Local El Dorado Hills Author, Sherry Joyce, had the thrill of a lifetime when she met Kevin Costner at Harris Performing Arts Theatre in Folsom, Saturday August 8th.
What is beyond exciting for Sherry, is that when she wrote the novel, THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION, she needed exactly the right middle-aged detective to inspire her and she chose Kevin to play the part of Brett Maxfield in her book. She knew Brett had to be undeniably handsome, have a shrewd investigative style, a laid-back approach to life, but most of all, because the book is a story about growing through loss and finding true love, Brett had to be sincere and compassionate. Sherry says, “When I met Kevin, he asked me why I had chosen him to play the part of Brett Maxfield in the book, and I told him that no one else could.” The protagonist Kevin plays in her book, is a retired Scotland Yard detective from Wisconsin, who recently lost his wife to cancer.
A dear friend of his (Raleigh Aubrey) who was much like a father to him, dies of an improbable accident. Brett comes out of retirement to investigate the accident, and learns his friend was murdered. The heroine in the novel, Cherise Eden, a successful executive in San Francisco, does not see a divorce coming and flees to the Dordogne, the Perigord region of France to start a new life.
Brett’s investigation takes him from the Cotswolds, to Switzerland, then Bordeaux and ultimately to the Dordogne as the investigation and clues unravel. Sherry notes, “I was able to write a dedication inside my book and explain it all to Kevin, who hopefully will be reading the book on his tour bus.” Kevin Costner was performing with his band, MODERN WEST, at Harris. “Besides being a phenomenal actor,” Sherry says, "he is tall, gracious, warm, funny and a fantastic singer.” I immediately bought two of his albums the next day because I enjoyed the original music and the lyrics. Harris was sold out, which is wonderful, and people clapped and hollered for an encore, which brought Kevin and the band back for two last songs. “I dared not tell him I was struck by lightning, while renting the castle in the Dordogne, and that is what inspired me to write the romantic suspense/murder mystery!
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Event at EDC Library-Placerville
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Sherry Joyce, moderator
set to launch outside the bookstore
THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION by Sherry Joyce (photo: M.Y. Webb)
Hardly room to breathe, much less move at the book launch(photo: M.Y. Webb)
set to sign!
The Dordogne Deception book launch at Face in a Book, August 30, 2013
Accordionist outside Face in a Book
Vintner Frank Joyce of Joyce VIneyards with beautiful Terri
Team Dordogne Deception!
Sherry Joyce, Author
Lisa Dane, Editor/Media Relations
Joey Cattone, Cover Artist
Dan Cattone, Webmaster and Emcee. (photo: M.Y. Webb)
Author, Cindy Sample of the "Dying for..." series with author Sherry Joyce (photo: M.Y. Webb)
Author Sherry Joyce signs her debut romantic suspense, "The Dordogne Deception"
Dan Cattone, webmaster and emcee for raffle drawing
Author Sherry Joyce with brother-in-law, Vintner Frank Joyce and winner of the magnum of wine
Author Sherry with friend Sandy Westin
Editor Lisa Dane, Author Sherry Joyce, Publisher Nina Kizenko of "Behind the Gates", Joey Cattone, Cover Artist THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION
Author Margie Yee Webb with fellow author, Sherry Joyce (photo by M.Y. Webb)
Merci to sponsors: Chez Daniel, Melange of Folsom, Face in a Book, Portola Hotel and Spa and Joyce Vineyards
Event guest Mary Hayes and Jim Joyce, husband of author Sherry Joyce
Pre-event happy hour at Bistro 33
Team Dordogne Deception
Lisa Dane--Editor/Media Relations
Joey Cattone--Cover Artist
Author Sherry Joyce (Center) & Editor Lisa Dane (left) & Cover Artist Joey Cattone (right)
Published! Cheers to THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION!
Lisa Dane, editor & Sherry Joyce, author
Sherry with her "Partners in Crime" Daisy & Kelsey