Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Rise by Shari Low & Ross King @sharilow @XpressoTours

The Rise
Shari Low & Ross King
Publication date: September 13th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

When we bury our secrets, they always come back to haunt us…
Their rise was meteoric.

Only a few years before, they had been three friends from Glasgow, just trying to survive tough lives of danger and dysfunction.
But on one Hollywood night in 1993, they were on the world’s biggest stage, accepting their Oscar in front of the watching world.
That night was the beginning of their careers. But it was also the end of their friendship.

Over the next twenty years, Mirren McLean would become one of the most powerful writers in the movie industry.
Zander Leith would break box-office records as cinema’s most in-demand action hero.
And Davie Johnson would rake in millions as producer of some of the biggest shows on TV.

For two decades they didn’t speak, driven apart by a horrific secret.
Until now…
Their past is coming back to bite them, and they have to decide whether to run, hide, or fight.
Because when you rise to the top, there’s always someone who wants to see you fall.

An exciting new glam thriller for the fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Liane Moriarty and Jo Spain

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Interview with Shari Low & Ross King

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Shari: We both grew up in Glasgow in the seventies and eighties and met each other in the early 90s. Ross then went off to LA and became a multi-Emmy winning presenter, actor, performer and writer, while I stayed in Scotland and went on to publish over 30 novels in a writing career that has spanned more than two decades. During that time, we always kept in touch, so when we decided to write a novel, we knew we wanted it to encompass many areas of our lives and experiences. In the book, the three characters grew up in a tough area of Glasgow and they all went on to be Hollywood stars. Mirren is a successful writer, Zander is an acting powerhouse and Davie presents and produces some of the biggest hits on TV. That transition from having nothing to having everything, including stardom, is a subject that fascinates us both, and one that Ross has watched first hand time and time again for many years, so it was the natural starting place for the story.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

Ross: We wanted to write an edgy, sexy, heart-thudding thriller that pulls back the curtain on the dark side of Hollywood, while featuring authentic characters that the readers can relate to and connect with. The finished book is exactly as we planned it on the very first day we decided to write it, so we hope the reader feels we’ve achieved all those things.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Shari: The process was pretty seamless as we work really well together and complement each other’s personalities and skill sets. If there was a challenge, it was mostly geographical as I live in Glasgow and Ross is in LA, so we wrote most of it over facetime and via endless emails.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Ross: Creating characters that became so real to us, in worlds that we both recognise. It was also great to work as a team on it and fire off each other’s imaginations. We’ve known each other for so long that there were no egos, no judgement, just mutual inspiration and plenty of laughs.

Were there alternate endings you considered?

Shari: No. We always knew where the story would start and end, so it was about taking the characters and the readers on that journey.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

Ross: I’ve been a Hollywood entertainment reporter for British television for over two decades and I’ve been lucky enough to have interviewed just about every big-name star you can mention. My lips are sealed on the secrets that I’ve learned in that time, but some little whispers of reality may have inspired some themes in this entirely fictional story. Although, I’m not sure even the most outrageous fiction could be as shocking as some of the things that go on in the shadows of Tinsel Town.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

Shari: We’re both firm fans of biographies, crime, and the classic bonkbusters of the eighties and nineties. And in my solo work, I also write contemporary fiction about tangled friendships and relationships, so I love a really well written romcom with heart and humour too.

Author Bio:

In January 2022, Shari Low celebrated 21 years since the publication of her first novel, What If?. Shari went on to be a best-selling novelist, publishing over 30 books, including My One Month Marriage, One Day In Summer, One Summer Sunrise, The Story Of Our Secrets and her non-fiction collection of parenthood memories, Because Mummy Said So.

In late 2020, her first novel, What If?, was updated and re-published. In January 2021, the sequel, What Now? was released, followed in April 22 by the third book in the series, What Next?. All three novels became international best sellers.

In real life, once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband and a labradoodle. Her two teenagers have now left home, so she spends an inordinate amount of time on video calls checking if they’re eating well and keeping up to date with their laundry.

For all the latest news, visit Shari on Facebook, twitter, instagram or at www.sharilow.com

Ross King is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. He lives in England, near Oxford.

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Stormy Vixen said...

Happy Book Birthday, Shari & Ross! Great interview, The Rise sounds like thrilling romance for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the blitz!

Thanks for sharing it with me and have a smashing day!

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

Dana Banana said...

This sounds like something I’d read in one sitting!