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My Favorite Books

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As a book publicist, I read books all day.  My passion in life is a great story and book.  I like adventure, romance, and also biographies.  I love reading about a person’s story.  What happened to them and how did they overcome their problems?
In this blog, I will list my favorite books as well as books I’m currently reading.  I’ll list my favorite biographies and romance novels.
Biographies:
There are many wonderful biographies.  My favorites are about Hollywood, specifically old Hollywood.   Here are a few of my favorites:
1.    Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans
2.    How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood by William J. Mann
3.    MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by Michael Troyan
4.    TCM: Classic Movie Trivia: Turner Classic Movies
5.    Anything by David McCullough
Romance:
Ahh, I love a good romance novel.  They are pure fantasy.   My favorite thing is to sit on a rainy day with tea and read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.  Here are a few hidden gems.
1.    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
2.    The Gift by Julie Garwood
3.    Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
4.    Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
5.    Crossfire Novels by Sylvia Day
Enjoy a great story today!

Little Girl Lost

June 6th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Hollywood eats their young and forgets their old.  
In my opinion, this is a very true statement.   Through the years many celebrities have fallen victim to this statement:  From Drew Barrymore to Marilyn Monroe to Judy Garland.   Stars have very high highs and even lower lows.   They may be Academy-Award winning actors one day and the next they are on the cover of tabloids for bankruptcy, drug overdoses or divorces.
Many stars overcome these issues.  Drew Barrymore is a wonderful example of a person being able to overcome her family history of drug and alcohol abuse as well as self-destructive behavior.   She is a new mom, wife and a prolific producer and director.
Other stars were victims of the Hollywood system.  Stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland died too soon and we lost their enormous talents.   They fell victim to the expectations placed on them when in the limelight.  No one is perfect and we want our stars to be perfect.
Yesterday the gossip sites and several TV shows were discussing Paris Jackson.  Many are saying she attempted suicide.  This is 15-year-old girl.  She lost the only parent she knew in her father, Michael Jackson.  She is reconnecting with her mother and getting used to being in the limelight.
This young girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders.   She needs someone to talk with and she needs to be out of the limelight.
Maybe Michael had the right idea when he put masks on his kids when they went out in public.
I wish Paris well and I know she will overcome her troubles.

The Witherspoon P.R. Mistake

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Friday night Reese Witherspoon committed the ultimate celebrity crime: She used the phrase, “Don’t You Know Who I Am?”

When I read the news of Witherspoon’s arrest on Sunday night, I was shocked.  Reese Witherspoon is the Doris Day of Hollywood.  Her reputation has been solid since she appeared in her first movie,  “A Man in the Moon.”

She won an Oscar for “Walk the Line” and has three kids who are adjusted.   They live a quiet life and seem to operate as a traditional family.

Being arrested for disorderly conduct is a 180-degree departure from her reputation.

However, this is a study in PR.   Her reputation has been damaged but she can revive her career.
Below are my suggestions for Witherspoon’s recovery.

The Good Girl image is gone.  It will not come back because journalists will continue to bring this up until she addresses the arrest.

I suggest she embrace it.

1.    Tell your story.  What happened?  Was she confused about their alcohol level?  Why didn’t she call a taxi?  Educated others about her mistakes.

2.    This makes her edgier.  Take advantage of this to get more radical roles.  Become a superhero.  Make dramas.  Embrace the change.

3.    Admit to the “Don’t You Know who I Am” remark.  How does fame change a person and how can someone deal with it.

In the end, she is just a person and we all make mistakes.  However, this is something that will not go away and Reese needs to address these issues.