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Stay Tuned Paperback – November 10, 2011
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"Loved it. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. The book will leave you wanting more."
Anne Richter WWNY-TV
"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel."
News Anchor, WVLT-TV
"The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them. I found myself wanting to steal Melissa's best friend Candace and make her my own--even if that means having to put up with an endless slew of quotes from Dr. Phil."
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Lauren Clark is the award-winning author of Pie Girls (Aug '14), Stardust Summer, Dancing Naked in Dixie, A Very Dixie Christmas (Merry & Bright), and Stay Tuned. In her former life, she worked as a news anchor for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives in North Alabama with her family. Visit her website at www.LaurenClarkBooks.com.
2014 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, First Place, Single Title Contemporary, Pie Girls
2014 Winner, WritersType First Chapter Contest, Pie Girls
2014 Finalist, RWA Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Contest, Pie Girls (Winners TBA in January 2015)
2013 RWA Gulf Coast Chapter, 2nd Place, Contemporary Novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 William Faulkner Novel Finalist, Short List
2012 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, Silver, Single Contemporary Title
2012 Beach Book Festival Award, Finalist, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 Readers Favorite 5 Star Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
March 2012 Winner, Writers Type First Chapter Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2011 Chick Lit Writers of the World, Get Your Stiletto In the Door Contest, Finalist
2011 WINNER of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, October 2011, Stay Tuned
2012 BookBundlz Top 5 finalist for the "The Book Pick" contest, Stay Tuned
2012 Royal Dragonfly ebook awards, 2nd place, Stay Tuned
The MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW calls STAY TUNED "riveting and much recommended."
"Stay Tuned is as faced-paced as a real-life newsroom. The drama on the air and behind the scenes will keep you racing toward the last page!" - Devon Walsh, News Anchor for WKRG-TV
"Loved it and you will too. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. Stay Tuned captures the drama that TV viewers seldom see. The book will draw you in and leave you wanting more." - Anne Richter, News Anchor for WWNY-TV
"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel. And it's a very true representation of the TV news industry!" - Lauren Davis, News Anchor at WVLT-TV
"The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them. I found myself wanting to steal Melissa's best friend Candace and make her my own-even if that means having to put up with an endless slew of quotes from Dr. Phil." - Emlyn Chand, Author of Farsighted
"Stay Tuned is fast-paced, fun, and a downright treat. Trust me, you'll love Melissa's hectic life and want her best friend (and Dr. Phil devotee), Candace, to give you all the right tips for staying on top." - E. McDannak, Author of The Inrugian Chronicles
"A wonderful read! I learned as much about relationships as I did anything else. However, I did laugh when Alyssa bopped Tim on the nose on air. Her interview with the doctor was hilarious, too. Let me know when you have another book out!"
"If you like light-hearted stories about real life peppered with ominous Post-it notes, then you won't want to miss this fast and fun read!"
"Stay Tuned" is the story of Melissa Moore, a producer for the six and ten o'clock news, who has to step in and anchor the last few minutes of the news after the female anchor punches her co-anchor on the air. When Melissa's boss asks her to become the temporary anchor, she really has no choice, and the new responsibility has her examining not only her wardrobe but other aspects of her life. Melissa's husband Chris is rarely home, and they have been reduced to communicating via post it notes. Her mother, who lives in a nursing home, is also having issues. If that's not enough, the female anchor Melissa replaced is out to get her, and the new male co-anchor puts the moves on her. Even with all this chaos Melissa decides she wants to do the anchor job permanently. Will she get the job? Read "Stay Tuned" and find out!
This is a very fast paced story that is often laugh out loud funny, but it also has its somber moments. The author's storytelling ability allowed me to actually visualize the story as it unfolded. From the way she described the scenes on the set, to allow us to see the longing Melissa felt for being accepted by her mother, she easily had me laughing one minute but feeling empathy the next. I can easily say there was never a down time for me in this book; the fast pace of Melissa's life set the pace of the book. The author also managed to make me believe something one minute and then, she would have me rethinking what I thought I knew, allowing for more than a few twists in the story. Melissa also had a great best friend Candace, who kept her grounded Dr. Phil style. I also thought the story line that revolved around Darius was great! I also love the quirky characters from the newsroom, from Sunshine the Weather Cat to Judd, the sports anchor. For me an added bonus was the behind the scenes feel of seeing how an actual news broadcast goes together."
Top Customer Reviews
Melissa is such a great character. I instantly connected with her, all of her insecurities about not being good enough to be an anchor, all of her thoughts and annoyances. I thought she was really well fleshed out. She could really have been any woman dealing with juggling work, success (or the fear of not having it) friends, and problems at home. I think that anyone can relate to at least one of the struggles that Melissa goes through in Stay Tuned. I was rooting for her the whole time.
Surprisingly I also really liked Alyssa. I just found her funny! She was like the crazy comic relief. Except that she was really crazy. But in a strange way, she was amusing to me. Maybe I'm just weird? haha.
Melissa's husband on the other hand, bugged me. I think it was because I related so much to Melissa, and I was 100% on her side, but I just felt like she deserved more. He redeemed himself a little bit but I still think he needs to grow up a bit. I can also relate to his work problems though. I know how hard it is to try and prove yourself, and the competition can be really stressful.
Overall, I really really enjoyed Stay Tuned. I loved the news stories that wove themselves into the themes of Melissa's life. It was just so nicely done. The best part was that nothing felt forced.Read more ›
The writing is just ok, sometimes good, sometimes not. The author had me hooked in in the first chapter with her writing style. Then other times I found myself rolling my eyes- she completely glossed over some pretty key issues- her husband's parents writing him out of the will because he married her? Melissa literally said "oh" and then moved on. That's it- no further explanation really. The ending wrapped up a little too quickly and nicely...
The chapters are short and the book is a quick read. Overall it was an "eh" for me- not the worst book but nothing that I would probably recommend others to read. Some funny parts- her best friend Candace is great, but not enough to save this story for me. Traditional chick lit following a script. Feels like a book you've read before.
For Melissa Moore, TV producer, life and career have always stayed behind the camera; that is, until Alyssa Andrews, disgruntled WSGA news anchor, decides to knock-out her co-anchor during the live 10 o'clock newscast. With no replacements on set, Melissa has a choice: go to commercial indefinitely, or pick up a mic and start reading from the teleprompter herself? Little does she know that her split second decision will not only redeem the night's botched broadcast, but earn her a whole new job title: temporary News Anchor.
Unfortunately, Melissa isn't sure about her new-found success. Her husband Chris is never around, always "working" and only communicating through nonspecific post-it notes, and her mother, currently in a nursing home, continues to start trouble -- and fires. On top of that, her new co-anchor is putting on the moves, while a former co-worker becomes her stalker: one that wants her dead.
Can Melissa keep her new job, save her marriage, deal with her mother, keep her high ratings, and protect herself from becoming the 10 o'clock news? Stay tuned to find out...
When I first picked up this book, I couldn't help but love the cover: bright, cute, and simple, yet, (as I would later figure out), a pretty accurate representation of the text. The book was an attention grabber from start to finish. It was one of those books that made me laugh one minute and sprout nervous goosebumps the next. Melissa is a great character, complex, but written and described in a way that all women can relate to. She's a strong female lead, full of insecurities, but doesn't allow them to dictate her life, and when the pressure is on, she deals with it - not afraid to get help from her friends; Candace in-particular.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful refreshing read that has very like able characters & an interesting plot that really grabs you!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Predictable. Cheesy. Elementary. Entirely too long. No substance at all. Sad I wasted my time on it. Pass it up.Published 4 months ago by Team.Zimm
Enjoyed this book, but 62 Chapters? SIXTY-TWO-CHAPTERS! I was able to get past it though because it was an easy read. I also enjoyed the audio version while I was driving. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Belinda S
Interesting story that kept me reading, and I enjoyed most of the characters. Storyline struck me as a coming-of-age tale for a middle aged woman instead of a teenager which was a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anne
If you want a really good story to read, I highly recommend reading Stay Tuned. It sucked me in from the very beginning. It literally took me less than 24 hours to read it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Angie Young @ The Little Reading Cabin
Wonderful shipper and wonderful product!! Arrived just as promptly as I was told it would! And in exactly in condition described!! Trust this shipper!Published 14 months ago by Gayle Anderson
This was the first book of Lauren Clark's that I have read and I found it to be very easy reading with an enjoyable story line. Looking forward to my next Lauren Clark book.Published 17 months ago by jennifer albrecht