Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

[Guest Post] Another Place on the Planet by Theresa Munroe

on June 26, 2014

Something a bit more serious for this week’s guest author post.  Theresa Munroe is telling us about her women’s fiction book Another Place on the Planet.


T.A. Munroe photoAnother Place on the Planet is Book One of my Lilyland Trilogy of women’s fiction, which chronicles the growth of Lily Mayfield from the widowed survivor of spousal abuse to her late-blooming and successful career as a popular film director. In Another Place on the Planet, Lily meets Charlie Winston, a Hollywood bad boy and accomplished director. The wounds of their pasts make for a rocky start to their romance. The series is also the story of their relationship.

You’ll like this book if you like:

  • Cinderella stories. Kicked down and anonymous, Charlie’s attention spurs Lily into developing into someone bigger and better and eventually famous.
  • Films and Hollywood. Set largely in Los Angeles, Lily finds herself on a film set and among movie stars, producers, and others that get films made.
  • Real people struggling with faith issues. One thing that attracts Lily and Charlie to each other is their shared but floundering Christian faith. This, however, is NOT Christian fiction. Although they both desire closeness with God, their behavior sometimes is more consistent with fleshly interests than with the teachings of their church-going days. The novel depicts this. If it were an American movie, I’d rate it R for sexual content and language.
  • Hopeful endings. The possibility for happily-ever-after exists but is not guaranteed. Kind of like life.

Touching on topics from domestic violence to celebrity, Another Place on the Planet is designed to be not only a romance but also a thought-provoking read that I hope will impact the reader on several levels. On the lighter side, who doesn’t want to think about old dreams coming true?

Extract from Another Place on the Planet

I woke up in a bed. Alone, fully clothed, except my shoes. It took me a few seconds to remember where I was. Charlie’s house, the master bedroom. Right. We danced and drank another bottle of wine until he ran out of fire wood. Then we came in where he walked me to his bedroom, kissed my nose and left. He hadn’t seemed like he hoped for an invitation to share his bed with me.

I used his bathroom and went to look for him. I found the kitchen first where I met Karen the housekeeper who was putting away items we hadn’t gotten to the previous evening. She said she would start the coffee, and Charlie was sleeping in the office.

And he still was, stretched out on the couch. His face was scrunched up some, as if he couldn’t escape his worries in his sleep. I wanted to touch him, kiss him, but didn’t want to wake him. I wandered further to the table and looked at the screenplay in the binder. A stack of drawings on copy paper was part of the storyboard.

I lowered myself onto the task chair as Charlie moaned and repositioned himself, remaining asleep. He just wore a t-shirt and biker briefs. Holy cats, he had an enormous erection. I fought the puritanical urge to leave, and simply smirked and focused on the screenplay.

I read a short scene about the husband/father named Kevin who waves a carving knife at his wife Lizzie in their kitchen, while he curses at her and accuses her of being with another man. He’d phoned her during the day, and she didn’t answer because she’d gone to pick up a sick child at school. Then Lizzie points out their children watching. The oldest daughter says, “Daddy, please don’t hurt Mommy.” He calls his wife a disease-ridden whore in front of the children, slaps her hard across the face and stomps off camera.

I let go of the breath I had been holding. At least Annie was no longer living with us when it became visibly bad. And at least Mike waited until she left for college before he started beating the life out of me. I bent over, leaning my forehead on a page of the binder. I hoped they would do a good job with the movie so it would help people.

Charlie moved. I watched from the corner of my eye as he rubbed his crotch and groaned. I giggled and turned my head away. I didn’t want to see anything.


“Sorry,” I said. “I forgot you guys get those things in the morning.”

He muttered something incomprehensible as he pulled on his jeans. He said good morning with a kiss on my head.

“Good morning,” I said. “You always sleep in here?”

“Yeah. You sleep all right?”

“Perfectly. I was just looking over your screenplay.”

“No problem. How about I meet you in the kitchen in 20 minutes. I’ll ask Karen to make some breakfast.”

“Sounds good.” I flashed him a smile as I left.


APP sunset cover

Barely surviving her abusive marriage, Lily is finally forced out of her self-imposed exile by her therapist. In a film class, she meets Hollywood director, Charlie Winston. They had met before…

They strive to bring out the best in each other, including their flagging but shared faith. But Charlie is damaged, too. Their romance, besides bringing out the best of them, also brings out the worst.

Charlie invites Lily into his life, where she thrives, even after his choices force him away for a while. Will Lily be able to build a new life in Los Angeles without him? Will she have to?

Another Place on the Planet is Book 1 of the Lilyland Trilogy, telling the story of Lily’s metamorphosis from obscure and beaten down to famous and thriving, and her provocative relationship with Charlie.

Author’s note: This is NOT Inspirational fiction.

Available on, and others.


Although the veteran of several career paths in public education including lunch lady, substitute teacher and 6th grade teacher, T. A. Munroe is perfectly content spending solitary hours crafting novels. Hobbies include reading, sewing, drawing, movie watching, screenwriting and letting her puppy in and out. A highlight of her life was the four months she spent in Great Britain as an exchange student in Brighton. When her star as a best-selling author rises, she plans on returning for a time to live in a cottage to write and execute pub crawls throughout the UK. Currently, home is the Sonoran Desert just outside Phoenix, Arizona with her longsuffering husband, two bad cats and her hyperactive puppy. Her two children live in Pennsylvania where they write poems, songs and stand-up comedy. Another Place on the Planet is her first novel to reach publication status.

Find TA Munroe at her blog, GoodreadsFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

2 responses to “[Guest Post] Another Place on the Planet by Theresa Munroe

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