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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Connie Davies (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061571739X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615717395
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,863,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Connie Davies, married 100 years, populated the Earth with 4 children, 7 grands, 7 + one cooking greatgrands. Reads, writes, plays dulicate bridge, and RV's with hubby, not crazy about RVing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BillD on March 16, 2013
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In Connie Davies' debut novel, Emma Martin is a girl with Southern sensibilities and charm whose naïveté is obvious when it comes to men and their lustful ways. When the man Emma erroneously thought was her father tries to force her into his bed, Emma's mother sends her away to live with the surly Aunt Thank. This eccentric relative enforces a myriad of rules so challenging that even a division of Marines would find them difficult to follow. After a promised job evaporates, Emma stumbles upon an opportunity to work in a Jacksonville, Florida movie studio. From a producer with a leaking eye and his friend and letch that'll do anything to bed Emma, the story weaves a complicated tale of love, lust and murder. Emma's ignorance of the world and belief in the goodness of others pushes her into the arms of Tom the letch, whose fake marriage scheme doesn't turn out as he expected, especially when Emma forces him to be a real gardener instead of a pretend one. Tom's life is further complicated when Emma becomes pregnant with his daughter.

Flicks and Tricks offers an intricate plot with vivid characters and humorous irony that moves the story swiftly along. It's an interesting look into how influential members of the city of Jacksonville fought to push the movie industry out of city just as Hollywood was hitting its stride. Emma just wanted a job, but after dancing in one of Rolly's films, her life is changed in more ways than she could have believed.

A little history, lights-camera-action, and interesting characters who'll say or do anything to achieve their ends, and you have a rollicking adventure that is Connie Davies' outstanding first novel: Flicks and Tricks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas S. on June 11, 2013
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The book has a gradual start that picks up speed then zooms at the end. I found it easy to relate to the main character, Emma, who just wants to be happy and not be a burden on anyone. The other cast of characters, colorful and eccentric, are involved in events that are unexpected as well as surprising. I especially liked Aunt Thank's maid, Veralee who seemed to be the only one that could pass for normal, supporting her mentally challenged brother, and appeared to have the potential and heart to save others. I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the book when I discovered there was a happy ending for Emma however I would like to read more about Emma and her life with her daughter Sarah and ex-swamp guy, Willie. I also wonder what is in store for Veralee and do the swamp people eventually become extinct or are they multiplying and creating a culture of misfits that will out grow their swamp isolation? This book reminded me of authors Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey's style of writing where their books have bits of historical reality but the crazy events and characters focuses the reader back to enjoying the fiction and fun. Great book...loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pilgrim on July 31, 2013
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Flicks and Tricks is a very entertaining novel, with memorable, often eccentric characters and effective suspense. It offers a glimpse into the once flourishing film industry in North Florida in the early twentieth century and the forces that undermined it. Ms. Davies has clearly done her research on the history of cinema, both the glamor and the sordidness, and has a flair for period detail. I look forward to her next book.
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Interesting period piece about the movie industry in Jacksonville, Florida, trying to emerge during the earliest years of the twentieth century. Emma, the protagonist, is real and delightful in her portrayal of innocence mixed with an earthy savvy of how to survive anything. The plot is like unraveling a string wrapped around a rubber ball as it runs off in unexpected directions. You will smile and you will turn the pages - enjoy a good read - no formula here!
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By John Falch on July 18, 2013
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I really enjoyed this romp through old Jacksonville, Florida in 1912. The novel is follows Emma, a poor white-trash girl from Orange Park, Florida and how she ends up in Jacksonville's early motion picture industry as a costumer. It's a story of love, murder and quaint, twisted southerners. Ms. Davies really knows her subject matter, and some of the characters are just plain hilarious. I hope she writes more. This book deserves a sequel.
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