Welcome to Hicklam ...
where love is always center stage.
Now introducing the Center Stage Love Story Series! Set against the backdrop of scenic Hicklam, NY, this collection of stories takes place at The Edison Theater. While The Edison (and the town of Hicklam) are fictional, The Edison was inspired by the real-life Mac-Hadyn Theatre in Chatham, NY. If you are a fan of musical theatre, community theatre, and small business, please consider making a donation to the Mac-Hadyn's Bright Future Fund to help the curtain rise in 2021!
2020 BookLife Prize
Moving to Hicklam is the last thing Gloria Benedetti wants to do, but it's her final hope at having a normal life. After spending almost a decade as a near recluse and virtually paralyzed by crippling panic attacks, an alternative therapy might be her only shot at regaining her life after trauma. Trauma that forced her to give up everything, including a promising career on the stage.
Staying in Hicklam is the last thing Grayson Keene planned on doing, but The Edison Theater has been in his family for generations, and he can't let it sink on his watch. Unfortunately, things with The Edison have gone from bad to worse, and Grayson needs all the help he can get to save the old girl. He needs one successful season to make things work, and then maybe, just maybe, he can get his life—and his Broadway career—back.
As Gloria's on the verge of the health and healing she's been working toward, the one thing that will save The Edison may just break her once and for all. If she protects herself, it'll cost Grayson everything. This may be the one chance that's too big to take.
In the wrong place at the right time …
Tabitha Stetson, a former member of the top-selling Sassy Cats, never predicted she'd trade in her fame for single motherhood, yet here she is. With three weeks in the Big Apple to entertain herself while her daughter is off bonding with her father, Tabitha needs to make a plan for the rest of her life. She just can't figure out if she wants to be a recluse for her daughter's sake or reclaim her life in the limelight.
Henderson Quade is the type of guy who will put his hopes and dreams aside to help a friend. Let's face it, that's how he ended up being the managing director at The Edison Theater in the first place. And now his business partner, Grayson Keene, has tasked Henderson with wooing a former pop star, convincing her oh-so-subtly that she wants to spend her summer in Upstate New York, starring in a production at The Edison. Henderson likes neither schmoozing nor lying, so this job is about as pleasurable as an IRS audit.
This could be the perfect match or an epic disaster. One thing's for certain … they weren't looking for each other.