Title- Stealing Fire
Expected Publication Date- late August 2013
“How do you recognize your soulmate?
In glittery 1980’s Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg is a brilliant Broadway lyricist now writing advertising jingles and yearning for one more hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing life.
Amanda Harary, a young singer out of synch with her contemporaries, works at a small New York hotel, while she dreams of singing on Broadway.
When they meet late at night over the hotel switchboard, what begins will bring them each unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache ... until they learn that some connections, however improbable, are meant to last forever.
STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative power of love.”
STEALING FIRE was a 2012 quarter-finalist in the amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.
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I thought this was a really good book. It took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed it.
The story is set in the 1980's an era that I definitely love. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, Amanda and Beau separately.
Beau is a bit of a grouch in my opinion, can be very pompous and demanding to others, but as the story progresses you can understand why. His career has hit rock bottom, but is looking up *maybe* and his home life has, after so many years of marriage, becomes monotonous. When you delve deeper into his home life, there is a good reason why he isn't happy, and hasn't been for a very long time, but in a way he has a sense of dedication, that most people, even in the 80's wouldn't have had, but it comes with age.
Amanda is a dreamer. She has a glorious voice and a love for old Broadway scores. There was always this one song that she loved, but could never find it anywhere she went. She had a bit of stage fright, but a love for singing. She worked as a manager at a hotel and after a night of answering phones, she meets Beau.
The chemistry between the two of them is almost instantaneous, however Beau is a tad reluctant because he is much older than her, but Amanda, in her own right, to me, is an old soul. They are able to connect in ways that Beau probably wished that his wife did, and Amanda enjoyed the company, and finding love in someone who shared the same passions as she did.
I don't want to give a lot away about the story. There are happy moments, some sad, and a lot of learning in between them. If you are looking to read a story that has good flow through while navigating between two characters, then read this book. You will enjoy it!
Oh, God, it was him, the bastard who had upset the switchboard operators and bellowed
through the lobby loudly enough to alert all five boroughs. At three o'clock in the morning,
asking for room service. Unbelievable.
Amanda leaned back in her chair. Her stomach was tightening inexplicably. "I'm sorry," she
said finally, when she could control her voice. "Room Service closes at midnight."
There was a pause. "Oh. What time is it now?"
She looked at her watch. "Ten after three."
"Then whom am I speaking to?"
"I'm the night operator. This is the main switchboard."
"Well, main switchboard, you must all sound alike down there. I could swear I talked to you
Well, how about that. "You've got a good ear, 704. I was on duty earlier."
"Good Lord. How long are the shifts around here?"
"Eight hours for everybody else. I’m working a double today."
"Maybe I just love it here."
"I guess you do. But I hope you're well compensated."
Trust a man to think of money first. "That’s not my major concern."
"Glad to hear it."
Okay, enough's enough. It's been a long day, made even longer by him. No reason to shoot
the breeze with this guy. "Excuse me, I have other callers. Sorry I couldn’t help you."
"Well, better luck with them."
"Look, if you'd called earlier—"
"Absolutely. My fault entirely, for falling asleep after a cross-country flight, a time change
and a screw-up in hotel administration. Forget I even mentioned it." The phone clicked in her
She sat for some moments before she noticed she was trembling. This was the second time
he'd undermined her—and it bothered her.
About the Author-
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including Realizing You(with Ronald Doades), a recent self-help novel, and the 2003 #6 Amazon bestseller, Forward to Camelot (with Kevin Finn), which took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.
She has written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which was honored in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns, and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.
Stealing Fire was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and combines autobiographical experience with her lifelong love of the musical theater. She is proud to be distantly related to Broadway legend Fred Ebb, the lyricist for Cabaret,Chicago, All That Jazz and New York, New York.
Visit Susan online at http://susansloate.com.
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