Brisbane based Nick Winters is about to launch his first novel Hollywood Scent. Living in Hollywood for a period of time, Winters became inspired to write his first book that covers all things Hollywood with movie stars, murder, romance, and witchcraft taking readers on a journey in what promises to be a read to keep you intrigued by the screen siren Lillian Kelly.
Winters studied drama and writing in Australia, New York, and Los Angeles and has traveled widely in Europe and the United States. The book will be launched on August 13 at Avid Reader Bookstore in West End.
Hollywood Scent follows the life of plain and shy seamstress Helen Elliot, who craves romance and adventure. Still single and lonely approaching forty, she longs for love. Helen is obsessed with old-time Hollywood and fantasizes about being a movie star. On the verge of a budding romance with her work colleague Daniel, she makes a wish to the Hollywood sign—a wish which is answered when she discovers a vintage perfume bottle. Intrigued, she sprays on the scent, but the perfume hides a dark secret: It contains the very soul of a long-dead screen siren who was banished inside the bottle after tampering with black magic. Plain Helen is then physically transformed into Lillian Kelly, a stunning movie star who perished in the 1960s. Helen’s initial shock soon turns to glee, as now, with her sublime beauty, Hollywood’s most eligible men vie for her attention. But the dream sours when Lillian overpowers Helen’s consciousness completely, and Helen realizes all too late, she has tampered with witchcraft used by Lillian decades before.
“Winters bursts onto the scene with a killer Hollywood tale of glamour, glitz, and deadly magic with a vicious streak. Capturing and highlighting delicious aspects of Americana as only an international author could,” says US author Kane Gilmour. “His dark tale of passion and revenge hits all the right chords. A spectacular debut for a very promising author.”
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