Moonstone Beach by Concetta Huffa

Is blood thicker than water in Hollywood? An unexpected adventure in the Hollywood limelight. (Romantic Comedy)

14 chapters here on-line: Three twenty-something best friends move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles with great expectations for sun, adventure, and hitting the reset buttons in life.

Josie LaMaida is a hard-working assistant in the fashion industry, whose personal life was comfortably numb entwined in the company from hell, right up until the boss died in a shocking accident. Or was it something else?
Cheri Cohen is a free spirit, brought up in a strict household, looking to spread her wings while sidestepping a slew of Mr. Wrongs.
Enrique Kessler, Cheri's cousin, is a good-looking college dropout, disenchanted with medical school, hoping to find his way into UCLA, and waiter his way back to school.

They say life happens when you’re making other plans. Well, the bonds of friendship take unexpected twists and strains through the heart of life in the Hollywood scene, red carpets, movie sets, lethal fashion divas, casting couches, and starlets of the moment. They could never go home again and live their same old lives, knowing there was something else out there in life between outrageous and average.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Incomplete; Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Jan. 6, 2011
  • Last updated April 1, 2015
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  • Sue Hart's avatar
    Sue Hart wrote 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Concetta Huffa, you are an exceptional writer. From the opening sentence you create an interest. I'd never read such hostility over a grave before.
    The colorful descriptions, the strong personalities, are all inspired touches of your style. The story is original and fun to read. I would think it belonged published.

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  • LizX's avatar
    LizX wrote 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Review of Moonstone Beach by Concetta Huffa The sentiment in the opening sentence was riveting. If we told the truth, how many of us have thought the same thing and never had the opportunity to fulfil the wish. Reading it made me feel somehow complete. The question was, would she have muttered it? In the same situation, I think I'd have been shouting from the rooftops. The passage, for some reason, also gave me the impression your character was u ...
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    Maevesleibhin wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Moonstone Beach Concetta, I have read the first four chapters. I found the first chapter fun and engaging, and I got hooked right away. However, the following three chapters seemed to go in a different direction, gave up the hook which you had so craftily formulated in the first chapter, and slowed forward motion to a crawl. Although there is a bit of good character development in these chapters, I am unclear about their relationship with the first chapter, and ...
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    Isabel Lopez wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    MOONSTONE BEACH ~ CONNIE HUFFA According to one study cited by CNN.com, "people with psychopathic tendencies are four times more likely to be found in senior management." Thus the story begins, with the protagonist (Josie) showering her better-dead boss's grave with a celebratory splash of champagne and some indecorous unspoken sentiments. Many of us can relate to Josie's feelings, making her a most sympathetic character. The opening chapter takes place in a cemetery, which is piquantly described with all its ...
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    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    Not my read normally, but found myself deep into it. Well delivered and such a cracking tale with a good flow. to it. I can see this doing really well. Well done. High stars for me.

    Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or watch list wont you? Many thanks. Sean

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    Truth One Note In [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Depth of feeling, there is a lot just in a few paragraphs. You make the reader feel what Josie is going through. Anger. Your pictures are worded very well to show the reader the surroundings and to hear the silence of the cemetery, the hissing of the bubbles, and the cork popping. Good job! The plot idea is good, but not completely my taste. Just a thought, but maybe condense your pitch some. It goes on for a while and ...
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    Andrea Taylor [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    A refreshing look at death! More truthful than we'd like to admit. A class act, this. Beautifully written, eloquently described. Six stars.
    Andrea

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  • patio's avatar
    patio wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    Wow, what a opening. Disturbing but brilliant

    It is said, the opening of a book determine its sales. You have enough to get volume off the shelves. Find a publisher and start collect royalties. Its a shame Authonomy only give reviews otherwise they would have given you a book deal

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  • Concettah's avatar
    Concettah Author wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    [QUOTE] I really like the opening - an original and unique beginning! I really like the way you show Josie's feelings and evoke the reader's sympathy for her situation, through showing rather than telling. Your writing is extremely polished and the imagery you employ is often unique. I read to the end of the first chapter, and despite this not being my genre, I wanted to read on. This is shaping up to be a great read, and I don't ...
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    ELAdams wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    I really like the opening - an original and unique beginning! I really like the way you show Josie's feelings and evoke the reader's sympathy for her situation, through showing rather than telling. Your writing is extremely polished and the imagery you employ is often unique. I read to the end of the first chapter, and despite this not being my genre, I wanted to read on. This is shaping up to be a great read, and I don't normally ...
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    Concettah Author wrote 3 years, 5 months ago
    [QUOTE] MOONSTONE BEACH This is a good idea for a story: a woman moving to Hollywood to reinvent herself. I like the way you begin this in a cemetery; makes for a unique way to introduce your main character. The conversation with the older woman across the grave is a great way to introduce back story. By the end of the first chapter, a reader has a great idea of who are these characters and want to follow them. I’m ...
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  • Concettah's avatar
    Concettah Author wrote 3 years, 5 months ago
    [QUOTE] Connie, I don't have time right now to do more than look at your first chapter, but I do have some general and specific comments that I hope will be helpful to you. First, for some reason, I was picturing this scene taking place in the dark, after the funeral was done. You did such a good job with the cold, etc, I just added darkness to the mix, I guess - easily fixed! What I also found confusing ...
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    AMW wrote 3 years, 5 months ago
    Connie, I don't have time right now to do more than look at your first chapter, but I do have some general and specific comments that I hope will be helpful to you. First, for some reason, I was picturing this scene taking place in the dark, after the funeral was done. You did such a good job with the cold, etc, I just added darkness to the mix, I guess - easily fixed! What I also found confusing was ...
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    Concettah Author wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    [QUOTE] MOONSTONE BEACH This is a good idea for a story: a woman moving to Hollywood to reinvent herself. I like the way you begin this in a cemetery; makes for a unique way to introduce your main character. The conversation with the older woman across the grave is a great way to introduce back story. By the end of the first chapter, a reader has a great idea of who are these characters and want to follow them. I’m ...
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    Wanttobeawriter [Retired] wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    MOONSTONE BEACH This is a good idea for a story: a woman moving to Hollywood to reinvent herself. I like the way you begin this in a cemetery; makes for a unique way to introduce your main character. The conversation with the older woman across the grave is a great way to introduce back story. By the end of the first chapter, a reader has a great idea of who are these characters and want to follow them. I’m adding ...
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  • Concettah's avatar
    Concettah Author wrote 3 years, 8 months ago
    [QUOTE] An interesting start, but it throws the reader a bit, as well as the rhythm of the writing. I was expecting a revenge thriller, or even a murder investigation, but it turns into a Romantic comedy, or Female empowerment story, as well as the only other protagonist (the dead man) suddenly turns from an utter bastard into a small lost boy, who's Auntie is mourning over them. Incidentally making the main character look like a cruel heartless bastard, or ...
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    He who imagines real people exist.. wrote 3 years, 8 months ago
    An interesting start, but it throws the reader a bit, as well as the rhythm of the writing. I was expecting a revenge thriller, or even a murder investigation, but it turns into a Romantic comedy, or Female empowerment story, as well as the only other protagonist (the dead man) suddenly turns from an utter bastard into a small lost boy, who's Auntie is mourning over them. Incidentally making the main character look like a cruel heartless bastard, or someone ...
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  • silvachilla's avatar
    silvachilla wrote 3 years, 9 months ago
    I liked this. A very different start and I was a bit worried that having your MC practically dancing on someone's grave would put me off her, but by the end of the first chapter I was warming to her a bit, and in chapter 2, it was cemented. Leaving someone who's offering everything to you on a plate isn't easy. In terms of your writing style, I liked it. Just enough description and metaphors without being overly flowery, and ...
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    Paul J wrote 3 years, 9 months ago

    i'm not usually one for pure romance, but i like your writing. good cast of characters. i think people who like light romance will enjoy it.

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    SRFire [Retired] wrote 3 years, 10 months ago
    Chapter 1 On my first read, I found myself being repelled in the idea that anyone would want to dance upon someone elses grave, which in turn led me to be repelled from Josie. However, halfway through, there is the hook about the woman in red and the gypsies prophecy which carries weight in the life of the deceased. We (the reader in the plural) learn of Silas' underhand business and romance affairs and we start to see the reason ...
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