A washed up 80s soap star is thrust back into the spotlight after an accidental appearance on a hit reality show.

Blaze Hazelwood is a former “household name” actor searching for relevance in an entertainment environment that is remarkably different from what it was in his heyday.

Blaze was the breakout star of Casa Grande, a 1980s primetime soap beloved by millions. Twenty-five years after the show’s finale, the rest of the cast is struggling to get by but Blaze manages to stay busy doing voiceover work as well as participating in marketing focus groups taking on different personas to continually “build his chops.” Blaze loathes reality TV; for he truly believes that it represents everything wrong with the entertainment industry – and quite possibly the world – today.

Harvard educated Allison Hart, meanwhile, has a hit on her hands with Bling it on Featuring T-Bang – a “celebreality” show crafted around Hollywood “bad-boy” Thaddeus Stevens. The show’s popularity doubled the sales of a sponsor’s product and she has been approached to repeat its success for a product line geared towards women in an age group who still romance over Blaze Hazelwood and Casa Grande.

When Blaze unknowingly appears on an episode of Bling it On, the US goes with Blaze Fever – an affliction that many suffered in the 80s. This puts Blaze, Allison, and the former cast of Casa Grande on a collision course filled with hilarity, over the top revelations, and twists and turns that can only be true in a story featuring aging soap opera stars.

Reviews

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Laurie W

Great view of how Hollywood looked in the 80’s. Hysterical references to the pop culture back then. Easy to read and found myself laughing out loud at times. Recommend this book! Recommend Michael Carlon’s other books! Looking forward to what he publishes next.

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Lisa F.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a well-written light read that often had me laughing out loud. All the references to 80s pop culture fondly brought me back to those wild years. Anyone who came of age in the 80s will definitely appreciate all of the references. The colorful cast of characters and their various outlandish lifestyles makes the story even more entertaining. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Blaze and the rest of the Return to Casa Grande cast!

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Beth J.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a well-written light read that often had me laughing out loud. All the references to 80s pop culture fondly brought me back to those wild years. Anyone who came of age in the 80s will definitely appreciate all of the references. The colorful cast of characters and their various outlandish lifestyles makes the story even more entertaining. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Blaze and the rest of the Return to Casa Grande cast!” “A very funny rip through the phoniness of Hollywood and its many nuts. Highly recommended!