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Fallen Star



“…a delightfully complex plot filled with myriad twists and turns…”
 Romance Times Book Reviews >>

“…a Gothic masterpiece that reflects the charm of the old films it discusses.”
– San Francisco Book Review >>

“Readers who love a strong, independent heroine will automatically fall in love with this story.”
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“…Morse artfully submerges her readers into the intriguingly murky depths of her modern Gothic novel, Fallen Star.”
– Pacific Book Review >>


Film student Kate Bloom discovers lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother, legendary screen goddess Gloria Reardon.

Kate is Gloria’s spitting image, yet she couldn’t be more different. After all, it’s 1975, screen sirens are a thing of the past and Hollywood appears to be on the brink of real change brought about by a new, grittier breed of filmmakers. Kate wants to be a part of this change. She sees old Hollywood’s glamorized myth-making as destructive, embodied by the tabloid objectification of her grandmother's death.

When Kate discovers lost footage from the infamous film never completed because of Gloria’s murder, she is swept up into events that happened years before she was born and into the seductive world of Hollywood’s elite. Gloria may be dead but friends and lovers from her heyday are still very much on the Hollywood scene and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery. Suddenly Kate has powerful enemies as well as a powerful benefactor who sets her up in a lavish mansion to keep her and the precious film safe.

Kate is abruptly pushed into the glittering, turbulent world of 1970’s Hollywood as she and film restoration expert, Dylan Nichols, race to repair the fragile film.

As the film comes back to life, Kate discovers clues to her grandmother’s murder and begins to investigate what really happened to her. Drawn into the details of Gloria’s past, the otherworldly presence of Gloria seems to come to life. At times, Kate even feels possessed by Gloria, especially when in moments of high tension Kate’s normal inhibitions dissolve and she behaves with the sly sexuality of a bombshell from another era.

Whether Kate is haunted or losing her mind, she’s not sure. What is certain is that as her investigation brings her closer to unmasking the killer, a series of accidents and threatening events have placed her life in danger. Is Kate destined to meet Gloria’s gruesome end? Or, will she learn to use her intelligence, with a dash of Gloria’s bravado, so that this time the bombshell outwits the murderer?

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