Friday 10 October 2014

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaways - Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script
by Amy Finnegan

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

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Excerpt from Not in the Script

Jake’s point of view, when he first meets the producer of Coyote Hills, page 14:

McGregor motions for me to sit in a black armchair in front of his desk, then settles into his own chair opposite me. “Sorry for the wait,” he says. “I was on the phone with your agent.” This was their fourth call, which should mean I’m at least on the short list. “Mr. Elliott, it’s taken some snooping around to get the full picture of you, but I’ve gained the impression that you didn’t grow up hoping to be a model-slash-actor like so many others in this business.” I hesitate before nodding. “What were your original plans?” he goes on. “Say, ten years ago?”

“Like . . . when I was a kid?”

“Isn’t that when most dreams begin?” he asks. “As a child in Scotland, I wanted to run away to Spain and be a matador. But here I am in the U.S., red-inking a comfort list longer than the Great Wall of China.” He slides a legal-sized sheet of paper across his desk so I can see what he’s crossed out: a steam shower and on-site massage therapist are just a few of the demands someone has made. “Bullfighting, indeed. How about you?”

“Well . . . I think I first wanted to be an astronaut, and then a baseball player,” I reply, loosening up. “But then I got this crazy idea when I was in the third grade and took like twenty pairs of my mom’s shoes, set up a store on the sidewalk in front of my house, and sold every last pair to the girls in my neighborhood. They didn’t even care that the shoes were too big.”

McGregor raises his bushy ginger brows at me. “I can’t imagine why.”

I shift in my chair. “Anyway, from then on, all I wanted to be was a businessman—buying, selling, making deals. Whatever.”

That’s still the only thing I want to do, but as my buddy Devin once put it, I traded my college plans for bronzing powder.

About the Author
Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood.

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