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Announcing New Charmaine Gordon Series! River’s Edge, Book 1 – Housebroken

 

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Introducing

 Charmaine Gordon’s Newest Series

River’s Edge

 

River’s Edge, where the town motto is Kindness to Strangers, is a small town with big heart, and stories to tell that will warm your heart, make you smile, and turn a dreary day into a day of hope for the Kindness of Strangers…

 

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Book 1

Housebroken

by Charmaine Gordon

Sally and Steve Atwood must make a big adjustment – a fair number of them, actually – when after thirty-five years, three grown children, and a lifetime of memories, they are alone, together, at last… And, then they found River’s Edge.

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6/29/14 WEWRIWA

Today I begin with the dedication in my latest release Farewell, Hello, formerly titled She never Said yes. A few months ago, the story was my WIP and you all helped me coax half the story into shape, especially when I ran into a major snag. When Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing, asked for the dedication, I wrote the following:

Farewell, Hello is dedicated to Weekend Writer Warriors, an amazing supportive online group of writers begun a year ago by Teresa Cypher, Marcia Kuma and Dana Renelt. When I sent out a cry for help one Sunday, that my WIP-work in progress- needed comments, support streamed through and my mind sorted out the problem.
A huge thanks to WEWRIWA. http://www.wewriwa.com

I’ll be gone until later in the Sunday afternoon and then leave comments. Don’t think I’m neglecting you, my friends.

Today I move along with Beth Malone in To Be Continued. Last week she met and paid the pool guy, Maverick. The phone rings as he leaves and she hears her husband’s voice on the message. Beth never learned to program the phone but she knew Frank’s voice didn’t belong there anymore so she runs out to catch Maverick and ask him to help.

Excerpt in eight:  “I’m basically a techno-dummy and machines have always been my mortal enemy,” Beth fidgeted thinking don’t suck your thumb, nitwit. She rattled on, “I know it’s an imposition and you have a busy schedule but
no one’s here to help me and I must change the message on my answer machine or I will lose my mind and kill myself if I hear his voice in my home again.”
He packed his equipment in the van, locked the doors and said,“Okay, it’s easy to change the message, I’ll show you.” They walked along the garden path where Maverick commented on the forsythia bushes in full bloom as daffodils and tulips Beth nurtured over the years competed in a beauty contest and they entered the house.
A few buttons pressed, Frank’s voice deleted forever and Maverick said, “Okay, time for you to record your message.”

“My name is Elizabeth; Frank called me Lizzie but I like Beth and now I don’t know who I am.”af06a-tbc_flat_front_to_work_with_copy

Maverick said, “My name was John and one day I thought to myself I had enough of John so I became Maverick and I’ve been feelin’ good ever since so Miz Malone, if Beth is what you want, be Beth.”
She watched the white van with the whimsical logo painted on the side, drive off; a large calf, head looking over the shoulder, no brand to be seen, a maverick separate from the herd and realized Frank had separated her from the herd when he fargin’ left her without warning.

for more snippets from talented authors:

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June is Audiobooks Month! Celebrate with The Beginning… Not the End, Volume 2 by Charmaine Gordon

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The Beginning…Not the End, Volume 2

Three Stories of Mature Love, Passion, & Suspense

by Charmaine Gordon

Three more stories in the Charmaine Gordon series of Mature Romance combined in one volume. No Time for Green Bananas, Book 4; She Didn’t Say No, Book 5; and Dr. D and the Dad, Book 6. These Charmaine Gordon stories of love, passion, and suspense starring sexy seniors are also available as singles in all ebook editions.

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No Time for Green Bananas

Celeste Hamlin, seventy-five year old widow, has a goal… conquer the six mountains in the Saranac Lake region before deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Sixty-two year old Professor Paul Harris, meets the dynamic Celeste, and recalls the last words his wife said before she passed. “Find another love and begin again.” Will they begin again?

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She Didn’t Say No

Grace didn’t say…

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I’m interviewed today by Angel Kay Austin. . .

TBNTE V 2 CVR for AReI’ve been tagged by one of the best writers I know, Angel Kay Austin. We met a few years ago when she became a Vanilla Heart Publishing author and right away, through emails, became friends. One of the beauties of cyber space where friendships spring up and people you might never have met reach out to each other.

My writing process and more:

What am I working on now?

Fingers fly as I write another Mature Romance, this one beginning in 1948 to culminate years later. From High School romance to adulthood and all the changes between. A lot of the beginning is personal; a trip down memory lane with innocence, virginity, first kiss and then the Korean Conflict . While the writing triggered feelings from long ago, I still laughed to remember and moved on, with a fictional story to tell. I love losing myself in a story, feel it evolve, characters grow and take over. Authors live a solitary life quite different from other occupations. In the quiet of a room, creative juices flow and at The End, we celebrate with tears. My Mature Romances now end with The beginning. . .Not The End.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Mature Romance is a relatively new genre. Since I’m 83, (when did that happen?) I know from experience we are sexy seniors who believe “It isn’t over ‘til it’s over.” Making love isn’t as easy as it once was but we manage. Instead of ooh and ahh, we find ourselves sometimes saying ouch and try this or move the pillow here but it’s worth the effort. Trust me. I know from experience.

Why do I write what I do?

My books are about women who survive and thrive to move on to make a better life. Been there, done that and if necessary, I ‘ll do it again. Women are strong. We’re the ones who can raise a family, keep the home working smoothly and if necessary have another job beyond. That’s a lot of territory to cover for one female and there ‘s an army of us who accomplish just that every day.

How does my writing process work?

I write every day and don’t forget promotion. You write a book; your work isn’t finished. Social media needs tending to. That by itself is almost a full time job.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into my personal life as a writer.

Next visit a couple of my friends and discover what they feel and think about their writing processes.

Chelle Cordero

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Best to everyone on this lovely spring day.

Charmaine

 

No Time for Green Bananas
Celeste Hamlin, seventy-five year old widow, has a goal… conquer the six mountains in the Saranac Lake region before deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Sixty-two year old Professor Paul Harris, meets the dynamic Celeste, and recalls the last words his wife said before she passed. “Find another love and begin again.” Will they begin again?

 

She Didn’t Say No
Grace didn’t say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer. And then her life changed… Years later, a too-close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott’s German Shepherd reunites the former lovers. What happens in between are their stories of beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.

 

Dr. D and the Dad
A trip over a mound of sand on the beach begins a journey for Diane O’Rourke and Tony Flannigan. She’s a pediatrician, a bit over weight; he has a foster care home with three children under his sheltering wing… and a dark secret. Can they overcome the past and make the future work for them? They might just find the initial trip was well worth it.

Also Available as Singles for all Ebook reading devices!

 

PRINT EDITION on AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Not-End-Collections/dp/0615996086

PRINT EDITION on BARNES & NOBLE
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beginning-not-the-end-charmaine-gordon/1119046084

 

ALLROMANCE
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebeginningnottheendvolume2-1466471-149.html

KINDLE
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Not-End-2-ebook/dp/B00JFJXIME

NOOK
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Print or ebooks. What’s your preference?

Charmaine Headshot for Author CentralAs an author, I speak to lots of people. When we talk about preferences in print vs ebooks, they almost always hold up their hands as if they’re reading a book. I’m sure there are a zillion younger folks who laugh and say, Kindle or Nook or I thingy whatever other options rather than purchase a book. Some say they love the smell and feel of a book, the act of turning a page.

Vanilla Heart Publishing, always thinking ahead especially with my series of Mature Romances, has just this very day released Volume 2. To see three of my stories once again, under the umbrella title of The Beginning. . .Not The End warms my heart. Here come blurbs from the three stories. You’re going to love them. Trust me. I’m the author. Shamelessly, I proceed.

No Time for Green Bananas
Celeste Hamlin, seventy-five year old widow, has a goal… conquer the six mountains in the Saranac Lake region before deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Sixty-two year old Professor Paul Harris, meets the dynamic Celeste, and recalls the last words his wife said before she passed. “Find another love and begin again.” Will they begin again?

TBNTE V 2 CVR for ARe

 

She Didn’t Say No
Grace didn’t say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer. And then her life changed… Years later, a too-close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott’s German Shepherd reunites the former lovers. What happens in between are their stories of beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.

 

Dr. D and the Dad
A trip over a mound of sand on the beach begins a journey for Diane O’Rourke and Tony Flannigan. She’s a pediatrician, a bit over weight; he has a foster care home with three children under his sheltering wing… and a dark secret. Can they overcome the past and make the future work for them? They might just find the initial trip was well worth it.

PRINT EDITION on AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Not-End-Collections/dp/0615996086

PRINT EDITION on BARNES & NOBLE
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beginning-not-the-end-charmaine-gordon/1119046084

ALLROMANCE
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebeginningnottheendvolume2-1466471-149.html

KINDLE
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Not-End-2-ebook/dp/B00JFJXIME

NOOK
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beginning-not-the-end-charmaine-gordon/1119046084

SMASHWORDS for ALL Ereading Devices
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424672

 

What a great gift for all occasions like Mother’s Day, birthdays, any days. I might just stop by and read a chapter or two for you. I did that for my daughter while on a sleep-over last Friday. We had a lot of fun ’til the dog barked and spoiled it. Labradors don’t enjoy a good book even though all my stories have dogs and cats as integral characters.

Photo: Not again Gracie! Symba's tail should not be laying NEAR  him! i have got to keep CR's bedroom door closed bc you are all puppy still!

3/16/14 WEWRIWA

Zooming along toward spring, chipping remnants of ice to widen driveways ever hopeful to hear  birds chirping, crocus blooming and a semblance of re-awakening nature brings. Welcome friends, to another Sunday of snippets from talented authors looking toward constructive criticism. Today I continue with She Didn’t Say No, the story of Grace Meredith and what happens next after she gives in to a night of pleasure with Scott Dwyer. Thanks to everyone who left wonderful comments encouraging me in my career as an author.

Excerpt in approximately eight:

 

Vowing to love each other forever, finish school in a few years and begin a life together, we became the hottest unlikely new couple on campus, the studious girl and the BMOC with school the first priority. We made a promise not to interfere with our different plans because I’d be off to Purdue and he hadn’t solidified his plans yet because law schools offered scholarships for the brightest students and Scott had almost made up his mind since graduation was in June, a couple of months away.

A month later I missed my period; always on time, first I worried and kept it to myself and then frantic, I told him a big fat lie crossing my fingers and hoping to die for what I was about to say, I called my dearest love and said I had the flu and didn’t want him to catch it. Busy with finals, Scott said okay and he missed me and hoped I felt better soon and we’d be together again.

By the second late period, I was sure so I skipped classes and had someone bring assignments to my apartment, I completed my work while making a list of pros and cons, I faced the facts because by now, I’d cried too much pacing the floor alone with no one to talk to and afraid I might hurt the baby with all my grief, I reached for an inner strength to move on. Heartbroken, the practical side of me decided Scott must never know; I couldn’t burden his life, ruin his career with a baby and as for me, I’d go to Buffalo, tell my parents and they’d help me solve the problem.

 My Dearest Scott, I’m saying goodbye, not because I want to but because I have to; our paths are too divergent to survive the long wait until we can be together so please, please know you are my one and only love; I wish you well; and, and I don’t know what else to say except goodbye.

The letter made no sense; choices made with no guidance; choices that changed our lives.

 

This is the last snippet from She Didn’t Say No. Thanks for all the encouragement, my friends.

 for more snippets from talented authors:                           Say No CVR ARe

 http://wewriwa.com

http://www.amazon.com/She-Didnt-Say-Beginning-Not/dp/0615959865

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I1MRP9S

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shedidn039tsayno-1404960-149.html

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400933

http://youtu.be/fdBbIVdBXXo

3/3/14 WEWRIWA

Polar Vortex? Remember when the weatherperson said, “Bundle up, folks. It’s gonna be a cold one”?????????Stay warm and read another snippet from She Didn’t Say No, my latest release from Vanilla Heart Publishing, a mature romance/suspense with a twist.

When last seen, Grace reeled from her first kiss ever. Scott Dwyer, the Big Man On Campus delivered a smooch to knock her socks off. After a burger and fries on the way back to campus, she wonders what happens next, just like a writer. We all know the possibilities when we face our computers.

excerpt in eight:

 

After burgers, fries, and milkshakes he followed directions to my apartment and parked looking up at the nice building, he smiled. “I’ve passed this place like a zillion times never thinking the girl of my dreams might be right upstairs.”

“Girl of your dreams?” I smacked his shoulder, “You probably say that to all the girls.”

“No, Grace, I mean it; I’ve admired you for months at the library and here we are.”

Is this where I say come up and then I heard myself asking if he’d like to come up and we were inside and kissing in my quiet apartment where no one ever came until now. I always wondered what happens when two young people are alone, hormones raging but hearing about it and reading books is not the same. I wore a spring sweater set, pleated skirt, underwear, socks and sneakers; nothing sexy except my feelings and wanting him and Scott had experience on his side. Was I expected to be a casual lay? Right now, I didn’t know and didn’t care.

for more snippets from talented writers:                                       Say No CVR ARe

 http://wewriwa.com

http://www.amazon.com/She-Didnt-Say-Beginning-Not/dp/0615959865

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I1MRP9S

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shedidn039tsayno-1404960-149.html

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400933

http://youtu.be/fdBbIVdBXXo

12/22/14 WEWRIWA

Winter solstice, folks. One minute of daylight more each day and I’ll drink to that. Yippee!

This is the last snippet from Before the Final Curtain; favorites sentences from a show business dramedy. The first line is from the renowned costume designer, Selma Leon and her thoughts about the too young actor playing the part of daughter.

It’s going to age me dressing a twit like her who must’ve have used the casting couch to get the part. Randall Sloan, the randy old bastard’s gone through enough couches to keep a furniture store in business; he must get a discount.

Jimmy Corcoran, the director’s assistant and talented young writer, knows he’s being taken advantage of with the director stealing scenes he’s written.

What a mess and I’m the one to clean it up, the fixer, my words, my script, when will I ever get the credit? His writer’s mind churns and he writes a scene.

Jimmy speaks to Becca in private saying words she never expected to hear.

“I know your kids from high school, private school in New Hampshire, and it just hit me that my friend Charles looks just like Chris Williams and his twin sister Beth is the image of you.” Becca’s face lost all color and Jimmy knew he’d upset her. He put his hand over his heart and Becca thought, ” Oh no, he’s going to pledge allegiance.

for more snippets from talented writers:

http://wewriwa.com

The Beginning…Not the End

Book 3

ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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Thanks for your comments and support, my friends.

And Then She Said. . .

T’was the night before the last day of school  before Christmas vacation and grandest and I hunched over one last page of homework. I didn’t get it. She looked at me with those big blue eyes. “Mommy could do it.”

“Mommy’s not home so let’s get this finished. But I don’t get it.”

Her eyes narrowed no longer sweet and delicious. “I. Am. In. Kindergarden.” You are in nowhere school, Granny. So I know what this is.”

“I went to kindergarden all the way through high school and college, raised a bunch of children including your smart Mommy, acted in movies and in plays and now I write books.”

We had a stare down. Apparently grandest wasn’t impressed. She finished the page, her mom came home and she left me at the table wondering what  just happened.

 

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