Glamwire is very excited about our Featured Author for April, Anna David. Anna’s new Kindle Single, They Like Me. They Really Like Me, which covers her attempt to land a celebrity boyfriend, is now available. Only $1.99 (free if you’re Prime)!
When one of her college boyfriends ended up becoming a movie star, Anna David became fixated on finding another famous boyfriend. But jobs at celebrity magazines and intimate encounters with boldfaced names ultimately left her clear that no red carpet embrace or award show acknowledgment would bring her what she was ultimately seeking. The novelist, memoirist and author of the best-selling Kindle Single Animal Attraction examines our society’s relationship with fame from one of its most obsessive perspectives: her own.
One of Glamwire’s favorite books of all time:
Celebrity journalist Amelia Stone is a quintessential L.A. party girl. She goes to Hollywood’s most exclusive, star-studded events, where she rubs shoulders (and occasionally more) with celebrities, stays out until all hours of the night, and indulges in the ultimate sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll existence. In short, she’s got everything a party girl needs: the looks, the job, the lifestyle. And oh yes, the out-of-control coke habit.
But it’s hard to keep topping your outrageous exploits, and after losing her job, her friends and much of her mind (not to mention waking up in the hospital after combining five Ambien, four lines of Special K, and an inestimable amount of cocaine), Amelia makes the drastic decision to end her drug abuse. Sobriety, she finds, has its rewards: she starts seeing the man who could be her Mr. Right and gets hired by a big-name magazine to write a column detailing her wild adventures with the celebrity party crowd. And who could write it better? After all, she has plenty of experience to draw on.
There’s just one problem. Overnight, Amelia Stone has become the new face of Hollywood nightlife, and her editors — who don’t know she’s come clean — want her to play the part. As her popularity skyrockets and the film and TV agents start calling, the lure of her former fast-and-furious life of addiction begins to pull at her. Faced with the most exciting opportunity of her career, she must now decide to either save herself — or salvage her reputation as the ultimate party girl.
Acidly hilarious and achingly honest, Party Girl is the ultimate novel about addiction, taking readers on a harrowing ride through a world of Hollywood excess with a heroine who’s deliciously flawed. Whether snorting coke or crying in rehab, hooking up or breaking down, Amelia Stone makes her way across the treacherous grounds of self-destruction and recovery from it without ever losing her sharp wit, unapologetic candor or odds-defying optimism.
About Anna David
Anna David is the author of the books Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010) and Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011) as well as the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Her biography on Tom Sizemore (By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There) will be released in April, 2013 (Simon & Schuster).
She was the sex and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show for over three years and is a regular guest on The Today Show, Hannity, Fox News’ Red Eye, The CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew, and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E. Her Sirius radio show, Sex Files, was the network’s number-one specialty show and she’s written for The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women’s Health, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, xojane and Salon, among many others.
Anna has been an editor at the websites Styleclick, Dipdive and The Fix, an assistant editor at Parenting and a staff writer for Premiere. She is currently doing graduate work in drug and alcohol counseling at UCLA and speaks at colleges across the country on addiction. Her hit monthly storytelling show, True Tales of Lust and Love, takes place the second Saturday of every month at The Mint; the show is being developed into a web series and Anna is currently editing the True Tales of Lust and Love anthology, which will be released by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in 2014.
We highly recommend THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE, the debut novel by Thea Goodman, Glamwire’s Featured Author of March.
THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE begins early one frigid, January morning in 2005 when a sleep-deprived new father gives his wife a rare opportunity to sleep-in; he then spontaneously flees lower Manhattan with his infant daughter for a long weekend in the Caribbean. Alternating point of view, from the husband to the wife, the book describes each of their disquieting misadventures, and explores the travails of intimacy, the transfiguring impact of parenthood and the slippery quest for happiness.
The highly anticipated novel comes out on March 5th, 2013.
ABOUT THEA GOODMAN:
Thea Goodman’s short stories have appeared in New England Review, Other Voices, Columbia, Confrontation and The Brooklyn Review among other journals and have been anthologized in 110 Stories, New York Writes After September Eleventh (NYU Press, 2002). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, the Columbia Fiction Award and residency fellowships at The Ragdale Foundation and The Corporation of Yaddo. Thea holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY and has taught writing at New York University, The New School University and The Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Originally from New York City, she and her family now live in Chicago. The Sunshine When She’s Gone is her first novel.
PRAISE & REVIEWS
“Thea Goodman’s astute debut novel poses the question, What if you were to step out of your imbedded life? And her discerning mind answers it with a tale of Manhattanites more inextricably bound together than they might imagine.”
–Susan Minot, author of Evening
“Thea Goodman shines in The Sunshine When She’s Gone.”
“First-time novelist Goodman is a master of sustained, ‘are-you-KIDDING-me?’ tension as John and Veronica compete for the title of Worst Parents Ever. New parents should find validation that their own sleep-deprived insanity is normal and will pass.”
“A sobering tale of two people discovering what it means to be a parent.”
“Snug and elegant. . . Thea Goodman, a prodigiously talented first-time novelist, distills the keen drama of first-time parenting. . . . The intimacy with which Goodman treats her characters leaves us likewise lucky voyeurs.”
—Town and Country
“I’m writing this blurb on very little sleep, because I stayed up far too late finishing The Sunshine When She’s Gone. Thea Goodman’s novel could deprive you of sleep too. It’s suspenseful, funny, realistic, melancholy. She has captured the secret thoughts of new parents so flawlessly, I wonder if she’s installed a listening device into my brain.” -
-A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy
“Sharp, intuitive, and empathetic. . . Goodman offers a wickedly incisive take on the pressures of parenthood and the resiliency of marital trust.”
“Thea Goodman has made something I would’ve thought impossible: an edge-of-your-seat narrative about parenting a small child. Her emotional investment in her characters is complete as they confront each other, themselves, and the heavy weight of new love.”
–Nell Freudenberger, author of The Newlyweds
“From its first alarming domestic scene to its far-from-inevitable, unbearably true conclusion, The Sunshine When She’s Gone is a faultless portrait of a marriage in crisis and the precarious paths we all must take to keep our lives in balance. Ever been in love? This book will shake you, jolt you, jar you, and wake you up to life.”
–Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle and This Bright River
Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. It is a film of the war at home—of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the homefront during the Civil War, Copperhead the movie is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the awful cost of war—a cost measured not in dollars but in fractured families, broken loves, and men dead before their time.
The cast, led by Peter Fonda and Billy Campbell includes: Angus Macfadyen, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, Francois Arnaud, Casey Brown, Genevieve Steele, Josh Cruddas, Andrea Lee Norwood, Hugh Thompson, Mary Fay Cody, Brian Downey, Elizabeth Richardson, Wally McKinnon, Daniel Lillford, Charlie Rhindress & Ciarán MacGillivray.
Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.
Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home.
With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell, who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning and unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle.
Visit the movie’s website: http://www.copperheadthemovie.com
We hear from New York Social Diary, that TONY award winning actress Cynthia Nixon will be hosting, acclaimed jazz singer Stevie Holland will be performing, and hot clothing designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, will be presenting an award to her father, Zach Lonstein at the 78th Anniversary Benefit and auction for The Blue Card Fund at the Morgan Library and Museum on Monday, October 22.
The Blue Card Fund is a national non-profit organization dedicated to aiding destitute Holocaust survivors. The Benefit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued 100,000 Jews in WWII.
GLAMWIRE gives this event 5 stars for celebrating something so meaningful, in true glam-style!
Leading Private Air Charter Company Magic Jet Group Celebrates the One-Year Anniversary of its Magic Tree Program
Magic Jet Group, LLC, is announcing the one-year anniversary of its partnership with the National Forest Foundation (http://www.nationalforests.org). Through its “Magic Tree Program,” Magic Jet Group plants at least ten trees per trip, in honor of each respective client.
The on-demand private jet charter company’s CEO, Stephanie Brooke Friedman said, “We are very excited about continuing the Magic Tree Program to do our part to work toward the restoration and stewardship of our National Forests. In addition to receiving extraordinary service and near wholesale pricing, clients are participating in the restoration of our much valued public lands.”
Over the last year, Magic Jet Group has planted hundreds of trees in honor of their clients. Wes Swaffar, the National Forest Foundation’s Ecosystem Services Program Manager added, “The NFF is very excited to continue this valuable partnership with Magic Jet Group. Planting these trees helps to improve the health of our National Forests by sequestering carbon, providing clean water, crucial wildlife habitat and enhancing recreational opportunities.”
All trees have been planted on National Forests lands within their native range that have been deforested by natural disasters such as wildfire, insect outbreaks, or wind events. As these trees grow, they will help sequester carbon dioxide, and will release oxygen. Tree-planting helps to offset the carbon dioxide that is emitted by planes during flight.
We are very excited about the new book The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze.
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.
When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.
Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .
The Last Princess.
Born in London, author Galaxy Craze moved to America in the 80s with her mother and younger brother. Before becoming a writer, Galaxy appeared as an actress in a few independent films. She also attended college at Barnard in New York City, where she graduated in 1993. Galaxy is the author of the award-winning national bestsellers By the Shore and Tiger, Tiger. She now lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts and is writing the sequel to The Last Princess.
Whether you want to follow Rory Mcilroy through the tournament, or to see the Green Jacket passed on to the next winner on Sunday, April 8th, chartering your own private aircraft to or from the Masters Tournament is the best way to fly to Augusta, Georgia. Magic Jet Group to provides their clients with the perfect aircraft at the best price, taking them right into Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS) in comfort, luxury and convenience. Working with Magic Jet Group, you know that every detail of your travel will be magical, from the moment you board the aircraft to arriving on the course.
Golf fans worldwide are gearing up for the highly anticipated 2012 Masters Golf tournament, in which they will witness the best golfers in the world compete for the coveted Green Jacket. Held at the the Augusta National Golf Club, one of the finest golf courses in the world, The Masters Tournament is the first of the four major golf championships to be played this year. Each of the 18 holes on the course is named after the tree or shrub it is best known for, and ‘Amen Corner’ is one of the most iconic sections of any course in America.
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Weezie A Palm Beach Story
Fraud, Lies & A Colombian Mystery
Weezie’s story has a common theme… blue-blood upbringing, an only child to very influential parents, loss of a dynamic mother at an impressionable age. Enter Beatrirz Algarra, a Colombian beauty, and the mysteries mount about her past, as the fortunes are redirected and the family is torn apart. Who is this evil stepmother and what secrets have long been hidden?
Only a dogged investigation or time will uncover all the truths.
From the historic Lake Placid Club to the Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club
Louise Ford lived in the lap of luxury while growing up in the 1960s, her father an accomplished, influential engineer/inventor, with a deep love for all things outdoors, would forever influence her passions in life.
World Cup sailing, first-class skiing, powerboats, horses and hunting, all part of a privileged life.
But the real intrigue is beyond the pages of her personal journaling that takes form as a conversational autobiography. The mysteries lie in all the questions that continue to surface as Weezie pursues her own investigation into Beatriz Algarra, who stole the estate meant for George Ford’s daughter and his grandson Nicholas. Key facts are exposed at the maid’s deposition, though still, many questions go unanswered.
As her father grew older and mentally and physically more vulnerable, his wife, who should have been the most trustworthy person in his life, went into full elder abuse mode, keeping him in a deplorable state, unwashed and without proper medical care, motives that aided her success in keeping Weezie out of his life and retaining his entire fortune, which included homes in Palm Beach and Newport.
Through all this time Weezie has had her own medical battle that still goes on today!
Presently the book is the #1 bestseller at both Classic Books and Main Street News in Palm Beach since May 2011. The book is the featured as one of the top books relating to the crime of Elder Abuse.
In 2006 Weezie’s dear friend Brigadier General James Ellery was able to gain permission for her to travel with him to Juba in Southern Sudan. This trip, chronicled in the book, was a chance of a lifetime that left an indelible impression.
Recently, Weezie kept close watch on the Senate’s investigation of elder abuse brought to light by Mickey Rooney. Today she continues her own investigation into the mysteries surrounding the abuse of her father and the wrong doings at the hand un-denied bigamist stepmother whose own lawyer calls Louise’s book “facts” in the prologue. The book is currently causing quite a stir in social circles in Palm Beach and Newport as the truth is finally coming out.
5.0 out of 5 stars
|Brilliant on top of fabulous…I was enthralled! I especially loved all the anecdotes about PALM BEACH LOCALS!! Laugh out loud funny! Buy it, you won’t be able to put it down!|
5.0 out of 5 stars
This book/story is so incredible, that I actually “called in sick” from work the day after I got it, just so I could finish it! I hope that Weezie writes another book so we all learn the truth about this evil step-mother. Highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Easy, breezy “Weezie”
An easy and enjoyable read, this book manages to convey the author’s clear sense of fun and to poke fun at social-climbing while still making plain her palpable hurt and upset over the heartbreaking way the last few years of her father’s life played out. It would be hard to make up a literary villain as nasty as the vain, selfish stepmother portrayed here, and at times her spiteful antics make the reader want to scream, but through it all Ms Ford keeps her good humor intact and her boundless energy and resilience sparkle on every page.
5.0 out of 5 stars
You know it has to be true,
It’s definitely a “you can’t put it down until you’re done” kind of book. Weezie does a great job of pulling you along with her. You want her to win against the “evil” she faces. You can identify with her son who plays such a supporting role. You get swept along with the global maze of intrigue and pain Weezie weaves as she travels from one interesting spot to the next. It just leaves us wanting more detail on each of the parts of her story. Maybe another expanded sequel?? Who knew one life could have such intrigue.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating read,
This book had me laughing and crying in equal measure. Weezie comes across as a very well loved child of doting parents who wanted only the best for their only child. Enter the baddie and the mystery truly begins. Who is this person and what secrets does she hide? Only a dogged investigation will uncover the truth and Weezie is up for it. Her will power and stoicism is an inspiration and I hope a happy ending ensues. She deserves it.
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a page-turner!,
You will not be able to tear yourself away once you start this book, so set aside an afternoon to peer into the highs and lows of being Weezie. She’s a heroine, and keeps going, when many of us would have thrown up our hands in despair. She writes with an easy, flowing style that leaves you wanting more. Weezie has already triumphed in the writing and publishing of this book. I look forward to the sequel and to learning what Weezie has in store for us in the next chapter of her life.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Sharp Story of an Even Sharper Lady
Louise has written an extraordinary story of an exhilarating life, but at times also tragic. One would have a heart as hard as stone not to be saddened and disheartened by the story of losing her relationship with her father. All in all a fast read with plenty of highs and lows to keep your interest.
5.0 out of 5 stars
For richer, for poorer
A fast and fabulous read. Weezie grew up rich and pampered but her wealth did not make up for the tragic early loss of her mother. As she made her way largely on her own, her father fell prey to a greedy, conniving woman who separated Weezie and her son from the father she loved and ultimately, from his fortune. Sadly, she could not prevent the abuse of the Step Monster who manipulated her failing father until she pulled all the financial strings.
Tragic that this is not uncommon and begs the question of how children can protect their aging parents from harmful influences and protect what is rightfully theirs, both emotionally and financially.
Weezie’s adventures and involvement in Sudan could and should be another book. She is a survivor who has found a higher cause.