Royce Rolls was wildly entertaining, bringing to life everything that is both addictive and awful about reality television. Margaret Stohl delivers a cast of characters that you’ll fall in love with as well a mysterious and multilayered plot line you won’t be able to walk away from. More engrossing than any actual reality show on the air today, Royce Rolls is a book that defies genre categorization and keeps you glued to its pages from beginning to end. #RWTR
About the Book
Title: ROYCE ROLLS
Author: Margaret Stohl
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable–save the show. But when her future brother-in-law’s car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister’s fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Really real. Like, not reality show real.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.
YA Reality Shows That Need to Exist
I was lucky enough to get to meet Margie during her book tour and was able to get a little input from her on what YA-inspired TV shows she thinks need to exist. Be sure to comment below with the YA reality shows you’d like to see.
Catch The Cullens
With a cast that clearly OUTSHINES every other reality TV family out there, the most famous love triangle in literary history *cough, Team Jacob, cough*, and a scandalous romance between a teen wolf and a VERY under-aged half human-half vampire, Catch the Cullens promises to be the most scintillating show on network television this season.
*Must give credit to Margaret Stohl for this reality tv show idea and, of course, Stephenie Meyer and her shimmering cast of characters.*
Shirts are “Four” Schmucks
Cue the swooning. In what everyone in “the biz” is expecting to be the AB-solute biggest hit of the upcoming fall season, Tobias Eaton (AKA Four) attempts to spend an entire month in L.A. shirtless. Will he be able to MUSCLE his way past that pesky “no shoes, no shirt, no service” rule? This is one show you FOUR sure won’t want to miss.
*Credit to Veronica Roth for dreaming up Four and his awe-inspiring abdomens and, of course, to Theo James whose abs more than lived up to the challenge.*
The Dursleys : Perfectly Normal, Thank You Very Much
Now in it’s seventh season, the show that has been touted as television’s most addictively-dull series promises to out-snooze even its own previous season. Watch as Petunia Dursley spends HOURS peeking through hedges and blinds in an attempt to confirm that the inhabitants of Number 3 Privet Drive are, in fact, living the scandalous lives she’s always suspected. Meanwhile Dudley tries to defeat Aliens vs Zombies IV for the fifth time. And you won’t be able to look away as Uncle Vernon’s face threatens to turn a shade best described as vermillion when his latest Grunning’s deal falls through the cracks.
*Credit to J.K. Rowling for creating the brilliantly boring Dursley’s.*
Peeta Bread: Battle of The Next Great Bread Baker
In this high-stakes season of Peeta Bread: Battle of the Next Great Bread Baker, 24 contestants enter the Mellark Bakery, but only one will emerge the victor. Watch as host Peeta Mellark seeks out District 12’s next baker, but in this competition, it’s not necessarily the best baker who wins, but the one who manages to “stay alive” the longest. The bread knives are flying, the rolling pins are swinging, and is that arsenic in the pantry?! Warning: This show is for mature audiences only.
*Credit to Suzanne Collins for the wonderful concept and characters from The Hunger Games.
Secret Scandalous Dorm Life of Hogwarts
Ever wondered what really happens behind the closed doors of Hogwarts’ hallowed halls? On this season of Secret Scandalous Dorm Life of Hogwarts, find out which witch is secretly brewing love potions, which wizard confunded his way into the Gobstones club, and which Gryffindor has a secret crush on a Hufflepuff. Oh, yes…a HUFFLEPUFF.
*More credit to Margaret Stohl for this reality show idea and, of course, more to Queen Rowling as well.*
About Margaret Stohl
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl got her start as thehead of the Dark is Rising fan club in third grade in a highly gifted magnet school in Los Angeles. Going on to study at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England, and to write and direct an autobiographical one-act play at Amherst College—where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine, Madness This—Margaret knew she was a writer.
After optioning two feature screenplays to Nickelodeon Pictures and Clasky-Csupo, Margaret began a sixteen-year career in videogames, co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband Lewis Peterson, and contributing to both Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios / ActivisonBlizzard) among many other titles—Dune 2000; Command & Conquer Red Alert Retaliation; Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of Jack Sparrow; to name a few.
When Margaret co-wrote the first of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels (published in nearly fifty countries, named Amazon’s top teen book of 2009, short-listed for the ALA’s 2009 Morris award, and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers) on a dare from her three daughters, she fell even more in love with teen culture. Her first sci-fi series, Icons, is now in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Her Black Widow series from Disney Publishing (Black Widow: Forever Red and Black Widow: Red Vengeance) is a welcome chance to rock a strong female character and to return to her beloved Marvel roots. She is also writing the Mighty Captain Marvel comics.
If asked, Margaret will tell you that the Women of Marvel panel at New York Comicon was the greatest single hour of her life, and that she fangirls all girls who read comics. As a co-founder of YALLFEST, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and its offspring YALLWEST, Margaret believes her readers are her kindred spirits and her tribe.
Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her husband, who builds drones and robots, and her three daughters, who are competitive epee fencers—and who, like Natasha Romanov, have always known how to rescue themselves.
Enter the Giveaway
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ROYCE ROLLS, US Only.
Follow the Blog Tour
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Have you read Royce Rolls yet? What YA reality shows would you like to see on television?