The Best Seller by Dina Rae
(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.
Before fame and before fortune, I lived in a tiny one bedroom apartment in Las Vegas. My rent and bills prevented me from saving money, but at least I managed to avoid debt. At twenty-one years old, I was proud to live alone and support myself. I didn’t have a car. My clothes, appliances, and furniture were all purchased from resale shops. I didn’t have anything nice, but I had everything I needed. My apartment building was questionable. There were numerous break-ins. I got scared enough to buy a gun off of my neighbor. I also bought a big knife that I kept underneath my pillow. Someday I hoped to move into a nice house with a husband and dog, maybe even kids. Out of loneliness I would have occasional company, usually a nameless face that I met in a bar. Sex was easy. Feelings were not. After several weeks of blogging and then several more weeks of Eric’s nagging, I set out to write a novel. Characters, various settings, and plot lines appeared out of nowhere when daydreaming. All I had to do was record the scenes that played inside of my head. On sleepless nights, I would often type in a frenzy as flashes of the story burned through my fingers like electricity. I was extremely particular on my wording and chapter arrangement. The writing process became more of a task than coming up with the actual plot. When my laptop wasn’t handy, I’d write on napkins, receipts, paper towels, or anything within reach. I took my scraps home and carefully added them into the story. I did not have a printer. Two months after I started my novel I took my flash drive to the library and printed the manuscript.
We start the story in 1947. General Robert Andreas is giving the task of covering up a crash landing of a UFO in Roswell. He transports the two ships and four bodies to Broom Lake were a former Nazi scientist, Doctor Jaeger has been relocated. He was a lesser known scientist that specialized in genetics during World War II. Now with the alien bodies he can continue these experiments.
We also follow Maya Smock, a girl that started out in an orphanage and bounced around in foster homes when she went out on her own at seventeen. Thankfully when she was caught stealing from a book store the owner Erick O’Reilly hires her. Eventually she writes her first book and becomes an instant top author. But her marriage to her agent is doomed to fail and a meeting with her favorite author Jay McCallister makes her life take a twist.
This is a great story. I was instantly caught up by the aliens and Doctor Jaeger. Then you have Maya that has had nothing but trying to make it on her own. Yet she gets the short end of the stick with Claude. But when she learns about her past from Jay I was beyond hooked and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
I admit that I really hoped everything was going to be resolved but it is left open for a sequel. I can’t wait to find out more about Maya and Jay. As for The Best Seller, I recommend you get you copy today. As for me while I wait for the next book, I will be checking out other books by Dina Rae.
I received The Best Seller for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.