Dustin Reviews: Bitch Hollywood by Robert Bryndza & Ján Bryndza



Bitch Hollywood
When handsome twenty-five year old Fillip wins the American Green Card Lottery, his dreams of being a Hollywood Costume Designer come a leap closer.

But Hollywood is a huge shock, moving from his cosy, comfortable life in London to the cut-throat world of Tinseltown.

Then a stroke of luck first meeting leads to a job with fading actress Veronica Madison – a movie star on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Soon Fillip is pulled into the dark and hilarious world she inhabits, surrounded by the famous (and infamous) residents of the Hollywood Hills.

Fillip faces a choice, to make his dream a reality should he become a manipulative fame-hungry wannabe? Or should he choose happiness and return to the love of his life he left back home in London?

Bitch Hollywood is a hilarious celebrity comedy about the trials of life and love in the city where dreams are supposed to come true.

Bitch Hollywood was a delightful humorous romp into Fillip’s topsy-turvy reality where if it could go bad, it usually did. Plagued with bad luck, poor timing and a small cast of dysfunctional one-dimensional Hollywood characters, Fillip treads water (so to speak) in an attempt to make his career dream come true in Hollywood. Bitch Hollywood is the cure to cheer any reader on a gray and gloomy day.

About the authors

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is a British born author and playwright, currently living in Slovakia. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug when his play Branko & Branka: The Croatian Magic Sensation was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival.

He was a finalist in the 2010 BBC Drama Writers Academy and has published two novels, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard and Bitch Hollywood (co- written with Ján Bryndza). The latter was inspired by the year Robert and Ján spent living and working in Los Angeles.

Robert is currently working on a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding – which will be published in May 2013.

If you fancy getting in contact with Rob visit his website at www.teambryndzabooks.com add him on Twitter: @RobertBryndza add him on Facebook :facebook.com/teambryndza or email him at robertbryndza@gmail.com

Jan Bryndza

Ján Bryndza is published author of bestseller Bitch Hollywood and was born in the magical town of Nitra, Czechoslovakia now Slovakia.

He has worked in the fashion industry his entire life, first as a Model and then a Stylist and Fashion Journalist. His work as a Stylist took him to Hollywood where he lived and worked for a year with his civil partner Robert Bryndza. Their adventures from this time were the inspiration and starting point for Bitch Hollywood.

Ján now lives in Nitra-Slovakia with Robert Bryndza, where they work together as Team Bryndza Books. He has just completed a Slovak translation of The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard, which will be published by Ikar in 2013.

Bitch Hollywood is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bitch-Hollywood-Celebrity-Comedy-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

Page Count: 251 pages
Publication Date: August 25, 2012 (
Team Bryndza Books)
Language: English
ISBN:147915394X
ISBN13: 9781479153947
ASIN:B0092FW64M

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen


If It Aint Love by Tamara Allen

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

A Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Nominee

If It Ain’t Love isn’t a typical M/M Romance (cookie-cutter style) novel with in-your-face sex and shallow characters. Instead, Tamara Allen brings “real” characters to life in a well written feel-good story filled with human compassion. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, it is written in a manner that the reader could easily mistake it for a contemporary tale. Timeless.

If It Ain’t Love is available at::Smashwords & Amazon

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86037

http://www.amazon.com/If-It-Aint-Love-ebook/dp/B005KV1EHW

Print Length: 44 pages
Publication Date: August 25th 2011 by Tamara Allen
Language: English
ASIN: B005KV1EHW

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde


When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan HydeRussell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: Rusty’s mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother Ben alone. This news also saves Rusty’s life. He’s still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center–and only one of his friends and colleagues survives. In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground.

Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn’t changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack, while Rusty struggles to put the the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father’s bakery.

Rusty is beginning to get his life back…until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.

When You Were Older was a surprise read. I hadn’t expected to be drawn into the story as I was with this read. The characters are absolutely amazing. The story line is unsettling and felt too real, probably because I came from a small town and had similar aspirations as Rusty. I truly felt for Rusty as his reality (as for countless others) was turned upside down on that nightmarish September 11th day.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

About the author

I’m the author of 18 published and forthcoming books.

My newest releases are Don’t Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World , When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is and When You Were Older (Transworld UK, Spring 2012).

Newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness.

Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List. Jumpstart the World was chosen as a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, received a third place Rainbow Award for Young Adult/Coming of Age Fiction and a tie for first place in Bisexual/Transgender Fiction. Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.

Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart.

Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The mass market paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. It is still in print, and was rereleased in a trade paperback edition in April of 2010.

Author web site:www.catherineryanhyde.com

When You Were Older is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/When-You-Were-Older-ebook/dp/B00A2ZW1A0

Kindle Length: 374 pages
Publication Date: November 6th 2012 (first published March 29th 2012)
Language: English
ASIN: B00A2ZW1A0

5 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Pieces of a Puzzle by Jenny Gill


Pieces of a Puzzle by Jenny Gill

Happily married Alison and Mark are chatting about their coming holiday. She goes to the kitchen to finish supper preparations.When she comes out he has disappeared without a trace, taking nothing with him. She never sees him again. Then 17 years later a solicitor’s letter starts her on a search for answers. She needs to piece together the whole puzzle in order to put it behind her and get on with her life.

Pieces of a Puzzle (Southhill Sagas) (Volume 1) is told in snippets of random flashbacks until the story is fully revealed. At times this reader was lost since the flashbacks were not laid out in chronological order. My preferences aside, the overall story was interesting and held my attention.

Jenny Gill

About the author

Jenny Gill lives in beautiful Cape Town, with her husband, two dogs and a cat. They lived in Surrey, England for many years – where her books are set.

She enjoyed her characters so much that she didn’t want to say good bye to them so you will find characters from one book making a cameo appearance in another.

You can follow her blogs on www.jennygill1.blogspot.com and www.babyboomerfictionwriter.blogspot.com

Pieces of a Puzzle is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Puzzle-Southhill-Sagas-ebook/dp/B00A1AETYC

Print Length: 254 pages
Publication Date:
November 2, 2012
Language: English
ASI
N: B00A1AETYC

3 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio


Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio

Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV’s Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he’s given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It’s Zach’s dream investigation- but there’s a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show’s integrity and his team’s loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum comes to life much like a real-life docu-drama one might view on an educational TV channel. The story moves along at a nice pace while steadily revealing small clues that will eventually answer the growing number of unanswered questions. Lies and suspicions between the two competitive paranormal investigative teams along with unexplained paranormal activity make for more than just an engrossing ghost story.

Stephen Prosapio

About the author

Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. After reporting for one of the nation’s largest fantasy football websites, footballguys.com, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in Gather.com’s 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in July of 2010. Articles about him and his writing have been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, The North County Times, Today’s Local News, San Diego Magazine and the DePaul University Alumni magazine.

Stephen’s second novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense novel about a paranormal researcher—who is himself possessed—forced to team with a rival TV ghost hunting show investigating a 19th century asylum. He uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.

Stephen works as an executive recruiter and resides in Oceanside, California. He is currently crafting a sequel to Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum that chronicles the Xavier Paranormal Investigators next case.

Stephen Prosapio’s author website: http://www.prosapio.com

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-of-Rosewood-Asylum-ebook/dp/B008KWVPZO

Print Length: 294 pages
Publication Date: May 10th 2011 by Otherworld Publications LLC
Language: English
ISBN: 1936593106

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: A Dead Red Cadillac (A Dead Red #1) by R.P. Dahlke


A Dead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.

A Dead Red Cadillac is the perfect solution for a dreary, rainy weekend. It has just the right amount of humor, drama and suspense to distract from the inclement weather outdoors. Kick off your shoes, wiggle your toes and sink into the couch with a cup of Earl Grey tea. For a couple of leisurely hours, totally lose yourself in Lalla Bains world.

RP Dahlke

About the author

I got to thinking why I so very much like reading and writing about strong women. To be honest with you, I think it’s because I’ve spent most of my life as a wimp, doing as I was told, minding my manners, saying all the right, and expected, things, until one day I realized being miss-goody-two-shoes was getting me exactly nowhere. Since then, I’ve been called disrespectful, annoyingly forward, and my favorite—uppity. To make up for lost time, I now suit up as Lalla Bains, born again bachelorette, ex-NY Model, crop-duster, sometime amateur sleuth. I might as well let her tell it… she’s crowding me for the spotlight anyway.

Lalla Bains here, and I seldom do as I’m told especially after my lyin’, cheatin’ whoring second ex-husband took up with yet another too-tasty-to-resist side-dish.

So what if I took a baseball bat to his recently restored vintage Caddy? It was worth it just to watch him try to yodel his way out of this latest lie… like I didn’t catch him and his secretary fogging up the windows of his pimp-mobile.

I smashed in the headlights, the driver’s side window, and just for good measure, slashed the tires. That way, he had to get a tow. I skinned him of the Caddy in the divorce and, just for spite, painted it candy apple red.

That’s me, hell raiser–well, sort of. Flying and partying don’t mix during the long hard days of summer. Even if I had the energy I get too damn little sleep as it is and now that I’m fu-fuuu-fu-forty.–‘kay, that’s–that’s just–rude to laugh. You try my life for a day–up at three a.m., chasing after lazy pilots and the smart mouthed ground crew I inherited when my dad when he went in for a triple by-pass.

“Would you mind coming home and taking over the crop-dusting business?” he says, coughing lightly into the phone. “I might not be around much longer.”

Miraculously recovered, my tight-wad father is now too busy to take back his desk, what with rediscovering a whole new wardrobe from the back of his closet. He’s in leisure suits, squiring local widows to funerals and scarfing up free meals at the wakes while I try to shake off the ankle biting Chihuahua we inherited from the last murder case.

On the bright side, my love life is finally out of the dumps since I have a wonderful relationship with Sheriff Caleb Stone. Well, that is, it would be, if only I could do as I’m told and stay away from solving crimes. It’s not my fault that people die at my feet, or they’re found six feet under a local lake strapped into the front seat of my trophy red caddy.

But, If I did as I was told and stayed out of trouble, I never would have solved those cases. Besides, it helps keep my mind off turning fu-fuu-forty. So, now you understand why well behaved women seldom make history is now my motto.

Note to self: tattoo the above quote somewhere I can clearly see it when I’m in another jam.

From the Author on Amazon

R.P. Dahlke’s author website: www.rpdahlke.com

A Dead Red Cadillac is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/A-DEAD-RED-CADILLAC-ebook/dp/B004QOAZO2

Print Length: 289 pages Kindle Edition, 203 pages Publication Date: March 3rd 2011 by Dead Bear Publishing (first published March 1st 2011) Series: A Dead Red #1 Language: English ASIN: B004QOAZO2

4 out of 5 stars