Women everywhere are speaking out about sexual abuse and harassment by men close to them.
I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon. I am simply sharing my story, because i refuse to be silenced any longer.
Girl in the Spotlight was born out of anger and intense emotion after my own sexual harassment incident.
A man whom was my employer, hired me in a job I loved, abused his trust and sent me inappropriate messages. He also abused his position of power by only employing young women. Then he would ask for hugs from them. He was grooming me, and probably others, to do his bidding. And covering up lies and mistakes that HE did to make himself and his business look good.
Then came the threats when i didn't comply. I quit and he refused to pay me.
He didn't want me to talk.
But i am done being silenced.
That's why i wrote this book.
See, Lexi's story is also my own. I couldn't do much about this incident, about HIM. So i decided to write a book about it. Most details and names have been changed though. This book is mostly fiction. And no i am not revealing which bits are my story and which are Lexi's.
I still have panic attacks and anxiety and nightmares almost a year on, but i am getting better everyday. One step at a time.
I am sorry if certain things are triggering for you. There is a note in the book. My own hope is that it helps someone else who is going through something similar. I hope you find your words.
Don't stay silent. Find your voice. Lexi and I have.
Where’s the justice in the good ones being silenced and the bad ones being allowed to keep doing what they’re doing?
That’s exactly what happened to me.
I mean, my parents live in the spotlight. They warned me about everything that comes with this life.
But I wanted it so badly.
I just didn’t want to believe the rumors until they became reality, until I saw the truth with my own eyes.
By then, it was too late.
My name is Lexi Dean. This is my story.
Being the daughter of successful parents in Hollywood has a lot of perks. Lexi knows that.
But her parents taught her the value of hard work.
That nothing comes for free and you have to work to get to where you want to be in life.
She just wishes it came with the added lesson of trusting your instincts.
When Lexi can’t decide on which path to take in her career, she gets a job at a theatre in LA, hoping that it will help her make up her mind.
But everything is not what It seems at the theatre, and the old Hollywood tricks of smoke and mirrors and lies are being used to the book.
Soon Lexi finds herself in the middle of a scandal, one which causes her to almost lose everything she holds dear.
Will she fight back and take the leading lady role in her own life? or will she be taken down in a media storm?
Will she become the girl in the spotlight?
Or the deer in headlights?
Book 5 in the Written in the Stars series - Lexi's story.
Girl in the Spotlight is out now. Grab your copy here!