Monday, 1 October 2012

Welcome To My Stop On The Blog Tour For Rebel Princess by



Caution: complete with sex, suspense and a possible murder! 

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Author: Anne M. Strick
Publication Date: September 14th 2010
Source: e-copy provided for review by RABT

"An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes."

Excerpt:

She may havemade the first move then. He may have. They came together with a heat she hadnever known. Beneath the white satin robe whose belt he untied, she stoodnaked; glorius. The coral tips of her full breasts were hard. He caught hisbreath. For a moment his eyes luxuriated in her ripeness; her mouth, herbreasts, her navel, the mound that was already so wet and swollen. She wanted him inside. But still – his teeth on her nipples, his fingers probing herwetness, rolling her clitoris – he made her wait. Made her wait until,writhing, almost out of her mind, all shame gone, all fear gone, she could only beg, “Please. No, please.”
 Hestraddled and entered her and she gasped. Something irrevocable had happened.In her most private secret places, in her center, she was open to this man asnever to anyone before. She moaned, and in mutual frenzy they moved to driving,thrusting, flooding climax.
Thesecond time was slower. Now they had all the time in the world. He ran histongue from beneath her ear to the hollow in her throat, played with it betweenher breasts and beneath them. With his tongue he circled her nipples and teaseddown to her navel, probing in till she shuddered, tonguing down further overher flat stomach to the rich chestnut hair. With his tongue he circled andteased and probed the still-swollen lips below, sucked them, thrust his tongueinto the opening still running with their juices – and brought that tongue intoher mouth so that she, too, could taste the two of them mingled. 

My Review:

Davena De Havilland is the daughter of rich tycoon Rafael De Havilland. She earned herself the nickname 'The Rebel Princess', never doing or saying what people would expect of her. In fact, they've come to expect the unexpected instead.
She's wild, she's impetutous, she does whatever she wants and damn the consequences. An example of her 'act now, think later' attitude would be when she decided to marry Jason Archer. But more about that one later on.
Davena is in charge of producing a new movie, 'Open Season'. It's her first without her father hanging over her shoulder.He's given her the reigns and so she intends to prove to him and to the world that she can and will make this film work. 
With her contingency of 3 separate budgets; 1 to appease her father, 1 for the foreign backers sake and the real one that only she knows, Davena believes she has it all in hand.
With a good cast and crew around her, she feels anything is possible. But, as life generally does, it throws her a curve ball. This time in the form of her ex, Jason Archer. He's been hired to be the new Script Doctor. That was one thing not in Davena's contingency for the making of this film. She didn't realise her past would come back to haunt her but it has. With his gypsy skin and his alluring eyes, he's intoxicating and it makes it hard for her to think. But they need someone with his knowledge, so she agrees to have him on set. 

On location in Mexico, there's a headiness in the air. There's alcohol flowing, there's hair to be let down. After a long hard day on set, the cast and crew need a little something to help them let loose. 
Davena, of course, hosts the party of all parties after a long hard day. The girls arrive in nothing but scraps of material and the boys turn up with their eyes out on stalks and tripping over their own tongues. 
Davena wants this film to go right and she knows that the boys, pretty much like herself, need some down time. She even partakes of the alcohol and the uninhibited dancing - she draws the attention of all the men around her, she can't help being such a beautiful and alluring woman. Even Jason can't help but look at the woman that once upon a time was his wife but is now young, free and single, allowed to do as she pleases. 
Davena is something of a vixen or maybe siren is a better description. she has, as the french would say, a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. 
But beyond the physical attributes and charms she possesses, lies a woman more mixed up than she would have you believe. 
She married Jason in a hurry, never really knew much about him and neither one of them uttered 'those three words'. They parted ways, yet it's never been easy for her to forget about him. He's certainly the kind of guy who leaves a lasting impression.She never forget his beautiful eyes and gypsy skin, the way his skin flet pressed against hers. The way her body came alive with his touch like an electric current. They had a real heady passion. 
It's hard having him here on set. She's currently seeing a guy called Bram, but her mind can't help drifting back to the old days when her and Jason were an item.

But there's more than just Jason and her flashbacks to contend with.

As one might expect in the film industry, there are other people flirting, having affairs under the nose of their spouse. Oh yes, it's all go behind the scenes.
The saying goes, 'it never rains but it pours' and that is completely true. For one thing, Davena's sister Sissley has come to visit. Then there's problems with their mother, Veronique.
Everybody seems to want a piece of Davena. They pull her this way and that. Always needingher for one thing or another.
Though they have their parties and chill out, Davena never really gets any 'me time' to figure out what's really going on or what she wants. But isn't that the way in this life?

But there's one problem that's a bolt out of the blue, something even Davena couldn't plan for. There's a murder and she's implicated in it. What can she do? It seems she was in the house the night [bleep] was murdered. Could it have been [bleep] that did it? She sure as Hell knows it wasn't her. 
So the policeman in charge of investigating the case gets in touch and visits her on set. He has questions and it seems only Davena can provide answers. Or can she? She was asleep at the time of the murder and didn't hear anything.

On top of the murder investigation, there's the fact that not all is going to Davena's plan on set. Her mother is there, there's people having affairs, she really doesn't know what to do about it all. 

The film isn't exactly going as planned either so they need Jason's skills more than she had hoped or planned for. Meaning he has to stay around for longer than she had hoped.

She sees Jason at the parties and on set and she can't help but wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together.

So as you can see, shooting a film has more problems, more twists and turns than you would believe. When you are reading The Rebel Princess, you get a 'fly on the wall' kind of view of everything. The author Anne M. Strick worked on film sets herself so you can imagine that she would have seen this kind of thing first and. Maybe her story is entirely fictional, or maybe it's based on bits of films she's been involved in. Who knows?!

I absolutely loved having an overview of the film world. It makes sense now when you think how Brad and Angelina got together or you know, lots of couples who got together 'on set'. 

I loved this book, hence the 4.5 wing rating. It was very entertaining. I actually felt like I was pulled in and could have been a character on set with them. Of course, I wouldn't have got up to the 'high-jinx' they did, but still, it was like a first hand experience of what really does go on 'behind the scenes'.

Thank you RABT for offering me a part on this tour and thank you Anne for the story.
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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of ReadingAddiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author.Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, nopayment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligationto write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and maynot necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, orreaders of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal TradeCommision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements andTestimonials in Advertising*


Author Bio:
Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in themovie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as aUnit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and  with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, SeanPenn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, amongmany others.  She has published theater reviews, articles in ParentsMagazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-helpbooks, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarlycritique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia,and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.



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