About the author
Emily was a protege of the late master of the pulps or paperback originals, Harry Whittington. See acknowledgements in the opening of the novel. He taught her to plot and gave her approval of the original outline and sample chapter for "Marquel" shortly before he died in 1989.
Harry and his wife Kathryn lived in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida in the latter part of his life and Emily met him through the Suncoast Writer's Conference in St. Petersburg and later wrote a local feature about Harry. Emily became friends with the author and his wife and was instrumental in helping the family remember the quote Harry wanted on his grave marker: "One of the Masters of the Roman Noir" which was a partial quote from The Magazine Literaire (Paris). Harry is buried in St. Petersburg.
Emily spent the early part of her writing career working for the Clearwater Sun daily newspaper and it's weekly division. Once she and husband Tom began raising their daughters, she focused more on family and after a long hiatus and both girls now grown women and working in the film industry, she is ready to start anew and rekindle her love for writing.
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Marquel is a fast ride from Florida to Hollywood California and back to Florida again. An emotionally broken yet rising star Marquel is struggling with haunting memories, a romance with her psychiatrist, a mystery man who is stalking her all while an aggressive tabloid journalist Mark Collins is trying to unveil her past. It's a race to see who will discover her secrets first and how that knowledge with effect her career and the men who love her.
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Posted on BN.com November 11, 2012
Where to start! Its going to be so hard to review this book without giving away spoilers!
Marquel is Hollywood superstar. But she is fragile and damaged from events in her past that she cannot remember. Mark Collins is a tabloid reporter, looking for his big break, and determined to get it. He knows Marquel is hiding a story that could make his career and nothing is going to stop him from uncovering it and making it public. As Marquel begins to spiral even further into herself, her agent Ken fears he will loose his biggest star and sends her to a therapist. There Marquel begins to find happiness in the arms of her doctor. But the secrets Marquel has been keeping, even from herself are so shocking that her whole way of life, and the lives of those around her is about to change dramatically.
Marquel had me hooked from the very first page. Its been many years since ive read a book in this style (think Jackie Collins), and I had forgotten how much i enjoy them. The story changes perspective from character to character every few pages, which I loved, because it meant the story never felt slow. It was a little confusing early on, as there really is quite a large cast of characters to keep track of, but once you know who's who, it isn't a problem. My only real complaint with the book lies in this area. There are so many characters introduced early on that i didn't really feel were necessary. They might have been mentioned once or twice later on in the book, but overall, they didn't add anything to the story, and i think to save confusion, they probably could have been left out completely.
The main story of course, is the mystery surrounding Marquel's past. It had me guessing the whole time. I changed my mind multiple times, trying to figure out what had happened to her, and when i did finally find out i was stunned. I truly hadn't seen that coming! It was so cleverly done!And that ending! I really had no idea what to feel! I was both happy and sad and then happy again.
Overall, i really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Emily's work. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast moving story, or who enjoys the hollywood romance/mystery genres.
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St. Blair: Children of the Night
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Twenty-four hours earlier the world was a pristine, productive, demon-free society and Sybille Malone an unknown Region One Fabric Counsel designer. Global Good's curator and guardian of banished relics warehoused in the Arctic Region, Eston Cote, needs to act fast. As Global Good's North Quad leader, he must prepare his colleagues in the other three Quadrants of the world for something they have never known... warfare. Celestial warfare. A fight for souls. Eston has discovered Sybille's connection to a chain of supernatural events that not only caused planetary earthquakes, but unleashed the Holy Warrior St. Michael the Archangel and his enemies. Michael's sole mission is to defend Sybille's calling, slaying the hounds of hell who threaten to possess the citizens of her world. Divinely foreseen and journaled by 21st century teenager St. Blair, Sybille's only hope of reining in the evil she unleashed on September 14, 2202, is to follow the directives of Blair and the saints before the demonic possessions outnumber the innocents.
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