Music to My Ears

Please welcome guest author Kate Willoughby to the Cafe!

I’m so excited to be here at the Contemporary Romance Café! Thank you so much for having me. Today, I want to talk about musicals on the stage and screen. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved musicals. Some of my all time favorites are Grease, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma and Hello, Dolly. If you start playing any one of those, I will start singing along. (I’m a soprano, in case you were wondering.) They hold an annual sing-along of the Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl and one of these days I’ll go and sing my heart out.

So knowing that about me, it shouldn’t surprise you to find out Christine Caspary, the heroine of UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT, is an actress who does musical theatre. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always longed to be a fantastic singer and dancer. I took ballet when I was four, but it didn’t take. LOL.

Christine is both and yet she longs to leave the stage and make it big on TV or in the movies. The trouble is, she meets and falls for a hockey player whose career is waning and she discovers how hard it can be when your man isn’t enjoying the same level of success you are and he’s struggling with his sense of self-worth.

If I had a choice between being a star on the stage or on TV, I’m not sure what I’d choose. With the theatre, you would have the thrill of performing for people who react as you’re acting. Their laughter would be genuine, not canned. The applause at the end would be awesome. On the other hand, I’m a total morning person and there’s a lot more money in TV. I’d get to continue to live in Los Angeles, which would be a big plus because I’m a diehard LA Kings hockey fan. Can you say season tickets right on ice level?

How about you guys? Would you rather be a star on stage or TV? And what show or play would you like to be in?

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Under the Spotlight

Under the Spotlight coverStage actress Christine Caspary couldn’t care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.

Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it’s a no-brainer.

Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Soon they’re hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don’t. But Joe’s time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine’s star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?

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An Uncensored Man Banter™ enthusiast, Kate Willoughby happily, maybe even obsessively, writes her hockey romances in Southern California. When she’s not at Starbucks where she works as a barista, she is at her desk working on the next In the Zone novel. (Even the family dog knows to look for her there first.)

Kate is also a rabid LA Kings fan. Her collection of memorabilia is getting to the point where she’s going to have to dedicate valuable bookshelf real estate to it. The current piece de resistance is a signed photograph of Dustin Brown with the Stanley Cup raised over his head. Yes, he’s shirtless. Yes, she gazes at it a lot.

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