Hello, Hollywood

October 4th, 2011. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

Say Hello to Hollywood!

Find out just how funny life can be when you try to script it.


Popular romance author and screenwriter, Janice Thompson, is charming her readers once again with a behind-the-scenes look at life in Hollywood. Her new book, Hello, Hollywood! (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3346-9, $14.99, 288 pages, September) is the second installment in the Backstage Pass series. This time, Thompson takes her readers inside the writer’s room.

At 28, Athena Pappas has a pretty great gig. She’s the head writer of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history, Stars Collide. Yet, something’s still lacking: her love life.

Athena finds nothing wrong with still living at home with her large, wacky Greek family and making her bed with the same Strawberry Shortcake sheets she had as a kid. None of that has prevented Athena from plotting her characters’ romances. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

Athena’s love life gets the shakeup it needs when her boss hires up-and-coming Vegas comedian, Stephen Cosse, to help boost the show’s sagging ratings. Feeling her position as head writer threatened, she starts to doubt her talents, and the fact that Stephen is as good looking as Adonis doesn’t escape Athena’s attention either.

Sparks fly as the competition-and attraction-between the two heats things up. While they struggle to create conflict and comedy for their characters on the page, Athena and Stephen develop a relationship they never would have scripted for themselves and discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives may just be the best thing that’s ever happened.

Hello, Hollywood! delights readers with its charm and humor. Every character will jump off the page and into the readers’ hearts.


This is a crazy love story that Athena and Steve have going. It’s very interesting to see how a screen writer’s mind works – even to the extent of mentally plotting out the steps during a kiss.

Athena and Steve might be the main characters but, we have lots of old friends here, too. We’re also making some terrific new ones.

Janice always has a way of making me want to move to a new city to be with these friends. I’m already looking forward to her next book.

When are we going to see more of that Hollywood hunk we met in the Weddings by Bella series?

***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy***

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas. To learn more about Janice visit her at: www.janicethompson.com

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Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

2 Responses to Hello, Hollywood

  1. Janice

    Woo-hoo! Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for the sweet review!

  2. Nancy


    I always love your books. Great characters.

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