The 308 page novel, released Friday May 24th on Amazon by Captive Audience Books tells the story of a TV soap writer whose life long obsession to win back the great love of his life—an actress on his show, the fictional Harbor Hills, has tragic consequences.
To launch the book in style, over a thousand of Miami’s beautiful people including Miami Institute’s DR.JULIO GALLO, Director of Wilhelmina Miami, ERIN LUCAS and performer ELAINE LANCASTER packed the glitzy Vegas- like MI-VI nightclub at Gulfstream Park hosted by iconic nightlife owner GERRY KELLY and THOM BIERDZ , who plays Phillip Chancellor III on the CBS’s number one rated soap opera, The Young & The Restless.
The book opens in 1977 on the dance floor of Studio 54 for Bianca Jagger’s famous thirty-second birthday party attended by everyone from Michael Jackson to Gloria Vanderbilt and her ten year old son, Anderson Cooper, Calvin Klein and Andy Warhol.
Although not a “Miami” novel, there are four chapters set in Miami circa 1980 that according to the author, are actually a prequel to his second book, "Diary of a South Beach “It” Girl" due in 2011 and based on a three part novella that appeared in WET magazine in 2001. The fashion inspired book cover also features Miami model ROBIN LINKE and shot by New York photographer MICHAEL WILLIAMS.
Winthrop says he has at least two additional novels in him about Miami. “You do not have to make up a thing,” he points out. “It is like one enormous stage with the most outrageous people doing the most outrageous things.” In Delusions, Winthrop describes The Forge as “a place where wealthy men and beautiful opportunistic women mix and mingle in a contemporary witch’s covenant.” In one chapter, the launch of “South Beach” magazine at The Forge, several of the characters sound an awful lot like JERRY and SANDI POWERS, IRENE MARIE and ROY BLACK to name a few.
“This novel has everything,”
Winthrop, who was one of the youngest and most successful talent agents in New York in the 1980's and 90's soaked up much of his story while wandering around the sets of the daytime soaps, "Another World," "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" when he had clients appearing on those shows. He moved to Miami Beach in 1995 where he was a successful public relations and marketing consultant. He became editor of WET magazine, writing the “Meet Me in Miami” column. He promoted parties at The Hotel Nash, The National and W6. He also owned a successful pet grooming salon in Pinecrest in the late nineties.
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