Sunday, January 30, 2011

When Stars Collide

Stars Collide
Janice Thompson
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3345-2
January, 2011/336 pages/$14.99

Her future's so bright, she's gotta wear shades.

Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don't just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom--they are actually head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat's grandmother, an eccentric star from Hollywood's golden age, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed family members?

From the soundstage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes you on a roller-coaster tour of Hollywood, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion.

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas.

When I pick up a Janice Thompson book, I know I am in for a delightful time! After writing the charming Weddings by Bella series (which was set almost in my back yard, in Galveston, Texas), now Janice plops her readers down backstage at a refreshingly wholesome reality TV show. I loved this glimpse of Tinseltown, juxtaposing the contemporary world of Kat and Scott with the bygone era of Kat's grandmother. Thompson does a wonderful job of interweaving the many emotions experienced by those within this novel. Kat's frustration and exasperation with her grandmother's increasing dementia and obsession with the non-existent real-life wedding battles with her fierce love for the woman who raised her from the age of seven and her fears about her grandmother's future once her Alzheimer's worsens. Candy, the spoiled little brat diva whose stage mom makes everyone's life miserable, annoys Kat to no end until a glimpse at the hurting heart underneath reminds Kat of her own feelings of abandonment which resulted from her father's desertion. This is just the first book in this Backstage Pass series, and I look forward to going behind the scenes in the next novel as well!

And you can read "the story behind the story," the reason Janice Thompson wrote Stars Collide--and learn about the screenplay she wrote with her dad that starred Matt Dillon--on her blog.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Janice said...

Bless you for this sweet review. You will never know how much I needed the encouragement today!

quilly said...

This sounds fun. Wish I had it now. I would curl up in bed with it. I am sorry I haven't been around. I am just so sick I only do what I have to.

Maude Lynn said...

This sounds like a fun read!