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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Reviews On the Run


USA Today is in the business of providing the news... fast! Here is a quick take on Oscar Season: A Novel.
Author credentials: McNamara is a Los Angeles Times reporter who has covered Oscar season.
The genre: Murder mystery
The pitch: Jackie Collins meets Sue Grafton
The heroine: Juliette Greyson, public relations director for L.A.'s fictional Pinnacle Hotel, who has a secret past
The plot: Talk about an Oscar curse. Bodies pile up as Juliette and her staff cater to nominees' every whim.
Love interests: Juliette's ex-husband, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Josh Singer; cancer-stricken superstar Michael O'Connor
The scene: The Pinnacle during Oscar Week; the Oscar ceremony
Names dropped: Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham (but fictional stars outnumber the real ones)
Product names dropped: M.A.C., Harry Winston, L.A. Times, Pinnacle breath mints
Sample line: "According to Gregory, she was on the 'short list' of a recently divorced star in the market for a new wife … "

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Barnes & Noble At the Grove Cooler Than Apple Store?

During Oscar Season it is. The B&N Grove store is slick and shiny like a new Oscar and set in the heart of the entertainment world. Some of the interesting folks who stopped by at Mary's talk and signing included: Glen Mazzara, formerly staff writer of the Shield, now on the new hit series Life; Robert Eisele, writer of The Great Debaters; Peter Barsocchini, writer of all three High School Musicals for Disney (the third is a feature coming out in the fall); Bill Higgins, Weekly Variety's society writer; Emmy and Tony award winning designer John Iacovelli... And more.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Glamour and OK! Magazines Hot List Oscar Season

Glamour Magazine
OK! Magazine
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Friday, February 1, 2008

Variety! The Bible Gives Its Blessing.


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Oscar Season Now In Trade Paperback $14.00

The classic mystery novel and today’s paparazzi coincide in this engaging, insider’s look at Hollywood in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.

She is one of the very few reporters allowed to witness pre-telecast rehearsals and for years has covered Oscar night from the celebrity side of the red carpet and backstage during the show.

A recent recipient of an L.A. Press Club and American Association of Features Editors Awards for her industry coverage, she has interviewed innumerable stars and directors, and used her experience to craft this deliciously entertaining whodunit.

Wide audience: This novel will fascinate the many readers captivated by Hollywood and the celebrity lifestyle, while also appealing to mystery devotees and fans of smart, entertaining women’s fiction. It’s equal parts Jackie Collins, Michael Tolkin, and Sue Grafton.