So the first of my reviews have come in!! This one is by Radio Personality Steph Hansen on Country 105.
'Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It' – Whitney Boyd
"Whitney Boyd does a fantastic job of creating the story of Mikayla Rivers, in “Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It”. Mikayla is your typical young Canadian girl. Attended the University of Calgary, likes playing basketball, watching hockey, playing music and hanging out with her sister. n fact, it was Mikayla’s sister, Rachelle, who convinced her to enter a talent contest at the U of C. She won and within six months she’d left her friends, family and cheating ex-boyfriend, Matt, behind to become a Grammy nominated pop star!
In “Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It” the incredibly famous Mikayla Rivers is constantly fighting for a balance between her celebrity life, and her private life. On the outside she’s tanned, toned and made up to perfection. She can’t go anywhere without cameras flashing in her face, or her annoying manager, Cheryl, selling her out just to make a buck. On the inside she’s struggling to be the same old Mikayla she’s always been. It’s even harder now that she’s without Matt. She just can’t get over him, until someone new pops into her life. Someone perfect in every way, except for one little thing. He hates Hollywood, and Mikayla’s too scared she’ll lose him if she tells him who
she really is!
Whitney Boyd does such an incredible job of creating Mikayla Rivers’ character that you actually start to feel everything Mikayla feels. Everything from her desperation of trying to get over Matt, to her excitement when she meets Nick Lachey to the anger and frustration she deals with daily when it comes to her idiot manager. She had me
hooked on the first page and not to sound cliché, but I couldn’t put the book down!! Even though Mikayla’s a famous pop star, you feel like you can relate to her on so many different occasions throughout the book.
What I thought was really cool, were all the celebrity references. Real life celebrities that we all know and love like Terri Clark, Taylor Swift, David Letterman and Jerome Iginla. Speaking of Jerome, the Calgary Flames references were pretty cool too. (Go Flames Go).
So in the end, “Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It” is a lot like a really great chick flick, only in book form. It’s fun and romantic and heartbreaking…and if you like chick flicks at all, you’ll love this book!
Thanks Whitney for creating such a fabulous story!
Thank you so much, Steph!! You are the greatest!
So there you have it, folks. The first of the book reviews that I will be getting back in the next few weeks. :)
In other book news, we are currently working on the cover design and cover art for the book. It's all coming together and it's going to be fabulous!! Make sure you tell all your friends because, not to sound too prideful, but this book rocks!! (Haha, and yes, I am well aware how arrogant that sounded. lol) January 24, 2012 is the tentative release date but I will keep you posted.
Happy weekend, all!
PS- for more on Steph Hansen, you can check her out on Country 105 or follow her blog through www.country105.com.
PPS - to order your copy of TANNED, or to read the first few chapters FREE! click here!