Make Believe is a light-hearted love story, set in the cynical, cutthroat world of Hollywood. Dustin Prewitt is a handsome screenwriter with a taste for women, money, big houses, and hot cars. His life is turned upside-down when Laura Keene, his beatiful but crazy move star wife, disappears, leaving a suicide note on the beach that says she's drowned herself because he wouldn't dance with her. But Dustin's not exactly broken-hearted, because Laura comes from one of the richest families in America, which means if she's actually dead he's about to come into an enormous amount of money.
Life gets even better for Dustin when he meets Penny Ruemmler, who rescues animals and works in a clothing store. Penny's not the glamorous type Dustin usually goes for, but that doesn't stop him from falling hard for her .
But is Laura really dead?
They never recovered her body. If she comes back, would Dustin dump the penniless Penny to get back with his rich wife? Or would he give everything up for love?
WARNING: This book should be bought only by those who believe in romance, stardust, luck, second chances, and make-believe.
DEADLINE: Leaving Town, Tom Epperson Leaves A Novel Of The Late, Great Movie Era Behind by Michael Cieply
"Tom's latest, called Make Believe, is about a screenwriter who comes from nowhere, but actually gets somewhere in the awful, glorious churn of Hollywood as it was, only a few years ago.
"The book is very funny. But it is also painfully familiar—enough so that I had to wonder if those of us who spent decades of our lives in and around the late, great movie business had wasted our time on what was, perhaps, a dying culture.
"Tom says not. As he summed up the good parts in an email: 'Made a few movies I was proud of. L.A. broadened the horizons of a small-town guy from Arkansas. I met people from all over the country and the world, including many terrific people.' Plus, he got material for Make Believe. Yeah, Tom and Stefani are leaving next month. But at least they left a good book behind."
Read the Deadline Hollywood article here
Keeping up with Epperson’s latest (romance) novel by Phillip Martin
“[Dustin] Prewitt, a failed athlete who landed in Hollywood after publishing a promising and never-followed-up-on first novel, lives a glamorous, hedonistic lifestyle in the Hollywood Hills, partly because he’s had some sporadic success in his chosen profession but mostly because he’s married to A-list movie star Laura Keene, who’s also heir to one of the country’s largest fortunes. But early on in the book, the wife disappears, leaving a suicide note on the beach, blaming Dustin because he’d refused to dance with her the afternoon before.
"As you might expect, this upsets Dustin, but not too much—he expects to inherit her fortune, and their relationship was famously tempestuous anyway… Dustin meets and falls for Penny Ruemmler, a clothing store clerk who rescues animals in her spare time.
"There’s a sweetness to the story, but it never gets cloying, and the fact that Laura’s body is never recovered adds suspense to the third act.”
Read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article here