A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott

By Kate Alcott

From the hot York instances bestselling writer of The clothier comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind the curtain of the filming of *Gone with the Wind*, whereas turning the highlight at the passionate romance among its speeding top guy, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.

When Julie Crawford leaves citadel Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she by no means imagines she’ll move paths with Carole Lombard, the spectacular actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern fatherland. The younger girl has desires of turning into a screenwriter, however the in simple terms activity Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure place of work of the notoriously hard manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and cash as he movies long past with the Wind.
even supposing tensions run excessive at the set, Julie reveals she will be able to step onto the again lot, soak up the scent of smoky gunpowder and the delicate rustle of hoop skirts, and think the paranormal international of long gone with the Wind come to existence. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes while Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invitations her into the glamorous global Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture heritage because the speeding Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her courting with Gable, which poses whatever of an issue for the studio simply because Gable is technically nonetheless married—and the very last thing the movie wishes is extra unfavorable exposure. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious newshounds, hoping to avoid information about the affair from slipping out. yet she will be able to slightly stay alongside of her blond organization, not to mention keep watch over what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie quickly unearths she doesn’t are looking to. Carole, either clever and humorous, turns into Julie’s version for breaking freed from the past.
within the ever-widening scope of this tale, Julie is given a front-row seat not to one yet of the best amorous affairs of all time: the indisputable on-screen chemistry among Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love among Carole and Clark. but underneath the glossy façade, issues in Hollywood are by no means really what they appear, and Julie needs to learn how to stability her occupation aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. vibrant, romantic, and jam-packed with outdated Hollywood info, a slightly of Stardust will front, shock, and enjoyment.

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Crowley, Levi, and the magicians of the Golden Dawn spent their lives trying to bend the natural world to their will. While their ceremonial sorcery remains controversial, it has become an accepted part of occult practice and remains a force in the New Age world of modern magic. 42 Sorcery C HAPTER 3 T Charms, Potions, and Powders he sorcerer’s craft relies on the use of various herbs, gems, minerals, and other items that are believed to possess power of some sort. Foods such as apple seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla are thought to possess the power of love, so they are used in potions to attract romance.

Ghede acts as an intermediary between the living and the dead, guiding newly deceased souls into the afterlife. During voodoo rituals, worshippers get in touch with Ghede through a potion made from rum and extremely hot habenero peppers. Voodooists drink or rub the mixture on their bodies, writhing in pain as they inquire about their own impending deaths or the spirits of relatives who have already died. Voodoo is among many belief systems that are based on communication with the spirits of the dead.

Whatever the source of the Cipher Manuscripts, by the mid1890s the Golden Dawn had attracted over 100 members recruited from nearly every level of English society. The order had an unusual policy for the time—it was committed to treating men and women as equals. As the leading spokesperson for the Golden Dawn, Israel Regardie, wrote in 1937: [The membership] was represented by dignified professions as well as by all arts and sciences, to make but little mention of the trades and business 36 Sorcery occupations.

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