Minstrel’s Alley Offers Election Special on Reagan Era Book, Beautiful Bad Girl

Jan 31, 2012 - 5:41 pm


(Los Angeles) Minstrel’s Alley announced it was holding the EBook Price of the best selling “Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story” through the course of the Republican election campaign. The book documents the tempestuous affair during the Ronald Reagan Presidential Administration between department store scion, Alfred Bloomingdale, and his long time mistress, Vicki Morgan. The non-fiction novel is told as a first person narrative through the eyes of author, Gordon Basichis, who worked on the book with Morgan, until she was murdered in 1983.

“The Republican Presidential Debates have created renewed interest in the Ronald Reagan legacy,” said M.J. Hammond, president of independent publisher and media company, Minstrel’s Alley. “Beautiful Bad Girl defines some of the more personal situations of those who worked for one of the most popular President’s in American history. Readers have long been fascinated by this major sex scandal that for the Reagan administration had international repercussions. The book helped define exotic and obsessive sex practices of the late twentieth century.
“Beautiful Bad Girl has enjoyed brisk sales from the day we first launched the eBook version,” said Hammond. “Trade paperback sales have proved enduring for many years. Throughout the course of the Republican Presidential Campaign, at least, we will be holding the eBook Price to $7.99. Originally, the book was selling for $9.99.”

Hammond noted that Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story was first published in 1985 by Santa Barbara Press. At that time, the political and social climate of the times did not fully allow for it to achieve its rightful place as a best seller,” said Hammond. “However, this non-fiction novel began to sell steadily as the smoke cleared and people started to look at that period in the eighties with a much more critical eye. For a dozen years the audio version was distributed by Books on Tape, where it was one of their featured books.”
Minstrel’s Alley recently published “The Blood Orange, “a romantic murder mystery thriller, also written by Gordon Basichis. Basichis is also the Co-Founder of Corra Group, which specializes in background checks and corporate research and investigation. The publisher will soon be publishing “Ghosts of Havana,” by Cameron Lee, a romantic murder mystery thriller with exotic settings around the world.

M.J. Hammond is a former entertainment industry executive who founded Minstrel’s Alley to publish popular books not found in mainstream publishing.

“Mainstream publishing has its purpose,” said Hammond. “But the industry’s focus on celebrity and genre based books has left readers wanting. We hope to help bring a sense of adventure back to books and publishing.”

Background: Minstrel’s Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country. You can view Minstrel’s Alley at www.minstrelsalley.com

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