Sneak Peek of Queen of the Universe by Geralyn Corcillo

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Can a charismatic TV writer convince a reclusive handyman to become her show’s leading man in time to save her career?

Savvy Hollywood writer Lola Scott is about to get fired from the TV show she created because she still hasn’t cast the role of the dark, brooding bounty hunter. But then HE walks in … Arlen Black. And he’s perfect for the part. But he’s not an actor there to audition. Nope. He’s the handyman Lola hired to renovate her historic Hollywood house. No problem—Lola gleefully offers him the dream job of a lifetime. But the stoic recluse-in-a-tool-belt wants nothing to do with Lola and her show. What?! Really?

So Lola goes after him with everything she’s got. But as she draws Arlen into her chaotic world of TV production, Hollywood gossip sinks its claws into him. And when one paparazzi photo threatens to destroy everything he holds dear, Lola’s got to move heaven and Earth not to save the show … but to save Arlen.

This novel reads as a stand-alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe: Los Angeles, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.

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EXCERPT ONE:

The handyman Lola’s just hired to renovate her house shows up for their first meeting, but she thinks he’s an actor there to audition for her TV show … audition for the role of the sexy, brooding bounty hunter.

“Lola Scott? You’re the woman in charge?” He’s looking all askance at my faded tee and worn jeans.

I let my smile unfurl. Why not? This guy is a kick. “I’m the showrunner. Yes.”

“Showrunner.”

“Yes,” I say easily, deciding I can work with his level of inexperience. “I’m the writer who created the show, and I’m pretty much in charge of everything. From casting, to shooting, to editing. I run the show. Showrunner.”

He’s nodding but looking at me as if he’s thinking about what he’s going to make for dinner tonight. Seriously? He’s losing interest in the details of the show? He really IS already in character for my aloof bounty hunter. Either that or …

I tilt my head and scrunch my eyes à la Alicia Silverstone. “Is this your first time working in TV?” I place a reassuring hand on his arm.

He jumps back, making me feel like I just burned him with a curling iron. He puts his hands in his back pockets and looks at me with such blatant … examination, like he recognizes me from a WANTED poster in the post office. “That’s a weird way of putting it,” he says. “But yes, this is the first time I’ve been to a studio.”

“Mmmm,” I muse. Fresh blood. Makes it easier.

“Look,” he says, taking his hands out of his pockets and looking around as if to find the nearest exit. “You seem really busy. Can we just do this?”

“Yes,” I practically chirp, standing to attention. “We can fill in the details later, but so far, you’ve really nailed it.”

“Uh … nailed what, exactly?”

“The image is perfect,” I practically coo. “Very Aragorn meets Wolverine.” I look him up and down, then slowly start to circle him. “I like the beard,” I tell him. “More than five-o’clock shadow, but clipped close enough to see the planes of your face and the cut of your jaw. Good choice.”

He backs away from me, turning to stay face to face with me. “Lady …”

“You’ve got that roguish, brooding thing going,” I murmur, getting lost in the intense, bordering-on-angry, look on his face. “Those dark eyes are killer.”

His lips part but he doesn’t say anything. Score. The guy can really pull off silence.

“Hmmm,” I say, considering.

“What now? Jesus, what the hell is going on?”

I look up into his face. He seems like he seriously just fell off the truck, making leverage points useless with him. This blade runner with the soul of Pollyanna just dropped into my lap and I have to handle him right.

With sincerity.

“It’s nothing we can’t work around,” I say, brushing it off with a laugh. “It’s just that you’re a little older than I had in mind.”

“Old?” he squawks. “I’m only thirty-two!”

“Thirty-two can totally work,” I assure him. “We’ll make it work.”

He steps back with the barest hint of a nod.

“And you’re okay with partial nudity?” I ask.

“WHAT?”

“Relax,” I say, trying not to laugh. “I just mean taking your shirt off. Maybe once in a while. But nothing gratuitous. Only when necessary.”

“Look, I don’t care how hot it is, I don’t strip at work.”

“When you see how much money is in it for you, I think you’ll change your mind. And there’s no sex. Not at first, anyway.”

“That’s it.” He spins on his heel and heads to the stairwell.

“Wait!” I call, rushing to get ahead of him, blocking the door to the exit. “It’s okay if you’re afraid you won’t look perfect. Colin Firth totally panicked like that on the set of Circle of Friends. We’ll get you on a daily fitness regimen so that when the time comes, you’ll have nothing to be shy about.”

“Listen,” he begins, his voice galvanized with more authority than I’m used to from auditioning actors. “You need to get out of my way and let me leave. You’ve clearly got some guy-in-a-tool-belt fantasy, and I’m telling you up front, I’m not interested.”

My head snaps back the tiniest fraction before I stop it. “Tool belt? You mean, like, to carry your gun?”

“MY GUN?”

 

About the Author:

 

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When she was a kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to rescue animals and constantly pick up litter. At home, she loves to kick back by watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the New York Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband TV writer Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.

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Review of Finding Claire by Pamela Humphrey

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Title: Finding Claire

Author: Pamela Humphrey

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: December 5, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

Purchase links: Amazon/Kobo/Apple

It is scary feeling not remembering who you are or where you come from and this is the case in Finding Claire by Pamela Humphrey. A young woman is running for her life after waking up in a van. She doesn’t know her name or what she has been through, but she knows she has to stay free from the men who took her. She is rescued by a man named, Alex, a kind-hearted man who wants the best for her. He names the young woman, Rainy since she appeared on his doorstep on a rainy night.

From the first page it is an intense story that has you anticipating  who Rainy really is and what happened to her. This was a suspenseful book with twists and turns, which keeps you turning the pages. It also had a mysterious element and a hint of romance. The author does a wonderful job making sure your invested in the characters. I became very attached to Rainy and in hoping she would get her life back. I definitely recommend Finding Claire to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Review: Mirrored Hearts Sealed by Fire by Ann Marie Bryan

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Title: Mirrored Hearts: Sealed by Fire

Author: Ann Marie Bryan

Publication Date: February 4, 2016

Genre: Christian Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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Larry and Rozene are a power couple who seems to have it all, at least that is what they want everyone to believe. The love is there but it seems both are keeping secrets. When Larry finds out what Rozene has been hiding he makes a point to let her never live it down, especially if it keeps her away from learning his mishaps.

Mirrored Hearts Sealed by Fire is about infidelity, love and marriage. This book had some drama but the Christian element in the book kept me turning the pages. The characters were easy to relate to and well-developed as well as the storyline. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Pre-Order Heart of a Savage by Lashanta Charles

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Author Name: Lashanta Charles

Title of Book: Heart of a Savage

Genre: Romance – New Adult, Sports

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Pre-Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7YMJK6

GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32868147-heart-of-a-savage

Bailey Ross-O’Malley has spent her whole life catering to others. She used to enjoy it. Until her father died. In an attempt to protect her, her father chose Connor to be her husband, but that was a mistake. Connor was supposed to love her, be her rock – but some rocks need to be tossed as far away as possible. She only has one source of happiness now, her son, and if Connor doesn’t get his way, he’ll take that joy from her as well.

MMA fighter, Dominic Prince, has only one mission in life: forget his past. Forget the pain, the drama, and the loss of things taken away from him too soon. He’s guarded and secretive and that’s the way he likes it. He was doing a damn good job of keeping it that way. Until her. Bailey showed up and Dominic’s life became a minefield. He can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or shake her, but he does know that he’ll fight to keep her safe. He’ll be as savage as he is in the octagon, outside of it.

Neither of them wants to accept it happening, but the past has a way of sneaking into the present. Hearts will be shattered and bonds will be broken. Will they survive it?

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LaShanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Romance has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. She published her debut novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and released the sequel, Lovely Lies 2, in February 2014. Her third novel, Splitting Karma, was released in October 2014. She lives in Yelm, WA, with her husband and three children and also serves in the US Army. She’s a home body who enjoys SLEEPING, reading, SLEEPING, eating, SLEEPING, white chocolate mochas, SLEEPING, sexy alien romances, and of course, writing. Oh, and she hates spiders; they’re extremely creepy, why do they need eight legs??

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