Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jersey Diner by Lisa Diane Kastner - $50, a $25 and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC

Lauren has a dead end job as a waitress at the Oaklyn Diner. She becomes ecstatic when the diner is chosen to be the focal point of an upcoming movie, *Jersey Diner,* starring Jonathan Pearce. When filming ends she moves to California to start a new life with him. Lauren quickly discovers that all that she thought was real and true are in question.

“Here’s a copy of the script, read through it and then go over the scenes with the girl.”

“I can try. I never acted so I don’t know how much of a help I’ll be.”

He plopped it into my arms. The script weighed more than a stacked tray.

“This isn’t about acting. It’s about realism. That’s why we need your help. You’re a real waitress and this one just doesn’t get it.” He smirked. “If I could get ten cents for every time one of these actresses thought they could feel their way through a part. I’d be a zillionaire. Then give me a dime for every time they were wrong. Oh. I’d be …” He stopped. “Start reading.”

I had opened the cover and started flipping through the pages.

“Good. I knew you’d be the right person for the job. We’ll pay you for your time. You can be our ‘Resident Expert on Serving.’ Ya know, like a martial arts expert.”


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Lisa is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery.

She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. ( She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award.

Lisa presented at a TEDx in Seattle on The Power of Connecting. And presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) on the “You Sent Us What?” panel.
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey The Redness migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously encourage and engage in little sparks of anarchy.

Twitter: @lisadkastner
Instagram: 60shadesofred

What is your favorite genre to read?
Cross genre, fantasy, literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, memoir … I pretty much read everything.

Who is your favorite author to read?
Only one? Well, that’s not fair. All time favorites – Junot Diaz, Angela Carter, Carolyn Turgeon, Da Chen, Tom Perrotta, Hannah Tinti, J.M. Coetzee, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a ton more.

What is your favorite movie?
Again, only one? Yeesh. I’m not good at following rules. J Fight Club, Princess Bride, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Keanu, The Fisher King and a ton more.

Do you have any favorite quotes?
“Be your own kind of beautiful”
“If not now, when?” Incubus
“Be humble in your confidence, yet courageous in your character,” Melanie Koulouris
"To all the girls that think you're fat because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one, it's society who's ugly." Marilyn Monroe

Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Nope. If I listen to music when I’m writing then I end up writing the music lyrics. Kind of annoying.

Do you have any phobias?
Not really. I don’t like chicken feet, does that count?

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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I will be purchasing my copy of Jersey Diner today with my spiffy $50.00 Amazon card, recently given to me! I'm excited to read Lisa's novel in it's entirety as I've only been teased with snippets! Congratulations, Lisa!


    1. Fantastic! Jodie - looking forward to hearing what you think about it.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  4. Fun interviews so far!


  5. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  6. Great excerpt, thanks for sharing :)