writing

Eeep! One more week! *faints

It’s hard to believe that an idea that began December 13, 2019, as a message to local Maine Playwright, Randy Hunt, to write a play to be included in my novel about actors rehearsing a play is almost a reality. In ONE WEEK (11.15.2022), Waiting in the Wings will hit retailers.

This one truly has been a labor of love requiring lots of collaboration, both on my novel, and helping Randy work on his play so it would work for my story, but also stand on its own as its own project.

But HOW did this collaboration come about? Great question, glad you asked. We did a video to explain it all!

At the end of the day, I wanted to write a novel about actors rehearsing a play, with a romance, of course, and because I’m no playwright, I asked my multi-talented friend, Randy, if he wouldn’t mind penning the script. And he agreed! We are both quite tickled with how this unique collaboration ended up turning out. You can learn more about both projects below!

THE NOVEL

In the world of theater, talent counts but chemistry is king.

Eva Shaw loves her job as an administrative assistant at The Red Curtain Theater Company. She spends her days daydreaming about playing pretend alongside the lead actor, Adam “Those-Abs-Are-To-Die-For” Rice. Adam is the envy of all as he commands the stage and his leading ladies.

Life is good for Eva as she watches the drama of the theater unfold from behind the safety of her admin desk…until she’s asked to star opposite Adam in their new production.

Thrust into the spotlight with the hottest actor around, Eva doesn’t know what to do. Sure, they have chemistry on stage, but her experience doesn’t hold a candle to the pros acting alongside her. And it shows.

Taking pity on Eva, the Stage Manager, Owen, helps her to get a handle on what it means to be a performer. He’s surprisingly supportive and completely adorkable. The more time they spend together, the less she’s thinking about how perfect an Adam and Eva love story would be. Should she forget about the man who used to get her all hot and bothered for the dorky, but lovable Owen?

Waiting in the Wings is the first stand-alone novel in The Red Curtain Romance series. If you like love triangles, forced proximity, and fish-out-of-water romances, then you’ll love Dani Bannister’s contemporary romance with a hint of heat.

Learn More: https://books2read.com/WITW


THE PLAY

Inside Man: Nick Wells is being released from prison after serving 12 years for a DUI that resulted in manslaughter. Now 32 years old, Nick leaves behind his cellmate, Trent, to begin the process of acclimating back into society. Nick’s parents, Fox and Carol, give Nick a temporary place to live, though Fox isn’t happy about it due to their strained relationship. Nick’s sister, Janine, welcomes her big brother with open arms, thankful to have her ally and friend home once again. Janine’s best friend, Tina, literally joins the party as Nick returns home. Sparks fly between Nick and Tina, and they pursue a quickly budding romance. As the days go by, Nick struggles to find a job before Fox kicks him out of the house for good, while also trying to adapt to life after prison with his newfound freedom.

Learn more: https://www.randyhunt.info/writing/inside-man


Until release week, I’ll just be over here, Waiting in the Wings. (see what I did there?)

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and one week to release fainter

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So… When’s the next book coming?

Valid question. Very soon! I’ll be releasing a full-length contemporary romance this November! More details will follow, fret not, but this will be the book that I worked on with fellow Maine playwright/Actor, Randy Hunt. I wrote the novel, and he wrote the play that my characters are rehearsing in the novel. How meta! Stay tuned for interviews and more details about how this book came together in the coming weeks.

Title and Cover reveal also coming soon!

For those of you reading my Where You Left Me series, you might be saying, but what about Vol. 4 and 5 of that series? Is that still happening? YES. Vol. 4 has gone through 2 drafts and Vol. 5 is being written at this very moment.

There is a grand writing plan, that is written in pencil in my handy-dandy notebook (20 pts if you get that reference.) In fact, the next three years have been roughed out.

My precious

Now, even with this detailed writing plan, sneaky stories find their way in. This morning, for instance, I was supposed to be writing a post for my newsletter but instead, my fingers, of their own accord, opened up a blank word doc and typed out a chapter for a new suspense story that was not on the 3-year-plan. I write things down in pencil for a reason. I need to be flexible with this muse of mine. She has a mind of her own, and I want to know where she goes, I have to be willing to pivot. (You all yelled “Pivot!” didn’t you?)

Well, that’s it for now. In the meantime, know that I am hard at work on several projects at once and publish them as soon as I am able within the confines of a day job! Until next week!

Danielle/Dani Bannister