Come on in and take a look around.
Read a little, laugh a little, invite a friend.
Pretend I’m serving tea.
Or wine. Or a very cold, dry martini.
Am I Zen Yet?
I have thoughts. You have thoughts. All God’s children got thoughts. Writers are lucky, because we get to write out thoughts down, and sometimes people read them. Here is a collection of blog posts and essays on a few of the things I’ve thought about in the past few years.
I hope you enjoy them.
Andy Williams. Yoga. Twitter. Costco.
What do these things have in common?
Well, at one time or another, I blogged something about each of them. As a writer, you are often told to write what you know. This should tell you a lot about how glamorous and exciting this writer’s life is.
I’ve put together a number of short essays on these and other fascinating subjects, most of them previously published on one of my blogs, and am offering them as a collection. Most of them are funny. Some of them are not. Hurricane Sandy, for example, was tough to laugh about after the fourth day of no heat. Football, on the other hand, can be a laugh riot, especially if you happen to be watching with my husband and brother-in-law down in the ManCave.
These are all short pieces, which is why this is a short book, but it’s the kind of thing you can enjoy waiting on line at the DMV. Or waiting for your kid to get out of basketball practice. Or any other time or place where you need something to make you smile, but not necessarily think too much.
That’s the kind of writing I do.
Better Than Your Dreams
“Mona gives all the over forty crowd hope…”
“…an unforgettable ride!””
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In this follow-up to Better Off Without Him, Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s back, and she needs to answer a very serious question – will she marry Ben?
Mona doesn’t think she ever wants to get married again – not even to someone as practically perfect as Ben Cutler. But before she can think about her own marriage plans, she’s got a few other weddings to deal with. Aunt Lily, at seventy-eight, has finally met her match in Vinnie DeMatriano, who just happens to be the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss. True, they’ve only known each other three months, but they want to tie the knot – in Mona’s back yard. Then Miranda, Mona’s oldest daughter, announces that she’s ready to get married after a three month long courtship of her own – to Ben’s son, David.
Ben believes in love at first sight, and is thrilled for Miranda and David. Mona doesn’t want her daughter to marry anyone after such a short time. As they find themselves at odds for the very first time, Ben thinks they should step back and take some time away from each other. Mona is still unwilling to commit fully to Ben, and can only stand by as Carmella Ciavaglia, Vinnie’s wedding-planner daughter, circles Ben like a great white shark. Will Mona finally get her Happily Ever After? Or has she learned her hardest lesson just a little too late?
A Slight Change of Plan
“ I found myself laughing out loud…”
“ A romance novel many of us can relate to…”Read More
Widowed Kate Everett is looking forward to starting her ‘Second Act.” She’s planned out everything that she wants – new house, new job, maybe even a new man. She can’t wait until everything falls into place.
But life has a way of butting in, and Kate soon finds herself dealing with unexpected house guests, helping her daughter plan the world’s smallest wedding, and sudden unemployment. Things get even more complicated with the reappearance of her old college love, Jake Windom. Jake realizes the mistake he made years ago in letting her go, and is eager to win her back.
Kate thinks that she and Jake can build something real, and that maybe her happy ending is in front of her at last. But the arrival of Edward, her daughter’s future father-in-law, presents Kate with an unexpected choice.
It looks like real happiness may require a slight change of plan.
Better Off Without Him
“This was so much fun.”
“…it made me cry and laugh…”Read More
Mona Berman has it all—a twenty-year marriage, a successful career as a romance novelist, and three teenage daughters. But when her husband, Brian, leaves her for someone younger, thinner, blonde, and French, she has to step back and take a good, long look at her life.
First, her career. She can’t continue to write about “Happily Ever After,” so she changes the heroine of her new book from a hot young thing to a forty-something woman who manages to find happiness without a man. Her agent isn’t too happy—the heroine is how old? She doesn’t get the guy in the end? How is that even possible?
But Mona is tough, and she’s got Anthony, her personal assistant, and a few good friends to cheer her on and keep the stiff martinis flowing. And Ben. Ben is her plumber, but not your average plumber. He’s smart enough to know that Brian was never good enough for her, and sexy enough to be cast as the romantic lead in quite a few of her books. The sound of his voice alone can send her imagination into full romantic overdrive.
Then she meets Mitch, who might be just the guy for her. And there’s still Ben, who’s managed to come to her rescue more than once. But—there’s a book to publish, a soon-to-be-ex-husband to deal with, and what has Aunt Lily done this time?
Can Mona work this all out? Can life imitate art, and can Mona write her own happy ending?
A Different Kind of Forever
“…a fantastic love story…”
“…passionate, warm and funny.”Read More
Michael Carlucci, the hot, young musical genius behind the successful rock band, NinetySeven, knows that he’s found the woman for him. Diane Matthews is not just beautiful and smart, she’s got an infectious passion for everything in her life, from her three daughters to her new play. For him, the search is over. He knows they belong together.
For Diane, it’s not as simple. She’s almost twenty years older than Michael. She’s not interested in a permanent relationship – she’s very happy with her life just the way it is, thank you very much. But she can’t deny the growing attraction between them – and it’s not just his touch that she craves. But it’s not until Michael is gone and an old love returns that she realizes just what he meant to her.
He said he would love her forever. Can she trust that? Or should she find a safer route to happiness?
A Different Kind of Forever is the story about two complicated people finding – and trying to hold on – to love.