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Trina Stewart needs cash. Fast. She's barely got enough dough to keep her fanny off the streets, let alone any spending money for hot nights clubbing on Sunset Strip. And her job teaching English as a Second Language is seriously lacking in both pay and glamour. But not just any job will do. She's after a real Hollywood job. The kind that makes her $100,000 in film school debt and ten years in Tinsel Town not seem like such a big fat waste of time and money.  But a girl can't fritter away all her time fretting over her next paycheck, can she? Certainly not when a man like Matiu Wulf, a sexy Maori from New Zealand, parks his oh-so-fine self in the apartment above hers while he takes his best shot at Showbiz.
 
If only Matiu didn't seem so... repelled by Trina. Really, though, it's Los Angeles that Matiu finds so revolting. He's only in L.A. to get some scene design experience to beef up his resume, and then he's headed back to New Zealand to follow his dreams in peace, thank you very much. That's his plan, anyway, until he falls hard for Trina...and Trina falls under the spell of a toothy-grinned wannabe actor who charms the pants right off her.
 
With Matiu on a mission to win Trina's heart, and Trina on a mission to nail down that ever elusive Hollywood job, these two soon discover that when love gets tossed in the mix, life in Tinsel Town isn't all red carpets, after parties, and celebrity gossip. In fact, Hollywood can be a downright bitch!

About the Author

Lucie Simone is an author with a passion for travel, romance and all things chick lit. Her first novella, A Taste of Italy, took readers on a whirlwind tour of Florence, Italy and garnered her an award for Best E-Book by the New York Book Festival in 2007. Her follow up novella, The Waterdance, set in both the mountains of Costa Rica and the beaches of Malibu, was published by Liquid Silver Books in 2008. And her debut novel, Hollywood Ending, available from Simon & Fig October 2010, features life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous (a territory she knows all too well).
 
Lucie has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She also has a love for live comedy, and, operating under the delusion she might one day be an actress, studied improvisation at the LA Connection Comedy Theater and Improv Olympic West in Hollywood, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer. She lives, loves and writes in the City of Angels, but considers New York City her imaginary second home and visits the Big Apple as often as her bank account will allow.

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  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615399096
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Simon & Fig (May 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053DT87U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, yoga, and writing. She has a degree in Journalism, a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production, and is a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer.

Her short story, A Taste of Italy, won the New York Book Festival competition for best ebook and is a bestseller at Amazon UK. The release of her debut novel, Hollywood Ending, a romantic comedy about life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous, marked the launch of her small press, Simon & Fig, which publishes Chick Lit, Lad Lit and Women's Fiction exclusively.

Lucie lives, loves and writes in the City of Angels, but considers New York City her second home and visits as often as her bank account will allow.

For more information about Lucie, please visit her website, www.luciesimone.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Earls on October 8, 2010
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We all know that Hollywood is an expensive and sexy joint, full of starlets, paparazzi and glam. However the town was built by real people who sacrificed a great deal of love and comfort before seeing any part of the glitz and glamour of that town. Hollywood Ending focuses on those young wannabe filmmakers who trek in from the Midwest (and as far away as New Zealand) to try and break into the business. The trick is figuring out how to balance work, love, sex and success!

This book is like "Sex and The City" for the young Hollywood set, but MUCH more genuine thanks to the witty protagonist, Trina Stewart. This is a girl who teaches to pay the bills, beats the Hollywood pavement, cooks a helluva stack of pancakes (the description literally made my mouth water) and will rock your world between the sheets. Watching her and her love interests (note the plural) navigate the bottom rung of the industry ladder while trying to find love at the same time is a trip! As somebody who arrived in Hollywood in his early 20's, I especially enjoyed the read. It also gave me a nervous stomach, because some of those situations hit way too close to home!

But this book is for everybody because when it comes to making life decisions, experiencing a broken heart and finding love, we've all been there. And if you haven't yet, then pick up this book. It's a good primer. A sexy and hilarious read, I hope I see this as a film someday soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Kay on June 7, 2011
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This is a Hollywood love story, ok well it's more like a story of two regular Joes looking to break into the business--but an ending with true Hollywood style. Trina Stewart and Matiu Wulf are both looking to make a name for themselves in Tinsel Town. Well trying to make a name doesn't pay the bills. Trina teaches English as a second language as her day job, but has been dreaming of breaking into the business for the last ten years--and according to her best bud what Trina really needs is a good man!

Good guy, Matiu, is in Hollywood for six weeks to take a class and head back home to New Zealand. He is not looking for any entanglements just looking to build his resume with some Hollywood credentials. But all bets are off when Trina banged on his front door.
Hollywood Ending is a really quick read. The story is easy to follow has a few surprises along the way. The language was a little stronger than what I normally read, but it added color to the story and characters. In the beginning of the book I wasn't a huge Trina, but mid-way through the story when Trina quit chasing after Matiu I really began to like her. Near the end, I felt sorry for Trina as she tries to figure out her heart. The end of story lives up to its title. I found I liked the book the more I read. I found this to be a fun lighthearted book. I can't wait to see what Lucie publishes next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Looking for a fun and summery romantic read? Well, look no further because Hollywood Ending is the book for you!

Hollywood Ending tells the story of Trina and Matiu. When Trina moved to Hollywood several years ago she had a grand future planned out, but now she's broke and has a job far from the Hollywood movie scene she craved before. But she's okay with it. She's sending out applications and one will get her somewhere, right? Plus she has an awesome best friend and a possible boyfriend in the charming and foreign Matiu. The thing is Matiu wants nothing to do with her, or does he? Told in alternative, he-said-she-said narrative, Hollywood Ending is sure to have even the most reluctant reader clamoring for more!

I really adored this book! Yeah, it was bit predictable but it was the perfect bubble-gum type read for a quiet afternoon. Plus there was just so much to love about this book.

For instance, I had nothing but admiration for the characters. Trina was a girl I feel many will relate to because of the way that she was constantly trying to find her place in the world throughout the story. I also thought she was witty and smart. Plus, I loved her friendship with Juliet because it brought out quite a few funny scenes. Furthermore, Matiu and her? They were so sweet and cute together, and because of that it was so hard not to root for them to get past their differences and get together.

While the plot of this had the typical romantic comedy type feel, I still fell head-deep into Hollywood Ending. I was constantly curious, as I'm sure most others will be, about whether or not Matiu and Trina would end up together to whether Trina and Matiu would get there dream jobs. In addition to this Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Emma Kilgariff on June 14, 2011
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Hollywood Ending is filed under Chick Lit on my book shelf and it fulfills every element that I enjoy about this genre. We have a loveable, relatable (if slightly slap-able) protagonist who keeps falling for the wrong guy while looking for her dream job. Meet Matiu, the hot *hot* love interest with the wicked accent and the unstoppable determination a girl needs to win her heart over. The setting, Los Angles, was perfect and the straight forward writing drew me into a nice, easy to read, fun story.

I loved how the relationship between Trina and Matiu was drawn out, there was enough teasing and fun without it being stretched out to the point of annoyance (I hate when that happens!). Trina was a typical, floofy girl protagonist who I still can't decide if I like or not. My favorite character was definitely her best friend Juliet, the daughter of a long dead movie star, whose take charge attitude and general confidence really balanced out Trina.

There were a couple of things that seemed a bit strange, *Spoiler warning* Matiu's `heart-attack' amongst others. To me, this was unnecessary and added nothing to the story except my bafflement. Matiu was an interesting twist on the typical swoon worthy love interest but at some points highlighting his (kind of random) Maori heritidge seemed a bit out of place.

Overall, Hollywood Ending is a fun, fast, flirty summer read that I would happily recommend to anyone looking for that.
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