Some of you know what A Little Less than Famous is. Some of you don’t.
So to be quick, I’ll tell you this: its my second full novel. My first one is called Another Chance for Summer, which is available as an ebook for Kindle and Nook. If you click above in the novels section, you will able to purchase it and love it. Several people have read it already and have enjoyed it so I’m sure you will too.
A Little Less than Famous is my second young adult novel. I had originally planned on the release date for Kindle and Nook for this Friday, the 7th. Unfortunately, I had to postpone it until January 10th. I was editing it, getting it ready for publication and I realized I was in over my head. I self-edited Another Chance for Summer and it was hard work, and I still notice things that I should’ve changed or grammar mistakes that drive me insane. This time around, I wanted it to be the best that I could possibly make it because I’m extremely proud and attached to this story and I want everyone to love it like I do.
So I got some help this time around. I asked for some assistance from a friend of mine and she’s been doing an AMAZING job helping me to edit it. We’re both in college though, with jobs, so we’re busy and it’s been slow going on the editing front and I had to postpone the release for the book.
However, I had a good amount of people that were looking forward to reading this book and I feel pretty bad. I know that when my favorite authors postpone the release of their new books, I feel pretty let down. So as a nice little thing for those who are looking forward to the book and something for those who have no idea about any of it, I’m sharing a part of my future book with all of you. I hope you like it.
A Little Less Than Famous: Brief Synopsis:
McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?
Sneak Peek of A Little Less than Famous:
We met up at a Starbucks. Jake showed up incredibly incognito, basketball shorts and a t-shirt, sunglasses on. He kept his head down while he ordered coffee. I watched from my seat by the window, as he dumped a ton of creamer into his coffee, two and a half packets of Splenda and then made his way over to me. I couldn’t help but notice a few heads turning as he walked by. It might have been because he had sunglasses on inside, but that probably wasn’t it. The guy was gorgeous. He had that super dark hair falling into his face, in that perfect styled way, perfect blue eyes (though you couldn’t see them now). He obviously worked out; he had to look fit to play a badass cop on television. But it was more than that. It was the way he carried himself, so sure and confident, making his way through the room like he owned it.
He came and stood next to me for a moment, a small smile curling up on his lips. God, those stupid lips. “So is there room for me?”
I looked at the fairly big love seat that I was sitting on. I was taking up most of the room, though there was definitely room for two. I pointed to the armchair directly across from me. “Right there.”
He shrugged, good-naturedly, like he didn’t care either way.
“So, why did you meet up with my anyway?” Jake said, glancing around the café. “You seemed pretty pissed the other night.”
“I wasn’t pissed,” I said, rolling my eyes. “I was tired.”
“Yeah, tired wasn’t exactly the emotion I was getting from you after that kiss.”
I held my hand up. “Uh, no. No kiss. No talk of the kiss.”
“Fine, fine,” Jake said, sounding bored. “Its easily forgettable.”
I rolled my eyes, ignoring the stab. Especially since I knew, as much as he did, that it had been a great kiss. “How bout you? Why are you hanging out with me? Besides the obvious.”
“Oh, the obvious? What could you mean by that?” Jake said, mockingly, a grin on his face.
“You are ridiculous,” I answered, shaking my head.
His nonchalance, his acting as if he didn’t care where this was going was driving me insane. A few days ago, he’d acted like someone trying very hard to make an impression on me. Now, he seemed to be acting more like a person who wanted to get in my pants, who wanted to get in the pants of all the girls he met.
“How many girls have you slept with?” I blurted out before I could think of what I was saying. I immediately took a sip of coffee, trying to cover up my ridiculous word vomit.
Jake paused before taking a swig from his own drink and looked over at me. I wish I could see his eyes; it was so hard to read what he was thinking or feeling. “Do you really want me to answer that question?”
“I don’t know,” I said, coyly, raising my eyebrows at him. “Do I?”
“And what about you, McKinley?” He took his sunglasses off and I suddenly wished he hadn’t. There was something about those stupid blue eyes. “What’s your number?”
I laughed, looking away from him. “Oh, we are so not going there.”
“All right,” Jake said, laughing a little himself. “I bet you have a little notebook with allll the list of guys in there.”
“I don’t have a list,” I said, avoiding the plural assumption. The fact was, he wasn’t far from the truth.
“I’m sure,” Jake smirked. “I’m sure you could get any guy in the room.”
“Maybe,” I answered, gripping my cup tighter in my hands. I was good at playing games; I was the master at playing games. I had become an expert on the give and the take. I knew how to enter a room, and I knew how to exit the room, either with someone or without someone. I knew what to say, what to wear, what to do and who to do. I knew how to be in control and I thrived when I was in control. I wasn’t used to someone using a game back at me. “And what about you, Jake? You’re so famous, I bet all the girls just line up for a shot to be on your bed.”
“You’re not wrong,” he said, his eyes meeting mine, a playful smirk on his face.
“And you are damn cocky,” I shot back.
“It comes with the business,” he shrugged, leaning back in the chair, his long legs stretched out in front of him. I looked away, avoiding looking at his stomach or arms or anything. I noticed the barista behind the counter eyeing Jake. Now that he had taken his sunglasses off, he was way more obvious. Los Angeles was known for being a little more celebrity friendly, but this was Brea, and this was Orange County. People were a little more star struck.
“Prove it,” I said, turning back to Jake. I nodded my head in the direction of the groupie, who was looking way too excited behind the counter. “You have a nice, probably barely legal girl over there who looks eager.”
Jake didn’t even look in her direction. “I don’t have to go over there.”
“She’ll come to me,” Jake said, and I felt a stab of annoyance at his cockiness. I wondered for a moment if I saw myself a little bit in it. I had noticed the guy in the corner with the laptop as soon as I walked in, mostly because I knew he had noticed me. I shook away those thoughts. I wasn’t Jake. If I wanted something from that guy, I would go up to him. I wouldn’t do what Jake was doing now, waiting for that girl.
“Hi, you’re Jake Kennedy, right?”
I don’t know why I was surprised for even a moment that the girl had come over. I felt a larger stab of annoyance.
Jake turned to her and smiled. “Maybe. And you are?”
“Mackenzie,” the girl said, tossing her hair just so. Of course.
Jake threw a glance my way, and this time, I could read all of the amusement. Mackenzie glanced my way, her excited look switching to disgust very quickly. “Ah. Mackenzie, this is my friend, McKinley.”
I smiled thinly, looking over at Laptop Boy, who was looking more hopeful over the top of his computer. I felt a sudden desire to cross the room to join him. This was ridiculous. Why had I even texted him that stupid ‘yes’? Why had I even told him to prove it? Prove what?
I turned back to Jake and Mackenzie. She had taken a seat on the armrest of Jake’s chair and her hand was resting on Jake’s very impressive bicep. Jake was grinning up at her, his fingers playing with the ends of her ponytail. He reached up and laid a palm on her thigh.
That was enough for me. I stood up, smiling at both of them and started making my way over to Laptop Boy. Halfway there, I looked over my shoulder and saw Jake’s eyes following me, that stupid little smirk on his face. I turned back around, angry, focusing on my prey. I could get that kind of attention just as fast and just as easily.
I was in big trouble.
I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek of A Little Less than Famous. Please let me know what you think and definitely check the entire novel when it releases in January. I will definitely be posting again when it releases to remind you, and to share the direct links to the novel. Can’t wait for you all to read it!
2 thoughts on “Sneak Peek of A Little Less Than Famous”
Dat was hot ;-)
Good choice of an excerpt to post -this snippet has great characterization.