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  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend."

    —Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers
  • The Actress

    "Sims' wry commentary on life in Hollywood is dead-on."

    Publishers Weekly
  • The Extra

    "an intelligent thriller."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispach
  • On Location

    "You just have to love Rita."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages."

    —Julie Compton, author of Keep No Secrets
  • The Actress

    "Intricate and surprising, this is a gripping read."

    —Kristine Huntley Booklist
  • The Extra

    "The two leads, Rita and George, are engaging and believable."

    —Hallie Ephron Boston Globe
  • On Location

    "Sims orchestrates the action—and occasional comic relief—for maximum impact."

    Publishers Weekly
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The spark of inspiration to get started writing a book."

    —Hallie Ephron, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "A page-turner from stem to stern!"

    Kirkus Reviews
  • The Extra

    "Goes down easy, like a perfect cup of coffee."

    Crimespree Magazine
  • On Location

    "A fast-paced, atmospheric mystery. Sims shines."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The approach is always positive and well worth the price of admission"

    —Ellen Hart, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "The fascination will keep you up late."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispach
  • The Extra

    "An engaging thriller."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • On Location

    "As smart as it is compelling."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "It doesn't have the arrogant undertone found in other writing books."

    —The Book Depository
  • The Actress

    "Sims has a well-plotted and engaging winner here."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • The Extra

    "...and a lost beagle."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • On Location

    "Heart-pounding and page-turning."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispach
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "In-depth, comprehensive and witty, but never complicated."

    —the office of LETTERS AND LIGHT
  • The Actress

    "Exhilarating! Elizabeth Sims provides a fascinating tale."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • The Extra

    "Brisk prose, facile storytelling, engaging characters."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • On Location

    "Rita's best role to date."

    —Lynne F. Maxwell Mystery Scene
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "I found great little gems of advice."

    —L.J. Sellers, bestselling mystery author
  • The Actress

    "Rita is a strong and believable voice."

    —Roberta Alexander The Mercury News
  • The Extra

    "A perfect blend of mystery, comedy and romance."

    —Rosa St.Claire Miami Books Examiner
  • On Location

    "A fabulous novel."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Encouraging, practical and witty."

    —Gesa Kirsch, Ph.D., Professor of English, Bentley University
  • The Actress

    "A veteran mystery writer with a crackerjack tale."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer


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book group guide



These questions don't have right or wrong answers—they're just things to think over and have fun with in your group discussion.


  1. What sorts of "acting" do most people do in their everyday lives?

  2. Must a defense attorney always believe in the client's innocence?

  3. If you were on a jury, do you think you could tell if a witness was lying? How?

  4. Rita is struggling as a single mother. Is she doing a good job?

  5. Are really great actors necessarily intelligent?

  6. Would Rita have what it takes to become a good lawyer?

  7. What sort of man would be good for Rita?

  8. Is it wrong for Gary to arrange coaching for Eileen?

  9. Are sisters normally competitive with each other? Which is a closer bond, sister to sister or wife to husband?

  10. Should Tracy Beck-Rubin hire an image consultant, or is she fine just the way she is?

  11. A story can be both dark and funny, of course. But, how would you characterize the tone of this book? Humorous? Thoughtful? Scary?

  12. Have you ever changed your mind about what you really wanted out of life?

Questions developed by The Logical Woman for ElizabethSims.com.


Book Group Dessert Suggestion

Rita would consider any dessert appropriate, as long as it's CHOCOLATE!


A Note to Book Groups

IN PERSON
Elizabeth loves meeting with book groups. If your group would like to have her for a visit, let her know. She now lives in Florida and sometimes travels across the country, so who knows, maybe she could coordinate a visit to your group with other travel. (She does not charge for meeting with groups reading her fiction.)

BY PHONE
Elizabeth has "attended" book groups by speaker phone. If you'd like to arrange a phone call for your group email Elizabeth to request a date and time.

BOOKPLATES
You can request signed bookplates on the more page under signed copies.

Email Elizabeth: esims@elizabethsims.com

BOOK GROUP GUIDES:

    The Rita Farmer Mysteries

  1. The Actress
  2. The Extra
  3. On Location

    The Lillian Byrd Crime Series

  1. Holy Hell
  2. Damn Straight
  3. Lucky Stiff
  4. Easy Street


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