Readers enthralled with Amanda Heger’s debut contemporary romance, Without Borders (Diversion; 2016) wondered how she would follow up the heartfelt and headstrong book set in the jungles of Nicaragua? Where would she go from here?
In your hands, you hold the answer. In SEMI-SCRIPTED (Diversion Trade Paperback Original; $14.99; November 8, 2016), she goes to Los Angeles in a start-to-finish joy to read. Fans of Lia Riley, Colleen Hoover, and Jennifer Blackwood, will delight in this gorgeous standalone romance.
Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family’s struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a hip-but-falling comedy program, Marisol figures she’ll get a little entertainment out of her otherwise stress-filled trip.
Evan Abramson thought an internship at the So Late It’s Early Show would be the start of a long television-writing career, but their ratings are sinking. With every show, his plans seem one step closer to collapse. When a backstage crisis throws him into an onstage encounter with the gorgeous and charming Marisol, the two become overnight sensations. And soon their made-for-television romance is the only thing keeping So Late from cancellation.
As things heat up onscreen and off, Marisol and Evan are caught between their career and their growing feelings for one another. Being together in front of the cameras put Marisol’s grant at risk, but keeping their romance off-screen means Evan’s show is sure to fail. Together they have to decide whether to stick with the script and save their careers or improvise their way toward a happily ever after.
Marisol Gutierrez isn’t in L.A. to rub elbows with the stars. She’s there to save Ahora. The grant that she’s competing for will ensure that they can continue saving lives.
But before the official business of acquiring the grant begins, she takes a few hours to try for a shot to visit the set of her favourite game show – Who’s Got the Coconut. Sadly, she doesn’t make the cut and instead ends up in the audience of a little known talk show all because of the very insistent and very cute boy handing out wristbands.
To her surprise, not only does she end up on the show – she ends up being the show – and finds herself starring as one half of Hollywood’s newest “It” couple.
“What if people see me on the show? And they think I am not very serious nurse?”
Evan Abramson has bet every penny he has on an internship in Los Angeles. He knows it’s a long way from his Illinois roots, but it’s a risk that he’s willing to take.
All the glitters in L.A. isn’t gold and his internship on the So Late It’s Early show turns out to be as glamorous as eating left over pizza. But when a desperate stunt for ratings has him falling desperately in love, he’s willing to go to any length to make Marisol the permanent star of his reality show forever.
Evan’s gaze flicked from her face to something beyond her shoulder and back again. “I think we…”
Semi-Scripted is a hilariously sweet story about how strange and wonderful love can be! Amanda’s characters served up some of the most wicked banter that I’ve encountered this year and I found myself wishing I could meet them in real life.
It’s a comical and yet profound look at falling in love under the most unusual of circumstances and still holding tight to your own truth – and it shines just as bright as any of the spotlights in Tinsel Town…
About The Author -
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with her unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur. Her debut romance, Without Borders, is available now from Diversion Books. The story was inspired by the summer Amanda spent in rural Nicaragua, eating gallo pinto, speaking mangled Spanish, and showing high school students how to slide condoms onto over-sized plantains.
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