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Guest Blogger: Adele Dubois
Friday, January 21st, 2011

Freed by HD

by Adele Dubois

“No one looks good in HD”, an actor said on TV. I had to laugh at his remark, because it’s true. High definition resolution shows every flaw on an actor’s skin. Scars, pimples, lines and moles that make-up and filtered lenses used to hide are impossible to cover in high def.

Seemingly overnight, celebrities have transformed from impossibly perfect icons into regular people dressed in their Sunday best. We’re able to see them as they really are—flaws and all—and I find the change refreshing. It not only removes the impossible standards women, especially, are pressured to emulate, but also levels the playing field for us authors, who never had the benefit of filtered lenses, plastic surgery or make-up artists in the first place.

At book signings, I always wonder how readers see the people behind the stories. We authors aren’t celebrities like the actors on TV. We’re more like the man behind the curtain in Oz, whose stories might intrigue us, but whose appearance might sometimes be better left a mystery. As long as there have been books, there have been ordinary people behind the stories. Our imaginations, not our physical forms, are what inspire readers.

I like that high definition television has opened the wizard’s curtain and let us see actors a bit clearer. It makes life so much easier for the rest of us.


Crystal is a bad, bad girl in the most delicious ways. She tries to be good and is tempted to commit to her Navy MP boyfriend, Tomas, but has no experience with an exclusive relationship or healthy family structure. She likes her life as a cable TV stripping weather girl and sex party host, and resists conforming to the traditional lifestyle Tomas craves. Without her weekly ménages and wild orgies, can she become the partner Tomas wants?

When Crystal receives death threats, a media frenzy erupts. During a break-in, the threatening letters are stolen, erasing evidence that thwarts an arrest. Tomas sports Crystal away on his Harley to protect her, but a deadly crash changes everything. Faced with the choice between self-interest and self-sacrifice, Crystal must decide if she will embrace a new life with Tomas or walk away.

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8 comments to “Guest Blogger: Adele Dubois”

  1. Miriam Newman
    · January 21st, 2011 at 9:27 am · Link

    Life in HD? Oh, NO! I was having enough trouble handling it in black and white!!! (Now if that isn’t dating myself, I don’t know what is.)

  2. Nina Pierce
    · January 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am · Link

    It is interesting to meet people you’ve only talked to on the phone or met on the internet. They never match the way I envisioned them. I do wonder if people are surprised when they meet me.

  3. Brandy W
    · January 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Okay honestly I never noticed the change. I definitely like to watch TV in HD but I think I’m more wrapped up in the words and story to pay much attention to the actors.

  4. Adele Dubois
    · January 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Miriam–Black and white? Oh, dear, are you still using rabbit ears too? Lol.

    Nina–I wonder about that also. I envision people after talking to them on the phone or via email and am shocked at how often I’ve completely missed the mark.

    Brandy–For some reason I notice every little thing while watching TV or a movie. I guess I absorb the story, the characters, and the emotion without realizing it. Maybe because I’m a writer? I don’t know.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!

  5. Rachel Firasek
    · January 21st, 2011 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Bahahaha…I love this. Never thought about HD this way, but I’ll be checking out the actors now. Also, have to say, that I love your heroine premise to this book!

  6. Adele Dubois
    · January 21st, 2011 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Rachel–Your comment made me smile. Thanks for the compliment about REV ME TWICE. I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by!


  7. Jen B.
    · January 21st, 2011 at 7:50 pm · Link

    We just got HDTV. HaHaHa! If you haven’t tried it before, check out the shopping channels! Wow! Of course, now the news REALLY scares me! 😆

  8. Adele Dubois
    · January 21st, 2011 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Jen–See! It’s true! LOL! Thanks for visiting and joining the fun.


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