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LIVE FROM MIAMI! The sensationalism shown on television can only be topped by the drama that happens behind the camera! After being fired from her job in Los Angeles, Charlene "Charley" Thomas moves to sizzling Miami and begins working as news director at a local television station. While getting used to her new gig, Charley wakes up to the fact that her station manager, Jonathan Lefton, is the boss from hell who will do anything for a story no matter who gets hurt in the process. When nude pictures of noon anchor, Miranda Andrews, are discovered in the men's room of a Key West bar, all hell breaks loose. They end up on Lefton's desk and he promotes her over the main anchor, sparking off a firestorm. Miranda's quickly thrown into the mix and assigned special reports. Charley finds herself overseeing an investigation that could shine light on the guilt of a dirty cop. Real life begins to mimic the drama of broadcast news when station personalities face life and death all for rating and Emmys! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED is a modern day "Sex and the City" meets "Broadcast News."
“Wait until you hear what I have to tell you.” Her coffee went flying, briefcase fell on the floor, and Charley felt as if she was having a heart attack. Two in one morning.
“For God’s sake, John! Don’t sneak up on me like that.” Charley walked into her office, and grabbed a bunch of paper towels. John did the same and they started cleaning up the coffee disaster.
“Got a call from a cop friend,” he lowered his voice, looking around to see if they were alone.
“And?” she patted the carpet.
“You’re never going to believe this,” he said.
Charley was starting to get annoyed with the guessing games. She picked up the wet towels. That’ll do. She walked into her office, and took a Diet Coke out of the ‘frig. Caffeine.
“You have two seconds to tell me what you know,” she glared at him.
“Two years ago your cop friend’s engaged. Six weeks before the wedding he and the soon-to-be Mrs. take a boat ride down to the Keys,” John leaned back putting his arms behind his head. “Just the two of them.”
“And?” Charley’s elbows were on her desk, and she was the edge of her seat.
“They never make it. She never makes it back to shore. Got another soda?”
“Finish the story,” she said impatiently. This sounds like a movie.
“Officer Jimmy’s fiancée fell off the boat. He tells investigators she was on the bow, they hit a wave, and she fell in – says he tried to rescue her.” John got up and reached inside the ‘frig knowing she wouldn’t mind. “Four weeks later her body washes up on Marathon.”
“And?” Charley tried to picture McManus pushing someone overboard.
“It’s ruled an accident. There’s an outpouring of sympathy for Jimmy, but some still think it stinks. Has quite a temper. Apparently the would-be newlyweds were fighting a lot over money and Jimmy told a few people he wasn’t sure he wanted to marry her.” He sipped his Diet Coke with satisfaction.
“But he’s cleared, right?” she asked.
“Wasn’t charged. But its two years later and the case is supposedly still open. I can’t get a straight answer on that. Story is the DA doesn’t want to take it to court until its solid – can stand in front of a Grand Jury.” John stood up and walked toward the door. “I better get ready for the morning meeting.”
“Thanks,” Charley said.
“So what are you going to do?”
“I’m not going boating with him, that’s for sure,” she said with a nervous laugh. “Maybe he won’t call again.”
“I bet he does,” John turned to walk out of her office.
“Yeah,” he said turning to face her.
“This is going to sound stupid, but…” Should I tell him? He’s going to think I’m crazy for even mentioning it.
John walked back in and sat down.
“It’s probably nothing, but yesterday when my friend from LA went out to find his rental, it was gone, towed.”
“The car wasn’t parked illegally and Oz says the cop, McManus kind of threatened him to leave town on Saturday when he went to pick up Rori.”
“Are you serious?”
“I told Oz it’s probably nothing. What do you think?” She started fidgeting with her soda can.
“Probably nothing, but what if it is? We work in this business everyday and never think anything will happen to us. Be careful.”
“That’s what Oz said.” She felt light-headed.
“Well, then be careful. I have to finish the rundown.”
Review Rating: 4.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS
Review: Viewer Discretion Advised is quirky, juicy, and absolute fun! Cindy Roesel has a voice that is fresh. It's easy to fly through the pages, as the pace keeps getting better and better in the book. The story centers around Charley Thomas, who's a well known producer. We follow Charley through her ups and downs of being laid off, to being picked up by a new station and learning the ropes. It's a laugh out loud type of story, with plenty of inside details of the TV world.
I highly recommend this to readers that love a good chick lit type novel. It's a hoot, and highly entertaining. I need more, Ms. Roesel! How about an encore?
CINDY ROESEL is an Emmy Award winning television broadcast journalist. After working for twenty years in newsrooms filled with ambitious backbiting adrenalin junkies, she's turning her experiences into novels. Cindy lives in Miami with her shih tzu, Sassy.
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