Sunday, 9 October 2011

Hello, Hollywood! by Janice Thompson


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.

My take:~

Janice Thompson combines her personal experience as a screen writer and her talent for writing romantic comedies to create Hello, Hollywood!, a fun and sweet story of two Hollywood sitcom writers falling in love.   I love how Janice infuses her stories with cultural elements, this time Athena, her close family and even a crazy dog called Zeus, hail from Greece, which adds interest and depth to the tale.  The screen writing elements are interesting although the many references to the Dick Van Dyke show fell flat for me as I didn't ever watch it.  Strong families ties, single parenthood, addiction and job security issues are all part of what makes this story more than just a funny story.  Athena and Stephen's romantic relationship kicks off a little too quickly for my liking but true to form, Janice provides an upbeat and engaging story and her readers will adore Hello, Hollywood!

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
With thanks to Revell for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlight on Kat and Scott (Stars Collide)
Character spotlight on Bella & DJ
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