I still get teary eyed a year on, she was such an inspiration in so many ways on so many levels and it’s still sad that she has gone.
That’s why I’ve dedicated the three Porn Stars Brothers books to her. She inspired me, and them, so they are for her.
I hope I live up to the same standard.
media, and took her advice when it came to writing. Hell, I want to be her when
it comes to my writing, and her rollicking ballsy attitude was a breath of
fresh air. I even wished I owned her house, it was awesome! But all of a sudden
this year, back in May, I had the urge to start collecting her books. Some
weird deep down, desperate need of Jackie because I still miss
her. And that quickly turned into an addiction.
It started mainly on May 25th, the day mum went in for her
endoscope for her ulcers and I hit the op shops and second hand book stores. I
scored 25 books that would have cost me a fortune to buy online. However that’s
what I’ve spent, a small fortune, that ended up with doubles from online
sellers not selling or sending the correct versions. I got my money back on
most, but I’m out a few bucks.
started buying from, helped me get older versions that you can’t find any more.
And the more current versions were easy. Of course I googled
the covers and had to decide on which versions to get, as there are
so many reprints. I’ve ended with with 3-10 editions of each book,
depending on how many have been released.
main goal was the hard covers in both the UK and US editions. A hard find
for many. And I’m still collecting, not sure if it will ever be complete, but
just like with my Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Dana Girls and Trixie Belden
collections, it will (hopefully, fingers crossed), be completed one day.
definitely growing. I even had to boot Nancy off two shelves
to accommodate JC.
(some weren’t the correct
covers and one was a freebie. They refunded but it got sent anyway! I’ve also
had to update Lovers and Players because I don’t like the name being worn off.)
(two are replacements as I wanted
the larger ones to make them all even when standing on the shelf. I hate having
a series of books all different sizes. I like them even, which is why two more
will need replacing. How’s the old Sunday Simmons and pink Lady Boss covers?)
So far it’s about 165 books or so, some free from refunds, and around $1600 give or take since May, so about $10 a book. Not bad considering some were more expensive than others and some were just a few cents depending on where I bought them from, like the op shop.
Some books are hard to get, so the first 10 or so hardcovers are very rare, in fact, I haven’t even seen most of them in my searches, just the paperback versions of which there are many. The search will continue but it will probably only be a couple a month now as I finish up paperback collections. I’ll also be getting her self-published versions this month as they’re easy to get, and will continue to update you all on my purchases.
things that have been available for years, all because of a death or incident?
to reveal the plot so if you haven’t read it, although it’s 2-3 years old by now, there are spoilers ahead.
arriving on the small island of Cape Le Chat Noir off the banks of South
Carolina. She’s there to blog about the island and all of its haunted history.
Sunken Spanish ships, dark-magic rituals and stories of the dead walking
amongst the living.
Ernesto, called Revenir which is French for “to come back”, which is part of a
practice called Mains Magiques, or magic hands. Lea is staying with Macaw (yes,
a character is called Macaw) and Pierre Henders who own the little Starfish
House hotel. While Ernesto is tearing the island apart, she boarders with
Martha and James Swann, who she’d been communicating with about visiting, and
met up with Martha on the island.
ends up seeing too many dreadful things. Dead bodies, dying people, Starfish
House is in ruins and Macaw is dead with a nail through her eye, blech. I won’t
go into it in any more detail. She ends up on the beach with millions of dead starfish
all washed up on shore, and then, in the distance, sees two little blue eyed
blonde boys walking along. She becomes addicted to them and ends up taking them
back home to Sag Harbour where she lives with her husband and two children Ira
and Elena, and Mark’s sister Roz and her two year old Axl.
angelic boys start their murder spree and hypnotise the town’s children,
including Ira and Elena. Mark is arrested for those murders, since one happened
in his driveway, another was a school mate of the kids, and the third was
Autumn, Mark’s assistant who he had a quick fuck over his desk with.
shit out of Lea. During the book we realise the boys had hypnotised her but
seriously, she never said no to them, made excuses for them, argued with
everyone over them and was the biggest bimbo of the book. I hated her guts and
wanted her to die by chapter 26.
and burn a few houses down, but because of an email and skype chat Lea had with
Martha, she found out the kids had actually died in 1935 in the last hurricane,
and because the Revenir had been performed on them, although too late, had
returned with evil inside of them.
kids plus all of the others in the school where the twins had them holed up
(they killed the chief of police and tried to kill another officer who got into
the school), but Mark smashed the twins heads together to make them stop, thus
ending the hold over the other kids, but Lea had to save Mark from the
dastardly blond duo who tried to kill him.
dumb as shit Lea just stood there while the twins tried burning Mark alive.
They blew up cars, burned down stores, and killed other people before dumb as
shit Lea finally did something. She grabbed the twins in a choke hold and
turned Samuel’s eyes to hers. Samuel had the heat, basically Superman’s burning
vision. Daniel had the anger and the ability to get inside other people’s minds
and hypnotise them to do whatever he wanted them to. In the end, Samuel burnt
her and by her hanging onto them and not letting go, all three went up in
the garden with baby Axl when Axl shows signs of the heat that Samuel had
taught him. Not sure what they’re going to do with a killer of a two year old
Damned and Island of the Damned as inspiration, as well as doing research into
the phenomenon known as Red Rain. He pondered over it after someone suggested
it and eventually, once the idea formed, wrote it.
adult like his Fear Street books as it’s written in the same style. There is
sex, but there’s also 12 year olds saying fuck a few times so take your pick on
the age group. It was very easy to read, albeit 369 pages long in a 6×9 inch
size book. It took me a few hours but I did skim across many pages due to
characters annoying me (Lea) and just a big bunch of bullshit going on. And I
wasn’t even half way through when I wanted to jump to the end just so it was
over. But, you miss stuff when you do that so I skimmed quickly and came to the
end then thanked God it was over.
books for a good couple of decades it’s very much like his others, although I
do remember the Fear Street books being more adult. The concept has been used
before, evil kids, not sure the red rain concept has so putting them together
is interesting but that’s where it stops. The kids are annoying, Lea is
annoying, Mark is a cheating cock, Roz says nothing when the twins call Axl a
chimpanzee, ugh, so many things I wanted to smack characters in the head for.
old adult or love strange concepts. For me, it wasn’t fantastic and the reviews on Amazon are telling that it’s not his best, but I am
going to steal the title for a short story!
radio when about 1 or 2 o’clock the news came through that Jackie Collins had
when she didn’t look sick, hadn’t said anything, and I was checking her
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc and had only just answered one of her
questions a week before.
flicked on my phone and checked Facebook and there they were, a whole bunch of
posts about her passing.
Vegas, in 2006. A scene from one of her books stuck in my head, I’ve spoken
about this before, and I kept thinking I wanted to write a book with a
character like that in it.
in my second novel, How I Won Lotto, Moved To L.A. & Married a Really Huge
TV Star. Jackie loved putting Australian characters in her books so I
reciprocated by talking about her in mine. She’s also had her own place on this website where I share her links and I will forever leave them up. She is my inspiration, she’s not going anywhere.
next morning she was on a morning show called 9AM with David and Kim. She
spoke about watching the Logies the night before and loving Kim’s earrings,
which Kim had borrowed for the awards night and was still wearing. It was later
revealed that Jackie bought those exact earrings while here.
week. Jackie spoke of caring for a husband and fiancé during their cancers and
subsequent deaths and how no one cares about the carers.
three daughters. She only revealed all to Joan when she visited London for a
book tour the week before. After looking at the pics from the last few weeks,
it was clear to see Jackie’s face had become gaunt and thin. You could tell she
was sick and I assume she knew it was possibly coming fast.
and several more ready for release next year. I can’t wait to read her
memoir when it’s published but now, I will be buying it instead.
and be writers. She inspired me to write shorter chapters than the normal 20-25
pages and to write how I wanted instead of how the publishing world expected me
saucy secrets, her books, her vast collection of blazers she designed herself,
her house (have you seen it), and the amazing adventures she had. I can only
dream of having a gorgeous house with seven writing desks and a huge decorated
office with rows and rows of my books in hardcovers and paperback.
and I can only hope they, her estate or whoever is in charge, keeps her social
media going. At least her website so people can still visit and get a list of
books and biography and know her for the woman she was. She knew for six years
she had cancer and I’m going to believe she got her affairs in order. After
nursing her husband and fiance she would have been prepared. The problem with
social media, as always, is what happens after we die?
the chance. I always dreamed and believed that when my books hit it big I would
travel to America and meet her on the way as I never had the chance all the
times she was here in Aus.
because I will never get the chance to see her, talk with her, or even visit
her house, unless they open it to the public. But considering what a private
person she was everything will be left to her family or be sold off like
Elizabeth Taylor’s estate. And if I had the millions I would buy her house just
for the sake of the fact it is Jackie Collins’s house.
will become of her stories and books, her legacy? Will the family continue it?
Will they shut it all down? Who knows, maybe’s there’s someone in charge of a
Jackie Collins book estate to take care of her copyrights and ownership.
held on the highest inspirational pedestal I can find.
critic. Of course we were, we were all going to criticise Neil Patrick Harris
on his utter lack of emotion on stage, his utter lack of funny jokes with the
only one being the crack at John Travolta pronouncing Ben Affleck as Benedict
Cumberbatch. Everything else fell short. Way short. Some of the dresses were
absolutely beige, others just boring, and everyone in the audience looked bored
season of The Mentalist last week and then promptly took it off this week for a
stupid Tom Cruise movie. God knows why, but then the stupid networks have long
treated TV shows like absolute shit anyway.
author and self-publisher, I can earn money through sales and loans to libraries
or educational institutions if I had a workbook. It allows the authors to earn
a bit when they would only earn from normal sales. As an author I didn’t even
know I had these rights until recently so I’m now in the process of setting
them all up.
considered a course on sociology to try and understand human behaviours better but
couldn’t find an appropriate one in my area or that I could do online so I got
a book from my local library. It’s informative on many levels and obviously
doesn’t go deeply into any level of psychology, but gives you an insight into
why people say and do things on that level. It also explains what attitudes
actually are, the problems with common sense, behaviours, self-serving bias and
prejudice, social influence, obedience, conformity and social norms and
relationships. It’s very interesting.
country. Cyclone Lam hit Darwin and the Northern Territory and Cyclone Marcia
hit Queensland’s coast. Thankfully they dispersed not long after hitting land
but did do a lot of damage. Now we have floods and insurance claims to deal
with after the hellish fires that South Australia and Western Australia had to
deal with just in the last few months. Sadly, this is what living in Australia
is like in the months of January through March thanks to the Tropic of
Capricorn and the hot/cold air hitting the hot/cold waters (not sure which way
it works but it’s one or the other).
Get Me Out Of Here is currently going on in South Africa and Maureen McCormick
is on it and we have a cyclone called Marcia.
this week. The Liberal party voted 61 to 39 in favour of keeping Tony Abbott as
Prime Minister and not having a spill.
house only to be drowned out by the fucking aboriginals waving their flags and
screaming about deaths in custody and stolen children. The cops moved in too
late. They allowed the idiots to get right up behind the show’s stage and I would
have been worried for my life having them so close.
nine had one lot, channel seven the other. None of them crying, none looking
overly emotional. Channel nine was advertising their interview three weeks
after xmas and this only happened a week before xmas.
on TV, yet they clearly aren’t. One had her nails neatly manicured and painted
and her fake hair colour matched her fake tan.
nothing. So much for being traumatised.
after something happens are “let’s get on TV and talk about it”. Why is that
more important than recovering from the experience you’ve just had?
interview comes first and foremost.
as a boring episode. There was no focus on what had happened to Beth, no Maggie
grieving, no tears shed, and the funeral was for Tyreese not Beth. It’s like an
episode was left out and we go from them being outside of the hospital to
suddenly taking Noah home to see his family. Too much info left out for my
Tyreese in the first place? We saw him look to his left and saw the shadows at
the bottom of the door but the door was clearly closed. How did a zombie kid
open a door? Does this mean they can do more than just bite now? Who knows? But
Noah certainly had no issue with stabbing his kid brother in the head. And where
did the guy in the bathroom come from? Surely he would have been able to walk
out at the sound of the door opening and closing, yet this zombie seemed to
wait until not only had Tyreese been bitten and the kid killed, but Noah
yelling and running off for help. Too much time passed for a normal zombie to
leave it until he decided to come out.
the car. He went in feet first, his head was on the right passenger side, yet
when he dies and they pulled him out, they pulled him out head first. Not
possible and I noticed it right away.
And how did they kill him? There was no
visible head wound when he was in the ground, no blood, his hat not on his head
covering any wounds. How did they stop him turning?
bit over TV cop dramas, the twist helps move it along. And Ioan Gruffudd isn’t
too bad to look at either. What annoys me about shows is they shoot first ask
questions later. Why did she need to arrest him because she found out he was on
the train? She had no evidence what-so-ever that he was involved with anything
but instead of simply going around there herself they issued a warrant. And I didn’t
think they could enter without serving that warrant to the store/home owner
otherwise the search would be illegal. Either way, that was stupid. And
continuity had an issue in this show too, just a pity the person in charge doesn’t
notice their errors.
bought a box set off ebay and will be starting on Monday in the morning before
breakfast. God help me.
the conversation he was having but it says so much. Check the full article here.