Friday, October 07, 2011

Flipped Out

by Jennie Bentley

Happy October, fellow Stiffs!

It's release week for me, so I'm going to cheat a little. Flipped Out, the 5th DIY book, hit stores everywhere on Tuesday, and I'm staying busy with signings and appearances and guest blogs and the like. Besides, I'm sure some of you heard my big news a week or so ago? I'll be writing a 4 book series of space opera romance? Well, that's keeping me busy too, especially since the first book is due to the publisher by February 1. It's gonna be a crazy end to the year.


I will simply let you enjoy a tiny bit of Flipped Out today. Here you go, from the scene in chapter 3 (I think) when the visiting television crew is starting to film the five days of quick-flip renovations:

“And . . . action,” Nina said.
I made sure to stay out of sight while Wilson panned the living room—it wouldn’t do for us to be peeking around the archway and ruining the shot—but once Adam started speaking, we knew Wilson had finished his pan and was focused on Adam, so we leaned into the living room to watch.
“Hi,” Adam said, grinning dementedly, “and welcome to Flipped Out! I’m Adam Ramsey, your host. Today we’re here in Waterford, Maine—”
“Cut,” Nina said. “It’s Waterfield, Adam. Do it again.”
Adam grimaced. Wilson went back to the doorway. Derek and I ducked out of sight, and it all started over again. And again. Adam couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. He was very handsome, he probably photographed extremely well, he had a nicely modulated voice, but he couldn’t remember details to save his life. If it wasn’t the name of the town that slipped his mind, it was another word he mispronounced or stumbled over. After five or six takes, he had finally got the introduction and the name of the town and everything else just right, but when he moved into the kitchen to introduce Derek and me, the problems started all over again.
“Here we are with this week’s team of renovators, Erik Ellis and—”
“Cut,” Nina said, her voice beginning to show signs of wear around the edges. “It’s Derek, Adam. Not Erik. Do it again.”
Wilson looked put out. Adam looked pained. “Sorry, Neen.”
Nina was making an almost visible effort to be nice. “I’m sure you are, Adam. Just do it again, please.”
Wilson moved back to the doorway, Derek and I exchanged a glance, and Adam took a deep breath and blew it out again, flashing another broad smile. “Here we are with this week’s team of renovators, Derek Ellis and Ivory Baker—”
“Cut,” Nina said. “It’s Avery, Adam. Derek and Avery. Not Erik and Ivory. Do you need a break?”
The not so subtle subtext was, “Take a break, Adam. And come back ready to get it right.”

Yeah,” Adam said, “I think maybe I do. I’ll be right back.”

He left through the laundry room and headed into the backyard, where he’d probably either punch a tree to make himself feel better, or wander around for a couple of minutes, kicking at tufts of grass and muttering. Hopefully he’d come back inside in a better frame of mind.


So there you have it. Flipped Out is available in paperback format in a store near you, as well as in digital format from a long line of online retailers. The price is $7.99, and well worth it, if I do say so myself. ;-)

Until next month!


Joyce said...

If anyone hasn't read this series yet, you need to! I highly recommend it! I always look forward to the next one.

That scene with all the takes reminded me a little of Antiques Roadshow. They had to film several takes of the intros, but those takes weren't because the host flubbed a lot--he only did that once or twice. The director had him change his emphasis on certain words, or change the expression on his face. One time he had a little kid come up and read the intro from the teleprompter. It was cute, and it'll be interesting to see if they keep it in.

But back to Jennie--go buy her books!

Ramona said...

I love the "grinning dementedly." That's a fun image for the day.

Good luck with #5, Jennie!

Jane Sevier said...

Thanks for this tidbit! I've just gotten my copy of FATAL FIXER-UPPER, so I've got some catching up to do. Congratulations on the newest in the series.

Patg said...

Sounds Great. Tell us more about the space opera series. I remember the river on the moon.

Jenna said...

Thanks, everyone!

Hang on a month, Pat. I'll do something on the sci fi in November. And - um - are there not supposed to be rivers on moons? I'm not very science-y, so I'm sure I'll get a lot of those details wrong. For instance, does a moon spin? On its axis, I mean? I know it circles, but does it spin? Or does it always stay in the same position relative to the planet it orbits? Do we ever see the other side of our moon? Or do we always see the same part? Does the side we don't see, get sun?

And yes, it probably says a lot about me that I'd attempt to write sci fi without understanding such basic information...

C.L. Phillipsw said...

OOOOhhh...can't wait to read it! :) And I'm excited about the space opera. May you have a great launch!

Jenna said...

Thank you. The first space opera won't be available until summer, though. Which is actually pretty quick when you're talking traditional publishing. Not at all as quick as self, of course!

Patg said...

Jenna, Our moon, Luna, keeps the same face to us, it does not rotate on its axis. Most moons in our Solar System (140) are 'tidally locked' and do not rotate on their axis. A quick search did not bring up any that did.
HOWEVER you are writing SF, so simply add to your story that the moon was found to rotate on its axis and it was terraformed.