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Dark Lady of Hollywood


Diane Haithman presents Dark Lady of Hollywood Sunday, April 6th, at 12 p.m. Eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific time (directions below).

This hot new novel makes merry of Shakespeare and the entertainment industry through the eyes of TV exec Ken Harrison and the gorgeous Ophelia Lomond, a breathtakingly bad, biracial actress whom Ken comes to believe is Hollywood’s answer to Shakespeare’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets.

Booklist praised Dark Lady’s humor: “A finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, Haithman’s hilariously funny novel gives readers a bird’s–eye view of the Hollywood machine and its players. With witty, fast-paced dialogue and characters readers will cheer for, this debut is a deeply satisfying story of love, loss, and acceptance.”

ForeWord Reviews also gave the suspense novel a thumbs up: “It takes a special kind of talent to simultaneously skewer Hollywood and Shakespeare while writing a thought-provoking novel, and Dark Lady of Hollywood proves Diane Haithman has this genius.”

Burbankleader.com’s says of Diane, “. . . her book is at once hilarious, sly, cynical, sublimely entertaining and spectacular, crafted with an irreverent flair and an insider’s self-assurance. You absolutely need to purchase a copy — or, as Haithman says, ‘If you buy two copies, it’s twice as funny.’ ”

Is it a comedy, a drama, or as they say in the TV biz, a . . . dramedy?

Ken Harrison, 36, Vice President of Comedy Development at a Big Three network, was right in the middle of TV’s most desirable demographic: men 18-49. Then misfortune enters stage left, and Ken’s comfortable world is suddenly fraught with shadows and uncertainty.

Ousted from the network’s comedy department, Ken finds solace in his unread, undergrad’s copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare — and discovers Shakespeare’s mysterious Dark Lady of the Sonnets, a 16th century enigma whose identity has baffled scholars for centuries.

Fate draws these Hollywood misfits into a partnership that breeds a murder plot so outrageous that they just might pull it off.

Directions to the event:

Just create an avatar, download the Second Life veiwer ’Firestorm’, launch the viewer, and go to this location by pasting this link in the browser in the upper left of the Second Life viewer for a primer on how to move your avatar:


…Then, on Sunday at 9 a.m. Pacific time, click on Visit Etopia Island (154, 181, 23) and hit then hit the orange  “Teleport Now” button in the middle of the page, and then the gray “Teleport” button at the bottom of the popup to participate in the reading Sunday at 9 a.m. Pacific time when everyone will be here… or  meet us here by pasting this link in the browser in the upper left of the Second Life viewer:


Chat by typing into the chat box and hitting ‘enter’. To be able to hear the talk, hit CTRL P, and on the preferences screen, lower the volumes on the media, music, and sound effects, and raise the volume on the voice chat. Right click on the drums to play, ‘stand up’ to stop. If you’d like to read, when it’s your turn, press the ‘speak’ button on the bottom of the screen to talk. For best results, use a headset or Mac. Be sure to turn the speaker button off when you‘re done talking to avoid feedback (worse than criticism!)

You can improve listening by standing near the person who is talking.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!


Dark Lady of Hollywood is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Harvard Square Editions, as well as at Ingram, Gardner’s,  Amazon Kindle, and others.
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