Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Partying, YA Style!

Ack! I'm late to my own launch party. How sad is that? But that's what happens when you work late on revisions and decide to sleep in the next morning. You wake up suddenly with the thought, "Crap! I forgot to post my Romance Bandits blog!"

But never fear, I'm here and we're going to talk...teenage heartthrobs. Why? Because tomorrow is the launch day for my first young adult novel, Heartbreak River, written under the name Tricia Mills. I'm hooking my launch party caboose onto Tawny's party train from yesterday so we can keep the fun going. And for the purposes of this post, I'm going to expand the definition of teenage heartthrob a bit to define those actors/musicians/celebrities of any sort for whom we all held crushes when we were teenagers. The ones who made us buy those goofy teen magazines like Tiger Beat. Well, maybe p226 didn't buy those. :)

I went through my Duran Duran and Bon Jovi phases (okay, I still like them both).

And I went through phases where it was all about whoever was cute on the popular TV show of the time -- like The Young Riders. Loved that show since it was about young people and was a western set along the Pony Express routes. A young Josh Brolin was one of the stars.

And when I was even younger, I totally loved Harrison Ford. See, at that time, I didn't realize he was old enough to be my dad. So, I loved him as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

Oh, and John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard. Have to say he's still easy to watch, as he played Jonathon Kent, Clark's dad, on Smallville. And speaking of Smallville, Tom Welling, who plays Clark Kent, is totally a heartthrob. And yes, he's younger than me. :)

Yesterday, over at the Geek Girls blog, Tawny asked me who would play the leads, Alexandra and Sean, in Heartbreak River if it was made into a movie. I had to think for a few minutes, but I came up with the lovely Emma Roberts (niece of Julia, daughter of Eric) and Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights and the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

So here are my questions for you:

1. Who were the heartthrobs you swooned over when you were a teen?

2. If you're a writer and could cast the leads in a movie based on your book, who would they be.

Some lucky commenter will win a copy of Heartbreak River.


Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ooohoooh! Another Conga line!!! YEAH!!!

I totally love the idea of who would play the leads in Heartbreak River. Gotta go look up those two on

Grins. Too bad I can't win the book!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, wow! I got da Rooostah too! Wheeeee! Serious Party....

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Congrats on the rooster, Jeanne. He, like I, apparently slept in this morning.

flchen1 said...

Woohoo, Jeanne!

My earliest teen heartthrobs were the cast of The Outsiders--Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise (long before the couch-jumping, etc.)

Boy, that was a looooong time ago ;)

Congrats on Heartbreak River, Trish!

Donna MacMeans said...

Wow - Way to be in the right place at the right time, Jeanne. Congrats on the rooster nabbing.

See - this is the reason I don't write young adult. All those young heart throbs came along after I was married! LOL- but Paul McCarthy was the major, major teen idol of my youth. The only TV show teen idol I can remember was Ricky Nelson. Geez - I'm old *g*

Right now I'm thinking Ed Norton would play the male lead for my current WIP. Not sure who would like the heroine - though I always seem to carry a picture of Audrey Hepburn in my head.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

flchen1 -- I almost put the Outsiders gang. They were everywhere back then. But would you believe I haven't seen it? But it's currently sitting on my TiVo, ready for me to watch when I finish these revisions.

Yeah, used to really like Tom Cruise. Not so much anymore. Top Gun was one of my favorite movies (volleyball scene, anyone?), but I haven't watched since the oddities started.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Donna -- I really like Edward Norton. I think he's very talented. Have you seen The Painted Veil with him and Naomi Watts? I really liked it.

And Audrey Hepburn was incredibly classy.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

*sigh* The volleyball scene...

You know, Top Gun was a great movie, but more than Cruise, I was impressed with Anthony Edwards and Rick Rossovich. Rick hasn't done much of note since (IMDB says last was in 2003) but OH! Those ABS! in that volleyball scene....SLURP.

See? I've not actually watched it in years, but I remember.

As to Dark and Dangerous, I'd love to cast Karl Urban as Caine and someone like Emily Proctor (CSI Miami) or Rachel Huntley (Mr&MrsSmith) as Dana.

Gillian Layne said...

Tricia, you didn't show up late--you're just channeling every teenager I know out there. My girls consider 11 am early on weekends.

I feel like I've been waiting for the release of this book forever! That cover is so powerful.

I adored both Starbuck and Apollo in the *mumble* 80's TV version of Battlestar Galactica. And was going to marry Rick Springfield, of course.

If I had to pick a young-ish star today it would be Edward, Jasper, or Emmett from Twilight the movie, depending on the mood I'm in. Their characters actually aren't young at all, so it's good.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

I must have been chaneliing my inner teen this weekend because I slept in (for me!) on Saturday. Wow did THAT feel good. Grins. Maybe I'll institute Sleep In Saturday for Mom at my house.

Grins. Think it'll work?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, Jeanne, you are in danger of making me drool on myself thinking of those abs.

And I really like Karl Urban, have since Lord of the Rings.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Gillian, the book I'm going to be working on after these revisions to my second YA, is a rodeo book for Harlequin American. I've cast my hero as looking like the new Apollo (Jamie Bamber). :)

I love all those guys in Twilight too. I console myself that it's really my inner teenager who likes them, not my nearly 39-year-old self. Hey, it's research for my YA books, right? :)

Tawny said...

Whohooooooooooooooooo Party in the Lair (ouuuch... maybe I shouldn't yell. My head is feeling the effects of yesterday's wildness). Trish I'm so excited about your release - I haven't read YA in quite awhile, but will definitely check yours out. And ohhh man, teen heart throbs. I crushed on so many guys. Sean Cassidy - my walls were postered with is face. There was a brief bad-boy thing for Judd Nelson ala the Breakfast Club and I definitely had a crazy thing going for Bon Jovi (Jon) before he cut his hair and decided to be an actor *g*

As for your second question... I have to really think about that. I always seem to have a block over picturing my characters like that.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, and I think we all went through a Rick Springfield phase. Well, any of us who grew up in the '80s. I can still remember having a cassette recorder I'd put up next to the radio and tape my favorite songs that way, usually off American Top 40 on the weekends.

Tawny said...

Oh man, Twilight. I haven't watched the movie, but I do enjoy pictures of Rob Pattinson... that is one yummy guy!!!

and geeze, I can't believe I forgot my ultimate crush. Johnny Depp, circa 21 Jump Street *g*

and hey, Jeanne - yay you on the rooster visit today :-) I'll bet he was glad to sleep in!!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Tawny, here's some ibuprofen for you poor aching head. :)

I loved The Breakfast Club. Really, all those brat pack movies. It makes me feel old to see Molly Ringwald playing someone's mom on TV now.

And honestly, while I liked Jon Bon Jovi in the big hair years, I like hi much better now. Their concert post big hair was one of the best I've been to.

Anna Sugden said...

Oooh Trish - what a fun post and yay on yet another fab book to read!!

Duchesse - congrats on that pesky rooster.

Heart-throbs? Richard Gere in Yanks and American Gigolo, Starsky, Bo Duke and most of the Brat Pack. Especially Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club and Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink (actually, I'm a Ducky fan too *g*).

Definitely Tom Cruise in Top Gun. (Oh yes to that volleyball scene! And drool over all of those abs!) But I also liked the rest of the Top Gun crew - Ice Man, Slider, Hollywood *sigh*.

It's a sin that Val Kilmer has turned into a fat slob.

For my hockey books, I've pictured real hockey heroes like Scott Stevens and Joe Sakic and Zach Parise. Of course, to research actors to play them, I think I'd need the hockey hunks with me - to compare, you know?!

In my Intrigues, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Jeff Bridges (In Fabulous Baker Boys mode) Viggo Mortensen and Kurt Russell have all been inspirations. I figure I could find a role for Luscious Lucius from the Harry Potter novies too *g*.

Beth said...

Yay, another party in the lair!! I can't wait to read Heartbreak River, Trish!

Congrats on your first YA release!

I love Taylor Kitsch - actually, I love Friday Night Lights too *g*

Some of the crushes I had when I was younger include Rick Springfield, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, C Thomas Howell (Fedora, I loved The Outsiders too *g*), Andrew McCarthy (I must've seen St Elmo's Fire a hundred times) and Duran Duran :-)

I have no idea who I'd pick to play the lead characters of my romances. I'll have to think on it a bit ;-)

Anna Sugden said...

Oh and forgot Jack Killian from Midnight Caller, Remington Steele, Pete Duel and Ben Murphy from Alias Smith & Jones and Jon Erik Hexum from the ill-fated Cover-Up. And I still like Martin Shaw from The Professionals.

There was also a dark-haired doctor in the original series of Fying Doctors. And Bryan Brown in A Town Like Alice.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Tawny, I like Rob too. It's funny how there was such an uproar when he was cast as Edward, and now teen and tween girls everywhere are swooning for him. :)

I was a big 21 Jump Street fan too. Shocking, I know. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

LOL!!! Anna S., I'm sitting here laughing at your Val Kilmer comment. Snort!

Hmm, how did I know we'd get a Scott Stevens shout-out from you? :)

And speaking of hockey hunks, I think you might like my second YA, which I'm revising right now. One of the main boys in it is a hockey player, and I've modeled him after Ben Barnes, who played Prince Caspian in the most recent Narnia movie. It's set in Alaska, and it's been way fun to write.

Ah, Hugh. Dreamy sigh. I just watched Australia a few days ago, and he looked fantastic in that movie.

So you're a Jason Issacs fan, eh? I listen to PotterCast, a wonderful podcast covering all things Harry Potter, and one of the hosts, Sue Upton, is a huge Jason/Lucius fan.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Beth, I think we're sisters. :)

Taylor plays Gambit in the upcoming Wolverine movie. Taylor and Hugh in the same movie! I may drool myself to death.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, I haven't heard the name Jon Eric Hexum if forever. But I liked him too. So sad how he died.

Abigail McKenley said...

Congrats on Heartbreak River Trish!

When I was a teen my room was plastered with posters of Johnny Depp and Kirk Cameron. I was soooooo in love! Now that I look back on it all, I was really a dork :)

For my current WIP I think Freida Pinto would play the female lead and Francesco Cura would be my hunky Italian hero.

Anna Sugden said...

Yay Trish is writing about a hockey hunk! Need any help with the research ;)

And yes, there had to be a Scott Stevens shout-out *g*. I'm sitting here wearing my Zach Parise t-shirt in honour of my boys playing their first Play-off game tonight.

It was sad about how JEH died. And Pete Duel.

I don't know that I'm a Jason Isaacs fan as such, but he is pretty delish as Luscious Lucius.

MsHellion said...

OMG, you totally listed my heartthrobs when I was a teenager. *LOL* (I have the first season of The Young Riders, just for nostalgia purposes. I still think it's great.) I was totally in love with The Kid. (Now I'm more for Josh Brolin...)

And Bo Duke is the TOP of my childhood crushes. THE TOP. I'd still date him if he were remotely available...and he had any interest in chubby Midwestern neurotic girls who are about 15-20 years his junior. (Doubtful.)

Patrick Swayze was a big one (Dirty Dancing got worn out twice on VHS and is now on DVD.) Tom Cruise. Val Kilmer. KEVIN COSTNER (loved him as Robin Hood) & Alan Rickman (when I was indulging my bad side with the Sheriff.)

Congratulations on your book launch!!!

If I was a teenager now, I'm pretty sure my heartthrobs would be Edward (Twilight series) and Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter). Yes, I know Draco is the villain, but he has better eyebrows. And he looks really good in a suit.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Abigail! Thanks for swinging by. I think Freida Pinto is so pretty. I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet, but it's on my Netflix queue. I didn't know who Francesco was, so I just looked him up. Nice choice!

Tracy Garrett said...


Congrats on your release! My heartthrob was Davy Jones of The Monkeys--yes I know he's a singer, not really an actor, but a girl can crush!

As far as actors for my own book, I have no idea. Guess I'll have to keep watching hunky guys and pick one. Tough job, eh?

Tracy G.

Angelia Almos said...

Hmmm, well, let's see, probably the guys from TGIF on ABC, Full House, Just the Ten of Us, Growing Pains, and all those other sitcoms. Jonathan Brandis (so sad what happened to him), Edward Furlong, Henry Thomas, Sean Patrick Flannery, 3 Ninjas Guys, Wil Wheaton, and too many more to count. I was obsessed with those Tiger Beats, Bop, Big Bopper, etc. Posters all over the walls. :-)

In my current romantic suspense it would be Kristen Bell and Jason Behr. For my YA fantasy probably Rachel Hurd-Wood and Jason Dohring.

Charity said...

I totally loved Harrison Ford. See, at that time, I didn't realize he was old enough to be my dad. So, I loved him as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.Ha! Me, too. I can't remember how many times I saw Raiders in the theater, but my count for the original Star Wars was fifteen.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

MsHellion, yay! Another Young Riders fan. Though I have to say I liked Hickok (Josh Brolin) and Buck (Gregg Rainwater) best.

Hey, did you know Tom Felton (Draco) has his own Twitter page? It's funny to see his tweets. And while I never thought he was one of the more attractive of the Potter kids, he's growing up nicely.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Tracy, you can totally pick singers. You did notice Duran Duran and Bon Jovi in my post, right? :)

Yes, you must now watch hunks for research. Hee hee.

AvonLadyJerrica said...

What a fun post, Trish!

For me, it was Kirk Cameron all the way! I was SO in love with him. I also had a big crush on Christian Bale (which hasn't really waned!) when he starred in Newsies (Good Lord! Hundreds of high school-aged boys singing and dancing in period costume - that was SO my idea of heaven.) And I have to second The Young Riders - I loved that show just for the delicious eye candy :)

As for casting my own, I find it much easier to cast the women. The line up includes Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Rachel McAdams and a young country singer whose name I can never remember :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Angelia, welcome! Is this your first visit here, or am I having a brain fizzle (totally possible)?

Anyway, you named three of my current faves -- Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring and Jason Behr. Loved Veronica Mars and Roswell.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Charity! Y'all, Charity is one of half of the writing team that is bringing The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading to YA bookstore shelves very soon. Can't wait!

You saw Star Wars in the theater 15 times!? Okay, I bow to your Harrison Ford obsession.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

AvonLadyJerrica, is the young country singer Taylor Swift? My 12-year-old niece loves her. And I like the video she did for her song "Love Story."

I was never into Kirk Cameron, but I'm SO there with you on Christian Bale. Though I've never seen Newsies. Something else to add to the Netflix queue.

Nancy said...

I don't need to be entered, but what a fun post, Trish! I had crushes on a lot of older men, I guess, but Paul McCartney was a rage.

Huge congratulations on the launch of HEARTBREAK RIVER!!!

Nancy Haddock

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks, Nancy! Will you all hurl things at me if I saw the Beatles were before my time? :)

AvonLadyJerrica said...

No, it's not Taylor's a lesser known girl. I just found her - Julianne Hough! She's exactly how I'd imagined my Lizzie :)

And definitely add Newsies! It's such a fun movie!


Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jerrica -- oh, the girl who's on Dancing with the Stars too. She's very pretty. BTW, so is your name.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Okay, peeps, I'm going to run out to Chick-Fil-A to grab some late lunch (since I missed breakfast too). We're currently at 40 comments. I wonder how many there will be when I get back. Yes, that's a challenge, people. :)

PJ said...

Popping in on my lunch break to wish Trish congrats on the YA book release. I hope it's a huge success!

I'll just dance my way over here to the old folks corner and compare teen crushes with Donna for awhile. :)

My big teen music crushes were Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) and Paul McCartney (Beatles). I don't remember any movie or TV crushes. I'm sure I had them but they've long since faded. I had a major crush on Derek Sanderson, bad boy center with the Boston Bruins. My love affair with hockey started early. (grin)

Tawny said...

Speaking of Bo Duke, have you ever heard him sing? I saw him in concert a couple times and was actually impressed! Nice voice :-)

Trish, I'm very much NOT surprised you were into 21 Jump Street *g* After all, you have great taste!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

There goes Trish, throwin' down the gauntlet...

The GR is annoyed with me today. It's raining outside - somehow my fault - which means he cannot go visiting 'round the 'hood to see if there are any chickiepoos around. He's going to scope that out on our drive to carpool he says, but ONLY if I use the umbrella between house and car. (5 steps or less)

Yes, you did hear a roosterly "harrrumph!"

I warned him that there's a coyote in the 'hood, not to mention his annoyance of the very large dog contingent in my house. He still want to go rovin'.

(Big surprise.)

Minna said...

My earliest teen heartthrobs were David Copperfiel, Ressu Redford (Bogart Co), Michael j. Fox...

Bogart Co Princess

Back To The Future Music Video - The Power Of Love

David Copperfield as James Bond

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, and as far as crushes? Add Josh Turner to my top five list. He's the country singer Joanie T introduced me to on the blog last year. THAT's hero material!

Minna said...

Oh, and then there were these guys who played Robin Hood in that series.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

PJ, another hockey fan. Cool. And you're not old, sweetie. You're still swinging. :)

Tawny, yes, I've heard John Schneider sing. Oh, and I might get to meet him this fall because he's on the guest list at Dragon*Con, where I'm a guest too. Squee!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

LOL on the GR's diva-esque attitude. I think he's spoiled rotten.

Well, I'm back with my lunch from...Panera. Okay, I said I was going to Chick-Fil-A, but then I realized how chilly it was outside and that today is potato soup day at Panera. That settled it.

jo robertson said...

Hey, hey, hey, Trish! I'm late too, but you're gonna LOVE my excuse! I got the LAST copy of Heartbreak River at Borders!

That's good news, huh? And they said more are coming in tomorrow. Since our local Borders regularly pisses me off, I was please. Hmmm, maybe I'll keep them on my Christmas card list.

I love the actors you've picked for Heartbreak River -- perfect choice!

Mega-congrats on your debut YA book and may all your babies be more YA's!

Oh, heart throbs, I'm old enough to remember when the actor James Dean died. Such heartbreak; he was a mega-bad boy!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Minna, didn't recognize Ressu's name, but just did a Google image search. Not bad. :)

Jeanne, is Josh Turner that guy with the really deep voice? Sings "Long Black Train"?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jo! You're the first person I've heard of who actually got a copy from a store! Squeee! I hope you like it.

Oh, and I bet it was really neat to live through when James Dean was all the rage. Ultimate bad boy.

Nancy said...

Duchesse, WTG on grabbing the rooster!

Trish, congrats on your YA launch! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Who did I have a crush on? David McCallum, who played Russian UNCLE agent Illya Kuryakin and now plays Ducky Mallard on NCIS. Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill. Richard Dean Anderson. Tom Selleck. Robin the Boy Wonder (Yes, really. I know it's weird)

I wasn't allowed to buy Tiger Beat, so I missed out on that particular fad.

Who would play the lead in my book? Well, for the medieval, I'd choose Karl Urban and Kate Bosworth. For the spy book, Rufus Sewell or Clive Owen, though they're a little old for this particular hero, and Jennifer Garner.

Congrats again!

Beth said...

Beth, I think we're sisters. :)LOL! We do tend to have similar taste in crushes, TV and movies, don't we? *g*

Okay, I've been thinking of who could play Jack and Kelsey in Not Without Her Family and I think I've decided on Kyle Chandler *g* and maybe Marisa Tomei!

I'm still thinking for A Not So Perfect Past and my YA ideas :-)

MsHellion said...

P.S. I wouldn't have kicked Gregg Rainwater out of my bunk either. He had some incredibly HAWT moments. The show was mostly about The Kid though, so my focus was on him at first...and his little romance with the girl rider. (Gosh, I don't remember her name. Funny how that is. I can tell you who all the guys were, but the girl? It's like "there was a girl on the show?")

OH, I just remembered a show I loved in my teen years--and it features a guy still playing on TV and is still hot: KYLE CHANDLER.

Homefront was the name of the show. Man, that was a great show! Drama-drama-drama... *LOL* I was very sad when it canceled, but very glad when he came back on Early Edition, et al.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, wow, another Karl Urban fan. And Clive. Oh, that's a nice one. Have you seen Rufus in Eleventh Hour? I like that show. Hope it's gotten picked up for another season.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, and I just saw Rufus in the movie Amazing Grace, with Ioan Gruffudd (who isn't bad himself) in the lead.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

MsHellion, her name was "Lou" (for Louise).

I don't remember Homefront, but I liked Early Edition. I like Kyle's character on Friday Night Lights. I need to go back and get the DVDs for that. I started watching the first season, and for some reason I fell out of watching it even though I liked it. Now I'm way behind.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Beth, it's funny that you and MsHellion both mentioned Kyle Chandler one post right after the other.

Speaking of your YA, how goes it with that one?

Minna said...

Trish, I would have been surprised if you had recognised Ressu's name, as he is a Finn and Bogart Co was famous only in Finland.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, my, yes, Trish, Josh Turner IS the one who sings Long Black Train. Wowwweeee, is that voice lush.

My fav of his are Would You Go With Me and South Carolina Low Country


Anna Campbell said...

And I'm late too! I'll have to catch up on the comments before I try and say anything sensible!

Hey, Miss Jeanne, you don't get his highness very often, do you? Congratulations!

Trish, congratulations! This book sounds great and I'm sure it's going to be a hit!!! It will wash away the competition - yeah, right, that was a very wet joke. ;-)

OK, margarita in hand, I now tour the lair checking on who's here and what they're talking about...

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Well, Minna, I do like some Finns -- Ville Valo and Eicca Toppinen among them.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, thanks for thinking it'll be a hit. We'll find out soon enough, though I will admit to fantasies about hitting a best-seller list with it. :) Crazy dream for a debut, but hey, our very own Kate did it.

Gillian Layne said...

Josh Turner is Major dreamy...what a voice!

Johnny Depp is actually going to be on Spongebob? How strange this world is. :)

Minna said...

Well, this was before Ville and Eicca. I think just about the only Finnish band that anyone at all knew outside the borders of Finland back then was Hanoi Rocks.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Yep, Gillian, you and I know a good thing when we hear/see one! (Obviously Joanie T does too!)

TinaFerraro said...

Congrats on your release, Trish/Tricia! I admit for having a thing for teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy. :) What a cutie! And as far as casting a hero for one of my books, Brandon Routh in Smallville would have made a killer "Tristan" in The ABC's of Kissing Boys, about ten years ago...

Helen said...

Congrats Jeanne have fun with him

Trish congrats on the release and another party YAY.

My biggest heartthrob when I was a teenager was Rod Stewart (still is) closely followed by Davy Jones from the Monkees. As for TV shows I loved a show called High Chaperal and Leif Garrett was so cute I wouldn't miss that show.

Have Fun

Lara said...

Oh I used to be the Queen of the Teen Hearthrob. Much to my mother's chagrin I was soooo in love with Shaun Cassidy I superglued his picture all over my bedroom walls. Because you know I was going to love him for FOREVER! eeek! (Wow..did I just date myself, or what?!) As my tastes improved I moved on to Harrison Ford. Love me some Han Solo!!

As for my book....that is hard. I really haven't seen the perfect Actors for the roles. But as of today this is who I would pick....
For bookstore owner - Kaitlyn Emerson would be played by Isla Fisher (when she is sporting Red hair and heels - Kait's tall!)
Doctor Hawthorne O'Connell would be played by Eddie Spears. (This was tough because there aren't many Native American Actors out there.)

So there you have it! This has been fun, Trish! Good luck! I'm sure Heartbreak River will do great!

Ciao! Lara

B.H. Dark said...

I have two words for you.

Parker. Stevenson.

Of the Hardy Boys, of course.

I'm looking for male leads for my current book right now. I'm sort of thinking Christian Bale. Then I think Ewan McGregor. It's such torture, deciding these things.

B.H., who in this instance is really Julie Cohen

B.H. Dark said...

LOL, Lara was posting about Shaun Cassidy the same time as I was posting about Parker Stevenson! Great minds, obviously, love the Hardy Boys.

Lara said...


Pat Cochran said...

Surprisingly, ladies and gentlemen,
I was up bright and early today!
For me that was 7:30 AM, because I do not usually do mornings! Partying Bandita-Style seems to have left me quite clear-headed!

My teen heroes some of you may not
know. They include Tommy Sands,
Mark Damon, and John Derek, who was
absolutely wonderful in his first
film, Knock On Any Door, with the
wonderful Humphrey Bogart.

Pat Cochran

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Tina. First, congrats again on being a RITA finalist this year with How to Hook a Hottie. I'm going to be reading it soon since I'm going to be doing a YA feature on Romance Novel TV about this year's YA finalists.

Did you mean Tom Welling from Smallville? Brandon Routh was in the newest Superman movie. Both are nice looking, though I have to say Tom is my fave.

Pat Cochran said...

I forgot to wish Trish a "Happy
Launch Day"!

"Happy, Happy, Happy", Trish/Tricia!

Pat Cochran

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Helen, I remember seeing Leif Garrett in a lot of those teen magazines in my pre-teen years. And my parents watched High Chapperal (sp?).

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, I had crushes from a very young age - for some reason, Ringo in th Beatles set my toddler heart beating. Mind you, I've always liked a man with a big nose (quiet there, Tawny Depp!). I had a huge crush on the star of a very obscure French show called THE KING'S OUTLAW. Hmm, he had a big nose too. Moving on to Fonzie. Had a huge crush on Fonzie. I could continue but I'd be here forever.

My current story that I'm working on features a valkyrie-like heroine - enough of these waifs! She's rather like Ingrid Bergman. Needless to say, my hero is gobsmacked. He's smooth and very sophisticated, like one of those British heroes in a period drama. Oh, that's right, he IS a British hero in a period drama. But you know what I mean!

Minna said...

Oh, and then there were those guys from High Mountain Rangers.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Happy Launch Day, Trish!!

We've been waiting for this YA book to hit the shelves!! yippee!!

Crushes, huh? Well there was the whole John Foggerty thing when I was young, followed quickly by Harrison Ford and then oh yeah, Eric Clapton. Sigh....

Casting characters in my newest book...

Kurt Russell could definitely play Quinn Halliday, Halley Barrie for Lacy Morgan and Hawke O'Keefe...Lou Diamond Phillips or a young Eric Shweig (Uncas in LOTM).

flchen1 said...

Yep, the volleyball scene is quite memorable, but yep, I haven't been able to watch anything with Mr. Cruise in it since the "oddities" began. Aack.

And oh yes, I was a big Kirk Cameron fan, too--Growing Pains!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Lara (Is this my local Lara? If so, Anna S., we have another hockey fan in the Lair.) -- you superglued the Shaun Cassidy posters on your wall? LOL! Now that's devotion. :)

Oh, and I love Eddie Spears. And his brother Michael. And lots of Native actors.

Anna Campbell said...

Actually I've thought of who my hero looks like - a young Dirk Bogarde! Tall and rangy and elegant and aristocratic and dark. Yum!

Actually a slightly embarrassing crush now to admit to is Freddie Mercury. I thought he was so charismatic and Bohemian Rhapsody was a revelation to me when I was a young teenager (never really got into Abba, I know, shoot me now!). The whole significance of the band being called Queen completely passed my innocent adolescent self by. And clearly bad teeth didn't turn me off. Actually David Bowie had bad teeth and he was another crush, although a slightly later one!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

B.H. (aka Julie) -- good to see you! And I'd forgotten all about Parker Stephenson. I liked the Hardy Boys too.

Pat, I unfortunately don't recognize any of those names. Well, except for Humphrey Bogart.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Mmmmm, Ewan McGregor. Ohhhh yeah.

And you're going to LURVE How to Hook a Hottie, Trish. REALLY fun!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna C. -- very cool on the valkyrie-like heroine. Will look forward to that.

Suz, ah, I loved Eric Schweig in LOTM. Sadly, his more recent pictures haven't been as heart-pumping. But hey, I don't look like I did nearly 20 years ago either.

Normally, I can take or leave Kurt Russell, but let me just say that while he was filming Soldier, Goldie Hawn must have been a very happy woman. :)

Anna Campbell said...

OOOOH, Anna! Val Kilmer! In Willow! Hubba hubba!

Actually it's slightly embarrassing to admit how often I start a sentence with 'actually'! Clearly I need an editor!

Oh, loving everybody's lists! Always happy to hear about hunks.

C.J. Redwine said...

Johnny Depp. I was a Depp girl when I was younger and he was on 21 Jump Stree and I'm a Depp girl now. (Jack Sparrow anyone?)

As to who would play the leads in my current novel? Hm. I'll say Rhona Mitra (Underworld 3) and Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost). :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Suz, did I ever tell you I met Lou Diamond Phillips once? Nice guy, at least when I met him.

Anna C. -- LOL on the guys with bad teeth. I really like Queen, though it was forever before I got the connection with the name too. What can I say? I was the clueless wonder.

Oh, and Julie, I really like Ewan MacGregor too. I seriously could sit and listen to him talk all day. He could be reading the IRS code, for all I cared.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Trish, I see Kurt easily playing Quinn as he did Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Patric Swayze would do the roll justice or even Russell Crowe.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

C.J.! My local gals are invading the Lair. :) Another Depp devotee. Hmm, the boy from Kentucky has legions of fans, doesn't he? It's a well-established fact here in the Lair that I'll let Tawny have Johnny as long as I get to keep Orland Bloom. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, also meant to tell you, C.J., that I LOVE the Underworld movies. I went to see Rise of the Lycans on opening day. And I just saw Rhona Mitra in Shooter. She had a small role in that.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Suz, I really liked Tombstone. I need to watch that again. I like Russell Crowe too -- loved 3:10 to Yuma with him and Christian Bale.

Kate Carlisle said...

Yay, Trish!!!! Congratulations on the launch of Heartbreak River!!! Love all those pics you found! Must admit I still have a little crush on John Schneider, and JBJ will always be hot. :-)

But major teen crushes? Fine, okay, I'll be over there with PJ and Donna discussing the Beatles vs. Rolling Stones vs. DC5. They were all over my walls when I was a kid. Then I got a little older and Jim Morrison took over all the wall space in my room. :-)

The hero in my book would have to be played by Daniel Craig. I was channeling him the whole time! And I've always pictured my protagonist as a young Helen Hunt.

Jeanne!! Way to snag the bird!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Kate -- nice choice with Daniel Craig.

Christine Wells said...

What a great post, Trish! Happy Release Day!!! We've been anticipating this book for a long time. I'm so happy to finally see it on the shelves.

OK, heart throbs. I remember my first real crush was probably on the Cassidys but the one I really drooled over was Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street. Those cheekbones! That amazing skin! That rebel without a cause attitude. Ahhhh. I could have given Tawny a run for her money in those days:)

Woohoo, Jeanne! Congrats on getting the bird!

Barbara Monajem said...

Jeez. Question 1: I don't remember. Question 2: I don't know. How dumb is that? I never have actors or actresses in mind when I visualize my characters, which is probably why I have no idea who would play them in a movie. But hey, you've given me something to think about, so thanks!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Oh Kate...LOVED me some DC5!!! So much better than the Beatles in our household!

MJFredrick said...

Woot! I love me some Taylor.

In my revision in progress, I would like Gerard Butler and Mira Sorvino, please :)

Kim Law said...

Bummer...I was hoping to get Shaun Cassiday listed before anyone else! Oh, well, he and Rick Springfield were my favorites!

Oh, and did I hear this is where the hockey fans are hanging out? Sign me up!

Congrats, Trish on the YA release! It's awesome and I love your choices for who would play your h/h too!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

More Depp love from Christine. I wonder if he's aware of all this love in the Lair. :)

Barbara, glad to give you a reason to research character inspiration. :)

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

If I say I had color photos of Fabian all over my walls until my parents became concerned about my mental health, that would tell you how old I possibly am. Honestly I haunted the local drug store for each new issue of Photoplay and every other movie magazine in existence.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Um, who is DC5? Oh wait, is that Dave Clark 5? That just bubbled up from somewhere in the recesses of my brain.

MJ -- imagine, you wanting Gerard as the actor. Shocked, I tell, I'm shocked. (Okay, not.) :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Kim! Waving from down the road. Yes, this is where hockey fans are hanging. Anna Sugden is our resident hockey guru. Many of her heroes are hockey hunks. Now we just have to find the right editor to buy them so we can all enjoy drooling...uh, I mean, reading about them. :)

And, y'all (yes, I'm Southern), Kim is a Golden Heart finalist this year. Yay, Kim!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Marie-Nicole -- what I really want to know is do you still have Fabian on the wall? :) Seems to be a remember a certain obsession with Roy Dupuis too.

Kim Law said...

Aw... thanks for the mention Trish, but this is your party!

And I need to read some of those hockey hero books! Yummm... um, I mean, they sound like a good read :)

PJ said...

Kate and Suzanne, my very first concert was the DC5. I loved those guys!

I'm right there with you, Kate. Jim Morrison was amazing - a musical genius gone too soon. I still have all my original vinyl albums from The Doors. Their songs are among my favorites.

Lara said...

Yeah!! This is your local Lara! Hockey in the HOUSE!!

Eddie Spears would be perfect for Hawk's younger brother. Especially if he doesn't cut his hair!

My other work in progress would star - without a doubt - Mark Walhberg as Lt. Mackenzie Raines!

PJ said...

Yes, Trish. DC5 would be the Dave Clark Five - the second group to hit the states during the British Invasion of the 1960's. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Yay, it's local Lara. And cool that you like Mark Wahlberg too. We now have even more to talk about over post-MCRW lunches. :)

Kim, it is my party, which is why I can throw out kudos to all my pals. :)

Margay said...

Wow, interesting questions. I have to say I loved The Dukes of Hazzard (Tom Wopat, anybody?) and The Young Riders (Greg Rainwater and Josh Brolin, yum).

As for casting my own book, Nora's Soul, here it goes:

Evangeline Lilly as Nora Kendall
Patrick Dempsey as Kyle Cameron
Simon Baker as Peter
Hal Ozsan as Dante


Pissenlit said...

Congrats, Jeanne!

Oh dear...there were many. Here are some in no particular order...
-Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Far and Away.
-Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood
-Edward Kerr and Jonathan Brandis in SeaQuest
-various guys in The Outsiders
-Johnny Whitworth in Empire Records
-Sean Connery
-Denzel Washington
-Harrison Ford
-Val Kilmer
-Kirk Cameron
-Chris Potter in Kung-Fu: the Legend Continues
-Christian Bale in Newsies
-George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's
-Robert Sean Leonard in Dead Poets Society
-Van Williams in The Green Hornet

I'm going to stop now before this list gets out of hand(well, even more out of hand)...

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Margay, I really like Evangeline Lilly. I think she has a very natural sort of beauty. And I like Simon Baker (I assume you mean the Australian one who is on The Mentalist and not the young Native actor of the same name, though I like him too).

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, I knew I recognized Hal Ozsan's name for some reason. I saw him in the mini-series Fallen. And he fronts a band called Poets and Pornstars.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Pissenlit, nice list. You know, I think I would have liked SeaQuest if I'd watched it. May have to put that on the Netflix queue too. My Netflix account is going to explode!

Margay said...

Trish, I agree about Evangeline. I have loved her since the very first episode of Lost and I am happy to say she is doing some absolutely amazing work on the show these days. If she's not nominated for an Emmy this year, it will be a sin. And I was referring to the Australian Simon Baker, although I admire the Native American one, too.


Margay said...

Hal was also on this last season of Kyle XY. I do so love him - not only good to look at but a fabulous actor who can sing. What more could a girl want?


Nancy said...

Hi, Trish--I've seen Eleventh Hour, and I have to say I wish he had a more active and less cerebral role in it. I think cerebral is great, but you know i like action heroes. Haven't seen Amazing Grace, but agree that Ioan is pretty cool, too. :-)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Margay, Kyle XY is another I need to get caught up on. So many books, so many TV shows and movies, so little time.

Nancy, I don't mind Rufus's cerebral role, and I think that might be because I watch so many action shows that I get a lot of that already. Plus, it's a great shout-out to nerds everywhere. Nerds are cool! :)

Virginia said...

Congrats Jeanne on nabbing that rooster!

Congrat on your release of your YA book Heartbreak River. I think I would love to read this book.

My Heartthrobs really make me old, you wanted the ones of my teen years and they would be Elvis, Davy Jones form the Monkeys, as far as TV shows it would have been Little Joe Cartwright. Gee Wizz I am getting so old!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Virginia, I loved watching Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. Though it wasn't for the heartthrob reason, I always really liked Michael Landon.

Authorness said...

Congratulations, Trish!!!!!! I have already purchased my copy of HEARTBREAK RIVER. It should be flying my way now.

My walls were plastered with the likes of Simone Le Bon, Johnny Depp, River Pheonix, Richard Grieco (anyone remember him?), Tom Cruise... So fickle! I was never a Jon Bon Jovi fan but he did seem more attractive with shorter hair.

Many happy sales to you with your YAs, Trish!

~ Vanessa

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Wow, we have another YA finalist in the Lair. Welcome, Vanessa. I can't wait until your YA sells!

Thanks so much for buying Heartbreak River. I hope you like it. I'm picturing it with little wings on it flying toward Australia. :)

And, yes, I remember Richard Greico.

PinkPeony said...

Hi Trish. Congrats on the GR Jeanne!

Teenage hearthrob...Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele. I used to like Richie Sambora but not anymore. Kurt Russell...from all of those Disney film.

Right now, I'm looking for a hero who sort of looks like an older Kyle Chandler..a bit more rugged, dark hair..eyes slightly downturned like Kyle's but with a beefier build. I can't think of anyone. Any suggestions?

High Chapparal? I was in love with "Blue" :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

LOL. I just realized I'm been thinking something wrong since the first mention of High Chapparal. Instead of Leif Erickson, I was thinking Leif Garrett! Hello, not the right age.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

PinkPeony, there was a time when I really liked Richie Sambora too. Not so much anymore. The first song I ever heard my husband play on guitar though was "Wanted, Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi.

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

No Fabian and still have a few pix of Roy Dupuis framed on my office wall though. LOL Some of us girls never really grow up.

Christie Kelley said...

Congratulations, Trish!! I love the blog even if it was late. Hey, I was late getting here too.

I also was a big Harrison Ford fan.

I'll have to think about who would be perfect for my book. I'm just not sure right now.

Pat Cochran said...


You didn't recognize the names I
listed because I'm so much older
than you! These young men were in
the film and music world in 1950,
thereabout! John Derek, although
an excellent actor on his own, in
later life was more known as Bo
Derek's husband. Tommy Sands, actor/singer, later was married to Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy.

Pat Cochran

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christie.

Pat, I should have recognized John Derek's name.

Cassondra said...

WOOOOHOOOOOOTRISH!!! Congrats on the new release!

Oh, I'm WAY too old for those heartthrobs.

Lessee...Can I even remember back that far? I seem to remember some soft rock stars--I remember the faces but not the names. *sigh* I remember the Hardy Boys from tv and having a crush on them, but I think that was pre-teen. I liked the dark-haired Duke boy, though, and I liked the dark-haired motorcycle cop from Chips. (are you noticing a pattern here?

Hmmmm. I still think these were all pre-high school. Once I got to high school I was always out playing gigs and I had monster crushes on real-life musicians I knew, (none of them had crushes on me and in hindsight, that was a VERY good thing) so that's kind of lame. Nobody else would know who they were.

But good Lord, weren't those crushes massive and painful? "Crush" is a good word for it, cuz that's how I remember it my heart was getting crushed daily.

Okay now I feel massively old.

Cassondra said...

And Trish, I know you keep hearing this from me and it's like a broken record, but I REALLY love that cover.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, CHiPs! I forgot all about that, Cassondra. I loved that show, and went back and forth over who I liked more -- Jon or Ponch. My sister and I got to giggling when we were in San Diego and saw some motorcycle highway patrol cops. I started acting goofy, saying I was going to stop and ask one of them where "Ponch" was. Pretty sure they wouldn't have been amused. :)

Thanks for the compliments on the cover. I really like it too.

Lori T said...

My teen heartthrobs were C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Kirk Cameron, Rick Springfield, and of course John Stamos.

I would love to be entered.

Congrats on the Heartbreak River!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Lori T., thanks for stopping by. Interesting how much overlap there is in a lot of the comments today.

Natalie Hatch said...

There was Johnny Depp, Luke Perry, and Keifer Sutherland. Those were my three crushes. Johnny for well 21 anything really, Luke more for his performance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer than the postcode. And Keifer... vampire, bad boy, sigh. Now I'm going to have to go watch these shows again aren't I?
Congrats on your new release Trish.

Natalie Hatch said...

Oh gosh, Patrick Swayze... nobody puts baby in the corner... swoon.
And I do remember Richard Grieco, wonder where he is now.

Missy Lyons said...

Congratulations on the release Trish! I am late to comment, but that's what I get for subscribing to the loop on digest.

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