Monday, May 12, 2008

Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson and Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Monday, May 19. International readers may enter. Good luck!

Scotty Fitzgerald, oft-neglected daughter of well-known Hollywood food stylist Charley, knows the “inside scoop” about the Hollywood stars we can’t get enough of. Having spent her life in an RV driving from set to set while her mom “styled food” for celebrities, Scotty sees what the fans do not. And she reveals it regularly on her Hollywood Nobody blog, though she’d rather be as far away from Hollywood as anyone can get. After all, Scotty has enough drama in her own life!

After learning that her ‘mother’ is really her grandmother, Charley finds out her real parents were probably killed in a mafia-style shooting reminiscent of The Sopranos. Scotty’s now certain a sinister “Biker Guy” who’s continued to track her and her mom must be connected to her parents’ shooting. There’s a pretty good chance, she decides, that he’s looking to finish the job by taking her life.

So Scotty and Charley do what they’ve always done—run and avoid the situation. But a life on the run is exhausting and Scotty’s had just about enough—enough to ignore Charley’s motherly direction and chart her own course. Let’s just hope it isn’t a course that puts her in the crosshairs of her own parents’ murderer.

Themes of the Book

Finding identity. Teen Pregnancy. Exploring faith for the first time. Learning to listen to the Holy Spirit. Encountering new environments. Discovering the courage to act on your convictions.

Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy-Award-winning Songbird. Finding Hollywood Nobody is the second book in the Hollywood series. Lisa is the mother of three children. To learn more, visit

Q&A with Lisa Samson, author of Finding Hollywood Nobody

Q. Discovering who you are is a major theme in Finding Hollywood Nobody. Scotty feels compelled to learn more about her real parents when she discovers that her mother is really her grandmother and that her parents were likely killed in a mafia-style shootout. What do you think principally defines who we are genetics & family or how we see ourselves?

A. Being no expert in such things, I really couldn't say. There are way too many stories of twins separated at birth, growing up in very different homes, who end up living very similar lives. So I'd say genetics plays a large part. But just look and see what happens to people who are raised with many more advantages than those who aren't. So family as well as social standing hold a lot of sway as well. And then . . . how we see ourselves is a large part, especially how we see ourselves in light of God. Do we really believe God loves us? So can I answer yes to all three? I think we tend to get in trouble when we try and reduce the human psyche to one principle issue, anyway. As the Bible says, "we are fearfully and wonderfully made."

Q. What would you recommend to people in a similar situation as Scotty either through adoption or other circumstances? In your opinion - is finding your genetic heritage worth risking everything?

A. I wouldn't recommend anything! I think every situation is different and I would recommend committing the matter of finding one's biological parent to intense prayer before even thinking of making a move. Let the Spirit guide above all else.

Q. What was your inspiration behind the Hollywood Nobody series?

A. I just wanted to write a fun series. There are a lot of good series out there with teens in a more typical home situation, with either one parent around or two, living in a town, going to school, dealing with friends. But I wanted to remove my main character from the everyday world teens find themselves in and see what she did. I'm fascinated by what happens in Hollywood so setting it in that world, but on its edges, was something interesting for me. I swear, there are times I read what's happening to some of these young actresses and singers and can hardly believe my ears. I wanted to be able to explore a teenage girl's reaction to some of these foibles.

Q. What can you tell us about what’s in store for Scotty in Book 3?

A. Scotty finds some romance! As does Charley. And, of course, Seth "hottie" Haas, finds himself feeling a little threatened! The search for her mother continues full force. The book takes place in the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina on the set of a Scottish epic film. Lots of guys in kilts. I’m just sayin'!


  1. Cool, I'm in. I've never read Samson before. I'll blog this soon.

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  2. I would love to enter this! Thanks for the opportunity!


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  3. Please enter me--thank you.

  4. Anonymous12:38 AM

    Please enter me, this book sounds really good and I'd love to read it.

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  5. I'm reading the first one. I'd be thrilled to read this. :)

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  6. I just finished reading my first Lisa Samson book - EMBRACE ME is now one of my all-time favorite books. I'd love to read more of her books so - pick me! pick me!

  7. Hey there, I'd love to be entered

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  8. Definitely enter me for the book giveaway - it sounds like a really fun read :)

  9. Wow, this sounds great! I'll have to get it somehow - on my must-read list.

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  10. I would love to read Lisa's book! Please enter me in your drawing. It is appreciated.....Thanks,Cindi

  11. sounds like a fun read! I haven't read anyhting by Lisa Samson yet :)

  12. sounds like a fun read; also heard that Lisa Samson has interesting books in her name. I would love to read one.


  13. I would love to read this! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  14. Jay Sluyter3:13 PM

    Please enter me...thanks.

  15. This sounds like a fun read; please count me in!

  16. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Sounds like a fun book - thanks!


  17. This sounds like a fun series! I really enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Please enter me to win a copy of her book.

  18. Wow! You have 2 great giveaways going. Please enter my name into this one as well.



  19. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I would love to win this book too!
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  20. Mary Jo5:54 PM

    Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,
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  21. Anonymous9:19 PM

    Please include me in the drawing for your book.

  22. I have read a lot of positive reviews of this book...I look forward to reading it too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. I'm intrigued--this sounds like a wonderful book!


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