'The Cocktail Hours: A Hollywood Insider Tale' Quarterfinals in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

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Former actress-waitress Margaret Rose Lester's tale of a rising starlet offers the inside scoop on Hollywood glam with a humorous twist. The Young Adult novel is a strong contender in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, co-sponsored by Amazon.com and Penguin Group (USA).

Toronto native Margaret Rose Lester's recently released “The Cocktail Hours,” http://www.TheCocktailHours.com is a Young Adult Fiction quarterfinalist in the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The international competition seeking the next popular novel is open to unpublished and previously self-published novels waiting to be discovered.

Lester’s novel, inspired by her own personal experiences of the Hollywood scene, provides a humorous and all-too-realistic peek into the life of Hollywood celebrity and what it takes to get there. It follows her protagonist, Charlie Sommers (formerly Charlene Tiffany Sommerton), on her path from star-struck Stanford University grad, to aspiring actress, to waitress, to girl who isn’t sure if L.A.’s “size 0, tanorexic culture” is worth shooting for.

“For me, this book was the culmination of all the experimentation of my twenties,” remarked Lester. “I really want the reader to understand Charlie’s struggles and the truth behind ‘Hollywood glam’ without demonizing the entertainment industry. I want people to laugh out loud, and in the same breath be able to relate to Charlie’s character, even without ever having set foot near L.A.”

"The Cocktail Hours,” recently wrapped a multi-destination launch tour in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, sponsored by Yelp and hosted by Benefit Cosmetics, including a featured appearance on "Geraldo at Large".

The Breakthrough Novel Award Grand prize winner will be announced June 14, 2010 with Penguin offering a publishing contract and $15,000 advance against future royalties. "The Cocktail Hours" is currently sold on-demand through Amazon.com.

About Margaret Rose Lester

Margaret Rose Lester was born and raised in Toronto. After attending Northwestern, she moved to L.A. to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, fulfilling her rite of passage by becoming an actress-waitress. Most recently she worked at the Roosevelt Hotel. "The Cocktail Hours" is her first novel. To set up an interview with the author please email or call 323-445-4802. For detailed information on the author or the novel please visit: http://www.TheCocktailHours.com


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