Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Release Blitz, Giveaway and Christie's review: ShutterGirl by CD Reiss

Are you ready for a different kind of love story? 
Meet Michael & Laine in this Hollywood themed second chance romance by CD Reiss!


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ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood

I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy. 

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me. 

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

I stroked his hair, waist deep in peace, all worry gone for the moment, and floating in no more than an ocean of gratitude. I must have been more vulnerable than I realized, or he’d reopened some wound with his kindness, because though my sweet reverie stayed, as the minutes passed, a layer of need fitted itself on top of it.
I needed to tell him, if not the details, the outlines of who I was.
“I want you to know,” I whispered, starting somewhere small, then everything I didn’t want to say spilled out. “I have stuff. I’ve never been to jail, but you know, it’s stuff, and it’s ugly, and it scares me. Because, I mean, you’re so perfect, and I’m… I’m just a mess. I’m not whole. I’m a bunch of pieces of a person I cobbled together.” My eyes got wet when I thought of the comparisons between us and that picture in my silverware drawer. “So if you have to move on when you realize that, I’ll understand. You have an image, and if anyone understands protecting a career, it’s me. I mean, I’ll be mad, don’t get that wrong, but also.” I swallowed and blinked, shifting my head so he wouldn’t feel the tear on his forehead. “I won’t blame you.”
I waited for an answer. Anything. A change in position or a word on any subject. The weather. Sports. Something. But all he did was breathe.
I smiled so wide, tears fell into my mouth. He was sleeping.

CD Reiss

CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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I am so happy with the response to Shuttergirl, and I cannot wait to send Michael and Laine out into the world, because who doesn’t swoon over a second chance at love?

It’s a new genre for me, and I’m exploding with excitement, so I’ve dropped some fantastic reasons for readers to get the book right away.

$500 Spa Gift Card

If you could get an hour, or ten away from the daily grind of paparazzi and interviews (or the job and kids), what would you do?

Get a foot rub/slash/pedicure? A  massage? Maybe something called a Sleep Treatment that right now sounds better than sex?

Maybe you’d bring a friend or two, or maybe you’d just get a manipedi when you wanted one. Because the life of a megastar ain’t for the weak-willed or lazy, and running from paparazzi can really wear down a girl’s nails.

Woodhouse Spas are no joke. They’re all over the country and they’re….sigh. Fabulous. But if you don’t live near one, we can do Burke Williams, Halcyon Days or Red Door.


The link to the quiz is in the back of the book, and yes, that’s the ONLY place to find it! There are bonus questions relating to Jonathan and Antonio for extra prizes. You have until June 3rd to enter! That gives you a solid two weeks to read the book and get your chance at a $500 movie star spa treatment!

If you are a paperback reader, email me and we’ll work it out .

CD Reiss is known for her seductive and steamy erotica. No one can dispute she's at the top of her game when it comes to that genre. However, if you're looking for another erotically fueled story in Shuttergirl, you won't find that here. This is a straight contemporary romance standalone. In fact, the sex content is actually really minimum. But don't let that dissuade you. It didn't bother me in the slightest; she still manages to fill the pages with a sensually stimulating heat that encompasses every corner of the story. For me, this book was just as addictive as anything else I've read of hers. I don't think anyone can wrap their words around every particle of you and grip you like a vise like this author can. The way this woman bound me with her words is pretty miraculous considering the fact that nothing much seems to be pulling me in quite like it used to. 

The premise is something that had me thoroughly intrigued: The hero is a movie star and the heroine a paparazzi. He's a golden god, a Hollywood actor with Midwestern morals. Uncorrupted and honorable. 

Michael Greydon was a star, a regular guy inside a body that would shoot across the sky.

She's a hardened woman, a product of a lost soul let loose on the city. She lives and breathes that city because she was raised in the dark alleys and seedy homes of criminals and people with unfulfilled good intentions. And the sum of her life experiences up to this point is survival. 

She's willing to do whatever it takes to make a dollar and that includes ruthlessly invading any star's privacy and personal business with no remorse. 

Like fish in a pond, I might admire their grace or color, but in the end, I ate them.

She's not someone who has a soft side, she's prickly and has been beaten down too many times to retain any optimism or desire to escape the career she's landed in. Although she isn't the most likeable of heroines, I found myself really admiring her right from the start. The author easily grabbed my empathy with Laine's boldness and the strength that radiated right off of her. 

I can get to a mark and get away with the shot faster than any of them, in heels and backward. I'm prettier, I smell nicer, and I take exactly zero bullshit from celebrities. I don't work for them. I don't kowtow or suck up. If they're in public, their ass is mine.

This is a form of a second chance romance. They didn't have a true romantic relationship in their younger years, but there was always an unspoken attraction between them that never got a chance to be exposed. Laine and Michael knew each other as teenagers when she was put in a wealthy family's home for a short time. They went to the same school but they were still on opposite ends of the social scale. She was an unsociable outsider and he was the son of two Hollywood celebrities. They grew a strange friendship and held secret longings for one another. And when he left, she spiraled into a very dark time in her life. It was really difficult to read what she went through, most especially because she completely derailed her own life just looking for the love and acceptance that was denied her. 

When they finally reconnect after all those years, they are even more ill fated then they were before. Thier reputations and careers leave no room for attempting to pursue a relationship together. But their attraction is voracious and it can't be ignored no matter how much they try. I was so completely immersed in their dance around each other. In their despair in hoping for more but expecting nothing. You could feel the need pouring off of both of them, the author did an amazing job bringing every emotion to the surface so effortlessly. 

As much as I loved the freshness of the story, the incredible writing, and the well fleshed out characters, the ending left me needing a little bit more. There were two main conflicts in this story. One, Laine's past was threatening to come back and not only haunt her, but rip apart everything in it's path. And two, it was reiterated how different their worlds were and how impossible it would be for everyone to accept them as a couple without them losing their careers. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but let's just say that the resolution to how they would continue to thrive in Hollywood as a couple felt very rushed and very abrupt. I needed an epilogue badly! 

I would definitely recommend Shuttergirl to anyone who's read and enjoyed CD Reiss in the past. She's proven without a doubt that she has the skill to pull off any genre she puts her mind to. I can't say enough about her writing, there's something about it that I click with effortlessly and I find that lacking in so many books I attempt to read. I gave it high points for that as well as my complete immersion from beginning to end. If you haven't added this yet, give it a chance. It was a bumpy ride, but for me, well worth the effort.


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