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Sultry in Stilettos (A Sultry Contemporary Romance)

No man in his right mind falls for his best friend. It's always a recipe for disaster. Especially when she works with you.But I am not in my right mind. One kiss from Ricca Munroe changes everything.  I need my job to fulfill a promise, but Ricca is a distraction and one hell of an opponent in the office.All I have to do is resist the seductive charms of my best friend. But she's just as determined to win as I am, and both of us are playing dirty.I can resist her right? How hard can that be?

How to Build a Great Acting Showreel: Showreels from Scratch, Casting Types and Editing Your Demo Reel

Acting Showreels are one of the key elements of the actor's toolkit. In this book, showreel expert Daniel Johnson explains the different ways of creating showreel material and gives creative advice on how to make yours memorable. Whether you're new to acting, or a seasoned professional, this book will guide you on your journey to creating a powerful acting showreel. The book includes: -Information on how to create a showreel scene by yourself using only your phone. -Tips and advice for working with a showreel from scratch creation company.-Detailed advice on how to edit together material in the right way for your demo reel, creating a video that casting directors will want to see.-The book also uses showreel screenplay examples that show you how to create a memorable showreel script.‘How to Build a Great Acting Showreel’ goes into detail about the options actors have when putting together their showreels. At the beginning of the book, Daniel details how you can shoot scenes yourself, for free - scenes that go beyond the realm of self-tape and feel more like innovative scenes taken from a film project. The following section goes into detail about the process of hiring a showreel creator to make a showreel from scratch. There are tips on how to decide which company to work with - and advice on choosing scene partners - along with thoughts on filming locations, using different accents, and much more. The book also covers the art of writing a scene specifically for a showreel. The quality of scripts is of key importance to every acting showreel, and the book details how you can make sure your showreel screenplay is a winner. The editing section talks in detail about how you should decide what material belongs on your demo reel - and explains how to handle your own film and television material - and how you can mix it in with scenes you’ve shot from scratch.There is also a chapter on casting types - about how you need to listen to how the industry perceives you but how it is even more crucial that you follow your own artistic instincts. The goal of this book is to give you the confidence to move ahead with your showreel - to help you; whether you want to shoot it yourself or collaborate with filmmakers. This book will help you make a showreel that casting directors, agents and film producers will want to see.The bonus chapter includes additional tips on how to edit your showreel – based on a day when the author watched hundreds of actor showreels in a single day. The tips include details on how much range to show on your showreel, what length they should be, how subtle scenes often work better than big emotions – and how showing connection with other characters on screen is integral to showing your acting skills. This short book is filled with knowledge which can help elevate your acting material to the next level – helping you reach your goals with more castings, better agents and closer relationships with casting directors.

Rubika??s Cube: How To Solve The Famous Cube In 3 Easy Ways!

Do you want to finally solve the Rubik’s Cube with 3 easy methods and techniques? If you are reading this, you are probably holding a Rubik's Cube in your hands and let's be honest you messed up a lot trying to solve it!. I wrote this book with you in mind!. I wanted to give you the best 3 methods for solving the cube in a easy way. But, as everything in life, practice makes perfect, so practice, practice and practice until you mastered all the 3 techniques presented for you.After that, I'm quite sure you'll go to your friends and impress them with your new abilities you've just learned. By the end of this guide, you should be able to: •Solve the cube completely•Understand how each of the cube’s pieces work relative to each other•Decode and memorize the different move notations•Memorize the move algorithms, including their mirror and reverse versions•Better predict the effects of the moves you apply•And enjoy practicing the moves and algorithms for different scenarios Scroll to the top of the page and select the Buy Now button.

Tales of a Tiller Girl Part 1 of 3

A heart-warming nostalgia memoir from a member of the world famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. Based in London in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Irene’s story will transport readers back to a more innocent, simple way of life.This is the story of a little girl who loved to dance. Growing up in London in the 1930s, dancing was so much more to Irene than just a hobby. It was her escape and it took her off into another world away from the harsh realities of life. A fairytale world away from the horrors of WW2, from the grief of losing her father and missing her mother who she didn’t see for three years while she was drafted to help with the war effort. And far away from her cold-hearted grandparents who treated her like an inconvenience.Finally it led to her winning a place as a Tiller Girl; the world’s most famous dance troupe known for their 32-and-a-half high kicks a minute and precise, symmetrical routines. For four years she opened and closed the show at the prestigious London Palladium and performed on stage alongside huge stars such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland.It was a strange mixture of glamour and bloody hard work but it was certainly never dull. And being a Tiller Girl also gave Irene the opportunity to see firsthand the devastating effects of WW2, both here and abroad.Heart-warming, enlightening and wonderfully uplifting, Irene’s evocative story will transport readers back to a time when every town and holiday resort had several theatres and when dance troupes like The Tiller Girls were the epitome of glitz and glamour.

How NOT To Write Female Characters

Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult. So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines: •WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas•WHY female characters are more important than everLucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile. REVIEWS FOR LUCY V’S WRITING ADVICE: 'A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines. '- Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC) 'Lucy V. Hay nails it'- Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening 'Packed with practical and inspirational insights'- Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers 'A top-notch, cutting-edge guide to writing and selling, not just practical but inspirational. Lucy's distinctive voice infuses the entire journey. Quite brilliant. Here's the woman who'll help you make things happen.'- Barbara Machin, award-winning writer & creator of Waking the Dead 'Delivers the stirring call to arms that writers must not only write, but take their work to the next level themselves, making sacrifices and taking risks if they want to see their stories on screen.'- Chris Jones, Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Creative Director at the London Screenwriters Festival ‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays is a must-read for any writer, producer or director looking to create (or in the process of creating) a thriller production. It could also be immensely useful for those generally curious about the genre or looking to learn more.’ - Film Doctor‘Lucy V Hay explains what a script reader and editor's role in filmmaking, tells you to work on your concepts and that dialogue is the last thing to work on in her new book.’ - Brit Flicks

Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Cinema

South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture, one of the many “Golden Age cinemas” that flourished in Asia during the postwar years. Cold War Cosmopolitanism offers a transnational cultural history of South Korean film style in this period, focusing on the works of Han Hyung-mo, director of the era’s most glamorous and popular women’s pictures, including the blockbuster Madame Freedom (1956). Christina Klein provides a unique approach to the study of film style, illuminating how Han’s films took shape within a “free world” network of aesthetic and material ties created by the legacies of Japanese colonialism, the construction of US military bases, the waging of the cultural Cold War by the CIA, the forging of regional political alliances, and the import of popular cultures from around the world. Klein combines nuanced readings of Han’s sophisticated style with careful attention to key issues of modernity—such as feminism, cosmopolitanism, and consumerism—in the first monograph devoted to this major Korean director. A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at

Englishman in Blackpool, Englishwoman Short Story

For fans of Cathy Bramley, Laura Briggs and Rachel GriffithsEnglishman in Blackpool, the short story prequel to the Englishwoman series.Story length, fifteen minutes. STANDALONE SWEET ROMANCE WITH GUARANTEED HEAMr Hopper, butler to the Earl of Cosgrave, has pretty much given up on ever finding that special person in his life that is, until he meets Beverley.Beverley has got herself into a pickle, a pickle that goes by the name of Joshua. She's all set to run away from the ballet competition at Blackpool's Winter Garden's and then she meets Hopper...If you enjoyed Downton Abbey you'll enjoy this modern historical series, where lords, ladies, (and butlers), have to cope in a modern world.BOOKS IN THE SERIESEnglishman in BlackpoolEnglishwoman in ParisEnglishwoman in ManhattanEnglishwoman in ScotlandEnglishwoman at Christmas

Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

In this fascinating analysis, Cher Krause Knight peels back the actual and contextual layers of Walt Disney's inspiration and vision for Disney World in central Florida, exploring the reasons why the resort has emerged as such a prominent sociocultural force.Knight investigates every detail, from the scale and design of the buildings to the sidewalk infrastructure to which items could and could not be sold in the shops, discussing how each was carefully configured to shape the experience of every visitor. Expertly weaving themes of pilgrimage, paradise, fantasy, and urbanism, she delves into the unexpected nuances and contradictions of this elaborately conceived playland of the imagination.

King Henry V

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. In the First Quarto text, it was titled The Cronicle History of Henry the fift,[1]:p.6 which became The Life of Henry the Fifth in the First Folio text.The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, who was depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined young man. In Henry V, the young prince has matured. He embarks on an expedition to France and, his army badly outnumbered, defeats the French at Agincourt.

A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century U.S. American Actor

Hardworking actor, playwright, and stage manager Harry Watkins (1825–94) was also a prolific diarist. For fifteen years Watkins regularly recorded the plays he saw, the roles he performed, the books he read, and his impressions of current events. Performing across the U.S., Watkins collaborated with preeminent performers and producers, recording his successes and failures as well as his encounters with celebrities such as P. T. Barnum, Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin Forrest, Anna Cora Mowatt, and Lucy Stone. His is the only known diary of substantial length and scope written by a U.S. actor before the Civil War—making Watkins, essentially, the antebellum equivalent of Samuel Pepys. Theater historians Amy E. Hughes and Naomi J. Stubbs have selected, edited, and annotated excerpts from the diary in an edition that offers a vivid glimpse of how ordinary people like Watkins lived, loved, struggled, and triumphed during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. The selections in A Player and a Gentleman are drawn from a more expansive digital archive of the complete diary. The book, like its digital counterpart, will richly enhance our knowledge of antebellum theater culture and daily life in the U.S. during this period.

Theater as Data: Computational Journeys into Theater Research

In Theater as Data, Miguel Escobar Varela explores the use of computational methods and digital data in theater research. He considers the implications of these new approaches, and explains the roles that statistics and visualizations play. Reflecting on recent debates in the humanities, the author suggests that there are two ways of using data, both of which have a place in theater research. Data-driven methods are closer to the pursuit of verifiable results common in the sciences; and data-assisted methods are closer to the interpretive traditions of the humanities. The book surveys four major areas within theater scholarship: texts (not only playscripts but also theater reviews and program booklets); relationships (both the links between fictional characters and the collaborative networks of artists and producers); motion (the movement of performers and objects on stage); and locations (the coordinates of performance events, venues, and touring circuits). Theater as Data examines important contributions to theater studies from similar computational research, including in classical French drama, collaboration networks in Australian theater, contemporary Portuguese choreography, and global productions of Ibsen. This overview is complemented by short descriptions of the author’s own work in the computational analysis of theater practices in Singapore and Indonesia. The author ends by considering the future of computational theater research, underlining the importance of open data and digital sustainability practices, and encouraging readers to consider the benefits of learning to code. A web companion offers illustrative data, programming tutorials, and videos.