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When Toots Loudenberry relocated to Los Angeles from South Carolina to be near her daughter, Abby, she expected to bump into the occasional celebrity. She just never expected them to be dead. Meanwhile, Toots, Sophie, and Mavis are concerned that the prestigious Dr. Sameer’s budding romance with Ida may have something to do with his ailing bank balance. And Abby’s attempted makeover of the celebrity magazine The Informer into the most talked-about tabloid in town could end more ...

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When Toots Loudenberry relocated to Los Angeles from South Carolina to be near her daughter, Abby, she expected to bump into the occasional celebrity. She just never expected them to be dead. Meanwhile, Toots, Sophie, and Mavis are concerned that the prestigious Dr. Sameer’s budding romance with Ida may have something to do with his ailing bank balance. And Abby’s attempted makeover of the celebrity magazine The Informer into the most talked-about tabloid in town could end more than just her career.

But the Godmothers wouldn’t be the Godmothers if they weren’t pulling a few behind-the-scenes strings, and Abby’s hopes of changing the fortunes of The Informer are still alive. Yet it’ll take an assist from a source no one could have predicted, let alone see, to secure a story that will shake Tinseltown to its very core…

“The Godmothers series [is] pure recession-proof fun.” — Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
The tedious sequel to The Scoop sends Charleston, S.C., grande dame Toots Loudenberry to L.A. to help her daughter, Abby, who is running a struggling tabloid. Toots brings along her best friends--Ida, Sophie, and Mavis--and though the ladies envision some wild times, what they find instead is a haunted Malibu beach house, possible career ruin for Abby, and a dodgy doctor boyfriend for Ida. While there is plenty going on, none of the shenanigans forms what could be called a plot, and too many of the developments are unbelievably outlandish. Meanwhile, none of the characters is especially menaced by her alleged problems, which is almost fine, because Michaels doesn't follow through on the lightweight villainy. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480541344
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Godmothers Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 710,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    not one of her best efforts

    I was enjoying this book until I got about 3/4ths of the way through it. It seemed like she got tired of writing and just started shutting down the book. Several of the story lines got all built up, taking up a good portion on the book, just to be dropped. We did get a hint of what happened, but after all the build up, it was definitely a let down. Also, the godmother's seem to be getting stupid. Not every book has to have super smart main characters, but these flaws were too much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    fans who enjoy a lighthearted best friends' romp will appreciate the zany Scoop

    Affluent Toots Loudenberry anonymously buys the tabloid The Informer for her daughter Abby to run (see Scoop). To help Abby, Toots and the posse (Ida, Sophie, and Mavis) move from Charleston, South Carolina to Los Angeles. The four Magnolia State Golden Girls look forward to meeting the who's who of Hollywood.

    Toots succeeds in meeting a celeb except for one problem; the famous person is the ghost of the dead owner of the beachside mansion she bought; at least that is Mavis' explanation. Meanwhile Ida meets Dr. Sameer and they seem to have hit it off. While chaos has come to Los Angeles, Abby struggles with turning the Informer around.

    The BFF quartet makes for an amusing Southern invasion of Southern California. Humorous as havoc seems to follow everywhere Toots and company go (kind of like Lucy and Ethel), the story line lacks deepness as the woes of each of the ladies seem irrelevant to them and none stand out as the prime focus. Still, fans who enjoy a lighthearted best friends' romp will appreciate the zany Scoop.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    highly recommended

    you can't stop reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    highly recommended

    Read the first book and got hooked couldn't wait the the next books to finish the series

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended-have to reading

    This is the fun reading one would expect from Fern Michaels. If I were to cast the characters I absolutely would ask Shirley Maclain to be "Toots.
    It is a good series of "Godmothers" that is hard to stop reading. Love it!!!

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Not my favorite

    I couldn't even finish the book. I just really did not like it. I love Fern michaels and have read many of her books. I even liked the first book in this series, but just didn't care for this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Disappointing

    I have enjoyed many of Fern Michaels' books. She seems to have fallen into the habit of milking subsequent installments of her series using too much repetition and not enough enthusiasm. The first book "The Scoop" was enjoyable; this book was not too repetiotive and she may as well have phoned it in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Recommend this book as well as other Fern Michaels' books

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book; very interesting and keeps your attention.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Great book!

    Loved this story from the beginning. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A Great Read

    I really enjoyed this series. as with the Sisterhood Series, I couldn't
    put it down. I think part of the reason is I'm in the age group of these women and so are most of my friends and we can relate to their
    "quirks". They are an outstanding group of seniors and I'd love to
    join them on their adventures. I hope there are more to come in this
    series and I wouldn't mind another book or two on the Sisterhood either.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Verry Good

    Very funny. Keeps you laughing.

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    Posted December 22, 2010

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