By: Katie Delahanty
About the Book:
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
Swallowing fear, Olivia Bloom vows to be brave—to leave her safety net behind—and drives cross country from Pittsburgh to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood costume designer. When Liv arrives in LA, her costuming job disappears and she is taken under the wing of her Hollywood-insider neighbors, Blair and Parker, who help her land a freelance position at a star studded fashion show where she has an unfortunate run-in with the lead singer of her favorite band, Berkeley Dalton.
Certain she is doomed to fail in Los Angeles, Liv follows a set of unspoken celebrity rules that Parker and Blair lay out for her and allows them to spin her into an It girl at Elton John’s annual Oscar party. Having learned to be her bravest self under Parker and Blair’s tutelage, Liv’s Old Hollywood dreams begin to unfold in ways she never could have imagined, and she struggles to remain grounded. Even as a second chance meeting with Berkeley Dalton ignites a whirlwind romance, Liv never truly believes that an “every” girl from Pittsburgh could end up living this magical behind-the-scenes existence. She is determined to remain rooted in reality and focused on her new career as a lingerie designer, but just when it seems the fairy tale may crumble, Berkeley proves to Liv that maybe magic exists after all…
Making my way through the boisterous crowd, I head toward the exit on the far side of the airplane hangar, planning to stop to use the restroom before I leave. The bathrooms are located in a poorly lit, narrow corridor, and I avoid touching the pale blue walls as I squeeze through to the end. Twisting the knob on the door to the ladies room, I find it’s locked.
Sighing, I turn to wait and come face to face with the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. Jumping in surprise, I do a double take. The face attached to the eyes is so familiar…perfectly formed jaw…messy dark brown hair…I can’t help but look twice before the recognition registers. Berkeley Dalton. Lead singer for Berkeley & the Brightside, my favorite band. Sucking in a breath, I tear my eyes from him as my stomach contracts, and I resist the urge to hyperventilate Miss Piggy-style at his feet. I stand perfectly still, sweating and praying to the Restroom Gods to open the door so I can escape. What is she doing in there?
“I always wonder why they don’t have more restrooms at these things.”
OMG. He’s talking to me. His voice is smooth and slightly hoarse as though he’s been screaming into a microphone all night. Hmm. Think. Think. Think. Words. Use them. But it’s no use. My brain shuts down and fills with champagne bubbles. Say something!
“Yeah. Tell me about it,” I say. “You’d think they’d plan it better.” I stare at the floor. Good. So far so good. And then, for a reason I don’t understand, I raise my eyes to his and continue. “So, I’m a huge fan. I know you’re Berkeley Dalton, and you know I’m—” I try to stop myself. Where am I going with this? What am I saying? But it’s too late: the champagne is talking now. “Well, actually, you don’t know—so let’s move on. You’re taller than I expected.”
What? What kind of crazy talk was that? Why would I say that? What is wrong with me? I want to reach out and pluck back each and every word, but it’s too late. Maybe I can just stab myself in the throat with a stiletto—there has to be one around here somewhere.
Berkeley, to his credit, registers only a moment of confused surprise across his perfect features before he resets his expression and studies me with amusement in his eyes.
Great. He’s laughing at me. As well he should.
“Um, thanks? I think?” he says, with a hint of a smile that sends my heart straight to my toes. “Maybe I should know you?”
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Katie Delahanty is a fashion designer turned novelist. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. It never occurred to her that she was a writer until an economic-crisis-induced career shift from lingerie designer to e-commerce webmistress led her to start the company blog. Not being an expert in lingerie, she decided to write the blog as a fictional serial starring a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked for the lingerie line. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. She hasn’t looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
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