Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery is available FREE via Kindle download from Wednesday, 11/9 through Sunday, 11/13/16. Get your FREE Kindle version at Amazon.com.

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel by Dakota Donovan Designed by architect Welton Becket — who also counts the iconic circular Capitol Records Building among his creations — the Beverly Hilton Hotel opened in 1953 and has enjoyed renovations over the decades, while retaining its midcentury charm. The location is a good place to spot […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air by Dakota Donovan In my novel, L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I travel to an  upscale enclave of Los Angeles known as Bel Air — the most affluent neighborhood in the city, located about twelve miles west of downtown. The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell (hence, […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpt: Cab or UBER?

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpt: Cab or UBER?

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpts: Cab or Uber? by Dakota Donovan In my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I love to take cabs— because I hate driving in L.A. traffic, especially in my old Toyota, where I risk heatstroke thanks to the vehicle’s broken A/C.   I wrote L.A. SLEEPERS in 2014, before UBER gained […]

Ghostwriter Tales: Catch-92

Ghostwriter Tales: Catch-92

GHOSTWRITER TALES: Catch-92 (or capture those memories while you still remember what you want to write about) by Dakota Donovan I was one of those kids who preferred eavesdropping on adults  over playing outside. While listening to my elders talking about their lives, I heard many say, “I could write a book,” meaning they had […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive by Dakota Donovan The above photo gives a feeling of what it’s like to drive on L.A.’s Mulholland Drive, but no photo can really do it justice. For a driving tour of the infamous road, check out this video. Built in 1924, Mulholland Drive is a  two-lane road along the […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA)

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA)

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA) by Dakota Donovan A substantial portion of Chapters 6 and 7 of my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery takes place at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills — a beautiful facility and heaven on earth for most researchers. The rules are strict […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory by Dakota Donovan In my novel, L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, a pivotal scene takes place at night outside the Griffith Observatory. Many people remember the Los Angeles location from REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, the 1955 film starring James Dean. A bronze head of James Dean is now a […]

Ghostwriter Tales: What is a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriter Tales: What is a ghostwriter?

GHOSTWRITER TALES: What is a ghostwriter? by Dakota Donovan In my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I differentiate between the “author” (the client who hires me) and the writer (me, as ghostwriter).  A passage from Chapter 1 of the novel describes this complex author/writer relationship: My initial encounter with an author is a […]

It’s here! Just in time for summer reading: L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

It’s here! Just in time for summer reading: L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

I”m excited to announce the release of my novel L.A. SLEEPERS, the first book in my Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery Series. L.A. SLEEPERS takes readers into some of Southern California’s most exclusive areas — Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and points in between — as this writing gig brings me close up and personal with dark […]