Friday, 13 March 2020

Never Too Famous. What's it about?



My new series of novellas examines the things people are prepared to do for success and the high prices they will pay to maintain it. The first book Never Too Famous deals with the highs and lows of celebrity.
It’s a common perception that famous people want for nothing: big brands queue up to give them stuff for free and everyone loves them. Yet you only need to read the comments section on any celebrity’s social media account to see how untrue that statement is. In a lot of cases the haters outnumber the fans. It must take a thick skin to read the rude, insulting and derogatory comments complete strangers feel entitled to make against another person. Everything is up for criticism: looks, weight, age, fashion, family, sexuality, race, gender, and because that person is famous, it’s seen as an acceptable part of the job.
And yet, millions of people crave that kind of success. As a person who values privacy, this is something I have always found fascinating. Never Too Famous is a love story set in the world of reality television. Harry and Grant are TV stars from completely different backgrounds. For Harry fame happened by chance, when a documentary crew filmed a fly-on-the-wall series about life on a luxury cruise ship, where he was working as a marine engineer. He’s never been entirely comfortable with the trappings of fame. While Grant became famous on a show called Sexy Northerners, and there’s nothing he won’t do to maintain his position as the shows leading hunk; sex-tapes, fake relationships and publicity stunts are all in a day’s work for him. The two men couldn’t be more different, and when they meet things get hot very quickly.


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Blurb: They’ll do anything for fame, whatever the cost.

Harry Alexander and Grant Hunter are big names in reality TV, but they couldn’t be more different. For Harry, fame happened by chance. He was working as a marine engineer on a cruise ship when the liner became the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary series. Harry’s good looks and charming personality made him an immediate hit with viewers, and he became the break-out star of the show.

Grant Hunter took no chances in his pursuit of fame. Having starred in the outrageous reality show Sexy Northerners, he grabbed success with both hands and didn’t let go. Grant is prepared to do whatever it takes to stay at the top—red-carpet appearances, parties, high-profile romances and X-rated videos. He’ll do anything in the name of self-promotion to maintain his notorious reputation.

When Harry arrives in Grant’s home city of Manchester, they have preconceived ideas about each other. As they realize they have more in common than they ever thought, they must overcome prejudice, rivalry and the social and professional barriers placed before them, if they’re ever to get together

Series Blurb: Fame, money, power. Some men will do anything for them. In every field, it’s a cut-throat race to the top, littered with deceit, passion and love. For those strong enough to get what they want, maintaining it is never easy.

Reality TV stars, footballers, lawyers, singers and movies stars—join them as they discover what they’re each prepared to pay to preserve their success.

Books Details:

Never Too Famous by Thom Collins

Success Series Book 1

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Date: 10th March 2020

Word count: 31,515



Excerpt



The bars along the canal were busy for a Sunday evening. People sat at the outside tables, laughing and drinking. From the corner of his eye, he clocked that someone had recognized him and was moving in his direction. Harry tucked his chin and kept walking. He wanted to reach his room, lock the door and spend some quality time alone.

When a hand touched his shoulder, he expected it to be a fan, eager for a photograph. He turned, hoping to make it quick, and was surprised to recognize the smiling face that greeted him.

Grant Hunter.

My God, he’s handsome. Up close, his chiseled features and warm brown eyes were exquisite. His smile grew wider and his eyes sparkled with amusement.

“I thought it was you,” Grant said, thrusting a hand forward. “Nice to meet you at last.”

“You too,” Harry said, accepting the firm handshake.

“I wanted to say hello last night, but you left the club before I got the chance.”

“Sorry.” Harry shrugged, unable to tear his eyes from Grant’s hypnotic gaze. Dark and moody, like a film star from a different era, a 1950s matinee idol who’d stepped straight off the screen and been transported to modern-day Manchester.

You could cut yourself on his cheekbones, they’re so sharp. And that jawline…

“It wasn’t really your scene, was it?” Grant asked.

“I guess not. But sorry, again, I should have come over before I left. It was rude not to.”

“Why don’t you make it up to me now?” Grant said, gesturing to the bar where they had stopped. “A drink. I’ve got nothing else to do right now. How about you?”

The man was a natural flirt. That was obvious. But he had an undefinable and powerful charisma. Harry’s heart beat faster. Grant had an instant effect on him. “Why not?”

  





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