I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Barbara Nolan. Today, Barbara shares her favorite movies and debut novel, Beyond Paradise.
Here are my top 10 favorite movies and why they are my favorites:
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride 2—Watch both of these with my daughters and we laugh in the same places—every time.
The Holiday—Definitely a movie about second acts.
White Christmas—Watched this holiday classic every year with my mother until she passed in 2018.
Miracle on 42nd Street—Another holiday classic that is so sweet and nostalgic.
The Great Escape—Had a huge crush on Steve McQueen. Even had his poster in my room as a teen.
West Side Story—The first play I ever saw on Broadway and of course loved the movie.
Jurassic Park—Love Jeff Goldblum’s understated humor.
Sand Pebbles—Again Steve McQueen.
Airport—Still remember seeing it for the first time on the big screen at Radio City in New York.
Jonny Vallone, the dark, brooding owner of Manhattan nightclub, Beyond Paradise, doesn’t need any more complications in his life, or women. Then savvy con artist Cheryl Benson, barges into his office and spits out a confession that would make most men run for cover.
Cheryl’s fast-paced, out-of-control life is closing in, and her only hope against a ruthless crime boss is bad boy Jonny and his powerful connections. Her knight in black Brioni has a body made for sin with enough baggage to fill a 747, but when a near-fatal attack throws the two together, they implode in a night of steamy, sheet-gripping passion.
Jonny can’t resist the beautiful blonde with the pleading green eyes plus he has his own agenda with the underworld thug who owns a piece of his soul.
Their wild ride whisks them from the high-powered glitz of Manhattan to the sultry beaches of Miami in a desperate attempt to break free of their shady pasts while trying to tame their fiery passion and the dangerous deceptions swirling around them.
“I’ve got you.” He pushed a stray hair away from her face and kissed her, wanting to taste more of her, be part of her, sink into her sweetness and make all her fears go away.
His eager hands roamed up her back. A decent man would’ve paced himself, given her space, but he’d never been a decent man when desire overwhelmed him. He nipped his way down her slender neck, loving the feel of her skin against his lips. He knew what he wanted. He’d wanted it ever since he’d seen her at the Oasis.
He fumbled with the hem of her T-shirt, and she covered his hand with hers.
“You want me to stop?” His words caught between a sigh and a gasp.
She pushed his hands away, tugged her shirt over her head and flung it onto the couch.
For one tantalizing second her eyes dared him with desires as overpowering and primal as his. Standing, he snatched her hand, jerked her up, and pulled her toward the bedroom, nudged the door open with his foot, then kicked it closed.
A heat boiled in the pit of his stomach and shot through his veins, melting him from the inside out. One part of him wanted to take time and explore every inch of her, while the part that controlled him wanted to tumble her to the bed.
“This isn’t a game.” He meant it as a warning, but the lust in his voice made it sound more like a challenge.
“I know.” She gasped as he snaked his hands around her waist. “‘Cause games have rules.”
Barbara Nolan has enjoyed writing most of her life. She became serious about her craft over the last five years.
Coming a bit late to the game, Barbara made up for lost time by acquiring her Certificate in Creative Writing from NYU and devouring any and all webinars and online courses available.
She’s also had the help and influence of many talented professors and editors along the way.
Her passion for reading and words, in general, make this a journey of love. There is nothing she would rather be doing than reading or sitting at the computer writing and editing.
She considers reading a luxury and writing a necessity.
Where to find Barbara…