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City of Toys [Kindle Edition]

Lindy S Hudis
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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: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 262 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, but couldn't stop reading July 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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 do anything to get there.

Rhonda and Kim were very naive and often found themselves in situations where they were over their heads - often being forced into compromising situations. Marlo and Guyla were a little more street wise, and while they were more aware of the underbelly of L.A., they still had a hard time overcoming it.

I hate to think that this is what Hollywood and L.A. is really like, but for small town girls just out of high school, I am sure there is a big opportunity for sleazy "managers" and "agents" to prey on.

The book was somewhat confusing and I often had to reread passages to figure out which girl they were referring to. You did get to find out where each girl ended up in the end, but it leaves you hanging as to how they actually got there. I found that a little disappointing.

Warning - this book contains explicit sexual situations and language.
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By RhonJer
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City of Toys once again showcases Lindy S. Hudis great imagination from which some wacky, memorable characters evolve. Her line in one of the earliest chapters is the reader's first indication of sordid weirdos that abound in this enlightening tale. "If you are not psycho enough to be a serial rapist, the next best thing to be is an agent or producer." As usual Ms. Ludis offers up another adult read, not for wuzzes or those who can't handle a dose of reality slapped in their face via raw language. I won't elaborate with spoilers, but it's obvious both male and female characters might have once been fairly decent people who met with harsh times and turned as ugly as the people preying on them. City of Toys seems to be a realistic view of what can easily happen to innocent, optimistic people looking for their big break in a city filled with perverts and other vultures. Not all are talented, but even those who are, learn Hollywood is not the cake walk they expected. Decades ago, Dionne Warwick sang about people who went to LA/Hollywood to become stars, but wound up parking cars and pumping gas. Those jobs would be dream jobs compared to what happens with Ms. Ludis' cast of characters. At times the plethora of people had me going to the Table of Contents and researching previous chapters to refresh my memory on who was who, but I enjoyed keeping track of this lively bunch. Some are sweet and enduring, some are arrogant and annoying, but via flashbacks to their dysfunctional family lives, readers get incredible insight into the main females characters. As you learn more about this assortment of wannabe starlets who wound up in Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, you begin to feel the desperation in their lives. Careful about being quick to judge. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, gritty and honest book. March 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The one character who turns to porn to pay the rent was a bit of a cliche, as well as the "hick" from the small town, but it was a fascinating story and a real page turner. Not a book for the faint of heart, by any means.
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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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