Scoop [NOOK Book]


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Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he’s saddled with a weatherman who can’t admit when he’s wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who’s reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new ...
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And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity.

Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he’s saddled with a weatherman who can’t admit when he’s wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who’s reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant–former homeschool student Hayden Hazard–who can’t just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom.

When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises–including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague–threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge.

Meanwhile Hayden’s presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn’t sure whether he’s attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naïve spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions.

With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one’s faith boldly into the workplace.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This humorous novel from Gutteridge kicks off her new series, the Occupational Hazards, featuring seven siblings in a clown family that disbands when the parents die in a freak accident. Twenty-five-year-old Hayden Hazard sheds her protected, homeschooled life to strike out on her own as assistant to Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley. Her innocence, simple faith and good looks attract the attention of reporter Ray Duffey and egomaniacal weatherman Sam Leege. But trouble is brewing: an aging newscaster has overdone the Botox, giving her a permanent happy face while announcing the most terrible tragedies, and Ray is assaulted on the air while doing a story on pig zoning. An explosion at the waste-water treatment plant seems simple, but Ray discovers something stinks more than sewage or the pigs. Hugo pops blue pills for his stress, but even his medicated calm can't quell the looming disaster. As she did in her Boo series, Gutteridge clearly has fun with her story; the pages brim with quirky characters and plenty of laughs. Hayden's crusade against Hugo's antianxiety meds are the only questionable note in the book; readers may see it as a faith versus prescription antidepressants message. Drugs aside, this is a rollicking evangelical ride through the television news world, reminding readers why Gutteridge is such a delightful read. (Oct. 10) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Big changes are in store for a TV news show after a religious young woman joins the team. With sweeps week approaching, and a young punk of a boss demanding higher ratings, News Channel 7 producer Hugo Talley has no choice but to approach his diva anchor Gilda Braun about freshening up her look to bring in younger viewers. Humiliated, but reluctant to give up her post, the longtime newswoman succumbs to Botox, which does make her face smoother, but also gives her an unnerving perma-smile at odds with the serious reports she delivers. Unable to even furrow her brow, Gilda disappears, leaving Hugo to scramble for a replacement. Desperate, he turns to his new assistant, Hayden Hazard, a relentlessly cheerful and openly evangelical young lady with telegenic, wholesome good looks. One of seven home-schooled children from a family of professional clowns, Hayden is a hit with viewers, as well as with nice-guy reporter Ray Duffey, who shares Hayden's beliefs, but is a bit more discreet about praying at work. It is Ray who finds himself the subject of one of his own news reports when a cranky interviewee attacks him on camera, to the delight of his ratings-starved manager. But something about the whole incident troubles Ray, who digs a bit deeper and discovers that his disgruntled attacker has connections to a wastewater treatment plant explosion and cover-up. The conspiracy is somehow connected to the missing, and possibly endangered, Gilda. Hayden, meanwhile, has a far-reaching effect on several of her colleagues, including the tightly wound Hugo, who realizes that all the anti-anxiety pills in the world will not fix the empty feeling in his soul. Gutteridge at times gently mocks Hayden's spookypoise and socially awkward expressions of faith, but there is little doubt that she takes Hayden's beliefs and values very seriously. A sweet, sometimes zany message-centered tale; this is the first in a promised series chronicling the squeaky-clean adventures of the Hazard clan.
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Praise for Scoop

Scoop is a hilarious, smart look at life inside the evening news.  Gutteridge’s characterization is, as always, spot-on and full of wisdom.  I loved this book.  Rene’s one of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud.”
Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants and A Girl's Best Friend

“The scoop on Scoop--a fun, irresistible read that also provides a thoughtful look at our culture’s emphasis on youth, beauty, and the allure of bad news.”
Meredith Efken, speaker and author of S.A.H.M. I Am

“The opening obituary in Scoop got my attention.  The first page of chapter one made me laugh. And then, Rene Gutteridge’s writing talents sublimely piqued my curiosity. Not one of those uncontrollable responses waned until ‘The End’–when a new impulse arrived, one to yell, ‘No!  Not the end!’
Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of the Dearest Dorothy series

“A full line-up of fun, Scoop offers a hilarious, suspenseful show with a cast of enjoyable characters to love from sign-on to sign-off. Tune in to Rene Gutteridge's latest today!”
Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies, Straight Up, and Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307499622
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Series: Occupational Hazards
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,203,004
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of seven novels, including Boo, Boo Who, and Boo Hiss, as well as Ghost Writer and Troubled Waters. Her work as a playwright has been published more than thirty times. A trained screenwriter, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University, earning the “Excellence in Mass Communication” award. She served for five years as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom and full-time writer. She enjoys instructing at writer’s conferences and college classrooms. Rene lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children, John Caleb and Cate, in Oklahoma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011


    Really wanna give like 3.25-3.5, it was cute, real easy, non thinking kind of read.I will read the rest of the series, it wont be first on my to read list, but it is worth reading the rest. Hayden was a bit annoying, but not so much that I was not going to finish it just because of her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

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    The first of Guttridge¿s Occupational Hazard series is a rousing story of life, love, and laughs at a busy television news station. From the stressed out news producer popping Happy Pills to cope, to the aging newscaster experiencing a Botox disaster, to the cluelessly sweet and curiously savvy assistant who just can¿t seem to leave her faith at home where it belongs, this story is a delightful romp through the behind-the-scenes world of TV News. I laughed out loud several times. A thoroughly enjoyable tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    A fun, lighthearted suspense novel that begins a new series

    Scoop by Rene Gutteridge is the first book in the Occupational Hazards series. Book 1 introduces the Hazard family briefly, then jumps into the chaotic, entertaining world of a struggling, last place news operation. Hugo Talley is the executive producer totally devoted to his job and needing a little blue pill to take the edge off the stressful day. The staff is full of great characters: Brenda, the aging icon, Tate, the hansome anchor with one too many quirks, Ray, the quiet Christian, Roarke, the news desk man with the secret crush, and Hayden Hazard, the cute intern. The novel jumps from scene to scene, capturing the craziness of a network news show during sweeps week. Many things go wrong, and Hugo Talley finds himself without an anchor while a big story is developing, a story that may just involve some of the employees at his station. The plot develops rapidly and personalities clash, and characters turn to the vain selfishness that dominates the news industry, or turn to the good that Hayden brings to the station. Hayden Hazard, the focus of the series, grew up in a conservative home and was homeschooled. She seems out of place as she shares her faith with anyone that will listen. As a main character of the series, I feel she was somewhat underdeveloped. We really don't get to know much about her. For me, Gutteridge's strongest characters were the men, Ray Duffy, the hardnosed reporter, and Hugo Talley, the desperate producer. This isn't a genre a usually read, but I enjoyed the novel very much. It is fun, fast paced, even suspenseful. The characters grow on you after awhile. I look forward to Snoop, the next book in the series, featuring Hayden's older sister Mack as an undercover police officer.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    More like 4.5 stars...

    Scoop is a creative novel with a well-done plot, fantastic dialogue, and great characterization. The setting is superb and I truly felt like I worked in a television news station throughout the story. Scoop is highly entertaining with a strong theme tucked within it's pages regarding the power of a true Christian witness to nonbelievers we work with. Scoop also contained several points of view. On the one hand, I enjoyed getting to know the cast, but as a result, I didn't feel like I had much time to get to know Hayden Hazard--the main character. I think that was the downside to this otherwise riveting novel. I suppose seeing Hayden through others' eyes did work for the book, but by story's end I wished I'd had a chance to know Hayden more, to discover the way her mind worked. I really enjoyed her philosophy of life and how well the author portrayed it through her actions. Sometimes her naive perspective was downright funny. I also thought the author did an amazing job showing the various character arcs. Well done! Overall I'd say I enjoyed Scoop enough to recommend it. Though not 'hilarious', in my opinion, it did bring me indescribable satisfaction as I perused its pages. Most importantly, I didn't experience a dull moment in this novel. Not once did Scoop feel like a chore to read. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Hazard family though future books in the Occupational Hazards series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Chaotic look inside Newsroom

    Hayden Hazard is the new assistant to the Executive Producer at Channel 7. A former homeschooler, no one quite knows how to handle her upbeat outlook and faith that invades every aspect of her life.I cringed when I first saw she had been homeschooled. I ducked and waited for all the tired, old stereotypes to fly. Rene didn't rely on them. Instead, she painted Hayden as a young woman who was comfortable in her own skin, had a gut-level faith that flowed from her naturally (even as it made her colleagues uncomfortable), and had a basic level of common sense and wisdom that much of the world misses these days. Hayden is the focal character, but only the first and last chapters are in her point of view. The rest were told from various colleagues points of view. There's Gilda, the slightly long in the tooth anchor Ray, the agressive, hiding his light Christian reporter Hugo, the pill popping executive producer you get the idea. The story picks up as sweeps week descends on the station with Gilda mysteriously AWOL, Hayden suddenly sitting in her chair, a sewage plant exploding, and someone a viewer attacking Ray. Add Ray's desire to date Hayden and it makes for quite a mix. If you're looking for a funny read, I think you'll enjoy this book by Rene. If you're looking for suspense, ala her Storm series, this one isn't for you.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific inspirational story

    Channel 7 News Director Chad Arbus demands News Executive Producer Hugo Talley, already popping anti-anxiety pills like candy, to raise the ratings or he loses his job. He has few options so Hugo turns to his long time anchor Gilda Braun asking her to change her image in order to bring in many new younger viewers. Stunned and somewhat humiliated, Gilda hesitantly agrees to ¿youthenize¿ herself starting with Botox treatment to smooth out the wrinkles.--------------- However, a side effect of the treatment is a permanent smile that looks ghastly when the news is bad or serious. Humiliated, Gilda flees town, leaving Hugo in the lurch for a fast replacement. With no candidates, Hugo turns to his upbeat assistant Hayden Hazard though he has concerns with her lack of experience and her evangelical beliefs. Shockingly, Hayden is a major success with viewers.------------------ Reporter Ray Duffey is attracted to her and shares her religious beliefs, but hides his conviction from the station managers and his peers unlike Hayden who prays out in the open. However, during an interview, a guest verbally attacks Ray on the air, who investigates his accuser learning the man has ties to a wastewater treatment plant explosion, subsequent cover-up, and though somewhat nebulously the missing Gilda.------------ The first Hazard sibling tale is a terrific inspirational story that lampoons its heroine when she comes out in taboo social settings with what seems like platitudes in spite of her truly believing. Hayden makes the story line work as her beliefs begin to impact those around her especially Ray and Hugo yet Rene Gutteridge also spoofs her message. This technique actually has the intended impact of strengthening the message that it is nothing to be ashamed of by displaying your religious beliefs in public. Readers will enjoy the opening of the Hazard brood with a bit of craziness inside a fine pleasant suspense.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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