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City of Toys [Kindle Edition]

Lindy S Hudis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Four beautiful women seek fame and fortune in Hollywood, the City of Toys, where actresses are like dolls, playing pretend on the big screen.

Marlo: a former child actress from New York City.
Rhonda: a small-town beauty queen.
Kim: a “nice Jewish girl” with a painful childhood.
Guyla: a “serious actress” with a debilitating, stress-induced illness.

Marlo, Rhonda, Kim, and Guyla, become friends living in the same apartment complex, in the city where dreams and disasters go hand-in-hand. They come to rely on each other as they deal with sexual come-ons, crazed stalkers, jealous starlets and the constant pressure of trying to make it in showbiz. But when the pressure gets too much, will their friendship save them or will the City of Toys break them?

Product Details

  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The young girl with dreams of making it in the movies, arriving unannounced in Hollywood with talent and expectations and becoming an international sensation, is the stuff of legends. The other side of that coin, the young girl who is abused by the system, only to be cast out with her dignity and self-respect trampled and destroyed along the way, is also legendary. Who better than Hollywood insider Lindy Hudis to tell the story of these women, using a veil of fiction cast over tales that sadly ring of truth?

Marlo, Rhonda, Kim, and Gayla all arrive in Hollywood and find themselves at the same apartment house. All of them want to make it in Hollywood, all are beautiful, all are talented … and to varying extents, all are naive to the con men, the (pick one or several descriptors) self-centered / egotistical / drug-addicted / perverted / criminal individuals who prowl the edges and gutters of Tinseltown preying on the weak and innocent like predators in a nature documentary.

The background of each young woman is different. The decisions that they make regarding the requests and demands that are made upon them determines whether each finds that her dream is achieved, or shattered.

Miss Hudis shows an insider’s knowledge of the successful, the lucky, and the hopeful, as well as the awful and the disgusting, individuals who inhabit and hover around the movie industry. This enhances her ability to tell a compelling and interesting story, whether it concludes with a “happy ever after”, or ends on a tragic note – and since we have 4 leads, each of their tales has the potential to wander in a totally different direction than those of the other 3.

RATING: 4 stars.
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The good news: if you’re looking for some fact to substantiate your fiction, be at ease. The author here has definitely done her homework. Four heroines come together from different places all to find themselves in the smelter better known as Hollywood. Never did you think the city of dreams could stand atop so many nightmares.

I am reminded of the film of Arlington Road. The story does not unfold the way you want or might even expect, but you can’t deny the authenticity of the author’s efforts. The fates of the four may not be what you want them to be but there is little room left for argumentation.
The bad news: I believe the book is one edit shy of being at its best. Some of the formatting took me away from the flow of the story and the pacing seems disjointed in certain sections.

Overall: Rubbernecking – a term given to those who are gawking at an accident instead of driving their own vehicle. That is what City of Toys does; it makes it especially difficult to look away and you turn each page out of a curiosity the author creates in between the lines.
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“City of Toys” is a dark and disturbing story about four young women who live in Los Angeles, California, and are persuing careers in the entertainment business. Although the story has been told before – a la “Valley of the Dolls”- the author takes a unique approach to a story that never seems to get old. Each of the four women, from different backgrounds and experiences, find themselves in dissimilar situations and react to their struggle for success and the obstacles they encounter in very irreplaceable ways. Of course you have the “casting couch” situation – A “Hollywood” story wouldn’t be complete without that – but other frightening and unsettling situations. This story is apparently inspired by the author’s real-life experience as an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, and the story is a riveting and troubling read. Fasten your seat belt, the author does not beat around the bush!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy and provocative. December 6, 2014
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If you are thinking about going to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune, read this book first. The story centers around four girls who live in Los Angeles. All of them have stars in their eyes. All of them sell their soul to pay the rent, get acting jobs and modeling assignments, and keep their sanity in an insane town and business. This is a novel that almost reads like Jackie Collins from the 80's, with the characters and bizarre situations in which they find themselves. This book would make a great beach, airplane read. This is a novel that is pure escapement and fun. Although some parts and hard to read at times, and I found myself having to literally put the book down and ask myself "did I really read that?" it is an entertaining and interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " Highly recommend. December 5, 2014
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"Not your fantasy view of Hollywood"

"City of Toys" is a gritty story of four women who live in the same apartment building in Hollywood, California. They are all aspiring actress who have dreams and ambitions of making it in the movie industry. Each one has different demons and personalities which lead them on very different paths in their quest for success. If you are squeamish, then this is not the book for you. If you have a sister or daughter who has dreams of Hollywood fame and fortune, give them a copy of this book first, so they can really understand how brutal it really is. Although a work of fiction, the author uses her own personal experience as an actress in Hollywood for her inspiration." Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outside of my comfort zone but very much worth it
Not my usual fare, but extremely well written. I loved the story's gritty realism. Ms. Hudis gives the reader an insider's view of the life of a struggling actress and pulls... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lexie Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindy Hudis's City of Toys dramatizes a tragic heroine struggling ...
Lindy Hudis's City of Toys dramatizes a tragic heroine struggling to break in to film in Hollywood. However far she goes she is trapped between what she used to be and what she... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David L. Hoof
5.0 out of 5 stars Author did a great job describing the characters and the scenery
Very well written but hard and disturbing story about girls trying to make it in Hollywood. Author did a great job describing the characters and the scenery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marija Bosic
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS!!
"A dark, disturbing and realistic look at the Hollywood underworld where aspiring actresses find themselves in danger, their sanity and physical safety literally at stake. Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Racquel
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, but couldn't stop reading
This was a really depressing book to read, but it was like a car wreck - I just couldn't look away. These four girls wanted nothing but to be famous, and in some cases they would... Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Herbrand
4.0 out of 5 stars It's fiction, but sure reads like an honest book about Hollywood
City of Toys once again showcases Lindy S. Hudis great imagination from which some wacky, memorable characters evolve. Read more
Published on April 8, 2013 by J&R Michaels
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, gritty and honest book.
Although the language is a bit harsh, the story is a frank and honest look at the "Hollywood" underground world of struggle, heartbreak, and desperation. Read more
Published on March 28, 2013 by Book Girl
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More About the Author

Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University, where she studied drama at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of several titles, including her romance suspense novel, Weekends, her "Hollywood" story City of Toys, and her crime novel, Crashers. She is also the author of an erotic short story series, "The S&M Club" and "The Mile High Club". Her short film "The Lesson" was screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She is also an actress, having appeared in the television daytime drama "Sunset Beach". She and her husband, Hollywood stuntman Stephen Hudis, have formed their own production company called Impact Motion Pictures, and have several projects and screenplays in development. She lives in California with her husband and two children.


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