Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting! Themes: First love, genetic attraction, clean young adult romance, first in series free, psychics, telepathy, paranormal, mars, alien love, young leadership
Collecting all 13 issues of the completely remastered Starstruck series by Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta - that's 360-pages of Starstruck and Galactic Girl Guides adventures, covers, pin-ups, glossary, postcards, and so much more! The first truly comprehensive collection of this material in a grand, over-sized edition, this beautiful book features some of the finest art ever put to paper by Kaluta, including many pages that were never printed in the original run. Additionally, Kaluta painstakingly added approximately 20% of art to nearly every page to ensure the aspect ratio of the comic would be consistent and correct. The end result is unlike anything you've ever experienced, a head-spinning, synapse-snapping, soul-searing ride to a world like no other... the world of Starstruck!
After years as a Hollywood wild child, Claire Mackenzie put the urban jungle behind her and laid down roots in British Columbia, where she found stability running a plant nursery. So when her grandfather-screen legend Frederick Miles—invites her on a vacation aboard the cruise ship Alexandra's Dream, Claire finds it almost impossible to let her hair down again. And since Frederick has agreed to perform in a Golden Era revival show, Claire decides she'd better protect her grandfather's interests by chaperoning rehearsals. She's convinced that Liam Bates, the ship's smooth, charismatic assistant cruise director, is trying to use her grandfather to further his own showbiz career. But as much as Claire can't believe that Liam's charms aren't an act, she's having an even harder time resisting them.…
How was Nike able to take a gamble on an unknown Michael Jordan and transform itself from a $900 million company to a $9.19 billion company in less than fifteen years? Why did the artist Jeff Koons's Balloon Flower (Magenta) sell for a record $25.7 million in 2008? What does the high school football star have in common with the Hollywood headliner? And why should an actor never, ever go to Las Vegas? Celebrity—our collective fascination with particular people—is everywhere and takes many forms, from the sports star, notorious Wall Street tycoon, or film icon, to the hometown quarterback, YouTube sensation, or friend who compulsively documents his life on the Internet. We follow with rapt attention all the minute details of stars' lives: their romances, their spending habits, even how they drink their coffee. For those anointed, celebrity can translate into big business and top social status, but why do some attain stardom while millions of others do not? Why are we simply more interested in certain people? In Starstruck, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett presents the first rigorous exploration of celebrity, arguing that our desire to "celebrate" some people and not others has profound implications, elevating social statuses, making or breaking careers and companies, and generating astronomical dividends. Tracing the phenomenon from the art world to tabletop gaming conventions to the film industry, Currid-Halkett looks at celebrity as an expression of economics, geography (both real and virtual), and networking strategies. Starstruck brings together extensive statistical research and analysis, along with interviews with top agents and publicists, YouTube executives, major art dealers and gallery directors, Bollywood players, and sports experts. Laying out the enormous impact of the celebrity industry and identifying the patterns by which individuals become stars, Currid-Halkett successfully makes the argument that celebrity is an important social phenomenon and a driving force in the worldwide economy.
From the palm tree lined Sunset Boulevard to the sprawling Hollywood Hills mansions to the trendy Rodeo Drive boutiques comes a tale as can only be told by an ex-Hollywood insider! Carrington- After running away from her suffocating small Iowa town, she managed to turn herself into Hollywood's latest "It" girl. Will her jaw dropping scandal filled past destroy her career and one chance at true love? Derek- The closeted gay actor who made it big and will do anything to keep his secret. When a chance at real romance comes his way, will he be able to open his heart even if it means sacrificing his stardom? Jake- Handsome and rugged, he climbs Hollywood's producing ranks and falls for Carrington. Is his love for her strong enough to survive both of their troubled pasts? Loreen- An ex-hooker who built Hollywood's most exclusive escort service. When her empire is threatened, how far is she willing to go to save it? Bert- A down on his luck ex-power agent with enough secrets to destroy them all. By the author of the critically praised A Time Before Me, comes a novel about the ups, downs, in betweens, and insanity that is making it in Hollywood
Roland Degraft likes his life just the way it is. He’s got money, good looks, and a thriving football career and has no interest in love, marriage, and white picket fences. Until two girls breeze into his life in the most unconventional ways—at least as far as Roland is concerned—and he is thrown into a triple dilemma that threatens to change his life forever. Dilemma 1 He must make a choice. Getting this attracted to one girl is very disturbing, let alone two. Now he must make a choice, but based on what? He’s equally attracted to both of them. Dilemma 2 He must find the girl he chooses. One thing the girls have in common—they both don’t want him to find them. One uses the Internet as a shield, and the other uses the whole city. How does he find two girls who don’t want to be found? Dilemma 3 He must make her starstruck. One girl thinks she’s not good enough for him; the other believes she’s too good for him. Either way, he must find a way to convince his choice that starstruck is the best thing to be.
When Cosmo Landesman's American parents decided to move their young family to London in the swinging sixties, it was not to pursue a quieter life on this side of the pond. Quite the reverse: it was out of unbridled, unashamed lust for fame and fortune. But things did not go according to plan, and as a child Cosmo found himself charged with raising his startstruck parents and trying to cope with the publicity stunt of their 'open marriage'. Over the years he wrote press releases, blurbs and proposals for their plays, film treatments, novels, book ideas and demo tapes. He found himself playing the roll of creative midwife, personal manager, publicist, psychoanalyst and apologist. Not any more. In this hilarious memoir he finally lays bare his extraordinary childhood and the twists and turns of his parents' bizarre desire for the spotlight - and how they were always doomed to failure.
Recipe for a super sizzling Christmas: Mix together the following: —one woman determined to heat up the holidays with a hunky new date —a sexy suave millionaire —an even sexier old friend, just to spice things up Garnish with a sultry kiss under the mistletoe and watch all sexy hell break loose! Alyssa Chambers has visions of sweet temptation dancing in her head. Should she choose the hot playboy who can give her everything she's ever wanted? Or indulge in some holiday cheer with her good friend Christopher Hyde, a man who's turning out to be everything she's ever wanted? Once she shares some amazing holiday, ah, spirit with Chris, the choice becomes even harder. How can she risk their longtime friendship—even for the best sex of her life?
Two complete novels plus never-before-published bonus materials! This volume contains the first two books of the Starstruck series, along with an extended preview of book 3 and additional bonus content providing additional insights into the series. The middle of nowhere is getting a lot more interesting! Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly--literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly mundane life forever…and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Welcome to the award-winning Starstruck series, where teen romance blends with science fiction to open a whole new world of action, adventure and discovery! Inside you’ll find the first two complete novels in the series, an extended preview of Starbound, book 3, and bonus materials including a Martian glossary and other content mentioned in the books but never before published.