Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Memes: American Blonde

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting American Blonde by Jennifer Niven

A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom?
In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As “Kit Rogers,” she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth— risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process.
Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.

Opening Paragraph

  Six days after setting sail from Scotland, my brother Johnny Clay and I stood pressed against the railing of the Gray Ghost. It was June 21, 1945. We were only two of fifteen thousand passengers. Soldiers filled the upper decks, so crushed together that I was afraid I might have to jump overboard to breathe. The fog settled thick around our shoulders as we waited for the first sight of land.

My Teaser

    She looked at us and said, “how lovely to see you,” in an accent as neat as a freshly made bed. Then she picked up a book and didn’t look at us again.
page 115

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. This sounds very good - I'd keep reading. Thanks for joining us this week.

  2. You have gone far enough to spotlight it, so yes, I think you want to read it. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT - Life Under Examination by Aria T Glazki

  3. This one sounds good! A little veiled Marilyn Monroe appearance in there?

    Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/mysteriesthrillers/top-ten-books-fall-books-tuesday-intro/

  4. The excerpt is very visual and the teaser made me luagh. I believe she is acting and could just picture her! Looks noirish.
    Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/23/teaser-tuesdays-82-leaves-by-michael-baron/

  5. I had to smile at "an accent as neat as a freshly made bed." Great teaser.
    Here's mine Bear Heart


  6. This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/09/first-chapter-first-paragraph-76-and.html

  7. A female war hero! This sounds like a great book.

  8. I love books set in this era...and this one is on my list. Must move it up! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  9. I am very interested. I haven't read any of the Velva Jean series, but I will look for them now. I really enjoy books set in the 1940's. That is when my mom was a young wife and mother and I suppose I think of her when I read. Thanks for sharing.

  10. The teaser made me giggle, one of my silly habits I guess; I get lost in my books ALL-THE-TIME. I love the book cover too!

    Travel Glasses | Chess Desalls

  11. This one does sound good. Glad I read the intro as the cover would not have grabbed my attention.

  12. I like the way the author set the mood in that first paragraph. I'd keep reading.

  13. an accent as neat as a freshly made bed. I love that.

    Mine today is a rip-roaring good murder mystery:


  14. def would pick this one! TT sounds great and unique reading...
    mine's HERE

  15. I read and enjoyed The Chaperone, so I think I'd enjoy this one, too.

    Thanks for visiting Write Note Reviews.

  16. I like stories like this so I'd keep reading. Enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on