Monday, May 15, 2017

Jersey Diner by Lisa Diane Kastner

Lauren has a dead end job as a waitress at the Oaklyn Diner.
She becomes ecstatic when the diner is chosen to be the focal point of an upcoming movie, *Jersey Diner,* starring Jonathan Pearce.
When filming ends she moves to California to start a new life with him. Lauren quickly discovers that all that she thought was real and true 

are in question

Jersey Diner
by Lisa Diane Kastner

GENRE:    romance


“Here’s a copy of the script, read through it and then go over the scenes with the girl.”
“I can try. I never acted so I don’t know how much of a help I’ll be.”
He plopped it into my arms. The script weighed more than a stacked tray.
“This isn’t about acting. It’s about realism. That’s why we need your help. You’re a real waitress and this one just doesn’t get it.” He smirked. “If I could get ten cents for every time one of these actresses thought they could feel their way through a part. I’d be a zillionaire. Then give me a dime for every time they were wrong. Oh. I’d be …” He stopped. “Start reading.” 
I had opened the cover and started flipping through the pages.
“Good. I knew you’d be the right person for the job. We’ll pay you for your time. You can be our ‘Resident Expert on Serving.’ Ya know, like a martial arts expert.”

This book caught me by surprise.  I don't know what I was expecting, but this was unexpected.  It is edgy yet sweet.  Parts are scary because they are written so real.
Characters you like quickly, a situation that could go so many directions, and Lauren...what can I say about Lauren.  I liked her but she is the scariest of them all. She seems so normal.

If you like to be kept on your toes and can accept fast switches in emotions,  I mean how YOU feel about a character, you will enjoy this read. Fan Fiction taken in a different direction.

Lisa is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery.
She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. ( She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award.
Lisa presented at a TEDx in Seattle on The Power of Connecting. And presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) on the “You Sent Us What?” panel.

Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey The Redness migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously encourage and engage in little sparks of anarchy.

Twitter: @lisadkastner
Instagram: 60shadesofred


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I like a book that keeps me on my toes. Sounds like another one for the TBR pile.

    1. Hi Ann,
      I hope you love it. Would love to hear your thoughts when you're done.

  3. Hi Laura,
    Thank you for having me. So glad you liked it and I love the play on "Fan Fiction". ;)


  4. Hi from one Jersey girl to another :) Thanks for the chance to win what sounds like a great book

    1. Thank you. Hope you love it. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

  5. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing your review!!

  6. Thanks for the review!


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    1. Thanks, Rita. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it.


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