Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shining the Spotlight on “Beneath The Starry Sky” by Jessica E. Subject


Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the piece of her life and face her Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out.  She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1 Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.

Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.



Shit! I can’t go anywhere without someone getting out their camera. He raced with Tamara in tow, trying to keep her from the intrusive life he lived. He wasn’t ready to bring anyone into the spotlight with him yet.

But he had to get out of the hotel first. He unlocked his car and held open the door for her. Even when trying to beat the paparazzi, he still believed in chivalry. After shoving her inside a bit too roughly, he muttered an apology, closed the door then rushed around to the driver’s side. Throwing the car in reverse, he squealed the tires in a rush to get out of the parking garage. How much time did he have? He didn’t know, but if the paparazzi followed him, he’d have to pull some fancy maneuvers to lose them before driving to his destination.

They made it to the street before he was temporarily blinded by the first flashes. 

Tamara shrieked when someone knocked on her window, right before another flash of light.

Fuck! I have to get away from this, get her away from this.

Pulling onto the Strip, he expected them to stop, leave him alone. But another photographer jumped onto the hood. Josh closed his eyes so the upcoming flash wouldn’t leave him sightless and slammed on the brakes. The man flew off. He made sure the crazy paparazzi was out of the way before taking off. The last thing he needed was to be sued by some maniac with a camera.
When he finally made it off the strip and onto darker streets, he released the breath he’s held.

“Who the hell are you?”

Her words were mixed with fear and anger. With a glassy stare, she waited for his answer. Would the truth ruin what could have been? If he didn’t tell her, she could Google his name anyway.

“I told you I’m an actor, or at least I was, and a former model. The show I’d been on for two years was recently cancelled.”

Her eyes softened. “But why are people following you? Are you really that famous?”

He laughed. “Obviously not if you’ve never heard of me. But when you’re an underwear model, you get obsessive fans, and then I was on Searching For Earth on the sci-fi channel. Don’t you follow the tabloids?”

“No, I have better things to do, but I may have to start watching the sci-fi channel if all the actors are as hot as you.”

All the tension from the encounter with the paparazzi diminished when he saw her smile. He reached over and squeezed her thigh. “Maybe you shouldn’t. They’re all known to be players.”

She placed her hand on his, making him want to touch even more of her. “Yourself included?”

He heard the playful tone of her voice, but he wouldn’t make her think he had a big ego. “Maybe at one time, but things changed after the accident. I’m sure you understand.”

To learn more about Alopecia Areata and to help find a cure, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Jessica Subject
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself   grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

To learn more about Jessica and her books, click on the links below.

Author Website


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

This looks interesting..thanks for sharing this one!

Jessica E. Subject said...

@Blue Shedevil - Thanks so much for spotlighting my book on your blog today! :)

@kimba88 - Thanks for taking the time to read my post! :)

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey Blue She Devil! ;-) Wonderful excerpt, Jessica. You piqued my interest in both characters.

Davee Jones said...

Wow, I'm very much intrigued by this excerpt. I look forward to reading.

Joanne said...

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing .


Jessica E. Subject said...

@Jennifer, @Davee, @Joanne - Thank you for reading! All the best! :)

elaing8 said...

Great excerpt.Thanks for sharing.Can't wait to read this.

Susan W. said...

Love the excerpt! Definitely going to be checking this one out.

Simply Kayla said...
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burbanette said...

This sounds good!

Simply Kayla said...

I love the excerpt and the video!!! This book sounds very very interesting. I will definitely be buying this book. Blue Shedevil this is an awesome post,thank God for twitter (:

Jessica E. Subject said...

@elaing8 - Thank you for all of your support! :)

@Susan W. & @burbanette - Thanks! Enjoy! :)

@Simply Kayla - I'm glad you stopped by! Yes, it's amazing how many author's I've found and read their books due to twitter. Thanks so much!

Sophia Rose said...

This sounds like a good story line. I have heard of the disease and it is great that the author is bringing attention to it through the story.

Thanks for the share!

Susan Bennett said...

What a refreshingly different premise.

Jessica E. Subject said...

@Sophia Rose - When I started my research, I was surprised at how much I didn't know about the disease, and how many others had never heard of Alopecia Areata at all. Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Susan Bennett - Thanks so much! :)

booklover0226 said...

I am adding this to my must have list; I think I'll enjoy reading it.

I will check out the site about Alopecia Areata. Thank you for posting about it.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Savannah said...

:) This books is on my must buy list

Sophia Rose said...

I forgot to leave my email address to be entered for the tour prize. (-;

Jessica E. Subject said...

Thank you so much to Rage, Sex, and Teddy Bears for hosting me during my Beneath the Starry Sky blog tour!

And thank you to everyone who dropped by! I will be choosing the winners today and posting on my website:

All the best!

MeikkiBeibi said...

Such a fun excerpt, I've read it three times now and it's just as fun everytime. :)
Have a great weekend!
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