About the Book:
La-la Land. The city of angels. The place where ordinary Joe or Jane can realize their dream of becoming rich and famous.
For Tori, Los Angeles is not living up to its promise. Rather than living her dream, she’s waiting tables—hoping for her big break. And hoping it will come before she runs completely out of money. In desperate times, we all take desperate measures, so she takes one step toward becoming a little less poor, possibly at the cost of becoming infamous.
Mark is a writer who has realized his dream. His book is about to become a real, honest to goodness, Hollywood blockbuster. He’s come down from Canada to work on the script. When he spies a beautiful young woman in tears, he naturally swoops in to help. But, this young woman confuses him. She pulls him to her, desperate for his guidance, then pushes him away. Sure it will help calm her, he uses his new-found influence to secure her a small part in the movie version of his best-selling book.
This is Tori’s big break, but instead of being happy, she’s panicking because her porn video is about to go viral. Everything will be ruined! Her big break will turn into a bust, and Mark will spurn her when he sees what she’s done. This is not the script she imagined for her life.
Mark cannot understand. Why isn’t she happy? What is she hiding? Her secrets threaten to put an end to their relationship before it even begins.
Can these two star-crossed outsiders survive Los Angeles and find fulfilment? Or will the sleazy world of make-believe destroy any chance they have for happiness?
Tori kept quiet as Mark negotiated the turn onto the main road. She wanted to ask him to get her a role in the movie he was scriptwriting but it felt way too early. Smacking his face was still etched clearly in her mind. Was he the kind of person who would overlook a thing like that?
She glanced at him. He seemed like he might; he had an honest, kindly face -- a little bluish around the cheek where she’d hit him -- but she could explain that, if he’d let her. And he was the one who’d said, “I’ll give you something to cry about,” so his tastes must run in that direction. If she didn’t mind bruises on her cheeks, why should he mind one on his?
“How’s the script doing?” Tori asked. “It’s doing okay,” Mark replied. “They start filming next week.”
“I know. I asked at the studio.”
“And I should have asked if you like Chinese food.”
“Doesn’t everybody?” she smiled.
It was early and the restaurant was almost empty. The staff whipped away dishes the moment Mark or Tori put down their forks and constantly pressed extra dishes on them. The effect of all this attention was to make an already strained conversation even more difficult. Fortunately, by the time they were at the coffee stage, other customers were arriving and they were no longer the staff’s chief focus.
“It’s not easy making a living from tips,” Tori said defensively when she saw Mark’s irritation at the attention they’d been receiving.
“I guess not,” he said. “I just don’t like being crowded.”
“Then don’t leave a tip.”
“What sort of message would that send? Being attentive to your customer gets you nothing?”
“Maybe being annoying should get you nothing,” Tori countered. Then she added slyly, “Except, perhaps, a spanked bottom.” She watched him carefully to see how he’d react. It was cheap, playing on his weakness to get a foot in the door on his movie, but she might never again get this close to someone with influence, and cheap wasn’t so bad. After the past days, she could do cheap and lap it up.
About the Author:
So long as I can remember I've been interested in reading and spanking, particularly romantic spanking (I still think Mr. Knightley's verbal spanking of Emma in Jane Austen's book of the same name is the best there is anywhere). I’m showing my age when I say that in those long ago days it was easy to have both interests met in a large number of regular books (and even movies). Eventually, my interest in reading became an interest in writing and that naturally led to writing spanking romances.
I'm married with two grown kids and live in central Canada when I'm not traveling, which I very often am. If I'm not reading or writing, I can usually be found outdoors with a camera looking to capture perfect images of landscapes and wildlife.
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