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Sizzle Reel: Carlyn Greenwald in conversation with Kira Apple

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Carlyn Greenwald in conversation with Kira Apple for a celebration of Sizzle Reel an unputdownable queer coming-of-age rom-com about life and love in Hollywood. This event is co-hosted by Charis's Queer Romance Book Club. The Queer Romance Book Club is a group of adults that reads and discusses queer romance stories of all kinds.

For aspiring cinematographer Luna Roth, coming out as bisexual at twenty-four is proving more difficult than she anticipated. Sure, her best friend and fellow queer Romy is thrilled for her—but she has no interest in coming out to her backwards parents, she wouldn't know how to flirt with a girl if one fell at her feet, and she has no sexual history to build off. Not to mention she really needs to focus her energy on escaping her emotionally-abusive-but-that’s-Hollywood talent manager boss and actually get working under a real director of photography anyway.

When she meets twenty-eight-year-old A-list actress Valeria Sullivan around the office, Luna thinks she’s found her solution. She'll use Valeria's interest in her cinematography to get a PA job on the set of Valeria's directorial debut—and if Valeria is as gay as Luna suspects, and she happens to be Luna's route to losing her virginity, too . . . well, that's just an added bonus. Enlisting Romy’s help, Luna starts the juggling act of her life—impress Valeria’s DP to get another job after this one, get as close to Valeria as possible, and help Romy with her own career moves.

But when Valeria begins to reciprocate romantic interest in Luna, the act begins to crumble—straining her relationship with Romy and leaving her job prospects precarious. Now Luna has to figure out if she can she fulfill her dreams as a filmmaker, keep her best friend, and get the girl. . . or if she’s destined to end up on the cutting room floor.

CARLYN GREENWALD writes romantic and thrilling page-turners for teens and adults. A film school graduate and former Hollywood lackey, she now works in publishing. She resides in Los Angeles, mourning ArcLight Cinemas and soaking in the sun with her dogs. Find her online on Twitter @CarlynGreenwald and Instagram @carlyn_gee.

Kira Apple (she/her) is a full-time bookseller at Charis Books and More and co-facilitator of Charis's Queer Romance Book Club. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor's and Master's in English from Kutztown University. A lifelong lover of fantasy, sci-fi, and romance literature and media, she can also be found playing video games and TTRPGs, writing, and wrangling her three cats. You can find her on Twitter @keekrbeekr and Instagram @kiapple

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Sizzle Reel: A Novel By Carlyn Greenwald Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593468197
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 18th, 2023

An unputdownable queer coming-of-age rom-com about life and love in Hollywood. • "Both an irresistible love story and a riveting exploration of Hollywood dynamics.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex Talk

Event Summary: 
An unputdownable queer coming-of-age rom-com about life and love in Hollywood.