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message 1: by Tanecia (last edited Apr 03, 2012 07:20AM) (new)

Tanecia  (books101) | 3795 comments Mod
Hollywood and Wine by RM Pala RM Pala

Title: Hollywood and Wine
Author: RM Pala
Genre: literary fiction

**Warning this book contains Adult situations!**

Orphaned as a young child, Linda McLane lives a life of servitude and physical abuse with her guardians, a bitter and dangerous aunt and uncle. Alarmed by Linda’s plight, a kindly reverend notifies her other aunt, prominent Hollywood actress Vera Sinclair, who promptly whisks Linda away from her dreary English village and off to sunny Los Angeles. On the ocean voyage, Linda begins a transformation from gawky village lass to beautiful sophisticate, a transformation so complete that she finds immediate success as her aunt’s secretary, working toward the older woman’s spectacular comeback. A story of depth and complexity, it tackles such issues as racism, socioeconomic inequality and sexual abuse and the various plotlines move forward quickly. There are plenty of period-appropriate cultural references (e.g., It Happened One Night, King Kong, The Scarlet Empress) and frothy descriptions of parties and socializing. These elements counterbalance the serious themes. This is a book for adults. There are erotic scenes with explicit detail. Foreshadowing ensures that the plot twists at the conclusion are plausible but still unexpected and shocking.

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Bai (sleepy_reader) | 113 comments Damnit! I would love to enter, but I can't. :(

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Ana (farogiron) | 42 comments please :)

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Nawnee (nawnees) | 82 comments I only have one book to review from you I think lol so I should be able to enter for this :)

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Bai (sleepy_reader) | 113 comments never mind, I'll make time! I'm in

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Melana (melanah21) | 10 comments

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Tanecia  (books101) | 3795 comments Mod
Okay everyone is signed up! The author just emailed me and she is offering a copy to whoever is interested. So sign up :)

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Cassandra (cassmarie) | 32 comments YAY.. I was so upset when I woke up and saw all the copies were taken.

(I do have I believe 3 books in queue for review but I am almost done with Five.. I think I can handle it but I may be a day or two late.. I'm trying to catch up!)

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Sannie Hald (sanniehald) | 283 comments

I promised myself I would lay low of these because I just bought a bunch of books myself, however, this one sounds really interesting, so I just gotta join! :D

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Hollywood and Wine is the featured book today on the Shut Up & Read blog!

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Tawna | 479 comments

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Teresa (rainbowlover) | 45 comments YAY!!!

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Lovey Dovey Books (loveydoveybooks) I'm interested in reading. Thank you!

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Tanecia  (books101) | 3795 comments Mod
I will be sending you guys a message later on this afternoon. :)

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Laura Thomas (laurathomas) | 565 comments I want in!

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If there is anymore by any chance, I'd love to sign up. I know I was late, but maybe?
If not, totally understand. This one just sounds really interesting

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Farah (farah1221), if there are any copies left that is..

message 23: by Tanecia (last edited Feb 25, 2012 06:30PM) (new)

Tanecia  (books101) | 3795 comments Mod
I'm sure the author wouldn't mind a couple of more reviewers so I will check with the author.

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Lily | 180 comments I'd be interested too Tt if any more are available.

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Lily | 180 comments Oops sorry.

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Erin  Black (eblack) | 67 comments I am definitely interested.

Thanks!! :)

Tt wrote: "Hollywood and Wine by RM PalaRM Pala

Title: Hollywood and Wine
Author: RM Pala
Genre: literary fiction

**Warning this book contains Adult situations!**


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Tanecia  (books101) | 3795 comments Mod
Are any of you guys having trouble downloading the copy from smashwords? Just a question..

message 28: by Laura (new)

Laura Thomas (laurathomas) | 565 comments No, I got mine thanks.

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I didn't get my email :(

message 30: by Tawna (new)

Tawna | 479 comments Done - okay...the story was good, the writing needed work IMO. My review is ridiculously long, but I felt that to give a full and honest review for the author I had to give all my examples. I believe that with time the author can definitely improve on the issues I had, unless she feels those aren't issues, which is also okay.

message 31: by Caitlyn (new)

Caitlyn (caitlynj) Here's my review, I agree with Tawna the are definitely areas for improvement.

message 32: by Bai (new)

Bai (sleepy_reader) | 113 comments Here's my my review.

I really liked this book. Certain areas really stood out, but as the previous reviewers claimed, the writing could have been better. Nonetheless, I liked it.

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Nawnee (nawnees) | 82 comments Here is my review. I like the premise of the story and as a first book the author did great describing the era she wrote in. I think it could have used some more editing, and some scenes needed to be flushed out more.

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Laura Thomas (laurathomas) | 565 comments I felt this story was good but the wrting style made it difficult to follow. I would try another book by the author as I feel she has room to grow. here is my review

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Teresa (rainbowlover) | 45 comments CRAP IT!!! My mom got this new thing on our computer that block me from smashwords and she only got it down today and the code expired!! CURSE YOU NET NANNY!!!!! Sorry Tt, I guess I can't review it. :(

message 38: by RM (last edited Feb 27, 2012 09:06PM) (new)

RM Pala Julia wrote: "I didn't get my email :("

If you are still interested, here is a newer version. I've tried to respond to the reviews offered here. Let me know if this doesn't work.I can go the coupon route if that works better.

Smashwords Hollywood and Wine.doc

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Melana (melanah21) | 10 comments

Hope this link works! Here's my review

message 41: by RM (new)

RM Pala I want to thank all of the reviewers for taking the time to read Hollywood and Wine. I have already started on rewrites for a second edition based on comments I received here.

message 42: by Laura (new)

Laura Thomas (laurathomas) | 565 comments I would be honored to read more.

Lovey Dovey Books (loveydoveybooks) Here's my review:


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Here is my review: Hollywood and Wine

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