Winning lotto possesses all of Tahlia Cameron’s thoughts. So does a certain sexily suave star of the TV naval drama she watches every week.
She’s convinced she’ll win millions, move to Hollywood, and marry him. And then comes a call. A call that’s about to change the rest of her life. So, what’s the first thing she does? She makes a to-do list!
Flying off to Hollywood, she begins setting up the fashion and jewellery empire she’s always dreamed of owning, all while shopping up an absolute storm.
Win lotto, move to Hollywood and set up a business. Triple check.
But karma depleting drama comes with her new life, such as seriously tiresome run-ins with seriously bitchy celebs, being stalked by a hot Italian stud from a hot TV crime drama, and saving a bigwig network C.E.O. and then his wife. And it all happens before she meets her future husband.
Meet annoyingly bitchy celebs and save a bigwig. Double check.
When she does meet her future husband they both know it’s love, and she’s determined to make him hers. But tragedy strikes at a huge network function where she has to save every celebrity in TV Land before she marries the man of her dreams.
Marry a really huge TV star and try not to seek media attention. Double check.
As Tahlia battles anguished demons, life-altering wounds, and seriously depleted karma, she knows she can get through it all and kick her really bad karma to the curb with the love of her man by her side.
Find fame, fortune and good karma. Double check. And we’ll leave that last one for some other time…
And then she receives another call…
A call from one of the world’s biggest daytime TV hosts…
If you love kick-ass heroines who save the day, and fall in love with sexily suave TV actors, then you’ll love L.J. Diva’s Hollywood Dreams: A Karmic Tale of Money, Love and Bitchy TV Drama Queens!
The dedications have varied and been updated over the years since its first release in 2011.
Original dedication under the original title of…How I Won Lotto, Moved To L.A. & Married A Really Huge TV Star!
Who are the people I need to thank?
Well, there’s only one to thank… ME DAHLINGS!!!
Well Duh!!! Who else am I gonna thank for writing it out in long hand.
But definitely most importantly, my gorgeously gorgeous husband, NCIS star, Michael Weatherly, and my Italian Stallion lover, CSI New York stud, Carmine Giovinazzo. Need I say more? You inspired a HUGE amount of the book!!!
Those that inspired some small piece of the book in some small way…
Cyn-B-Demented, my first Bitchfest! follower!!!
Australia’s TV morning show Gods, David Reyne and Larry Emdur, for giving us something good to look at and listen to in the mornings. I’ll be your co-host any day Laz!
Australia’s Singing Sexpots, Human Nature. I thank you for all the dance-able pop songs I bounce around to, and for She’s Taken My Words. Which is your only decent love song!
President and C.E.O. of CBS, Leslie Moonves, for having the best shows on TV – NCIS, CSI New York, Criminal Minds, Hawaii 5-0, The Mentalist – if you didn’t have such great shows all of us women folk wouldn’t have such gorgeous men to drool over and have a ”date night” with every week. Or have the inspiration to write a book which featured running into the C.E.O. of the biggest network in the world!!!!
80’s Aussie pop group, Indecent Obsession. Michael Szumowski, you started my ”obsession” with hot blue-eyed brunettes named Michael in such a Gentleman Style. I sooo blame you for that!!!! But I still ”Believe”.
Jackie Collins, the Queen of sex, for writing a book that stuck in my head for over ten years.
Those I want to thank for no particular reason, although I know there is one!!!!!
Radio Gods, Hamish and Andy – Hamish, Michael Weatherly ain’t the only one with a crush on you!!! Remember that from Rove back in 2007!?!?!?! God, that was awhile ago…
Nancy Drew, thanks for a great read for the last 80 years, and a massive addictive obsession for the last too many to count years! Rock On Girl!!!
Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Just because!!!! Because why? Mentioning you will mean I get to be on your show. Hurray for me!!!!
Magnum, for his short shorts, Hawaiian shirts, moustache and damn fine chest hair! MacGyver, for being able to get out of any predicament with a paperclip and a piece of string. The (fictional) Hardy Boys, and Parker Stevenson for being the BEST Frank Hardy. Gorgeous George Clooney and Beautiful Brad Pitt. The steamingly hot men of CBS, and any other TV stars/actors who have inspired many a wicked laugh and a dirty dream…
Debbie Gibson for her bopping 80s music.
Everyone I’ve mentioned at jewelsdiva.com.au, or on my Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Smashwords, LinkedIn, Tumblr and God knows how many other pages. Hello!!!
And then last and definitely least, there’s those few people who inspired the bitches and bastards in the book… You know who you are!
Oh yes you do!!!
To all of those that I can’t think of now but I know when the book is published I’m going to remember and go ‘I should’ve thanked you and you and you…’
And for those that don’t know yet…yes…I AM ”The Mystery Woman” who saved the world’s biggest network!
Now that you know…GO AWAY!!!!!
BUT READ MY BOOKS FIRST!!!!
This book is dedicated to Michael Weatherly.
The man I would move halfway around the world for.
The man I would throw myself off a cliff or into a raging sea for.
The man I would take three bullets for.
The man I would protect with my life and my love.
Well, when I wrote the book way back when anyway!
Updated in 2016…just shortened
Who are the people I need to thank? Well, there’s only one to thank…ME DAHLINGS! Well Duh!!! Who else am I gonna thank for writing it out in long hand.
But definitely most importantly, my gorgeously gorgeous ex-husband, NCIS star, Michael Weatherly, and my Italian Stallion ex-lover, CSI New York stud, Carmine Giovinazzo. Need I say more? You inspired a HUGE amount of the book!!!
President and C.E.O. of CBS, Leslie Moonves, for having the best shows on TV – NCIS, CSI New York, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist – if you didn’t have such great shows all of us women folk wouldn’t have such gorgeous men to drool over and have a ”date night” with every week. Or have the inspiration to write a book which featured running into the C.E.O. of the biggest network in the world!!!!
Jackie Collins, the Queen of sex, for writing a book that stuck in my head for over twenty years.
Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Just because!!!! Because why? Mentioning you will mean I get to be on your shows or networks. Hurray for me!!!!
And then last and definitely least, there’s those few people who inspired the bitches and bastards in the book…. You know who you are! Oh yes you do!!!
Updated in 2019 with a new cover, and completely different title…
To the two most important people who inspired this book…
Michael Weatherly and Carmine Giovinazzo.
Need I say more?
FUN FACTS ABOUT HOLLYWOOD DREAMS
– Under the original title, How I Won Lotto, Moved To L.A. & Married A Really Huge TV Star! this book was based off the thought, ‘if I won 20 million in lotto what would I do?’. The answer was move to L.A., hunt down Michael Weatherly and marry him. His name was even in the original working title, How I Won Lotto, Moved To L.A. & Married Michael Weatherly!, and upon advisement, I changed it. But in retrospect, I wonder if I should have kept it to the original just for the fun of it…
– Hollywood was written across three weeks in Feb 2008, and first published in 2011. It’s had four covers, each being tweaked from the last with font and a particular picture of me sneaking in from the edge of the book. In 2019 the book got a sexy new cover, and new title as well. You can see the evolution below. One day, I’d love to put an ’80s spin of metallic on it, similar to the UK published “diamond” Jackie Collins covers.
– A sequel series was considered for Hollywood based on the two lead characters. They do their jobs by day and solve crimes by night… It might still happen.
– Hollywood was the book that actually got me the call from a publishing house in late 2010. I turned down the offer and started self-publishing in 2011. In 2017, I found out the publishing house had gone bust back in 2015 and thanked God I hadn’t gone with them after all.
TAHLIA CAMERON – me…who else…
MICHAEL ANTHONY – Michael Weatherly
CARMINE GIONETTI – Carmine Giovinazzo
KEITH PRITCHARD – Hill Harper
ANDY GARRICK – Eddie Cahill
SIN MAINWARING – mid 40s, long fiery red hair, skinny assed lawyer
GIRLS BOOKSHOP / NEWSAGENT – nondescript
FAT BOSS – fat and gross
DAVID – bank clerk, nondescript
LARRY EMDUR – as himself
DAVID REYNE – as himself
ROSE DAWSON – from the Lottery Commission, nondescript
TAMARA – airport clerk, nondescript
CONSULATE WOMAN – nondescript
SINGING TEACHER – nondescript
SELF-DEFENCE INSTRUCTOR – nondescript
GUARDS – nondescript
REMOVALISTS – nondescript
LANDLORD – nondescript
TAXI DRIVERS – nondescript
AIRPORT WOMAN – nondescript
FLIGHT ATTENDANT – nondescript
2 EX-FOOTY STARS – nondescript
TV STAR – nondescript
RADIO ANNOUNCER – nondescript
OLD WOMAN PLANE – similar to Barbara Cartland
WOMAN CUSTOMS – nondescript
MARGARET DALY-TOMES/HUSBAND – Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
COLONIAL INN STAFF – nondescript
CHIRO – female
FACTORY WORKERS – nondescript
MAC STEELE – manager of Stang dealership, five eleven, brown hair, well-built but soft
MAN – middle-aged balding, Stang dealership
MR WHITE – Real Estate Agent, nondescript
50s DINER WAITRESS – nondescript
ALICE – college-aged artist hired to work for Tahlia’s company
MATT – college-aged artist hired to work for Tahlia’s company
JOE – college-aged artist hired to work for Tahlia’s company
PAINTERS/DECORATORS – nondescript
RICHARD MANNING – company CO
SONYA MCMAHON – head of company’s women’s label, 25, graduate of fashion
MATTHEW RIDGELY – head of company’s men’s label, 28, business exec
MATTHEW’S ASSISTANT – nondescript
MICHELLE MICHAELS – head of company’s kid’s label, 30, degrees in business, accounting
THANDIE NEWTON – NOT the actress, receptionist at company, African American, 24
BEN – head of publishing at the company
AARON JENKINS – head of press and publicity at the company
TINA – head of accessories line at the company
LESLIE FUNK – 22, webmistress at the company
ANDREW – company accountant
CHANTELLE – decorator
TODD ETTRIDGE – manager of the company factory
WAITERS/MANAGER AT IVY – nondescript
MONICA LEEWAY – Lindsay Lohan
MONICA’S FRIENDS – nondescript
WARWICK JAMES – George Hamilton
PATRONS – nondescript
PAPS – nondescript
FREDERIQUE – manager of The Ivy
MICHELLINE – Margaret’s lady friend
CHEREE – Big Willy’s waitress, nondescript
SOL MEYERS – manager of factory, six foot, bit overweight
MANNY CONSUELO – owner of above factory
SVEN GOLDEN – tall, very blond, Swedish gym trainer extraordinaire, built
SENSEI – martial arts teacher, 50s, has no humour
RICHARD SAYER – Les Moonves
MARNIE WILKINS – English rose, brown hair, delicate features
STEWART – the Sayer butler
MANAGER OF PUB HOUSE – nondescript
AMY – editor at the publishing house
AMBOS / NURSES – nondescript
POLICE OFFICER – young, 20s-30s
SERGEANT BAKER – male, middle-aged, stern
DETECTIVE SOLD – male, 50s, greying, had a gutful
DETECTIVE BEYER – male, good looking brunet, 30-40 years old
MATTHEW MACGYVER – Matthew McConaughey
BANK TELLER/MANAGER – nondescript
LOCKSMITH – nondescript
SANDRA CABOT – Cancer Foundation branch manager
MICHELLE – Cancer Foundation receptionist
RACHEL & MICHAEL WILSON – nondescript
STORE MANAGER – nondescript
TEEN ACTRESS – Miley Cyrus
CHARLIE ANTHONY – Michael Anthony’s brother
DYLAN ANTHONY – 12, brown hair, blue eyes
ED WOOD – Gun Range Manager
GR INSTRUCTOR/ASSISTANT – nondescript
MARIA CONCHITA CONSUELOS – Latino actress
DELIA SMYTHE – actress
MICHELLE MOREAU – actress on hot cop show, Angie Harmon type
BETH EVERWAY – actress on hot cop show
AMY BELLAMY – Carmine’s co-star
MARILEE & JAKE JOHNSON – Michael’s ex and her husband
GUNMEN/ TWO THUGS – gross, slimy, assholes
WOMAN AT NEWS CONFERENCE – nondescript
OLD WOMEN IN HOTEL – 70s, grey hair
WOMAN’S FRIEND – 70s, grey hair
HAWAII STAFF – nondescript