The pumps are red satin with a peep toe, a shiny black contrast heel, and a ruffle detail at the vamp. The cat eyeliner with exaggerated lashes and the red lipstick on my porcelain face make the forties inspired look reach perfection.
I enjoy being a pin-up model…
C. Michelle’s vibrant debut novel, Pinned Up is full of snappy dialogue, edgy humor, and a lot of heart. This fun look into the world of a modern-day pin-up model is one wild ride!
Twenty-five-year-old Nina Moretti lives a double life of sorts. She’s a victim advocate during the day and as a side gig, lives out her 1940s fetish as a pin-up model in San Francisco, California. While she may not “do” serious relationships, she has fulfillment in her work and hanging out with her best friend, Kade—the greatest sidekick any woman could possibly want. All is well in Nina’s hectic, but satisfying life…
That is, until she meets Josh, a stunningly handsome man who has a notorious reputation as a ladies’ man. For his part, Josh is reluctant to commit to any woman, largely due to his loving, yet overbearing mother. Nina, however, sparks his interest in a way that no other woman has before. As they navigate the pitfalls of romantic entanglement, both come to realize their pasts are intertwined in ways they could never imagine. Perhaps, they have more in common than just their fear of relationships. What are two people afraid of commitment supposed to do?
I look at the time and realize that Josh is probably at his office. Since he’s usually the stalker, I decide to reverse the rolls. I ask Siri on my iPhone the location of E-Con Solutions.Siri responds in her automated voice with, “I found fifteen places matching ‘Econ’ a little ways from you.”I scroll through the list she provides and realize none of those companies belong to Josh. I reply to her response. “Siri, you’re pissing me off. You gave me all the wrong businesses.”“You know what they say about blaming the messenger, Nina.” Siri has the audacity to be a smart ass and give me an attitude. I’m so not in the mood for her. I need to find my man. Why haven’t I ever been to his job?“Ugh! I’m pissed, Siri!” I yell into my phone.“Not at me, I hope.” Siri replies.“You’re not doing your fuckin’ job and giving me the info I need!” Now, this bitch is really crawling under my skin.“I think that’s subject to opinion, Nina.” Siri informs me in her robotic voice.Screw this bitch, I’m done with her. She’s testing my nonexistent patience. I get on the internet using my phone. Leave it to Google to come through for me. I’m a happy camper once I get the address to Josh’s company. Wait a second, did I just get into a fight with my phone?
C. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree while working as a probation officer and counselor. She has also served her community as a Victim Awareness Program instructor and an Aggression Replacement Training (ART) facilitator. Her love of all things funny and romantic led to the writing of her debut novel, Pinned Up.
C. Michelle is currently writing her second novel and resides in northern California with her husband and three children.