‘Getting Reel’ Sparks with Heart and Hollywood Flair
“Getting Reel” proved to be an unexpectedly delightful read that I couldn’t put down. What initially drew me in was the clever play on words in the title and the intriguing cover. As a fan of Christian Contemporary Romance books, I decided to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I did.
The book’s charm lies in its relatable portrayal of everyday situations, from misunderstandings to sibling rivalries and mental health issues to friend betrayals – it’s all there, making the story feel real.
The heart of the novel lies in the collision of explosive personalities. Ryan Torino, the control freak director with a passion for indie movies, and Zinnia Preston, a determined actress trying to break into the industry, are a dynamic duo. However, Ryan’s perfectionism clashes with Zinnia’s strong personality, setting the stage for tension and sparks. I especially enjoyed how the authors took these characters with very different personalities on a journey from adversaries to allies. It was interesting to see how they teamed up to help each other through tough situations, such as an old nemesis resurfacing and a heartbreaking family issue. With no other way to manage the issues on their own, they intentionally choose to set aside their differences to give them the best shot at success.
“Getting Reel” is a refreshing and entertaining take on the world of indie film-making, filled with relatable characters and emotions. A definite recommendation for anyone seeking a heartwarming story with a touch of Hollywood flair.
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Book: Getting Reel
Authors: Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger
Genre: Christian Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2023
When explosive personalities collide, can a control-freak director and last-chance actress work together to win a film competition?
Ryan Torino loves the feeling of control, especially when it comes to his photography work and indie movies. And when he gets the opportunity to enter an indie film festival—rumored to have Hollywood bigwigs attending—he can’t afford for anything to be less than perfect, especially the casting of his leading role.
Enter Zinnia Preston, who has been trying to break into the acting scene since college. Now in her late twenties and working the not-job-of-her-dreams, Zinnia knows this indie film project may be her last chance to make it onto the screen. Ryan is intimidated by Zinnia’s strong personality, but he can’t deny she’s the one for the job. Meanwhile, Zinnia wants to throttle Ryan for his perfectionistic tendencies, but she needs this gig.
The tension between the two threatens to derail the project, and to both of their frustration, clashing visions aren’t the only reason sparks seem to fly every time they interact. When an old nemesis arrives back in town, Zinnia and Ryan will need to set aside their differences and work together to have a chance at winning. If not, they can kiss that Hollywood riding-into-the-sunset ending goodbye.
Hope Bolinger is the managing and acquisitions editor at End Game Press and the author of 25+ books. When she isn’t accidentally writing a book in seven days, she likes to model, do theater, and hike around northeast Ohio. Find out more about her at Hopebolinger.com
Alyssa Roat is a multi-published author and has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and publicist. When not reading and writing, she likes to swordfight, rock climb, throw axes, and generally engage in tomfoolery with her silly cats. Her name is a pun, so you can find more about her at alyssawrote.com.
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Something many people don’t know about me (Hope) is that I’d planned to go into film before college. I did an internship at a great Christian film company my senior year of high school.
And I’m actually dating someone who had worked for Netflix and Disney for a while.
Even Alyssa, my coauthor, did a semester in LA to learn all about film.
So why did all of us leave it?
Well, we felt called to publishing instead. As for my boyfriend, he’s waiting for that next door. Perhaps it’ll be opened by the time this post goes up.
In the book, we tackle not only the film industry, but the idea of control. I think, if we’re honest with ourselves, we like to micromanage whatever we can. Alyssa and I each wrote a character whose circumstances are way beyond their control.
Zinnia feels like she’s too old to jump into the Hollywood scene now. And Ryan feels torn between his love of film and the pressures his family puts on him to join their business.
The entire cast of characters seems to want to control everything.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say—like Alyssa and myself—the characters do have to learn how to put their plans in God’s hands. Knowing that whether or not he allows them to continue into the world of film, that he has everything under control.
And maybe we as readers need that reminder too.
That no matter if we’re being controlling, or have someone in our lives who is trying to micromanage everything, ultimately, we have a powerful Creator who knows the number of hairs on our heads.
It was bittersweet to end this series with Alyssa, our last coauthored work together. I don’t know when we will get a chance to coauthor again, but hopefully we can.
This process has taught us about control. Letting go, letting other ideas in. Knowing that book deadlines and publication dates don’t always go to plan.
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