TURNING IT ON – On sale June 29, 2015
About the book –
Book editor Hannah Levinson couldn’t be happier. This “Nice Jewish Girl” is ready to marry the man she’s longed after for half her life. When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she’ll learn a thing or two.
Vlad Shustov’s fall from a once-bright career as a competitive figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, “Vlad the Bad” strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show’s prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can’t even bear the thought of.
Hannah’s not like any woman Vlad’s met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she’d worked so hard to shed, can she trust there’s more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants’ confidence, they’ll have to believe true happiness is not only possible…it may be looking right at them.
Guest Post –
Love, Real Life and Reality TV
As a writer, I find TV is more than just a way to unwind, it’s an hour-long lesson on how to tell a great story.
I’d not given much thought to the storytelling on reality TV until I started to notice recurring characters and plotlines season after season on “Hell’s Kitchen.” After reading articles, books and blogs about the industry—not to mention a few gossipy tell-alls, I began to see that there’s more scripting to unscripted TV than I realized. It also led me to wonder how much the cast members’ on-camera personas resembled the people they are off camera.
On “Last Fling” the sexy reality show at the center of my new release “Turning It On,” shy book editor and reluctant reality star Hannah Levinson discovers there’s a big difference between what’s real and what isn’t—including her relationship with the guy she thought she was in love with. As Hannah fights to keep her fame-hungry fiancé from the clutches of a scheming dental hygienist, she discovers a surprising ally— Vlad Shustov, a Russian male stripper, known as “Vlad the Bad.”
Vlad, the show’s villain, emerges as Hannah’s true hero, while Robynne, the hygienist and angelic sweetheart of Last Fling, is anything but sweet off camera. As for Hannah, becoming the show’s ugly duckling makes her determined to fight back and rewrite her story, on camera and in real life.
Fans of my first Red Hot Russians book, “Pairing Off” have already met Vlad, the nephew of Carrie and Anton’s coach. After Vlad leaves competitive figure skating, his life takes some harrowing turns, which brings him to Miami and a career as a stripper. Hannah’s character developed because I wanted a heroine who was the opposite of the type of woman likely to attract a male stripper, in addition to being completely out of her element on a reality show.
Turning It On is a classic opposites-attract story, but on a deeper level, Vlad and Hannah find in each other the love and acceptance they’ve always wanted but never thought they would have. That’s the emotional heart of the story, and one of the reasons I love it. I hope you do too, and thanks for having me as a guest on A Bluestocking’s Place.
– and from me: totally my pleasure having you stop by! 🙂
About the author –
I love stories that give a fresh take on classic themes, and feature characters and locations not often seen in romance. Give me a lovable, if less-than-perfect heroine, a gorgeous hero with a heart of gold, take them a little off the beaten path and I’m a happy girl.
I read a variety of genres– romance to horror and just about everything in between. I am a member of Romance Writers of America. I have worked as a freelance journalist for a number of local publications and am a contributing writer to Romance Writers Report.
When I’m not writing, I love to ice skate, bike ride, hang out at the beach or on my front porch. I love vintage homes, adventurous cooking, spending time with my family and traveling.
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