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Spotlight & $10 GC Giveaway: The Location Shoot by Patricia Leavy

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Description of The Location Shoot

 

Controversial filmmaker Jean Mercier is shooting a film on location in Sweden. While spending the summer creating his latest work of cinematic art, he lives in a nearby inn with his lead actors: Albie Hughes, British veteran of stage and screen; Charlotte Reed, British indie film queen; Michael Hennesey, American TV heartthrob; Willow Barnes, fallen former teen star looking to make a comeback; and Finn Forrester, legendary Hollywood movie star. Mercier invites his friend Ella Sinclair—a beautiful, bohemian-spirited American philosopher known for her provocative writing—to stay with them for the summer. When Ella arrives, Finn is instantly enchanted by her, and soon they fall madly in love. Finn wants to plan a life together, but Ella harbors fears and convinces him to wait until the film wraps to decide their future. In a case of life imitating art, the film they are creating explores “the big questions” and prompts the stars to reflect on the crossroads they face in their own lives. How will their experiences on location affect them when they return home? The answers won’t come until months later, when the cast and crew reconvene on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival—but their revelation will make for one unforgettable night.

 

Read an Excerpt of The Location Shoot

 

the location shootJust then, Ella walked in wearing a black sundress and sandals, the chains hanging around her neck tinkling like wind chimes as she moved. Everyone turned to look. She cocked her head and furrowed her brow in confusion as she approached the table of men who were all smiling broadly.

 

“Well, good morning,” she said. “This is unexpected.” She and Finn exchanged a covert look as Jean scooched over to make room for her. She plopped down and asked, “So, how is everyone this fine morning?”

 

“I was just telling them about your book,” Jean replied. “Bloody thing kept me up all night.”

 

“That explains why you look a fright,” she observed.

 

“We must discuss your description of the erect cock.”

 

Michael had just taken a sip of espresso, which went flying out of his mouth. He grabbed a napkin to wipe it up. Finn’s faced turned bright red.

 

“Gee, give a girl a minute to wake up. I haven’t even had a cup of tea,” Ella casually replied.

 

Jean hollered at the waiter, “Tea!” and he pointed to Ella. He continued, “I’m serious, ma chérie. I’m utterly possessed thinking of it. Your description of hardness and thrusting on page 38 is haunting.”

 

She giggled and said, “I’m barely awake, Jean. Perhaps you could take it down a notch with the cock talk.”

 

Finn and Albie laughed.

 

“I don’t know how I’m going to concentrate on filming today. You’ve got my mind spinning. All I want to do is discuss blow jobs,” Jean said.

 

“And you wonder why Charlotte and Willow never come to breakfast,” Ella joked.

 

Finn cracked up.

 

“I’m serious,” Jean said. “It’s captivating.”

 

“Perhaps you shouldn’t have read the whole thing in one go. Swallowed more than you could handle, as it were. I warned you there’s adult subject matter,” she jested.

 

Finn, Albie, and Michael tried to muffle their laughter.

 

“Do you think that what you wrote about the half-hard, pity thrust is true? Do other women feel this way?” Jean asked.

 

“I don’t know. Let’s ask one of your three ex-wives,” she joked.

 

Everyone burst into laughter. Albie nearly fell off his chair. The waiter delivered Ella’s tea and asked, “Would anyone like breakfast?”

 

“We waited for you,” Finn said.

 

Ella smiled and said, “A soft-boiled egg and some fruit, please.”

 

“Same for me,” Michael said, winking at her.

 

“Oatmeal and berries, please,” Finn said.

 

Jean and Albie, having already eaten, shook their heads.

 

As soon as the waiter walked away, Jean handed her the manuscript and said, “I made some notes in the margins.”

 

“Thank you,” she replied. “You’re a good friend, lascivious though you may be.”

 

“The vignette about slut shaming was hysterical. I laughed out loud. Oh, but the funniest section was the part about group sex,” Jean said.

 

“Group sex?” Michael asked, his eyes like saucers.

 

“It’s very clever,” Jean said. “She wrote it as a scene in a satirical screenplay. At first, the director tries to give gentle, appropriate notes, but by the end he’s barking out vulgarities and ordering them to do outrageous things all while insisting they mind the camera. It’s wickedly funny.”

 

Ella giggled. “I thought you’d appreciate that.”

 

“So, Ella,” Michael said, his eyes fixed to her, “what made you interested in writing about sex?”

 

“She theorizes about pleasure. It’s not done in an effort to be scandalous or salacious. It’s intelligent,” Finn said. He glanced at Ella, who was smiling at him with her eyes. “She’s interested in things that people experience with a oneness or wholeness. Sex is just one topic. She also writes about art, food, and nature; she explores fundamental questions about how we as human beings experience pleasure, and by extension, how we may arrive at the true feelings of joy, peace, and belonging that so often elude us. Or so I imagine.”

 

Ella smiled softly and said, “Yes, that’s right. At least, it’s what I’m attempting to do.”

 

“Well, I can’t wait to read it,” Michael said. “It sounds, uh, enlightening.”

 

The waiter delivered their breakfast and the conversation moved on while they ate.

Author Guest Post: The Inspiration behind The Location Shoot

 

The pandemic was such a terrible time for so many. The human suffering and economic hardships many endured is absolutely heartbreaking. So of course, I wish it had never happened. Yet despite how incredibly challenging it was for us all, and tragic for some, I think a lot of creatives responded by doing what they know how to do. That was the case for me. The pandemic became the most creative and prolific time in my life. I wrote seven days a week, with no other distractions, and penned many books. The novels I wrote are all feel-good love stories. It’s no coincidence. I needed to escape.

 

The Location Shoot was a lockdown project, and my absolute favorite thing to emerge from that time. Like most people, I was bored at home, binge watching movies, double fisting potato chips and chocolate bars, and filled with existential doom. I wanted to escape to someplace joyful, romantic, and creative. Due to the pandemic, I was thinking about the big questions of life, and so I decided to write a novel about a group making a film about the meaning of life and living together in seclusion. Given the topic of the film, my heroine became a philosopher who joins them for the summer.

 

The initial idea came when my husband and I were watching a movie and Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” came on. Suddenly, I stopped watching the movie on our television screen and I was watching a different story play out in my mind’s eye. The next day I started writing the novel. There’s a scene that features that song, and it was the first bit I wrote.

 

I think of The Location Shoot as a beautiful, feel-good, hopeful love story. At the core, it’s about living and loving with everything we have. The characters come to learn that life is fragile, fleeting, and temporary. There’s so much beauty though too. We can grab a hold of that beauty as long as we don’t stand in our own way.

 

 

About Author Patricia Leavy

 

author of the location shoot

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an award-winning, best-selling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College. She has published more than forty books; her work has been translated into many languages, and she has received more than forty book honors.

 

Her last novel, Hollyland, was featured on She Reads in “The Most Anticipated Romances of Spring 2023” and was the 2023 Firebird Book Awards 1st Place Winner in Pop Culture Fiction and 1st Place Winner in Summer/Beach Read. Patricia has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association.

 

In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” Patricia lives in Maine. In addition to writing, she enjoys art, reading, and travel.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Location-Shoot-Novel-Patricia-Leavy/dp/1647425670

 

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