Hello, Hollywood! (Backstage Pass Series #2)

Hello, Hollywood! (Backstage Pass Series #2)

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by Janice Thompson

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Athena Pappas is the head writer on one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem scripting the romances of her…  See more details below


Athena Pappas is the head writer on one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem scripting the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as the characters discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.

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As head writer of a popular TV sitcom, Athena Pappas has enjoyed the fame that comes along with the job. But when the ratings start to fall, the bigwigs bring in comedian Stephen Cosse. Suddenly, Athena is worried about her job. Competition and hilarity ensue as Athena and Stephen butt heads and then hearts. VERDICT This fun entry in Thompson's comic Hollywood series (after Stars Collide) features humor, romance, and breezy dialog. Those who enjoy Rene Gutteridge's "Occupational Hazards" novels for their quirky humor and characters will appreciate this new series.

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Backstage Pass Series , #2
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Hello, Hollywood! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
A Greek sitcom writer and a rising star comedian come together in this cute novel by Janice Thompson. Hello, Hollywood is book two in the Backstage Pass series. Athena Pappas is a head writer for a TV sitcom whose ratings are starting to decline. Her boss hires a comedian who is up for an Academy Award in the comedy world and Athena takes it as a threat to her job. Intertwined in this heated battle is her family of Greek heritage which adds to the charm of the story. Put all of this together and you have the makings of a My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding type of book. A pretty cute and charming story with funny characters. This is the second book by Janice Thompson that I have read and I enjoyed it much better than the previous one. Despite this being the second book in the series, one can easily pick it up as an individual novel and quickly understand what is going on. Ms. Thompson did a great job making this a stand alone book, but still including the characters from the first book in the series. If you enjoy a fast, whitty and cute read, this is the book for you. Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group *Revell Books was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy to review for them and these are my own thoughts straight from my noggin.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Hello, Hollywood by Janice Thompson is the second book in the Backstage Pass series about the people working on a sitcom called Stars Collide. In this novel Athena Pappas is comfortable as the headwriter for the show, enjoying her rich life with her Greek family, helping out at her family's restaurant, and her friendship with Kat, the female lead of the show. But when the show's producer hires a new writer, Athena is sure that her job is on the line. She's even more shaken up when the new guy, Stephen Cosse, turns out to be an Adonis that gets her pulse pounding. Stephen and his daughter, Brooke, quickly fit in with Athena's family, but she has a hard time trusting him enough to really let him in, especially when it seems he has betrayed her. When you are reading a Janice Thompson novel, you know that you're going to find families overflowing with love and quirky personalities, descriptions of food that will leave your mouth watering, and a sense of humor and love of life that will have you smiling with every turn of the page. Her books are always entertaining and filled with a deep faith. I am a huge fan.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for contemporary romance with a Christian spin, look no further than author Janice Thompson. Thompson's latest book, Hello, Hollywood is the second book in her Backstage Pass series, that centers around the television sitcom, Stars Collide. Thompson is a veteran romance author and has behind the scenes experience as a screenwriter which lends a realistic, authentic feel to this novel. Readers will appreciate Thompson's ability to add humor, as well as, inspiration to her writing. With expressive and personable characters, a very Hollywood attitude, and lots of fun, Hello, Hollywood is a great romantic comedy. I first became interested in the writing of Janice Thompson when I reviewed her book, Swinging on a Star from the Weddings by Bella series. One of the things that I find most enchanting about her books is the sheer amount of humor that she adds to very situation. If a reader is looking for a romance that is both clean and light, Thompson's books are among the best. In her latest, Hello, Hollywood humor abounds. The main protagonist, Athena is a write for the television sitcom, Stars Collide, which in and of itself provides a great avenue for adding funny situations and circumstances, but Athena's life itself gives the reader a very light-hearted look at love. Sometimes in our own lives I think we get hung up on the heavy parts of relationships. Thompson reminds us that it's okay to have a good time, everything doesn't have to be so dramatic. Her characters portray that idea throughout this novel. When Athena meets comedian Stephen Cosse she isn't expecting him to tickle her funny bone and make her heart sing, so it's an amazing kind of relationship that readers will enjoy reading about and wishing they had one like it. Some may consider Thompson's writing a little over-the-top or pretentious, but I like all the biggness, the exaggerated circumstances and when you add in the Christian perspective, what's not to like? I think readers will really fall in love with the cast and characters centered around Stars Collide. They are a bunch of people thrown together that may not have ever found each other otherwise and I think that's the beauty of it. Athena is smart, professional and has a great outlook on life. Stephen is a great addition to the show and to Athena's life. He looks at the world with a glint of humor in his eye. I always find myself loving characters who are genuine and feel like someone you might meet on the street. Thompson pulls that off with this series as she does with most of her books. The characters drive the story to where she wants it to go and the reader is along for a great ride. I recommend this one to Christian Fiction readers and contemporary romance fans. Thompson's writing is fun, clean and has it's priorities in the right order. If you are looking for a book that will get you laughing and then make you think a little bit, this is it. Great for a long weekend or curled up in front of roaring fire. Grab a blanket, a cup-o-joe and you'll be all set.
slglankow More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Backstage Pass series is a keeper. Athena Pappas is the head writer of the sitcom Stars Collide. Coming from a very large Greek family, Athena is used to craziness, fun, and love. But when Stephen Crosse comes to town to join the writing team, Athena's heart does some tumbling. She is concerned for her job, but also for her heart! With a funny Greek dog, Stephen's daughter, and the wonderful Pappas family and their diner this Chrisitan comedy will fill your heart with warmth, family, and laughter!
BaronBookReview More than 1 year ago
I'm definitely a Janice Thompson fan-her Weddings by Bella series was great and I enjoyed each and every book. I even read and reviewed her first Backstage Pass book, Stars Collide, and enjoyed that one. Unfortunately, I wasn't as enamored with her latest book in the Backstage Pass series, Hello Hollywood! (sorry Ms Thompson!). Although I enjoyed the scenes where the writers brainstormed and the antics that went with it, so many of the ideas came from the old Dick Van Dyke (which I still watch!) and I Love Lucy shows. It just seemed a little too much repetition and recycling of ideas. As Hollywood writers, there should have been more original ideas. There was also quite a bit of repetition of the "great stories are built on conflict" and the plotline discussions. I actually grew kind of bored with those sections. Each of the characters had their own "moments" and I enjoyed their stories of how they came to be at this point in their lives. It's also a treat to see such a family oriented environment. The way the family interacted at home and at "Super Gyros" really touched me. And I loved how the writers included the older "former starts" in the show-the older generation still has a lot to give. I think my favorite character in Hello Hollywood! had to be Leona. Her failing memory and illusions is so typical of Alzheimer's and I'm glad Ms Thompson brings that awareness to her readers. The romance between some of the characters (don't want to spoil it!) is always part of Ms Thompson's books and I enjoy that part. Who doesn't love some romance?? And, as usual, the inclusion of faith is one of the reasons I read her books. I like seeing the characters living their faith and not just talking about it. All in all, Hello Hollywood! was an okay read. It was easy to get through but I was disappointed that it wasn't up to Ms Thompson's usual standards. I still look forward to not only the next book in the Backstage Pass series, I look forward to all of Janice Thompson's books. I give Hello Hollywood! 3 out of 5 stars as just an average read. Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group I received this book free from Revell as part of their book review bloggers 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."
KeliZKZ More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! Janice Thompson really knows how to set the stage! My favorite character is Athena Pappas! She is writer for a sitcom that I learned about in Janice's first book in the Backstage Pass series "Stars Collide". This is a must read book! It is clean cut, humorous, family oriented, Godly book and it so fun to read! Can't wait for more books from Janice Thompson!
QueenofBlingEC More than 1 year ago
Scientists discovered some time ago what Solomon knew in Proverbs 17:22: " A cheerful heart doeth good like medicine." In other words, laughter does a person good. It has even been proven that cancer patients improve when they watch comedy movies, read humorous books. This is why I love Janice Thompson's books. Her books are full of humor and I always feel better after reading her latest one is no exception. Hello Hollywood follows the story of Athena Pappas, head writer of "Stars Collide" one of the most popular comedies in TV history. Laughter begins and sparks fly when the show brings on Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse on board to help lift the sagging ratings. Janice's writing is quick and witty and she does something really fun with the chapters. But I'm not giving that away - you'll have to purchase the book to find out. If you're looking for a light-hearted, uplifting book to read, this is it! I give it 6 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey josh got locked out could u go down one book thanks -kat
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am active and I wish to be Sagekit...is that alright?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elementary writing, poor plot and character development. I made myself finish it just because I paid for it on my Nook, and it was VERY difficult to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book 4 a 10 year old 2 read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You might aask why i put brb title. Well becuase every time i picked it up i could not stop reading it. I read this book within two days. The characters were amazing and i loved how the book was put together. I rate this book number 2 out of all the books ive read. Thanks for an amazing read.
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Couldnt put down enjoyed very much love story with out the smut
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i love it too i'll say it really good
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
Hello, Hollywood is a HIT! Janice Thompson has written another hit with Hello, Hollywood. This book is the second in her “Backstage Pass” series. I have not read the first one, so I am coming into this situation and these characters cold (with no background). Janice writes this book in the first person; that is, as if she is the main character and telling the story. She is able to describe the events and characters so that the reader feels that he or she is actually in the story. For instance, the warmth of the main character, Athena’s, family is felt just by the conversation and actions that take place. Yet there is the necessary conflict when the supposed “bad guy” comes into the picture. And there is a lot of mystery in determining if he really is a “bad guy” or a “good guy” because of all the incidents that include him. The reader feels all the emotions that Athena is feeling during these times Janice writes a rich story with all the elements that are necessary for a good story without becoming sordid and dark. Hello, Hollywood will keep the reader interested and looking forward to the ending. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a relaxing read with lots of substance and entertainment.
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Jennie1980 More than 1 year ago
I love romance books that are humorous and clean. This book was a great fit.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
The story is told from the viewpoint of Athena Pappas, a twenty-eight year old, unmarried, head writer of a hit television sitcom. With much of the activity centering in Athena's parents' Greek sandwich shop, the reader learns many things about Greek tradition. Athena helps every Saturday, by making baklava, a delicious honey-nut pastry. Love flows freely and all are happy, happy, happy. As the plot unfolds, humor is interwoven with romance. Although the storyline is predictable, I enjoyed the read. However, the conclusion is disappointing as it winds up too quickly. The novel made me long for some Greek food. Fortunately, I live in Florida, close to Tarpon Springs, a Greek city. I plan to get a gyro and some yummy baklava soon! Thank you to Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group for my copy. Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Janice Thompson in her new book, "Hello, Hollywood" Book Two in the Backstage Pass series published by Revell brings us to Los Angeles and inside the writer's room of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history, Stars Collide. At 28, Athena Pappas is head writer on Stars Collide. Athena's love life gets the shakeup it needs when her boss hires up-and-coming Vegas comedian, Stephen Cosse, to help boost the show's sagging ratings. Feeling her position as head writer threatened, she starts to doubt her talents, and the fact that Stephen is as good looking as Adonis doesn't escape Athena's attention either. Sparks fly as the competition-and attraction-between the two heats things up. While they struggle to create conflict and comedy for their characters on the page, Athena and Stephen develop a relationship they never would have scripted for themselves and discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives may just be the best thing that's ever happened. Against the backdrop of Hollywood these characters try to live their lives, be obedient to the calling of God and have a career. Ms. Thompson is a fine writer and she puts clever little things in the book to keep us smiling like the use of the names of television shows, past and present, as chapter titles. "Hello, Hollywood" is a fun read, all the characters are likable and Ms. Thompson has a way of bringing you into the story and making the lives of the characters very real. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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." Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
anemulligan More than 1 year ago
Comedic timing is an art form, and Janice Thompson is a master. Her romantic comedies keep getting better and better. I laughed all the way through Hello, Hollywood! The story is reminiscent of the old Hollywood sitcoms - the days of I Love Lucy and Dick Van Dyke. If you like to laugh-and who doesn't?-treat yourself to a rollicking good read. Novel Rocket and I give it 5 stars. A must read!
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
I love a good escape into a fun story. Sometimes in life we just need a really good escape and "Hello Hollywood".I am SO there! The second novel in the "Backstage Pass" series is a complete package winner. I felt a bit like I was living on a "Dick Van Dyke" set and it was so fun. There was a bit of writer's humor which I couldn't help chuckling at, and Janice Thompson writes situational comedy so well. I first got to know Athena in the first novel, "Stars Collide" and I was so thrilled to read her story. Her big Greek family is a hoot and the sparks between her and Stephen.ooo boy. The romance is sweet, but on fire! But what I loved most about this book is not only the great escape, fun setting and lovable characters, it was a sweet story from beginning to end. Just enough tension to keep the story moving and me as the reader invested, and more than enough humor to keep the story entertaining. There is something fun and addictive about getting into the head of an ever so slightly sarcastic heroine. "Backstage Pass" is one of new favorites by Thompson, bested only by her "Weddings by Bella" series. She combines great situational humor, setting and faith and I know I'm always in for a delightful read. It might not always be realistic, but that is what makes it fun! You'll laugh and love, hopefully as much as I did. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review. **Available September 2011 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello Hollywood Rocks. It is clever, funny, and very well written. Janice Thompson is a gifted writer who knows how to spin and wonderful story.
bklindy More than 1 year ago
I love all of Janice Thompson books. They are all from a deep Christian heart and funny. Always a love story going on. I love the Star Collide series and the Weddings by Bells. I can't wait for her next book...