Blog Tour and Giveaway: Party Girl by Rachel Hollis
Landon Brinkley’s dreams are all coming true. She’s landed an internship with the fabulous Selah Smith, event planner for the Hollywood elite, taking her from small-town Texas to the bright lights of LA. Landon soon finds herself in a world in which spending a million dollars on an event—even a child’s birthday party—is de rigueur and the whims of celebrity clients are life-and-death matters. At first, the thrill of working on A-list parties and celebrity weddings is enough to get Landon through the seventy-five-hour workweeks and endless abuse at the hands of her mercurial boss. But when the reality of the business reveals itself, she’s forced to make a choice: do whatever it takes to get ahead, or stay true to herself.
Drawing on the author’s real-life experiences as an event planner to the stars, Party Girl takes readers on an adventure among Hollywood’s most beautiful—and most outrageous—people, revealing the ugly side of Hollywood’s prettiest parties.
Revised edition: This edition of Party Girl includes editorial revisions.
My 4-star Review
This book is definitely a one-of-a-kind story. I haven't come across another story quite like it. The plot is unique and engaging. I didn't want to put this one down!
Landon has moved to L.A. in hopes of making her dreams come true. In the process, she gets a crash course in just how cruel and demanding the world, well at least L.A., can be! She has entered a world of ass-kissing, people pleasing, back-stabbing, under-handing, fake it til you make it people. And all of this in just any typical day of work.
Landon may seem naive, but she is strong willed enough to tough out the toughest and cruelest days. She is all too willing to not only make a good impression but succeed in the party event world.
Selah is the devil incarnate herself. She is ruthless and selfish. She is the master manipulator and dragon lady. Her character is one that you will not enjoy, but will pray someone takes her down at some point!
With the long hours of party planning to L.A.'s elite, friendships and love may be found... or not. Nothing or no one is ever what it seems. Landon finds this out the hard way... but will she still come out on top with those who she has grown close to and now consider part of her family.
This book will keep you entertained all of the way through. You will laugh, cringe, yell and sigh simultaneously in many parts. Rooting for the small town girl is always a plus!
Seriously, the coolest thing about this pie is the fact that I totally made it up in my head. I mean, obviously I’ve dreamed up recipes before on this site but this wasn’t like that. I didn’t make this recipe up for the site, it was one I made up for my book, Party Girl. I was writing a scene about Thanksgiving and I wanted to hint at the fact that the character had secret baking skills (her book comes out in May and she’s a pastry chef, surprise!) and so I typed out Chocolate Cream Pie. When I edited it later I thought it wasn’t quite interesting enough so I changed it to Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie without actually checking to see if that was a real recipe. With the release of the book this week I wanted to do a recipe themed to the book and so I asked Jonathan to make my dreams of a Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie into a reality and boy did he ever. This pie is last-meal good. Each ingredient adds it’s own unique flavor but they all work together to make something magic… kind of like the characters in my book. ;) xo, Rachel
We start by making the graham cracker crust. It’s super easy to make, but if you’re in a time crunch you can skip this step and just use store bough instead.
Pour the mixture into a pie dish and flatten it on the bottom and onto the sides of the dish, using your hands. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown along the edges. Allow to cool completely before filling.
The next step is the coconut chocolate filling.
Place the dark chocolate chips in a large bowl and then pour the thicken coconut milk mixture directly over the chocolate.
Let that sit for a few minutes without touching it. The heat from the milk will begin to melt the dark chocolate. After about 5 minutes, whisk until evenly combined and lump free.
Pour the chocolate filling into the prepared cooled pie crust. Using a rubber spatula, spread it out into an even layer.
Cover the pie directly with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic actually touches the pie. This will prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. You want it to be super firm before cutting. Chic Tip: Make the pie up to this stage the night before!
Right before serving, make the whipped cream topping.
Top the pie with the whipped cream, spreading it with the back of a spoon. Leave about an inch border of the chocolate filling showing, so people can see what it is!
Sprinkle the top with toasted coconut.
You can place it back in the fridge until ready to cut and serve or you can cut and serve right away.
The pie will keep well-wrapped in the fridge for up to 4 days, but I don’t know if it’ll last that long in your house.
For the best flavor, serve the pie chilled.
Rachel Hollis founded the LA-based event planning firm Chic Events at only 21. Six years later Inc. Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. She went on to turn Chic into the extremely popular lifestyle website The Chic where readers log in daily for the tips and tricks she acquired after years of planning fancy parties for celebrities!
She has designed and produced fabulous events for many of Hollywood's elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, Sara Rue and Cuba Gooding Jr… just a name a few.
Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later.
She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him my husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.