Wednesday, August 22, 2012

#BookChat Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It by Whitney Boyd

Mikayla: Cute Canadian college girl turned world-famous, super- sexy pop-star practically overnight. And still figuring out if she belongs in this celebrity wonderland.
Jordan: The only genuine guy in all of L.A. Law student, and extremely attractive. Also happens to hate the Hollywood celebrity scene.
Matt: Stupid, lying, money-loving ex-boyfriend trying to get back into Mikaylas life and ruin every hope she has with Jordan.
Kurt: Personal trainer, confidant and only true friend Mikayla has in her new life. Questionable fashion sense included.
Cheryl: Completely psychotic manager.
The next three months? Happily ever after with Jordan. Or social and career ruin with no hope of ever finding true love...
From the Author:
I wrote this book because I've always had the secret dream of being the next Britney Spears except for just one problem. Wait... make that three problems. I don't dance. I can't sing. And I'm not a sexy blonde with a killer smile. So, I did the next best thing. I became a fictional Britney Spears by writing this book! Genius, right?  My novel is based on my life, people I'm close to and lots of pop culture due to my slight addiction to People Magazine. If you like romance, follow the celebrity scene or just want  fun story full of secrets and an unconventional ending, this is your book!
What Readers Are Saying:
     - "It was like reading US Weekly, only not as trashy and better written."
     - "It is a modern Notting Hill, told from the celebrity point of view. Instead of following the struggles of the commoner, dating the celebrity, we follow the celebrity, worried about the commoner."
     - "If you ever want to slip into Jessica Simpsons life vicariously, this is the book for you!"
     - "Boyd's characters were so full of personality and quirks that I couldn't stop laughing, crying, and wanting to punch multiple someones.... I. LOVE. this book!" 
     - "Thought it would be a predictable book, but the author kept making turns that kept me from putting the book down."
Behind the Scenes: The ending of the book was different in my first draft than my last. At first I was a bitupset with my editor and absolutely HATED all her suggestions. I thought that it needed to be the way it initally was, and was disappointed that she wanted some changes. However, as I kept writing and rewriting the story, my characters became so much deeper and more developed and I discovered things about Mikayla, the super star, so that the ending my editor wanted actually made sense. I love how the story turned out, so, as much as I hated editing it, I am extremely glad it became what it did. TANNED would not be the same book without it. 

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