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Blame It on the Fame [Kindle Edition]

Tracie Banister
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A power-trippin’ bitch, a has-been, a skanky ex-model, a press-shy indie queen, and a British stage actress no one knows – that’s how the Best Actress hopefuls in this year’s too-close-to-call Oscar race cattily describe each other. Which of them will win the much-coveted gold statue and what price will they be forced to pay as they travel the red carpeted-path to Hollywood glory?

Amidst all the press-schmoozing and angsting over which designer gown to wear, these Oscar contenders feud, commiserate, and face a succession of personal crises – scandalous secrets come to light, marriages implode, accidents land two nominees in the hospital while another receives news that could derail her career, all culminating on Tinsel Town’s biggest night when anything can happen, and does.

BLAME IT ON THE FAME is the debut novel of author Tracie Banister whose writing is similar in tone (sexy, humorous) to the works of Lauren Weisberger and Candace Bushnell. This is a full-length novel that runs approximately 136,000 words.

***AUTHOR’S NOTE*** The characters in BLAME IT ON THE FAME are a naughty bunch who live and work in the notoriously debaucherous film world, so you will find some colorful language and a few spicy love scenes in this book.

***FINALIST in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Chick Lit category)***


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About the Author

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the Miami-set Romantic Comedy, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

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  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZBG5HU
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up from a guy! February 11, 2012
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I have a sister who is two years older than I am and I started reading because I would see her so engrossed in her books. So, I read what she read. I have read a lot of "chick lit." I have not read any in a long, long time. For full disclosure - Ms. Banister is a friend of a friend and I have never met her. It was relayed to me she had written a book and as an author myself I decided I would support her and buy the novel. I was in the middle of reading another book when I took a look at her first page just to see her style. Before I knew it, I had read four chapters. I put my other book to the side as the rest of this one could not wait. This book reminded me of the books that made me the reader I am today. Great characters, fantastic story, and a writing style that will keep you up way past your bedtime! I can't wait to tell my sister about this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A front row seat to a fantastic roller coaster ride! February 5, 2012
By Bazo
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I must make a confession. I am not obsessive about Hollywood glamour and I don't follow the latest gossip on the entertainment shows. The best you'll get from me is a look-in on Joel McHale's The Soup or Joan River's take-downs in Fashion Police.

Yet, I was riveted to this book from beginning to end, unable to put it down, so much so that at least on two occasions, I missed my stop during my commute! It is a testament to the writer's skill in managing to involve the reader so much in the complicated lives of 5 heroines as different from one another as the five fingers to a hand yet bound by a common goal. What I love about this book is the fact that I, as the reader relates to each one of these ladies even to those so far removed from my own personality; for the writer to be able to make we me sympathize with even the most villainous of them is a real feat indeed! It would have been very easy to trap these women in the glossy, superficial images associated with their surroundings but the author skillfully humanizes them and never let any of them stray from their own character all through the very end. You rejoice with them during their highs and you commiserate with them during their lows and the author's wicked wit and sense of humour makes you laugh at the absurdity that is Tinsel Town.

...And don't even get me started on the deliciously rakish leading man and his combustible relationship with one of the 5 ladies! WOW! I dare you not to wish you were Philippa Sutcliffe!

I truly cannot wait to see this author's second act. It is rare to find an author who can appeal to readers of different genres. I await what her pen yields next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a Warrant Out for Tracie Banister's Arrest! March 31, 2012
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After reading Tracie Banister's debut novel Blame It On The Fame, I'm firmly convinced that there's a warrant out now for her arrest. Surely she violated a confidentiality agreement when she worked in production at a studio, because how else could she have been privy to so much red carpet celebrity intrigue and over-the-top delicious gossip? This woman was taking NOTES! Yes, here is a world where egos are inflated to twice the size of Jupiter and paybacks are nothing short of vicious. But what really put this novel over the top for me was the tender way Banister navigated each character's vulnerable underbelly disguised under all that Botox. Banister's characters are REAL, not cartoons, and they are just as fragile as the rest of us while wrestling with the vicissitudes of life and their own (sometimes heartbreaking) yearnings for love, genuine relationships, and an enduring career. Also, Banister's ease with a wide range of dialogue (from an erudite, British theater star to a sassy, African-American diva)is extraordinary. Blame It On The Fame is a deeper read than I expected for the chick-lit genre, and I'm eagerly anticipating more works by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! February 6, 2012
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Okay, I'm going to gush a little because I really enjoyed this book. Blame it on the Fame is a fantastic look inside the lives of Oscar contenders vying for the same statue. And when I say inside, I mean all the behind the scenes dirt is aired (which I LOVED). What I found most incredible about this book was how the characters seemed real in my mind. Fact and fiction was interwoven so well it was difficult to determine where one left off and the other began.

I also have to give kudos to the author for the amazing amount of research that had to have gone into the process of bringing Blame it on the Fame to market. Details and histories and locations, all vivid and ringing with expertise. Now, I have to admit I don't even enjoy watching the Oscars as I think award shows are superfluous. But... this story really is that good. I guess it's that "aha!" moment when you're reading, and thinking, "I bet that's how it really is." Seriously, you'll feel like you're reading a fantastically juicy memoir. Interesting, captivating and very well written!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Carpet Worthy! February 3, 2012
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Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes at the Oscars? Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in the life of a celebrity? Do you tear through the pages of gossip magazines? Do you love to watch your favorite actors and actresses walk the red carpet?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you MUST read "Blame it on the Fame" by Tracie Banister.

As an author, I know how challenging it is to create even one main character who will engage and entertain my readers. Well, Tracie Banister created 5 female characters, all nominated for the Academy award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, whose stories drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to scream out loud and I might have done a few fist pumps. I don't think I will ever look at the Oscars the same way again! (And that Miles, Yowza, I wished to be Philippa several times during this book.)

Trust me, Tracie Banister is an author to watch. If her talent is any indication, she is going places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow..And the Oscar goes to...!!!
Wow! 5 stars and more!! When I started to read this book I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping for the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hellen
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I loved this book. It was the right amount of sass in every way. The characters personalities were were engrossing in their own way. Very entertaining from beginning to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Tracie Banister's books! What fun and the characters rock!
Published 3 months ago by machel
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Developed Characters & Multiple Storylines
I absolutely loved this book. It is a highly entertaining read with interesting and well developed multiple plot lines. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Rissmeyer
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend to anyone wanting a feel good diversion from the ...
Very entertaining book. I recommend to anyone wanting a feel good diversion from the daily grind.
Published 3 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Tracie, for another stunning verbal exercise.
Really getting into the well-developed mechanics of each character helped my old brain create new cells! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nannygoat
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
The road to the Oscars: a red carpet littered with couture gowns, killer heels, and enough paparazzi energy to power an entire city for a week. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gail A
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Flashy, and Fabulous!
Does it get any better than cat fights, celebrity, and deception? I don't know what I expected to find when I realized the story followed all five of the nominees, but I didn't... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary E Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 main characters, 5 story lines, 1 ending. Well worth the read!!
Blame It on the Fame is basically 5 (yes, FIVE) stories rolled into one. Five main characters, actresses, are competing for the same award. The coveted Oscar.

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More About the Author

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the fun summer read, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

Tracie blogs about books and other fun stuff at http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

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