Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sordid Past Haunts Supermodel

September 13, 2012
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Lime Prince is a green-eyed international supermodel of mixed Jamaican-Ethiopian heritage who lands the cover of Vogue, taking the New York fashion world by storm. But her sordid, violent past comes back to haunt her. Lime traces back to her painful coming of age in England and America while trying to break into modeling. As a child, Lime is abused and abandoned by her Ethiopian mother and forced to live with her Ethiopian grandparents, but…

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A (Princess) Penny’s Worth of Trouble

September 12, 2012
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Fairy tales are no longer just hand-me-downs from long-ago generations in faraway places. From Michael Mullin, author of “8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf” now comes another original fairy tale, called “The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny” Penny Lemieux is a fifteen-year-old princess, deep into high school cliques, who desires revenge on a “mean girl” at school named Darcy. Then Penny stumbles on an ad with the strange headline,…

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Make Me One With the Woo-Woo

September 11, 2012
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We didn’t even have the term “midlife crisis” before 1965. It’s supposed to be the time when adults realize they’re mortal, after all. Not everyone has one. Debbianne DeRose has turned hers into a saucy memoir that is the oh-so-honest and humorous account of her personal journey through a string of compelling adventures and ideologies of the woo-woo kind. Her story begins with confusion and discontentment that catalyzes bold life changes and sends her roaming…

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Who’s Really Chasing This Killer? And Are They the Bad Guys?

September 10, 2012
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“National security” seems to be a nebulous, amorphous term in the world that Adam Spence inhabits. All about him there is infrastructure collapse, massive unemployment, riots, bombings, environmental disasters – and special enforcement squads, torture, and disappearances. In the new thriller “No Away” by Jim Wygant, someone is pursuing Adam Spence, a band of men, the new protectors of “national security,” maybe working for the government, maybe not. His pursuers regard him as a grave…

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A Suicide, A Homecoming, and Terror

September 6, 2012
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When Michael Herne’s high school girlfriend Melissa commits suicide, he makes the fateful decision to go home for her funeral. Michael hasn’t been back to his Catskills hometown since he left it, and a college football scholarship, behind more than a dozen years ago to join the Army. And Michael quickly learns that his hometown has changed, as he is soon pulled into a web of mystery and corruption surrounding Melissa’s death. There’s an abusive…

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Why I Don’t Charge Authors to be Interviewed

September 1, 2012
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Indie authors and the book world have been abuzz this week over a New York Times article on book reviews for sale – and particularly positive reviews. The article, about onetime review entrepeneur Todd Rutherford, raised awkward questions for authors, especially indie authors, who are tasked with finding attention for their books while finding that, frustratingly, many reviewrs still won’t touch self-published books. Yet, in the same way you can’t get a job without experience…

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