Author to Author presents a special sneak Peek for N.K. Smith’s adult romance novel: Hollywood Lies.
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Her hair is the exact color of a flaming sunset, her eyes the palest green I’ve ever seen, and her body is like that of a woman captured in marble by the master artists of old. Her beauty has never been a secret, but I didn’t expect a goddess to be standing in front of me. It seems unfair to the rest of the female population that she has more than her fair share of beauty.
“Wow.” The whispered word is out of my mouth before I can stop it. My face heats up in embarrassment, but I swallow hard against the stupidity that comes naturally. “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” I say when I remember myself.
Collette turns the edges of her lips up and pretends not to have heard the awe in my voice. “I keep all these here in my office just in case musical inspiration strikes while I’m working on other projects. Are you sure you won’t play?” she asks.
“Oh. Oh, no, thank you. Maybe another time.”
“When you’re not so nervous?” It’s the first time Liliana speaks.
Although not as captivating as Collette, the younger woman is also pretty. Liliana is gorgeous in that mysterious and edgy girl next door kind of way. Her long, blond hair makes me want to run my fingers through it, and I want to know what goes on behind her deep, penetrating blue eyes. Reviewers call her, “The starlet with a million expressions,” and I wonder what this expression means.
“Hello,” I say in an unintentional seductive tone.
“Hi,” Liliana returns with a smile.
Liliana, like Collette, had been a child actor. Now nineteen, she was eight when she got her first role in an quirky, independent film about soldiers returning from war and has accomplished so much since then. Being only four years older than her, I’ve used her success as a way to challenge myself and I’ve followed her career as inspiration. Under the scrutiny of the camera and the American public, she grew up a bit awkwardly, although there are no signs of it as I stand next to
But now isn’t the time to contemplate Liliana Addison. It’s time to impress, so I decide to be honest. “Yeah, I’m nervous. Terrified, actually. Both of you are kind of heroes of mine.”
My words did what I intend them to do. Both Liliana and Collette look at me with curiosity, obviously wanting me to expand.
“The movies you guys make are just . . . well, I mean, Edge of Night and Six Ways? Those are daring and intelligent films.”
Collette laughs quietly. “You have read this script, right?”
“Of course, I have,” I say with a bit of confusion.
“Then you know we don’t always make daring and intelligent films.”