Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Series Takes Readers Into the Glamorous Life of a Hollywood Sitcom Celebrity and Her Quest for Love

From author who is a seasoned screenwriter with an insider’s perspective on the entertainment industry, comes the first book Stars Collide in the new series from Janice Thompson, “Backstage Pass.”

In Stars Collide, Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don't just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom—they are also 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 aging Hollywood starlet with a penchant for wearing elaborate evening gowns from Golden Age movies, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of their control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids tomorrow? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed in-laws?

From the sound stage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes readers on a roller-coaster tour of Tinseltown, 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.

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Praise for Stars Collide by Janice Thompson:

"Stars Collide is a fun-filled romp into Tinseltown
with all its quirks and characters.
I hope you enjoy this romantic getaway as much as I did."

—Kristin Billerbeck, bestselling author of
Perfectly Dateless and What a Girl Wants

"A sweet, funny, fun look at Hollywood behind the scenes,
from a talented author.
Janice Thompson knows her characters inside and out."

—Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of
Larkspur Cove and Beyond Summer

My Review - Stars Collide

STARS COLLIDE is not what I would consider my normal book of choice. When I see descriptions like “quirks” and “fun-filled romp”, I usually pass. But, the premise for STARS COLLIDE caught my interest.

Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy are the stars of a television sitcom. As their onscreen romance is confirmed an off-screen romance is sparked. Trying to keep their feelings from others is no easy task, especially since Kat’s grandmother– a star from Hollywood’s golden age– suffers from Alzheimer’s and confuses an onscreen marriage proposal for the real thing. What ensues is an amusing story with comical characters and an original storyline.

Though I wouldn’t classify STARS COLLIDE as a favorite, it was still an entertaining read. At times, I thought the biblical influences were spoken more than necessary, interrupting the flow of the story. But overall, for someone who is looking for light reading STARS COLLIDE is sure to entertain.

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

Book provided for review purposes.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Series from Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Fatal Judgment is the first novel in the new romantic suspense series “Guardians of Justice” by acclaimed author Irene Hannon, who has been recognized with accolades including RITA and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice awards.
Author Dee Henderson has praised Hannon’s latest book, saying, “Fatal Judgment is Irene Hannon’s storytelling at its best. I enjoyed every minute.”
In Fatal Judgment, U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since she drove her husband--and Jake's best friend--to despair . . . and possible suicide.
As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he's forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in danger.
Full of suspense and romance, Fatal Judgment is a thrilling story that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.

“Fatal Judgment is Irene Hannon’s storytelling at its best.
I enjoyed every minute.”
– Dee Henderson

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

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 25 novels, including the CBA bestsellers Against All Odds, An Eye for an Eye, and In Harm's Way. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier award, and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. She lives in Missouri.

My Review - Fatal Judgment

Irene Hannon has once again penned an incredible story. FATAL JUDGMENT is a great mix of suspense, intrigue, and romance.

When it is concluded that the death of federal judge Liz Michaels’ sister was an unfortunate act of mistaken identity, the FBI, along with the U.S. Marshal’s office combine forces to find out who it is who might be after the federal judge.

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has been assigned to protect federal judge Liz Michaels, a detail he wishes had been assigned to someone else. Liz Michaels just happens to be the widow of his former college buddy, a man that confided in Jake that his wife was a workaholic, coldhearted, and put her job above all else, that was five years ago right before his apparent suicide. But, the more time Jake spends with Liz, his preconceived opinions change. She is nothing but warm, caring, considerate, and dealing with guilt issues because she wasn’t able to reach her alcoholic/depressed husband.

Completely out of character, Jake allows the line between personal and professionalism to blur. His feelings for Liz grow and she in turn begins to rely on him for more than just protection. Her life and his heart are on the line and he has no intentions of letting either one of them get hurt.

FATAL JUDGMENT was a fast-paced read that would not allow me to put it down. Irene Hannon is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She blends action with romance flawlessly. A great read and a wonderful start to the Guardians of Justice series.

This book provided for review purposes.