Living in the Public Eye
I must admit that I only read celebrity gossip magazines when I’m in the doctor or dentist’s waiting room! I only actually buy one when there is a royal wedding. I don’t even do what Only You’s Jane Hollinger resorts to doing, and begin to use the local newsagent as a research library!
Would I like to be featured in a gossip magazine? No, absolutely not, and neither does Jane. It is awful for someone as private as Jane to see her photograph spashed over the pages of these magazines and it must be equally terrible for her to see someone she knows and cares about being harassed and provoked by paparazzi photographers.
Actor, Robert Armstrong was in a high-profile relationship but now he craves privacy. Most of the publicity was orchestrated by his actress girlfriend but he didn’t like it and it was one of the reasons why he ended their relationship. But it doesn’t alter the fact that he is a famous actor who is in the public eye and, therefore, the paparazzi see him as fair game.
It’s something Jane can’t quite understand, even when it is explained to her in simple terms by Mags, her fashion journalist sister. In Only You, Jane has to ask herself whether she can give up some, if not all, of her privacy to be with Robert. Is it something she is prepared to do? You’ll have to read Only You to find out!
Jane Hollinger is the wrong side of thirty, divorced and struggling to pay the mortgage her cheating ex left her with. As a qualified genealogist, teaching family history evening classes is a way for her to make ends meet. But she begins to wonder if it’s such a good idea when a late enroller for the class is a little... odd. “Badly-blond Bloke” both scares and intrigues Jane, and when she discovers he is her all-time favourite actor and huge crush, Robert Armstrong, she’s stunned. Even more stunning to Jane is the fact that Robert is interested in her romantically. He’s everything she ever dreamed of, and more, but can she overcome her fear of living in the public eye to be with the man she loves?
This evening she was spending time with Mags for a change. She’d been neglecting her sister a bit lately. The magazine on the top of the pile was Total Gossip. Total Crap, more like. She picked it up and flicked through it before stopping at one article. Gillian Jacobs on exes. God, how many did the woman have besides Robert?
“Read the Gillian Jacobs interview in Total Gossip!” Mags ordered from the kitchen as Jane sat down on the sofa and placed the pile of magazines on the coffee table. “Her split from Robert wasn’t quite as amicable as was made out at the time. A lot of jealousy on both sides by the sound of it.” She came into the living room with the bottle of wine and two glasses, closing the door with her foot. “I suppose he didn’t mention anything?”
“Why do they do this?” Jane asked instead of answering. “These awful interviews?”
“It keeps up people’s interest in them.” Mags passed her a glass of wine, kicked off her shoes, and curled up at the other end of the sofa.
“Well, not my interest.” Jane tossed the magazine onto the floor, picked up the next one and read, “I can’t play the perfect gentleman all the time.” It was Robert on why he chose to play East End drugs baron Mitch Burns.
Oh, not Mitch Burns. She discarded it and reached for another. It was the ‘At Home with Gillian Jacobs and her new beau John Davis’ feature in Total Gossip. Except it looked like a posh hotel.
Next was a copy of Spilling the Beanz. A post-it note was sticking out and she went straight to the page. ‘Robert Armstrong and Mystery Brunette leave Vincent’s.’
There was a double-page spread with a huge photograph and ‘a Sally Read exclusive’ printed alongside it. Her heart did a somersault. Oh God, she was now ‘Mystery Brunette’. How corny was that?
About the Author
Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction. She has had work published in three Irish magazines – historical articles on The Stone of Scone in ‘Ireland’s Own’, on The Irish Potato Famine in the ‘Leitrim Guardian’, and Lucy’s Lesson, a contemporary short story in ‘Woman’s Way’. Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she write, researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).