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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
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PRINT EDITION on BARNES & NOBLE
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ALLROMANCE
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KINDLE
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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?

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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!

A new release and how it began. . .

DD ereader with handsOnce upon a time. . .That’s the way old fairy tales began long ago and some new ones still do. I dreamed of a woman not young, not slim, not HOT the way so many heroines are described these days. My woman is smart, pretty, a bit over weight and lonely. She’s a doctor who lives in a paid-up home on the beach in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Now what? I wondered. How can I tell a story about her with romance, conflict, and all the ingredients needed to make a story interesting. So I began to write. My imagination conjured up a hero, a plan for them to find each other, background to round out, friends and more. Before long, with some sleepless nights, a story evolved; a new adventure for me and a title.

Introducing Dr. D and the Dad.

blurb:

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.

Dr. D and the Dad is a mature romance from The Beginning… Not the End series by Charmaine Gordon,
http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Dad-Beginning-Not-End-ebook/dp/B00J6PNWB4
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dr-d-and-the-dad-charmaine-gordon/1118949666
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-drdandthedad-1460207-149.html
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/421115

excerpt:

The pediatric clinic closed at five o’clock. The staff hurried out calling to one another, “Meet you at Island Grill at nine. Don’t be late. A new hot band is playing tonight.” They were in their twenties through thirties. Everyone looked for companionship on Friday night and a whole lot more to follow on Saturday night, the loneliest night of the week for Diane O’ Rourke. I shrugged and locked up. Driving the mile home I wondered how to enhance my status. Online dating didn’t appeal to me. Was I destined to live life with a cat, as a healer of other people’s children, and no sex? A dim prospect and I’d have to do something before I got another day older. But what? The singles column in the Jacksonville News was awful. Men liked younger women, that’s a fact. Join a health club, yoga, weight watchers. Might be the answer. My patient’s parents would love to see a new improved me. I sure didn’t want to join some women’s group going to movies and events all over Florida including the Keys.
My cat waited for me. Something tasty like chocolate must be in the freezer. My home, my cat, and was that all? I wondered.
Nights are long in February, long and chilly with the ocean blowing heavy winds. I thought about building a fire and got over it. Too much effort. My unfaithful companion, a six year old orange striped cat named Tiger snaked around my ankles until a can of cat food was emptied into his bowl and he forgot about me. My new doctor’s jacket size 16 felt a bit snug when I finally removed it. What the hell? Must be a different brand. The colorful mumu I slipped over my head allowed me to breathe. Now for dinner.
The male husky voice from the beach, from the shower fantasy, called from the screen door at the back.
“Diane, it’s Tony from the beach this morning. I stopped by to see if you’re all right.”
Tony from the beach? “Tony, I just came home, feeling fine and wondering what to make for dinner.” I hurried to the screen door and let him into my life.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

 

10/6/13 WEWRIWA

Before the Final Courtain with theme borderWelcome to my favorite day of the week with Weekend Warriors where writers share eight sentences of works in progress or already published writing. This week my eight continues with an introduction to Chris Williams, co-star of Becca Morgan. After receiving the news that he’s cast in a new romantic comedy, he reads the script.

Before the Final Curtain, an excerpt in eight:

 

Chris scrutinized every word and pictured every scene; the one where the main characters realize they may have a future together moved him to tears.  “Once smooth without a scar or blemish is not possible; this is life and we show the marks of experience because at the end, no one leaves the wrapping as smooth as we came in. Look past my scars to see my heart– my unblemished gift to you.” Chris squeezed his eyes shut when he finished reading in hope of tears not falling on the wonderful script but they did, like sudden raindrops.

Then Chris began the real work, highlighting lines, memorizing as he turned pages to cram the words into his memory bank over and over until he slammed the script on his desk and shouted, “Yes, I can!”. In bed with her, back in the good old bad days, we’d go over lines and let them flow.

 “You’re not in bed with her, yet” he said out loud and picked up the script, “so learn the first page, pretend her warm body is next to you and the lines will come to you.”

Three hours later, Chris nailed his first scene.

 

For more snippets:

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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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9/29/13 WEWRIWA

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This has been quite a week, a juxstaposition of sadness and joy. Our precious cat-one of three- my little boyfriend named Blue, became ill and nothing could save him. The incomparable care of The Vet at the Barn, Dr. B, Dr. Shane, and nurse Kristen shared my grief as he went to sleep. And then joy when To Be Continued, my first book with Vanilla Heart, was optioned for a television movie and finally the Mature Romance series of three stories is now available in print. Today my eight is one new to wewriwa. Before the Final Curtain, third story in the series.

Blurb:  Once lovers, two 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.

excerpt in eight:
Gazing around her spacious room Becca Morgan took in the awards cabinet with polished Tony’s, Emmy’s, Golden Globes and plaques—tributes to past performances. Tears trickled down her thin face no longer young as she thought get over yourself; starring roles aren‘t written for seventy year old women, not since Katherine Hepburn.
The cell phone shattered the peaceful moment with her favorite tune, Happy Days Are Here Again and her heart beat a little faster in recognition of the voice of Randall Sloan, the powerful director she’d worked with many times in the old days when he was called Randy apropos of his philandering.

“Becca love, I’ve written a new play perfect for you unless you’re not interested,” and he laughed, a smug familiar sound that hadn’t changed.
His voice deepened to a sexy growl. “You’re the lead in my play Titled “Honor Thy Mother, Please”, a poignant comedy, small cast.”

She knew he loved to be begged and Becca said, “You know me, Randy, I can’t wait, not even for a few minutes so please tell me about her and what happens.”.
“She’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law towel move in with her and when they abuse the privilege and treat her as if she’s no longer capable, when they’re at work she goes to a bar and meets a man and oh, your costume in part of Act One is a towel so you better get in good shape.”
For more snippets
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http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Not-End-Stories-Passion-Suspense/dp/0615888240

 

8/25/13 WEWRIWA

Hi Gang and welcome to another Sunday before autumn leaves begin to fall. YIKES!

Continuing with Young at Heart, the second in my series of Mature Romance under the umbrella title The Beginning not The End, I’m picking up where Collin Brody, the Irisher with the sad face invites Joyce Campbell to lunch after rehab. He beckons and a limousine pulls up. They are whisked away to the fancy River Club at the West Haverstraw Marina, Joyce stilled dressed in sweats after rehab. This is the last excerpt from Young at Heart.

excerpt in eight:

“This game is called ‘Getting To Know You’ and I see you’re worried because you thought our lunch would lead to something unpleasant, right?”

I nodded, bag clutched in hand to leave. Smoothing the worry line between my brows with a tender touch, he smiled, the gesture so natural my fears calmed. “My family came from Ireland with a small brood of children and not too much money when pay dirt hit for the Brody’s as Pop started a brewery.”

 Rain beat at the windows and suddenly big hail stones pelted making staccato sounds reverberate through the glass enclosed River Club. Just as quickly, the temperature outside dropped and snow fell.

 “My children, especially Karen, the youngest who has twin daughters, are possessive about me as they guard me from gold-digging potential trophy wives since dear Maureen passed and they warn me to watch out for the first woman to knock on my door with Irish stew.”

They don’t have to worry about me since I’m not big on cooking

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Young at Heart

Charmaine Series poster mini 1YAH CVR FTen years ago, Don and I were married. Ever the actor, I wrote a script for us to tell our thirty guests about the night we met. Of course, he didn’t  follow the script but I couldn’t smack him over his neatly combed hair; not in front of the Justice of the Peace and our friends. I wore a white floor length suit, nifty! and he wore his tux. Also nifty. We handed copies of the music to Young at Heart to be sung by all after the reading and before the formal ceremony.

I bring this up today not because of our fun wedding. No. Next week I have the second short story of The Beginning. . .Not The End series titled Young at Heart.

Back then I didn’t write books. Never thought about if. I was an actor. Full circle, the title came to me. More about the story when it’s released. I’m definitely having a bunch of fun. Please join me, my friends.

You’re never to old to learn. . .

_MG_0005 -2 _ppAs a reader I’d learned that authors should write what they know. In the few years since I’ve become a real author with a publisher and six books to my credit plus some nifty short stories, I discovered it’s not true. Never have I met an evil person who wants to do me bodily harm. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it’s the garlic I rub around the window sashes daily. The point being there is power in writing and I use it. Bad guys and women show up in my stories with regularity. I write these characters with assurance and glee, describing evil details as if I know them personally until my hero/heroine jumps in with, in one story—a lasso— another needed a Lady Smith&Wesson. Yes, the power of writing thrills me.

Recently an idea came to me in the night, in a dream. Picture this: A grandfather with two small grandchildren meets a grandmother and her little granddaughter at the Jersey shore. What happens next? My author’s mind wonders. I wake the next morning and begin to write. A story of romance, mature love, family entanglements because there must be conflict, always conflict, my least favorite thing. I’m a peaceful person. That doesn’t work for Romance/Suspense, the genre that chose me.

Here’s a topic I know well. The seniors in my story are in their seventies. Just a couple of kids to me since I’m way older. I look in the mirror and think, “Old girl, you’re the Grandma Moses of Romance/Suspense.” At last I’m writing about something I know, shall we say—intimately. Not erotic but real romance that had me dancing in my writing chair. You see, you’re never too old for those wonderful swept away feelings, the warmth of a lover’s touch and comfort of closeness. You might not be fit enough to moan. Probably old bones creak and you say ouch but the earth still moves when you allow romance into your life.

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Summer at the Jersey Shore just got hotter… Take one widower grandfather, add two little grandkids, and widowed grandmother with a small granddaughter. Mix well. Stir in sun drenched beach days and moonlit nights. What have you got? A kite flying high with a new tail; an author writing a book to sort out emotions; a talented boy with his mother returned to claim the prize. Family complications and a happy beginning… not the end.

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

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

 

 

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