A day in the life with Dayna Anderson by Kellye Garrett

My name is Dayna Anderson and I used to be famous. But unlike Cinderella and Snow White, my fairy tale didn’t end with happily ever after. Instead, it came crashing down a year and a half ago, and I joined the rest of the mere mortals.

Having had fleeting fame, I’m not recognizable as much as familiar. They just can’t figure out how they know me, so they assume it’s from home. I’ve been from places like Seattle, Omaha, and in one case Wasilla, Alaska. I’ve always said there is at least one black person everywhere. Folks all seem to think that lone integrationist is me.

The familiarity is courtesy of the Chubby’s Chicken chain. For almost two years, I somehow ended every situation—and commercial—with the catch phrase “Don’t think so, boo.” Eighteen months ago, Chubby’s abruptly ended my contract with the all-too-standard “we’re going in a new direction” spiel to my now-former agent. I was fine with it—at first. I just knew there was more in my future than just chicken wings.

I was wrong. Dead wrong. So wrong that I am officially unofficially retired from acting. I’m also officially broke, which especially sucks because my parents’ house is going into foreclosure. It’s not like I’m not looking for a job. I am. I just can’t get hired—not even as a bikini barista.

That’s the only reason I got involved in all of this, I swear. To help Mama and Daddy. I was running out of options. There aren’t too many job opportunities for someone whose only skill is the ability to juggle while speaking in a German accent.

So when I drove past that hit-and-run and saw that LAPD billboard offering a $15,000 for information on the accident, I figured I had two choices: get the reward or become a stripper. And I don’t possess nearly enough inner thigh strength needed to properly work a pole.

Plus, it’s not like I’m trying to solve murder. I’m just trying to remember the car so I can give a description to the police and help them solve it. I’m pretty sure I saw the car that hit Haley Joseph. Problem is I can’t remember what the dang thing looks like. Not that I’m willing to let that stop me from getting that reward money for my parents. I’ve even recruited my best friends Sienna and Emme to help but so far we aren’t having much luck.

Of course, this all would be easier if I wasn’t avoiding him—not so easy when your longtime crush is now Hollywood’s current It Boy and star of the new CBS hit LAPD 90036. I can’t look up without seeing him on a billboard or on my TV. He was there when we drove past the accident. But we haven’t spoken since that night Haley died and it’s all because of a slight misunderstanding involving his hand and my non-stripper-worthy thigh. My friends aren’t even allowed to mutter his name. He’s like Voldemort, except with a nose.

So now I’m doing everything I can to remember the car. Heading back to the crime scene. Talking to witnesses. I even tried hypnosis. I’m determined to get this reward.

I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? Right?

But just as a safety net, maybe I should sign up for the clinical trial that hangs you upside down for two straight hours.


You can read more about Dayna in Hollywood Homicide, the first book in the NEW “Detective by Day” mystery series.

Library Journal’s August Debut of the Month!

Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.

And there are no second takes in real life.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Hollywood Homicide. U.S. entries only, please. The giveaway ends August 10, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Meet the author
Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, is released by Midnight Ink on August 8, 2017.

Connect with Kellye at kellyegarrett.com.

All comments are welcomed.

46 responses to “A day in the life with Dayna Anderson by Kellye Garrett

  1. Barbara Hackel

    Sounds like this is going to be an interesting story! Thanks Dru Ann! One more for my TBR pile! Thanks Kellye for the chance to win a copy!!

  2. Linda Herold

    I would LOVE to win a print copy! Thanks for offering this book!

  3. Barb Goffman

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I’d love to win a copy. Congratulations on your debut, Kellye.

  4. When reading your bio, I laughed about you planning murders for a living.

  5. Sounds like I would enjoy this….
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  6. This book sounds captivating and unique. Thanks.

  7. Interesting and going on my list.

  8. Karen Reittinger

    I would enjoy this.

  9. I’ve been waiting months for this book to come out. Thank you for the day-in-the-life. It sounds so good.

  10. I can definitely relate to the character’s not being able to remember something important. It happens to me every day. LOL Toss my name into the magic hat please Dru.

  11. elainehroberson

    A new-to-me author to try. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Sounds great.

  12. I would love to read something by a FAMU grad.

  13. A great debut! And talk about characters and a setting that jumps off the page!

  14. I’m intrigued by the clinical trial!

  15. Very interesting sounding. I would love this book.

  16. celiawfowler

    I love the cover and can’t wait to read Hollywood Homicide! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Sounds like a really interesting read. I really enjoyed the description of the book and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  18. Vicki Highley

    Wow! The cover and blurb have made Hollywood Homicide #1 on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Great book Kellye. I can’t wait to read it.

  19. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to read this new author & series.

  20. I’m curious about It Boy.

  21. Christi King

    I. An’t wait to read this book…it sounds so good!!

  22. Sounds like a fun new series. I always like getting in at the beginning if possible, thanks for the chance.

  23. Sounds like a winner.

  24. **** WINNER ****
    Hollywood Homicide is Cozynookbks
    Congratulations!

  25. I’m so excited for this book. Congrats to the winner! 🙂