Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ The Average Girl by Angelina Goode

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Writing My Book

Los Angeles is a great place to live. It is almost always sunny and 75.  It barely ever rains. Except maybe this year. And you can see celebrities just about anywhere you go. If you know what to look for.

If you’re anything like me, when you do run into (fill in the blank with your favorite celebrity), you find yourself tongue-tied and smitten. And you probably stand there, watching as your dream-boyfriend walks away without you even mumbling so much as hello.

But sometimes, you get lucky and have a random conversation with a celebrity that couldn’t have gone better had you planned it.

While I was writing The Average Girl, to make some of the scenes more realistic, I tried to draw on experiences that I, and a few close friends, have had randomly meeting celebrities. I thought I would share some of these experiences with you.

My husband travels a lot for work. He’s been known to fly to China one day, then back to LA, only to be off to New York the next. With all of this traveling in and out of Los Angeles, he has become accustomed to sharing planes with quite a few celebrities.

My favorite story that he tells (actually I’m the only one to tell it, even though he’s kind of sworn me to secrecy) is when he found himself sitting next to Shia LaBeouf on an overnight flight to London. Being the seasoned traveler that he is, my husband is not one to make much small talk with anyone sitting next to him, especially on such a long flight. Little did he know how different this flight would be.

As he found his seat and was getting settled, the incredibly gorgeous Shia LaBeouf sat next to him (yes, he is a bit young for me, but a girl can dream, can’t she?). So of course, my husband did what he always does when someone famous is near him. He texted me. But he wouldn’t just tell me who it was, he had to turn it into a guessing game.

His last name means “the beef” in French.

I was lost.

He dated Megan Fox.

 I still had no clue.

After several more of these texts, he finally gave up and told me that it was Shia (I feel like we are on a first name basis after this incident). I was, to say the least, a bit jealous, and left to dream about my husband sitting next to Shia for the next 11 hours.

In the morning, when my husband landed in London, he called me. I could tell he sounded a little agitated but ignored it. Because really, what could be more important than hearing about what happened while sitting next to Shia all night long?

Well, I got to hear about both. Apparently, at some point during the night, after they had all been tucked in to their oh-so comfy reclining seats, I think that maybe Shia forgot where he was, as my husband woke up to find Shia cuddling with him. Yes, cuddling. His arm was wrapped around my husband’s chest, and his outside leg was draped across my husband’s lap (I pointed out that I was incredibly jealous at this point, the hubby was not amused).

As soon as my husband realized it was not me cuddling with him as he was on an airplane some thousand feet up in the air, he jumped up. Of course, this startled Shia, who wiped the sleep from his eyes, and realized it was not a beautiful model he was cuddling with, but my dismayed husband. He looked at my husband, said “Sorry, man,” a few hundred times, rolled over and went back to sleep. How I wish I could have switched places with my husband that night!

I’m pretty sure both Shia and my husband didn’t acknowledge each other once the plane landed.

My next celebrity encounter doesn’t involve any cuddling, or any incredibly hot male stars, but is almost as embarrassing.

Many years ago, I was driving through West Hollywood when I realized I was low on gas. I pulled into the nearest gas station, walked up to the pump, and slid my card into the machine. After several tries, and not being able to get gas out of the machine, I realized the pump wasn’t working. I got back into my car and pulled around to another pump. I slid my card into the machine again, and the same thing happened.

At this point, I was rather stumped. I saw a woman at the pump next to me and thought she was fumbling with it as well. I turned to her, rambling on about how I couldn’t get any of the pumps to work and wondered if she was having a hard time as well.

When she turned and looked at me, her eyes wide, her jaw slack, her red hair blowing in the breeze, I realized it wasn’t just anyone that I was venting to. It was none other than Kathy Griffin. She politely mumbled that hers was working fine, finished pumping gas, and quickly drove away. I was so embarrassed!

To make matters worse, it was my fault the pump wasn’t working. I’m convinced she thought I was hoping she would pay for my gas!

Finally, I will leave you with a sweet story that happened to my friend Pam Anderson (nope, not that Pam Anderson, this one isn’t famous…yet). She was visiting from out of town and went to Starbucks to get some work done. She had her computer out and some catalogs for the jewelry that she sells, along with a small sign that mentioned people could take a catalog and that the proceeds would go to breast cancer research (they did- she wasn’t lying).

 As she was typing away, a woman approached her and they started chatting about the jewelry and the cause. This woman happened to mention in passing that she worked on a cable TV show. Pam really enjoyed speaking with her and said she was very kind and down to earth.

When Pam and I got together that evening, she told me about her day. Curiosity got the best of us so we Googled the show to see if she would recognize her acquaintance in the picture. To our surprise, it was Teri Polo! My friend couldn’t believe it! But she did get to go home with a great celebrity story.

I could keep going. Really. I could tell you about the time my friend and I double- dated some popular actors and while we were out our car got a flat tire. AND my friends and I had to explain to the boys how to change the tire. Or about the time I bumped (literally) into Kevin Bacon. But I’ll save those for another day.

Do you have any crazy celebrity stories? Who would you want to “bump” into?

post-divider rightThe-Average-Girl-194x300Publisher: Beach Blanket Publishing (June 26, 2015)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
ISBN-10: 0996176918
ISBN-13: 978-0996176910
ASIN: B00Z7JEPOG
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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Olivia Fowler, helper of the star-struck, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming and Olivia knows everything there is to know about Hollywood’s famous and their behavior. Her clients trust her because she is just like them, not famous. But when Olivia accidentally meets the super-famous Alexander Young at the grocery store, her world is flipped upside-down. She can’t possibly resist those charming eyes and sexy arms. As their romance blossoms, Olivia learns she may not know as much as she thought she did about celebrities and their ways.

Then Olivia’s most important and loyal client requests to meet Alexander. Suddenly, Olivia is forced to choose between her love and her business.

Will Olivia be able to keep her booming business a secret from her soon-to-be boyfriend? Will her clients still trust her if she is no longer the average girl?

post-divider leftangelinaAngelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the occasional celebrity sighting and year-round sun.

Angelina started gaining first-hand fan and celebrity experience as a devoted follower of her generation’s boy band. Her experience shifted in college when she interned in the promotions department for a Los Angeles based radio station and for the public relations department of a network television station. There she was able to learn about the ins and outs of promoting celebrities and all the backstage activities that are rarely seen by the public eye. She was also able to observe fans’ behavior from an objective perspective, seeing what it looks like to an outside observer.

Now she combines her experience as a loyal fan attending numerous concerts and meet and greets every year, her brief but educational stint in the entertainment industry, and a highly active imagination to create fiction for celebrity lovers of all ages.

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Monday, February 1 – Interview & Tour Kick Off at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, February 2 – Character Interview at Pimp That Character!

Wednesday, February 3 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, February 4 – Book Featured at Romantic Reads and Such

Thursday, February 4 – Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.

Thursday, February 4 – Book Featured at A Little Bit of R&R

Friday, February 5 – Interview at C.A. Milson’s blog

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Monday, February 8 – Book Featured at Born to Read Books

Tuesday, February 9 – Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Wednesday, February 10 – Book Featured at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Thursday, February 11 – Guest Blogging at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

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Monday, February 15 – Book Featured at Jody’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 16 – Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Wednesday, February 17 – Book Featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

Thursday, February 18 – Book Review at StoreyBook Reviews

Friday, February 19 – Book Review at Comfy Reading

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Monday, February 22 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 23 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, February 24 – Book Review at Ali-The Dragon Slayer

Thursday, February 25 – Book Review at Harlie’s Books

Thursday, February 25 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, February 26 – Book Featured at Around the World in Books

 

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