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January 22, 2014

Susan Marg

Hollywood or Not

Drew Barrymore:  She has the look. She's the one.

Drew Barrymore: . She has the look. She’s the one.

Not everyone wants to make it in Hollywood.

With the publication of “W is for Wasted,” the 23rd in a series of detective novels named for the alphabet, it’s obvious that author Sue Grafton wants nothing to do with the movie industry, even though fans would love to see her rebellious private investigator Kinsey Millhone on the big screen.

Grafton has been there; done that.

Although publishers had picked up some of Grafton’s early novels, she began writing screenplays for television movies.  Spending fifteen years at her craft, she learned the basics well: structuring a story, writing dialogue, and creating action sequences.

“After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing for work that really wasn’t mine to begin with.” she explains.

Still, it’s fun to contemplate which actress would best epitomize Grafton’s popular character.  Angelina Jolie is out of the picture, as it’s long been rumored that she will play Kay Scarpetta when a movie based on Patricia Cornwell’s novels finally becomes a reality. I nominate Drew Barrymore.  She has the right amount of spunk and vulnerability.

Better yet, Barrymore has her own production company Flower Films. Applying her abundant charm and perseverance, she might be able to change Grafton’s mind. It’s the movies. Anything’s possible.

© 2014 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved

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Press Release

June 12, 2013

Susan Marg

Cowgirl Jane Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUST ANNOUNCED:

BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS HOLLYWOOD OR BUST.

The 2013 Beach Book Festival announced winners on June 10.  Hollywood or Bust: Movie Stars Dish on Following their Dreams, Making it Big, and Surviving in Tinseltown placed first in the category Compilations/Anthologies.

Comprised of over five hundred quips, quotes, and off-the-cuff remarks from actors, directors, writers, and others involved in the business, Hollywood or Bust conveys what insiders think about themselves, their lives, their fame, their careers, each other, and the town itself. Even among those who have made it opinions vary as to whether or not the road trip down the yellow brick road to fame and fortune is worth the heartache and hard work.

Author Susan Marg is thrilled with the award.  “The Beach Book Festival seemed like a natural competition for my book.  Hollywood or Bust is a fun, summer read, filled with wit and whimsy.”  She further adds, “I won’t be going to the rewards ceremony, however, as it takes place in New York.”

Hollywood or Bust, ISBN 978-0-578-11882-6, is a 182-page paperback book consisting of seven chapters and twenty original photographs.  Topics cover dreams of success to attending the Oscars.  It lists for $14.95.

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Susan Marg is the author of Las Vegas Weddings: A Brief History, Celebrity Gossip, Everything Elvis, and the Complete Chapel Guide, published by HarperCollins.  Since she has moved her field of focus from the City of Lights to the City of Angels, her interest in popular culture has only intensified.

 

Review

June 1, 2013

Susan Marg

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers’ Favorite on 05/29/2013

FIVE STAR REVIEW!!!!!

Hollywood or Bust:

Movie Stars Dish on Following their Dreams, Making it Big,

and Surviving in Tinseltown

“Hollywood or Bust” is a selection of quotes taken from magazines, interviews, biographies, autobiographies, and the internet. Over five hundred quips, quotes and off the cuff remarks from all of your Hollywood favorites make up this exciting new book compiled by Susan Marg. Some of the quotes in this book come from actors like Rock Hudson: “I can’t play a loser, I don’t look like one”; Steve Guttenburg: “Unless you’re Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant, there are few guys who can do comedy and drama”; Ted Danson: “Acting is pretending that you’re not pretending when you’re actually pretending”; and Marilyn Monroe: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul”.

For all of you Hollywood buffs out there, this book is a must for you. Words from your favorites will give you hours and hours of pleasure and entertainment as you read and re-read these interesting quotes and quips from the famous well known people. Some sayings will give you wisdom, some may be a little harsh, some mean nothing at all, and others will make you laugh. Whatever it may be, you will be amazed at the enjoyment this little book can give you. You just can’t go wrong picking up a copy of this book for your personal library. This book would be a nice conversation piece to keep on your living room table for others to see. I think you will be very happy with your selection.

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Press Release

May 9, 2013

Susan Marg

Cowgirl Jane Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOLLYWOOD OR BUST  WINS AWARD.

San Francisco Book Festival Recognizes Excellence.

 The San Francisco Book Festival, organized by JM Northern Media LLC, announced the winners of its annual contest celebrating the best books of the spring on May 6.

A panel of experts judged the books in several categories, including fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and business, for general excellence and the potential to reach a wider audience.  Hollywood or Bust: Movie Stars Dish on Following their Dreams, Making it Big, and Surviving in Tinseltown received Honorable Mention in the Wild Card category

Although not taking the top spot, author Susan Marg is pleased with the results, as Hollywood or Bust was released just a few weeks ago.  “I believe this award validates my perception that we are endlessly fascinated with the movies and the people who make them,” she comments, adding, “It’s a fun read.”

Hollywood or Bust, ISBN 978-0-578-11882-6, is a 182-page paperback book consisting of seven chapters and twenty original photographs.  Topics cover dreams of success to attending the Oscars.  It lists for $14.95.

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 Susan Marg is the author of Las Vegas Weddings: A Brief History, Celebrity Gossip, Everything Elvis, and the Complete Chapel Guide, published by HarperCollins.  Since she has moved her field of focus from the City of Lights to the City of Angels, her interest in popular culture has only intensified.