Introducing the Starlet Series young adult books for new adult & college readers, a snapshot of a Hollywood star’s life as she gains independence from those who control her every move.
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Read 2015 Readers’ Favorite Young Adult Fiction winner Starlet’s Man, a stand-alone novel for readers interested in celebrity life & social issues that can be read before Starlet’s Web or after Starlet’s Light.
Lights. Cameras. Lies. Teen Santa Monica GETS DRAMATIC.
High school student athlete, Manny Biro, is caught between the boy he should be and the man he wants to become. Searching for meaning beyond acting like a Latino Player, Manny kisses and then disses too many girls. Not thinking he could ever be equal to the girl he has always wanted, actress Marie Michael, he simply seeks a nice girl to take to prom. But the Hollywood culture clashes with his humble spirit. Finally, he and Marie date. But can their young love survive Hollywood within his moral contradictions?
“Starlet’s Man offers a realistic, behind-the-scenes alternative for teens and young adults interested in the celebrity lifestyle.” – 5 Stars ForeWord Reviews
~ STARLET’S MAN SILVER MEDAL: 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ~
~ MOST ORIGINAL SERIES: 2015 Double Decker Book Awards ~
Discover the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner Starlet’s Web and uncover the life of a talented actress caught in Hollywood’s web of lies. Fans of realistic fiction, celebrity memoirs, and Hollywood life will see inside the lives of children of celebrities and the contradictions inherent in pursuing the dream to be a star.
Love. Lies. Acting. Teen Santa Monica GETS REAL.
Gorgeous and talented actress, Liana Marie Michael, plays the Hollywood publicity game but is in love with humble half-Latino Manny, her honest and reliable childhood friend. They go to prom and graduate, dealing with hot guys, mean girls, and culture clashes. Mommy Dearest has other plans for her. Anti-aging drugs have side effects. The quest for youthfulness takes its first victims. Can the teens escape Hollywood’s web?
“Starlet’s Web is a captivating story about the life of Hollywood teenage star and the price she has had to pay.” – 5 Stars Readers’ Favorite
~ STARLET’S WEB GOLD MEDAL: 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ~
From the award-winning author of the Starlet Series, comes Starlet’s Run, a novel perfect for young adult, new adult and contemporary fiction readers interested in teen celebrity life. The Starlet Series shows authentic experiences of young adults who live under social isolation and intense criticism from peering outsiders. A must-read for anyone pursuing a dream to become a star, the Starlet Series shows that an actress’s resilience is far more crucial to success than beauty and talent.
Love. Intentions. Acting. Teen Santa Monica GETS COMPLICATED.
Teen Hollywood actress Liana Marie Michael and smart hunk Manny hide their relationship from the media. Insecure and dealing with health issues from anti-aging treatments, Liana wants to marry Manny. They visit Liana’s Bitterroot Salish Grandmother’s ranch. She reconnects with nature only to question if city-boy Manny is truly right for her. No one will let the couple make their own decisions. Back in Santa Monica, the show goes on, literally, in front of the green screen on a Hollywood sound stage. Is the price of fame worth it?
“YA fans will absolutely want to check out this series, where they’ll find a new heroine to root for in the flawed but sympathetic Liana.” – BlueInk Review
Based on real life behind-the-scenes Hollywood, fictional actress Liana Marie struggles with trust and commitment as she shapes the role she plays in her own life. She gives up the fight for authenticity until she sees the way she can shape her future in award-winning Starlet’s Light, the third fictional memoir in the Starlet Series for new adult & college readers.
Liana Marie works on set in Europe. Now struggling with Congestive Heart Failure from her beauty cocktail, she dumps Manny and hooks up with Swiss pharmaceutical billionaire-heir Pierre. She learns about what she wants and commitment is number one on her list. With the support of new friends and old ones, she decides to risk social media annihilation. She wants Manny. Does he feel the same?
We are all flies and spiders in a web of stories. If I live a more authentic life, can love prevail despite my many faults? Can truth alter Hollywood’s web?
~ STARLET’S LIGHT SILVER MEDAL: 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ~
Love. Justice. Living. Teen Hollywood GETS SMART.
After Hollywood celebrity actress Liana Marie Michael secretly marries Manny, his sister Janet performs on stage against her parents’ wishes before running away. Moments before their honeymoon, the newlyweds find Janet while learning two things: not only is Liana’s career over due to her scar, but the doctor responsible for the anti-aging drugs is on the move with funding from Liana’s lawyer. With the help of Pierre and people from Liana’s past, can they find the doctor so Liana can control her future? Will it be in time to save her dying mother?
The Starlet Series is NOT a steamy romance. It is realistic fiction based on how children of celebrities mature into adults in a morally ambiguous environment.
Carla J. Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. Her award-winning books, The Starlet Series, are available through Amazon.com: Starlet’s Man #0.5, Starlet’s Web, Starlet’s Run, Starlet’s Light.
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Same novels, new covers! Although the original Starlet’s Web cover won an award for best book cover for a teen series, the new covers reflect the new adult and coming-of-age content inside. The print edition will continue to maintain the old covers for readers who like a pretty, consistent bookshelf display.