'There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of power brokers-Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.
Jackie Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-eight New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! “I write about real people in disguise,” she says. “If anything, my characters are toned down — the truth is much more bizarre.”'
'Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour.' She briefly tried her hand at acting, but soon realized writing was her passion. 'She currently lives in Los Angeles, California and calls herself a popular culture junkie. Her hobbies include music - everything from soul to rap, taking photographs and driving to exotic locations so that she can write about them later.'
'Jackie recently completed work on a play - "Hollywood Lies." And after producing a direct to DVD movie last year, Paris Connections, she is currently working on a new novel "The Power Trip," and on her autobiography "Reform School or Hollywood." Jackie is also putting together "The Lucky Santangelo Cook Book," and a coffee table book "Hollywood Snaps," filled with celebrity photos she has taken over the years.' (All information in single quotes was quoted from information provided by publisher.)
Jackie Collins first came on the literary scene back in 1968 with her novel 'The World is Full of Married Men'. With the birth of her first novel Jackie caused quite a stir. The book was banned in both Australia and South Africa. Romance writer Barbara Cartland called it "filthy and disgusting". Well, as they say, 'any publicity is good publicity' and all the controversy set sales rocketing in the US and the UK. The book became her first bestseller in part because of its 'open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard'. The book was later made into a movie of the same name. To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Collins' second novel, 'The Stud', was published in 1969. The book became her second best seller and was also turned into a movie by the same name. Here is the description/teaser listed on Ms. Collins' website for the book: 'London, 1969. The hottest, hippest, wildest domain of hedonists and pleasure-seekers, where swingers swarm the clubs and discos in a high-stakes quest to live for the moment. At the center of this decadent scene, one man plays all the angles, never missing a chance to score with the beautiful women who desire him — and walks the line between ecstasy and overload. Now the woman he wants the most knows his number — and may just call his bluff.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Jackie's third novel, 'Sinners', debuted in 1971 and was originally titled 'Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick' and 'The Hollywood Zoo' in the UK. It was her third novel to hit the bestseller list and her first novel to be set in the US. Here is the description/teaser listed on her website: 'Hollywood — glittering premieres, dazzling movie sets, fabulous parties, plush love-nests hidden in Malibu and Beverly Hills. Behind the gorgeous playgrounds of the rich and renowned lies a jungle of lust and perversity, greed and ambition, love and danger — where survival is all and innocence is a role nobody plays for long. Jackie Collins uncovers all the sex, all the scandals, all the private obsessions of filmland’s famous in the shocking, passionate world of . . . Sinners.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
In 1974, Collins released her fourth novel, 'The Love Killers', originally titled 'Lovehead'. This was Collins' first book that delved into the world of organized crime — a genre that would she'd successfully journey into again. Jackie's website synopsis:
'POWERFUL MEN, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND EXQUISITE REVENGE…Beth, Lara and Rio — three exotic women with a common cause and vengeance in their hearts. They’re out to avenge a murder and they’ll go to any lengths. Their targets: the heirs of the Bassalino crime family. Their weapon: sex. The result: a bloodbath of sexual mayhem through the lethal corridors of organized crime. Three beautiful women set out to prove that when it comes to revenge, the female is far deadlier than the male — especially when they’re THE LOVE KILLERS. . .' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
In 1975, Collins' fifth book, 'The World is Full of Divorced Women', was published. Although the title might suggest otherwise, it was unrelated to her first novel. Here is the teaser listed on Jackie's website: 'The world is their bedroom…Cleo James, the cool British journalist who joined the thrill seekers when she found her husband coupling with her best friend…Muffin, the luscious centerfold, with a little girl charm, a big girl body, and an appetite for all that Hollywood has to give…Mike James,the music promoter who adores his Cleo but whose addiction to women is constant and insatiable…Jon Clapton, who took a little English girl from Wimbledon, and made her into Britain’s top model, and now wants to keep those profits rolling in any way he can…And Daniel Onel, an actor grown older, wiser—and hungrier than ever for Cleo James.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Her sixth and longest novel, 'Lovers & Gamblers' came out in 1977. It dipped into the world of a rock/soul superstar. The synopsis on Jackie's website:
'Al King, the rock-and-roll super stud who is everything any sex-crazed groupie ever imagined her hero to be; and Dallas, the beauty queen whose sky-high ambitions stem from a sordid secret—the type that tabloids tingle to tell. Together, they’re on a wild ride from London to New York, from Hollywood to Rio and the steaming jungles of the Amazon—where all their dreams and nightmares are about to come true…LOVERS & GAMBLERS'. To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Jackie's seventh book, 'The Bitch', hit bookstores in 1979. It was later turned into a film for the big screen. Website teaser: 'SHE’S A WOMAN WHO’S NEVER SHORT OF A MAN. AND THEY CALL HER THE BITCH…
Ms. Collins' eighth book, 'Chances', introduced us to the character of the day, Lucky Santangelo in 1981. The book synopsis listed on her website: 'Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge, and Dangerous Kiss…Jackie Collins’ sizzling Lucky saga all began with CHANCES. The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas. It plunges you into the reckless, dangerous world of the Santangelo crime family. It introduces you to Gino Santangelo, the street kid who makes it all the way to the top. And then brings you Lucky—his sensual, stunningly beautiful, and passionate daughter; a woman who dares to win her father’s empire for herself; a woman unafraid of taking…CHANCES.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Jackie's ninth book, 'Hollywood Wives', was published in 1983. The novel hit the New York Times Bestseller list at number one. It was later made into one of ABC's highest-rated miniseries. The book teaser: 'They lunch at Ma Maison and the Bistro on salads and hot gossip. They cruise Rodeo Drive in their Mercedes and Rolls, turning shopping at Giorgio and Gucci into an art form. They pursue the body beautiful at the Workout and Body Asylum. Dressed by St. Laurent and Galanos, they dine at the latest restaurants on the rise and fall of one another’s fortunes. They are the Hollywood Wives, a privileged breed of women whose ticket to ride is a famous husband. Hollywood. At its most flamboyant.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Collin's tenth bestseller, 'Lucky', was released in 1985. Later 'Lucky' and 'Chances' were combined and made into a miniseries by Jackie for NBC entitled 'Lucky Chances'. The book description listed on Jackie's website: 'THE FABULOUS HEROINE OF CHANCES RETURNS. SHE’S A HOT-BLOODED BEAUTY IN LOVE WITH POWER, HUNGRY FOR PLEASURE… WILD, NOTORIOUS, TROUBLE… SHE’S… LUCKY
In 1986, Jackie published 'Hollywood Husbands', her eleventh novel. It received a warm welcoming and became another bestseller. Description on Jackie's website: 'Hollywood Husbands are hot…Hollywood Husbands are dynamic…Hollywood Husbands are sexy…
Jackie's twelfth novel, 'Rock Star', debuted in 1988. It was a story about the rise to fame of three different rock superstars. Description found on Jackie's website:
'FEEL THE HUNGER. THE BEAT. THE HEAT.
In 1990, Collins' thirteenth novel proved 13 isn't always an unlucky number when she released another bestseller entitled 'Lady Boss'. This was the third book about Lucky Santangelo. It became an NBC miniseries by the same name. Description on Jackie's website: 'In Chances, Lucky grew up in a top crime family. In Lucky, she was married three times. And now, in Lady Boss, she takes on Hollywood and wins! Panther Studios is the prize and Lucky wants it… In her quest for power she meets adversaries and enemies, friends and betrayers. And her relationship with her husband, charismatic comedian and movie star, Lennie Golden is put to the test.
'American Star' became Collin's fourteenth novel in 1993. Description listed on her website: 'Jackie Collins’ American Star is a love story for the nineties. At its heart are two extraordinary lovers, separated by tragic circumstances, yearning for each other, yet seemingly never able to be together again.
Jackie's fifteenth novel, 'Hollywood Kids', came out in 1994. It looked into the lives of twenty something offspring of Hollywood's elite. Description:
'Wherever there’s money and glamour, trouble can’t be too far behind. In Hollywood Kids Jackie Collins takes her readers back to the Hollywood Hills for another absorbing page-turner of sex, ambition, and deadly revenge.
'Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge' became Collins' sixteenth book in 1997. It was the third in the Lucky Santangelo series. Description listed on Ms. Collins' website: 'Lucky Santangelo is back — with a vengeance!Dangerously sensual, breathtakingly beautiful, and utterly unforgettable, she is Lucky Santangelo, the sizzling star of Chances, Lucky, and Lady Boss. With Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge, Jackie Collins continues the saga of Lucky Santangelo in a nonstop, action-packed tale of sex, betrayal, drugs, intrigue, and murder.
In 1998, Jackie published 'Thrill!', her seventeenth novel. Description on Jackie's website: 'Jackie Collins’ most outrageous, erotically charged New York Times bestseller is a sexy, shattering roller-coaster thrill ride! From chic New York and the exclusive Hamptons to the hungry heart of L.A., this high-suspense tale pulses with deadly obsessions and relentless desires in the seemingly perfect world of a gorgeous film actress.
She could have any man — but the one she can’t resist is a mysterious lover with a shadowed past. As their jolting affair skyrockets with electric passion, shocking secrets break through their hidden traps — in a brilliantly twisting story that sparks with the explosive Jackie Collins touch.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Ms. Collins' eighteenth book, 'LA Connections: Power, Obsession, Murder, Revenge' was released in 1998. This was a four-part novel which released one section a month for four consecutive months. I'm guessing the various sections were entitled Power, Obsession, Murder, & Revenge, but I may be wrong. Description on Ms. Collins' website: 'New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins blazed onto bestseller lists nationwide with L.A.Connections — four entwined novels of passion and danger among Hollywood’s most powerful players. Now this sensational serial novel is collected in one blockbuster volume from “the queen of glamour fiction” (San Antonio Express-News).
Jackie published 'Dangerous Kiss' in 1999. It was her nineteenth novel and her fifth book Featuring Lucky Santangelo. Description listed on Jackie's website:
In 2000, Ms. Collins, published 'Lethal Seduction', her twentieth novel. The book featured Madison Castelli, the street savvy character introduced in 'L.A. Connections'. "Madison is having problems — her ex-live-in lover who walked out on her is trying to walk back in. Her new lover is giving her a hard time. And her father turns out to be a man with deadly secrets.
Set between the high-powered world of New York and the manic excitement of Las Vegas, Lethal Seduction is packed with all the intrigue and glamour fans have come to expect from Jackie Collins. This deliciously uninhibited tale of cover-ups, deception and mob involvement finds Jackie Collins at the height of her creative powers as the diverse cast of characters in Lethal Seduction take an exhilarating walk on the wild side, where nothing is ever exactly as it seems and danger is all around them." Description obtained from Jackie's website. To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Ms. Collins released 'Hollywood Wives - The New Generation' which was her twenty-first novel. It later became a TV movie. Description on Jackie's website: "Power! Sex! Money! Fame! — the new Hollywood Wives are back with a vengeance.Whatever they don’t have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get.
In 2002, 'Deadly Embrace', made its way to bookshelves. It was Jackie's twenty-second novel. This was the third book featuring Madison Castelli. It contains both the prequel and sequel to 'Lethal Seduction'. Description from Ms. Collins' website: 'At the center of this thrilling and powerfully erotic story is Madison Castelli, the beautiful, talented and street-smart journalist first introduced in the L.A. Connections series and Lethal Seduction. Distraught after finding out her father has been keeping secrets from her (and is possibly involved with the mob), Madison flies from New York to LA She visits her best friend, Nasally De Barge, a gorgeous black radio personality, but within hours they find themselves caught in a restaurant hold-up, where they are trapped in a life-or-death situation.
Ms. Collins published 'Hollywood Divorces' in 2003, her twenty-third novel. Description on website: 'In her most scandalously titillating novel since the #1 bestselling Hollywood Wives, internationally renowned author Jackie Collins once again takes her readers behind the scenes and into the bedrooms of Hollywood’s glamorous world of superstardom, where narcissism is a virtue, and fidelity means not sleeping with anyone less attractive than your spouse.
'Lovers & Players' came out in 2006 and was Collins' twenty-fourth novel. Synopsis on Jackie's website: 'Amy Scott-Simon, a beguilingly pretty young New York heiress, is engaged to marry Max Diamond, an older powerful real estate tycoon. At her bachelorette party she runs into Jett, Max’s younger half-brother — fresh back from Italy, where he is a successful male model. A one-time drug addict, now in the Program — Jett has no idea who Amy is. She also doesn’t realise who he is. A one night fling leads to complications and regrets.
In 2007, 'Drop Dead Beautiful' hit the stores. It was her twenty-fifth novel and sixth book featuring Lucky. Jackie's website's description: 'Get ready for the scandalously scintillating read only Jackie Collins can deliver! Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance–still every bit as strong, sexy, and seductive as ever! But Lucky is older and wiser, and hot to reclaim her power position in Las Vegas. However, a deadly enemy from her past has resurfaced–a person determined to take everything from her, including the family she holds so dear: two sons and an out-of-control teenage daughter who is just as outrageous as Lucky herself. Like mother, like daughter.
And if that old saying holds true, it’s going to be one wild ride.' To read an excerpt of the book Click Here.
Jackie released 'Married Lovers' in 2008. It was her twenty-sixth novel. Description on Jackie's website: 'Three high-powered Hollywood couples. Two hot affairs. And one crime of passion…
In 2009, 'Poor Little Bitch Girl' hit the shelves. Is focused on Annabelle Maestro and two of her friends from high school whom she's lost touch with. This was the first book by Ms. Collins that I'd read. Description on Jackie's website:
Which finally brings us to the most current novel written by Ms. Collins, 'Goddess of Vengeance'. This is the seventh novel that includes Lucky Santangelo and Jackie's twenty-eighth novel. Wow! Description on Jackie's website:
'Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan…
Note: The above information was compiled from information provided by Jackie Collins' website, her publisher, and/or wikipedia.
To read another wonderful in depth interview with Jackie done by Emma Brockes of The Guardian Click Here. I highly recommend it. It goes into her family life and how she managed to balance her professional life with her private life.
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