Even if I can't get the movie Adaptation out of my head, screenwriting is a sexy profession that brings us much joy.
Here are some wonderful Romance Novels with heroes and heroines who have this joy.
My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!
1. Hello, Hollywood! by Janice Thompson
Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?
2. Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.
Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated…until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter—a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River.
Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef…right?
3. She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot
There are a few places screenwriter Lou Calabrese would rather be than crammed into a helicopter with Jack Townsend, star of her claim to fame, Copkiller, and whose ex just ran off with Lou's ex. Talk about uncomfortable. But when, halfway out to the isolated arctic location where Copkiller IV is currently shooting, their pilot turns murderous and their helicopter crashes, Lou realizes her day has just gotten a lot worse.
Now, while family and friends back home fret over her disappearance, Lou is on the run in the arctic wilderness with America's sweetheart Jack Townsend and only the contents of her purse, his pockets, and their mutual knowledge of survival movie trivia to keep them alive. Can these two children of Hollywood put aside their differences and make it back home without killing each other? Or much, much worse, actually start to like one another?
4. Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen
Brynn McAdams isn't the awkward geek she was in high school--she's grown up and confident, or at least she tries to be. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be the glamorous girl she knows he'd want, not the shy girl he doesn't even recognize. Good thing she's an excellent actress.
After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the poised and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she's off-limits. The few glimpses he gets of the goofy, carefree Brynn just makes her feel...familiar. Like home.
As Brynn's lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?
5. Charade (Arabesque) by Donna Hill
Tyler Ellington thought a scholarship to film school was the chance to fulfill her lifelong ambition, but she never imagined her hardest lesson would be in love. Betrayed by sexy filmmaker Miles Bennett, the first man she'd allowed into her heart, Tyler flees home to Savannah, only to find another man intruding in her fantasies. Handsome photographer Sterling Grey has the sense of humor, unwavering patience and compassionate heart that are the exact opposite of Miles Bennett. Soon the wounded Tyler finds herself surrendering to the pleasure of his caresses.
Even a perfect summer romance can't dissuade Tyler from returning to New York, and to Miles. Working with him to produce her prize-winning screenplay, she is moved by his humble apologies—and swept up in his passionate kisses. Her long-cherished dreams have indeed come true, but Tyler can't forget Sterling's warm, tender touch. Now torn between two men, she must decide which love is the real thing.
6. Sudden Moves by Charlotte Vale-Allen
After years of self-imposed, fearful reclusiveness inside her home, Lucinda Hunter has started moving out into the world. She has found her family and her isolation has ended. Daily, she babysits seven-year-old Jason and takes great pleasure in the boy's whimsical, thoughtful nature. The little girl, Katanya Taylor, who ventured into her garden five years earlier and beckoned to Lucinda to come outside, is now a feisty, somewhat irreverant teenager who comes with her mother and grandmother to spend weekends with LucindaÑtheir initial connection stronger than ever.
Everything is going well. Yet Lucinda feels an urgent anxiety, fearful that she will never have sufficient time to spend with her very elderly grandmother; that she will never be able to absorb all the details of the family history. She is racing against time. Yet she is happier than she's been since childhood. And meeting Eli Carter, her grandmother's doctor, presents an unexpected and challenging set of new circumstances.
Then, on September 11th 2001, the world is cataclysmically changed. In the aftermath, faced with the shattering repercussions that affect everyone and everything Lucinda knows, she is pulled, finally, entirely, into a new reality. Nothing will ever be the same.
7. Cooking Up Trouble / Kiss the Cook by Molly O'Keefe
ooking Up Trouble by Molly O’Keefe
Mark Cook shouldn’t mind that a Hollywood heartthrob is intruding on his family’s ranch to learn how to be a cowboy. Or that Mr. Moviestar is getting a bit too close to his best friend, Alyssa Halloway. But, damn it all, he’s jealous to the point of distraction whenever he sees them together! And to compete with a gorgeous actor for Alyssa’s heart, things are gonna get dirty down on the farm….
Kiss the Cook by Molly O’Keefe
No one has ever been able to hook heartbreaker Billy Cook like wild Kate Jenkins. Her passionate kisses made him fall in love thirteen years ago, only for her to turn around and break his teenage heart by leaving town. In fact, she’s the reason he vowed to be a confirmed bachelor! Now pregnant, Kate is back in Montana to deliver her baby, claiming her wanderlust days are over. And Billy can’t help wonder if his vow was a bit too hasty….
8. His L.A. Cinderella by Trish Wylie
Cassidy Malone describes herself as a plain, slightly plump schoolteacher—totally unsuitable for Hollywood life. Unfortunately she is now at the beck and call of top movie mogul and old flame Will Ryan.
Once upon a time she signed a contract, in a whirlwind of youth and confidence. Now, as they write the script they never finished, Will's devilish smile and lethal charm make her yearn for the safety of the classroom!
9. His Brother's Secret by Debra Salonen
n college, Shane Reynard lacked the nerve to tell Jenna Murphy how he felt. Now, with all his Hollywood success behind him, lack of nerve is not what holds him back. When his latest TV show lands him in Jenna's hometown, he offers her a place on his writing team. Too bad spending a lot of time with her reminds Shane of every single thing he liked about her.
But as much as Shane wants to fall for her, there's a family secret he has to confess first. And once she knows the truth, there's a real chance Jenna will never want to see Shane's face again.
10. Cutting Loose by Kristin Hardy
When a gang of twentysomething women get together, men are always on the menu!
A makeover. A masked stranger. A master suite. When Trish Dawson's new look attracts the attention of a fellow costume-party guest, she decides to cut loose and go for it. When his mask comes off, not to mention his clothes, hot actor Ty Ramsay is revealed. Insisting this'll be a one-night-only performance, she's going to risk it all.
But Ty has other ideas...ones that involve all-night make-out sessions, doing damage to the headboard and three-day getaways to the sexiest spots on earth. He might even be thinking long-term, Trish has him so wound up-but she's not sure and may need a lot of convincing...Ty Ramsay style!
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