Renee Conoulty: Double Entendre **Guest Post from Celia Kennedy**


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Double Entendre **Guest Post from Celia Kennedy**

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Celia Kennedy, who has popped in for a chat.

Celia Kennedy’s passion for travel, friendship, self-discovery, wine, chocolate, love, and the designed and natural world is the foundation of her books. She was born on a military base in Wurzburg, Germany. Her parents’ penchant for traveling stuck with her, and she’s lived in and traveled through several countries. Celia has authored three fiction novels and published four anthologies. She is currently working on book three in The Passport Series. She lives in Washington state with the loves of her life.

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Double Entendre

There are a handful of things in life that I know that I am good at. One of them is the use of the double entendre. Another is doing research. As an author I generally write about the mysteries of life I’ve unraveled and I feel particularly successful if I can weave in a well-placed double entendre. Get it? I put unraveled and weave into the sentence. It’s bad, I know! My poor family – they have to live with me.

When writing guest posts I ponder monumental questions, “What would someone like to read about? Local historical landmarks? Epic feats of humankind? Me? My tomes?” (If you weren’t counting there are a bucket load (or a few) double entendre’s splattered about.)

Okay, my tome it is! Prosecco & Paparazzi fizzed out of the depths of my imagination one evening while watching Clint Eastwood on Inside the Actor’s Studio. I decided it would be interesting to write a book about how an average, everyday person, met and developed a friendship with a famous person. The premise is based on my belief that celebrities are somewhat skittish of nonentities, unknowns, nobodies. Perhaps the big cheese wonders if the commoner is fond of them, or their fame. Or perhaps the supposed friend is really a stalker in disguise.

What if there is a conflict? Let’s face it, the superstar has money, influence, and money (yes, I said it twice). So, this poor mortal, if accused of being a stalker, might not have a way to redeem themselves OR must be willing to break a rule (get too close) or two (talk to the celebrity) to get justice. Fortunately, the heroine in Prosecco & Paparazzi, Charlotte, has four can-do friends to bail her out.
Originally, my tome was entitled Charlotte’s Restrained – yup, I worked a double entendre into the title. You should have seen the images for the cover art I received. The majority had a woman in stilettos with a furry handcuff dangling from her wrist. I tried to explain that wasn’t really the look I was going for – the conflicts were legal and emotional. The next round of artwork had the woman on the cover kitted out for bondage. Eventually, I managed to convey the, “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” concept I had in mind.

My vision for my cast of characters had always been more smart and sexy than 50 Shades of Grey. Fortunately, the readers read the words I had strung together instead of paying too much attention to the misconceived book cover that was birthed. In no time at all I had reviews likening my tome to Sex In The City. I found the coupling to be quite intoxicating.

So, how did Charlotte’s Restrained evolve into Prosecco & Paparazzi? Well, much like Charlotte, I had four friends who had my back, and they came in the format of my team at Booktrope Publishing. As much as I love the double entendre of the original title, I was eager to showcase the content of the book.

I loved these women so much that I decided to write a series. In Prosecco & Paparazzi, we delve into Charlotte’s life, where she meets her celeb crush and gets mistaken for a stalker. In Cognac and Couture, which I am currently writing, we dive into Kathleen’s secrets and see how her four BFF’s react. Gin Fizz and Grit is Marian’s story. Marian is a sarcastic but warm-hearted Irishwoman who is absolutely hilarious. I can’t wait to get into the gristle of this book. Lastly, we will delve into Hillary’s world, in Hot Toddies and Tantrums, where many threads from all the books will be woven together – some serious surprises are in store. (If you are keeping count, there are five friends and four books. That is because Tiziana, cannot be contained. She has all the va-va-voom of Sophia Loren. Her story is revealed in each book.)

Reviews can be tough for an author to read. We put our heart, souls, and in some cases, years of our lives, into a book. When I read the review where Prosecco & Paparazzi was compared to Sex In The City “but with a higher I.,” my decade was made. I immediately called up my four closest friends, popped a few bottles of Prosecco and toasted the day.

If you would like to read chapter one of Prosecco & Paparazzi, and decide for yourself, it is available on Wattpad:

Thanks for reading!

Prosecco & Paparazzi (The Passport Book 1) by Celia Kennedy 

When fifteen minutes of fame goes horribly wrong… 

Charlotte Young and her five closest friends ring in the New Year on a ski vacation in the swanky, celebrity-packed French Alps, where her world collides with long-time celeb crush, Des Bannerman—aka “The King of Rom-Com.” Unexpectedly, Charlotte finds herself happily reconciled to an innocent evening of drinking champagne, gambling, and chatting to the celebrity of her dreams. 

Charlotte’s friends join forces to help her realize her lifelong fantasy, yet his girlfriend, the latest Bond Girl, proves an insurmountable obstacle. Lighthearted banter turns into tabloid fodder and leaves Charlotte saddled with a restraining order. 

With the help of her friends, Charlotte finds the answers to life’s biggest questions while trying to deal with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame. 

Prosecco &Paparazzi is a contemporary romantic comedy about what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide. 

Previously self-published under the title Charlotte’s Restrained, The Accidental Stalker. It has been re-edited.

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