A Novel Romance books being the latest Hallmark Channel movie!

A Novel Romance Hallmark Channel

Wait, is this A Novel Romance or the latest Lifetime movie, Library Creeper???

With A Novel Romance, we run deep into the world of romance book writers and bloggers, a world filled with drama and suspense. I fully admit that I follow several romance book blogs (Dear Author, Smart Bitches, even The Cultural Gutter’s romance section). I don’t even read romance books (except a few Urban Fantasy books that cross over), but reading about romance books is addicting. So watching movies about romance books is also of interest to me, even if it follows the standard “someone’s lying about who they are” plot, complete with someone who has given up on love. And there is a book reviewing journalist, which it will be hilarious if she does that as a full time job and not as a write for hire deal as media companies cut content generators in favor of trying to get people to write for free. Not that I’m going to start a rant about that, but 2014 was RIP several awesome sites and lots of people got fired from other places, making the good content out there even more harder to find. That’s pretty much why I read mostly blogs now, as that’s where the good writers are.

Anyway, about the movie:

Romance novelist Liam Bradley (Dylan Bruce) has already found massive success with three books written under the pen name Gabriel August, but he’s mysteriously unknown to his legions of readers. With his first book written as a way to heal after a broken relationship, Liam has slowly become disheartened with writing strictly for romantic fantasy, something evident to a sweet, but honest, journalist who reviews books, Sophie Atkinson (Amy Acker), whom he meets by chance on a plane. The two begin a tentative relationship in Sophie’s home town of Portland, Maine, where Liam has come to find inspiration for his newest entry.

Liam’s agent puts him on the spot with a long-planned reveal of Gabriel August’s true identity, but Sophie doesn’t know of his public persona. The longer Liam avoids telling her the truth, the deeper a hole he digs for himself. Will their romance survive once his true identity comes to light?

A Novel Romance stars Amy Acker (Person of Interest) as Sophie Atkinson, Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) as Liam Bradley, Camille Mitchell (Smallville) as Jackie Billick, Tammy Gillis (Blood Brothers: Reign of Terror) as Nina Gibson, Emily Tennant (Battle of the Bulbs) as Tabitha Weeks, Casey Manderson (Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever) as Drew Clayton, Milo Shandel (Zapped) as Phil Berkman, Chris Shields as Ted Gordon, and Charles S. Dutton (Roc) as Michael Harris.

It’s directed by Mark Griffiths, who directed Hardbodies 1 and 2, the Au Pair trilogy (Yes, it’s a trilogy now with Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise!) The story is by Beverly Nuako (her first film) and Hanz Wasserburger (High School Possession), and Wasserburger did the teleplay.

A Novel Romance premieres Saturday, January 10th on Hallmark Channel!

Photo via Hallmark/Bettina Strauss

Petals on the Wind brings more Flowers to Lifetime! #PetalsOnTheWind

Petals on the Wind Lifetime

Flowers in the Attic was one of the highest rated films of 2013, and Lifetime wasted no time in beginning to adapt the sequel, Petals on the Wind. Petals on the Wind continues the saga of the Dollanganger children who have escaped the attic and are drawn into all sorts of drama including abusive relationships and a seduction revenge plot against their mom.

When you check out the press release, you’ll also notice Lifetime announced preproduction on two more books in the Flowers series – If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday. In addition, they’re also working on a film of V. C. Andrews’ My Sweet Audrina, which is not part of the series. Wikipedia declares that My Sweet Audrina “was the only standalone novel without incest published during Andrews’ lifetime.” So, yeah. No ratings for it! Just kidding….

Petals on the Wind stars Heather Grahan, Ellen Burstyn, Dylan Bruce, Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, and Bailey Buntain. It’s directed by Karen Moncrieff (huzzah female director!), who also directed The Trials of Cate McCall, and I remember her from some low budget action films in the 1990s: Midnight Witness, Rage, and Xtro 3: Watch the Skies. My goodness, does that make me a real 90s kid?

Petals on the Wind premieres May 26th on Lifetime.

via Lifetime

On the heels of the Lifetime Original Movie “Flowers in the Attic,” this year’s number one movie telecast on ad-supported cable, Lifetime will premiere the much-anticipated sequel “Petals on the Wind” on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 9 pm PT/ET. Based on the second gothic novel of the iconic V.C. Andrews series about the Dollanganger family, the film begins ten years after the siblings have escaped the attic where their mother Corrine (Heather Graham, “Drugstore Cowboy”) and grandmother Olivia (Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”) kept them locked away for more than two years.

A decade after Cathy (Rose McIver, “Masters of Sex,” “Once Upon a Time”), Christopher (Wyatt Nash, “Pretty Little Liars”) and Carrie (Bailey Buntain, “Bunheads”) escaped from their grandparents’ attic at Foxworth Hall, “Petals on the Wind” continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can’t be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian (Will Kemp, “90210”), Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. But when tragedy strikes the Dollangangers once again, Cathy returns to Foxworth Hall to confront her grandmother and seek revenge on her mother with a plan to seduce her husband Bart (Dylan Bruce, “Orphan Black”). When Christopher runs to Cathy’s side, the two are determined to start over again – together.

Lifetime is currently in development on three additional V.C. Andrews’ books, including “If There Be Thorns” and “Seeds of Yesterday,” both from the Dollananger series, and the standalone novel “My Sweet Audrina.”