Release date - 12th July 2017
Book length - 258 pages
Publisher - Ivan Berg
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Faded TV star Gloria Grayson has hit rock bottom. Sacked from her starring role in a top soap, divorced from hell-raising actor 'Mad' Tommy Mack, and obese from binge eating, her days as Britain's sexiest blonde are well and truly over.
Gloria has gained 70 lbs when a paparazzi snaps unflattering photos and a cruel tabloid article relaunches her career. Instantly she and her fat, feisty dog Baby-Girl are booked for TV's Reality Rehab.
Gloria is locked up with an American psychotherapist, a rabble of D-list celebrities and umpteen cameras, then put on a starvation diet. But worse is to come, with the shock arrival of her alcoholic ex-husband.
Tears and tantrums ensue as the divorced couple's joint therapy sessions take over the show and ratings soar. The other celebrities are infuriated to be sidelined and Reality Rehab fast becomes the Tommy and Glo Show. But Gloria and Tommy are hiding explosive secrets from each other and 10 million viewers - Reality is stranger than fiction!
REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London is a must-read for everyone in our reality-tv addicted world - and I am including myself among the millions who love to chill out on the sofa and tune in for the latest TOWIE or The Real Housewives of New York episode. With dynamic characters that are totally outrageous, hilarious antics, and a pampered pooch for good measure, REALITY REHAB is completely binge-worthy and I could not put it down.
Gloria Grayson knows what it is like to be the most sought after celebrity but in the past two years, her life has changed dramatically. Out of work, divorced from her drunken ex, and eating everything that she can get her hands on, her only comfort is the love she gets from her spoiled dog, Baby-Girl. But Gloria is adamant that soon the reality-tv obsessed world will see sense and she will be returned to her pedestal complete with adoring fans. But when she is papped in her sloppy dressing gown and her fuller figure is laid bare to the critics of the world, Gloria is forced to really look at what has happened to her life.
When her agent secures her a paying gig on the hit reality tv show, Reality Rehab, Gloria knows that she can kill two birds with one stone - gain some much-needed money and exposure, and lose some of that excess skin that doesn't want to shift itself. But entering the Reality Rehab house for eight weeks will change so much more for Gloria and her fellow celebrity housemates who are all battling their own addictions. And when a surprise guest makes an appearance, the world will be glued to their screens to watch the crazy action unfold...
Firstly I am proud to say that I am a reality tv show addict - from Teen Mom and Made in Chelsea to the Real Housewives franchise and everything in between, I love nothing more than to watch peoples real lives unfold before me (and yes, I do know that a lot of it is staged etc but we won't quibble over it!). So when I came across this story I knew that it was right up my alley - reality tv in book form, Heaven!! - and boy was I right.
Perfectly paced with so many laugh out loud moments, engaging and addictive characters, and a deeper underlying story of love, loss, and heartbreak, REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London was the perfect escape for me, and I really enjoyed the layout of the story with the odd online article appearing here and there with the typical Twitter responses listed underneath - comedy gold!
From Doggie Yoga (Doga, and yes it is really a thing) to seances, from betrayals to new beginnings, this novel really does have it all, with that extra special something that really gives it the X factor (yes, I went there LOL). So whether you love reality tv or hate it, this novel has something for you. So what are you waiting for? Go and buy REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London now.
Lisa Mary London went from Chief Reporter on a sleepy Cotswold newspaper to become Celebrity Producer on some of Britain's best-loved TV shows. Her TV credits include An Audience With Ken Dodd, A BAFTA Tribute to Julie Walters, The British Comedy Awards and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! She's worked with stars from Tony Curtis to Ant and Dec and her debut novel Reality Rehab features around 200 famous names.
'There's never a dull moment when you're working with the stars', says Lisa. 'One minute you're sipping champagne with Pierce Brosnan, the next you're standing in the Ladies' minding Barbara Windsor's handbag'.
Reality Rehab is based on her real life, behind-the-screen experiences as a Celebrity Producer.
'I've met many old school stars like my book's protagonist Gloria Grayson, who curse reality TV and think the cast of TOWIE should be stacking shelves at Tesco, not walking the red carpet.
'She's a cross between Diana Dors, Boadicea and Miss Piggy, a glorious, garrulous anti-heroine with bags of fattitude - Gloria puts the real in reality TV!'
Gloria's petulant pooch Baby-Girl is closely based on the book's cover star, Lisa's beloved Maltese, Dolly-Dog (says Lisa - 'You couldn't make her up'). Dolly-Dog won fame on ITV's Loose Women when she married Sherrie Hewson's Westie Charlie, in a ceremony officiated by John Barrowman, available on YouTube. The couple split acrimoniously and are currently fighting for custody of a chew toy.
A journalist by profession, Lisa has written for the Daily Mail and was briefly a News of the World reporter, but made her excuses and left before anyone was imprisoned for phone hacking.
For more information:
Website - www.realityrehab.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/BigRealityStar
*I want to thank Emma from emmathelittlebookworm.wordpress.com, and the author Lisa Mary London, for the opportunity to review this hilarious novel and take part in this blog tour. Don't forget to check out all of the other stops along the way!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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