“He’s Hollywood premieres, and I’m small-town newspaper. Where can this possibly go?”
Release Date: 22nd May 2014
Genre: Fiction/ Contemporary Romance
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
As both a fan and a journalist, Lily Richards often wonders what role the media plays in creating the phenomenon that is actor Daniel Brighton. Personally, she prefers to report her favorite celebrity’s latest role rather than his latest dining companion—but she knows others in her profession don’t always agree.
A chance encounter with Daniel at a press junket gives Lily the opportunity to prove she’s not like other journalists. But Nate Brennan—Daniel’s publicist—isn’t convinced of Lily’s altruistic nature. He’s baffled by his client’s sudden preference for the no-name columnist, and when they are forced to work together, their professional battles soon lead to personal sparks.
As Lily becomes more involved in the world of entertainment media, she must balance what she feels is appropriate celebrity coverage with the personal relationships she now holds dear.
How much is too much when you’re standing near the glare of the Spotlight?
Guest Post with Lily:
Topic: You have worked as a journalist, writing features … how has this experienced influenced your prospective and how does it impact upon your writing?
Feature writing is all about getting to know the person you’re profiling. The whys and the hows are often the most interesting part of the story. And in many ways, writing about celebrities is no different.
I’ve been blessed to have the opportunities to write about a few celebrities – from famous Food Network personalities to well-known actors and actresses – and I learned two important things:
- I want to be a better journalist. I’ve been in press conferences where variations of the same question are asked again and again. So, I make an effort to think of creative, thoughtful things to ask. I figure that if I’m only going to get one or two questions in, I need to make them count!
- Celebrities are humans, too. They get bored. They get hungry. They get tired. They get aggravated. They get excited about projects. Some are funny and incredibly clever. Others are distracted and don’t want to be there. Just like the members of the press asking the questions.
I loved this book. I wish that I could read it for the first time all over again! This story is about a woman who works at a Nashville newspaper, and would like to get to write about movies instead of just the everyday things she writes about. I loved that Lily tried to stick to her principles and do what she thought and knew to be right. When we first meet Lily, she is going to see a play that has Daniel Brighton in it. Daniel was the star of her favorite show, but the show got cancelled, so she is trying to see him preforming any chance she gets. Okay, I’ve never gone to shows that my favorite actors are in, but this makes me think of when I got to meet Nathan Fillion; if more of my favorites came around here, I’d be driving three and four hours to meet them, too. As the story goes on, she gets a job at FilmInsanity.com, and she gets to interview Daniel, and later they have an accidental conversation on their own, and they eventually become friends. An unexpected romance occurs, and it made me really excited. When there were hints of romance between Lily and you know who, I didn’t want it to happen, I wanted her with anyone but him. As time went on, I really got into the romance, and they became one of my beloved ships. Overall, I was happy with the book, and I would definitely buy this book and recommend it to my friends. Oh! And my favorite thing about this book? It was clean!! Those of you who follow me regularly know that I don’t like smut in my books, but that if it’s there I’ll skip it, but there is nothing more rewarding than reading a book in a genre that is typically chalk full of smut, and finding out that it is clean. I was so thrilled! I would highly recommend this book to you all! It was awesome!
Krista Richmond is a journalist, pop culture enthusiast and a true Southern girl at heart. When she isn’t writing, she’s often in her kitchen, attempting to recreate recipes created by her favorite Food Network personalities, or at her local theater, catching the latest blockbuster (or indie flick).
A graduate of Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee with degrees in communications, she worked in print journalism for several years. Now, she works in marketing in southern Louisiana.
Follow her adventures on Twitter at @KristaRichmond.
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Ms. Richmond has a very conservative writing style but overlooking the formality came a great storyline complete with great character development, There were surprising little twists and plot shifts that made this book stand out from all the others.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book. I don’t know why but I really like reading about writers, and part of what I really liked about the book and the writing was how the author made the character of Lily a very ethical writer, and in this day in age when tabloid journalism is so rampant, it was kind of refreshing really Lily’s point of view on how covering the entertainment industry should be done.
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Lily Richards has the kind of fairytale life that 20 years ago I wished I had. Her work – and a little stalking – has resulted in a friendship with the hottest actor on the planet, but it’s his publicist she can’t stop thinking about. I’m so glad Richmond took Lily in this direction, because having her fall for the actor would have been too much of a Mary Sue move. Nate is great, and I loved their e-mail exchanges. A lovely debut novel. –Goodreads (Andrea)