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L.A. news anchor Dempsey's first novel is set in a world familiar to her: the cutthroat arena of television news. Natalie Daniels, the prime-time anchor for KXLA, is on the verge of her fortieth birthday, which places her position as one of L.A.'s most visible news anchors in jeopardy. Tony Scoppio, the new news director, is preoccupied with the bottom line and is looking to cut corners wherever he can, and he focuses on Natalie's sizable salary. Tony is also concerned about Natalie's age and is considering replacing her with a younger candidate. To make matters worse, Natalie's former protegee and current rival, Kelly, sees this as the perfect opportunity for the advancement she craves and begins angling for Natalie's position. When Natalie makes an on-camera error and goes to extremes to get an interview, Tony demotes her and gives the conniving Kelly the coveted anchor spot. Distraught, Natalie begins searching for a new job, but opportunities are mysteriously scarce. Natalie has to decide whether to stay at KXLA and accept her reduced position or leave the station she has become attached to. Dishy and fun--in other words, perfect summer fare. Kristine Huntley
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About the Author

Diana Dempsey worked in television news for a dozen years, playing every on-air role from network correspondant to local news anchor. An Emmy winner, Diana anchored for KTTV/Fox 11 in Los Angeles. She reported for NBC News from New York, Tokyo, and Burbank, and substitute anchored such broadcasts as Sunrise, Today, and NBC Nightly News. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; First Edition edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410351
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,718,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diana Dempsey traded in an Emmy-winning career in TV news to write fast, fun romantic fiction. Her debut novel, FALLING STAR, was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the members of Romance Writers of America. It centers on the personal and professional travails - and eventual triumphs - of a primetime anchorwoman. TO CATCH THE MOON, a Romantic Times Top Pick, combines a murder mystery with a love triangle. TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN goes behind the glossy veneer of a Napa Valley winery to find forbidden love, intrigue, and betrayal. CHASING VENUS is a romantic suspense about writer Annette Rowell, who discovers that being a best-selling novelist can be a killer ...

Since Diana enjoys the occasional well-executed murder, she's launched a cozy mystery series. MS AMERICA AND THE OFFING ON OAHU introduces beauty queen and budding sleuth Happy Pennington, who must clear her name when her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the pageant finale. Happy continues her adventures in MS AMERICA AND THE VILLAINY IN VEGAS, MS AMERICA AND THE MAYHEM IN MIAMI, and MS AMERICA AND THE WHOOPSIE IN WINONA.

In 2014, Diana teamed up with authors Ciji Ware and Kate Moore to write RING OF TRUTH, an anthology of linked novellas about a magical Claddagh ring, the ancient Irish symbol of friendship, loyalty, and love.

In her dozen years in television news, the former Diana Koricke played every on-air role from network correspondent to local news anchor. She reported for NBC News from New York, Tokyo, and Burbank, and substitute anchored such broadcasts as Sunrise, Today, and NBC Nightly News. In addition, she was a morning anchor for KTTV 11 Fox News in Los Angeles. She started her broadcast career in the anchor chair for Financial News Network.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York - Go, Bills! - Diana is a graduate of Harvard University and the winner of a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship. She enjoyed stints overseas in Belgium, the U.K., and Japan, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and a West Highland White Terrier, not necessarily in that order.

Diana loves to hear from readers! Visit www.dianadempsey.com to email Diana, and be sure to sign up for her mailing list to hear first about her new releases. Also join her on Facebook at Diana Dempsey Books and follow her on Twitter at Diana_Dempsey.

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196 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Susie Rigsby on November 11, 2004
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Don't ask me how this book ended up on my wish list, much less in my cart, because I honestly don't remember. Of course, I HAD to put it there. But I'm sure glad I did. I love to read debut novels, it absolutely thrills me. Especially when I get my hands on a good book like "Falling Star". I can't compliment Diana Dempsey enough on her first effort. She's very knowledgeable about the world of television news network, and she definitely has a way with prose to create a writing style of her very own. The ups and downs in the life of TV news anchor, Natalie Daniels, will make a reader want to keep going, page after page, to see what can possibly happen next to this woman. It's a great plot with great characters, well written, and a great read.

I just this evening ordered two other novels written by Diana Dempsey. That's how impressed with her talent that I am.

Congrats, Diana, on a job well done.
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Alabama Mom on July 11, 2011
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I'm surprised by all the glowing reviews of this book. I wasn't really rooting for Natalie so much as I was rooting against Kelly, Tony, and Miles. All in all, the plot was interesting and kept me reading. However, it became tedious to read through all the filler material that was irrelevant to the plot. The biggest hurdle for me was the extremely poor editing. I read this on my Kindle, so the editing may have been better in print form. However, names were spelled differently throughout the book (Maxine/Marine), and the wrong words were used throughout. The book is in definite need of a proofread. The plot is the only thing that kept me trudging through.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By James on July 13, 2011
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I really enjoyed this novel by Diana Dempsey. I have read many things as a mid thirties male and I never recall that I ever had any interest in reading a romantic novel. However, after purchasing a new kindle, I looked for both top selling paid and free books and this book was one of the top free ebooks avaialble from Amazon.com. I browsed through the description and thought, you know, this might be interesting. As a guy, I have long held an interest in news and communications and most guys will tell you they are addicted to the news and the media, so perhaps this might be a good match as the story was centered around a newscaster. After a quick download, I was really taken aback at how easy it was to connect with Diana's characters and how expertly done the character development was. By the end of the novel, you could really relate to Natalie and her struggles and as a guy, I could really relate to the massive conflict in Geoff's life.

One thing that is nice about Diana's writing style is that there are just enough details to paint a good picture of the scenes and the surroundings without being too verbose. This makes the pacing fun and fast and doesn't really drag down or slow the tempo of the story at all. Some authors go off the deep end with the details and that can really bog a story down.

Falling Star has been one of the more entertaining novels I have read in a long time. Although I prefer miltary and espionage novels mostly, it was nice to read something fun and this book is not just another romantic novel. Its a crazy thrill ride that makes you hanging on for the next crazy development. I have to say that once I started to read Falling Star, I couldn't put it down and after I finished, I purchased all of Diana's books. I hope you will love this fun, thrilling, sexy and crazy story as much as I did and I look forward to more of Diana's works.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tori on January 14, 2003
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I really liked this book. It brought the book to life for me and I'm sure others would say the same. The author wrote from her her own experiences and that really grabbed my attention. Her book kept my attention not only with the vivid pictures it painted for my eyes, but also with the characters and their constantly changing problems. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone that wants a good read and enjoys the entertainment business.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Duncan on January 27, 2007
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Love her style. I train journalists and am getting so much more insight into what's going on in their lives. Wonderful storylines and characters. Another author I can't read when I'm busy and need to get up early.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Just Nutz on August 22, 2013
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I really had a hard time finishing this book. Not even half way through I quit caring about any of the characters. I knew it would end up tied neatly with a perfect little bow. There were no surprises, the characters were boring, the ones you were supposed to like were perfect, the ones you weren't supposed to like were evil. I swore if I saw the word Naugahyde one more time I was going to throw my Kindle across the room. Good grief. Can't she just sit on a couch? Who cares if it's a Naugahyde couch. Can't she just get into the van and sit down? Does she have to sit down on the Naugahyde seat? Was it the word of the day? It was so unnecessary. I can see why the book is still free. I'm going to go sit on my Leather couch and find a good book to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Darby on July 14, 2011
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I don't often read a book that has me talking to it like you do to one of those great fun movies... You know the kind, where you sit there and say:
Oh he's dead...
Yep she did it...
Oh please you can't be that stupid...
No, no don't go in there...
Can't you see he is lying to you...
From the very beginning I was sooo on Natalie side and thought I would die if the book ended with her on the internet with no man.. I fell for Geoff right off the bat and just knew he really loved Nat... But he just wasn't cooperating. Tony was a sleeze, and Kelly was a sociopath...
I couldn't put it down.... Just Loved it...
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