Secrets revealed…

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Today is the day all of our secrets will be revealed. Well, our fictional secrets that is.

I am proud to announce that my first novel, Peripheral Vision, is now live on Amazon. I am so grateful to everyone who pre-ordered the book, and also to everyone bought the book today as soon as it went live! I truly hope our readers enjoy escaping into this world we have created. It has been 5 years in the making, and it was bittersweet to see our journey with these characters come to an end.

**Fun fact: Peripheral Vision started as a screenplay, and once completed we decided to turn it into a book. Usually works the other way around, but we loved the story and want to flesh it out more.

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Here is the description, and you can download a sample of the book on Amazon as well.

      As a little girl, Sarah suffered a horrific tragedy that would forever change her. She saw it coming before anyone else, but she could only describe it as the feeling. From then on, she always considered herself an “extra sensitive”. It was as if her mind knew something was going to happen, but she wasn’t able to fit all of the pieces together until after the fact. At night, while she dreamed, her visions played out both the past and the future, and sleep was often elusive. But with the help of doctors, and sleeping pills, she was able to silence the feeling for the better part of her life.
     Now, as a thirty-something, “living the dream” in Los Angeles, she’s built a solid life for herself and put the tragedy behind her. But when she’s met with unexpected news, it causes a cataclysmic shift in everything she thought she knew about herself, and her family. Sarah’s estranged Aunt has died, and she has inherited her old farmhouse in the small Nebraska town of Homewood. Deep within the house, she discovers some very dark secrets. What she finds, opens up some frightening doors to the small town’s past. Doors that were better left closed.

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The deepest secrets hide…

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…in the darkest corners.

It’s been a while. A long while. You may have thought I was in hiding. I’ve been busy- not just being a wife/mother/television producer, but I have added a new title (as if my plate wasn’t full enough). What is it? Well, I’m really excited to share that I can cross Published Author off my bucket list!

Yep. I’ve been writing, just not for you all. (Sorry) It’s been a challenge to say the least, but I did it. Well, we did it. I have an amazing writing partner, Timothy Hammer, who is also busy with work and family, but we just kept pushing through, and imposing deadlines on ourselves, and now, our baby is on Amazon and it’s already selling.

Many people know me as a comedic writer and actress, so they may be surprised to find out that I wrote a Supernatural Thriller/ Horror novel. It was time to take a break from the comedy and get a little dark.

If any of this piques your interest, watch the trailer (of course I made a trailer for our book launch!) and then make your way here to buy it. Right now, it’s just in ebook format, but we will be selling paperback versions in the very near future.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

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Hollywood Girl: The beginning of the end

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If you know anything about me, then you know that the Hollywood Girl brand all started with a little web series I created in 2010. It’s the story of a Hollywood hopeful, Quinn Monroe, and all of her misadventures while trying to find her star on the walk of fame.

I started this show as a vehicle for my acting career, and then all of a sudden things took off. We won multiple awards at Web, TV and Film festivals worldwide, and I began to truly love producing as well as acting. It’s how I make my living now!

Like all good things, this too must come to an end. I’ve loved working on this pet project, but I need to make room for other projects now, so this season (Season 3) will be our last. Don’t fret HG fans, you won’t be disappointed by what we have in store for you this season!  Check out a few promos below! Part 1 airs this Thursday, May 5th on our website!

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What do President Obama & Quinn Monroe have in common? Watch the Series Finale May 5th to find out! #HGS3

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From “Hollywood” to “Mommyhood”

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It’s been a while since I posted. A long while. If you have followed my blog or facebook page, you know I had a beautiful baby girl in December of last year. I am finally coming out of the newborn stupor and have been itching to write about what I have been experiencing as a new mom. I thought I would start by sharing some of my favorite things that got me through my pregnancy (besides Chinese food and pickles!)

 

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My top 5 things every pregnant woman should have (in no particular order):

  1. A pregnancy pillow. It’s funny, because anyone who is pregnant knows about this, but if you have never been preggers before, you most likely won’t know about it until you reach the point of needing one. As my belly grew and I could no longer sleep on my stomach, it was getting very uncomfortable sleeping on my sides. My back and knees were achy and I was stuffing pillows between my legs for some comfort. Normally, I would just wrap myself around my hubby, but once I got further into my first trimester, he said I was hot to the touch (He called me the “furnace”) and I would make him sweat whenever I tried to cuddle. This was ironic, because I have always complained of being too cold (like my entire life!), and ever since I got pregnant and gave birth, I am always bitching about being too hot! But I digress… This body pillow was a lifesaver! The minute I wrapped myself up in it, I was out for the count! Now I warn you that this pillow may make your significant other a little jealous. I know it sounds funny. We used to refer to mine as a “He” and my hubby couldn’t STAND it…him? Not only is it huge, and takes up a third of the bed, but I was cuddling with the pillow instead of the hubs. Ask any of your friends who have been pregnant and I bet they’ll tell you the same story about their significant others hating the body pillow! Since I gave birth, however, the pillow has been banned from the bed. Very sad. This is the pregnancy pillow  I used and it was great! I miss him. He was a good friend for 7 months! (Don’t tell my hubby) 🙂
  2. Prenatal Vitamins with DHA. This goes without saying, and ideally you should start taking them before you get pregnant. I started taking mine a year before I got pregnant, because I led a stressful life and rarely took vitamins. I felt like I needed to get healthier before a little baby was living off of me. Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins were recommended to me by my cousin, I liked them, because they were plant based. I’m not vegan, but I wanted to make sure I was putting the most natural vitamins I could into my body. I also added on Rainbow Light DHA Supplement, because my OB urged me to take a prenatal with DHA for the baby’s brain health. Now of course, you can find an all-in-one, so you don’t have to take two separate pills, this is just what worked for me.
  3. Some kind of Belly Butter. I have heard so many horror stories (and seen them!) about stretch marks resulting from pregnancy. Not just on your belly, but also your boobs, which will get HUGE! Your skin is going to be so tight and stretched towards the end, so if you don’t take care to keep your skin hydrated the entire time, as well as gain weight steadily and not all at once, you will  probably get stretch marks. If you do, it’s NOT the end of the world, but we can at least try to prevent them, right? Some of it may be genes, but I gained 45 pounds during my pregnancy, went up two cup sizes and didn’t get a single stretch mark on my body. BUT I lathered up every single night, and I never scratched my stomach or boobs. That’s a no no! These are the two things I used throughout my pregnancy.  C. Booth Bath & Body Oil after a shower or bath. I’m obsessed with this stuff, been using C. Booth Products for years! And I used Burt’s Bees Belly Butter every night at bedtime. I took my prenatals at night also to prevent getting nauseous, so this was all part of my nighttime routine. I remember my husband praising me for being so good about this little ritual, and I am glad I was too!
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    This was the night my water broke! See what I mean about stretched skin?

  4. A Pregnancy Book. I’ll admit I was a bit of a cliche on this one, because I went with What to Expect When You’re Expecting for my pregnancy reading. I think it was a sentimental thing. Everyone reads that book when they are expecting. And I was so excited to be “Expecting”! I also bought Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. These books just set you up so that you literally know what to expect! This is a time when crazy shit is going to happen to your body inside and out. It will comfort you to know in advance what is coming, or comfort you when some odd symptom arises. (And there definitely will be some odd ones) It’s nice to have a few different points of view on the subject, so you may want to buy two books, but its not necessary. Some women don’t buy any books. I did, because I’m a planner and an overachiever. I wanted to be the Straight A Student in the School of Pregnancy. 😉 I also recommend downloading the Baby Center and What to Expect apps for your smart phone. They’ll keep you updated on what’s happening each week of your pregnancy. I used to send things to my hubs to keep him in the loop too. Lastly, if you will be breastfeeding, I really liked The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from La Leche League International. Breastfeeding was an intimidating prospect for me, and this helped me to prepare. Although nothing can really prepare you for what your individual breastfeeding experience will be, and I will be discussing my experience in a future post.
  5. An Amazon Prime account. No I don’t work for Amazon, but I think I probably keep them in business! You are going to be buying A LOT of stuff! You’ll be more & more tired as the months go on, and won’t always have the energy to run to the store. I can’t tell you how much of a life saver this was for me. I ordered baby stuff, maternity clothes, all of the items I have listed in this blog, even presents! Christmas was approaching and I was ready to give birth at any moment, so of course I didn’t have the energy or motivation to leave the house and deal with the holiday madness. This saved my ass! And if you’re working Full Time like I was, it’ll allow you to rest whenever possible instead of shopping. You can really buy anything on Amazon, and I have! Here is some info on it. The membership fee seems like a lot, but with what you save in shipping, getting two day delivery & not to mention all the perks (Amazon Video etc) make it worth it. I have been a member for YEARS. While we are talking about making life easier by shopping online… look into grocery delivery and spend even more time at home resting!

My next two posts will focus on “Breastfeeding and if its right for you?”, and my “Must have Baby gear” once the little one arrives! A few items have really helped me get through the first 3 1/2 months of new motherhood!!! Check back soon, I will be posting a lot more now that I have come out of the newborn haze. 😉

 

When Truth is Scarier then Fiction: Behind The Screams

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Since it’s Halloween, I thought I would talk a little about the new, very scary show I am working on for Reelz Channel! Behind the Screams is a docu-series that explores the true stories behind some of Hollywood’s scariest films like, Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcist and more! I bet you didn’t even now that some of these stories were based in reality, well truth is definitely scarier then fiction sometimes!

Check out some of our teasers below and tune in every Saturday at 9pm leading up to Halloween! We are also part of 13 Nights of Reelz Scary, so you can re-watch the entire season!

http://www.reelz.com/trailer-clips/81160/the-horrifying-true-story-of-a-boy-possessed-and-the-movie-it-inspired

http://www.reelz.com/trailer-clips/81152/sneak-peek-at-the-next-behind-the-screams

http://www.reelz.com/trailer-clips/81159/hannibal-lecter-norman-bates-killer-clowns-and-more-this-halloween

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Tis the season… to be spoooooky!

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Since Halloween is only about 2 1/2 weeks away, we wanted to re-share a Hollywood Girl Minute with you from our Halloween segment on DIY Halloween Costumes featuring Courtney Zito & Actress River Harlow! You don’t always have to buy a costume, sometimes it’s more fun to create a one of a kind costume!

Enjoy!

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Team Pink or Team Blue: My Gender Reveal Party

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What is a Gender Reveal Party?

Well, it’s all the rage right now with expecting couples. Instead of finding out the sex of your baby at the Dr. when it’s just you and your significant other, more and more people are choosing to get the big news in front of an audience of friends and family.

For me, since this is my first (and likely only) baby, the hubs and I decided to make everything special and memorable. So we decided to have a gender reveal party, and were lucky enough that his aunt volunteered to throw us the party. We opted for Balloons in a box that we would open with my step-daughter. I am a sucker for balloons, and thought it was more exciting then biting into a cupcake. Hubby’s aunt did not disappoint!

We thought it would be fun to take it one step further and encourage guests to dress in the color (pink or blue) of the team they were “rooting for” or thought I was having. The party was covered in BLUE!

Here are a few photos from the big day….

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IT’S A GIRL! Team Pink wins! 🙂

Sellout – A Short Film

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I am excited to announce the newest project I’m involved in! A collaboration between my production company Hollywood Girl Pictures, and OMK Films! Sellout, is a story about greed & betrayal and written by Shawn Ashley. We just finished principle photography and are now heading into post production! We plan to do the festival circuit with this wonderful film in 2016.

Stay Tuned!

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Thank you!

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I want to thank you all for the outpouring of excitement and love you have given Mike and I! I knew I was pregnant at 3 weeks, I am now 3 months, so you can imagine how hard it was for ME of all people to keep this a secret for so long!
This is something I have waited a long time for, and I feel so blessed to be sharing this experience with the love of my life and my best friend. Watching our baby’s heartbeat yesterday, was a life changing experience. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we embark on this amazing journey!

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