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Holly(Woods) by Naomi Laeuchli

...a serial novel of love, fame and betrayal in the city of angels. 

Holly(Woods) is a serial novel following a young woman in her dream of becoming an actress. In the tangled world of fame and fortune however nothing is ever easy; nor is it in the world of the heart.

Holly has moved to Los Angeles in hopes of pursuing a film career. When she’s cast in a small role on a popular TV show things start to look up, but she soon learns the world of Hollywood is a difficult one to navigate and not everyone can be trusted.

With the help of Evelyn Martin, a faded starlet, and Peter Glades, a man with a past he’s desperate to keep hidden, Holly tries to learn the ropes and deal with the politics of fame that follows her budding relationship with Hollywood heartthrob Alan Ryder.

But just as Holly starts to find her footing, a dark secret from the past threatens to destroy everything she has worked for.

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Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Mar 9, 2013: Holly(Woods) follows a familiar story line, that of a young woman coming to Hollywood to try her luck at becoming a star, but the author of this tale has a way of making the time-worn story seem fresh.

Right away, I liked her breezy, almost conversational writing tone that makes Holly’s world seem accessible. I also liked that although Holly (the main character), is young she isn’t completely naïve, and ends up taking a rather mean step against someone who was trying to take advantage of her early in the story. This signaled to me that I shouldn’t expect a lot of the clichés that I’ve seen before in this type of story, and the author does deliver in that regard so far. The story is only thirteen chapters in so far, so I’m hoping that this trend continues.

As far as what could be improved, there are some typos in all of the chapters I’ve read so far, and unfortunately they don’t seem like the kind that spell check would pick up (e.g., “away” is used when “way” is meant, “ally” is used when “alley” is meant, etc.). I’d recommend the author get a friend to proofread her work in the future; this is the sort of thing that a second reader would probably pick up pretty quickly but that the author, who’s seen the text numerous times, might not pick up on.

At any rate, I’ve found that the story is interesting so far and was able to draw me in quickly. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes Hollywood insider stories told from the perspective of an outsider.

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Holly(Woods) is a Tasty Bar Drink

By Eldon Cene, member

Aug 2, 2013: I’m up to Episode 14, Scene 2, and "Holly(Woods)" still kicks it.

This author writes smooth as a stream bed. Nothing tosses you out of the story. The youthful characters are all movie town strivers. Some are wizened. Some are at the top of their game. The one I’m rooting for has been burned, and trying to recover but not playing it particularly well. Holly is young and fresh and beautiful and apparently talented. She’s clueless but decent and a fast [more . . .]

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By AGreyWorld, author of A Grey World

May 10, 2013: I’ve read this for a while now but waited until there were a fair few chapters before writing a review.

It’s quite a difficult story for me to review as I’m normally reading Sci-fi, action and fantasy – I don’t have much to compare it with. I keep coming back though.

It’s quick to get into and start relating to the main characters. Holly doesn’t have much knowledge of the Hollywood scene [more . . .]

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A Fun Read

By E, author of Cages

Jul 2, 2014: Holly(Woods) tells the story of a young ingénue (the title character) who has come to L.A. in the hopes of becoming a star. Holly experiences one lucky break after another, precipitating her rise to stardom, despite not having much training or experience in show business.

Though this plot line could easily become grating, clichéd, or ridiculous, the author avoids this potential problem by playing up Holly’s weaknesses, namely her naiveté which gets her into a number of scrapes—some of which aren’t [more . . .]

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