Hi Emma, thank you for inviting me over. It’s lovely to be here! But where are all the cardboard packing boxes ready for your big move?
Ideally, I’d be able to wow you with a list of Hollywood actors that I would want to play the various characters from Popping the Cherry, but I’m afraid I’m not very clued in on my actors and actresses these days. It didn’t help that when I sat down and wrote Popping the Cherry, I did the usual thing of hitting the internet to find visual inspiration to bring each character to life, but that inspiration eventually came from a variety of sources:
Valentina 'Lena' Bell Maria Kirilenko (tennis player)
Jake Saunders Luke Guldan (actor/model)
Gemma Saunders Zooey Deschanel (actress)
Alice Taylor Christina Aguilera (singer)
Nathan Harrison Billy Armstrong (actor)
Isaac 'Zac' Newton William Levy (actor)
Sean Cole Jordan R. Legault (model)
Felicity ‘Flick’ Not known (model/dancer?)
I’d love to share their pictures with you but I’m always terrified of breaching copyright and getting somebody’s blog shut down. Instead, you will need to click on their names to see what they look like. If you’re wondering why I’ve included so many characters—rather than just the main ones—it’s because all of these will be featuring in future books in the series if all goes to plan.
When I came to make the book trailer, I needed images that I could use so although they’re not perfect fits, they were good enough for me...incidentally, my own friend Steve came up trumps for me when it came to filling several of the male roles. Lucky me!
Lena & Gemma
The boys from Popping the Cherry (3 are portrayed here by the same person LOL)
Thanks Aurelia, Alice certainly looks like a piece of work! :) So if that has whetted your appetite head over to Amazon and get out your tablet!
Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project... or five!... and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. She is currently busy writing the standalone companion novels to both Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled. To find out more about Aurelia, you can visit her website: www.aureliabrowl.com or you can find her hanging out online, far too often, at the following:
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About Popping the Cherry...
You only get one first time . . .
From driving tests to relationships, Valentina Bell thinks she’s a failure, with a big fat capital F. At this rate, she’s certain she’ll be a virgin for ever. So Lena’s friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect man first time.
Yet somehow disastrous dates with bad-boy musicians and fabulous evenings with secretly in-the-closet guys aren’t quite working out how Lena planned.
Soon Lena’s avoiding Operation: Popping the Cherry to spend time with comforting, aloof Jake, her best friend’s older brother, who doesn’t make her feel self-conscious about still clinging to her V card. But could Jake show Lena that sometimes what you’re looking for most is right by your side?
A Forever for the twenty-first century