Duncan Smith-Holmes is a struggling young actor who is in desperate need of a paying gig or he has to leave Hollywood. But a bizarre casting call and an opportunity to land a major role in a high budget movie is something he can't pass up -- no matter what the consequences.
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About the Author
Lisa Maliga is the author of Love Me, Need Me: A Narcissist's Tale which is the story of Arlen J. Stevenson, a small town boy turned online predator. Notes from Nadir is about a Los Angeles-based writer who moves back home to live with her elderly mother in flyover country. North of Sunset is a novel about the costliest area in Beverly Hills and even there, sometimes you find what you're not looking for... She has written numerous articles on pets, bath & body products. A Hollywood-based short story collection, South of Sunset includes seven short stories, including the novelette Urban Legend ~ Hollywood Style. Hollywood Office Temp is a look at the film industry of the 1990s as written in an engaging diary format. Visit LisaMaliga.com
She has also co-written "Paranormal State Exposed"
"The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting" Review Excerpt by Rebecca of the Soap Deli News Blog:
"What I like best about this book is how comprehensive it is overall. It starts small with many of the basics some instructional guides tend to skip over or breeze through, and expands on the information as you progress. It includes instructions on not only the best way to make your soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results. This helpful how to soapmaking book covers everything from choosing your soap base and molds to adding fragrances, herbs, and color."
Excerpt by Shala Kerrigan of Don't Eat the Paste:
"One of the best things in my opinion about melt and pour soap crafting is that it's a very friendly craft. You don't need to be a kitchen chemist. It's a craft that's ideal for parents to do with children as gifts or as the start of a home based business. Because of the nature of melt and pour soap, anything that doesn't work out is still usable in your home."
Excerpt by Patrice of The Soap Seduction:
"What I like about this book is it's just not a book full of projects. Lisa gives you some background on what melt and pour soapmaking is along with tips and tricks as well as facts and safety tips. This book is perfetto for newbs and presents some fun, indoor activity for the kiddos. Throw a soap party and invite your best buds over for a little pinot and soapmaking."
Reviews for SATAN'S CASTING CALL
"a microcosm of hollywood as a swift kick to.....your right kidney... really fun short as i'm a fan of la and sf stories. i see it as a washed out color short... 17 minutes tops... lol... seriously, fun read..."
"Satan's Casting Call is a quick read at just over 9000 words. While the story is entertaining, it does lack the depth that keeps you emotionally attached to any characters.
Duncan is an out-of-work actor and he'll do anything to get in the limelight. He arrives at an open casting call, and is astonished to find out he is the only person there for the audition. After discussing the project with the producer, Duncan decides that this role is far too important, and high-paying to let it slip from his fingers. The only problem is the people involved want the actor to resemble the main character... to the point of disfiguration.
Desperate and broke, Duncan seeks whatever it will take to land this role. How far would you be willing to go, and for how much money?
This was tasty tidbit of horror that reminded me of The Twilight Zone."
Reviews for NOTES FROM NADIR
As reviewed on the Amazon UK site: "I first started reading this memoir through the author's blog, and I was quickly hooked by her conversational, down-to-earth style. The book - with lots of new content not featured on the blog - follows the author as she leaves behind her LA life and returns to her roots, with lots of vignettes and familial snapshots along the way. A very enjoyable read about trying to fit back into a mould you no longer fit." Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game
"This book reads like a memoir and I think it's because it is. Honestly, I wasn't sure I could get through it because it started at an odd point in the character's life. However, after I started, I couldn't put it down. Seriously.
Why? It boils down to one thing: The writer is an amazing story teller. The way she describes even the most mundane events drew me in. I had to know what was going to happen next. I can't compare this book to any other books I've read because it isn't. If this isn't a true story, you'll believe it is.
The ending really surprised me and it left such a impact, I'm sure I'm not going to forget this novel in a long time. This is part one in the series. The second book is a must read for me."
Clarissa Draper on her blog "Listen To The Voices"