First Chapter / First Paragraph:
[FYI: A prologue sets the scene - 1933 Hollywood, Prohibition era - and then the story begins this way)
Chapter 1: The Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year Yet
I struggled to carry three overstuffed suitcases through a crowded Grand Central Station, and keep up with Broadway actress Laura Wilson. I accidentally bumped her backside and apologized.
She stopped and glanced at me. "Jake Donovan, did you just pat my bottom?"
I couldn't help laughing as several passengers gave me a cold stare.
Her playful smile faded. She turned her back and pretended to fluff her black curls with her white-gloved hands. She spoke in a whisper I could barely hear over the din of the travelers. "Don't look now, but two broad-shouldered lugs in dark suits are following us."
Teaser from 56% on my Kindle- Jake (a mystery writer) gets a phone call from his literary agent, and she has bad news
[agent:] "If the police arrest you for murder, Empire Press won't release Blackie Doyle's Revenge and will sever its relationship with you."
"Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?"
"That doesn't apply to business...."
Genre: Mystery / Humor
Book Length: 261 Pages
Amazon Link: All That Glitters
Link to my post about The Yankee Club, Book 1 of the Jake & Laura Series: HERE
Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.
In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.
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