STARRED FEATURE: The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger by Marianne Hansen

She’s got a movie deal. He’s got the lead role. Can she choose between her family and the star of her fantasies?

Stay-at-home mom Lizzy Dillinger escapes the monotony of her humdrum marriage by writing down her daydreams. When her producer friend contracts her story for a movie and invites her on set, she jumps at the chance to leave the suburbs until the film’s in the can. But Lizzy’s big break gets even better when she learns the hunky character who starred in her daydreams will be played by her Hollywood crush, Ben Winters.

On location in Arizona, the desert gets even hotter when Lizzy and Ben strike up a flirtatious friendship. But her hopes of a celebrity fling shatter when a family visit brings her fantasy crashing into reality. Against the dazzling lights and the glamorous movie sets, her cookie-cutter life back home seems painfully bland. Torn between the man of her dreams and the family who helped define her, Lizzy must search her heart to find where her true passion lies.

The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger is a star-struck women’s fiction novel about once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. If you like authentic characters, silver screen romance, and humorous looks at life’s hard choices, then you’ll love Marianne Hansen’s story of dreaming big and loving wholeheartedly.

“This is a fun, clever story that everyone who has crossed the threshold of age thirty can likely identify with. Lizzie’s adventure of having her book filmed as a movie, as she simultaneously reflects on the life events that inspired both is a creative and engaging trip through the “what if’s?” we ask ourselves as we grow older. It prompts questions about what motivates our decisions, and how hindsight sometime alters our perspective. Hansen is an engaging, hilarious writer and I wholeheartedly recommend this book.” ~ Megan Goates

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