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A taste of To be Continued

To Be Continued is the first book I wrote for Vanilla Heart. Actually, I wrote it, queried it and soon joined VHP.

After a night of passion with her husband of many married years, Beth Malone wakes to find a note from him. Excited because this is the first note, what she expects to be a love letter,  is something quite different.

Dear Lizzie, It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve been uncomfortable in my own skin for a long time and have decided I must make a change in my life.  I sold my half of the practice to George. You, dear Lizzie, are well taken care of. Call Bruce Bradley. He has all the papers, investments, everything you will need to live in comfort.  The house is yours. Last but not least, I signed my portion of the divorce papers so whenever you’re ready, all you have to do is sign yours. Bruce will take care of the rest.”

She leaped up, made it to the bathroom and retched. “He called me Lizzie, a name I despised. “Divorce,” she shouted to the empty house, “people like us don’t get divorced!”

She called daughter Susie who said, “Dad’s having a mid-life crisis,” and hung up.

Abandoned by her husband, upset with Susie’s casual attitude, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was.

When Frank Malone returns, he’s in for a big surprise!

The story is filled with growth and change for Beth, new romance and the wonders life can bring.

Read it, you’ll love it.

I forgot to mention, each purchased book plus a review receives a gift from me. Street team, you all. No losers here.

Watch out. The WIP is coming

Possible title: The Widow, The Daughter, The Doctors

Excerpt:

Newly widowed Joan stared out at the garden and thought what a mess and she had to fix it, make it right and why; because no one is home anymore. She’s the only one to see blooms from now on. The fun of pulling dandelions together ended the day his heart attacked him; a laundry list of pleasure left her life and Larry never even said goodbye. Thirty-seven years of life together gone and Joan took a deep breath, let it out before she thought what’s next?

She rolled up her short sleeves to make a list; from now on it’s up to tough Joannie to keep things going, to care for herself and don’t forget about Larry’s car. Who needs two cars both almost new and now she can ride his Harley whenever she wanted to without asking! A capable woman, she knew how to shoot Skeet and suddenly an idea came to her. Larry just paid the club membership so she’d ride to the meeting Saturday and appeal to the men because she planned to belong to the club and shoot every week.

Her letter to Larry said: Dear Deceased Larry, you son of a bitch, it’s your fault you died and left me alone. Take your pills, I said but no and she lit a match to the paper and turned her back to the flame.

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Gang, I’m up for any changes you think fit. Write them and I’ll respect your ideas. Maybe. Just kidding.

Before the Final Curtain plus good news

Thus far we’ve met Becca Morgan, the new first lady in Randall’s latest play. Then came Christopher Williams, Becca’s former lover on and off stage in years gone by. Now we meet the rest of the cast and more. Are you ready? Yes, you are

Always one to arrange the gathering with style, Randall Sloan had what he called the Drama Bus pick up everyone who didn’t live in New York City at a designated location , Exit 5 on the Palisade Parkway.Jane Nelson, a sturdy middle age woman stood feet planted apart, clipboard in hand and called, ” Gather around, people.”

Excerpt:  Jane Nelson, a sturdy middle age woman stood feet planted apart, clipboard in hand and called, ” Gather around, people.”

Penny Cranford hurried from her Toyota, bag in hand bumping against endless legs. She has her first big role as Becca morgan’s daughter in a new play. “I’m so excited,” she said to no one and everyone.

“Hey, Penny, we made it, good to see you, “said Brad Joseph and he moved in close to his soon -to-be stage wife, “this is great.”

The award winning costumer, Selma Leon observed and made mental notes.

The assistant to the director, a brilliant young man, staggered out of an old VW with a stuffed battered briefcase.

Jane said, “Welcome to the Drama Bus; before you get on board, you may call me Stage Nazi just once ’cause that’s what you’re allowed. After that, you may call me Jane.”

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Before the Final Curtain is one of three stories in Volume One, The Beginning. . .Not The End.

 

And now more good news. Charlies Family Secrets, 3 books in an omnibus are now available in all e formats. Great summer reading you won’t forget:      Product Details

Before the Final Curtain + an Omnibus of three fine books

Last week, Becca discovered she had the lead in a new play and her costume in Act One would be a towel.

This week we meet ChristopherWilliams, former lover and performer on stage with Becca until she made a big change.

excerpt:

Hollywood sucked the juice right out of me, Chris thought, with one year there, a movie, three potential pilots, too much booze and silly woman. Great to be home but no calls in two weeks bored him so out to the neglected flowers to deadhead petunias almost missing the clarion call of the cell phone.

The deep voice said, “Christopher, old boy,” and the reply came back with “Cut the crap, Randy; I don’t like the word old; so you called because. . .”

“Most actors are thrilled to receive my summons; I have a part for you.”

“How big and where?”

“As usual you cut to the chase; the good news is leading man in my new play with Becca Morgan as your leading woman.”

Long silence as Chris’s rapid breathing slowed before he said, “We haven’t worked together for a long time.”

“It’s magic time once again, Christopher; send me your FAX number and you’ll have the script and schedule in a few.”

His one and only Becca, no woman ever touched his heart the way she still did.

The Beginning. . .Not The End

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Regarding the 3 book Omnibus listed on Amazon: I just read a review of Reconstructing Charlie written a while back. Here’s a taste:

Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into a suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.

Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Charlie rises above being abused. With steely determination, she thrives in the care of an aunt and uncle she’s never known. Her guilt and need to connect with her mother and siblings bring her low at times.

There is sparkle and vivacity to her personality and so many of the fine characters especially the Labradoodles she names Lord and Lady.

Thanks, my friends

Before the Final Curtain + an Omnibus of 3 books

When last seen, as in last week, the phone rang disturbing Becca’s peaceful homecoming moment.

excerpt:

When she heard a voice say Becca, her heart beat faster in recognition; Randall Sloan, the powerful director she’d worked with many times in the old days when he was called Randy apropos of his philandering days.

“Becca, love, I’ve written a new play perfect for you; the FAX is on the way.”

Fingers crossed, she said, “Don’t tell me my character is the faithful companion or the housekeeper.”

His voice deepened to a sexy growl; “You are the lead, Titled Honor Thy Mother, Please,” a poignant comedy, small cast.”

“The lead, oh, oh, oh what’s the part,” and she danced naked on the patio ready to sing and carry on. “You know me, Randy, tell me something, anything.”

“Oh, all right; she’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law move in with her and they abuse the privilege so she goes to a bar and meets a man but just one thing. Are you still in good shape?” “Why do you ask?”

“Why do you ask?”

“Your costume in part of Act one is a towel.”

“I’ve kept in shape, thank you;” as she raced to the FAX to watch pages of a new script drop into the tray to change her life.

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The short story is one of three fun stories titled: The Beginning . . .Not the End

And now for a quick announcement:

  Charmaine Gordon

              Stories of Women Who Survive…and Thrive

 


 

 

                                                     The Catch
Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book
6
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream
guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so
hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen,
and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain
the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe
even find the right woman this time.
Mature Romance and Suspense

Charlie’s Family Secrets: Omnibus Edition Kindle Edition

3  Charmaine Gordon Novels in 1 Volume!   LINK

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Charlie’s Family Secrets Omnibus Edition by Charmaine Gordon 3 Charmaine Gordon Novels in 1 Volume! Reconstructing Charlie Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret. Sin of Omission A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigates and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about. The Catch Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.

Before the Final Curtain

“Home at last;” Becca Morgan set the cat carrier down after flinging open the carved oak door to her home overlooking the Hudson River. Freeing her faithful companion from his prison, she laughed as he meowed and bolted for the litter box. “Are we happy or what? she found joy to be home after months on the road during a three month tour of yet another play.

She stretched out on her queen-sized bed to admire all the Polished Tony awards, Emmy’s, Golden Globes and plaques, tributes to past performances. It’s so great to be back in New York although pickings were not plentiful for the well known actor; forget starring roles of yesteryear.

The cell phone shattered the peaceful moment with her favorite tune, Happy Days Are Here Again.

A familiar voice said, “Becca,” and she recognized the voice of Randall Sloan, the powerful director she’d worked with before.

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This is from The Beginning. . .Not The End  three stories in one volume. This is a show business story, casting couch with all the goofy stuff that goes on during a play.