Pocket Books to Release 'Guiding Light' Novel
Pocket Books to Release 'Guiding Light' Novel
In celebration of Guiding Light's 70th Anniversary, Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, will release the original novel, Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story, next month.  The novel is centered on Jonathan Randall (Tom Pelphrey), as well as featuring a number of well-known characters, including Jonathan's mother, Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer), his deceased wife, Tammy Winslow, and his arch-rival, Alan Spaulding (Ron Raines).

Conceived by Guiding Light's head writer David Kreizman and co-written by Julia London, the romantic adventure novel opens with Jonathan fleeing Springfield.  Although he had gotten Lizzie Spaulding pregnant, Jonathan saw Tammy as his one true love.  After Tammy sacrificed her life in order to save Jonathan from a hit-man in a speeding car, Jonathan faked his death and left Springfield with his daughter, Sarah, hoping to get away from Alan.  His mother, Reva, is the only one who knows he is still alive.

Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story documents the new life that Jonathan has made for himself and Sarah. He finally stops running and assumes a new identity: J.B. Winslow.  In the process of building a stable home for his baby daughter, he meets a young woman for whom he feels an instant attraction.  He tries his best to make his new life work and to build new relationships, all the while coping with feelings of guilt and loyalty to the deceased Tammy.

A number of stars of Guiding Light are set to promote the publication of the novel through two live appearances at shopping malls.  The promotion will have the stars signing copies of the novel.

Moreover, Pocket Books will host an on-line sweepstakes that will give fans the opportunity to win a copy of the novel autographed by Zimmer, who has four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on the CBS soap.

Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story will hit retail shelves on September 18. It has been priced at $22.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: CBS
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