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Title: Piper Day’s Ultimate Guide to Avoiding George Clooney Authors: Vanessa Fewings and Christina Cannarella Release Date: December 3rd, 2014 Synopsis Finding romance in the world’s most glamorous city isn’t easy. For Piper Day, fresh in town to work as a studio nurse on one of Hollywood’s busiest backlots, finding love seems impossible. Two men who couldn’t be more different vie for her affection: a wildly wealthy actor who gleefully bathes in the adoration of his public and a sweet, humble teacher who works at the on-lot childcare center. Throw in the task of having to avoid one of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities or risk losing her job, Piper’s life is anything but smooth sailing. On any given day, Piper can be helping a patient on the dusty set of a western or on the futuristic bridge of a starship or in the plush office of a studio executive. She never knows where a nurse will be needed once she enters the legendary gates of Gemstone Studios. These are the adventures of Piper Day, a life where reality and fantasy tango in the dream-soaked world of Tinseltown.
Excerpt Chapter 6
The line went quiet.
“I’ve blown my chances again, haven’t I?”
“What’s he like?”
“Daniel Craig meets Colin Firth.”
“Well firstly,” Ellie began in a matter-of fact tone,” he sounds more like my type.”
“What’s my type then?”
I scrunched up my nose, quietly disagreeing. “And secondly?”
“You need to aim lower.”
I waited for the punch line.
She continued, without offering one. “Perhaps this Craig-Firth hybrid is what I need to get over Gabe.”
“I haven’t dated in over a year.”
“You told me you’ve blown your chances.” She chuckled. “At least one of us will benefit.”
The other end of the line went quiet, providing Ellie more time to plot.
“Anyway,” she eventually broke the silence, “one of us has to get in there before Jane, that gym addicted girl in your complex. The moment she gets a sniff there’s a hot new guy in your building she’ll be in there like a Beverly Hills housewife.”
She had a point.
“How does anyone ever meet anyone in this town?” I asked.
“You have to be either really skinny or rich.”
“Not helping.” I slumped back farther. “Best friends are meant to support each other.”
“Best friends are meant to be honest,” Ellie corrected me. “Talking of best friends, I need you to… bail me out.”
I was amazed how my moment of crisis had yet again turned into a moment of opportunity.
“You’re the only person who can help me,” Ellie added.
I sat up. “What’s wrong?”
“First, promise you’ll help me.”
“Ellie, what’s going on?”
“I’ve gone and doubled booked myself.”
Pulling my knees up onto the couch, I wondered if it was possible to be in the fetal position and talk on the phone at the same time.
“Hello?” Ellie said.
I cringed, intuitively knowing something bad was coming.
“Listen, last week I went for an audition for a bit part in this film.” She sounded excited. “I got the part, Piper.”
“That’s fantastic.” I forced my enthusiasm as I waited for the catch, my mind wandering off. Perhaps she was having car trouble and needed a lift, or needed to go over her lines. My thoughts drifted further. A shopping spree to help her choose her outfit for her first day on set? Oh good, a girly shopping trip.
Yes, was on the tip of my tongue.
“My agent called,” she said. “I got a speaking role in an indie film starring Brad Pitt!”
“That’s amazing, Ellie. Congratulations.”
“Only I’ve committed to two films at the same time.”
“They’ll understand. I’m sure this thing happens all the time. Right?”
“And ruin my reputation?”
“I’ll make the call for you,” I said. “What’s the number?”
“Listen, the small part in the film is for a nurse.”
“Oh God,” I said, unsure if I used my inside voice or not.
“I need you to turn up on set and pretend to be me.” Ellie laughed at her own genius.
“Listen, I really need you to say yes on this one.”
“Don’t I always say yes?”
“You’re a true friend, Piper.”
“Can’t you have one of your actor friends fill in?”
“They wanted someone with nursing experience to make it look authentic. I told them I have it. I hang with you, which makes me an honorary nurse, right?”
“I thought that’s what acting is,” I screeched. “What about those doctors on those medical dramas. They’re not real and they pull it off.”
“Not the smaller roles. They use real nurses because production moves along smoothly without having to teach an extra the little things, like how to hold an instrument or how to amputate a limb…or how to give an enema?”
“What kind of movie is this?”
“You’ll get paid three hundred bucks.”
“How many times have you pretended to be a real nurse?” I said sharply.
“This will be the first time. Which is perfect, because it’s you and you are a real nurse.”
“I have no acting ability,” I said. “Have you considered that?”
“Pretend. That’s all acting is.”
“You told me acting is a God given gift only a lucky few possess.”
“Look, you’ll be out of focus. They close in on the main talent and you’ll merely be a blur.”
“I’m not doing it,” I said. “This is my day off.” And I’d saved the last ten pages of my novel Aaron’s Corner and was looking forward to finishing it. Then maybe taking another nap.
“You’ll only sleep the day away otherwise,” she said.
“No I won’t.”
“Look, if you do this for me I’ll do everything in my power to give you a second chance with your new neighbor. I’ll plan an Anti-Valentine party for you. You can invite Dave, your soon to be beau. We’ll make you look like Miss Popular. Come on, Piper, please? Please…”
Sucking on my bottom lip, I mulled over her proposition. “You’re sure I don’t have to say any lines?”
“Absolutely,” she said. “Thank you so much!”
“Where’s it filming?”
“Report to Sally Graham. She’s the PA on the film set. Tell her you’re me.”
“Can’t I tell her I got sent from the agency? Doesn’t that make it less complicated then lying?”
“Oh Piper, that’s not how this town works. Anyway I need the SAG credits.”
My head hurt. “Is it on location or on a lot?”
“Report to Stage 9.”
“About an hour.”
“Ellie.” I realized why she was eluding my question. “Tell me it’s not at Gemstone?”
“Exactly. How perfect is that.”
I leaped off the sofa. “If my boss found out–”
“Phone’s breaking up.”
The line went dead.
From the sitting room window there was a clear view of the courtyard, and there, wearing a tight sports jacket, spandex shorts, and wheeling his bicycle along the pathway, was Dave.
Adventures were going on outside, the romantic, fulfilling kind, and one of the reasons I wasn’t meeting anyone had a lot to do with me living like a hermit. Life was all about taking chances, and for the first time I could remember I felt ready to take this one.
About the Authors
Vanessa Fewings (aka V.M.K. Fewings) is the award-winning author of The Stone Masters Vampire Series. Her first erotic novel, Enthrall, will be released later this summer. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has travelled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Germany, Hong Kong, and Cyprus. Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.
Vanessa has been invited as a special guest to attend the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club’s Annual Ball and Undead Con in New Orleans this Halloween. Alongside some of the most distinguished authors, including Anne Rice herself, Vanessa will be a guest on writer panels and at the author meet and greet where fans will get the chance to chat with her personally about her new vampire novel Bohemian.
Vanessa Fewings is repped by management firm IPG. Visit her on Facebook
Christina Cannarella is a Los Angeles-based creative writer, actor and medical consultant for tv shows and films. She fused her nursing career with Hollywood when she began working in the entertainment industry, both behind and in front of the camera over a decade ago. Some of the shows included in her resume are Parks and Recreation, Masters of Sex, Private Practice, Revenge and Parenthood. Her first original sitcom script, “On the Boulevard”, was chosen as one of the winners of an FX Competition for “the next great half-hour comedy show.” Christina grew up in an Italian family from Wisconsin, intermingling her midwestern values with her quick wit, she adds a sprinkle of this in all of her creative endeavors. She is very excited to be releasing her first novel, Piper Day’s Ultimate Guide to Avoiding George Clooney in collaboration with Vanessa Fewings.