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When a Novel Comes Alive

  Reprinted With Permission of the Author You, Fascinating You Now on For the past four months, I have been working quietly behind-the-scenes with Punch Audio and the brilliant actor, Susan Hanfield, on the audiobook version of my award-winning novel, You, Fascinating You. Next year will mark fully a decade devoted to this epic, […]

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BETWEEN TWO DESERTS: An Award-Winning Novel Returns to Print

Neither Slush Nor Bankruptcy Nor Death…  At the height of the first Palestinian uprising, author Germaine Shames went to Jerusalem a journalist and came back a novelist. Her carefully measured column inches (aptly called “hard news”) could never capture the region’s complex moral climate and the questions posed in equal parts by its beauty and […]

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Dance. Music. Hitler…

You, Fascinating You in the Spotlight “A moving and inspiring novel”‘ — Journalist, writer & dance reviewer Georgina Butler reviews ‘You, Fascinating You’ The rarefied world of classical ballet demands sacrifice and determination. Fittingly, Germaine Shames’ compelling novel You, Fascinating You shines a spotlight on the life of a dancer whose strength of character, passion […]

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An Interview with Librettist/Lyricist Germaine Shames Reprinted with permission of Jaz Dorsey, dramaturg.   Thanks to Mahesh Steven Grossman, there is a fantastic new facebook page that I encourage every one to check out – Show Off Your New Musical. This is where I came across Arizona playwright and author, Germaine Shames, and learned of […]

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From the Page To the Stage: YOU, FASCINATING YOU Lands a Premiere

An Interview with Director Robert Encila Author Germaine Shames first met Robert Encila at Studio Connections’ production of A Man of No Importance and knew, instantly and beyond doubt, that he was the ideal director for her first musical. The gripping performances and spellbinding illusions Robert brings to the stage can be attributed to one […]

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Casper Silk Returns With a Hailstorm of Truffles

Who hasn’t dreamed of a life in the perfect French chateau? Shortly after the events of 9/11, author Casper Silk (aka Germaine Shames) and her British partner considered making France a second home and set out to find the quintessential Gallic village. Hate crimes had recently spiked in urban France, but Silk had difficulty reconciling the […]

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Finding the Music in an Epic Story

An Interview with Composer Federico Ferrandina You, Fascinating You, a novel based on the epic story behind a timeless love song, will soon come full circle on the stage as a dramatic musical. Author Germaine Shames returned to her roots in Theater to write the book and lyrics. Because music resides at the very heart […]

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Mystery Revealed: Author Casper Silk Unmasks!

The time has come to reveal the true identity of Hotel Noir’s author. Enjoy this guest post by the “shape-shifting” Germaine Shames. Silk and Subterfuge… For the past several years I have been dancing with a shady male alter ego, channeling his dark visions and lofty ideals into novels, and hiding my double identity from all […]

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Hotel Noir: When a Novel Transcends

Pale Fire Press’ second novel, Hotel Noir by Casper Silk, has been compared by critics to the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, P.D. James “on steroids,” Graham Greene, Thomas Mann and J.G. Ballard. Ironically, we were attracted to Hotel Noir for much the same reason as editor Lexy Bloom, who said of an early version, […]

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When a Novel Tells the Truth

“We live lives based on selected fictions.” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar   With our first title, You, Fascinating You, continuing to draw raves, and our second and third moving briskly through the pipeline, time and again this blog—Selected Fictions, we call it—has been placed on hold. We would like to think our books speak for us. If […]

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