Young Hollywood: Episode 8 – Carys and Haze

In Young Hollywood, Episode 8 – Carys & Haze, Carys finally gets to spend the night with Haze. It is everything she’d imagine it to be. Except she can’t help but wonder where his loyalty lies.

The History

When you are a smoking hot piece of man meat like Haze Lyndon, women are bound to throw themselves at you. Haze and Carys met his first night in Los Angeles at a downtown club. She fell hard and fast for him. The next day he met Adriana who also fell for him, and in true Adriana style, she orchestrated events to put herself in front of him as much as possible.

By the time Carys crosses path with him again, it was too late. He was already in Adriana’s clutches. Too bad Carys, you snooze, you lose. There is plenty more to read about this red-hot threesome in Changes (FPS 1) the digital download is free on Amazon and most places where e-books are sold. Continue reading

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Teen Sensation Leighann DaCosta

Leighann DaCostaLeighann DaCosta was born in Bristol, Connecticut and became a singing sensation at the tender age of 6 after winning a local singing competition. Managed by her mother Savannah (Savi) DaCosta, Leighann and Savi travelled all around the country where Leighann sang and performed at state fairs.

Leighann was discovered by a junior A&R rep who happened to be at the Ohio State Fair while visiting family. Leighann’s road to stardom was paved when she won a Grammy at the age of 10 for a song she sang on the soundtrack to a children’s movie.

Leighann was 13 when her record hit platinum status following a string of #1 hits targeted at pubescent girls.

Touring became the status quo for Leighann who toured 345 days a year.

“That time was very stressful for me, I’d wake up and not know what city I was in.”

At 15, Leighann shocked the world when she walked away from the only life she’d ever known.

“I could feel my body slipping away from me, I wasn’t living, I woke up and did what everybody wanted me to do. I had been all around the world and to many different cities, yet I’ve only seen them from the window of a tour bus.”

Leighann left fans wondering what went wrong. On the outside she was living the life many people only dream about.

“Even though I had tons of people around me, I still felt lonely. I felt lost and longed to stand still, to wake up and not have to be somewhere. I wanted the quietness of having a crappy day without asking permission to do so.” Leighann went on to say that she knew a normal life existed because she kept in touch with her sister L’Wren.

“L’Wren and I are very close, she and I talked everyday; didn’t matter what part of the world I was. My conversations with her kept me grounded. She always made me laugh. In a way I envied her because she got to go to a regular school and have friends, things I never had.”

Months later it was released to the public that Leighann had moved to Los Angeles and moved in with her 21-year-old sister.

“Moving in with L’Wren was like a breath of fresh air for me. For the first time I did what I wanted and it felt great!”

Leighann also enrolled in the prestigious international school Westwood Academy of Higher Learning.

“I had never had any formal education, I always had a tutor on tour, it was always just me and her. Attending Westwood Academy is intimidating, the campus is huge and I sit in a class with 15 students and one teacher. Most of the kids had been going there for a while and everybody knew each other.”

Leighann said she has no regrets and is excited to see where life takes her. As for if she’ll ever return to the music industry, Leighann said she is focusing on being a teenager for now.

Learn more about Leighann DaCosta in the Family Portrait series, she will be headlining the soon to be released 4th novel in the series called Perfect Escape. Here is a preview chapter and sign up here to review the series.

 

The Banovic Siblings New Cover and Tour News

We are celebrating the release of the sexy new cover for the digital version of The Banovic Siblings with a new blog tour. The cast and I hit the virtual road from August 4 to August 30.

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This is your opportunity to chat with Adriana about her eclectic fashion sense. Learn 10 things about Leighann, get to know Zax Banovic, or chat with Haze about growing up multi-racial in America. You also have the opportunity to ask the cast whatever you want.

The books

A new adult novel written by Gillian Felix

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance.

You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.

You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

The Banovic Siblings new coverCollege boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

Bastard's Brew Book coverWhen L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart. Suitable for adults 18+

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Haze Lyndon – His Journey to Stardom

Today’s guest post is by up and coming model Haze C. Lyndon. Haze, 22 relocated to Los Angeles, California from Madison, Wisconsin and enrolled in UCLA’s art program. Having lived in Los Angeles myself, I chatted with Haze about his move and the culture shock that is Los Angeles.

Haze C Lyndon Hollywood star“I had been to LA a couple of times to visit and work, but living here is a completely different story. My mother was born in Los Angeles, and I noticed that people are either ashamed to admit they were born here, or there are more transplants living out here. I dunno maybe my circle is too small.” Haze laughed.

Haze never dreamed of living in LA, “I actually never really thought about it, I moved out here as a means to an end.” Lyndon said that he really wants to live in Paris where he can feed his love for art and hone his skills as an artist.

Haze got into modeling by accident, “my high school girlfriend loved photography and she would always use me as her guinea pig. I wasn’t really comfortable in front of the camera, but being the supportive boyfriend I sucked it up. Long story short she sent my pictures to a couple of agents who actually booked me on a couple of print shoots.” At first Haze booked local gigs, his then agent booked him on a couple of bigger shoots and soon Haze had enough stills for a portfolio.

Several agencies showed interest in him but he turned them down because he wanted to finish high school. Things got quiet for a couple of years as Haze went on to college. With one more year to go, he longed for something more. At the urging of his then girlfriend he returned to modeling. Then one day Jordan Talent Management (one of the top entertainment agencies in Los Angeles) reached out to him after his girlfriend sent them his updated portfolio.

“It was hard leaving my home and all the people I loved but I felt a deep calling to give modeling a shot.”

Haze contacted his high school friend who lived in Venice Beach, Ca. who at the time was looking for a roommate. “The timing was perfect! I believe in signs from the universe and this was a sign.”

“One of the things that shocked me was the cost of living out here. Fuel is through the roof and so are the basics like food and rent.”

Haze said that it shocked him how many people owned BMW’s and Mercedes and slept in their cars just to project an image. “Nothing is as it seems out here, things look perfect on the outside yet things are shit on the inside.”

I asked Haze if he was afraid that being in that environment would change him and he said he doesn’t plan on staying that long in LA. Once he makes enough money and graduates college he plans on heading off to France.

Learn more about Haze Lyndon in Changes, The Banovic Siblings and Bastard’s Brew.

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Weed Control – Research For My Novel

While doing research on the side effects of weed for my novel Bastard’s Brew (Family Portrait 3). I came across these points that I thought I’d share with you.

Marijuana, despite many studies proving its medical value, is still classified by the government as a Schedule I Substance.

So what exactly is a Schedule I Substance? And what does a substance have to be to deserve such a title? According to Wikipedia the drug has to have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or have a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. The drug is therefore illegal for any person to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense (the other part was confusing but this is the jest of it).

The UK’s Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation found that cannabis has the potential to improve the quality of life for people suffering from the following: Continue Reading

Most Expensive Perfumes

One of the fun things about writing a novel is the research that goes into the world the characters live in. I’ve decided to turn my research into a blog post I think you’ll enjoy.

If you’ve read the first novel in the series Changes then you’ll be familiar with the character named Savi. If you don’t know who Savi is, let’s just say she has very expensive taste; cars, clothes and not to mention shoes! So to get the essence of Savi I’ve had to research the world’s most expensive things, one of them being perfumes. Let the fun begin.

Clive Christian’s Imperial Majesty $215,000

Most expensive perfume in the world.

Most expensive perfume in the world.

Yep your eyes haven’t deceived you this little beauty will cost you (say it with me) two hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. I could get a 2 bedroom condo in Albuquerque for that price!

This perfume is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive perfume in the world. 

In 2006 Clive Christian created ten limited edition bottles of Imperial Majesty, presented in a Baccarat crystal bottle, bearing a 5-carat white diamond in an 18-carat gold collar, Clive Christian ensured that the 500ml (16oz) of No1 Perfume, was housed in a vessel which truly epitomized absolute luxury. He accomplished that quite nicely don’t you think?

Its position at the top of the luxury perfume world has ensured unique commissions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, in the shape of a diamond-studded crystal tiara, a pair of bottles for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and a one-off pair for Sir Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball. Talk about name dropping!

I bet you’re thinking you have to have a bottle. You can buy the Clive Christian No 1 collection at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the US and at Harrods and Fortnum & Masons in the UK. Or there is always Amazon.

Les Larmes Sacrées de Thèbes $6,800

2nd most expensive perfume in the world

2nd most expensive perfume in the world

(Sacred Tears of Thebes) was inspired by Egypt and the wares of King Tut’s tomb and was issued in 1998. The bottle is predictably a pyramidal structure capped in amethyst crystal, with a fine bubble of yellow crystal blown into it, which houses the scent. It sits on amethyst cushion feet on the four edges.

One of the reasons for the high cost is the Baccarat crystal bottle which hosts the precious scent. If you want to buy this fragrance … you’re out of luck because Bergdorf and Harrods no longer carry it, it was only available in limited edition, once it sold out, that was the end of it. I looked it up on Amazon and to my surprise my book Changes (Family Portrait)
came up! That is because Les Larmes Sacrées de Thèbes was mentioned in one of the sample chapters as Savi’s perfume of choice. Thank you Amazon! (Muah) 

Fabergé Imperial by Fabergé $600

Women's luxury perfumeImperial is a luxurious, royal Fabergé perfume, presented in 1996 in an egg – shaped French crystal bottle designed by Robert DuGreiner. Sophisticated and feminine, it is made of exotic flowers, spices and precious woods.

Top notes: bergamot, marigold, neroli, orange blossom, ylang-ylang and green leaves. Heart: jasmine, rose, carnation, osmanthus, violet leaves, cloves and broom. Base: orris root, patchouli, sandalwood and musk.

I bet this fragrance smells awesome. I love the smell of patchouli so that’s a winner for me already. Ladies, you know what to hint at for Valentine’s day.

Tom Ford Black Violet Perfume for Women $400

Expensive perfume for womenCrisp citrus surrounds a modern pulpy fruit accord, fused with black violets. Woody accents fold into oak-moss adding the universally comforting sensation of warmth. With Private Blend, Tom Ford opens a door into the mesmerizing world of artisanal scent.

Each fragrance begins with a precious extraction of a single note around which secondary notes are wrapped creating a completely developed and complex Eau de Parfum that may enchant or challenge, stimulate or delight. (got that? good.) Inspired by the dark brown glass used in apothecary bottles that are traditionally found in a perfumer’s atelier, the weighty 1.7-ounce flacon has the sleek architectural look of a chess piece and the 8.3-ounce decanter, designed to enhance the user’s home environment, is pure craftsmanship.

Shalimar Perfume for Women $390

ShalmarShalimar perfume is known as the ‘Forbidden Fragrance,’ Shalimar seduced the world at its 1925 launch and continues to entice with its daring, sensual notes of bergamot, iris, vanilla and exotic amber. This romantic classic in its famous art deco bottle is the quintessential oriental fragrance. Notes: Bergamot, Iris, Vanilla, Amber. Style: Voluptuous, warm, embracing, sensual, the perfume of temptation. Recommended Use: Day, Evening, Night. (I hope so considering its price tag).

Hope you enjoy my pick of the World’s Most Expensive Perfumes. The research for my book was just as much fun as writing this post.

Enjoy!

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