Sun-kissed Visions of Henry Cavill, David Gandy, Scott Eastwood…

Posted June 18, 2016 by Shari in Giveaways, Stranded with a Book / 26 Comments

Welcome Christina Boyd as they discuss Sun-kissed Visions of
Henry Cavill, David Gandy, Scott Eastwood…

with their book Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer.
Take it away Christina!

Growing up, whilst lazing about with my sunburnt nose in a novel, I couldn’t help but fall in-love with countless literary heroes. The Hardy Boys. Almanzo Wilder. Rhett Butler. Horatio Hornblower. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Jamie Fraser. Edward Cullen. Christian Grey… (Yes, the list is long and varied over my forty-eight years. I beg of you, don’t judge.) These summer romances even extended into winter; some are life-long love affairs that I often rekindle, withstanding my own Mr. B’s good humour, indulgence, and forbearance. In Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, a short-story summer and Jane Austen-inspired anthology, a few of my favourite stars come to my mind.DAVID-GANDY-FOR-AUTOGRAPH-SWIM-3

For example, in J. Marie Croft’s “Spyglasses and Sunburns”, model David Gandy in his #GandyForAutograph beachwear collection is a delicious fit for Fitzwilliam Darcy. “…she waited until he surfaced. Captivated, she watched as strong strokes propelled him through the water, back to the bathing machine. Grasping the rope, he pulled his torso out of the water, hair slicked back, broad shoulders and muscled chest dripping and gleaming in the sun. A tingle went down her spine, and frissons of excitement shot elsewhere, as the magnificent creature stepped onto the ladder. A trim waist and lean abdomen appeared, and—”

Henry CavillIn Sophia Rose’s “Second Chance at Sunset Beach,” Henry Cavill could definitely play the lead male. “Eight years hadn’t changed him unless it was in his favour. He had lost his boyish looks, and he was carrying himself with confidence and capability…more heavily muscled…dark hair…smoldering…Cameron had presence. This made sense because he was a leader of his own SEAL team now.”

Scott EastwoodScott Eastwood’s sexy drawl in “The Longest Ride” wins my casting as the flirty Henry Tilney in Karen M. Cox’s modern interpretation “Northanger Revisited 2015.” “…she became aware of someone at her elbow, leaning over to take a look at the card in her hand. ‘Well, you sure are twenty-one, aren’t you? Could’ve fooled me.’ His slow, lilting, Southern speech was accompanied by a lazy grin. ‘Just barely though.’”

When you read a novel, do you often imagine a famous actor or model to match the author’s description? If so, who are some of your usual suspects? What are you reading this summer? I am currently reading through some Georgette Heyer novels as well as re-reading a Pride & Prejudice inspired favourite of mine, Twixt Two Equal Armies by Gail McEwen and Tina Moncton.


Sun-kissed: Effusions of SummerSun-kissed: Effusions of Summer

“So each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in…” —Thomas Hardy

If you desire a little heat, a summer flirtation, or an escape to bask in your own private sun, this whimsical collection of original short stories is inspired by all things summer. In collaboration with some of Meryton Press’s most popular and award-winning authors, this anthology debuts other promising and emerging talent.
Contemporary and Regency alike, each romance was dreamt as a perfect summer refreshment to bring a smile to your own sun-kissed face.

Stories by:
KaraLynne Mackrory ● Karen M. Cox * Linda Beutler
J. Marie Croft ● Abigail Bok ● Natalie Richards
Sophia Rose ● Morgan K Wyatt

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About Christina Boyd

7716206-daisy-headshotChristina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor at Meryton Press, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist for the Made in Washington stores under her own banner, Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England remains on her bucket list. The short story anthology “Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer” was released June 2015. The second anthology “Then Comes Winter” released November 2015. To date she has worked with twenty-two authors on twelve full-length novels.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • Be still my heart! Henry Cavill for my Cameron. Oh yeah, good call, Christina! 😉 Personally, I’m terrible at matching up the actors with my fictional folk, but you’ve got it down. I do think they did fantastic matching up Sam and Cate for Jamie and Claire.

    • Christina Boyd

      Thanks — this was a fun post to “research”❤️

    • xtnaB

      I thought of Henry because he was filming a special forces action movie recently… CAN’T Wait til it comes to the theatre!

  • Christina Boyd

    I love reading a book and mentally casting all the characters. It’s one of my favorite pastimes.

  • dholcomb1

    I sometimes cast actors as the heroes of the books I’m reading.


  • Whenever I think of leading men from books they are always the actors from my youth who are mostly old men by now.

    • See, this would be me. If I manage to picture an actor with a character it’s like Gary Cooper or Robert Mitchum or something. Haha!

  • Beau North

    Wonderful! And, thanks for reminding me how much I loved Karen’s “Northanger Revisited”

    • I had the urge to do some re-reading and picturing these actors as the characters now. 🙂

      • xtnaB

        Atta girl!

    • xtnaB

      I think that story could evolve to a full length or at least novella length!! Hint hint

  • Lieder Madchen

    Nice! I have always wished that Richard Armitage could play Darcy, oh the haughty smolder. 😉

    • Be still my heart, yes, Natalie! 🙂

    • xtnaB

      I would never object to that casting! Swoon!

  • I very rarely imagine actors when reading, maybe it’s because I don’t watch as many movies. Or when i do watch movies or series I often strongly associate an actor with the character they play there. I usually visualize some vague image of the characters, sometimes in part based on the cover model.

    • I’m the same way. I am lousy at matching up like this and I do like cover models to look a bit like the description b/c I do imagine them a little as the characters.

  • Suzan Lauder

    I’ve lobbied for Henry Cavill to play Darcy against Emma Watson for so long now, they’re both pretty much too old. If an author has an actor in mind, sometimes I can see him in some scenes. I betad some modern JAFFs where I could see Matthew MacFadyen, even though he’s not for me. A prolific AHA writer loves North and South as well, and casts Richard Armitage, and I can see him in her frequent steamy scenes. Oo la la! I love Gregory Peck in Longbourn’s Songbird, but then, I just love Gregory Peck. I should write a period novel just for him! He’s one hot dead guy!

    • Gregory Peck!!!! Swoon. Yes, write that one, Suzan. 🙂

      • xtnaB

        Wait til you see the book trailer Beau North created for Longbourn’s Songbird. It’s dreamy!

    • xtnaB

      Henry Cavill could still play a 28 year old Darcy when he’s not all bulked up for Superman…IMO

  • Trin Carl

    When you read a novel, do you often imagine a famous actor or model to match the author’s description? Hmm, sorta. I kind of imagine old crushes or if the novel has an adaptation I imagine the movie actor. Matthew McConaughey was in Michael Connelly’s, Lincoln Lawyer so that was a bonus!