Art begins to imitate life in Tinsel Town as real-life events are mirrored in small independent films ... and the U.S. President's life is placed in jeopardy.
In the history of the movies, thousands of men, women, children, and even animals have tried to find success as a movie star. They were drawn from theater, opera, sports, and every type of entertainment venue, and some even came from out of nowhere. They took valiant stabs at entrancing audiences with their faces, personalities, or peculiarities. A precious few achieved greater popularity than anyone could have ever dreamed, but others vanished beneath the sands of time along with the films they so lovingly made. They gave us their most audacious efforts, but they did not find any lasting success, or having enjoyed a brief blush with triumph, they returned home to their true metiers. Some simply never found a second chance. This book celebrates the memorable attempts of ten who tried to be a movie star.
They shot across silver screens like comets, but they all disappeared like falling stars. Pulitzer nominated author David W. Menefee searched the major archives of the world to uncover the true behind-the-scenes stories of ten of Hollywood's most legendary headliners. He returned with this fascinating anthology that includes detailed analyses of their attempts at films, plot synopses, casts, contemporary reviews, production notes, and hundreds of rare photographs that capture the glamour and excitement of Hollywood's Golden Era. Enjoy this engaging compilation featuring Helen Keller, Enrico Caruso, Mary Garden, Babe Ruth, Otis Skinner, Anna Pavlova, Eleonora Duse, Lottie Pickford, Harry Houdini, and Maude Adams. Pulitzer nominee David W. Menefee is the author of: Sweet Memories Sarah Bernhardt, Her Films, Her Recordings, Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story, The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era' The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era, Richard Barthelmess: A Life in Pictures, "Otay!" The Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas Story, The Rise and Fall of Lou-Tellegen, Charlie O'Doone's Second Chance and Other Stories, Margot Cranston: The Mystery at Loon Lake, Margot Cranston: The Secret of St. Laurent Lighthouse, Margot Cranston: The Mystery at Loon Lake, Margot Cranston: The Quest for the Jade Dragons, George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood
THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO BE WHEN THE WORLD ENDS IS A FREE MAN FIRST IN THE EXPLOSIVE OUTPOST SEASON ONE Brennick Maximum Security Prison, one of the most dangerous places on earth. Populated with fifteen hundred of the most viscous offenders in the western hemisphere. The guards watch their every move, weapons ready. The Warden rules with an iron fist. But they're about to find that the real threat is coming. It's here. And it's from outside the walls...
London 1811 – in the steamy heat of early summer. Adelaide – There is a man in my life and he is everything I cherish and despise. He swooped down onto me like hawk, with his charming willingness to help me find my missing family, under the pretense of requesting my hand in marriage. Marriage. He does not know that I, too, have been making dutiful allegiances, and with persons of power and wealth in secret places. I imagine, any woman abiding in the Industrial Age, that self-preservation is a must! And therein is my dilemma. He has charmed me in the most affable way. His lips curl when he regards my countenance, and I will do everything I can to resist his affections. Whether he makes good on his promise to make me his equal, or before I consider the hand of another suitor, who could be his twin, if not for the latter gentleman’s commodiously serpentine attentions. I will not give in that easily! There is my family’s future, I must protect! Brick – Never have I met any woman as enchanting as the Miss Adelaide. She is from the Stuart Family, humble in their ways, but also fiery as the sun in the heat of summer. It’s almost the season, and I am challenged with finding the people responsible for endangering Miss Adelaide’s livelihood, that includes her estate that is part of my family’s many peerages. She thinks I am after only one thing, and perhaps I am. However, there is another, who has come back to London after I, and he has made his intentions to ensnare the handsome Miss Adelaide, because he wants what I will let no other man have. But The Ton is a more dangerous game of chance where power can turn at roll of the die or a bargain struck by a word. Miss Adelaide, the die has been cast. Let the games begin. Enter a world of handshakes and extravagant luxuries, as the men of the Regency vie to control its secrets only The Regent can turn himself! Fall in love with the rich and powerful in the second 20,000 word stand alone Short Story the Wollingford House Secrets Series.
Also, Sweet and Heartwarming Bonus Romance stories included.
A new five-part box-set featuring the adventures of archaeologist Bernice Summerfield. 1. BIG DIG Written by Hamish Steele Bernice has been invited to appear on a very special live edition of the archaeology series Big Dig: a programme she grew up with as a girl... which now makes her feel very old. Not as old, however, as the mysterious stone robot she unwittingly uncovers during an excavation on the planet Saravas. With no other trace of civilisation, this could be the only clue to the Truth of the planet’s inhabitants. But when Ruth and Jack start acting strangely, Bernice realises there was a reason things were hidden... and secrets aren’t the only things to be buried. Welcome to the biggest Big Dig ever! 2. THE REVENANT’S CARNIVAL Written by Martin Day Bernice Summerfield has never been to Moros Prime before - and it’s unlikely she’ll be rushing back. Moros is a world of diplomacy and warfare, ruled over by a variety of creeps, dandies and outright weirdoes, where cybernetic implants are the latest fashion accessory and the native humans are ethically harvested for their organs. Peter Summerfield, however, has a job to do: heading the security team at the country estate of Willem van der Heever, the effective ruler of Moros Prime. Because Van der Heever is throwing a masquerade ball – which means fancy dress, fluorescent peacocks and an almost certain attempt on his life. Van der Heever is not without his enemies... But as Bernice and Peter uncover more about his past, whose side will they end up taking? 3.
THE BRIMSTONE KID Written by David Llewellyn “Welcome to the White Rabbit. What’ll it be?” “You can start by locking and bolting the doors. Then everyone in here can keep real calm...” Bernice and Irving were expecting another quiet night at the White Rabbit saloon – their only customers a veteran prospector named Tooth Bob and timid schoolteacher Miss Hannigan. But the evening takes a sinister turn with the arrival of the Brimstone Kid, a wanted outlaw, and the terrifying bounty hunter Cazador hot on his trail... Soon, Bernice and Irving find themselves caught up in an adventure involving giant, flight crows, buried treasure and the galaxy’s most ruth detective agency. 4. THE WINNING SIDE Written by James Goss Bernice is lost in the ruins of an alien world. Long ago, something arrived there. Something arrived and found an idyllic civilisation: a city of wonders full of artists and scientists and poets... Something came to this world and destroyed it. Wandering the ruins, Bernice tries to solve the mystery. What came to this planet? What wiped out its people? Was it a plague? An alien invasion? Bernice Summerfield explores all that remains of paradise. And she discovers the name of the creature that came and wiped it out... ‘Bernice Summerfield’ 5. IN LIVING MEMORY Written by Scott Handcock and Gary Russell Bernice Summerfield is alone... Having been captured – albeit technically rescued – by an old enemy, she finally learns the truth her friends and their disappearances... and realises that she is a cog in a far greater machine. Whatever happens, this is now the end for Bernice Summerfield... and she’s determined to go down fighting. But how long can she resist when the odds are stacked against her? And is there really such a thing as a happy ending...?
Your guide to answering your kid's awkward questions about growing up, from cyberbullying to eating disorders to sex.
Help your child navigate the tricky and difficult changes of puberty with this straightforward guide. With age-appropriate text and an innovative visual approach, Help Your Kids with Adolescence provides clear explanations to the major changes happening to their bodies. Find the answers to the difficult and uncomfortable situations of youth. Share how to deal with peer pressure around drugs and alcohol, encourage online safety, manage test and school anxieties, and have a frank conversation about periods. Learn what gender identity means, talk about bisexuality and homosexuality, and discuss safe sex with important information that will help teens make better decisions. Help Your Kids with Adolescence will guide both sides of the conversation so that a healthy and clear discussion happens and questions are answered without judgement. With consultant sex educator Dr. Karen Rayne, Help Your Kids with Adolescence is the essential guide for both parents and children during the challenging, confusing years of puberty and helps everyone foster your child's emotional well-being through understanding and openness.
Sync the Stress is a personal guide that uses four core principles to help you enhance your focus and productivity, then enjoy your leisure time more fully. Using a gentle, relaxed and reassuring style and essays from her own experiences, Lisa helps you examine your response to stress. Powerful questions and exercises help you choose small manageable steps toward change. Steady progress sets the tone for new ways to live in the moment, make intentional choices, and improve your relationships at work and home.