Honey Dust (1993) by Sue Cameron

 

The Hollywood novel is taken to amazing new lows--in a fiction debut by a former columnist for the Hollywood Reporter and ``personal manager or advisor for major stars like Kim Novak, Angie Dickinson, Marlo Thomas, and Joan Rivers.'' It's the story of a Hollywood dynasty, the Kings of King Motion Pictures, hatched by Pinky Cohen (``the only Jew on the University of Southern California football team'') and Honey--a cross between an inflatable plastic sex-doll and the Bride of Frankenstein. Honey starts out sweet and pliant, but becomes maniacally manipulative once Pinky (now Philip King) makes inroads at the studio that he eventually takes over. So Mrs. King spends her long empty days giving parties, collecting gossip, and being mean to her daughter, Powar. Not surprisingly, Powar grows up to love her dad and hate her mom, and then goes on to become a studio big-wig herself. Unfortunately, Honey still owns lots of studio stock, so the two King women fight over such matters as branching out into TV. Meanwhile, Powar has a daughter by married writer Andy Stromberg; little Jourdan grows up in France, but eventually grandma Honey also gets her claws into the girl, turning her away from Powar. In the end, it's Jourdan's bleeding ulcer that brings all the King women together. (Kirkus Review)


Love, Sex and Murder (1997) by Sue Cameron

 

Stunning improvement over gossip maven Cameron's first novel, Honey Dust (1993), though staying in the same starry venue. Despite her trashy title, Cameron leaps from bedsheet sniffer to first-class commercial novelist. When top Hollywood star Lauren Laverty (as beloved as Marilyn Monroe) is tied to her four-poster, raped and murdered, her six-year-old daughter, Nikki, is the first to find the body. Twenty years later, Nikki joins the entertainment law firm of her late mother's fiancÇ, Mark Ferguson, who treats her like a doting father. Nikki has at last buried black years of nightmares about her mother, but at the cost of keeping all men at arm's length. She detests entertainment law, so ``uncle'' Mark gives her a case that may release a young prisoner who has already served ten years for murder. DNA tests now prove his innocence. But Nikki's appeals in the California courts are denied; at last the Supreme Court itself allows her to plead the case. Ironically, Nikki discovers that DNA tests on the man imprisoned for her own mother's murder now prove him innocent. Then, while cruising in cyberspace, she inadvertently stumbles across the path of The Master, the real murderer. The climax: Nikki faces the nine justices of the Supreme Court, then The Master. Outstanding here are a gripping story, characters you can almost talk with, convincing business, legal, and computer detail, an immense variety of restaurants and mansions described with gusto, a playing down of melodrama (one murder on the first page, one gun drawn in the last chapter), and the tying of the novel's many steamy passages straight into the plot. Forget likenesses to such books as Grisham's The Pelican Brief, or films like Altman's The Player and Sandra Bullock's The Net. Entertainment law and the Hollywood power game here fall under the lens of a graphic intelligence that will keep you up like a pot of caffeine. (Kirkus Review)


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The Bible Cookbook (1996) by Sue Cameron

 

Bestselling novelist and columnist Susan Cameron invites you to celebrate God every day-cleansing your body, mind and soul with the words, nourishing foods and sustenance created by the Supreme Being. You will find delicious recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts, along with Bible passages that introduce each new recipe and encourage readers to search their hearts and minds for spiritual truths. 

Sharing a meal prepared with love and served in a spirit of fellowship and thanksgiving has been a hallmark of the Christian experience from the very beginning. In The Bible Cookbook: Nourishment For The Body And Soul, Susan Cameron has assembled a rich banquet of easy-to-prepare, kitchen-tested appetizers, main course and desserts that offer something for everyone. The ingredients used in this one-of-a-kind cookbook are taken from the Bible. Each recipe is matched with a biblical principle and is accompanied by a verse from the Bible along with an inspirational message from the author. From the "Soup of Good Counsel" and the "Bread of Life" to the "Shield of Faith Chicken" and "Righteous Mint Relish", The Bible Cookbook is highly recommended for every Christian cookbook shelf! -- Midwest Book Review