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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Author Spotlight - Susan Meissner and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing two very different Hollywood themed titles - Platinum Doll by Anne Girard, about Jean Harlow, and No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn, a book about the issues facing child stars and their families. Well right around the same time those two hit shelves, another interesting Hollywood based read hit shelves as well.

Here's a bit about Stars Over Sunset Boulevard from the publisher:

When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take the reader on a journey to the past.

It’s 1938 and Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Los Angeles after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, landing a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide.

What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future.

Who can resist any tale about the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood, right? This one is pretty high on my list right now. 

About the author: Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Fall of Marigolds, named by Booklist’s Top Ten women’s fiction titles for 2014, and The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008. She is also a RITA finalist, and Christy Award winner. 

A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she's not working on a novel, she writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. She is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.

For more about Susan Meissner and her work you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard is out now from NAL.

1 comment:

Brittany Jackson said...

Ooh, books with a touch of history have always intrigued me. I've never heard of this book, nor the author, so a big thanks for the heads up!

Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/