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Rumor Central
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Rumor Central
Rumor Central Series, Book 1
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"These Miami divas are filled with sass, scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" —Ni-Ni Simone

Spilling juicy secrets on-air is creating more drama than Maya Morgan ever imagined. . .

The teen reality show "Miami Divas" made media sensations out of Miami's richest in-crowd—and Maya Morgan is one of them. Now Maya's been offered her very own show, and she'll do whatever it takes to step up the fame she's worked so hard for—and that includes spilling some secrets her friends wish were left buried. But as Maya gives up the goods for the sake of ratings, someone will do anything to shut her up. Between back-stabbing lies and hard truths, this gossip girl has only one chance to make things right. . .before it's too late.

"Sit up and pay attention—Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." —Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries

"These Miami divas are filled with sass, scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" —Ni-Ni Simone

Spilling juicy secrets on-air is creating more drama than Maya Morgan ever imagined. . .

The teen reality show "Miami Divas" made media sensations out of Miami's richest in-crowd—and Maya Morgan is one of them. Now Maya's been offered her very own show, and she'll do whatever it takes to step up the fame she's worked so hard for—and that includes spilling some secrets her friends wish were left buried. But as Maya gives up the goods for the sake of ratings, someone will do anything to shut her up. Between back-stabbing lies and hard truths, this gossip girl has only one chance to make things right. . .before it's too late.

"Sit up and pay attention—Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." —Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries

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About the Author-
  • ReShonda Tate Billingsley has made a career out of getting the 411 and spinning a story, hard truths and all. Before writing full-time, she worked as a reporter for The National Enquirer (you wouldn't believe what she's uncovered!) and as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC, and FOX television. The author of more than two dozen books, she won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction and is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Visit her online at rumor-central.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 18, 2013
    Pride goes before the fall, and 17-year-old Maya Morgan is entitlement personified in this first book in the Rumor Central series. Maya and her rich, glamorous, and spoiled friends are the subjects of Miami Divas, a drama- and luxury-fueled reality TV show in the vein of the Real Housewives franchise, until Maya is offered a TMZ-style show of her own. She takes the job, alienating her former costars and getting dumped by her boyfriend. On Rumor Central, Maya is paid to dish the dirt on celebrities and the elite circles she runs in; unlike in Gossip Girl, though, everyone knows who Maya is, making her an instant target. Maya’s loose lips and all-around “divatude” lead to arrests, anonymous threats, and failing grades, building to some inevitable wake-up calls. Billingsley’s dialogue is on point, and while few teens’ realities resemble Maya’s, the point of this guilty pleasure is wish fulfillment, sensationalistic scandal, and snappy one-liners. While the story holds few surprises, fans of Ni-Ni Simone, Nikki Carter, and Kelli London should eat up the drama and bad behavior. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Camilli Agency.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2013
    In a fast-moving mean-girl story with a dash of suspense, a teen television star is asked to dish dirt on her well-connected friends. Fabulous Maya Morgan and her friends star in a reality show called Miami Divas. Then the network decides to cancel Miami Divas and offers Maya a host spot on a new show, Rumor Central, where she will both interview the likes of Nicki Minaj and share celebrity gossip. When Maya's new gig drives a wedge between her and her former co-stars, she decides any of her ex-friends' secrets are fair game. Results are predictable but compelling: The studio is thrilled, but the subjects of the gossip get hurt, and both Maya's parents and her school are believably concerned. Most dramatically, someone begins sending Maya threatening messages, and the book's climax sees her uncover her stalker's identity and fend off an attack. Although much of the book's pleasure resides in watching the drama unfold, the action also raises some thought-provoking questions: To what extent is Tamara, Maya's closest contact at WSVV-TV, on her side? Who is more to blame for the gossip show's fallout: Maya, for betraying confidences, or the studio, for pressuring her to do so? A well-constructed take on the pleasures and pitfalls of fame. (Fiction. 12-16)

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