Release Blitz ✩ ShutterGirl by C.D. Reiss +Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Are you ready for a different kind of love story?
Meet Michael & Laine in this Hollywood themed second chance romance by CD Reiss!
ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.
~ShutterGirl Book Trailer~
I stroked his hair, waist deep in peace, all worry gone for the moment, and floating in no more than an ocean of gratitude. I must have been more vulnerable than I realized, or he’d reopened some wound with his kindness, because though my sweet reverie stayed, as the minutes passed, a layer of need fitted itself on top of it.
I needed to tell him, if not the details, the outlines of who I was.
“I want you to know,” I whispered, starting somewhere small, then everything I didn’t want to say spilled out. “I have stuff. I’ve never been to jail, but you know, it’s stuff, and it’s ugly, and it scares me. Because, I mean, you’re so perfect, and I’m… I’m just a mess. I’m not whole. I’m a bunch of pieces of a person I cobbled together.” My eyes got wet when I thought of the comparisons between us and that picture in my silverware drawer. “So if you have to move on when you realize that, I’ll understand. You have an image, and if anyone understands protecting a career, it’s me. I mean, I’ll be mad, don’t get that wrong, but also.” I swallowed and blinked, shifting my head so he wouldn’t feel the tear on his forehead. “I won’t blame you.”
I waited for an answer. Anything. A change in position or a word on any subject. The weather. Sports. Something. But all he did was breathe.
I smiled so wide, tears fell into my mouth. He was sleeping.So different from C.D.’s usual, yet still a great read. Let me just get that out of the way. Do not expect the usual material we see from the Erotic Romance Queen. However, don’t let it deter you from reading ShutterGirl either. While this book is a standalone and categorized as contemporary romance, there are elements of mystery and suspense, and we definitely get some really steamy scenes. There’s a lot of underlying tension that made up for the lack of sex. But instead of being endowed with a majority of sexual encounters, this story delves deeper into the storyline at hand.
Laine Cartwright herself is rough around the edges. She’s never lived a cotton candy lifestyle and eventually that is what sends her life and relationship over the cliff.
Laine grew up in the foster care system. One set of parents had her living in LA and schooling amongst celebrity children and future stars. One of those fellow students being Michael Greydon. Michael just so happens to be the child prodigy of two talented actors. Taking on his first project in high school, he leaves his senior year to begin his own future as an actor.
I own this city. I walk with its rhythms, run with its breath, speak its language. Los Angeles is my lover. It knows I’m a survivor…”
Nine years later, Laine is the infamous “ShutterGirl” who is the notorious female known for getting the money shots of hot celebrities, especially in their less than fine moments. One of her favorite actors to shoot is Hollywood’s sweet and talented Michael Greydon. One dramatic encounter at a nightclub kickstarts their reunion and reactivates their high school relationship.
She was a vortex. I’d avoided getting swallowed up in her once, and now, more than ever, I needed to avoid it again."
Glitz, glamour, fame, and money. That’s what everyone sees on the surface, but underneath that all is something much less shiny and enviable.
Both Michael and Laine’s stories brought many emotions to the surface, but Laine’s certainly gripped my heart and squeezed till I felt like exploding. I cried over what she had to endure and how strong she was despite it all. She was quite the inspiring female.
I couldn’t really get the connection between Laine and Michael at first, but as the story went on and their shared past was explained more, it slowly started to make sense. Moments when they were together, not necessarily speaking, but simply being in each other’s presence were so palpable and tension-filled. They made one another want to be better people and together they finally felt alive. I loved seeing them interact and work on their second chance.
I love the way this story gives you the perspective of two types of people that are generally seen as superficial, greedy, and emotionless. In this book, you get to see an actor that is insecure, lonely, and tired of the Hollywood routine. You see a paparazza that doesn’t completely love her job, but is her only real option if she wants food and shelter and continue her passion for photography. The character development shifted fluidly; from needing to please everyone to doing what they wanted for themselves.
The only itty bitty problem I had with the book overall was the pacing in some sections of the story. Certain moments seem to drag on a little, while at the end, it actually rushed a bit. The ending would have been nicer for me if that was dragged out a little more, or perhaps if a short epilogue was included.
What Reiss did fabulously in this novel was the vivid detailing of the scenes. Everything from what the room look liked to exactly where the characters were in Los Angeles. Even if I didn’t know LA like the back of my hand, I could’ve easily seen LA while I was reading.
I had no idea what to expect when I first dove into this book. What I ended up getting was a spellbindingly raw story. I was intrigued by the Hollywood world presented and since I detest paparazzi as a whole, I was curious to see one’s perspective. An actor and a pap stripped down to the core and revealed. Pick up this book if you’re eager to read something new from Reiss. And for readers looking for some drama and angst, you’ll surely get addicted to this story of Hollywood’s secrets and scandals.
CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A MOVIE STAR!
$500 Spa Gift Card
If you could get an hour, or ten away from the daily grind of paparazzi and interviews (or the job and kids), what would you do?
Get a foot rub/slash/pedicure? A massage? Maybe something called a Sleep Treatment that right now sounds better than sex?
Maybe you’d bring a friend or two, or maybe you’d just get a manipedi when you wanted one. Because the life of a megastar ain’t for the weak-willed or lazy, and running from paparazzi can really wear down a girl’s nails.
Woodhouse Spas are no joke. They’re all over the country and they’re….sigh. Fabulous. But if you don’t live near one, we can do Burke Williams, Halcyon Days or Red Door.
HOW TO ENTER
Take the fun SHUTTERGIRL READER QUIZ!
The link to the quiz is in the back of the book, and yes, that’s the ONLY place to find it! There are bonus questions relating to Jonathan and Antonio for extra prizes. You have until June 3rd to enter! That gives you a solid two weeks to read the book and get your chance at a $500 movie star spa treatment!
If you are a paperback reader, email me and we’ll work it out.