Sunday, March 11, 2012


Welcome to Books by Banister!  Since most of us lost an hour this morning, it's the perfect day to read something short and sweet like this six sentence snippet from my Oscar-themed Chick Lit novel, BLAME IT ON THE FAME!  Today's excerpt features Best Actress nominee, Laurel Hastings.  Laurel retired from show biz to raise her family 15 years ago and has been living the quiet life of a suburban wife and mom in Connecticut ever since.  Having decided to dip her toe back into the acting pool by taking a role in a small film directed by a friend, she expected, and hoped for, a low-key comeback.  When her husband, Patrick, brings her news of her Oscar nomination, she's not exactly thrilled.

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“Great, I’ve been given the grand old dame/Helen Mirren/Meryl Streep slot.  I hope I have something appropriately matronly to wear.”
Patrick chuckled.  “That’s not the grand old dame slot, that’s the sexy, experienced, aging gracefully slot.”
“Thanks, but you know that 48 is decrepit by Hollywood’s standards.  Everyone will probably expect me to show up on the red carpet with a walker.” 

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I hope you enjoyed that!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to check out the six sentence snippets of some very talented authors at Six Sunday or do a search for the hashtag #sixsunday at Twitter.  

Buy BLAME IT ON THE FAME at Amazon and Smashwords

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Welcome to another Six Sentence Sunday on Books by Banister!  Thanks so much for stopping by to check out another snippet from my Oscar-themed novel BLAME IT ON THE FAME.  Today's sampling will give you a peek inside the marriage of Best Actress nominee Danielle Jamison and her husband, Logan Rafferty.  Dani and Logan both rose to fame on a popular primetime teen soap called "Doheny Bay."  Since the end of that show, Danielle's career has skyrocketed and she is now one of the most sought-after movie stars in Hollywood.  As for Logan . . .

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"I wish you wouldn't yell at the kids," Logan said when he was sure Sierra was out of earshot.

"Yeah, well, I wish you'd get a job so that I wasn't solely responsible for supporting our family and this household, but I guess we're both shit out of luck."

"You know my agent's got feelers out."

"He's had feelers out since Doheny Bay got cancelled; I’ve done seven movies since then, and you’ve done what - two Japanese beer commercials and some lame-ass comedy with Seann William Scott?”

“Those residuals checks from Doheny Bay help out.”

“$1500 a month - woohoo, call the Lamborghini dealership!"

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Hope you enjoyed that!  Be sure to check out the snippets of all the talented writers who are sharing their work this week at Six Sunday or search for the hashtag #sixsunday on Twitter.

Purchase BLAME IT ON THE FAME at Amazon and Smashwords