Chances Press Announces New Book Line Celebrating the Glitz Novel

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Sophia Bailey's new novel, Tinseltown Tawdry, published by Chances Press, explores the intertwining, and often dysfunctional, lives of character's working in the daytime television industry.

Forget adultery, baby-switching, and long-lost evil twins, on the Los Angeles based daytime soap Ocean Boulevard, the real drama takes place backstage. Sophia Bailey's new novel, Tinseltown Tawdry, explores the intertwining, and often dysfunctional, lives of character's working in the daytime television industry.

While Bailey acknowledges that her book, the first in the Chances Press Scandalous line, may never win any literary awards, but she hopes that the book will win over fans of the glitz novel. "My goal was to create an entertaining, absorbing read for those that enjoy stories with a generous dose of melodrama, twists, sex, and backstabbing. I had a blast writing it." When asked who she thought was the primary demographic audience for the novel, Bailey replied with a chuckle, "Women and gay men, of course!"

In Tinseltown Tawdry, Tonya Thomas, once the queen diva of daytime television, sees her star power floundering. When the network exes decide to kill her character due to budget cuts Tonya decides to do whatever it takes to secure her job and regain her place in the daytime acting elite. Enter Mary, Tonya's long-lost much younger look-a-like half-sister, who surprises Tonya by appearing on her doorstep one morning. While getting caught up in the glamour of the TV industry, Mary begins to fall for Tristan, the soap's resident hunk, who has spent years going from one starlet to another, including Tonya. However, one look at Mary and Tristan begins to questions the way he's lived his life. Behind the TV network's closed offices is Agnes, the lesbian head of the network's daytime division. Will she let her obsession with destroying Tonya's career ruin her current love affair? Agnes's pawn, Mac, is Ocean Boulevard's executive producer who shares a scandalous secret with Tonya. Mac is forced to take serious action against the soap's top ingénue, Lauren, who can't seem to stay out of trouble even if her life depends on it. From the sidelines is Dexter, Tonya's mentally deranged ex-husband, who has an explosive conclusion plan for all of them.

Tinseltown Tawdry is an over-the-top, satirical page-turner that celebrates the fabulousness of the trashy glitz novel.

An avid soap fan, Sophia Bailey received a serious education while climbing her way up the Hollywood ladder. The only thing more exciting than living like one of her character is writing about it. Sophia currently makes her home in the hills of Tinseltown with her Maltese, Gigi. Sophia is working hard on her follow-up novel, a historical look at daytime television and its relation to the feminist movement.

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Tinseltown Tawdry

ISBN-13: 978-0977050666

Publication Date: March 2007

Retail Price: $11.95

Publisher: Chances Press

Wholesale- Available from Ingram Book Group and Baker & Taylor..

Retail- Available from on-line book retailers, on order at any bookstore, or visit for more information.

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