January 8, 2012

book review: stayed tuned

Title: Stay Tuned
Author: Lauren Clark

It does not take a fellow journalist to appreciate the humor and frustration in Lauren Clark's Stay Tuned. But as one, I found myself relating all to well with the plights, successes and everyday life experienced by the novel's protagonist, Melissa Moore.

Melissa is the producer of the nightly news in her Georgian hometown. Her only child has gone to college, her husband becomes increasingly distant under the stresses or his job and her mother suffers from dementia. Struggling to deal with her already stressful life, her world shifts again when she must step up to co-anchor the show after the previous on air talent is fired for fighting on the air.

And her life pretty much gets more chaotic from there.

Stay Tuned was a fast-paced read that kept me turning page after page. With a healthy mix of suspense, drama and humor, the book keeps the reader engaged. Though told in an overall positive and humorous tone, there was enough frustration, suspense and worry to keep me turning page after page to see the resolution.

Clark tells the compelling story of a woman who undergoes a dramatic personal and professional makeover years after she ever thought possible. Melissa must build confidence in her abilities, explore her truest desires and face her past before venturing on into her future. I truly enjoyed watching the protagonist develop strength and empowerment throughout the story.

Melissa's changes are infectious — and in a good way. Her actions inspire others to change their lives, which makes her a truly worthy protagonist. The greatest beauty in this story comes from showing that a person can change his or her life regardless of circumstances.

In addition to the highly relatable protagonist, Stay Tuned features a well-developed supporting cast, including Melissa's friends, family and co-workers. I especially liked her boss at the TV station, who reminded me of one I had early in my own journalism career. Even the villains are truly modern, and often funny.

Well-developed and -written, I look forward to reading Clark's future offerings.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to read a guest post by Lauren Clark, author of Stay Tuned.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama.
Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her website at laurenclarkbooks.org and Lauren’s blog at laurenclarkbooks.com. 

Where to find Stay Tuned:
Amazon: Paperback  and  Kindle
Nook and iPad versions to come in March 2012

**Everyone who leaves a comment on Lauren's blog tour page (CLICK HERE) will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card. If you purchase your copy of Stay Tuned  from before  January 20 and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, you will get five bonus entries!

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  1. Laura - Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I am so glad you enjoyed Stay Tuned. There are certainly a lot of characters in the news business - I wouldn't trade the experience for the world :)

    I appreciate you featuring Stay Tuned on your blog! (Big Hugs)

    All the best, Lauren

  2. Thank you Laura for the wonderful review!