Hollywood Princess By Dana Aynn Levin

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Happy Holidays! It’s a great season to discover new books. With winter vacations on the way, I’m thrilled to be on RomCon to introduce you to Hollywood Princess, the first book in the Hollywood Princess series. Whether you’re headed to the beach or the slopes, or if you’re home enjoying a stay-cation, this New Adult novel is the perfect companion.

I love the New Adult genre. It’s such a great age to explore. The protagonists are embarking on their adult lives. They’re either in college or at first jobs. Every day presents new challenges. Every decision impacts the path they will ultimately find themselves on. How will they embrace their new freedoms?

Elizabeth Jacobs is trading in her personal chef for a meal plan, her Chanel bag for a backpack, and an estate for a dorm room. Growing up in the Hollywood spotlight, her life has been an enviable one – famous parents, entrée to everything, and getting whatever she wants. Now Elizabeth just wants to escape, to leave behind the glamour and glitz of her childhood, and enter a world where no one knows her name.

Danny Newman is the hottest guy in Hollywood. As the son of an A-list director, the world belongs to Danny. Fast cars, fast women, fast times – Danny’s got all of these and more. But maybe what the complicated college student really wants isn’t any of this.

The journey begins in Hollywood Princess, when childhood friends Elizabeth and Danny are reunited at the start of freshman year of college. The old spark between them is rekindled and Elizabeth’s adolescent crush is reignited. However, Danny isn’t ready to shed his Hollywood bad boy image for her. Can Elizabeth love Danny and pursue her dreams, or will his reckless behavior sabotage not only their relationship, but her desire to lead a normal life?


Danny turned onto a smaller road that soon dead-ended. Before us was an impressive white clapboard-sided inn, trimmed in forest green, and lit in a warm welcoming glow. Everything about it was perfect, as though it were the lead article in a travel magazine…

The resort was on the shore of a large lake, surrounded by a stand of majestic trees. I imagined the pine and fir trees soon being decorated with lights for the holiday season. The setting was spectacular.

“Where did you find this place?” I gasped as we walked in the front door.

Danny smiled at my delight.

“New York Magazine, but I needed the right girl,” Danny explained as he took my hand, and we entered the restaurant.

Electricity shot from his hand through to my heart. So now I was the right girl. I was also a very happy girl…

It had taken him over eighteen years to take me on a date. Then he had declared me his girlfriend. Danny was overwhelmed. Settling down with me was in complete contradiction of his carefully crafted self-image. The lift of an eyebrow, a simple smile, those damned sapphire eyes, could land him any girl in the room, and often did.

So here we were. What about today had been different? Was it as simple as us spending the afternoon apart? I had no idea. Something had made Danny take himself out of the game for the one girl whose very existence spelled permanency…

A teak bench situated where the patio met the sand provided a private sanctuary. I settled onto Danny’s lap and snuggled in his welcoming arms.

Danny and I were so into each other, content to enjoy the feel of our arms locking us together. Sharing kiss after kiss denied us all year was more potent than any spell.

“I could do this all night,” I sighed as Danny’s hypnotic eyes smiled at me.

Then he laughed nervously. “Eli, you have no idea how petrified I am. I don’t even know what I’m supposed to do with a girlfriend. And you’re even less experienced.”

“Don’t think so much,” I said tenderly, and I nibbled Danny’s lips. “We’ll be the same best friends we were this morning, only now we can have sex.”

“Sex with Elizabeth Jacobs,” Danny pondered. “Do you realize the enormity of what I’ve don? You’re the one girl I’m afraid to have sex with.”

“Let’s just get it over with. Then you won’t have to worry anymore about me being Elizabeth Jacobs.”

“You make it sound so simple.”

“It is, Daniel,” I said breathlessly. “It is.”

I hope you have enjoyed this excerpt. Hollywood Princess is available in paperback and most popular e-book formats including Amazon, Apple, Nook, and Kobo at http://my.bookbaby.com/book/hollywood-princess

About the Author:
Born and raised in New York City, I was always a California girl at heart, obsessed with sports cars in a town with no parking. I couldn’t wait to leave. So after graduating from Vassar College, I headed to Los Angeles where I became a film production accountant working on films you’ve probably never heard of. I’m a news junkie and a baseball addict who loves a good love story. Now living in Connecticut, I’m married to a New York-based film producer, and we have three children.

The second book in the Hollywood Princess series will be out in Spring 2015.

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For more about the author and the writing of Hollywood Princess, please enjoy this interview on the Lilith Blog. http://lilith.org/blog/2014/11/hollywood-princess/

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