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Today, we're shining the PRE PUB spotlight on a title making its way to you NEXT WEEK via Dundurn Press. It came to my attention thanks to Kama Timbrell Communications and once I read about it, I was intrigued. I mean, come on, we've all wondered at some time or another just what goes on on the other side of the camera, or behind closed doors. I mean, the executives have GOT to have THE LIFE...right? Hmm...I'll let you think on that while we say HELLO to today's ebook of choice...
About the book...
The hiring of a new assistant triggers a power struggle between an aging TV show creator and her former protégée.
Rising-star showrunner Stacey McCreedy has one goal: to leave behind her nerd-girl origins and become a power player ― like Ann Dalloni, her former mentor and current producing partner. Ann, meanwhile, is feeling her age and losing her mind. But she’ll be damned if she cedes control of their hit primetime TV show to Stacey.
After Ann hires Jenna, a young actress hoping to restart her stalled career, as an assistant, the relationship between Ann and Stacey deteriorates into a blood feud. Soon, Jenna must choose whom to support and whom to betray to achieve her own ends. And Stacey will find out if she possesses the killer instinct needed to stay on top.
The basic gist...
...two business minded women with complimentary skill sets embark on a journey to earn ludicrous amounts of money while changing the landscape of Television Production forever. Flash forward many years later and insert "fresh blood" into their swimming pool that all of a sudden feels too small, overcrowded, and just a tad pushed aside...and you've got a rivalry that's been bubbling beneath the surface about to come to a VERY ugly head.
Their company was aptly named Two Women Walking, but it suited them in more ways than one. The original story behind the name was short and semi-sweet...Ann and Stacey were TWO WOMEN in the Television Production business that enjoyed WALKING, so yeah, an obvious choice. Little did they know that what once was the perfect working union would deteriorate into a caustic relationship where they were constantly second guessing the deeds of the other and plotting more than just the next show or story arc. *ahem* Let's just say, things get A LOT more than just tense, hence the second meaning of their businesses name, as in they should be TWO WOMEN WALKING...away from each other before it's too late!
While it had its exciting moments and a plot that I didn't truly see clearly until it actually HAPPENED (OMG...when it happened, it SO happened!), I had a hard time liking the characters. I mean, Stacey had her moments of likability, but honestly, she was still a few cards shy of a deck. Ann, on the other hand, was pretty much holding an empty card box...or marble bag...or domino container...if you catch my drift. Yes, she had a few good reasons to push herself over the edge, but still, the spiral, OH THE SPIRAL! Jenna was...a wild card. She came off sweet, and clueless, but I don't know...there was still something there, and in a passage or two that facade seemed to slip, if only for a moment...making me think there was a bit more calculation to that girl than met the eye.
In short, it was a crazy trip behind the scenes of how some of your favorite TV show dramas come to be...though as this is Fiction, hopefully without such an EXPLOSIVE end. *-* Once you start, you won't be able to stop as it compulsively drives you forward with its dark humor and jaw dropping moments. It surprises while it entertains, leaving the "viewing audience" with something to ponder after the "series finale".
About the author...
Kim Moritsugu’s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.
Special thanks to Kama at Kama Timbrell Communications and the Dundurn team for the eARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set to release June 26th, 2018 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or preorder your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!