Sarahlyn Bruck is the author of two novels, the award-winning Daytime Drama (2021) and Designer You (2018). Her latest novel, Offside, is forthcoming in fall 2023 from Lake Union Publishing. When she’s not writing novels, Sarahlyn moonlights as a full-time writing and literature professor at a local community college. A California native, she now lives in Philadelphia with her family. For the latest book news, events, and announcements, check out her website, sarahlynbruck.com. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @sarahlynbruck.
By day, for 25 years, soap opera fans have known actress Calliope Hart as Napa Valley’s resident diva, Jessica Sinclair. By night, Callie is a flustered breadwinner, scrambling to provide for her 12-year-old son and her mother. So when the network announces that her show will be canceled, Callie is beyond shocked—she doesn’t know who she is anymore.
At first, driven by financial concerns for her family that include blackmail payments to her son’s biological father, she rallies fans to save the show. But is that what she really wants? When she learns that her mother has been driving her son to auditions she’s strictly forbidden—and worse, that he’s been offered opportunities—Callie sees her own child’s youth and drive in competition with her age and experience.
Can Callie summon the courage her son displays to risk her lucky meal ticket and reinvent her career—and, for the first time, test her growth as an actress and a mom?