Monday, October 27, 2008

Male on Monday : : Michael Vartan



Anne McAllister has a thing for green-eyed heroes. That wasn't what first got her watching Alias, but it was a good reason to continue. And she still watches her DVDs of Alias when she needs a bit of hero inspiration.

It all began with a commercial. It was in January a few years back and I was watching Sunday afternoon football, as I am wont to do at that time of year.

And there was a commercial for the third season of some television program I'd barely heard of, much less seen (I'm slow, all right) called Alias. It was going to have its season premiere right after the Super Bowl, they said.

I thought, Who cares?

And then I saw him.

I didn't notice the woman. I didn't notice the other men. My gaze was fixed on one particular guy. A guy with a lean handsome face and a gorgeous wry grin. A man with a definite twinkle in his eye (though I didn't know then that they were green).

And I said to the dogs, because they were the only other ones in the room, "Who is that man?"

They, being even slower than I am when it comes to important things like heroes, didn't know either. Fortunately Google did.

It didn't take me long to identify the man who caught my attention as Michael Vartan who played Michael Vaughn to Jennifer Garner's Sydney Bristow (see, I figured out who she was, too) -- her "guardian angel" -- the man on the desk (and in her ear) who kept her grounded during her, shall we say, eventful life.

Eventually, on the program at least, he was the man who ended up in her bed and with whom, if it is possible in the world of Alias, she shared a Happily Ever After.

Of course they had to kill him first. This was Alias, after all. And then they had to bring him back to life. But by then I'd lost interest in whatever JJ Abrams thought he was doing (I think he was too busy thinking about Lost to give a heck at that point, but that's just me).

Still, I liked Mike.

Still do, though he's getting harder to find regularly on television these days.

After Alias bit the dust, the French-born actor, who grew up splitting time between his divorced parents' homes in France and California, had a fling at the short-lived Big Shots, in which he played James Walker, the moral center of a drama about four CEOs most of whom weren't especially moral at all.

Besides his television work, Michael starred as the romantic lead in Never Been Kissed opposite Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Lopez's fiance (and Jane Fonda's son) in Monster-in-Law.

But all has not been hearts and flowers in his film work. He also previously played opposite Robin Williams in the psychological thriller, One Hour Photo in which he was the obsession on whom Williams' character was fixated.

Recently he portrayed the cynical travel writer, Pete McKell, in the Australian suspe/horror flick, Rogue, about a killer crocodile -- which will not be making my Netflix queue, even though it is a Michael film, because of all those years of worrying about crocs and alligators uensnder my bed.

Although I just read an interview with him in which he says, "I’m so happy that the guy doesn’t get the girl in that awkward scene where they’re about to be eaten by the croc! In every movie, there’s that scene . . . you’re about to be devoured by a 24-foot animal, and you’ve got time to kiss and make out…? What is wrong with you people?"

See? He has his priorities straight. First, don't get eaten, then get the girl.

My kind of guy. I might have to watch it after all -- if I could be sure he didn't get eaten.

Apparently the 'real' Michael didn't turn into lunch, because he is currently in the wilds of downtown Milford, Michigan shooting the big screen comedy, Demoted, due out next year.

While he was in Alias he was linked with Jennifer Garner-- in her pre-Ben Affleck days. But recently I haven't seen any reference to any specific ladies in his life. He says, "I’m very happy being single. There’s a lot of travel involved in this business and a lot of long hours.

"My dog gives me enough grief about being gone as it is. Hopefully, one day I will meet the right person and I will have a family, and this part of my life will be over and I will try to enjoy it while I can."

The dog in question is a lab called Millie (this photo is not Millie) to whom he is deeply devoted. The only other thing that seems to inspire deep devotion besides his work and his dog at the moment is playing hockey.

He says, "I love sports. I’ve always loved sports and hockey is a sport I play as much as I can. . . In a weird way it’s like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. I mean when I play hockey I don’t think about anything, which is good for me because thinking hurts my head."

So he loves dogs and sports and he takes his work seriously, but doesn't obsess about it. He's grateful for being able to do what he likes.

And he's single.

But he did say just recently that he's getting to the age (he'll be 40 in November) where the next serious girlfriend he had would be "very serious" indeed.

Just in case you're interested.

Anne McAllister has cast Michael in a couple of her books, most recently Antonides Forbidden Wife (though you wouldn't know it by the cover).

Still PJ Antonides has green eyes and wicked grin. His book comes out in November in UK and January in North America.
If you want to discover more hero inspiration, stop by Anne's blog.

50 comments:

  1. OK...now I am wondering who IS the dog in the photo??

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  2. Beats me. But it's not a lab, that's for sure. The photo came from a French interview as I recall, so maybe it's a French dog?

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  3. Ooooo ooooo ME! ME! ME! *waves hand in the air* I'll be the next serious girlfriend... it is the least I can do ;-)

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  4. Jenna, uh-hum, I think you've got your priorities wrong there. Nice dog but, come-on, that guy is delicious.

    Darn it, I guess I'm going to have to let Biddy have him though, cos I'm already married.

    Never heard of Alias, may have to take a serious look at my viewing schedule now.

    BTW, did anyone watch Little Dorrit in the UK last night? Fabulous, but Matthew What's His Name's been eating too many pies.

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  5. Anne thank you for this, I loooooooove Michael Vartan and now I'm off to...where was it again...?!
    x Abby

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  6. I was a fan of Alias, and always loved Michael. He played such a great character, and the chemistry between him and Jennifer Garner was fantastic.

    I like even more now since he made 'Rogue' here in Oz. He fell in love with Australia, and even got a tattoo with the Southern Cross on his arm (it's the constellation on our national flag) as a tribute to our country.

    Now, how can an Aussie girl resist that??!!

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  7. Right, Biddy, as a girl who DOES have her priorities straight, you get right on the 'serious girlfriend' business. I'll be cheering you on!

    Heidi, yeah, I thought that about Jenna's comment, too, but maybe she just doesn't like green-eyed gorgeous guys. Check out the first three seasons of Alias.After that it gets seriously screwy. The first two seasons were probably the best (IMHO).

    Abby, wherever you're going, I hope Michael is there. But you might have to arm wrestle Biddy for him.

    Monique, I did read that he fell in love with Australia. A man of good taste, obviously. Didn't know about the tattoo, though. Go for it!

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  8. Right, Biddy, as a girl who DOES have her priorities straight, you get right on the 'serious girlfriend' business. I'll be cheering you on!

    Heidi, yeah, I thought that about Jenna's comment, too, but maybe she just doesn't like green-eyed gorgeous guys. Check out the first three seasons of Alias.After that it gets seriously screwy. The first two seasons were probably the best (IMHO).

    Abby, wherever you're going, I hope Michael is there. But you might have to arm wrestle Biddy for him.

    Monique, I did read that he fell in love with Australia. A man of good taste, obviously. Didn't know about the tattoo, though. Go for it!

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  9. Never really got into Alias when it was on tv. patience isn't a strong suit so waiting through commercials, a week, a season just wasn't cutting it. But then my friends get the whole series on dvd and I couldn't wait for them to be home again so we could watch an episode or 5. lol.
    I mainly tuned into Big Shots because of him

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  10. Anne, thanks a million for the great article.

    #1 You have tons and tons of company in thinking a) Michael Vartan is hot; b) the first 2 years of Alias were the very best by far
    #2 SPOILER ALERT


    Michael's character does survive in "Rogue" - and he is delicious (not in the carnivorous way!) in the film so rent or buy it and enjoy!

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  11. Christa, Since I found Michael in season 3, I also got to watch the DVD version of seasons 1 and 2. Usually only 1 per night, though. Wanted to stretch things out. I didn't watch BIG SHOTS. Mea culpa.

    Musicat, thank you for telling me he doesn't get eaten! I might risk the nightmares now.

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  12. Anne- my friends have all 5 seasons but they are truck drivers and usually gone 2 weeks at a time. We made a pact that we would not watch it unless all three of us were together. We stretch it out to a year

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  13. Hi Anne,
    I love reading your novels!! And I love Michael Vartan too!! Its kind of nice to think your hero is Michael inspired!! :) He would make a great Mills& Boon hero in a heartbeat!*sigh*
    All the Best...
    I hope I get my hand on your new book soon....
    Your fan all the way from India....Tuku

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  14. Hello Anne!
    I've never read your books but I plan to now that I know your heroes are really Michael Vartan!! I LOVE MV AND ALIAS!! I never watched it either till I discovered it in re-runs. Now I have the box set & watch it every night!
    I hope that if all the ALIAS-lovers were to make themselves known, it would cause a phenomenon like the "Star Trek" fans have.
    My favorite MV-moment is in Season2/Ep1: "The Enemy Walks In," when Sydney rescues Vaughn from the torture chamber of Dr. Khasi-Mengele and they escape through the forest. THIS is whyslo-mo forward, slo-mo back and zoom were invented!! You will notice that MV has a sunburn (drool)! That smile! Those eyes! (Slobber)!
    Then comes the LOOK: the first time Vaughn REALLY sees Syd. He literally stops and STARES at her in wonder; he is rocked back on his heels. She meets his gaze and has to turn away. GOD!!! The screen practically fogs over!!
    Thank you for sharing the MV love!!!
    Always, Janet

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  15. Hi Tuku, Great to think of you reading my books in India! Now that Harlequin is actually publishing there you will probably be able to get them more easily. I hope! And yes, feel free to think of MV when you read PJ's story.

    Janet, I hope you enjoy my books when you find some. And, as I said to Tuku, if you envision Michael while reading Antonides' Forbidden Wife, that's fine with me! I will have to go back and watch the ep that you mentioned. It has been a couple of years since I have indulged in an Alias fest. I didn't like the last season at all, so I only watch the first three regularly. I'll check out the slo-mo version, too. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  16. WOW! Thank you for gtting back to me!!
    You will also notice in this pisode that MV has a black eye and contusions on the right side of his face. This is especially noticeable in the mission to Barcelona, where he's seen in daylight. I believe that I read somewhere that this was due to being belted with a hockey stick during a game (he plays hockey in real life). It must've affected his nose, too, because he sounds a bit nasally in the next couple of eps, too; somebody whacked him pretty good! I hope he wears a mask on the ice from now on!
    In Season 2/Ep 3, hit pause & zoom around the 24:40 mark & tell me MV doesn't look like a young Leslie Howard!! If there is ever a sequel to GWTW, MV should play the grown Beau Wilkes!!
    As for Season 5: I get tired of people saying Alias was crappy after Season 2. I think it's just a continuing story, just like all life is! There are great moments in S5, like Sydney giving birth, and Marshall (who could barely speak two words in the pilot)telling off Sloane. The whole reveal of Vaughn being alive is awesome!!! And the ending, with Jack giving his life (no greater love) to stop Sloane, is so RIGHT!!
    I've never corresponded with a real writer before, and I am so amazed that you would take the time to respond to my little letter!
    I can't wait to read your books!
    Yours in MV-love,
    JANET COOPER
    jcoopr54@sbcglobal.net

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  17. Please tell me which books are MV-inspired --- I just got a couple on Ebay!!
    Love, Janet

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  18. Hi Janet,
    The nice thing about Alias is that there are so many episodes and so much going on that we can all have favorites. For me the first three seasons worked best in terms of character arcs. And I felt that the Sydney-Vaughn relationship was strongest and most believable as it was growing then. But as you say, there was much to admire in some of the characters in the later seasons as well.

    I will look forward to getting home and re-watching some of the episodes you have recommende.

    As for books with a hero with an MV influence -- those would be Spence in The Boss's Wife For A Week,and PJ in the upcoming Antonides' Forbidden Wife.

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  19. Dear Anne!!
    If you want to laugh yourself to tears, get the DVD of the TV series "Kitchen Confidential," starring Bradley Cooper (Will on "Alias")!!! There's an ep called "French Fight"; the guest star is Michael Vartan!!! BC stars BC as brilliant but wild master chef Jack Bourdain, and MV is his rival, Michel Valentin. Michel is a two-faced rat who befriends Jack & then steals his recipe secrets (sounds like espionage to me!), sparking a war where no holds are barred---and I mean HOLDS, as in those he puts on Jack's head waitress, Mimi!!
    This is a screamingly funny show!! MV plays his French-ness for laughs, complete with over-played accent and Chevalier-esque mannerisms. He's obviously having a helluva good time. I think it was shot during the last season of "Alias," because his beard & black clothes are the same. Go buy this & put a lot of pillows on the floor so you won't get hurt when you fall down laughing!!!
    Michel (MV): "Everybody has a dirty little Frenchman in them, Jack! Ask your girlfriend..."
    Love, Janet

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  20. Hi Janet,
    Yes, I remember watching that episode of Kitchen Confidential. It's a pity it didn't last longer -- it had some good scripts. Michael was great fun in it, and it showed the comedic side of his acting talent that we never got to see in Alias. Thanks for reminding me of it. I'll have to see if Netflix has it and, if so, stick it in my queue.

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  21. Hello, Anne,
    I just got "The Boss" Wife For a Week" so I will be in MV-heaven for a while!!
    There's a book called "Island Heat" by Susan Kearney that has a green-eyed hero (this is uno hott read), who happens to be an ALIEN (the another-planet kind)!! Wish I knew how to get MV to make a movie of it!! I think he would be perfect for it!!
    I also just got the movies "It Had To Be You" & "Fiorile," both starring MV!! He's about 24 or so in thelatter, and he is que bellisimo!!!
    Hope you are having a good day!!
    Love, Janet

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  22. Janet, Hope you enjoy Spence in The Boss's Wife For A Week. I'll keep an eye out for Susan Kearney's book.

    Glad you have been enjoying old MV films. Haven't seen Fiorile.

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  23. If you haven't seen "Mists Of Avalon" yet, yer missing out!! MV as Sir Lancelot---ohhh myyy goddd!! Sword-fighting, horse-riding, damsel-saving, tunic & cape-weraring, green-jewel eyes glowing, soft hair touching sunburned skin, smile sizzzling...Buy THIS NOW!!!
    Hope you had a nice Turkey Day!! Looking forward to your book coming out in January!!
    Wishing you the best,
    JANET COOPER

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  24. Hi Janet,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll track down Mists of Avalon. I'm intrigued by the notion of MV in a cape!

    Happy holidays!

    cheers,
    Anne

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  25. I just bought "Antonides' Forbidden Wife"---haven't read it yet, but it looks "nummy"!!! I sho' do love me some PJ/MV!!!
    Wishing you the happiest, bestest Christmas ever!!!
    Love, JANET

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  26. Just started reading "Antonides' Forbidden Wife"---it's lookin' purty good, I must say!! I'm trying to hear MV in my head, speaking PJ's words.
    Your descriptions are wonderful, especially during the love scenes, with all that steamy HOTT mmm, ahh, err...hmmmm...I been skipping around a little, okay?? So far I'm enjoying myself immensely!!
    When you watch "Mists Of Avalon" look for the part where Morgaine (Julianna Marguiles) is serving Lancelot (MV) a cup of wine and MV turns and WINKS AT HER!!! It's sooo sexxy!!! MV reminds me of a young Richard Chamberlain, & sounds like him, too!!
    Hope you have the happiest of new years!!
    Love, JANET

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  27. Janet, I trust MV is a good enough actor to play PJ and invest the lines -- and the love scenes -- with all the right stuff. Glad you're enjoying it so far.

    As soon as I get done with the revisions I'm working on, I'll track down Mists of Avalon.

    Happy new year to you, too.

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  28. Watch for Lancelot (MV) on horseback (a white horse, ya dig?), rescuing Gwenhyfar (Guinevere; aka Samantha Mathis)from being God-knows-whatted by Saxon goons, swording them mightily, and leaning down to pull Gwen up ontohis horse--Rrrrrowwwrrr...
    Also some sexy athletic sporting swordplay with his King...
    Ohhh babyyy...also see Alias Season 3/Ep 18@about the 30-min. mark for a nice PJ-esque shot!
    ENJOYING YOUR BOOK!!!
    Love, JANET

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  29. Watch for Lancelot (MV) on horseback (a white horse, ya dig?), rescuing Gwenhyfar (Guinevere; aka Samantha Mathis) from being God-knows-whatted by Saxon goons, swording them mightily, and leaning down to pull Gwen up onto his horse--Rrrrrowwwrrr...
    Also some sexy athletic sporting swordplay with his King...
    Ohhh babyyy...also see Alias Season 3/Ep 18@about the 30-min. mark for a nice PJ-esque shot!
    ENJOYING YOUR BOOK!!!
    Love, JANET

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  30. Watch for Lancelot (MV) on horseback (a white horse, ya dig?), rescuing Gwenhyfar (Guinevere; aka Samantha Mathis) from being God-knows-whatted by Saxon goons, swording them mightily, and leaning down to pull Gwen up onto his horse--Rrrrrowwwrrr...
    Also some sexy athletic sporting swordplay with his King...
    Ohhh babyyy...also see Alias Season 3/Ep 18@about the 30-min. mark for a nice PJ-esque shot!
    ENJOYING YOUR BOOK!!!
    Love, JANET

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  31. Hi Janet,
    I'm making notes of these places to check out. Am just finishing (I hope) revisions on another MV inspired book. I'll have a look at your suggestions when I'm done.

    Glad you're enjoying the book!

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  32. Real quick---Alias Season 4/Ep #1 at 37;17 -- RUN SLOW-MO FWD & zOOM X 2: PJ's sexxxxy bedroom eyes!!! Love you, Janet

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  33. While I was at the bookstore recently, I was amazed at all the new authors that I didn't know about. I've discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon, PC Cast, Amanda Ashley & several others. I was interested to know what you think of their work, and what authors you think are noteworthy.
    Also, what do you think of the proliferation of Vampire novels lately? Is this going to be a big thing, or is this just the current fad scent, kinda like when a new soap comes out that smells like lemon & suddenly there are 42 new lemon-scented cleaners?
    Aren't they worried that with so many Vampires out there, they might, ahem, suck the market dry?
    Please let me know how your book is progressing!!
    Love, JANET

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  34. Hi Janet,
    I am not a big vampire novel fan. It is a niche market, certainly, and has a definite appeal (which escapes me personally, but then to each her own). I think a whole line of vampire novels could be considered excessive. But that could be just me. I don't read them so can't comment. I'm sure there are good writers who work in that genre, but since I'm not reading them, I couldn't comment.

    I have no real familiarity with the work of any of those you mention, though I am aware of some of the names. My reading time is woefully limited, I fear.

    The best "new" discoveries I have made in the past year are two historical authors, Joanna Bourne, who has done a couple of Spymaster books for Avon, and C.S. Harris who writes the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries for, I think, Ballentine. Both are, in my humble opinion, terrific writers and I look forward to their new books with great enthusiasm. They are also not the sort of writers who can be "cloned" because they don't have a schtich (if that's how you spell it), like vampires or cowboys or babies, that a marketing department can decide is what is really selling the books (when in fact in most every case it's the author's talent).

    The revised book, thank you for asking, is gone. At least for the moment. I presume if they want more revising, it will come winging back as fast as it left. I profoundly hope not. It helped to have MV in my mind when I was writing, believe me!

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  35. Hey I saw your blog on your website! I notice you're using photos of MV when you have PJ write a page!!! I have that pic from Jan. 9 on my mobile phone--as Pepe LePew woupld say, "Le Rrrow-Rrrowwrrr!!"
    Wonder if MV (Michel Le Valentin) knows of your interest, & if so, has he contacted you? I'd be interested to know what he thinks...
    I'm not real wild about vampires, either, although I am intrigued by Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books. The idea of humans shape-shifting into tigers & panthers is kinda cool! One of her characters, Wren Tigarian, would be a great role for MV!
    I prefer a good historical fic. I like Indians, pirates, Arabian nights, ancient Egypt & Rome (I'm still in love with Richard Burton, I guess), or any kind of a well-written love story (present company included!!) You should check out that show "The Tudors"; Seasons 1 & 2 are out on DVD.
    Thank you for taking the time to write to me.
    I wish you continuing success but not so much stress!!
    Love, JANET

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  36. No word from MV, but I'm sure he has plenty of interest from more intriguing people than me (and PJ). He's a great inspiration for PJ, though, as he was for Christo whom I just finished with (I hope).

    Check out the Joanna Bourne books. You might like them. I'll keep an eye out for The Tudors. A friend, Anne Gracie, wrote the novelization of the first season so I got to hear about them.

    Thanks for the good wishes. Drop by the blog any time. Always nice to have friends visit.

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  37. Is Ally modeled on anyone in particular? I'm having a bit of trouble getting a picture of her in my head! I like to envision the characters as I read their words. Just wondrin'!!
    Love you, JANET

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  38. Janet, will try to post a pic of her on my blog by Monday, Jan 19. Need to go through my old pix and find it.

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  39. Hey Anne!!
    I saw you mentioned me in your blog on Monday--thank you for your lovely compliment, having PJ mention me by name!! I've never had anyone do that before!!
    My own family kinda treats me like some kind of embarassment or the crazy one they keep in the attic. Funny how a nearly-complete stranger gives me kindness & respect, while to my blood-tied ones I'm like the alien in the family. I just wanted you to know how touched I was that you would take the time to make me feel valued, especially knowing how phenomenally busy you are!!
    I understand that PJ & Ally may be expecting soon!
    Tell them I'm happy for them, okay? Will there be another PJ&A book eventually? That'll be exciting!!
    Love you, JANET

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  40. Sorry I ain't writ lately---been feelin' kinda punky & funky.
    Been loving your books!
    Have you heard tha PJ, I mean, MV, will star in a new series on TNT called "Time Heals"?? He will play a doctor!! HOLY HOTSTUFF!! His co-star will be Jada Pinkett-Smith (Will Smith's wife)!!
    She's only 5 ft. tall, you you know; MV is 6'!! Will she have to stand on a stool to kiss him??
    Love you, JANET

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  41. Definitely looking forward to TIME HEALS, Janet. Hope it makes the cut!

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  42. Hello Anne!!
    If you go to TNT's website, you will see that "Time Heals" is now called "HawthoRNe"(Jada Pinkett-Smith's character---she's an RN, get it?)!! Michael Vartan will play Dr. Tom Wakefield. They're saying it will start in June.
    I just finished your book, "Antonides' Forbidden Wife"!! I LOVED IT!! I usually have two or three things hangin' fire at the same time, plus a rotten cold and a foot & a half of snow to cope with. I was completely blocked in for two days, with snow closing off the lower half of my screen door. Imagine having to shovel your way out through the cat door from the inside of your screened porch!!! I finally got enough shoveled so I could open the door & squeeze my fat ass out.
    Anyway, to make a short story long, I read several pages a day, taking pauses to hear Michael Vartan in my head speaking PJ's dialogue. Some of your descriptions are so vivid I felt like I was watching a film instead of reading a book.
    NowI see you've been nominated for an award!! CONGRATS!! Love, JANET

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  43. Snow? Say it ain't so! I've had enough snow this winter. It's SPRING, darn it! I am smiling, though, visualizing you digging your way out the cat door to get the snow away enough to get the screen open!

    Glad you enjoyed Antonides' Forbidden Wife. MV made a good PJ. And I'm very happy that it's been nominated for a RITA. PJ is pleased, too!

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  44. Will there be a 2nd PJ novel, when the baby comes??
    In addition to all the craziness caused by the weather, my mom was in the hospital for 10 days with pneumonia. She's 83 & has to have physical therapists come out to the house 3 days a week. We're trying to get her to get a hearing aid, because she really is having difficulty, but she doesn't really get the message.
    If I couldn't hear music or voices, I swear I'd lose what little mind I've got.
    One of my favorite characters in your book is PJ's grandmother!! She reminds me of my mom's mother---she was from Virginia originally, (they lived in north Texas & Oklahoma) and still had a slight southern accent. She was a tiny woman with bright blue eyes, but boy, you did not sass her or she'd smack you in the mouth!! My sister looks just like her when she smiles. There's a story that when my mom was little, she was playing in the driveway behind the car (those big old tanks people drove in those days), when my granddad started the car! My grandmother ran out the door and leapt over a fence to get to my mom!! Another time, a hobo got into their house (this was during the Depression & homeless men would ride the trains looking for work; they would often go to people's houses begging for food), & my grandmother hid the kids in the attic, climbed out a window & down a tree, and ran for help!! I love tough little "steel magnolias" like this! I always enjoy talking to them.
    But how do you pronounce "Yiayia"? Just so I get it right! I was imagining Jeanne Cooper (Katherine on "Young & The Restless") playing her.
    I'm recommending your books to others!! Love you, JANET

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  45. Janet, best of luck with your mother. I hope she makes a good recovery. Your grandmother sounds like quite a woman -- very much like PJ's grandmother.

    Yiayia is pronounced more or less like Yaya, but spelled with the 'i' in it. I suppose it has to do with transliterating from the Greek alphabet.

    PJ and Ally won't have another whole book of their own, but they will appear in other books about their families. The one I'm working on now has a bit in it about them, so you'll see them again there. They aren't in the one I just finished or the one that's out now -- Savas' Defiant Mistress -- but PJ's brother and sister are both married to Savas family members, so people do crop up. PJ was in an earlier book called The Antonides Marriage Deal. He had just come back from Hawaii. Everyone called him Peter in that book because he hadn't established himself firmly as PJ in their minds yet -- or mine. They hadn't seen him much since he'd left right after high school. No one knew he was married. He didn't mention it then. But if you want to see PJ two or three years before his own book, check him out there.

    Thanks for passing on the recommendation of my books! Much appreciated.

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  46. Hello Anne!!
    I just found out that MV's new show, "HawthoRNe," will premiere on TNT on June 16th!! So get ready for our sexxy new M.D., Dr. Tom Wakefield!! I've been wondering about MV's bedside manner...
    My mom is doing much better, but she still isn't as together as she usually is. She has a physical therapist three days a weekand she does these strength exercises.
    I got your newest book & I hope to get it read soon. I have a couple of other books going ahead of it, but I will get to it, I promise.
    Love, JANET

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  47. he is just too beautiful for his own good...i don't even mind that he's twice my age!

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  48. Hello Anne!!
    This is Janet, the crazy Vartan-fan who wrote you a lot at the beginning of the year...I hope you remember me...
    I've had a lot of changes & tough things to get through since I wrote last. My beloved Dad passed away on May 5th. I still haven't fully dealt with it; it's like I've been brain-dead myself & this is some kind of robot sitting here. My mom is in an assisted-living place (more like a fancy hotel), and I have moved into an apartment not too far from where I was. It's minutes from the grocery store and the walking won't kill me now; but I had to give my kitties away and it broke my heart. My house is sold nd my parents' house is for sale. It's all been very strange. Too much new, too fast...
    So I apologize for not writing to you & keeping up with you...
    I'm still here, just in a new location...I'm looking forward to your new book...
    Will PJ & Ally be making any new stories?? Did Ally have a baby??
    Hope all is well with you!! Love, Janet

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  49. Charles, You're right. And he's way too young for me!

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  50. Janet,
    So sorry to hear about your father. I hope your mom is settled in where she is. And I hope you find that your new apt is a good place for you. But I wish you had been able to find some place that would let you have your cats. Pets are good for people -- they keep things mellow and they are fun. It's a shame you weren't able to bring them with you.

    Ally and PJ may well turn up in the book I'm working on now. And yes, I think they have had a baby, but I'll have to write the current book to find out! There is a new one coming late this month -- you can read an excerpt on my website: http://www.annemcallister.com -- just go to the new title: One-Night Mistress...Convenient Wife. Christo owed a bit to MV, too, to be honest!

    Take care,
    Anne

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