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.
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—”
In 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 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 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.
KaraLynne Mackrory ● Karen M. Cox * Linda Beutler
J. Marie Croft ● Abigail Bok ● Natalie Richards
Sophia Rose ● Morgan K Wyatt
About Christina Boyd
Christina 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.