Beverly Adam writes engaging romantic historicals that feature feisty heroines and endearing heroes. The Regency romance series, Gentlemen of Honor (Canadian Pub., Lachesis Publishing.) is very popular with readers. As for Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo, it has been recommended as a "must read" by The Russ Columbo Society, President Damon Leigh. The author resides in California where she revisits history on a regular basis as a romance novelist and biographer. She holds degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of California Irvine and another in photo-journalism from Pasadena City College. Both e-book and paperback versions are available.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Two Lovers: the love story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo, came about because the President of The Russ Columbo Society knew that Russ and Carole had once been engaged to be married. This surprised me, as I knew only the story concerning her and MGM megastar Clark Gable. She was Gable's third wife. I at first doubted Damon's claim, but I promised him that if I found enough evidence that Carole and Russ had been lovers I would then write about their love story. I came across three very compelling proofs that they had indeed intended to marry. The first was how Carole behaved after his death, she basically took on the role of his widow.. taking care of his blind, almost deaf mother. The second was an article by Sonia Lee, titled "We would have married," in which Carole explained how much she had been involved in Russ's career and that she had loved him, and intended on marrying him. The third was a televised interview of Bing Crosby during the Joe Franklin Show. Bing said, "Carole was crazy about him (Russ)." and.. "I'm certain that had Russ lived they would have married." They had a wonderful life together, as a couple. They supported each other and Russ greatly respected Carole. Her opinions were very influential in his career. Russ was an extraordinarily talented singer and composer. He wrote songs such as "Prisoner of Love" and "You Call It Madness, I Call It Love", which were in the top recording charts years after his and Carole's deaths. As for Carole, we know several of her movies are now considered iconic movie masterpieces: "My Man Godfrey" and "Twentieth Century". Their wonderful, poignant love story was a delight to research and write.
The true love story between legendary Hollywood actress Carole Lombard and the singer Russ Columbo. Recently divorced from her first husband, William Powell (The Thin Man), Carole attends a performance to hear popular radio star, Russ Columbo, sing at The Cocoanut Grove, beginning an unforgettable romance. "A must read": Russ Columbo Society.