film/tv making

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The Spiral Path

(originally reviewed on December 21, 2001) In her second contemporary romance, Mary Jo Putney tells the tale of a memorable tortured hero and the woman who refuses to give up on him. While this sounds like a conventional love story, the special characters prove that, as always, Putney can be reli ...

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You Had Me at Hola

If Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has learned anything from her string of loser exes it's that she’s better off alone. Take her latest breakup from a superstar musician - it’s gotten her splashed across tabloid covers, blown up her social media accounts and left her hounded by paparazzi . None of those t ...

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Flying Gold

A spicy romance and a whole lot of car love make up Flying Gold, the second chapter of Vanessa North’s American Heavy Metal series. Oscar-winning filmmaker Matt Adams is shooting a flick near his Georgia hometown.  He’s just bought a showpiece of a Chevelle, but it dies and stalls before he ...

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Headliners

In Headliners, the fifth book in her London Celebrity series, author Lucy Parker shifts her focus from London’s Theatreland to the world of television, to bring readers a wonderfully sharp, funny, sexy and grown-up romance between a pair of rival TV presenters who profess to hate each other’s gu ...

C
My Forever Plus-One

My Forever Plus-One has the right mix of modern, charming romance and journalistic flair – at first.  Then the last quarter of the book falls on its face as childish jealously is injected between the hero and heroine. Evelyn Rhodes – director on a Jerry Springer/Maury Povich-style talk show ...

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P*rn Star

In an industry more known for its women, superstar Logan O’Toole is the male face of porn. Years earlier, he filmed a scene with Devi Dare, and he can’t get her out of his mind. After a chance meeting at a party, he offers her the co-starring role in his new project, a reality-style web series t ...

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Finding Dorothy

As a child, I was utterly captivated by everything and anything related to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I dressed as Dorothy for Halloween, read all the Oz books, and watched the movie so often I practically had it memorized. If I could have found a way to fly off to Oz, I probably would have done th ...

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Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...

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From Twinkle, with Love

In From Twinkle, with Love, the follow up to the charming When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon crafts another winning protagonist and another compelling story for young readers, who will surely find a little bit of themselves mirrored in the delightful Twinkle. Lively aspiring director Twinkle Me ...

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Take the Lead

If you’re a fan of Dancing with the Stars or other reality TV show dance competitions you are definitely going to want to pick up Take the Lead, a lively, energetic and sexy contemporary romance by début author Alexis Daria. And if you’ve never watched one of these competitions before, after re ...