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Laurie Lonsdale and Sasha O'Connor
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Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of fame, love, loss, betrayal, danger and addiction with Hollywood’s hottest friends and enemies.
Peppered with a biting sense of humor and raw expression, this hip and energetic story is sure to keep you turning pages well into the night.
Sierra King, Layne Sullivan, Bobbi Carnes, and Robin Peters, have been the best of friends since early childhood, avoiding family issues by raising hell and breaking hearts. But when graduation night arrives, it’s time to get serious, and upon making a heartfelt pact to forever maintain their special bond of friendship, they set out for Hollywood in search of high-profile careers in the entertainment industry. But Tinseltown cares little for nurturing relationships - it’s about power and pride, fortune and fame, and soon the girls find themselves pitted against one another in a cut-throat climb to the top. Egos, morals, lovers, and addictions collide as they attempt to out-scheme and out-bid one another, and when one finally loses big, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the rest will play the hand they’re dealt.
Simple decisions sometimes can have devastating consequences.
It’s the luck of the draw.
Bobbi fixed Layne with a stony stare, though she hadn’t yet decided whether she was actually angry with her perpetually sexually-charged friend, or whether she should simply brush off the unexpected revelation and have a good laugh. Finally, all she managed to muster was, “Bitch!”
“I’m not a bitch!” Layne shot back.
“No? What would you call it?” Bobbi asked with a slight smirk as she took a drag from her cigarette and then blew thick, gray smoke rings into the air.
Layne smiled back mischievously. “Oh, I don’t know—how about horny?”
“Bitchy, horny, who cares? The only word I want to hear tonight is thirsty, so who wants another beer?” Robin intervened quickly, attempting to change the topic of conversation before it morphed into an argument. She rose from her cross-legged position on the floor and headed toward the makeshift bar the girls had set up in the corner of the hotel suite they had rented for the night.
“Twist my arm,” Sierra replied, still staring at Bobbi and Layne and waiting for them to continue their potentially volatile discussion. “And toss me the bag of pretzels, too,” she added. “I have a feeling this is about to get interesting, so I want to be good and comfortable.”
“For God’s sake, don’t encourage them,” Robin responded. “We’re supposed to be celebrating our graduation tonight, not arguing over who slept with who’s boyfriend.”
“Yeah, don’t be a shit disturber, Sierra,” Layne said, good-naturedly. “Bobbi isn’t even with the guy anymore because he was a serial cheater, so what does it matter now what happened between him and me? Besides, I wouldn’t get too cocky if I was you. I happen to know you were with him only about an hour or two after Bobbi dumped him.”
“Well, at least I waited till it was over between them—that’s more than I can say for you. Come to think of it, how did you find out about that anyway?” Sierra asked, bolting upright from where she’d been sprawled across one of the queen-sized beds in the suite.
“’Cuz he tried to pick me up at a party about a week later. When I told him I wasn’t interested in a repeat performance, he told me about hooking up with you. I guess it was his feeble way of tryin’ to make me jealous or something. At any rate, the way things are going, I guess you’re next in line, Robin,” Layne said flippantly.
“Sure—that’d be the day!” Robin said firmly, as she disgustedly tossed a pretzel in Layne’s general direction. “Thankfully, I’m a little pickier than you guys.”
Bobbi butted her cigarette into the ashtray that balanced on her knee and then leaned forward enthusiastically toward Sierra. “So, you too, huh? I’d have never guessed it in a million years! I mean, I know he was gorgeous, but I never thought you’d fall for him! He was too shallow and way too stupid for your taste. Layne, I can understand—she’s a walking hormone…but you?”
Sierra shrugged guiltily. “What can I say? I guess we all have our weak moments.”
“But if I’d already broken up with him, how come you didn’t tell me?”
“I guess ’cuz there was nothing to tell—he positively sucked!” Sierra replied, then let out with a hearty laugh.
“She’s right,” Layne agreed, and then giggled. “He was terrible! He was as pretty as a picture, but about as smart as dryer lint. And when it came to knowing what he was doing in the sack—well, let’s just say a bikini wax is more satisfying.”
All at once, all four girls began to laugh hysterically, allowing the alcohol and the euphoric feeling of the night to wash away any pettiness that may have existed between them. Their private party in a fancy hotel suite wasn’t about confessions and bitterness; it was about celebration—of milestones, the end of an era, and the future that lay ahead. But most of all, it was about unquestionable, unbreakable friendship—the kind that had seen them through thick and thin from early childhood to high school graduation. Taking into account their less than stable upbringings, it had been a bumpy ride for
“Sierra, Layne, Bobbi and Robin are best friends, but all must face their inner demons as they test their fate in the blinding lights of Hollywood. Will they play their cards right? Will dreams turn into nightmares? Or will their journey end of their once strong friendship?
Four of Hearts is a wonderful story of love, trust and faith, and is also an eye opener for us to fully understand what true friendship is all about.” - © Lanie Rebancos – Reviewer, www.writingroad.com
Reviewed by Charlene Austin - Writers and Readers Network - www.writersandreadersnetwork.com
Authors Laurie Lonsdale and Sasha O’Connor craft tension and intrigue into a journey of self-discovery on a quest for fame and fortune, setting a fast pace and adding a splash of spice to the emotional storyline of "Four of Hearts." The characters are strong in their weaknesses: likable; unlikable; lovable; unlovable; generous; greedy; shiny and bright, dull and dumb. You and me. "Four of Hearts" is an ace high flush, five card read.
Reviewed by Debbie H. of Gotta Write Network - www.gottawritenetwork.com
Four of Hearts is the story of four friends' journey in search of fame and fortune as well as the love and acceptance of family and each other. Underlying is the ever-changing tapestry of the friendship that ties them all together, and how the pattern of friendship changes as they age from eighteen to thirty-six. The overall tone and flow of the story is consistent. I was deeply moved and found myself laughing, crying and raging right along with the characters.
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 426
Paper Weight (lb): 17.6
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