The Real Housewives of New York City's resident "normal" person, Carole Radizwill, was pushed to her limit recently by slanderous claims made by her costar, Aviva Drescher. I truly think that Aviva needs to lay off the cuckoo juice that she has recently been drinking. Or does she just live in a world where she believes if she says it, then it must be true. I was truly confused by her claims of Carole using a ghostwriter and how she wrote her own book and that it was easy, "like a long email'.
If you missed it, in last night's episode of the Real Housewives of New York City, Bookgate got into full swing when Aviva told every other cast member that she was told be her publishing house — which I am sure they are thrilled about — that New York Times Bestselling author Carole used a ghostwriter when she wrote her first novel, The Widows Guide to Sex & Dating. We were cutoff in the middle of Carole confronting Aviva — best line,"I was really happy for you when you got a book deal, but [comparing your writing to mine is] like apples and spaceships." — but thank goodness for Bravo blogs!
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Carole Radziwill put every one of Aviva Drescher's untruths to bed last night in her Bravo blog posted after the show aired. From Aviva — crickets. I guess that is what happens when you are caught lying on national TV. Carole was an open book on her blog — hilariously titled This Blog Was Ghostwritten by Stephen King — and answered almost every burning question that we could not wait until next week to have answered.
1. Aviva Says: Bill Whitworth ghostwrites my books.
The Truth: Bill Whitworth is a real person, and an editor. He's not a writer and he's not a ghostwriter — not mine or anyone else's. He's retired now, after a long and distinguished career, but still considered one of the best and most respected editors in the business. Bill makes a cameo on the show!
2. Aviva Says: Her "Publishing House" passed on my novel.
The Truth: They didn't pass, they made an offer. They were one of six publishers who bid on it, but they lost in a heated auction.
3. Aviva Says: Her "Publishing House" told her I hired a ghostwriter.
The Truth: Houses can't talk. Aviva hired a ghostwriter. I have a professional relationship with her "Publishing House" and no one there told her my books are ghostwritten. No one wants to talk to Aviva about anything – surprise, surprise.
Carole also brought her industry insider game when she pointed out — "Although I know which ghostwriter Aviva worked with, out of professional courtesy to the writer and to Aviva's publisher, I'm not going to name her. But she is well-known in the industry and has penned many books, including several by reality stars."
The redemption train continued for Carole yesterday, earlier in the day she tweeted, "Real News!!!! I just closed a deal with Universal TV to develop #widowsguide into a TV series. The real #bookgate. LOL. #rhony."
Maybe there will be ghostwriters on the new TV show? Do you think Aviva Drescher belongs in the loony bin? Carole Radziwill could take legal action, should she?
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