Jennifer Reviews: Starbright by Alexandra Richland

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The Synopsis:

For starlet Elizabeth Sutton, it’s difficult to tell which has more momentum: her burgeoning film career, or the growing intimacy in her forbidden romance with notorious Hollywood outsider, Aidan Evans.

When the opportunity to costar in a feature film arrives, Beth and Aidan fight to keep their relationship out of Hollywood’s rumor mill and away from the ever-watchful eyes of Starlight Studios head Luther Mertz, who condemns a union between them and threatens the future of Beth’s acting career.

The pressure mounts as the cameras roll. Beth and Aidan navigate the precarious heights of superstardom while exploring their physical desires in secret. Beth grapples between the debilitating nervousness over her sexual inexperience and her unbridled need for Aidan. Meanwhile, the demons from Aidan’s past he thought forever vanquished linger on the fringes of a fragile inner peace . . .

Starbright is the second book in The Starlight Trilogy, a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Blogiversary Blowout: Exclusive Excerpt from Slip Away by Alexandra Richland

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I’m happy to be able to share an exclusive excerpt from Slip Away by Alexandra Richland 🙂

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Hollywood in Fiction: A discussion between authors Morgan and Jennifer Locklear and Alexandra Richland

For those of you unfamiliar with these authors, they have written books set against the backdrop of Hollywood.

Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. 

When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, her novella, Slip Away, and her short story, Gilded Cage. 

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Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts.  They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.

Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.

Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.

Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.

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Winner of the Blogiversary Giveaway by Alexandra Richland

I’m happy to announce the winner of the giveaway graciously offered by Alexandra Richland…

Elyse! Congratulations! You won a set of ebooks – Gilded Cage, Starlight and Frontline.

The winner has been notified by email.

**Winner was chosen by Random.org**

A huge thank you to Alexandra for offering this wonderful giveaway and thank you to everybody who entered!

Take Care,

Jenn

Blogiversary Guest Post: Alpha Males Part 2: The Good, The Bad, and The Alpha by Alexandra Richland

In honor of our Blogiversary, Alexandra Richland (author of StarlightGilded Cage and Frontline) has drafted two guest posts related to a subject near and dear to a reader’s heart – the Alpha Male.

The first installment discussed the traits that make the Alpha Male such an attractive and desirable character. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

This second installment discusses the paths Alpha Males follow – the heroic and the anti-heroic.

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Many thanks to Alexandra for her insights and for providing well-developed examples in the gorgeous forms of Trenton Merrick, the Alpha Male in her novel Frontline and Aidan Evans, the Alpha Male in her story, Starlight.

You can find Alex on twitter here

Enjoy!

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Blogiversary Guest Post: Alpha Males Part 1: Alpha Assets by Alexandra Richland

In honor of our Blogiversary, Alexandra Richland (author of Starlight, Gilded Cage and Frontline) has drafted two guest posts related to a subject near and dear to a reader’s heart – the Alpha Male.

This first installment discusses the traits that make the Alpha Male such an attractive and desirable character.

*fans self*

Many thanks to Alexandra for her insights and for providing a well-developed example in the gorgeous form of Trenton Merrick, the Alpha Male in her novel, Frontline.

You can find Alex on twitter here

Enjoy!

Jennifer Reviews: Frontline by Alexandra Richland

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The Synopsis:

When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: a passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton’s mansion the next night.

Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton’s favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

BONUS CONTENT includes four short stories written exclusively for this release.

“Pleasant But Not Nice” takes a closer look at the friendship between Kelly Sheridan and Denim Jacobson prior to Sara Peters’ arrival in New York.

“The Five R’s” accompanies Sean Mavis and Christopher Maida on a stakeout and reveals their initial impressions of Kelly and Denim.

“Dust” is an intimate look at Trenton Merrick’s relief efforts in Haiti days after the devastating earthquake.

“The Celibate Spy” transports us back to 1968 when Randall Wolverhampton takes on his first mission as a junior agent in MI6, Britain’s foreign intelligence agency.

PLUS the first chapter of the upcoming sequel to Frontline coming in 2014.

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Jennifer Reviews: Starlight by Alexandra Richland

The synopsis:

October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie’s plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she’s asked to film a screen test at a major motion picture studio.

Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.

As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan’s dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.

The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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