Wednesday, December 5, 2012

REVIEW: Viewer Discretion Advised by Cindy Roesel



Viewer Discretion Advised features Charlene "Charley" Thomas - a smart, sassy, highly competitive thirtysomething television news executive producer. Charley's got maxed out credit cards and an office fridge stocked with vodka. Her boss, Jonathan Lefton, a.k.a "The Velvet Ax" is all about ratings, slash-and-burn newscasts - no matter who who gets hurt in the process. Charley is hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to impress Lefton. But will pleasing Lefton mean losing the man she loves? Filled with suspense, romance, and newsroom backbiting, Viewer Discretion Advised features a cast of ambitious adrenaline junkies.

Viewer Discretion Advised is "Sex and the City" meets "Broadcast News." It's this summer's hot new beach read!

About the Author
from her website
I was an intern at CNN in NYC when they first started in 1985 before I landed my first job in Tyler, Texas as a reporter. After Texas, I went to KLAS, Las Vegas where I was a news producer. I moved on to WGGB Springfield MA and then to WTNH New Haven, CT where I won my first Emmy. I joined WSVN, Miami in 1991 as a senior producer.  I reformatted the local evening news/entertainment show,”7:30” which consistently beat “ET” in the ratings. I returned to the front of the camera in 1995 at WPLG as their Style Reporter. In addition, I have worked for Fox News Channel as a Features Reporter and the All News Channel as Weekend Anchor.
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My Thoughts
"What the hell is going on?" Charley yelled as she walked into the newsroom. A crowd of people gathered around her main anchor.
Charley Thomas finds herself the news director of a competitive Miami news station. She has her hands full, what with her back-stabbing and narcissistic new anchors, and with a no-holds-barred station manager calling the shots. Add to that a long-term casual relationship that is growing into something more, and an over-zealous suitor, and you begin to wonder whether she can handle it all.

Sex in the City meets WKRP in Cincinatti, I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. What I found was a fun story. Outrageous moments mixed with drama and mystery, we get to follow along as Charley navigates that crazy world of local news, as well as her own personal love life (which can get rather heated at times). I was left wondering whether this is what it is really like in the news industry, so full of narcissism and insanity, but dotted with some very hard-working and conscientious people. Even station manager Jonathan Lefton becomes quite likable by the end of the story.

My final word: Looking for a fun read? Looking for something to give you a glimpse into the news industry? Pick up Viewer Discretion Advised. You'll find all you were looking for.

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I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and the opinions expressed are based on my own observations while reading this novel.

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