Denyse Cohen: One Hit Wonder

September: The Family Tree Month:

Today’s post is by Denyse Cohen, author of One Hit Wonder and the steamy short story Johnnie Blue. For more information visit


One Hit Wonder is the story of Audrey, a woman who has no clue what to do with her life (late-bloomers in the house—high fives). She reminds me of Winona Ryder as Lelaina in Reality Bites. They both feel lost and anxious about the future as things don’t turn out as they expected.

If Reality Bites is “a comedy about love in the 90’s” One Hit Wonder is all about the present. A time when Facebook, YouTube, and viral fame can completely change anyone’s life from one day to the next.

But although very contemporary: i.e. heavy drinking, strong-minded and no bullshit heroine, One Hit Wonder finds in Mr. Darcy from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice its hero.

John is a smart, sexy, and very shy hero. He feels even more nervous when around Audrey, but that won’t stop him from catching her every time she falls until he reveals his pent-up emotions for her with a song that propels his band to instant stardom.

They head to L.A. where the problems start and Audrey struggles to protect her relationship and find her own professional success, while the band deals with the dangers of fame.

Ultimately the question becomes would you choose fame and money over love?

Denyse Cohen is an artist, professional daydreamer, black-thumb gardener, self-proclaimed chef, and she writes contemporary and urban fantasy romance.

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13 replies

  1. One Hit Wonder sounds like a great story with very real relate-able characters. Like Audrey, I think I’ve rediscovered myself many times. Sounds like John has his hands full with Audrey–great fun!

  2. Denyse, love your premise! Very contemporary gal meeta a Mr. Darcy-type hero – I’m there! Much luck with ONE HIT WONDER.

  3. Fame and money over love? Maybe just money? Fame worries me. And, no, I still think I’d need love.

  4. Sounds like a winner, Denyse! I love musicians. Is he country, or rock? I also loved “Reality Bites.” Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder were great together and I love the scene where he is singing the Violent Femmes and she walks out. Hope “One Hit Wonder” is a hit for you!

  5. Denyse,
    I love the theme for Books With Benefits this month. Reality Bites? Love it!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  6. Denyse, sounds like an emotional ride with love as the prize. Congrats on your book!

  7. One Hit Wonder sounds like a great read with relate-able, realistic characters. I’ve lost count of how many times I recreated myself, so I feel for Audrey. I think John has his hands full.

  8. Love the black thumb gardener part about you. I can totally relate. Great post Denyse! One Hit Wonder sounds wonderful!

  9. Love the premise. It sounds like your characters are people I’d love to get to know. Congrats and best of luck!

  10. sounds like a great book denise. looking forward to reading it.

  11. Really enjoyed the book, especially after I got to know the characters better. Love, love, love John. Personal favorite John moment: Audrey insists that celebrating her new representation as an artist is a little too expensive and excessive. She claims that they didn’t do anything special when his band topped the charts or when they got signed… his response is great! So simple, so straightforward, so loaded with meaning–so John!


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