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More About the Author
Since Confessions debuted on June 28, 2005, Karrine and her enthralling story has been on the lips and minds of most everyone. Among many other media outlets Paula Zahn, Donny Deutsch, Tyra Banks, Bill O'Reilly, Geraldo Rivera, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb,and the queen of daytime herself, Oprah Winfrey have sought Karrine and helped propel her into the limelight and even contributed satirical editorial to HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
This sudden thrust into the world's eye has prompted publishing giant Hachette Book Group USA(formerly Warner Books) to welcome Karrine into their family, inking two publishing contracts for three additional books, the first being The Vixen Diaries, published September 2007.
On July 13, 2009, Karrine published her third New York Times best seller, entitled The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want, which made its debut on NBC's The Today Show.
Later that year, Karrine inked her third publishing deal and completed her fourth book, Satisfaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple, published August 10, 2011.
In 2010, The Vixen Manual was optioned by Fox Television Studios and the author inked a production deal with the studio giant. As a result, Steffans has penned a series based on the book and is credited as created and co-executive producer of the scripted television project, still in development.
In 2011, Steffans engaged a slew of author hopefuls to launch the Steffans Publishing's premiere publishing venture -- a series of anthologies, the first to be published June of 2012. Simultaneously, the author began managing musical talent, shaping the careers of young, unsigned musicians with Ampersand Music.
These ventures and more are encompassed under the Karrine & Co.® brand, developed in late 2011.
The author lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teenage son.
Top Customer Reviews
After I read the book, I realized that I've read about "Karrine" before. Her face and individual details of her life may vary from others, but her background is the same as many top porn stars. It's all there: the extreme neglect of her parents, violent beatings, rape, abuse and mental cruelty. All done to her before the age of 16. Jenna Jameson (#1 porn star) has a similar background and biography.
Look a bit deeper at this book (forget about all the glamour and the videos and hip-hop stars for a second). What do we learn here? We learn that if families and friends devalue and abuse young girls and cause them to hate themselves and their own bodies, you can virtually guarantee a future stripper, hooker, or porn star. Why? Because she's been taught all her life that she's stupid, she's unlovable, and she's a waste, except for her mouth and the private part between her legs. It shouldn't surprise anyone that she uses it to get things in life.
Karrine didn't create herself - the people and systems that allow girls to get abused and abandoned (her mother beat her - her Dad wasn't there for her) created her and the other women like her. She doesn't deserve our scorn, she needs counseling, support, and love. There but by the grace of God...who's to say that any of us women wouldn't have been in her shoes given the same circumstances.
This is not to say that Karrine always made the right decisions. She abandoned her son with her abusive husband, and she got hooked on alcohol and designer drugs. She used people, and she allowed herself to be used repeatedly.Read more ›
Because of her unfortunate foundations, it is sad and fascinating to see the path she traveled that led her to experience so many unfulfilling and sometimes dangerous sexual relationships with men in the entertainment and sports industries. I believe that Hollywood paints such a false and misleading picture of success - the more money you earn, the more material things you acquire, and the more you associate with the so-called in-crowd, the more valuable you are. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth and the book serves as a good wake-up call.
Although Ms. Steffans went through much pain and heartache, maybe her story can be a harsh reminder that self-esteem cannot be based on the acceptance of others - people can let you down - and your true value isn't based on the false security of materialism, things come and go.
This book should be read by young women who believe that being a video ho is something to be proud of. This book will show you the downside of the industry that isn't often publicized -- and if some young lady's life can be altered - perhaps Karrine's story is worth telling, even if everyone doesn't agree with how she's telling it.
Like most, I was just a bit curious after getting just tidbits of her personal story during various media promotions.
Readers will interpret this book one of two ways ... A) Take all of her sordid tales for what they're worth with moments of awe, compassion and skepticism while ultimately gaining a broader appreciation for the "real world" out there OR B) Angrily criticize her every move and judgment as she discloses chilling, deeply personal acts that don't always paint her in any better light than the beaus she bedded.
I for one fell in category A.
I don't by any means approve of much of the lifestyle she lived as an adult, but it's really not for me to judge.
I will admit just reading through names of her patnaz and lots of unflattering intimate deatils of cats like Usher, Diddy, Ice T, Shaq, Brandy's brother (yes, Brandy's lil bro), Dr. Dre, Xzibit, DMX, Ja Rule, Merlin Santana and Kool G. Rap ... (the list goes on) makes for that "driving by an accident and trying not to look, but ultimately giving in" effect. Juicy, juicy details are what I've been discussing with family and friends ever since.
But don't get it twisted and miss the big picture. This really is a cautionary tale more than trashy (bad) romance novel in scope.
Ms. Steffans was raped as a teen, physically abused by her mother and had an absent father for most of her young life. That background couldn't be different from my cushy, sweet as pie childhood by comparison AND BECAUSE of this I think it's important to try to relate to her experiences humbly without casting judgment over the decisions she made in adulthood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You know what... This girl is a hot mess!! I feel something for women who have no self worth.. I wish her the best life has to offer WITHOUT COMPROMISE......Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Why did I buy this is the question I found myself asking halfway through the book. If you are an aspiring ho then this is the book for you, but I was over it after like the 20th... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole Davis
As a social worker this book in its own special way gave me great insight re: promiscuousity and choices that victims of abuse make!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good, but fast forward 9 years later, and she's basically still doing the same things!!Published 3 months ago by Trevor M Wright
Good read for general public, bad read for all those named in the book, except for Papa which one can only assume is The Notorious B.I.G. and Earving "Magic" Johnson and Ice-T. Read morePublished 4 months ago by terrill d.
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