Today I am so pleased to welcome Lisa Henry to Joyfully Jay. Lisa has come to talk to us about her latest release, Not Until Noah. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Carter got a lift with Keenan to the restaurant in Surfers Paradise. Leon had booked the whole place out, he’d said, for privacy, but of course he’d also tipped off the paps, so Carter and Keenan had to run a gauntlet of photographers and flashes as they arrived. There must have been at least a dozen of them all yelling Carter’s name.
“Holy shit!” Keenan exclaimed as they got inside the door. “Does that happen to you all the time?”
Carter slapped him on the back. “Welcome to the major league.”
Keenan looked dazed, and Carter remembered that feeling.
Everyone knew, at least in theory, what it was like to be famous. But it wasn’t until there was a wall of paps in your face, yelling your name to try to get you to look their way, that it hit home how much your life had changed. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling.
“Carter!” Leon waved him over to the table. “I’ve saved you a seat.”
Great. What could be more fun that sitting between Leon and Stella for hours? At least he’d have Elizabeth sitting across from him and hating every minute of it as well. Misery did love company.
Keenan headed for what looked like the much happier end of the table, and Carter sat where Leon directed him.
The food was good—he stuck to low-carb options—and so were the drinks. He limited them as well and not so much for dietary reasons as for professional ones. The last thing he needed was to get drunk enough to tell Leon Harrison what he really thought. He needed this movie, and Elizabeth sure as shit didn’t need her leading actor replaced this far into shooting.
So he listened to Leon tell him about how great he was—Leon, not Carter—and tried to ignore the way that Stella leaned into him a little more than was necessary whenever she reached for something on the table.
“I make or break movies,” Leon said, and it occurred to Carter that he wasn’t even bragging. It was the truth. Leon laughed. “And actors too.”
It was the truth, but was it also a threat? He couldn’t tell. He took another sip of his drink to save himself from answering.
“Listen,” Leon said, swirling his Scotch in his glass, “it’s a cutthroat industry, but you’ve got what it takes, Carter. I knew that the moment I saw you in that movie…what was it? That one where you played the cancer patient.”
“Midnight in Indianapolis,” he said, surprised Leon had seen it at all. He’d filmed it on a break from Harper Valley High, and it had gone straight to Netflix. And back then Netflix hadn’t been a serious competitor for cinematic releases or a prestige producer of its own content—going straight to Netflix had been the equivalent of the old direct-to-video movies.
Leon snapped his fingers. “That’s it! Terrible movie, but I could see you had something. It’s not just about a look, you know? It’s something else too. It’s a spark. You had it then, and you’ve got it now. We auditioned over a hundred people for this role, but we wanted you from the start.”
“If I’d known that, I would have been a lot less nervous in my audition.”
Leon laughed loudly, every gaze in the room darting to him.
He was magnetic. Not because of his personality, but because of the power he wielded. He was a king in a room full of courtiers who were desperate for him to elevate them and terrified of making a misstep and earning his displeasure.
Stella tittered and laid her hand on Carter’s forearm.
“You’re single at the moment, aren’t you?” Leon asked.
He blinked. “Excuse me?”
Leon leaned in closer. “I want this movie to be big. Bigger than any fucking Star Wars movie. Bigger than Marvel. I want E! and Us Weekly to be creaming themselves to get the scoop on news about this movie, and about you.” He nodded at Stella. “And nothing creates buzz more than an on-set romance.”
He was suddenly terrified of what his expression must have shown.
Leon laughed again. “Jesus, I’m not asking you to get married. Just go on a few dates. Be seen and see where it goes.”
He forced a smile. “Sure.”
Stella’s smile was blinding.
Because he didn’t have a reason to say no, did he? Not Noah, and not that kiss, because he already knew he couldn’t go there. He knew that. So what did it matter if he took Stella out to dinner a few times? He wasn’t cheating on anyone. He wasn’t lying to anyone.
Except himself, probably, but he was used to that.
He ordered another drink when the server came back around and avoided Elizabeth’s worried gaze for the rest of the night.
Star Crossed, Book 1
Carter Westlake is on the brink of being Hollywood gold. Cast as the lead in a highly-anticipated sci-fi trilogy filming in Australia, he’s primed to be the next A-list action hero: all-American, hot as hell, and straight. The problem is, Carter can only check off two of those boxes. But that’s okay—his bisexuality can remain a secret until these movies are behind him.
Childhood educator Noah Jones has a plan. Work as a nanny for six months, make some extra cash, and move to the UK to teach. He doesn’t expect his new boss to be a Hollywood star. And he certainly isn’t prepared to fall for the guy.
One kiss sends them tumbling into a secret relationship, even though they both agree it can be nothing more than a fling. Carter needs to stay in the closet for the sake of his career, and Noah’s leaving. But when their feelings continue to grow into something deeper, Carter has a decision to make. Knowing that exposing his sexuality could cost him his career, would he rather carry on living a lie, or risk it all to stand tall in his truth?
Not Until Noah is the first book in the Star Crossed series, where regular guys meet famous ones, and sparks fly.
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101, and a Rainbow Awards finalist for 2019’s Anhaga.
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