Thursday, May 2, 2013

Drama Queens with Love Scenes BBT

Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They're not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel. 

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre - Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world. 

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro. 

Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.

“Warwick!” I yelled. “Are you there?”

There was no answer. A couple adorned in bohemian black, stopped in their tracks the moment I shouted to my ex-lover.

“Broken heart,” whispered Guy to the interested onlookers.

“I understand,” replied the woman. She looked up to her man. “Poor thing.”

“Go on, Allan, call out again.”

“Warwick! Warwick! I love you.” My voice echoed from the building as I looked to my angel friend. He nodded and caressed my shoulder. The couple nodded as well. “Warwick, are you home? I need to talk to you. Will you come down, please?”

“Keep going, Allan.”

“I really need to talk to you. I have so much more to say to you. I should never have let you walk out of my door the other night. I’ve wanted to talk to you so many times during the last few days, but there’s nowhere private at the theater. Plus I’d probably break down which is not a good look when you’re wearing white grease paint.”

A few onlookers came out from their balconies. I glanced at Guy who was joined by a small audience. Some parents had let their kids stay up well after bedtime, and their freckled little girl was giggling at me. Her mother shushed her so she sat on the ground, sulking.

“Don’t worry about it, Allan. Just go on.”

“Yes, we’re right behind you,” said an elderly lady with bad teeth. “You make him listen.”

“Warwick, I love you and I know you love me. You told me so. You said you’ve been waiting all year for me to make a move, and as you know I’ve been waiting for you to make that move too.”

“You tell him, love!” interrupted the old woman.

My support team began to chant Warwick’s name. I was empowered. I encouraged them to clap their hands in time. They did. There was about ten of them now, and their support gave me a warm glow in that frosty breeze. However, Guy looked worried.

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My Review:
4 stars

This was a funny, heart-warming read that surprised me. I admit, when I read the blurb, the main thing that grabbed my attention was the mention of theatre. As a thespian, I was looking forward to reading a comedy romance set in the world of theatre.

I know that some people complained that the characters and that events in the book were too over the top, but for me, it worked. I’ve done many plays and musicals, and let me tell you, people do act like that in real life. Also, crazy things happen backstage that most people never find out about. I loved that the story contained some of the humorous and zany things that can happen backstage, and while theatre isn’t always quite so dramatic, often times, it is.

My only complaints were that at times, the story dragged on and became tiresome. I would have enjoyed it more if the author had tightened up the story and made it less confusing. Also, the story is only told through Allan’s POV, but I would have liked to see the story at least through Guy’s POV as well.

All in all though, this was a great story not only about the wonderful world that is theatre, but it was also a story about discovering oneself. I’m officially in love with Allan, and Guy just stole my heart as the little angel who was never taught how to fly. I highly recommend this story, especially to anyone who’s a fan of comedies or the theatre.

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Author Bio:
Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.

His longest running passion is a weekly radio program he produces with Warren for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander station, Koori Radio. Since 2004 they have been discovering music, both new and old, and interviewing local artists and community leaders. Every Friday night, The Rhythm Divine is heard across Sydney and via the world wide web.

Kevin is currently at work on the sequel to Drama Queens with Love Scenes.



  1. Interesting excerpt, thank you.


  2. This looks so intriguing!

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  3. I found your review interesting with your theatre background and that the story can or do reflect people and zany things that can happen.

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  4. Loved the blurb! Please count me in. Thanks!!!


  5. People are always calling creative people "over the top"! Their tops are just a lot higher than ours.
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  6. Thanks Emily for hosting.
    And thanks for the comments.

    And Urb, yes, artists over think everything. That's their charm.

  7. Nice review! Guy sounds like an interesting character--worth reading.
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  8. This does sound funny. I really enjoyed the excerpt. “You tell him, love!”


  9. sounds good~~ lol, Please count me in! :D