About the Book
Book: In Spotlight and Shadow
Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel
Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction / Mystery / Romance
Release date: February 1, 2023
A Gem of a Mystery Takes Center Stage
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Elise Malvern has a habit of letting people down. Her former boyfriend who hoped she’d be his bride. Her grandfather who hoped she’d take over the family’s auction company. But mostly she’s disappointed herself. What’s the point of pursuing her passion as a violinist, if she is too scared to audition for a seat in the Pittsburgh Symphony? Her internship at the elegant Heinz Hall places her in the wings of the stage, but never on it. By accident, she discovers an old stage prop. Her instincts tell her there’s more to the paste necklace than meets the eye. Whether a good idea or not, she accepts help from a childhood friend, who happens to be country music megastar—Peirson Brooks. Peirson and Elise share a history; one she doesn’t care to repeat. The more involved they become in the mystery, the more things get tangled, including her heart.
A century earlier…
Sophie Walters longs for center stage, her name on the marquee, and all that jazz, but climbing her way into an acting career is more difficult than she imagined. Having spoiled all her chances in Hollywood, she returns to Pittsburgh, accepting an insignificant role in a popular production. She watches her dreams pass by from behind the curtain at the illustrious Loew’s Penn Theatre. She finally gets the coveted spotlight, but not for her talent. No, her surge to fame is all one terrible mistake. Somehow, she’s suspected to be a notorious jewel thief known around Pittsburgh as The Mirage. The man she pleads for help is none other than the man she jilted at the altar five years before, Sterling Monroe.
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About the Author
Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at http://www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.
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HISTORY OF THE LOEW’S PENN/HEINZ HALL THEATER
The Loew’s Penn theater in Pittsburgh opened its doors on September 6, 1927. Thousands of Pittsburghians crammed the streets hoping to enter. Those who were fortunate to claim a seat gasped at the grandeur of what that has been billed the ‘Temple of Cinema.’ The new hotspot in the Steel City was regarded as the most magnificent theater between New York and Chicago.
The Loew’s Penn was five stories high and could seat over 3,000 guests. The grand lobby had a 50-foot-high vaulted Venetian ceiling, gilded Corinthian columns, and two spectacular chandeliers. The crystal for the chandeliers was imported from Vienna. From silk drapes to artwork by Renaissance masters to Italian marble staircases the theater seemed more like a museum than a cinema palace. As for the entertainment, the night began with a live stage show followed by a silent film feature.
Attendance averaged around 60,000 theatergoers a week. And with an admission charge of $.50, the theater made around $30,000 a week. Which was a substantial fortune during the 1920s. The theater hosted live stage shows and they also brought in national acts including Paul Whiteman and the Rhtyhm Boys featuring Bing Crosby. Also Buster Keaton and Eddie Cantor graced the stage.
Over the years, the allure of the Loew’s Penn faded, and the theater fell into disrepair, finally shutting its doors in 1968. The Howard Heinz Endowment purchased the building, saving it from demolition. After a 16-month renovation that had cost over $11 million, the doors opened yet again under the new name of Heinz Hall. The plush red carpet is bold and beautiful, but also a subtle nod to … you guessed it … Heinz Ketchup. The grand lobby features the original marble flooring as well as the two 15-foot chandeliers. The main auditorium seats 2,661 guests. Heinz Hall is now the home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra it also hosts concerts and Broadway touring companies.
Interview with Rachel
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I’m a huge classic movie enthusiast. I legit nerd out over vintage films. Without prompting, I can rattle off obscure facts about old Hollywood, which is probably why I don’t get invited much to parties. LOL
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Creative, Compassionate, Disorganized
What book is currently on your bedside table?
An early copy of The Keys to Gramercy Park by Candice Sue Patterson. I just started and can’t wait to see how it unfolds!
What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
Meeting all the wonderful people! I do not enjoy deadlines, but I do love the beautiful people that make this bookish world so lovely.
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Yes! Some of our main characters are from previous books! Pierson Brooks, the Nashville recording artist, is first mentioned in Undercurrent of Secrets. Sterling Monroe and Sophie Walters are from Above the Fold. It was so much fun finally giving these characters their happily ever afters!
Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Hmm. Probably Elise Malvern, the heroine of the contemporary timeline. I was able to relate a lot to her struggles. Plus she uses humor as a deflection when she doesn’t want to address serious topics, which is something I’ve been known to do. 😊
What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?
This one was a struggle to write not because of the story itself, but because of just … life. I’d gotten sick the first few months on deadline, and that kinda shoved me behind on all the things. Then we had a close family member move to heaven. It was a tad challenging finding the time to pound out words, but when I was at the keyboard, God’s grace always showed up!
What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
Second chances is a huge theme. Both in romance and in the characters personal lives. There’s also a faith thread of finding our identity in Jesus.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
I’m on all major social media platforms as well as my online home RachelScottMcDaniel.com
Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
Absolutely! This August I’m releasing my very first WWII novel with Barbour called The Starlet Spy.
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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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5 thoughts on “In Spotlight and Shadow Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Rachel Scott McDaniel)”
Sounds like a good read.
I am a big fan of the theme of second chances. Both storylines sound great.
I love the cover. It sets the stage for the book.
Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
Gina, Thank you for sharing. I enjoy split-time novels.