Friday, June 21, 2013

The Starlet Series by Carla J. Hanna Giveaway!

The Indie/Self-Published Author Event, hosted by the lovely ladies over at Say It with Books, is a month-long blog event that features all independently and self-published authors and their brilliant, but under-recognized works. Follow us throughout June to discover your next favorite book!

I'm so excited to share the Starlet series by the fabulous Carla J. Hanna with y'all today. Stick around til the end to enter to win all three books in paperback!

Starlet's Web (#1)

A-list actress, 17-year-old Liana Marie Michael struggles to find herself when Hollywood's obsession with youth and power threatens to destroy her future. Used to talking and thinking in scripts, can Lia find her own voice? Can she and a Latino Tim Tebow overcome Hollywood's web of lies?

Liana is dating Hollywood's hottest heartthrob while filming her seventh motion picture with sexy co-star Byron. Surrounded by a culture of casual sex and adult responsibilities, Lia feels lost and confused. With her film soon to wrap, her acting contracts up for renewal, her high school graduation looming and growing tension between her and smart student athlete, Manuel, life feels overwhelming. Will Lia find the courage to share her love for Manuel, a guy unimpressed with Hollywood? In the eternal quest for youth, what life-shattering secrets has Lia's mom been keeping from her? Can Manuel accept Lia's role?

Starlet's Web is not only a love story. With fast-paced narrative that reflects Hollywood's hyper-drive lifestyle, Ms. Hanna transports the reader into an actor's daily life and demonstrates how difficult it is for young adults to break free from a path created by someone else—even when it is a successful one.

Hollywood actress Liana Marie Michael finds out that loving someone unconditionally, without losing who she is in the process, does not always have a convenient ending or an easy to memorize script. 

As the path unfolds in front of her, Lia challenges the demons and destruction of her past, which had kept her like Alice in Wonderland, frozen in time and unable to escape the heavy web of expectation shrouding her heart. She needs more than the promise of true love to help her prevail. Exhausted from indecision, should she listen to what others think is best for her? What should she choose? 

Starlet's Run is a triumphant story of Lia's determination to step forward into a new and authentic life, taking on a role she has never before been given the chance to play—her self.

Young Hollywood actress, Liana Marie Michael, gives up the fight until she sees the light.

Isolated on set in the United Kingdom, Lia struggles through the 5 Stages of Grief while shooting her last feature film. Cancer survivor, Oscar winner, and victim of several crimes, Lia sinks into despair as her heart fails. With supportive childhood friend Manuel Biro, and the help from Swiss billionaire-heir Pierre Lambert, Lia is 'so done' with acting and learns that she needs more than just a man's love to prevail.

Starlet's Light, the third installment of the popular Starlet series by Carla J. Hanna, is a touching story of Lia's struggle with trust and commitment as she shapes the role she plays in her own life.

About the Author

I'm a mother of two awesome kids and a very happily married woman. Four years ago, we moved to Colorado, close to family and those amazing mountains. I train for triathlons and walk my golden retrievers. My life is complete.

The Starlet series is about a child star / daughter of an A-list actress. It is very realistic, capturing how the children of stars talk in scripts. In real life, they cuss in every sentence as they "run lines" and it's really jarring to hear. I had to remove the cussing to be YA but I think the reader can still get the feeling that Lia and Evan are absolutely unique. The Starlet series is not like any other book about teen stars you've read because it is not paparazzi-driven—that's just not 'real'. I know because I lived in the house that I describe in the book in Santa Monica. I was not an actress but all my friends were industry people. I'm in the second book (Can you guess who?).

I wrote the series after holding my dad's hand through all his cancer treatments (chemo and radiation) for palate cancer and lymphoma at the same time that my daughter was diagnosed with a pituitary gland problem and precocious puberty.

My series started with two simple questions: What if we stayed in Santa Monica, California? What if my kids continued to play with the sweet, isolated children of celebrities?

My tall, beautiful daughter would have wanted to become a swimsuit model and my charming son would have dated Violet Affleck. I would have begged them not to become actors.


Want to win a complete paperback set of the Starlet series? One lucky reader will receive all three books in print!!! This will be an easy-peasy one-entry giveaway—fair for all!

To enter, leave a comment in response to Carla's question(s)...
The Heavy: Coming-of-age fiction talks about sex, drugs, hardship, and violence. Some of the most popular books examine homosexuality and the new adult bestsellers explore erotic teen sex. But mainstream novels tiptoe around talking about God. Teens think both about what to do in bed and if they should pray. Why can’t a novelist talk about it without having to be labeled Christian or preachy?

The Light: The characters in the Starlet series represent many cultures and races. The protagonist, Liana Marie, is a mixed-race actress and the supporting male lead, Manuel, is a mixed-Latino who grew up in Santa Monica, California. I like the diversity in Los Angeles and think the characters are good representations of it. Why do you think that the majority of the characters in young adult mainstream romances are white?
Choose one discussion point or choose both, but please make your comment meaningful!!! Comments just consisting of a one-worded response or "thanks for the giveaway" will not be eligible for the additional entries. Carla and I really want to hear you guys' thoughts! :)

Rules and disclosure:
Sponsored wholly by the author—thank you so much, Carla!
Giveaway ends July 6th at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to US, Canada, and UK residents only! Sorry, rest of the world! Check out my sidebar to enter giveaways that are currently open internationally.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
Although I do select winners, I am in no way responsible for the prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!