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Janette Rallison – Just One Wish – Young Adult Fiction – Coming March 2009

Coming March 5, 2009 A Young Adult Novel by Janette Rallison Published by Putnam Juvenile Books Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, its all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery. But Annikas plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right? Janette Rallisons proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.
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Just Released: “Not Famous Anymore” by Michael Loyd Gray

(PRWEB) March 14, 2012

Contact: Vilain-Innovations Literary Agency

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E-mail: info(at)vilaininnovations(dot)com


a story about the value of fame and discovering true self

In Michael Loyd Grays new novel, “Not Famous Anymore,” recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the main character is Elliott Adrian, a famous actor of questionable skills who bottoms out in Hollywood and emerges from rehab to put the American Dream into reverse: he desires to not be famous anymore. After a short exile in Loreto, Mexico, Elliotts road trip takes him from Arizona to Arkansas and then his hometown of tiny Argus, Illinois, where he discovers the girl he was briefly married to in high school has a daughter he never met. Along the way Fox News offers a reward for anyone who can find Elliott, and, once in Argus, Elliott learns he cant quite escape from fame and must learn to straddle both worlds Hollywood as well as Argus.

From MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek, author of “I Sailed With Magellan”

Michael Loyd Gray has fashioned a story about this American century’s defining subject, celebrity, and married the subject to the lean, fast-paced style of the noir thriller. The result is a highly readable, totally engaging novel.

Excerpt, “Not Famous Anymore”:????????????????????



The less their ability, the more their conceit.

-Ahad HaAm

The more you overtake the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.

-Scotty, Star Trek IV

All I asked for was a hand job. Youd think Id asked for the world.

Youre not Elvis, Beverly said. Elliott, do you think youre Elvis?

Just a good, solid hand job. Firm grip. Decent stroke. A little palm grease.

Do I think Im Elvis? I pondered a moment. No, but I bet Elvis could have gotten a hand job.

Beverly Madigan was my personal assistant. Thats not the same as my agent. I wouldnt ask my agent for a hand job. Thats just not done. And besides, Im pretty sure he would have said no.

Elvis was loveable, Elliott. She didnt look up from her laptop. Elvis had charm. If Elvis got hand jobs it was because someone wanted to. Not because he was bored.

I was bored right down to the short and curlies.

Maybe so, Bev. But Elvis probably would have asked for the whole taco.

Do you think? she said. Well, he would have done it with more class. And please dont call it a taco, Elliott. Thats crude.

Sorry. I thought it had flair. Not so much, I guess.

Beverly squinted at me the way you might squint at a lizard climbing a screen door. You dont really want a hand job, Elliott. You just want attention.

No, I want a hand job. Attention is overrated. Hand jobs arent.

Beverly was a dull and slack-jawed blonde, but pretty, and she had large hands for a woman.

Id eyed those hands more than once. Vise grips.

I could ask one of the maids, she said. How about the limo driver?

Hes a he, Bev. Not my type.

Hes also gay, she said. Im sure hed be happy to oblige.

No, thanks. But I appreciate the offer. Youre thoughtful.

Pretty picky for a guy desperate for a hand job, Elliott.

Im not desperate.

Then have you considered just handling it yourself?

She sure had a tart tongue. That takes all the fun out of it, Bev.

Get a grip, Elliott.

Good one. A real zinger. Im impressed. Will you watch and talk dirty to me?

She smirked.

Just pretend youre me and talk dirty to yourself. Cmon, Elliott, youre an actor.

So they tell me.

From novelist Monique Raphel High, author of Between Two Worlds:

Gray bores deeply into each of his characters, shoving aside all extraneous elements until we are left only with their humanity.

From Russell Bittner, author of Trompe-lil

“I have to give Michael Loyd Gray appropriate credit for accomplishing something no other author has accomplishedat least in my readingsince Elmore Leonard: he makes his characters come alive on the page through their dialogue. At times, that dialogue may seem trivial. But the truth is, most dialogue in life is trivial. The trick for an author is to make it believable, and Gray does that in spades. He brings his characters to life through what they say and how they say itand whether we like them or not, we have to believe them for what they are.”

Talented Michael Loyd Gray has been awarded various literary prizes for his fiction. He won the 2005 Alligator Juniper Fiction Prize and the 2005 The Writers Place Award for Fiction. His novel Well Deserved won the 2008 Sol Books Prose Series Prize. He has written a sequel to Well Deserved called The Last Stop. Decembers Children, another novel by Michael Loyd Gray, was a finalist for the 2006 Sol Books Prose Series Prize and is forthcoming in 2012 from Sol Books as the young adult novel King Biscuit. Michael Loyd Grays novel Not Famous Anymore is available from Henschelhaus http://henschelhausbooks.com and Amazon.????????????????????????????????????

If you want to know more about this novel or would like to schedule an interview with the author

Michael Loyd Gray, e-mail: info(at)vilaininnovations(dot)com or call: +1 646 845 9773

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Susan Dormady Eisenberg Releases Debut Novel, THE VOICE I JUST HEARD, As An Ebook

Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) March 12, 2012

When arts journalist Susan Dormady Eisenberg was growing up in Cohoes, New York, she yearned to sing on Broadway like Julie Andrews, the Sixties’ reigning musical diva. But a funny thing happened on the way to Eisenbergs goal. Though she studied with several voice teachers and snagged Andrewss role of Guenevere in a Syracuse, NY, production of Camelot, the soprano realized she wanted to write about performing rather than perform. She presently quit singing and began jotting notes for THE VOICE I JUST HEARD, her first novel, newly published as an ebook via Amazon. The paperback will be available on April 10.

As part of her research, Eisenberg posed a question: If you have a gift, should you automatically build your life around it? Or suppose you have two talents: which one should take center stage in your career? Having consulted vocational books by experts from Thomas Merton to Po Bronson, she concluded that people pay a high emotional price when they settle for safe, predictable careers instead of listening to their hearts and taking professional risks.

These ideas drive the plot of THE VOICE I JUST HEARD, a coming-of-age saga and tale of enduring first love. The novel depicts the transformative journey of Nora Costello, a soprano who plans to sing in musicals, never dreaming she has the vocal right stuff for opera. But before Nora can ponder the classical path suggested by Bart Wheeler, a washed-up Broadway baritone who becomes her mentor, she must battle paralyzing self-doubt and grief when her brother dies in Vietnam. She evolves into a heroine to root for, and in the words of MARRYING MOZART author and former opera soprano, Stephanie Cowell, “THE VOICE I JUST HEARD is a luminous novel of friendship, family, and faith.

Eisenberg finished her first novel after profiling 16 world-class singers and directors in Opera News, Classical Singer, and Huffington Post. She also drew on her early career as an arts publicist to replicate the roar of the greasepaint ambience of backstage life, creating scenes at a summer tent theater in Latham, New York, during Annie Get Your Gun and a D.C. opera house during Carmen.

As publicist for Goodspeed Opera House and Syracuse Stage, and more recently as a journalist, Eisenberg says, Ive met actors and singers who were willing to share the ups and downs of their careerseverything from their own stage fright to casting debacles. Through the struggles of Nora and Bart, Ive tried to offer a realistic picture of the problems that performers face, and the cost of chasing their dreamsor worse, not chasing them and feeling unfulfilled.

Though she was represented by a literary agent for three years, Eisenberg decided to launch her novel as an “indie when she read about NBCs new hit series “Smash,” a show featuring rival Broadway sopranos. The pilot of ‘Smash’ was watched by 11.44 million viewers on February 6, she says, so I knew the time was right for Noras story. Set in 1970, it should have special appeal to Baby Boomers. Its also a valentine to my hometown of Cohoes, site of the Cohoes Falls, a natural wonder with links to Native American history.

Eisenberg spent years crafting the novel that has been vetted by 25 test readers, two successful authors, her former agent, and an independent editor who helped refine an earlier draft. She studied fiction writing at Michigan State and American University and has written corporate and promotional publications for over 40 companies. She lives in Maryland with her husband, a health care executive.

THE VOICE I JUST HEARD is available as an ebook at Amazon.com and BN.com (Barnes & Noble). Amazon and B&N will also offer the print edition beginning April 10.