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Celebrate Lit: Getting Reel by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger


About the Book

Book: Getting Reel

Authors: Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

Genre: Christian Sweet Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 5, 2023


When explosive personalities collide, can a control-freak director and last-chance actress work together to win a film competition?


Ryan Torino loves the feeling of control, especially when it comes to his photography work and indie movies. And when he gets the opportunity to enter an indie film festival—rumored to have Hollywood bigwigs attending—he can’t afford for anything to be less than perfect, especially the casting of his leading role.



Enter Zinnia Preston, who has been trying to break into the acting scene since college. Now in her late twenties and working the not-job-of-her-dreams, Zinnia knows this indie film project may be her last chance to make it onto the screen. Ryan is intimidated by Zinnia’s strong personality, but he can’t deny she’s the one for the job. Meanwhile, Zinnia wants to throttle Ryan for his perfectionistic tendencies, but she needs this gig.


The tension between the two threatens to derail the project, and to both of their frustration, clashing visions aren’t the only reason sparks seem to fly every time they interact. When an old nemesis arrives back in town, Zinnia and Ryan will need to set aside their differences and work together to have a chance at winning. If not, they can kiss that Hollywood riding-into-the-sunset ending goodbye.

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About the Authors


Hope Bolinger is the managing and acquisitions editor at End Game Press and the author of 25+ books. When she isn’t accidentally writing a book in seven days, she likes to model, do theater, and hike around northeast Ohio. Find out more about her at Hopebolinger.com








Alyssa Roat is a multi-published author and has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and publicist. When not reading and writing, she likes to swordfight, rock climb, throw axes, and generally engage in tomfoolery with her silly cats. Her name is a pun, so you can find more about her at alyssawrote.com.

More from the Authors

Something many people don’t know about me (Hope) is that I’d planned to go into film before college. I did an internship at a great Christian film company my senior year of high school.

And I’m actually dating someone who had worked for Netflix and Disney for a while.

Even Alyssa, my coauthor, did a semester in LA to learn all about film.

So why did all of us leave it?

Well, we felt called to publishing instead. As for my boyfriend, he’s waiting for that next door. Perhaps it’ll be opened by the time this post goes up.

In the book, we tackle not only the film industry, but the idea of control. I think, if we’re honest with ourselves, we like to micromanage whatever we can. Alyssa and I each wrote a character whose circumstances are way beyond their control.

Zinnia feels like she’s too old to jump into the Hollywood scene now. And Ryan feels torn between his love of film and the pressures his family puts on him to join their business.

The entire cast of characters seems to want to control everything.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say—like Alyssa and myself—the characters do have to learn how to put their plans in God’s hands. Knowing that whether or not he allows them to continue into the world of film, that he has everything under control.

And maybe we as readers need that reminder too.

That no matter if we’re being controlling, or have someone in our lives who is trying to micromanage everything, ultimately, we have a powerful Creator who knows the number of hairs on our heads.

It was bittersweet to end this series with Alyssa, our last coauthored work together. I don’t know when we will get a chance to coauthor again, but hopefully we can.

This process has taught us about control. Letting go, letting other ideas in. Knowing that book deadlines and publication dates don’t always go to plan.

And honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Blogs Stops

The Sacred Line, August 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 25 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, August 27 (Author Interview)

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 31 (Author Interview)

Beauty in the Binding, September 5 (Author Interview)



Giveaway


To celebrate their tour, Hope and Alyssa are giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


My Review:


I enjoyed this book--just what I needed after a hard day work and getting back into school while I cling to summer with my fingers clawing at vacation time.


This is a sweet romance--starting off as enemies so we have the enemies to lovers trope (but it is a clean, Christian romance). I also appreciated the fact that both the hero and heroine have realistic family issues and problems they need to work through. As a psychologist, I particularly appreciated the hero's mental health issues and the way he dealt with those.


Ultimately, this is a story of overcoming. We all have issues we need to take to the feet of Jesus and it is a good thing when one can read a book that reminds us of that fact--without being too gritty or upsetting.


So, I recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. My opinions are my own.


Readers: Do you prefer the characters in fiction to be dealing with internal, external, or both--as far as struggles (PS. I hope both, since that's what I write about:).

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Terri Quick
Terri Quick
2023年8月31日

Sounds really good

いいね!

Beatrice LaRocca
Beatrice LaRocca
2023年8月28日

Thank you for sharing your review of Getting Reel, I love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
2023年8月28日
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You are welcome--and thank you for being part of this blog. Have a fabulous day!

いいね!

ゲスト
2023年8月28日

This sounds really interesting! As far as conflict, I think I prefer internal conflict most of the time.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
2023年8月28日
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Thanks for reading--and I think that is interesting!

いいね!

Mike Law
Mike Law
2023年8月28日

This looks like a very sweet novel. Kudos to you two ladies! Commenting under Mike

いいね!
ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
2023年8月28日
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Thank you, Mike, for reading! I hope the authors stop by and see your sweet comment. :)

いいね!

Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
2023年8月28日

Happy Sunday. I hope you are all enjoying a cooler week ahead. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
2023年8月28日
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Sending hugs, and prayers for your safety.


いいね!
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