Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Are you ready for a different kind of love story?

Meet Michael & Laine in this Hollywood themed second chance romance by CD Reiss!


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ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness

ONE broken girl who touched him

TEN years to forget her

A MILLION stories in Hollywood

I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

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I stroked his hair, waist deep in peace, all worry gone for the moment, and floating in no more than an ocean of gratitude. I must have been more vulnerable than I realized, or he’d reopened some wound with his kindness, because though my sweet reverie stayed, as the minutes passed, a layer of need fitted itself on top of it.

I needed to tell him, if not the details, the outlines of who I was.

“I want you to know,” I whispered, starting somewhere small, then everything I didn’t want to say spilled out. “I have stuff. I’ve never been to jail, but you know, it’s stuff, and it’s ugly, and it scares me. Because, I mean, you’re so perfect, and I’m… I’m just a mess. I’m not whole. I’m a bunch of pieces of a person I cobbled together.” My eyes got wet when I thought of the comparisons between us and that picture in my silverware drawer. “So if you have to move on when you realize that, I’ll understand. You have an image, and if anyone understands protecting a career, it’s me. I mean, I’ll be mad, don’t get that wrong, but also.” I swallowed and blinked, shifting my head so he wouldn’t feel the tear on his forehead. “I won’t blame you.”

I waited for an answer. Anything. A change in position or a word on any subject. The weather. Sports. Something. But all he did was breathe.

I smiled so wide, tears fell into my mouth. He was sleeping.

 Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: May 2015.

I've had CD Reiss's Songs series sitting on my kindle for sometime now but haven't had a moment to dive in as yet, so although the author is not new to me, Shuttergirl is her first book I've actually dived into, from the opening pages I was intrigued, Laine is this kick arse heroine who I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into, she's fierce and feisty, but there is this sense of vulnerability that lies beneath the surface, the more I read, the more layers slowly fell away, I was awed by her, desperate to learn more.

Laine is a card carrying member of the paparazzi, she's built a reputation for herself as being quick off the mark, lethal in her speed to capture the money shot as it were, she's respected by her peers and has built a loyal base of people behind the scenes who tip her off to the comings and goings of the Hollywood elite. She is everything her persona Shuttergirl suggests. She's built a life of the constant outsider, she's the girl behind the camera lens, she doesn't come from money, nor has she had a life filled with rainbows and cupcakes. Her drive and sheer determination to reach the top of her game has seen her succeed.

Michael is Hollywood royalty, his is the actor that guarantees movies get made, he's steady, sure, he's friendly to the media, loved by the paparazzi, studio exec's fawn over him and he seemingly has the world at his feet. Years before he took the acting world by storm when he was just a high schooler destined for greatness he was mesmerised by the girl with the troubled past who sat in the stands and studied while he practiced his tennis swing. The girl with the troubled eyes, who hid behind a front she created. She's still hiding years later, this time behind a camera on the other side of the rope at the elite clubs he now attends.

Years have passed, and the memories of the connection Michael and Laine forged on the stands of the tennis court but after a run in at an exclusive night club, the chemistry that once burned bright threatens to destroy them both.

CD Reiss has a way with words that pulls you in, Shuttergirl was part romance, part journey of self discovery, part quest for forgiveness and part suspense, every time I thought I had these two characters figured out I was again thrown for a loop. Shuttergirl at times heartbreaking, was a ride into the seedy side of movie making and social media, with flash backs to past that would of destroyed a lesser heroine, I was filled with awe as I watched Laine rise from the ashes of her past like the phoenix she is.

There was beautiful fragility in both Laine and Michael as they fought for a life outside of what their pasts dictated and the expectations placed on them. Despite coming from two very different worlds both were unknowingly searching for acceptance from the very thing that means the most, themselves.

Some books transport you to another time and place and allow you to live vicariously for a few hours, some fill you with joy and allow you laugh and will away any troubles that surround you, some make you think, and question your preconceived beliefs, Shuttergirl did all of these in equal measure, but most importantly it held me captive from the first page until the last line, it didn't promise me happily ever afters and white picket fences, it grabbed me by the collar and demanded my attention, it told me the story of a hero who has always played it safe and done exactly what was expected of him, and the heroine, because that's exactly what she is, who has lived a life full of ups and downs, of experiences who have shaped the person she has become, a life she doesn't apologise for nor ask for sympathy. Reiss wrote a story that intrigued and captivated me, it made me FEEL every possible range of emotions and left me wondering why I'd left it so long to finally dive into one of her books.



CD Reiss
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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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I am so happy with the response to Shuttergirl, and I cannot wait to send Michael and Laine out into the world, because who doesn’t swoon over a second chance at love?
  • It’s a new genre for me, and I’m exploding with excitement, so I’ve dropped some fantastic reasons for readers to get the book right away.
  • $500 Spa Gift Card
  • If you could get an hour, or ten away from the daily grind of paparazzi and interviews (or the job and kids), what would you do?
  • Get a foot rub/slash/pedicure? A massage? Maybe something called a Sleep Treatment that right now sounds better than sex?
  • Maybe you’d bring a friend or two, or maybe you’d just get a manipedi when you wanted one. Because the life of a megastar ain’t for the weak-willed or lazy, and running from paparazzi can really wear down a girl’s nails.
  • Woodhouse Spas are no joke. They’re all over the country and they’re….sigh. Fabulous. But if you don’t live near one, we can do Burke Williams, Halcyon Days or Red Door.
  • The link to the quiz is in the back of the book, and yes, that’s the ONLY place to find it! There are bonus questions relating to Jonathan and Antonio for extra prizes. You have until June 3rd to enter! That gives you a solid two weeks to read the book and get your chance at a $500 movie star spa treatment!


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