On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity by Lisa Cerasoli

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Finally, Someone' Gets' Women!
On the Brink of Bliss... pierces core of female psyche with witty humor

Accomplished actress-turned-writer Lisa Cerasoli unapologetically spotlights the mistakes young women seem doomed to make before they can discover their inner strength and steer themselves in a purposeful direction — or at least stop taking wrong turns — in her cleverly humorous debut novel, On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity.

Originally a screenplay, On the Brink of Bliss follows Annie's dysfunctional life as she uncontrollably spirals downward, going from an all-time low to rock bottom. Women can't help but see themselves in her chaotic existence, yet they enjoy her downfall — and eventual epiphany — just the same! Add barbed witticisms from Annie's cousin, an angry acupuncturist, and quips from two sadomasochistic elementary school teachers, and reckless desperation leads to blind fearlessness in this modern-day romance where love is lost, found, "whined and dined," but mostly — redefined.

Cerasoli, whose writing style was recently compared to Diablo Cody by Robert Potter, a story analyst for HBO and Castle Rock, spent nearly a decade in Los Angeles as an actor before discovering her true passion for writing. She was a series regular on General Hospital, portraying the quirky character "V." She also appeared in numerous nighttime series, including recurring roles on The Pretender as "Zoe" and in Boomtown.

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Honorable Mention in the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival
Winners will be honored in a private ceremony at the Hotel Rex on Friday, May 8

Five Stars from Amazon!
Whether stumbling upon it or seeking it out, this one is a winner!
"Most of us crack open a new novel for the same reason. We want to be transfixed, tantalized or simply transported to another space entirely. "On the Brink..." gives this to you in spades. Cerasoli will knock you sideways with her unabashed humor. No stone of inner turmoil is left unturned in her painting of "Annie" or her sculpture of "Billy". All of Cerasoli's characters vibrate and come alive in this wry and witty account of what could really be each and every one us while we floundered around in our 20s. You will find yourself locked into this novel immediately and with every turn of a page you will want more. When you find yourself at the end of "On the Brink..." you will feel like you made some new friends and you will feel satiated. "
Mile High Reader
August 11, 2010

"What can you do when everything falls apart around you? On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity is the story of Annie. Attracted to a prick, newly unemployed, Annie's life seems to be a on a downward spiral that she cannot control. Add in an utterly fascinating cast of characters and one has the recipe for an intriguing and story, sure to compel the reader. On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity is wryly written, and a top pick for new fiction."
Midwest Book Review
(Oregon, WI USA)

"Pure, uncensored, humorous madness."
Siegal Entertainment, Inc.

"Not quite sure how Cerasoli jumped inside my brain, but you have to experience the refreshing for-once-in-my-life-someone-understands-me moment for yourself. It's one of the best damn books I've ever read!"
Tish Ciravolo
President/Founder
Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

"Like J.D. Salinger for his generation or Bret Easton Ellis for the 80s, Lisa Cerasoli writes with a wit and frank honesty that cuts you to the core. This story about modern LA life amongst "frenimies" and lovers is just what everyone East of Palm Springs thinks life is like in Tinsel Town....and what everyone West of it is (almost) ashamed to admit is just a little too true."
Sean Madden
Producer
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

"I found Lisa Cerasoli's Brink a rollickin' trip down adolescent musical lane."
John Scott Shepherd
author of Henry's List of Wrongs, Joe Somebody
 

About Lisa Cerasoli

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Lisa Cerasoli left her hometown of Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan upon graduating from its one and only school — Iron Mountain High. Michigan State University was her first stop. She tested into Lyman Briggs School of Science, majoring in pre-med. That dream quickly deflated when she realized she's a complete hypochondriac, and the last thing she needed was to feed her neurosis by being around "sick people" all day. Feeling lost, she fled to Arizona for spring break... and didn't get back on the plane to return home. Instead, she applied to Arizona State University. Four years and a few beers later, Lisa got a very practical theater degree and transported herself by way of a Honda Accord (that would be stolen twice by year's end) to the City of Angels. L.A. was pretty good to the girl. She booked her first series, Acapulco Bay, within nine months. After that she spent two-plus years as a series regular on General Hospital, playing the quirky role of "V." She then booked a string of guest star roles, including Oh, Grow Up, Diagnosis Murder, Pensacola Wings of Gold, two recurring roles on The Pretender as "Zoe" and Boomtown. In the fall of 2002, Lisa and her manager, Sandra Siegal, met with Ken Atchity of Atchity Entertainment, International regarding her screenplay, On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity. Ken thought it sounded like a novel, so she went home and blew out three chapters. That's when she fell (for certain and truly) in love with writing. A few weeks later, Lisa's father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. She packed a bag, headed back to Iron Mountain and cared for her dad until his death in July 2003, while completing the novel. Two months later, she married a high school friend, Peter Weaver, who has an amazing son, Brock, 14. Together, they have the lively Jazzlyn Jo, 3, and Lisa has been writing like a damn fool ever since. Grandma also lives with them. She's 87 and has progressive dementia. Lisa admits, "Mostly, she's a progressive riot (when she's not an utter safety hazard).
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ). 284 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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