Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Please Welcome My Guest...

Please welcome my guest, Romance Author, Georgie Lee.  A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry. Her traditional Regency, Lady’s Wager and her contemporary novella Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood is currently available from Avalon Books. Mask of the Gladiator, a novella of ancient Rome is now available from Carina Press. When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. 

Great Classic Hollywood Christmas Films

Thank you Katherine for having me here today, and thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy holiday schedule to stop by. In honor of the holiday season and my latest release, Studio Relations, I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite classic Hollywood holiday films. Whether you’re done shopping and ready to coast through the rest of the holidays, or you’ve just come home from braving the mall, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and get in the holiday mood with one of these heartwarming films. Afterwards, please consider curling up with my latest release, Studio Relations. Set in 1935 Hollywood, it is the story of Vivien Howard, a vivacious female director and Weston Holmes, a handsome studio executive who must overcome their professional differences to find love during Hollywood’s golden age. 

Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck plays a ladies’ magazine writer who must pretend to be the domestic goddess she portrays in her column in order to fool her publisher boss. The plot is fun, the dialogue witty and the chemistry between the hero and heroine sparkles.

The Bishops Wife. This 1947 classic stars Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. Cary Grant is spectacular as usual as an angel who comes to help an Episcopal Bishop remember the important things in life.

A Tale of Two Cities. The 1935 version with Ronald Colman is excellent. Now, I realize it isn't  strictly a Christmas movie and it can be a bit heavy at times, but some of the story does take place at Christmas. Ronald Coleman's portrayal of Sydney Carton is very moving and well worth watching.

Miracle on 34th Street – The original 1947 version is a heartwarming classic about a man on trial for claiming to be Santa Claus and the little girl who believes in him. This is Natalie Wood’s first film role and the one that shot her to fame.

If you haven’t already seen these films, I hope you discover at least one new holiday favorite. If you have seen them, then I hope you’re inspired to watch them again. Either way, I wish you all very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Studio Relations Blurb:
Vivien Howard hasn’t forgiven Weston Holmes for almost derailing her career five years ago. Female directors in 1930s Hollywood are few and far between, and a man who coasts by on his good looks and family connections can’t possibly appreciate what it took for her to get to where she is. But when the studio head puts Weston in charge of overseeing Vivien’s ambitious Civil War film, she realizes she has a choice: make nice with her charismatic new boss or watch a replacement director destroy her dream.

Weston Holmes doesn’t know much about making movies, but he knows plenty about money. And thanks to the Depression, ticket sales are dangerously low. The studio can’t afford a flop—or bad press, which is exactly what threatens to unfold when an innocent encounter between Weston and Vivien is misconstrued by the gossip rags. The only solution? A marriage of convenience that will force the bickering duo into an unlikely alliance—and guide them to their own happy Hollywood ending.

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  1. What an interesting premise. I'll have to check it out. Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      I thought it was an interesting premise too. Happy Holidays to you too.

  2. You picked some of my favorite movies.

    1. Hi Ella,
      I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't seen most of the movies on Georgie's list but plan on remedying that. Happy Holidays.

  3. Thank you, Georgie, for being my guest today. I'm a big fan of Hollywood from the time period of the 1920's through the 1950's and have a number of books about various actors and actresses of the time. I can't wait to start reading "Studio Relations."

  4. Thanks for having my on your blog today Katherine. I hope you and your readers enjoy Studio Relations!