Thursday, December 21, 2017

Movie Magic by Michelle Garren Flye (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

by Michelle Garren Flye


GENRE:   contemporary romance




Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?



What the hell kind of place was this town that she could be kidnapped off the street and carried off into a dark alley?

“Ouch! Hey, lady, the screaming’s good for effect, but I could do without the kicking!” The man who’d grabbed her smacked her bottom to get her attention. “Cut it out!”

“Put her down, Cal.” An amused voice from next to them made Sabrina freeze.

“Walt?” She craned her neck to try to see him.

“Gladly.” The man holding her swung her down over his shoulder, setting her none-too-gently on her feet and backing away.

Sabrina regained her balance and glared at him, then turned to see Walt, practically doubled over laughing and standing next to a girl in short shorts who looked just as amused. She whirled back to look at her kidnapper, realizing as she did that he was actually only about eighteen and wearing a pirate getup that made him look like a poor imitation of Jack Sparrow.

Walt, on the other hand, might have stepped right out of a movie. He wore a brocade vest over his tanned bare chest and his head was wrapped in a red scarf. Several rings decorated his fingers and he wore a gold chain with a medallion. His shoulder-length dark hair and beard completed the look to perfection. Sabrina fought off her attraction by embracing her irritation at the whole incident. “Would anyone like to tell me what the hell is going on here?”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”
Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.




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My review

3.75 out of 5 stars

Movie Magic by Michelle Garren Flye is a contemporary romance that features screenwriter Sabrina Parker, who’s searching for an expert magician for a project that is near and dear to her heart. Her trip to North Carolina proves that not all resources are in L.A., but convincing Walt Bryson to move beyond his popular children’s show will require more than make-believe, it will require getting his heart involved as much as hers is.

This story is part of the ‘Sleight of Hand’ series but can be read as a stand-alone without any problem. It gives an intriguing look at the challenges of transforming a concept to a movie and introduces characters who have had their share of challenges in life that they have coped with in very different ways. I’m a little perplexed by the dynamics of the relationships each of the main characters has with a significant person of the opposite sex, and I thought one of the side stories with a secondary character was a little forced, but I like the interactions between the hero and heroine. It was fun to read about the references to Hollywood and startling to think someone would trust a virtual stranger in their inn while they travel elsewhere, but I guess that highlights the contrast between big city and small town attitudes. There are fun twists in the story and I think those who enjoy gentle romances with show business elements will be delighted by this tale.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review


  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  2. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour!

  3. Thank you so much for the review and for hosting!

  4. Thanks for sharing the great post, it sounds like a wonderful book!

    1. Hi Victoria! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Sabrina has such an interesting career.

  6. Nice to meet another new-to-me author. How many genres do you write and are some of your books connected in anyway?

  7. As my tour is over, I'm just stopping by one last time to thank everyone (hosts and visitors!) for reading and/or commenting! It's been great getting to know some new folks, and I hope to see you again. :)