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Carrington- After running away from her suffocating small
Iowa town, she managed to turn herself into Hollywood's latest "It" girl. Will her jaw dropping scandal filled past destroy her career and...
Carrington- After running away from her suffocating small
Iowa town, she managed to turn herself into Hollywood's latest "It" girl. Will her jaw dropping scandal filled past destroy her career and one chance at true love?
Derek- The closeted gay actor who made it big and will do anything to keep his secret. When a chance at real romance comes his way, will he be able to open his heart even if it means sacrificing his stardom?
Jake- Handsome and rugged, he climbs Hollywood's producing ranks and falls for Carrington. Is his love for her strong enough to survive both of their troubled pasts?
Loreen- An ex-hooker who built Hollywood's most exclusive escort service. When her empire is threatened,
how far is she willing to go to save it?
Bert- A down on his luck ex-power agent with enough secrets to destroy them all.
By the author of the critically praised A Time Before Me,
comes a novel about the ups, downs, in betweens, and insanity that is making it in Hollywood
Carrington sat outside by her pool and stared at the pistol that sat on the small table next to her lounge chair. She had forgotten where she had hid it, but as if it were meant to be she remembered at just the right moment. Her hands trembled as she held it and ran her fingers over the shiny metal. The first time she fired a gun was during "training" for her role as
Detective Marleen McDaniels on the cable tv show "New Orleans Heat." At the firing range she had been in awe of the rush of power she felt as she fired her first gun. Within her own hands she had the ability, if she wanted to, to kill. She never thought she would be seriously considering doing so though.
It was unseasonably cold for fall in Los Angeles. It was dipping below forty and yet she sat by her pool in a light sundress completely numb to the cold. She reached over and poured herself another brandy. She never drank this much, but then she had never considered committing murder either.
Finally, she got up and picked the bottle of brandy up in one hand, the gun with the other and walked back into her Beverly Hills home. Only a little over a year ago she had bought this house that had once belonged to a silent movie star. She was so proud. She, Carrington, had finally arrived. She had had so many plans for this house and for her life with Jake. Maybe they would even get married soon. Who knew? Maybe she
would have a child or two. She had the opportunity and the means to give her children everything she had never had.
But then all of her dreams were threatened at once.
On the night of the Emmys she had never been on such a high. She, Betty Lumpkin from Mackford Falls, Iowa, had gone beyond just transforming herself into a completely different person. She was nominated for the Lead Actress Emmy for her role as Dr. Heather Holiday on "ICU". With Jake escorting her in as she walked along the red carpet, and as the paparazzi
snapped picture after picture she felt as if she were a goddess. Jake, always so dashing, so ruggedly handsome had done so much more for her than show her what a good screw was. He had shown her for the first time what it really meant to be loved.
"How does it feel, Carrington, to not only be on the hottest new show, but to be here tonight nominated for your role?" the toothy, bottle blonde reporter from "Access Hollywood" asked her right before she went into the building.
"It feels spectacular!" Carrington practically screamed. "But seriously," she said, toning down, "It's amazing to just be nominated with such a wonderful group of women."
The reporter's eyes glazed over. She had heard it all before. "Well, we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for you," she said, before motioning to the cameraman to head into Heather Locklear's direction.
It was then that in the sea of screaming fans that Carrington caught a glimpse of Bert. Standing among the adoring fans he was stone faced staring straight at her and Jake. He looked so much worse since the last time she had seen him. His hair was noticeably grayer, and he looked like he had packed on another thirty pounds. From what she could see among the glaring lights his clothes looked worn, dirty. Nothing like the Bert she
knew. Nothing like the one she had fired recently. His ice-cold stare sent shivers running through her body.
"What's wrong?" Jake asked, pulling her close to him. His strong arms wrapped around her had always made her feel safe before from everything, but not this time for reasons Carrington had no explanation.
She nodded her head. "Nothing. Let's go in."
That night she would win her Emmy. But as she gave her acceptance speech, as she talked to the reporters, she couldn't shake the feelings of impending doom that seemed to have taken over her entire being. And it was that night that she would find out that her worst nightmare was coming true.
Posted December 22, 2006
Hollywood. So glamorous. All those stars, all that money, and the fame. Such a dream come true! Well, perhaps not. Hollywood also has a much darker side to it. Hundreds of young want-to-bes get off the bus everyday hoping to become rich and famous. Usually within their first few days in the city, these hopeful individuals realize that Hollywood is a very dangerous, lonely place and that being discovered is pretty unlikely. Starstruck: A Hollywood Saga follows the life of one such hopeful actress, Betty Lumpkin from Mackford Falls, Iowa. Betty, who quickly changes her name to Carrington Carmichael, finds out that the road to stardom isn¿t paved with gold and silver. The young woman falls victim to a lot of tragedy and trauma in her climb to the top. Then, when she has finally ¿made it¿ her past comes to haunt her. Starstruck: A Hollywood Saga shows the highs and lows of making it big in Hollywood. Although Carrington is the main focus of the book, the author has integrated the stories of several other aspiring stars within this main story. This aspect rounds out the book very well to give the reader the feeling of being part of the group and the action that occurs throughout this interesting story. Definitely recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.