that if we did not like the album we would abort the airport trip.  I immediately purchased the Stones first album – “The Rolling Stones”.  Finally, I had a contender for The Beatles.

“Sherri, we’re going to the airport for sure!”  I declared, “I have to see Keith.”

Who did you hear on the radio that you just had to meet?