Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lost Love Letters

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                                  Available on Amazon Kindle: Lost Love Letters

Love letter - what phrase conjures up more intense feelings than that simple phrase? Most of us have received a love letter. Many of us have written a love letter. Some of those letters were tucked away in the bottom of a drawer. Others were ripped to shreds or destroyed in symbolic flames. Whatever their fate, the one characteristic all love letters share is their raw and intense honesty. When we are declaring our love to another, we are speaking straight from the heart. Such words are precious because they capture a true moment in time. Whether a love lasts or not, in that moment, those words are real and sincere. 

Last year, when the talented women writers of Indie Chicks were thinking about the subject of their next anthology, Barbara Silkstone came up with the idea of a compilation of love letters. Immediately, all of the women responded with enthusiasm. But what kind of love letters should be included in this anthology? There are many kinds of love letters - sweet and innocent; frank and honest; torrid and steamy; or sad and full of regret. What type of letters should be included in such a book? They tossed around some ideas and eventually came up with this one - Lost Love Letters. These are the long-overdue love letters that were never written. The recipient might be a first love, a child, a parent, a favorite aunt, or the one that got away. The subject was wide open, and the instruction was simple - pour your heart out. And so they did. 

Here is that collection. Be prepared to smile and remember your own loves. Be prepared to glimpse into the hearts of many women. Be prepared to cry. 

And when you are finished, you just might want to write your own Lost Love Letter. The best time to share love is always now. 

Letters from many best selling authors including: Barbara Silkstone, Cheryl Bradshaw, Cheryl Shireman, Christine Nolfi, Christy Hayes, Conseulo Saah-Baehr, Donna Fasano, Faith Mortimer, Georgina Young-Ellis, Gerry McCullough, Heather Marie Adkins, Karin Cox, Kat Flannery, Katherine Owen, Lia Fairchild, Linda Barton, Lisa Vandiver, Louise Voss, Lynn Hubbard, Mary Pat Hyland, Melissa Smith, Peg Brantley, Penelope Crowe, Sarah Woodbury, Shannon Grey, Sibel Hodge, and Tonya Kappes. 
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guys and Their Moms

from the Second Act Cafe

Check out the Guy Whisperer. 
Famous Actor shares how he dealt with his mother's mental illness.

The Second Act Cafe is a place for those lingering on either side of fifty. It's about getting even by having fun. Life truly should be one long laugh.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Special Invite to Second Act Café

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I have just launched my new website that has nothing to do with books. The Second Act Café is a place for those lingering on either side of fifty. It’s about getting even by having fun.

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I Love Lucy and the candy factory

Carol Burnett and Went with the Wind – the curtain rod dress


An interview from the Guy Whisperer

Insite into sibling ranking and how it affects marriage

Men and leg-bouncing

Beauty & the Beast - beauty tips

Adventure - Travel tips

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters

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What can you tell us about The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters?

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters is a comedy thriller in the style of Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, and with touches of Monty Python. The adventure is inspired by the original Alice in Wonderland but with a totally different adult plot. The story takes place in Miami and London. A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man.

What, besides Lewis Carroll, was the inspiration for this story?

That’s easy. My Cousin Vinny and a Fish Called Wanda. Also my great love for John Cleese.

How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

The characters in The Secret Diary just took over the story. From Maris Archer who lives on white wine and laxative biscuits to Algy Green who super-glues his bat wing ears to his head, they took control. I just came along for the ride.

Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

Anyone who’s ever gotten in over their head and is bailing as fast as they can. Fans of Carol Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, or Monty Python. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

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    Cairo Caper

    Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley, in a quest for Cleopatra’s tomb. All they have to do is get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisi Magna alive. Armed only with a couple of hijacked ashtrays and faced with a trek across the blazing Sahara desert can Wendy out-maneuver Russian oligarchs, a dozen Dark Force mercenaries, and Roger’s chubby ex-girlfriend in time to find the tomb and seal it before chaos erupts in Egypt?

    This is the newest release in the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series. This book stands alone. You do not have to have read books one and two. Rating 4.6 stars

    The way Ms. Silkstone plays with words is unrivaled and the way she incorporated segments from favorite movie clips is genius. She uses sharp wit throughout her stories, her plots are strong, and the action nonstop.               ~ Big Al’s Books and Pals