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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 24 days ago
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Randy with author Les Bailey (photo permission pending)
Celebrity biographer and writing coach, Randy Jernigan, was forced to cancel a number of professional commitments this month when gout pain and blood pressure issues became so extreme, the writer had to seek medical attention.

Randy was diagnosed "years ago" as suffering with the condition that causes intense pain, usually in the feet, ankles and knees, and is experienced by only two percent of the American population.

Randy tells Fanpop.com, "I was in the middle of this terrible pain in my knees and ankles. Because of the condition being so severe, I had developed tumors in my legs related to the condition. It's sort of a rare thing, mostly genetic, and exceptionally painful. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, if I had one. I felt terrible having to cancel a commitment but sometimes you just have to call in sick," Randy explained.

In early June Randy shared on his Facebook page that he had suffered a minor stroke, related to his chronic gout condition.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 1 month ago
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There are so many great books published every month, some titles worth reading may get lost in the shuffle. So when I heard that my writing coach and mentor of ten years was finally releasing a book about successful freelance writing, I got excited!

It was about ten years ago that I decided to get serious about my desire to make a living with what I loved the most--writing. So I looked up the number of a popular writing group in my home town, got registered and took a class. I had heard of the instructor before, even read a couple of his books and magazine articles, so I was thrilled at the prospect of what I could learn from this man. I wasn't disappointed.

This mans enthusiasm and excitement for the craft he taught, as well as his career, was contagious. He even introduced me to one of his magazine editors which was the launching pad for my new career as a published author.

Author and writing coach Randy Jernigan will publish "The Freelance Writers Guidebook" the Spring 2018 in both paperback and electronic editions.
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Article by DarkSarcasm posted 2 months ago
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Ever randomly burst into tears and not know why? Nothing sad has happened in the last 30 seconds! You're not even thinking about sad stuff! What is wrong with you?!

This has happened to me quite a few times lately. Most notably, while revisiting some favorite movies from my childhood. I pulled 'em out of the shed, dusted of the thin cardboard and clamshell VHS cases, and tried to remember how to work a VCR. (Stop picturing me in a rocking chair wearing a cardigan. And get off my lawn.) During several of these movies that I watched hundreds of times in the early '90s, something strange happened. My throat felt tight. I began raging a battle against my own face, fighting the sudden onset of some strange liquid trying to force its way out of my eyes. What the hell is happening?! It's the opening credits, for cryin' out loud!

Fast forward to why this is in the Books to Read spot and not the Dasm Has Issues spot. (Please do not actually create this spot.) In my quest for old stuff that reminds me of being a kid, I read Mary O'Hara's Flicka trilogy. (My Friend Flicka is fairly popular, but the next two novels, Thunderhead and Green Grass of...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted 4 months ago
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Randy Jernigan and Les Bailey
Author and writing coach Randy Jernigan recently took to his Facebook page to boast about his favorite writer and sidekick, author Les Bailey, and the final installment of his 'Vampire Game' trilogy.

"If you loved Les' first two books in the series, then you're going to really get into his third book," Randy exclaimed proudly in his Sunday afternoon post. "I just read the first chapter last night--what powerful writing! Every sentence was strong and kept me spellbound.Book three will absolutely knock your socks off, I have no doubt!"

A Salt Lake City native, Les Bailey actually began writing his popular vampire trilogy years earlier in one of Randy's creative writing courses in his Writers Studio in Utah.

In a previous interview Randy once explained to me, "I knew when I first met Les several years back in one of my creative writing classes, that he was going to write the great American novel--and he did! Even then Les was a master storyteller. I remember vividly the feelings of excitement I experienced when he read allowed from one of his class assignments. The prose within the story was downright delicious. I recognized almost immediately...
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Opinion by Kibahina96 posted 6 months ago
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Bill Wallace is my favorite author. Here are my favorite books by him.

1.Pick Of the Litter
2.A Dog Called Kitty
3. The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

1.It teaches an important lesson about doing what's right even when its not easy. Plus I love dogs.
2.Although the ending was kind of sad I loved reading about the relation between the boy and the dog bonding. It also made me laugh as well as cry which I believe is very important.
3.It shows you things from the dogs point of view which I thought wqas very interesting.
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Review by deedragongirl posted 9 months ago
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I love this book cover.
Hi everyone, I had finally read Paulo Cuelho's bestselling novel, The Alchemist and here is my review on the popular novel.

The Story

While reading the novel, I did not quite understand the story and it was not until the second half of the story that I managed to understand. It telling us to follow our dreams if a person desires for it!

The Characters

Santiago (or the Boy in this story) is a very likable character because he manage to understand what the Alchemist is telling despite being relatively young, he is my favourite character out of the novel!
The other characters like the Englishman and just to name a few are very ambiguous, if you ask me.

Is It Worth Reading?

Yes, I highly recommend this book for those who have not read it yet!
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 11 months ago
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Last year I put together a list of books that I read coupled with my opinions on them, using my reviews from good reads. I decided to keep it going.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Smoke and Shadow #3)


I got to read this one like way back in March thanks to tumblr lol. But I decided to wait until I actually got a physical copy to review it on here.

Any how 10/10 *was satisfied with the amount of Azula*
As always, I really enjoyed the comic as a whole, I really liked this story line. The whole fear based theme and the Kemurikage were wonderful. I'd really love to know more about those ladies.

Life Is But A Dream

This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, but it still earned 5 stars for sure. Part of the reason I adore it so much is because it really spoke to me; in some ways I could see a lot of myself in Sabrina. I could see myself in her in the way that she had her own little world that she liked to escape into; "I don't care I say to my parents I like the world in my dreams, it's a happier place here." The line "Puberty flicked a switch in side of them and dreams were replaced by...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Actor Daniel Radcliffe
I'm excited to be reporting this tid bit of book news to my Fanpop.com readers!

If you remember, earlier this year, I reviewed a new book titled 'The Vampire Game: Discovery' written by hunky first-time author Les Bailey--which I absolutely adored! (I've read the book 3 times now!)

Well, I now get to report that there is a great possibility that the novel in question will be developed into a major movie!

According to several movie news outlets, the unique vampire tale has generated loads of interest among some of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers--and I can see why.

As I first reported back when the book debuted, The Vampire Game is not only one of the finest tales of the undead in my recent memory--it has brought me back to the vampire genre, which was growing stale for me.

And another exciting piece of news regarding a possible film, the producers want to offer the lead role to my very favorite actor in the world--Daniel Radcliffe.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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'Losing to Win' author Randy Jernigan has put rumors to rest, coming out as gay on a Christian talk radio program this week.

The celebrity biographer opened up to close friend and talk show host Stephen Seares about his "life-long burden" in a very emotional interview on the early Sunday morning show.

Jernigan was asked to appear on the show to talk about politics and his support of Hillary Clinton when Seares questions turned personal.

"yes I'm gay..,and I've carried this secret with me all my life and I just can't do it anymore," Jernigan explained to the conservative radio audience. "It's a hard thing to go through life with such a heavy burden on your shoulders and having no one to talk to about it. There's still such a stigma in the Christian world when it comes to being gay. I was always so afraid I'd lose all my friends and even some of my family, I believe Jesus calls us to live genuine lives--well, here's the real me," said the author.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Family Secrets of The British Royal Family
Celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan's "Family Secrets" gets an official release date of May of 2017.

Jernigan, who recently published The Life and Career of Marie Osmond and is set to release a biography on Ellen DeGeneres, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."

Jernigan, best known for his probing and aggressive interview style, says the book will be an honest look at the business of being royal, and even share "some new secrets" from some very solid royal sources that, at one point, worked for the Queen."
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Author and filmmaker Arianna Eisenberg
Filmmaker turned children's book author Arianna Eisenberg has reportedly secured funds from film investors and plans to adapt her popular children's book into a major film.

The successful Hollywood movie maker, who moonlights writing child to teen fantasy fiction, released her first full-length book in August 2014 titled 'Jemiyah Jones and the Kingdom of Nir.' The Kindle release quickly won Amazon’s “Breakthrough Novel Award” and soon fans of the book began clamoring for a movie.

“I love strong female characters and Jemiyah certainly fits into that category,” says the author. “I was interested in telling the tale of an everyday English schoolgirl with a rather amazing back story—that of warrior queen. The fact that Jemiyah has grown up unaware of her lineage makes for a rather compelling story line to unfold,” explained Eisenberg on her amazon.com author's page.

According the the Aegis Film Groups Facebook page, Michael Schroeder has been attached to the project as the film's director, with composer Sharon Farber for music and soundtrack. Ned Dowd and Tim Moore will produce the feature.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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The Vampire Game; Discovery
As promised last year, author Les Bailey has released his initial literary offing, The Vampire Game: Discovery, in paperback.

First published solely through Kindle Books, the story hit the ground running, causing quite the stir in literary and social media circles. Fanpop.com contributor, known only as Fanmaven2015, (our boss!) had this to say about Bailey's story:

“This debut novel is not only one of the finest tales of the undead in my recent memory, it has brought me back to the vampire genre which was growing stale for me, sadly. Thank you, Mr. Bailey.”

Fanmaven goes on the say, “Passionate and meticulous in its delivery, the author's prose feeds us tantalizing hints of things to come in his story. In my humble opinion this literary offering excels in depth of character, in beautiful language and a unique storyline that made this tale a must re-read,” the writer gushed.

Bailey is a former student of Randy Jernigan's The Writers Studio located in Utah. Randy had this to say about Bailey's book:
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Stars That Make A Difference: Ellen
After his success with 'The Life and Career of Marie Osmond,' fan book series author Randy Jernigan has wasted no time in moving on to the next super-star to be brought to life in the series. the one and only Ellen DeGeneres!

New Ellen Bio
"I've always been an admirer of Ellen's work, not just as a talk show host and comedian, but as a person too," says Jernigan of his next subject. "Ellen does a lot of wonderful things for people on the show as well as in her personal life that most people never hear about. She's an inspiration to a lot of people out there, especially the LGBT community, so I'm excited to be featuring her in this fan book series."

Known as the dancing comedian, Ellen DeGeneres has become a beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer. Ellen's distinctive comic voice resonates with audiences from her stand-up comedy routines, in television and film, and even in the literary world.

'Stars That Make A Difference: Ellen DeGeneres' is expected to chronicle Ellen's early childhood years, little known details of her private life, as well as her long career as a comedian and television host and more.
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List by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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1940's USA?
Okay, so there are a few books that are waiting for me to read, I will also include the ones that I want to read.

1) To Kill a Mockingbird

Sadly I did not manage to finish it as I read this book 10 years ago, since I got its sequel, I will definitely pick it up again.

2) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay

I had read the first book already, I am planning to watch the movie soon.

3) Go Set a Watchman

Yeap, the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird, however I have been hearing that this book has been causing controversy. Guess I have to read the book first to find out!

4) The Divergent Trilogy

To be honest, I am not really sure whether this trilogy is better than the Maze Runners. But I will give it a shot in the near future.

5) The Three Musketeers

As Belle from Beauty and the Beast said, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. Yes, this is the kind of book that I really want to read.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Randy Jernigan has signed an agreement with a new American publisher and cable network to write a biography and now a documentary on the British Royal family which he's tentatively titled, "Family Secrets."

Jernigan, who recently published The Life and Career of Marie Osmond, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"Randy has been planning to release a book on the Royal family for some time now, then after the initial announcement a broadcast house approached the agency about doing a television piece as a companion. Randy loved the idea so we pulled the project back till we completed the documentary," explained Terry Griffen, Jernigan's agent.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in-depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Seeing as I haven't posted an article here yet I thought I'd type up a little something. This'll be a list of books that I read and some mini reviews of them; seeing as there are a lot, I will be utilizing my reviews from 'Goodreads'. Some reviews will be cut short to keep the length down.
Some reviews will have spoilers.

Croak

First and foremost, I love Lex. She's sassy, funny, and sarcastic. She also was all head over heals for Driggs. You can tell she likes him, but it doesn't turn the story into some silly stupid romance novel, basically it didn't obstruct the plot. I really really loved, above all else, the interaction between Poe and Teddy and how Dr. Seuss had to cheer up Emily Dickinson. I also enjoyed the plot as a whole--the concept of teenage boys and girls having the ability to reap souls.


Chosen At Nightfall

While I really liked the other books in the series I just fell like this one was really weak which sucks because it was the last book and the last boom should be the best! One if the only good bits about it was Kylie's newest ghost (and the ghost's connection to Mario, great plot...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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The Life and Career of Marie Osmond
When celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan announced that he would be publishing a series of fan books celebrating stars that had positive reputations, he had no inkling of the tidal wave of hateful, mean spirited comments about to come his way.

Shortly after his publishing company's announcement, several online tabloids wrote negative pieces about Randy's book series. Even popular blogger Perez Hilton wrote a story, attributing quotes to Randy that proved false and misleading. When these reports began to surface, online trolls began to flock to Randy's social media pages leaving comment after comment taking aim at everything from his writing talents to his looks and age.

“I was absolutely dumbfounded—I wanted to just crawl under a rock and hide,” Randy recently told Chicago's KSCR Indie Radio in an early morning interview.

“My project was a very positive one yet I was receiving all this hate from people that didn't even know me.”

When Randy released his first fan book, The Life and Career of Marie Osmond, six of his most prolific haters posted negative comments on his Amazon page. "Which didn't surprise me--they actually...
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Review by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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I love to read!
Hi guys, I would like to write down some of my favourite books that I had previously and currently reading.

The Harry Potter Series

I love Harry Potter series, because it's very intrigue and I love J.K Rowling's style of writing. She's one of the inspiration in writing! So salute to her and will read the latest Harry Potter book once it comes out.

The Chronicles of Narnia

I had always thought that this is even better than Harry Potter because it's more extraordinary and has more suspense.
However, one of the things that I was disappointed that Susan Pevensie did not join the gang in 'The Last Battle'. If she was, we would be very happy with the ending especially!

Love, Rosie/ When Rainbows End

This is highly unusual because I like how the story is told through email format. I also love the Irish accent because it's sound sexy and extraordinary unusual!

P.S. I Love You
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Opinion by ethan_orin posted over a year ago
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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The Kardashian Ladies
Elizabeth Wilson's Gut Feminism is a must read for all my readers out there. The work has been called an intersection of science studies and feminist theories. I loved this book, but then I would--anyone that knows me knows that I'm a sign waver at heart. Gotta get this book!

I'm hearing rumors that my writing buddy Randy Jernigan will publish a new celebrity bio on the Kardashian ladies--including Caitlan, this Fall. Randy admitted to me late last year that he was a fan of KUWTK show and never missed an episode. Now, all the TV watching will pay off for you!

Also, it's about time for Randy's friend Les Bailey to release the paperback version of his best seller The Vampire Game: Discovery. The book was first released on Kindle with the promise that a paperback would follow. That excites me since I truly loved the book!

For my readers, please feel free to send me your own book notes or questions about up and coming book events and I'll try and include it right here on this page!
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Marie on Oprah
30 years after Marie Osmond married, then divorced Stephen Craig, she married him again. Some might say the woman is a glutton for punishment or she never got over the man she truly loved.

Today, Osmond says she’s happier the second time around, and is grateful for the way her husband treats her.

According to press reports, Osmond’s second marriage to music producer Brian Blosil wasn’t blissful by any means.

Globe Magazine reported that despite enduring terrible (emotional) pain, Marie never publicly detailed the humiliation she endured during her 20-year second marriage to the record producer. Celebrity journalist Randy Jernigan, author of the best selling book THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARIE OSMOND, has detailed Osmond’s experience in a tome that has received great attention recently.

Wed in 1986, they had seven adopted and biological children together. Blosil once flew into a rage when he heard rumors she was still in love with first hubby Steve Craig. “He and Marie argued, with Brian’s anger escalating,” Jernigan writes in his book. “He pushed her down the stairs with Marie ending up with a cracked wrist and...
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Losing to Win! author Randy Jernigan tells me that he hopes to resurrect his Writers Studio and begin teaching again.

The school, which boasts alum Les Bailey of The Vampire Game fame, was located in picturesque Utah and had a reputation for graduating several published novelists, a couple of popular poets, and even two produced screenwriters.

"I miss teaching," Randy recently told me in a phone interview from his Utah home. "There's nothing like the experience of being in a room of inspired, hungry, creative writers. The synergy is absolutely amazing!"

Randy tells me he hopes to begin teaching classes as early as mid-June 2016.

This Summer may prove to be a bit busy for Randy. According to Medium.com Randy will go back into the studio and host 30 new radio talk shows and he's also launched a new line of active wear that bears his motto: "Making the Rest of My Life, the Best of My Life!"

Wishing my friend Randy the best of luck in his creative ventures!
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Losing to Win! author Randy Jernigan
According to sales records from Amazon Inc. and Kindle Inc. Randy Jernigan's 2013 release Losing to Win! is once again climbing the charts in paperback and electronic device sales.

The book contains the account of Jernigan's shedding 179 pounds and beating a perilous case of diabetes/hypertension that nearly took the writers life, as well as the recipes he used to help him lose the weight.

According to moviepilot.com, a more detailed account of Jernigan's story will be covered in a soon to be published book (and TV show) by film producer and writer Arianna Eisenberg titled 'Heaven, Angels and Beyond.'

Jernigan is a veteran entertainment journalist who has contributed over the years to national magazines, television programs, and has hosted several radio talk shows.

Jernigan recently published a short biography of Marie Osmond that became a best seller almost immediately and will publish The Life and Career of Ellen DeGeneres early Spring.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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Author Randy Jernigan and Jackson
When I sat down to dinner at a small Asian Bistro with my old friend and writer Randy Jernigan, he quickly scanned the menu, searching for the healthiest foods. Today would not be one of his famous “cheat days” he shares on his social media pages–usually Mondays when he and best friend, Jackson Fackrell, indulge in what he terms a “free meal.” Today he opts for several veggie heavy dishes with less calories, and of course, minus the fried rice and noodles. Later, as the waitress cleared the table, I notice that she cleared away his half eaten meal.

At the time I remembered our last meal together, some four years earlier, when Randy scarfed down a huge steak, two huge baked potatoes with all the works, then half the fries left on my plate. I also remember him complaining at the time that he was stuffed to the brim but still hungry.

Food held a much different place in Randy’s life then, than it does now. A much different place.

Food was his main comfort. A cure-all for his deeply hidden, very painful, personal issues. Now, as randy explains it to me, food is a tool.
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News by Fanmaven2015 posted over a year ago
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British Royal Family
Celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan has signed an agreement with his American publisher to write a biography on the British Royal family which he's tentatively titled, "Family Secrets."

Jernigan, who recently published a best selling biographical sketch on entertainer Marie Osmond, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book.

"I think Queen Elizabeth is a great lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people," says Jernigan. "I've been collecting information on "the family" for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself."

Jernigan, best known for his aggressive interview style in magazines and radio, says the book will be an honest look at the business of being royal, and even share "some new secrets" from some very solid royal sources that, at one point, worked for the Queen."
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