It’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake and to begin with let me tell about the exciting book launch event coming up…
Melanie will be launching the book alongside two of TVs leading ladies Coleen Nolan and Beverly Callard who will be spilling the beans on their own personal lives for a digital book launch “Melanie Blake’s Girls Night in” that members of the public can buy tickets to for £10 including a copy of the book. Click here to book your place: A Girls Night In With Melanie Blake – Fane
About the Author
Melanie Blake is to UK TV what Jackie Collins was to Hollywood, both using insider industry knowledge to write authentic stories. Few writers can pull off the bonkbuster genre successfully and Melanie Blake is one of them. With her industry experience and knowledge shining through on the page, she effortlessly writes solid characters and scenarios based on real life events, that will have you playing a guessing game of who’s who! So addictive it’s been described as a “binge read,” Ruthless Women is perfect for fans of Killing Eve and The Devil Wears Prada.
Blake’s own rags to riches story of pulling herself out of an early life of poverty and homelessness as a teen through sheer grit and determination to become one of the UK’s most successful talent agents reads like the plot of an outrageous novel itself. Just like Jackie Collins, Melanie Blake’s books are about showing that women are more than equal to men, and about exposing the double standards that women face in the worlds of entertainment, politics, and business – something that Melanie Blake has been doing all her life and continues to expose in Ruthless Women.
A real life ‘Samantha’ from Sex and the City, Melanie Blake was inspired by reading Jackie Collin’s novels as a teenager to pull herself out of poverty and homelessness in Manchester to become one of the UK’s leading celebrity agents and has worked with everyone from Cher and Madonna to The Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child.
Following in Jackie Collins’s footsteps, Blake is determined to bring the bonkbuster back for 2021 and a well as her own novel, she has written the forward for Jackie Collins novel Drop Dead Beautiful being re-issued by Simon & Schuster in November 2021 while her own novel Ruthless Women publishes on 18th February 2021. In summer 2021 Melanie Blake will go on a Jackie Collins author tour alongside Sunday Times Bestselling authors, Jill Mansell, Milly Robinson and Joan Collins’ daughter and author Tara Arkle.
About the book
Ruthless Women takes readers on a wild ride behind the scenes of beloved TV drama Falcon Bay, beamed globally to millions three days a week from its picturesque location in the Channel Islands. But even in this beautiful coastal spot, tensions swirl. Once one of the world’s most popular soap operas, but now with ratings and syndication at an all-time low, the production has been sold to an American businesswoman, beautiful and malevolent Madeline Kane, the new network owner who arrives on the tiny island just off Jersey, determined to do whatever it takes to get the show back to number one.
Writer Farrah, star Catherine and producer Amanda are the driven, ambitious women who keep the show on the road. But Farrah is losing episodes to the network’s lead male rival, Catherine is terrified of the public falling out of love with her and Amanda’s evil husband Jake, vice president of the network, is plotting to get his own wife kicked off the show.
As the dawn of a new era begins, cast and crew turn against each other with loyalty, decency, and trust, replaced by scandal, betrayal, and an outrageous ambition to survive.
In a true battle of the sexes, these women will do anything to stay on top. But can they team up to bring down their male rivals? Or will jealousy, betrayal and revenge tear their long-held friendships apart?
As the story reaches a climax so shocking readers will be talking about it for decades, one thing is certain: only the most ruthless woman will survive…
The world’s most popular soap opera, Falcon Bay, has a new owner. Madeleine Kane is determined to ensure the show is on the tip of everyone’s tongue and top of the ratings game. It’s let the games begin when it comes to staying ahead in the creative process and ahead of the competition.
Amanda, Catherine and Farrah are used to keeping Falcon Bay at the top and they intend to keep it that way, regardless of affairs, betrayal, conniving male competitors and new owner. They least expect push back from a corner and person who should by rights be helping them to achieve their goals and keep their jobs. It’s a dog eat dog world of showbiz, carnal pleasure and ruthless women, who will stop at absolutely nothing to be at the top.
I read the book before I read the promotional blurbs, and the first thing I thought of was Jackie Collins. The comparisons are right on the money. Just like Hollywood’s answer to glitzy romp and scandalous bonkbusters (gotta love that phrase), Blake has an eye for combining the lascivious and the outrageous.
It’s bold and doesn’t give two monkeys, both from a character and a plot perspective. The joy of the hot raw need combined with scandal and characters willing to take what they want when they want is a genre that has somehow wandered into obscurity. It is neither the pulse raising romance of a naughty Mills and Boon, nor the bodice-ripper of the 80s or indeed the genre that panders only to those who like their love thrills with a bit of whip and a side portion of bondage. This straddles the wall between them all. Pun totally intended.