Author: Vince Spinnato
Narrator: Spencer Cannon
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes
Release date: May 18, 2021
Finalist, LGTBQ Nonfiction Category, 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards
At age 10, Vince Spinnato watched TV soaps with his grandmother and became enamored with the characters on The Young and the Restless, who owned a cosmetics firm. He vowed he would follow in their footsteps and chose a name - VS Vincenzo. In his unconventional memoir, Spinnato shares the inner workings of the multi-billion-dollar beauty industry with entertaining tales about creating beauty products and fine fragrances for celebrities including Michael Jordan, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, and many others.
Spinnato also shares some of his life's most bizarre situations: the time he survived a tornado in Iowa while being tethered to a bridge; another when he became stuck inside a resort water slide that involved melted butter and a rescue by the fire department; an embarrassing meetup with film star Lauren Bacall; and his terrifying flight post 9/11 that was nearly shot down by fighter pilots.
Transforming himself into a well-known serial entrepreneur and beauty industry expert was no small feat. Along the way, Spinnato dealt with incessant bullying, coming out, dyslexia, body dysmorphia, trichotillomania, and multiple betrayals. "A devastating breakup was the last straw," he says. "At age 20, I got in my car, waved good-bye to New Jersey, and headed to Hollywood, determined to launch my career."
He eventually founded TurnKey Beauty, Inc. to develop beauty and personal care products for celebrities, as well as major retailers (more than 300 products and counting). A contributor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, W, Esquire, and GQ, the cosmetic chemist founded Aegean Skincare, LLC and Vincenzo Skincare, LLC. In My Pursuit of Beauty, Spinnato not only reveals behind-the-scenes tales of working with the rich and famous, searing stories of loves lost, and his scramble to make it, but also his moving journey to self-acceptance.
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About the Author: Vince Spinnato
VINCE SPINNATO is the CEO and founder of TurnKey Beauty, Inc., VS Vincenzo Ltd., Inc., and Vincenzo Skincare LLC. He has developed new private-label and white-label product lines for hundreds of cosmetic, treatment, and healthcare companies, as well as for scores of celebrities, retailers, and entrepreneurs. A documentary on his life will premiere in 2021.
Title: The Key
Fans of RED QUEEN and FALLING KINGDOMS will devour this action-packed fantasy series filled with romance and political intrigue.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the kingâs son and Commander of the Kingâs Army. He spends his days roaming the island, doing his fatherâs bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmikâs brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmikâs interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmikâs family. In Darmikâs quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the kingâs castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, sheâs not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom . . . if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three kids, one Weimaraner, and one German Shorthaired Pointer. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and lives in the San Diego area.
Jennifer is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013), winner of the Kindle Book Awards (2018), a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards (2014), and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2014).
Publishers Marketplace listed Jennifer as one of the best-selling indie authors in June 2017. She has also been ranked among the top 100 best-selling authors on Amazon.
The True Reign and Reign of Secrets series have sold over half a million copies.
Gabriel Daylesford thought he had escaped a fate worse than death after the battle with Lucifer and his demons.
Gabriel knows this wonât be easy.
He always knew he was fated for something much bigger than himself. He just doesnât know what that is yet.
The third collection in the Nephilim Universe. Includes all 3 books in the Angels of London series.
Other collections include:
The Legend of the Archangel Series
The Eden Chronicles
The Ebony Angel series (coming soon to boxed set)
L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. â¨â¨She has been writing since her teens - everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her âfur babies.â Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog - http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
Title: Immortal Throne
Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even though classic authors have always filled her bookshelves, she finds her writing muse drawn to the dark, magical, and romantic. But when she isn't creating entire worlds with sexy shifters or legendary love stories, you can find her either with a good cup of coffee in hand or at home snuggling with her furry, four-legged son, Sammy.
She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
RONE Award Winner
USA TODAY Bestselling Author
International Bestselling Author
Title: The Forsaken: Wraith
âThe elf, wolf, and highborn,â the Guildmaster said. âWith a Wraith at their lead.â
âAnd the favour of a sorcerer of the Sacred, donât forget,â she said, with Jakseythâs letter still in hand.
âQuite the assortment,â he said with pride. âYou will have to think up a name for your group.â
âThe Sacred, they are the highest order in our land, correct?â she asked.
âVery much so,â he replied begrudgingly.
âWe are the opposite,â she said with arrowhead pendant in hand. âShunned, orphaned, cursed, unwanted, and indebted, forsaken and nameless...â
âThe Forsaken, led by the Wraith,â Brevik decided.
âI like that,â she said with a smile.
âTO WRAITH,â Brevik declared with a raised tankard. âLEADER OF THE FORSAKEN.â
âTO WRAITH,â the Coin cheered as one, Raven, Fenrix, and Quinlan among them.
Fate and the Gods have decided my path, Wraith thought as the applause continued, and so begins my legend.
Being a witch can be complicated.
We have powers, but with limitations.
In a perfect witchy world, that works like a charm.
But the witchy world isn’t perfect.
Witches don’t always follow the rules, and when they don’t, bad things happen. Like Cassandra Bloom’s death, for starters.
Holiday Hills residents, magical and humans, were afraid of Cassandra. She was the bad witch in every fairytale, the one with the ugly wart and long, stringy gray hair. But she didn’t just look scary. She was scary.
Sure, everyone in town might feel secretly relieved Cassandra’s no longer with us, but they’re missing the bigger picture.
Cassandra didn’t die of old age. She was murdered.
And now I’ve got to figure out the why, how, and who before the killer strikes again. Until I do, no one in Holiday Hills is safe.
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