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Actress: A prize-winning psychological story of a modern girl's passion by [Dixon, Keith]
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B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and Awesome Indie award winner!


"This is excellent contemporary fiction ... " Tahlia Newland, founder of Awesome Indies.

As a young actress in a long-running TV show, Mai Rose’s career path seemed clear. But she wants more. Already she’s dumped the show and landed a role in a serious play, with serious actors and a more-than-serious director. And now another opportunity has arisen – a major fantasy film with a role that seems tailor-made for her.

The only problem being that she’s in competition with four other scheming actresses to win the role.

Can she win the part? Does she want to win the part? She has to navigate her way through the demands of the press, the Russian billionaire owner of the newspaper running the competition, boyfriends past and present, her soldier brother and a particularly ambitious (read: nasty) competitor.

And all of them underestimate her.

Building towards an enthralling climax, Actress examines one person’s struggle to come to terms with who she is, what’s important to her and – crucially – what she really wants.

"This is a very good read and having been written by a man, a very good insight into the mind of a woman and actress. It is well balanced and the kind of book that is a pleasure and easy to read. Very well done." - Amazon reviewer

"'Actress' is an excellent book about Mai Rose's career and the personal changes she's contemplating. I enjoyed the book from the beginning and through all the events leading up to the competition. 'Actress' is a good read I recommend." - Amazon reviewer


"'Actress' is an excellent book about Mai Rose's career and the personal changes she's contemplating. I enjoyed the book from the beginning and through all the events leading up to the competition. 'Actress' is a good read I recommend." - Amazon reviewer


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  • Publisher: Semiologic Ltd (Jan. 2 2014)
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  • Language: English
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We are proud to announce that ACRESS by Keith Dixon is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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I received this book for free in exchange for the promise to write an honest review.
A young actress leaves the security of a steady job on a soap in order to broaden her horizons. She is cast in a play, entered into a newspaper constest that has the readers voting for the lead actress. The winning actress will be cast in a movie that happens to be based on one of Mai's favorite books. She also comes across a script she may want to produce.
I enjoyed the book. There were places that it seemed to drag a little places, maybe giving too much attention to minor characters. I loved the way both Mai, our hero, and her nemesis were described in such detail. I could sense the hate rolling off Helene.
A perfect book for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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HASH(0x987e85a0) out of 5 stars she's on her way to finding herself Sept. 29 2013
By J. Stevenson - Published on
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just finished Actress. Really liked the book. The story and writing flowed well. Mai Rose, a young up and coming actress, is an enjoyable character. She does what she feels is right for herself even though her friends and family might give her different advice. But in the end, Mai is on the road to being who she wants to be and does it all on her own. I'd definitely recommend the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987e85f4) out of 5 stars A Behind the Scenes Look of Being An Actress Sept. 10 2013
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SPOILERS IN REVIEW !!! Mai Rose is an up and coming young actress searching for her true self and not satisfied with her acting life. She has tried various media and is presently working on a play; however there is a part she absolutely craves to have that she knows she'd be the best person to play the part. We watch and feel what she feels as she goes through the ordeal of trying for the part. She came to acting early in life, her mother being an actress herself. She is an introvert, sensitive and doesn't befriend people easily. So when her ex-boyfriend hangs himself she feels guilty that he may have been distraught from their break-up. When she talks with a chef on a private yacht and he gets fired by fraternizing with the guests she feels it extremely wrong and actually tells the owner of the yacht (a hugely successful and wealthy businessman) that he should not have done it--and in the process also insulted his mother. When her brother Jake almost kills himself with overdosing on drugs, she feels that she is somehow responsible. When she feels that her director for the play that she is in treats the actors and actresses cruelly, she reacts. In other words, she is an actress with a conscious and a heart.

This is a serious work and as the reader you feel the gut wrenching emotions that wrought the actress. She is young and being challenged by a wicked and conniving world, yet trying to do the right thing and finding it difficult to know what the right thing is. Her life as an actress is a minefield and we are taken down the path which is at times distressful.

I found the work well written--very believable and because of its seemingly authentic world, it made me sad. You feel that you have seen the insides of an ugly world. However, at the end of the story you are left with a feeling of hope for Mai Rose; that she will find her career in the entertainment world and do it with honor.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987e8a2c) out of 5 stars No easy answers July 5 2013
By earing - Published on
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ACTRESS is a successful shift of emphasis for this author who has written three previous Sam Dyke private eye crime fiction novels. It’s a penetrating look mostly at the business and promotional end of acting, on the stage as well as in film and television, and the stress it places on psyches and relationships.

20 year old Mai Rose is the focal point; she has had an good role in a tv series, “Amberside Terrace” but feels she is stagnating. As the novel opens, she is rehearsing the role of the young actress, Nina, in Chekhov’s THE SEA GULL. She has already appeared in one film and has another movie opportunity, this time to play the role of Deannah in a film to be based on a best seller. It is a choice part and will make her enormously wealthy, but the selection process is unusual. As part of a media promotion, five leading actresses, all of them young and highly visible stars, are being voted on by the public. The one who receives the most votes will get the leading role.

What the novel is particularly good at is examining the things that appeal to celebrities , “the money, the media appearances, the famous friends, the film premiers . . .” Mai is an intelligent young woman who almost accidentally fell into this world – she was attractive and her acting talent was recognized at age 17 in a national student drama festival. An agent represented her and she’d be the first to admit that she was lucky.

But the money, the media, the friends, and the gala premiers take a heavy toll. A small but telling detail is that she buys two expensive dogs but then finds she has no time for them, so hires a dog-walker who begins to do housekeeping and cooking for her. Mai treats her as she does her dogs - a few pats on the head and shallow perfunctory politeness, all lubricated by money.

Another minor episode in the novel adds depth to this impression. Mai goes to a light-show dance in an converted warehouse and becomes disoriented by the crowd, “a multi-limbed monster, a writhing, groaning behemoth which thrust hands and arms upwards into the light.” This is the public from a star’s perspective, and when Mai does focus on individuals, she sees only bodies wearing day-glo T-shirts or neon makeup. In this kind of business, a person becomes the mask he has assumed.

And Mai has no privacy. One evening she has had too much drink and throws up in public. A young fan is there to record all with her i phone camera. Mai’s companion is there to offer money for the footage, but it’s worth much more by posting it on you-tube. Ironically, instead of being a public-relations disaster, it seems to help her image with the public, as if young women were perversely identifying with her.

Mai is an always interesting and surprising character as she fights against being stereotyped, one of the strengths of the novel. Although she is sometimes confused (as who wouldn’t be?) and has her blind spots, she sees through enough of the hypocrisy and foolishness around to often speak honestly and openly, and ironically, as with the vomiting scene, it adds to her public appeal.

The book moves toward a suspenseful conclusion with the five candidates appearing in a tv special , the one garnering the most votes declared the winner. But to get to this point, Mai has had to navigate her way through a maze of drugs, alcohol, a suicide of a boyfriend,, an unstable Afghan vet brother, and a personally vindictive Helena Cross, her chief rival in the competition.

The novel ends ambiguously with Mai possibly turning in yet another direction. The one constant in Mai’s life has been a restlessness and a growing awareness of the banality of fame. But banal or not, fame includes power and money, and the central struggle of the novel, I think, is how to turn away from them or to try to use them responsibly. Mai has her “serious art”, of course, the Chekhov play, that counterpoints her pop culture star image, but that may not enough to satisfy her. Nothing comes easily in this satisfying novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987e8a14) out of 5 stars Emotional read Dec 29 2013
By Randolph L. Miller - Published on
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My emotions while reading this book were all over the place. I like the book. I didn't like it. I enjoyed the story and was angry at times with the whole book. I was confused at times, but totally in agreement and understanding of the characters through the book. Towards the end I realized the author had me hooked by feeling what the characters were feeling and Mai's struggle through her own growth and emotions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987e8dd4) out of 5 stars The material doesn't fit the writer Sept. 9 2014
By Emilie - Published on
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Not awful but not worth my time given that I read slow and it takes a while to get through a book. I don't know why this writer wrote this book. As I understand it, the bulk if his writing falls into police dramas. Why write about the life of a vapid little actress in her vapid little world? I waited for something authentic but the whole narrative felt shallow, like something imagined from the outside based on whatever is on the cover of this week's check out stand reading material. And when we're told that the state of the art ship had a FAX machine, I winced. There is clearly a writer here, but this didn't feel like he was in his element.