Author Chicki Brown writes “contemporary women’s fiction in color” and she’s visiting today to talk about her latest novel-length work: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg. Guess what? It’s set partially here in Colorado. I haven’t been to Telluride, myself, but visiting the film festival is definitely on my bucket list.
I’ll let Chicki tell you how this setting came into play. Here are the 5W’s.
WHO are your main characters?
The main characters in my new release, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg are Vaughn Breland and Trenyce Clark.
Vaughn is a fast-talking, wise-cracking, physically stunning Hollywood actor who is well known more for his dark chocolate complexion and deep dimples than for his acting skills.
Oblivious to her statuesque beauty, physical therapist Trenyce Clark’s thoughts are centered on working hard to provide for her three-year-old daughter.
WHAT tropes do you utilize in the story?
Handsome/Lovely Adversary “He’s gorgeous; I hate him.”
WHEN is the story set and how long does it take to resolve?
The story is set in present day, and it follows Vaughn and Trenyce’s relationship over the course of a year.
WHERE is the story set and why’d you choose that setting?
Telluride, Colorado and Los Angeles, California are the settings of the novel. Vaughn was a secondary character in two of my earlier novels, Hot Fun in the Summertime and Hollywood Swinging. I chose Telluride, because it was my desire to feature Vaughn in this book, but I didn’t want to write another Hollywood story. I needed to take him out of his element.
WHY did you write this story?
Several readers contacted me to ask if I intended to give Vaughn his own story. At the time, I didn’t, but the more I thought about it the more I warmed up to the idea. When I began thinking about the story and Vaughn’s character, I‘d have to tame the player and come up with a way to take him to his lowest point in order to break his pride.
HOW is this story different than the last one you wrote?
The last two books are very different. My previous novel, Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, was an inspirational, faith-based novel about an interracial married couple dealing with infidelity.
ABOUT Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life.
FROM Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
“Good morning, Doctor. Your assistant isn’t at her desk.”
“Good morning,” he said, looking up from the computer screen. “She’s not here yet. Come in and have a seat.”
I did as he asked, folded my hands in my lap, and waited for him to speak.
“We have a patient that’s going to need extensive rehabilitation.” He went on to explain the patient’s injuries.
“Sounds as though he’s fortunate to have survived.”
“That’s exactly what I told him, but he’s not feeling very thankful at the moment.”
“That’s what I wanted to talk to you about before you meet him. He’s despondent because he’s fearful his injuries might’ve ruined his career.”
“What is he, a ballet dancer?” I snickered.
“No, he’s an actor. In fact, you might know of him. His name is Vaughn Breland, and from what the nursing staff tells me, he’s a Hollywood hottie.”
My jaw dropped, and I blinked at the thoughts rushing through my mind. Ever since I’d started reading that new romance novel, I had pictured the hero as looking exactly like Vaughn Breland. “Are you sure? I’m sorry, Doctor, that sounded disrespectful. I didn’t mean it that way. Yes, I do know of him. In fact, my best friend and I just watched his last movie the other night. What in the world is he doing in Telluride? The film festival’s been over for months.”
“He said he was on his way to visit a friend who lives in town.” Dr. Liu slid the file across his desk. “Here’s a hard copy of his chart.”
For the next several minutes, I thumbed through the papers, shaking my head. “He sustained these injuries and isn’t grateful? What is he, crazy?”
Dr. Liu chuckled. “No, just a bit vain, I’m afraid and probably somewhat depressed. In addition to the fractured hip and legs, his face was also damaged, which could very well sound the death knell for his acting career.”
“Oh… That’s terrible. He’s such a gorgeous man.” My gaze jerked up to meet Dr. Liu’s. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to say that out loud.”
He laughed again then quickly sobered. “Since the hospital considers Mr. Breland a VIP, your complete confidentiality is expected.
“Of course. I understand.”
“So, are you ready to meet our illustrious visitor this afternoon?”
“Sure,” I said, thankful I didn’t have to go immediately. At least I’d be able to fix my hat-flattened hair, reapply my lipstick, and add a little blush. After all, with the exception of spotting Tom Cruise in the lobby of Aemono a couple of years ago, this was my first time meeting a Hollywood star.
Don’t be ridiculous, Trenyce. Your looks are the last thing on this guy’s mind. He’s worried about his own.
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About Chicki Brown
Contemporary women’s fiction/romance author Chicki Brown has published six novels, four of which have made different Kindle bestseller lists. She is also a contributing author to the WG2E All-for-Indies Valentine’s Day short story collection.
An avid reader, her favorite authors are Beverly Jenkins, Eric Jerome Dickey, Lisa Kleypas, J.R. Ward and Suzanne Brockmann.
A New Jersey native, Brown and her family relocated to suburban Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, and she now proudly calls herself a “Georgia peach.”
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