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Review – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

SCARED SCRIPTLESSScared Scriptless: A Novel
Hachette Book Group, Inc
Published by Hyperion (June 3, 2014)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401311056
E-Book File Size: 1054 KB


Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates “Hollywood.” Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule – “No Actors!” – helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig’s agenda doesn’t exactly line up with her altruistic goal.

Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alison Sweeney has been on television for over twenty years, from starring as Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives to hosting The Biggest Loser and recently in the Hallmark Movie Second Chances and much more. She is definitely writing what she knows. This is her second novel following last year’s release The Star Attraction. Again she gives us a look behind the scenes of the world of television.

I loved Maddy Carson. Hyper organized and a very strong woman. She has a strong sense of family that carried her though the ups and downs she faced in this story. Dating Craig was probably not the smartest decision but I loved the way she fought back with just a bit of help from her friends and family.

Wolf County sounds like a wonderful place. I wish there really was a reality show featuring Maddy’s family and the quirky residents there. Seeing how the economy dip and financial crisis affected the area would mirror other communities across the U.S.

The budding romance between Maddy and Adam, AN ACTOR!, was fun to read. He wasn’t giving up and she was not going down that road easily.

Sweeney is wrapping up her final year on Days of Our Lives and that just breaks my heart. I am a true fan of the show. I think I watched it from the start with my mom with a short break for school before VCRs and DVRs. Many of us at college planned our schedules so we could gather to watch the show as often as possible. I don’t think I have missed an episode in years. We get attached to these actors and the roles they play. There will never be another actress that could fill Alison’s shoes as Samantha Jean Brady.

I do wish her well and hope that while I may not see her on my television every day that she will continue the write fun and entertaining stories like this one. This story is a perfect escape, a terrific summer read, a lighthearted book to read on the beach.

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You can find out more about Alison Sweeney here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in Just For Fun Challenge Literary Escapes Reviews 2014

February Just For Fun Read – Naked Heat by Richard Castle

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Naked Heat (Nikki Heat)
2nd in Series
Mystery/Police Procedural
Published by Hyperion
A Division of Harper Collins
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401324025
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0786891368
E-Book File Size: 639 KB


In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling HEAT WAVE, Richard Castle’s new thrilling mystery continues the story of NYPD Homicide Detective, Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation by blockbuster author Richard Castle, readers will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As a fan of the television show Castle, this was a fun read. ABC has brought their character’s books to life. Richard Castle is a mystery/police procedural author who writes stories about the NYPD detectives he “shadows” because he has some lofty friends in New York, like the mayor. He actually is one of the team and helps solves the cases.

All the characters in the book are based on characters in the show, so the book is really an episode of the show with the names changed, with one notable exceptin, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook gave into the romantic tension long before Castle and Beckett did.

I find it comical that in the acknowledgements the author thanks both the characters in the show and the actors that play them. The picture of the author on the book jacket is Nathan Fillion, the actor that plays Richard Castle so the tie in to the show is complete.

There has been much speculation on who actually pens these novels. It is said the author has appeared on the hit television show. James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Stephen Cannell have all appeared as themselves on the show as Castle’s poker buddies. I always thought it was Stephen Cannell. He was part of so many great television shows. It was a sad day when he passed away in 2010. Another name that was thrown into the mix was Tom Straw. He has been on the show briefly in a non-speaking role back in Season 2, he is known more for being associated with television comedies, but he has written one Castle-like novel back in 2007, The Trigger Episode: A Novel.

I am grateful for the Just For Fun Reading Challenge so  that I can get caught up on books like this that have been waiting far too long on my TO-BE-READ Shelf.

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Posted in Giveaways Reviews 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney

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The Star Attraction
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Women’s Fiction
Bookmark Entertainment Productions
Trade Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401311049
E-Book File Size: 569 KB

Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream—Billy Fox.

But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big-name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her life and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investment banker boyfriend?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alison Sweeney takes us behind the scenes into the life of a very successful Hollywood publicist and we find her days could be featured on any daytime drama. Being tempted by a new actor she is supposed to be representing could ruin everything she has worked years to obtain.  

Sweeney writes what she knows. She has worked on Days of Our Lives for 20 years and knows the job of a publicist as she has probably worked with more than a few herself. I have a hard time accepting this is her first foray into the world of fiction publishing. I hope it is the first of many! The story flows perfectly and she has created a leading lady readers will love. We also get wrapped up so easily in the romantic triangle. I was glad I didn’t have to choose which man she would spend her life with.  

Sophie Atwater is a 31 year old publicist headed for the top. She is addicted to her Blackberry and she calls herself a “glorified babysitter”. That’s what her job is – holding the client’s hands and keeping them out of trouble. She is on the red-carpet, at fundraisers and sitting in on interviews.  She is far from the perfect woman she strives to be and truthfully can be quite a klutz, especially when Billy Fox is around. Her mishaps will have you absolutely laughing out loud.

This debut has it all drama, comedy, romance and even a bit of mystery. A fun-tastic read! It is the book you will see everyone reading this summer at the beach! 

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alison sweeneyAbout This Author

Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser,” an award-winning actress who plays Sami Brady on NBC’s hit daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” and author of The Mommy Diet.She also makes time to give back to the community, serving on the Entertainment Council for Feeding America and annually co-hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.

Ali lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a California Highway Patrol officer; their son Ben; and daughter Megan.

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