I have been off Brea’s Blog for several months and focused on the TV script for the pilot episode of California Girl Chronicles, which only slightly resembles the book. We finished the script, and we’ve got it out to five show-runners and three agencies to consider for packaging. I’ve been working with the producer on this process for months. It’s a long process for certain, and it requires patience. If you’re an author developing your book into a TV series or even script, be prepared to go the long haul. It takes a lot of time to get the script just right and then to go through the pitching process. In the meantime, the book is the no. #1 seller to the bookstores in the 3L Publishing catalog. The second book will be released in winter 2013. And I’ve begun writing book three, Brea Makes it Big. Back to the script, it is very funny. The book is witty, but the script is all-out laughter. If you would like a copy of the first book, please order it off the 3L Publishing website or go to Amazon and search under the title.
I always like to start off with a snippet from the back of the book or in the inside cover but this book had neither so I used a little of the pitch that got me interested in the book to begin with. Then I will tell you a little bit of what I thought of the book. This book is called the California Girl Chronicles by Michelle Gamble-Risley.
In California Girl Chronicles, you will meet Brea Harper, who is the next Carrie Bradshaw transplanted in Los Angeles. Funny, witty, beautiful, and very sexy, Brea takes readers on a wild ride into her outrageous, romantic, and professional life. Demoralized and forced to work in what she calls “bikini hell” just to make ends meet, Brea pursues her career to become a screenwriter only to be continuously distracted by hot men. Delightfully misguided, Brea makes poor choices many women of all ages will find to be highly relatable. She is one of those unforgettable characters readers love to love.
Brea is a 22 year old California girl who is very much into what she wants out of life. She has a bachelor’s degree from college and want to write screen plays someday. Brea starts seeing a guy named Lance, and lord have mercy they have sex at just about every time of the page! One night they go out to a club and Brea meets a new guy named Drew who is in a band. She was drawn to him but instead went to L.A. with Lance and she got a job in a bikini store. Unfortunately, for Brea, Drew’s band comes to L.A. and Brea meets up with him again in a club.
While at the club one night she meets a movie maker named Kale and they end up in bed having once again, lots and lots of sex. She decides she needs to get him to be her boyfriend so that he will help her in the movie business. He finally agrees to give her the big break that she has been looking for. But, Brea, being Brea, can’t resist her attraction to Drew and she finally has sex with him also. But it comes at a price she did not realize she would have to pay.
I have to tell you to be ready for alot of sex in this book! I had to laugh a little here and there because I thought to myself, this girl is really educated and she keeps making these awful choices and she is SEX CRAZY! She is her own worst enemy! I wanted to yank her hair out and tell her are you kidding me? But, whether you love to read about people having lots of sex or you like a book that will make you laugh, this is your book. It has both and you will want to slap Brea yourself a few times here and there also! Happy Reading!
OK, I admit that I wasn’t too sure about this book from the start. The phrase “California Girl” brings to mind the girl that stars in all the dumb blond jokes. It looked like the stereotypical chick lit that I usually dislike, but I was ready for a change of pace and the book didn’t look too long. I really wasn’t expecting much …
By page 50 I was hooked!
Brea , the California girl, is the main character. She sees nothing wrong with multiple sexual partners with no safe sex in sight. I was prepared to dislike her from the start. But, she really evolves into a likable character. She is sweet and has good intentions, although she doesn’t seem to anticipate the consequences of some of her decisions. Before long I was are cheering her on and hoping that she would make the right choices. Which she usually didn’t. Brea is definitely flawed, but not especially dumb. The author, Michelle Gamble-Risley, has captured that period of time that we all look back on and ask, “What the #$*! was I thinking?”
Warning: This book is definitely not a “G” rated book. It has graphic naughty bits, and as I mentioned above, multiple partners. I didn’t find them offensive, but others might. These scenes were well written, but seemed to lack something. Brea is pretty willing to jump into bed on the first date. The sex became a bit boring after awhile. I think that delaying the sex scenes and letting the sexual tension build might have made it more interesting.
That is really my only criticism of this book. It is a fun, fast read that is very entertaining. The book ends in a huge cliff hanger. Thankfully, the first chapter of the next book is included. Once again, Brea has some decisions to make … I will be watching for the next book in this series. I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Brea gets into next!
Thanks to 3L Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book. Read the full review on the Book Blurb blog.
Book 1 of Michelle Gamble-Risley’s California Girl Chronicles is not what you’d expect—it sure wasn’t what I expected anyway. And I’ll admit I wasn’t disappointed at all. Everyone loves an entertaining, escape-for-awhile novel, and that is exactly what Brea & the City of Plastic is. Book 1 takes us through Brea Harper’s journey of moving to Los Angeles to make it as a screenwriter, while going through some fun, sexy, humiliating, and heartbreaking moments along the way. In a world where business and professional lines are blurred, this novel is more than appropriately titled, and there’s never a dull moment.
While Brea may be a born-and-raised Cali girl, women everywhere can relate to her on some level. She is genuine, unpredictable, good-hearted, at times fickle, and well-aware of her flaws, which makes her all the more likable. There are moments where she is vulnerable and other moments where she is strong. Who can’t relate to that? I found myself having shake-my-head moments when Brea knowingly makes mistakes as well as ha-take-that moments when she triumphs.
The characters Brea meets along the way are as equally intriguing and multi-dimensional as Brea, with some you will love to hate, others you will hate to love, and everything in between. While I was rooting for Brea every step of the way, I also couldn’t get enough of Brea’s love interests, especially Kale, the successful, sexy, almost too-good-to-be-true movie producer who is head over heels for her. And add into the mix Brea’s new and old friends, including Kale’s Latina housekeeper, Maya, and Brea’s straightforward roommate, Denise.
Michelle’s first novel is refreshingly honest. With Brea, we see and experience things that most women think but rarely admit. The narration is playful and humorous, though we can easily feel Brea’s conflict and dilemmas at the right moments. The dialogue is enticing yet real, which Michelle uses to bring more depth to her characters than initially meets the eye. Since Book 1 is such a fun read, I can’t wait to see what new adventure Brea will take in Book 2. Honestly, I think I may like this even more than Sex and the City.