Now available at Editions Dedicaces: « Acting in Love », by Ernest Pick

ISBN : 978-1-77076-684-6
Format : 304 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

Roger, a well-known tv actor on the soap Babylon Revisited, meets Denise on vacation in Nassau. Denise manages the dolphin show for the resort, but is, in fact, a frustrated actress. Roger says he will find work for her on TV. The novel flows in three parts:

Part One: Keely (played by Denise) has a sister who is murdered in Babylon Revisited in a highly unusual manner. Roger (playing Armand, a private eye) will uncover the murderer whose exceptional use of a dog bearing a virus makes the murder happen.

Part Two: Roger (playing Benjamin) and Denise star in a full-length play heading for Broadway called Wars of Independence. Denise plays the role of Marcella, a student at the college where Roger is teaching. They fall in love and after a rather torturous relationship, marry. Marcella cheats on Benjamin. Benjamin, incensed and brooding, plans revenge and finds a way to pay back his unfaithful spouse in a most unusual, brutal manner.

Part Three: Roger and Denise have a rocky personal relationship outside of their work. Intimacy is an issue for Roger. Can they succeed despite this impediment?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ernest Pick was born in Prague. He emigrated to the United States as a boy, studied at the University of Pennsylvania (as well as a year at the University of London), went on to take a doctorate in French after studying at the University of Bordeaux, then Nancy. He taught at Lake Erie College, became director of their mandatory study abroad program, was hired to direct the international programs of the 34 colleges and universities in the State of Georgia System, and subsequently taught also at Georgia Perimeter College.

He is married, lives in Atlanta, and has a daughter, Elisabeth, who lives in Ohio. He has been writing plays, poetry and an occasional novel throughout his lifetime. He often wonders whether he is living in a parallel universe.

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Chamonix, located in south-eastern France, is one of the world’s best-known ski resorts

Chamonix is one of the world’s best-known ski resorts. It is located in south-eastern France, close to the border with both Italy and Switzerland. Overlooking the town is the imposing form of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe.

This small town of around 9,000 people sees its population swell during the winter months, as snowsports enthusiasts arrive seeking a good time both on and off the slopes.

Skiing and other snowsports in Chamonix

There are five large ski areas in the Chamonix Valley, and together they offer opportunities for off-piste skiing, ski touring and snowboarding, in addition to more conventional piste skiing. There is a wide range of ski runs of differing difficulty to suit all tastes and abilities – beginners and families might want to try the Chosalets or Vormaine areas.

There are more than 30 places to hire ski equipment in and around the town, and several ski schools where you can take your first steps onto the slopes in the safe hands of an expert instructor.

Accommodation in Chamonix

The town is home to three five-star hotels, including Hôtel Le Hameau Albert 1er, which houses a world-renowned restaurant.

However, all tastes and budgets are catered for. For example, boutique hotel Le Vert has only two stars, but has excellent reviews on social media and a longstanding reputation as a hip place to stay.

It is also possible to stay in chalets or apartments, where both self-catering and catered packages are available. Both are accommodation options for those spending their holidays in Chamonix! Or for those seeking a truly unusual place to stay, how about an air bubble or an igloo?

Travelling to Chamonix

Most Chamonix tourists fly to either Geneva Airport, 88km away over the Swiss border, or to Lyon, some 220km away. From Lyon, TGV express trains whisk you to St Gervais-le Fayet, just 20km from the resort, from where the journey to Chamonix can be completed on the SNCF Mont Blanc Express. There are daily bus services from Geneva to Chamonix.

Nightlife in Chamonix

Although it is a small town, there are ample opportunities for ‘après-ski’ entertainment when you take holidays in Chamonix. The town is home to highly rated restaurants offering a wide variety of different cuisines. Local cuisine can be sampled at the likes of La Moraine, La Calèche and the double Michelin-starred Albert 1er (at the Hôtel Le Hameau mentioned earlier). Lovers of Italian food are well catered for – Italy is only 15km away after all – at L’Impossible and Casa Valerio. The choice of food on offer extends to Indian restaurants, such as Annapurna, and Chinese cuisine at Chez Yang.

The casino, spa, cinema, bowling alley, shops, art gallery, discos and bars provide plenty of opportunities to wind down after a session on the slopes. Don’t miss the eye-catching underground wine bar Les Caves du Pèle.

As the ski season winds down in April, the town hosts the five-day outdoor dance music festival Chamonix Unlimited, followed by the three-day Musilac Mont-Blanc Festival. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Texas and Beth Ditto are all confirmed to perform at Musilac in 2018.

Chamonix in the summer

When the snow has melted for another year, Chamonix still has much to offer the adventurous tourist. Average maximum temperatures in August are a pleasant 22 degrees Celsius, offering the perfect climate for a massive range of outdoor activities, such as: hill walking and hiking, mountaineering, climbing, trail running, golf, water sports, horse riding and cycling.

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Now available at Editions Dedicaces: « Golden Strings », by Wylie Reed Richardson

ISBN : 978-1-77076-682-2
Format : 184 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

“There is no ‘yesterday’; there is only tomorrow.” Such is the motto of Gary Sapling, a gifted young singer-songwriter from the (make-believe) small town of Panville, California. In the summer of 1974, Gary works a menial job at the local mall, but yearns for stardom. An invitation to visit his uncle Karl is the beginning of Gary’s odyssey.

The two of them make an impromptu visit to San Francisco, at Gary’s urging. Once there, Gary has a chance meeting with a member of the ‘frisco Freedom Collective, a guerilla theatre troupe that lives communally in the city. As the fateful summer unfolds, Gary bonds and moves in with the Collective, becomes involved in a love triangle with two young women, becoming an ‘indie’ movie star, and making the crucial steps towards the thriving musical career of which he has been dreaming.

This novel is mainly influenced by “Hair”, “Almost Famous”, and the “Beat” and other counter-cultural writings of the latter half of the twentieth century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Wylie Reed Richardson was born in New England, but has called NYC home since childhood. He studied Creative Writing at the New School for Social Resarch, and has free-lance journalism credits ranging from the local publications Our Town, The West Side Spirit, and The New York Planet to the national magazines Scholastic Choices and Tower Video Review.

His parody ‘soap opera’ script “Irrational Dreams” was produced (in workshop format) by The Rising Sun Performance Company in 2002 (in NYC); the script is available on Lulu.com. He visited San Francisco for the first time in 2003, and considers it one of his favorite places; Golden Strings was written partially as a tribute to it. His favorite authors are Kerouac, Tolkien, and Hemingway. He can be reached through his facebook and writer.com accounts.

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