by Ellie Potts
Can one secret stop two broken hearts from mending?
Alisa, bank clerk by day-self published writer by night, gets a phone call that will change her life. Hollywood wants to make one of her books into a movie. The news comes on the day she starts vacation, excited, she leaves work early to surprise her husband. To her surprise he is already home, and well even more surprising he is sexing up the neighbor in their bed.
Heartbroken and angry she makes a decision to head off to Hollywood on her own. Before the meeting she meets her TV crush Logan Rider. Logan has not only read her book Portals, but he wants to direct the movie. The offer is almost too good to be true! Alisa is thrown into a whirlwind of Hollywood as she sees stars, learns the movie business, and uncovers a few secrets. Secrets that prove actors are just as flawed as regular people. But there is one secret that can destroy Logan’s career. Will Logan be devoured by this secret, or can he find the strength to conquer it with Alisa’s help?
“I’m too shy. I was horrible in drama in high school. They teamed me up with my first high school crush on our first partner thing. And I was just trying not to do anything embarrassing. I end up transferring out.”
“What did you take instead?”
“A study class was open.”
“I take it you were bored?”
“Not at all. I wrote.”
“I wish I had some other talent.”
“You act,” Alisa replied.
“Well, yes, but I wish I could do something else. Do you have any other hobby then writing?”
“Well that is something I would like to learn.”
“I do it on looms. It is pretty simple.”
“Can you show me?” Dawn asked her eyes shining with anticipation.
“Cut!” Roman shouted. “Okay we are going to set up for Logan and Dawn. Ten minutes!”
Ray Day sat down heavily in a chair beside them. “I really hope we get done soon. I have to start Twin Falls in a month, and I really wanted a few days off. I want to have mimosas and spend a kidless day in Disney.”
“If my kids found out I went without them they would shank me,” Dawn said seriously.
“You break too easy. Send them to school and get your Disney on.”
“I heard Disney what is going on?” Logan said as he walked over to them.
“I was talking about mimosas and then Disney without kids,” Ray said with a small sigh. “Before I have to go to Canada to film Twin Falls.”
“I will pass on the mimosas, but would love some Disney time. It’s been a few months. How about you Alisa, when was the last time you went to Disney?”
“Uh—” She thought about it. “Maybe ten years I want to say.”
“Do you not like Disney?”
“I love Disney, it is just kind of expensive to go,” she said, shrugging.
Logan put his hand on her shoulder. “Maybe we need to make a trip.”
“No trips!” Roman shouted. “Dawn and Logan, come on.”
Ray sighed again watching Logan leave. “That ass is amazing.” He looked at her. “I see that smile. You can agree.”
“I do agree.”
“Good. Step one of surviving actors. Some of us are loud and outspoken, don’t be shy jump in.”
“Check, jump in.”
“It’s nice seeing Logan happy. After the breakup he was so sad. I believe he thought she was the one.” She watched Logan and Dawn have an argument, until someone said the wrong line and they started giggling.
“CUT!” Roman screamed making Alisa flinch.
“Step two. Some directors are just assholes. You just learn to deal.” Logan turned to them and winked
“You are cute. I think we need to go on a double date.”
“I have no double,” she said turning to Ray.
“There is Logan.”
“Ah—We’ve only known each other for two days.”
Ray shrugged. “You guys could have been married and divorced by now, you know typical celebrity life.”
They laughed as they turned back to watch. After Dawn and Logan it was the whole cast, then Logan and his pretend off and on crazy girlfriend. Alisa watched Roman, she watched the stage hands, she watched the camera people, sound people, and all the rest.
A little nagging voice sprang forward. You don’t belong here.
But I want to belong here, she replied to the voice.
Somebody told Ellie Potts you had to be rich to be eccentric otherwise you were plain crazy. She set out to prove them wrong doing things she was told she couldn't do like dressing for pirate and renaissance faires, get her stories published, playing video games, planning to survive a zombie apocalypse, and other antics most women stay away from.
She is also a Whovian, Browncoat, Star Wars addict, and collector of arcane knowledge. Now she lives in California's Central Valley where most of her stories and books take place. Her and her husband are owned by their attack Bugg, and her red eared slider turtle minion who live in the backyard.