This is such a sweet story, and I really like Courtney already!
Hollywood Endings (Hollywood Romance Book 1) by Liza Malloy will release on June 30 in the New Adult, Contemporary romance genre.
Is happily-ever-after only in the movies?
When Courtney Robbins moves to California, she isn’t looking for love, fame, or fortune. She’s focused on earning her law degree and advocating for victims of domestic violence. After a chance encounter with actor Justin Erikson, Courtney decides to spice up her life with a steamy fling. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but Courtney quickly learns there is more to Justin than his perfectly chiseled body, piercing blue eyes and adorable dimples. He’s sensitive, thoughtful, and generous. Still, Courtney is hesitant to ponder a future with a Hollywood heartthrob.
As Courtney graduates law school and begins her dream job, Justin’s career thrives. But as the passion between Justin and Courtney intensifies, Justin struggles to shelter Courtney from the paparazzi and is haunted by his own reputation as a womanizer. Just when Courtney starts to think that she can have it all—an idyllic romance and the perfect job—a tabloid rumor threatens both of their careers.
As their two worlds continue to clash, they must decide what price they are willing to pay to stay together?
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Justin flicked on the light switch as they entered the suite. It was noticeably tidier than he had left it; a sizable perk of hotel life. “Make yourself at home,” he offered, gesturing to the couch.
Courtney’s lips curved upwards. There was something so innocent in her smile, it was contagious. Even her eyes, bright blue and sparkling, seemed to lack that jaded skepticism that he’d come to expect from women.
“How old are you?” he asked, in a sudden panic. Out of habit, he had already begun unbuttoning his shirt. Once he was in for the night, he couldn’t stand to remain in the clothes he’d had on earlier.
“Twenty-four,” she replied, not bothering to ask his age. He wondered if she already knew that he had just turned twenty-six.
“Sorry, I need to change,” he mumbled, pulling his tee shirt over his head and throwing it onto the armchair with his other shirt and then heading into the bedroom to grab a new shirt. He returned quickly, eager to see Courtney’s reaction to his little striptease.
Courtney smiled, but not the aroused smile he was anticipating—it was more of a bemused smirk, like she was trying not to laugh at him.
“What’s so funny?”
“Do you own any other brand of clothes?”
Justin glanced down. He knew what his undershirt and boxer briefs were, but as it happened, his jeans were the same brand, too. “I’m contractually obligated to wear the shirts and boxers. The rest I just like.” He paused, then added, “Plus it’s free.”
“Wait, they actually wrote in your contract what kind of underwear you have to wear?”
He laughed. It did seem odd when she said it aloud, but after all, he was a representative of the company. “I guess it’s only required in public.”
“You’re not in public now,” she reminded him.
“I could take it all off if it bothers you,” he joked, reaching his hand towards his waistband as though he were about to strip.
Author Bio and Links:
Liza Malloy writes contemporary romance, women’s fiction, new adult romance, and fantasy. She’s a sucker for alpha males, bad boys, dimples, and muscles, and she can’t resist a man in uniform. Liza loves creating worlds where her heroine discovers her own strength and finds her Happily Ever After. When Liza isn’t reading or writing torrid love stories, she’s a practicing attorney. Her other passions include gummy bears, jelly beans, and the occasional marathon. She lives in the Midwest with her four daughters and her own Prince Charming. Hollywood Endings is her sixth published novel. Her books are available in paperback and ebook, and can be found on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and more!
Notes on Writing Hollywood Endings
By Liza Malloy
I’m so excited to be a guest on this blog and to share my newest book with more readers!
The inspiration for Hollywood Endings came to nearly a decade ago, when I was training for my first marathon. With two little kids at home, I did much of my training on a treadmill, where I quickly realized that every mile felt significantly longer when I stared at the mileage ticker on the display. Desperate to distract myself, I placed a fitness magazine on the display, covering the time and distance trackers.
As my training progressed, I was spending hours each week staring at the magazine cover model – a well-muscled, hunky actor posing without his shirt. Somehow, his twinkling eyes, dimpled smile, and chiseled abs made my runs easier, plus my daydreams about what it would be like to date a hot celebrity like him helped pass the time. Through months of training, I developed the remaining characters and fleshed out the plot of the book. Sometimes, I’d come up with full conversations in my head and would dash to my laptop to write it all down the second I finished running. By the time I actually ran the race, my mental version of Justin had fully replaced any real characteristics of the cover model whose image inspired the book.
It was a blast to write Hollywood Endings. I’ve always been intrigued by the lives of celebrities, but I wanted to write a romance focusing on the ‘everyman’ qualities of celebrities. Research for this book involved extensive looks into the reality of celebrity lives as I wanted a more realistic storyline. I’m a lawyer by trade, so my own law school experiences made it easy to flesh out Courtney’s part of the book.
Justin is by far my favorite character in the book. From the start, I knew I wanted a celebrity with a modest upbringing. Throughout the story, Justin struggles to balance his humble roots with his current celebrity status. It’s hard to garner sympathy for a man with both fame and fortune, but my hope is that Justin comes off as a likeable and relatable character despite his privileges.
Justin’s relationship with Keith was also fun to develop. In many romance novels I’ve read lately, I’ve noticed that the heroine tends to have a close friend with a bigger role in the plot, but the hero is less likely to have his own support system. So, it was important to me that I explore the friendship between Keith and Justin too. Also, for fans of Keith… he will star in his own love story, Supporting Roles, which will be released in early 2021.
I’ve read many fangirl-type romances where the heroine is eager to become involved with a celebrity, so I wanted Courtney to be different. Her focus is her career, and the timing of her relationship with Justin couldn’t be worse for her. I loved watching her struggle to balance her own independence with her feelings for Justin. This balance continues to be a challenge for Courtney in the sequel, Hollywood Beginnings (slated for release in early 2021).
The hardest part of writing this book was sticking to the plot and deleting the chapters that really didn’t move the story along. There were so many entertaining scenes portraying various aspects of celebrity life that I ended up deleting because they simply weren’t necessary. For readers who are eager for more, though, I do release these deleted scenes for free to all of my newsletter subscribers. You can subscribe by following the link on my website www.LizaMalloy.com or through this link here: http://bit.ly/34FrD71.
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