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The Director's Cut (Backstage Pass #3)

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Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She's the director of the popular sitcom 'Stars Collide', and her life on set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. But her life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get her family to behave as well as her stars do!
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Revell Books
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May 29, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading books about people who are control freaks to begin with, but they eventually learn to relax and enjoy life more due to situations beyond their control. God puts me in regular situations like this, and though hard at first, I learn to accept the challenges over time. Tia's life is a great example of this scenario. Her residual shame from her upbringing tends to filter through the cracks in her heavily guarded walls, and the shame often distorts her perception of life and how she d ...more
May 16, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
What a fun book!

The third and final story in the “Backstage Pass” series was such a fun (and quick) read. From the very beginning of reading Tia’s “voice” on the page, I knew I would love this girl…and I did. She completely endeared me, though she certainly has her share of troubles!

Janice Thompson is at her best upon the page in first person voice. Tia came to life with her quirky little internal one liners and great perspective. What I appreciated and loved the most though was how the faith jo
Mar 03, 2013 Perceptive rated it it was ok
Quick. Name a sitcom director.

I'm waiting.

OK, time's up.

I worked in television, and I can barely name sitcom directors. James Burrows, he's about the only sitcom director who has anything close to a star name, and that's because he's been around since Cheers.

I'm 4% into the book and here are the glaring mistakes in the book:

1) Golden Globes aren't given out for directing. Emmys are. A Golden Globe win (to Hollywood insiders) just means you gave the Hollywood Foreign Press some really good sw
Ama Pomaa
May 17, 2017 Ama Pomaa rated it really liked it
A fun read.
Lisa Johnson
Jun 27, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: Exposed, Inexcusable me…Irreplaceable Him
Author: Shannon M. Deitz
Pages: 300
Year: 2010
Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of Wine-Press Publishing
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review. Other reviews can be read on the blog located here: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... and on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Have you ever looked at the cover of a book or read the back cover to get an idea of what it is about only to learn there is more than m
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full post here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

If you have a fascination with behind the scenes Hollywood and sitcoms, then this is a must-read for you. With just as much drama happening off-stage as their is on-stage, The Director's Cut mixes Old Hollywood charm with the modern celebrity craze. Once you scratch beneath the surface, there is also a character driven story-almost a belated coming-of-age -that adds substance and theme to the plot.

To be honest, this book was not love at fi
Vera Godley
Jun 04, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: Typically, I don't equate ANYTHING from Hollywood or show business with genuine Christianity. I just finished reading a contemporary Christian fiction novel by Janice Thompson, Director's cut, which - although I KNOW it is fiction - tends to change my mind a bit.

First of all, the main character is Tia Morales and she has carved out a successful niche in the cut throat world of TV and is an award winning director. The show she directs is a comedy. The characters behind the show (you
Jun 30, 2012 Charity rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while a series comes out that you just have to finish. It was that way with this latest book, The Director's Cut by Janice Thompson. This is the last book in her series, Backstage Pass. I have been able to read the first two in the series and I have to say, this was my favorite in the whole set! Absolutely loved it!

Janice Thompson is one of those writers that has you laughing hysterically one minute and in tears the next. I cried several times throughout this book and yet I ended
Oct 26, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
Once again Janice Thompson delivers a fast-moving and lighthearted romance that is a wonderful conclusion to the Backstage Pass series. The characters we met in the previous books are back and better than ever but this time the focus is on Stars Collide director, Tia Morales. You won't be disappointed if you're looking for a sweet romance as well as a book that examines family dynamics and what it means to set worries aside and enjoy life.

Tia, as a famed Hollywood director is calm, cool, and col
Dec 11, 2012 Robbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Robbie by: Author
The Director's Cut is the final book in the trilogy, Backstage Pass, by Janice Hanna Thompson. The other two books are Stars Collide
and Hello, Hollywood. Each book focuses on different people and aspects of the television sit-com Stars Collide.

I have read and enjoyed other books by Janice; however I had not read this particular series nor the first two books in the series; in
spite of this I wasn't lost or bewildered. With only a few minor instances, The Director's Cut could be a standalone boo
May 29, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

This is the first time I have picked up a book by Janice Thompson, as when I’ve looked up her books in the past, they seemed very “chic-flick” and I am not really interested in those kind of books. But when I was given the opportunity to read this book, I decided to take a chance…and I’m glad I did! What a wonderful surprise to find that The Director's Cut wasn't only a fun and easy read, but had an awesome lesson interwoven into the plot as well! If y
Jun 23, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Tia Morales is the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide. On the set, she's the one calling the shots and in control. Yet her life off of the set is anything but controlled. Her family has their own problems and somehow Tia's in the center of them all. Yet when she admits to herself that she's got feelings for camerman Jason Harris, she finds herself out of her comfort zone. Will she let down her guard long enough to let love in? Or will she fight a tug-of-war battle with the God of the u ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Kaylea rated it really liked it
In her third book in the Backstage Pass series, Janice Thompson dives back into the cast of colorful characters her readers have come to love.

This installment, which revolves around Tia Morales, provides yet another brilliant and humorous look behind the lens at "Stars Collide" - the television creation of Thompson.

Thompson tells the story of Tia, a director used to being in control. She calls the shots in a neat, orderly fashion.

But Tia's life outside the studio - with her crazy, zany family -
Margaret Chind

I love Janice’s stories. I love them as Janice Thompson, and Janice A. Thompson, and Janice Hanna. In contemporary, in historical and even in non-fiction she has me captivated page by page. Right now I’m drooling over some of her new titles where I cannot seem to get a response back from a publicist… She has another fun one in The Director’s Cut and it had me giggle with delight to have a dreamy character from a previous book and previous series return to stage, literally. You know an author’s g
Valerie Comer
Jun 11, 2012 Valerie Comer rated it it was amazing
Tia Morales is the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide. It’s her job to take the script the writers (Athena, Stephen, and team) have created and work with the actors and cameramen to pull the whole package together. At least on the set, Tia’s life is carefully scripted and people respect her. In her personal life, her parents’ marriage is on-again-off-again and her brothers have trouble keeping jobs. Her younger sister has just finished beauty school, and their parents are sure Tia can ...more
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Jun 23, 2013 Tracey Cramer-Kelly rated it really liked it
I needed a break from Take Two revisions, so what did I do? I picked up a book with a central character who is also a female Hollywood director!

Tia Morales comes off as always being in control, as being one tough cookie. That seems to have worked on the set, but off the set…not so much. There’s a vulnerable side to Tia that she’s terrified to let people see. And she’s driven - her self-esteem tied up with her success as a director. This was a character I could identify with in many ways (includi
Jun 25, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I love a Janice Thompson book! She offers a wonderful blend of humor and heart-tugging moments in her Backstage Pass series. Alhtough I somehow missed the second book (Hello, Hollywood!), I loved Stars Collide. The Director's Cut is just as endearing as Tia Morales tries to wield the same control over her personal life that she does on the set of her hit sitcom. Thompaon's characters are so authentically portrayed, from Tia's exasperating but much-loved family to the members of the show's cast a ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
June 2012
ISBN: 978-0800733476
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Tia Morales is a stellar set director. It’s the one time she’s ever in control of life. She has a script and she can tell at a glance when something works—and when it doesn’t. If only real life was that easy. But her mom is pushing her to hire her little sister as a makeup artist, her top star is getting ready to give birth, the producers hire an assistant who is
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jul 02, 2012 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it it was amazing

This is a wonderful ending to a wonderful and fun series that I thoroughly enjoyed. Tia is a fun but determined young lady, well, she was just plain out a control freak. Being the director of the hit TV show Stars Collide wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t always easy to stay in control of things, which is what Tia thrived on.

Mia’s life took an interesting turn when she started falling for cameraman Jason. Does Jason have his work cut out for him trying to calm Tia down en
Jun 22, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
An entertaining read about the entertainment industry!

Tia Morales is the director of the Golden Globe winning hit TV sitcom, Stars Collide. Tia stuggles to hold on to her sanity while trying to stay strong and take care of everything all by herself. With a hit TV show comes...a lot of pressure! Will Tia be able to keep her head above water, with all the craziness going on around her?

I'm gonna be honest it took me awhile to get hooked onto this book, longer than I would have liked, somewhere arou
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jun 03, 2012 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read the second book in this series last fall (Hello Hollywood!) so wanted to learn what happened with some of the other characters that we met then. This time we get to take a step into Tia's shoes. As the director of Stars Collide they are some big shoes to fill! Between her job, "flipping" her house, and her ongoing family drama she is under a lot of stress. She is beginning to feel some attraction to her head camerman, but as their relationship has previously only be ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect end to the Backstage Pass series. This book tells the story of Tia and her crazy family both on and off set of the tv show she directs. Tia is is the type of person that needs to be in control at all times due to all the drama in her personal life. Tia is the director of the television show "Stars Colliide," and she runs a tight ship to combat all the craziness of her life off set. Jason is a cameraman on the show and he decides it's his job to help Tia relax and to see ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jun 15, 2012 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Tia takes a lot of pride in directing a popular sitcom. In the studio, she's in control and life is organized and orderly. Outside the studio, her big crazy family brings a whole new meaning to the word chaos. Tia's main problem is her need to take responsibility for everything, even those situations and circumstances that are truly out of her control. She's obsessed with fixing everything and every body and her lessons finally come when she must relinquish control.

I love Janice Thompson's chara
Jun 15, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it
This was a very good book and a great conclusion to the series. We met Tia Morales and Jason Harris back in book one of this series (Stars Collide) and sparks were flying from the beginning. I enjoyed watching both of them let their guard down and let the other in. I would hve liked to hear more of the story from Jason's POV but that didn't detract too much from the story for me. I liked all the secondary characters and it was nice to see the couples from the pervious stories again. I was a litt ...more
Just - The romance reader
I'll be totally honest, while I am a Janice Thompson fan having loved the Weddings By Bella series I couldn't totally get into this book. While the message is a positive one and the story is good I found myself quickly losing interest and skimmed through to the end.

I would say if you have enjoyed reading Thompson's books in the past you should give this one a try...maybe I was just in a restless mood at the time.
Dec 23, 2012 Jerry rated it it was amazing
A control-freak Hollywood director, who is responsible for television's funniest show, lets work and other stresses dominate her life, never taking time to laugh or savor moments. Can she make a change for the better? Packed with allusions to television--even the chapters have names such as "King of the Hill," "Law and Order," and "What I Like about You"--lovable characters, and a story you can't help but smile at, this is Janice Thompson at her finest.
Dawn Turner
May 28, 2012 Dawn Turner rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable, easy read that kept moving well. I enjoyed it tremendously. Great reminder about WHO is REALLY in control of life's circumstances. Plus, it's always good to find yourself stared at in a restaurant because you're laughing while reading. *G* And I have to say, I agree with every one of Tia's friends and family regarding gray clothing. he he
Alisha Grant
Jun 22, 2015 Alisha Grant rated it really liked it
I really connected with this story. Tia's personality reminded me of myself. My job means trying to control situations and to avoid certain situations whether at home or out in the community. Great story and loved the flow of it. I especially loved the author's picture of what the future of the backstage pass characters may hold in the author's letter at the end of the story.
Melanie Bridge
Good read

I enjoyed this story. It was another quick read and I loved following the characters. I never really got the romance angle though. It was like all of the sudden they were in love and there was no build up.
Ane Mulligan
May 25, 2012 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes romantic comedy
Recommended to Ane by: Revell
Romantic comedy at its best, The Director's Cut is the third book in the Backstage Pass series and I loved it! The engaging characters invite you to walk their story beside them. The only thing I didn't like was when it ended. It's a great summer read!
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My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney
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Other Books in the Series

Backstage Pass (3 books)
  • Stars Collide (Backstage Pass, #1)
  • Hello, Hollywood! (Backstage Pass, #2)

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