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State Of The Trout: SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD edition

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Hello there friends! Some of you may have looked at my blog in the past weeks and thought, “Why the hell isn’t Jenny saying anything about [random awful thing happening my country right now].” Well, there’s a reason.

First of all, the speed at which the awful shit keeps happening is so fast, I simply couldn’t keep up with it here. While I finish one exhausting and terrible post, six other exhausting and terrible things will have taken place. I would be the blogging equivalent of Sisyphus, pushing a wrinkly orange rock that I don’t really want to think about, let alone touch.

Second, it seems like there’s nowhere anyone can go to escape the worldwide crises caused by our ridiculous conservative right. If this space can be one of those precious few spaces, then I’ll let it be. If things change in the future, they change, but for now, I’d like to spend at least a couple hours of my day writing frivolous stuff and sharing it with you guys, to give my eyeballs a rest from watching my country burn.

I am intensely vocal (some might say overly so) about politics on Twitter, so you can always find me there. No, really. Always. It’s like it’s plugged into my brain.

Moving on to a subject that’s less horrifying. Or more horrifying, depending on how you feel about my novels. Some time ago, I mentioned that I was writing an erotic romance about a screenwriter adapting the bestselling erotic novel of an egomaniacal author. I am pleased to report that, while it won’t release the first week of February as I had originally hoped, it is nearing completion. That said, it took a bit of a turn from an erotic romance to a contemporary romance, and then arrived somewhere in the valley between “novel with romantic elements” and “women’s fiction.” It has been a ride, let me tell you.

Because the content is so different from what I write as Abigail Barnette, Say Goodbye To Hollywood will be released as a Jenny Trout novel. And since this is Jenny Trout’s blog, here are some fun facts to gear you up for the book.

Does the egomaniacal author sound familiar? There’s no way I can pretend that the premise of the novel isn’t based on the rumored behind-the-scenes struggles with the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, but fictional author Lynn Baldwin isn’t a carbon copy of E.L. James. In fact, the only thing they have in common are similar career situations. Baldwin is an amalgamation of several literary divas I’ve met in my career. You can have fun guessing who inspired her personality.

You said you were done with Fifty Shades. Why write a book inspired by it? So much gossip swirled around about the making of the first movie that it was almost inescapable. Some bits that inform scenes in the novel were almost too ridiculous to be believed, so I knew they would make great fiction (although I suspect some of them were fiction to begin with). After I read Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We, I realized that “write what you know” isn’t necessarily bad advice. In fact, it can make for really fun writing (and hopefully, reading)!

Are there going to be as many sex scenes as in the Neil and Sophie books? Nope. At this point, there are two sex scenes. This novel won’t be as long as the Neil and Sophie books, either. And don’t expect my usual May/December pairing.

You announced this project ages ago! Why has it taken so long? Burn out. Emotional and creative burn out. And it’s not like anything else I’ve written, so I’ve had to take my time, adapt my voice, and listen harder to characters I don’t know as well as my ongoing series casts.

So, when will it be out? I can only say soon. Until then, I’ll give you updates and maybe even share little bits until I can comfortably tell you when the book will be delivered.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print, at the moment.


  1. ViolettaD

    Oh my gosh, this one;s gonna be FUN!!! I never finished the Eel’s last perpetration, but I’ll definitely want to read this. I worked in publishing when I lived in NYC, so I’ve heard one end of many editorial phone calls with egomaniac authors, and could just imagine what was going on at the other end….

    January 30, 2017
  2. shel

    Unrelated to the book, but related to the title… They will be officially announcing on Wednesday a Billy Joel concert at Lambeau Field (I’m in Green Bay, Hi!) this summer (June something?)

    It’s going to be amazing! There is also cheese and beer…

    January 30, 2017
  3. Casey

    This is so exciting! I love your books, but this one sounds especially interesting. Can’t wait!

    January 30, 2017
  4. waffre

    Oh, wow, this looks fun! I’ll definitely pick it up when it comes out.

    On a related note, I need to read more. I have like about 10 books on my list and I’m not reading any of them, instead I’m apparently re-reading Sherlock Holmes for the dozenth time because I keep forgetting to buy them. -_-

    January 30, 2017
  5. Cherry

    Hi, I was just wondering, will this one be in paper book form too, or just ebook? I’m not a huge fan of reading on kindles, but love you and your work.

    January 30, 2017
  6. randonimity

    I am still excited to buy and read this book! I can and will wait however long it takes.

    January 30, 2017
  7. Amber Rose
    Amber Rose

    Ooh, this sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Maybe a birthday present for myself if it’s out in time. 🙂

    January 30, 2017
  8. JordieBelle

    Really looking forward to reading this. Can’t wait to hear when it’s out!

    January 31, 2017
  9. saint_buffy

    Sounds fun! I am also okay this being an internet safehaven. So, thumbs up from this gal!

    January 31, 2017
  10. terri Czarski
    terri Czarski

    Rubbing palms and grinning in anticipation.

    January 31, 2017
  11. I’m really excited for this book! I always found it infuriating hearing the rumors of EL. James blowing up on set because the film wasn’t gonna be a carbon copy of the book. As both a writer and a film enthusiast, people need to learn the two mediums can’t be mirrored copies of each other and respecting the medium means accepting it comes with its own advantages AND limitations.

    So I’m really excited about this book! Gotta admit, also kinda glad there’s no May/December romance. I’m not against them or anything but they’re not my cup of tea when it comes to fictional romances. Can’t wait to read this one!

    February 1, 2017
  12. JustASC

    Wait so are you no longer reviewing Grey? I think I missed the memo on that somewhere…hm.

    February 12, 2017
    • Kendra

      Yes, late last year, Jenny realized she had spent enough time in the headspace of those characters. While I loved the snark and her analysis/critique, I’m glad she’s looking out for her own emotional health and ditching the recaps.

      February 21, 2017

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