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Starting Over-a taste of this book

This is later in the book but I’ve always loved this part. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ater playing tennis, the four friends gather in the whirlpool room. Emily sat alone in the hot water, steam rose all around her. The door opened, wisps danced and settled in disturbed air, Time for a chat with women she’d known since childhood,

Margaret, Jesse, and Shelly eased into the w, ter to surround Emily, the hub of the wheel in this circle of friends.  Bubbles sprang into action, strategically placed jets pulsed to bring comfort to aches and pains. Her friends waited.

“When Larry died suddenly,” Emily spoke in a soft steady voice, “I should’ve left well enough alone. A happy marriage of thirty years is almost more than a person could ask for. Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve.”

The women leaned toward Emily to hear every word over the noise of the pool.

“So I meet this man, great on the exterior; damaged on the inside; I want companionship, he’s starved for love. And the sex is incredible. He’s a walking hard-on. Yes, our time together is one long orgasm. Do you know what I mean?” No one did.

So we get married and he installs a fancy burglar alarm better than the White House and when I accuse him of controlling me, he’s distraught, says he’ll stop looking in the rear view mirror before he loses what’s right in front of him. So we go for a run and he lags behind. Suddenly a stranger appears and Pat’s not around and I run, looking for him. And when I find him, he’s in the water, dead.”

Emily sat dry-eyed. Tears streamed down the faces of her friends.

Emily said, “I never should have let him into my life.”

“Now who’s looking in the rearview mirror,” Shelly said.

“One long orgasm?” Margaret shook her head.

The mood was broken.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this snip from Starting Over. I sure did. Thanks for stopping by. You can find the book on Amazon, B&N and more. Thanks.

 

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.

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

The Sun is shining; oh happy Day

At last , the sun is shining . There is nothing like a blue sky to perk me up, especially since I fell last year. We left for NYC early in the morning for an early morning appointment and arrived, although the traffic was heavy, at 8:15. My bleary eyes. closed most of the trip. Once there, I said good morning to everyone on the elevator and the response was delightful. It proves smiles and greeting go far and it doesn’t take much to brighten the day.

Hubs and I arrived home a couple of hours later with the sun brighter than ever. Time for shorts and a tee shirt, I decided and off to the backyard for rays. Now I’m in my office, back at work after feeding the four hungry cats. Time for writing but I couldn’t resist sharing a bit of sunshine with you all.

By the way, my 3 book Omnibus of fine books is waiting for you to read.Check me out on Amazon and you’ll see Charlie’s Family Secrets: Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch. e format.

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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

More delightful snippets ahead:

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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.

for more snippets, hang on to your hats!

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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

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Charlie’s Family Secrets

Cover Reveal, Free Preview Chapters, and Sneak Peek Video – Charlie’s Family Secrets by Charmaine Gordon!

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.

 

 

 

Charlie’s Family Secrets Sneak Peek Video

 

This is an exciting omnibus collection of my early books. Read them, you’ll love them, all of them, I promise. Leave a comment. I’d be so proud to read what you have to say.

Love to all, Charmaine Gordon