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Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop

(Hot Off the Press #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Veronika Layne, sassy, tattooed, twenty-something newspaper reporter. Never saw herself working for the “man.” When her small weekly is swallowed up by Singh Media Group, that’s exactly where she ends up. Stuck writing fluff pieces that might as well be ads, how can she resist digging into rumors that a real estate developer is destroying native burial grounds? Warned away ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published November 12th 2014 by Booktrope (first published October 28th 2014)
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Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Fun read. I am looking forward to seeing how Veronika develops in future novels.
Julia Tracey
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, first things first -- I wrote this, so I'm bound to think it's wonderful! (I'm prejudiced, obviously.) While this isn't Jane Austen, it's a sassy, contemporary, somewhat spicy tale that captures the angst and ambiguity of being single in America in the 21st Century. Which is, in many ways, something like being single in England in the 1800s. I won't spoil it for you, but rest assured that Veronika has her day, and gets a scoop, and is on to other adventures...soon!
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This was such a good read. Much of the book takes place in a small town newsroom -- where I've spent the better part of 20 years and it was so accurate (funny, frustrating, rewarding, annoying -- sometimes all at once) I had to wonder if author Julia Park Tracey had been standing behind me taking notes.

Park Tracey has a good story going here, one of those can't-put-it-downers where you decide you didn't really need to take a shower or get eight hours of sleep.

Characters are well-developed and b
Tomi L.  Wiley
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a smart, fun, sexy read - and I'm not generally one for "chick lit." But this is not your usual chick lit: Julia has used her own background in journalism and the media to spin a story and create a character which I look forward to following. As a former (reformed) reporter myself, Julia's eye for detail and ideal (yet not heavy) use of the jargon makes even the jaded journalist in my lean forward and wait for more. Highly recommended!
Maryellen Morgan
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So well written, keeps you involved to the last page! Veronika is dedicated to the story and her town. She may be a tatted up and pierced young thing, but you recognize all the great gum-shoe reporters of the 30's who never quit until they uncovered the truth. Park Tracey is an engaging writer who knows how to tell a story that catches your interest, in spite of yourself.
Rebecca Lawton
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this romp of a novel, Julia Park Tracey introduces us to the fun, sassy Veronika Layne—girl reporter, tattooed queen of punctuation and grammar, and fierce eco-chick on wheels. From at-risk indigenous burial grounds to well-written ledes to the politics in Veronika's newsroom, Tracey knows her stuff and tells it well. If we’re lucky, there will be many more stories to come in this series.
Regas Kefalonitis
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the opening paragraph this book kept me wanting more. It's a fun romp through a small town and the social politics that entails. As a stringer photographer in my early years I could relate to the characters and the story. If you like light-hearted, fun romantic romps this is a book you will definitely enjoy.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A sharp tongue and a sharp wit make Veronika a character you'll fall in love with. Loved the fun combo of romance and suspense. Hope we don't have to wait too long for Book 2!
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read - quick, light and smartly written. The heroine is completely likable, so her exploits held my interest throughout. Chick-lit is not my favorite genre, but the romantic and hot and heavy scenes were well-written and funny. I knew nothing about journalism and the newspaper business, but thanks to the easy way the author brought us into the world, I feel I do now. It's obvious the author is also a poet; her clever turns of the phrase and evocative descriptions of the island set ...more
Bronwyn Emery
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book ticks a lot of boxes for me. Intelligent dialogue, fully developed characters and storyline, skillfully crafted settings, and accurate reporting about life in a newsroom. Great sex, and oh! that one assignment...

Meanwhile, I'd like to have Veronika Layne in my circle of friends. Sure, she's smart and sassy, but she's also a great mix of scaredy cat and ballsie broad. She's resourceful when she's on a mission, but can be clueless about what's right in front of her face. Julia Park Trace
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sassy, smart, sexy Veronika Layne really does get the scoop and a whole lot more. I loved her! Reading this book was delightful because it was so well written and created characters that you cared about. I didn't want it to end, and hope there are many more adventures along the way. The book has some surprises, but you know that certain events are bound to happen. And you want them to happen... No spoilers here, just read the book and enjoy every moment.
Margaret Rosen
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finished this in a single day! I really enjoyed this fast-paced story of a current-day reporter for a local newspaper. The main character is competent, quirky, warm and thoughtful and the plot relating to our local history really held my interest. I also appreciated that this was quite well-written, creating a vivid picture of the challenges faced by today's newspapers.
Charlotte Tlachac
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fun romp of a book with a salty lead character who's a mix of talent, loneliness and a bit of angst for her life choices. Her green, vegetarian(nearly) outlooks form her life style and help set her apart from the do her tattoos and piercings(ouch).
My friend Julia has done well it and see!
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Veronika Layne is a smart, sassy twenty-something trying to build her career as a journalist on a small San Francisco Bay Area island (modeled after Alameda). She’s doing pretty fine for herself until the paper she works for merges with a larger conglomerate (an all-too familiar situation for many of us), and has to face an unpleasant decision: work on cotton-candy feel-good crap, or quit. She decides to suck it up and pay her dues until she can convince her boss she’s been undervalued. So when ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Chick lit isn't really my thing. Heck, fiction isn't even really my thing. The sex and romance-focused bits may have made me roll my eyes, but there's a lot to like about Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop!

Veronika is a young professional who regularly compares her moral compass compass to how she's paying the bills. She's a more tattooed version of me, making breakfasts with Field Roast vegan sausage and biking her way around town. Veronika finds herself assigned to the senior citizen and pet beat f
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Booktrope for a review copy of this book. This is my honest review.

Veronika Layne, is a heavily tatooed and pierced young woman, who a couple of years out of college is working on her local newspaper as a journalist. Due to the size of the paper, all the staff do their own editing, photos, and cover all variety of topics each.

Soon it becomes apparent the paper is struggling and is sold to a company attempting to build a small media conglomerate. Once the team moves off
Marsha Spohn
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Alright, can I just say this one thing? More, Please!

I love this girl. She is kick butt, take no names, true to herself and determined to get the story – in spite of what anyone else wants her to do.

Now I have never been inside a newspaper office with all the things happening at once, the chaos, the politics and the sense of urgency to meet deadlines and get the story. But I don’t have to be, because this story took me right into the center of the action.

There i
Celia Kennedy
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the character - Veronika Layne; much about her was completely unexpected, and a complete delight!

We meet Veronika as she hits the streets to cover a house fire at a local artists home. Veronika works for a small newspaper, which is alright by her, because it means she's in the thick of things - whether it is covering news, proofreading, or getting the paper to the printer.

Everything changes when the newspaper is sold to a large conglomerate. Veronika's world suddenly becomes quite small,
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to have lunch with Veronika Layne. That pert newshound, that hippie hottie, that competent journalist—I would feel soaked in the flip sass, the itchiness for the story under the story, the fresh ways of telling a news tale. Even tiny details--loved how Veronika has a cat named “Jonesy,” because after I read in Tracey’s June 2015 interview that she “learned a lot about chicklit and the sassy shorter form from reading Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding,” I smiled every time I met a “Jon ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, f
This is the first tale in the new, very spicy series about Veronika Layne, reporter on fire with strong views about what is right and what is not. This book sets up her current situation and introduces major characters, as well as involving some sizzling romance and more than a touch of her romantic fantasies. Veronika herself the main focus of this book. And she is an entertaining character.

In this instance, Veronika's employer, a loved local paper, is bought by a large, advertorial-heavy media
Rachel C.
This book was a 3.5 stars for me.

The story started off a bit rocky for me; I didn't instantly feel connected to the character and was only mildly interested in the story that was unfolding. Though once the book got off to a more secure start I enjoyed it quite a bit overall. However, there were many elements that I simultaneously liked and disliked. For example, the steamy sex scenes. They added a little spice to the story, but weren't really necessary. I felt like they were more of a cop-out fo
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
A free kindle download. This book was just not my cup of tea. While a fan of both chick-lit and cozy mystery, this book seemed not quite a cozy and not quite chick-lit. The mixup left me confused more than once while reading, especially when Veronika begins to fantasize about another character. If I try to quantify why ... the character doesn't seem developed, the story plot is good but ends in what feels like an abrupt and unfinished way, and the sex scenes didn't add much and seemed off someho ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun New Series!
This is a fun new series; this is the first book in the Hot off the Press series by Julia Park Tracey. Veronika is a sassy newspaper reporter who is stuck writing fluff pieces for the paper. When she hears rumors that a real estate developer is destroying native burial grounds she find out the truth. If you are looking for a great mystery, with a humor then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
A Review copy was provided to me in
Eileen Meredith
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Veronika Layne was a fun read. It took me back to being twenty-something, with the dilemmas and delusions, along with the idealism and desire not to compromise. The author gives us wonderful detail in describing places, people, and details of everyday life. The man she desires had long lashes "the unfair gift of a mirthful god who had skimped and cheated an otherwise lovely girl somewhere." The sex scenes portray lots of heat, and easily recognizable awkwardness. The story Veronika takes twists ...more
Amy Patick
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable read! Brimming with Island of Alameda familiarity, a compelling and contemporary story line, and enjoyable characters. I actually enjoyed the main character and narrator Veronika Layne. Rather than coming across as overly trite, stereotyped and narcissistic which main narrators often can be, Veronika was very likeable and her sharp unassuming wit made me snort my coffee on more than one occasion. As for the "hot, charged, wet" sex scenes, I say: get a hotel room!!! Kudos to ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Veronika Layne is sassy, tattooed, a reporter, and eco-friendly. Her world is turned upside down when the small newspaper she works for gets bought out and she ends up working for the paper that bought hers out and is given "fluff" to write. She hates writing about pets and seniors. She stumbles across a big story about butial grounds.
Aiden is a co-worker and has feelings for Veronika. Their romance is slow and it takes a little tough love on Aiden's part to get Veronika to do what she knows sh
Jennifer Senhaji
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being born and raised in SF and now living in the East Bay, I loved this book and all the local references. Veronika is an extremely likeable character and reminds me of when I was younger, living in the Lower Haight District of SF. She is a socially aware, ecofriendly reporter working for a local paper that gets bought out by a bigger syndication. She’s funny, smart, quirky, and many twenty and thirty something young women will identify with her. I really enjoyed this book and the writer’s styl ...more
Barbara Caulfield
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
An entertaining look at small towns, local newspapers, and the challenges they present to a young reporter who wants more. More than covering costume contests at the dog park. More than filling columns about the joys of senior bingo. And definitely more than going home to snuggle her cat. She wants some serious action - in and out of the newsroom. When a friend shares a tidbit overheard at the local bar, Veronika sees an opportunity to make a name for herself. Following up, will she get what she ...more
Bonnie Dodge
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a fast-paced entertaining read, this book is for you. Quirky Veronika Layne gets the scoop all right, along with a non-challenging beat covering dog shows when the newspaper she works for is sold. Having written for a newspaper myself, I enjoyed Veronika's frustrations trying to write the best story she could with little help from her employer. When Veronika investigates a lead she shouldn't, all kinds of things appear, including what might be a twig, or a woman's finger. L ...more
Kay Blake
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good Ol' Veronika Layne. I liked her character. She was a reporter who was tossed from a small home like newspaper to a big corporate one. She reminded me of one of the guys. She did her job as well as making it her business to report the truth.
Who doesn't respect an honest reporter. I loved the one sided rivalry between her and Ivan. I absolutely loved the chemistry and friendship between Aidan and Veronika. Great story.
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