Review & Giveaway: The Starlet by Mary McNamara

Mercy Talbot has it all: undeniable beauty, immense wealth, an Oscar worthy talent and an out of control lifestyle full of sex, drugs and alcohol, which more than likely will end in total self-destruction in her early twenties. She’s the star everyone loves to hate and hates to love.  You know her type she’s the one who has it all but just cannot seem to keep it together. Followed endlessly by paparazzi, Mercy has an entire team dedicated to keeping her in working condition including her overly controlling mother who feeds her drug habit on a regular basis and producers who will do just about anything to get her on camera. As they say with friends such as these who needs enemies?

However after the ”accidental” death of her co-star and lover Lloyd Watson on location in Italy, can anyone really stop Mercy from her path of self-destruction or is she destined to be next in the line of stars gone too early? In a drug crazed state, Mercy finds herself on top of a centuries old fountain contemplating a jump that may very well kill her or at least expose her nude body to the world until magically she is saved by the most unlikely person of all.

Enter Juliette Greyson, a Hollywood celebrity-pleasing pro from L.A. trying her best to get away from “the celebrity craze” while on vacation in Tuscany when she is confronted with the ultimate snap decision. Stand by and watch an inebriated young star jump from a fountain while being egged on by paparazzi or reach out to a girl forever in the spotlight? For someone with a former drug habit, the choice is a no-brainer. And so welcome Mercy Talbot to the life of Juliette Greyson.  And welcome Juliette Greyson to the spotlight, the last place on Earth she would like to be. While trying to cope with her own love life and past, Juliette must now deal with Mercy and her army of staff as they take over the only oasis Juliette knows, her Tuscan family retreat Cerreta.  Did we mention that this army also includes Juliette’s former flame actor Michael O’Connor? Let the drama begin as if it already hasn’t the moment Mercy steps on the scene.

Straight from the pages of US Weekly or the screens of TMZ, Mercy Talbot is the character that embodies all the young girls of Hollywood that we constantly shake our head at but cannot seem to turn away from.  We may not agree with their lifestyle but we have to know what’s going on at all times. A guilty pleasure that is sure to be a hit on the beach this summer, Mary McNamara has hit the nail on the head with this gossip frenzy filled celebrity read that will have readers clamoring for more. In a novel that reads like a celebrity magazine in all the right ways, The Starlet is sure to fill your gossip needs while also letting you indulge in a roller coaster ride of Hollywood proportions. Ready, Set, Action!

But that’s not all….The Starlet doesn’t stop there! Regal Literary will also be giving away two fantastic trips to promote this fabulously guilty pleasure!  The prizes up for grabs include:

  • A weekend getaway in Los Angeles, complete with two nights at the Four Seasons, a four-star lunch at the Beverly Hills hotel, a guided tour of Hollywood, and more!
  • Four days and three nights in the rolling Tuscan countryside at Spannocchia, Italy, for you and a companion, half price tickets for two from New York to Rome, and more!
  • 100 signed copies of The Starlet

Make sure to enter for these fabulous prizes on Mary McNamara’s site! In addition Regal Literary is also allowing me to give away one copy of The Starlet by Mary McNamara to one of my lucky readers! To enter simply leave a comment below with your e-mail address and tell us which star is your Mercy Talbot? Who do you love to hate…or hate to love? Who can you not stand at times but still always find yourself reading the articles about in the check-out line? Come on…be honest! We all do it! Winner will be chosen by random generator. Contest ends on June 21, 2010 just in time for summer beach reading! Good luck to all and Happy Reading!

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11 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Starlet by Mary McNamara

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  2. Angie D

    I love to hate Heidi from the Hills. I constantly find myself reading articles on her even though I can’t stand her.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  3. stilettostorytime

    Mine is Katie Holmes or “Kate” as she is now known…I cannot stand Tom Cruise but for some reason I am still fascinated by Katie Holmes and this odd relationship of theirs. No matter how hard I try, I still pick up magazines and read things online.

  4. I’d have to agree with you on the whole TomKat thing. It drove me nuts the whole time, but I always find myself reading about them and looking for pics of Suri.

  5. Ashley H.

    Mine would have to be Lindsay Lohan. I just can’t stop looking away from the train wreck but I do root for her to get her life together.

  6. stilettostorytime

    Lindsay Lohan is exactly who kept flashing in my head when I was reading this and writing the review..

    • stilettostorytime

      Just as a reminder…please leave your e-mail address to be entered into the drawing…so I can have a way to contact you when you win!

  7. Julie H.

    I love to hate the whole Jen/Brad/Angie deal. They make me crazy! Thanks for the chance to win Starlet!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I cannot stand the younger so called actresses N. Richie, L. Lohan. etc

  9. Melanie

    I have to agree, as soon as I started reading this I was thinking of Lindsay Lohan too. Another one that used to catch my attention because of her weird behavior was Brittney Spears.

    peacelily_2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to all who entered to win “The Starlet”. Check back for lots of giveaways this summer.

    Congrats Teresa who has won Mary McNamara’s “The Starlet”! I will be e-mailing you shortly so that I can get this book to you just in time for some relaxing summer reading!

    *Winner picked by random number generator.

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