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To Marilyn, With Love and other books


I published my  novel to Kindle the other day and I’m really excited about it! After I wrote my first novel, A Thousand Dollars for a Kiss, I had an idea to continue the main character of Barrett in other novels. I loved writing her because she was funny, cynical and sarcastic, a main character that I had never met before in other books. The audience feedback was mixed- some people disliked her for the very reasons I enjoyed her. Last year I decided to rewrite her a little and re-release the novel as an ebook which I renamed Here if You Need Me.

About eight years ago, I had an idea to write about Marilyn Monroe, fictionalize her a bit. I did a lot of research, talked to some of her friends, watched her interviews. I always had a fascination with Marilyn even as a very young girl. I kept Barrett as a main character and went from there.

Long story short, once the book was written, I did the usual querying of agents on and off for a few years but the book didn’t spark much interest.  That was hard for me since this book is near and dear to my heart. Finally I decided to self publish via kindle. I wanted to share the story!

Once I made that decision, it took a long time to get up the nerve to actually do it! I finally did on April 1st and you can find the book here on Kindle! 

Here’s the synopsis:

Barrett Greer is a cynical thirty-year old writer with a hunger for fame. When she isn’t at her job at an anorexic community newspaper, she’s wrapped up in the world of celebrities. Instead of working on her manuscript, she’s checking on the latest Hollywood gossip.

Just when she least expects it, her recovering alcoholic mother lands on her doorstep looking to make up for lost time. Her hot mess of a sister yearns to become engaged to her boyfriend and plan a big wedding- it’s all she talks about.

Complicating her life is office nemesis, Selma. The newspaper, Barrett’s refuge from her family, is on the edge of folding unless a miracle takes place but with Selma looking to sabotage Barrett, she isn’t too hopeful about her future with the paper.

On assignment , Barrett meets Letty, an aging actress with a secret to tell. Letty hires Barrett to jot down her memoir because she fears will forget the important things in her life as she gets older. Barrett takes a keen interest in Letty’s story when the actress divulges her relationship with Marilyn Monroe.

Jack, Letty’s handsome grandson, believes Barrett wants to exploit Letty’s story and is wary of Barrett’s celebrity obsession.

Barrett is shocked when she learns that Letty helped Marilyn Monroe fake her death on a dark and rainy night in 1962. She sets out to find the legend, hoping to pen a best seller with her discovery simultaneously saving the paper with the explosive news.

When everything starts to go wrong, Barrett realizes that she needs her friends and her family more than she ever imagined. She understands that being a real friend to a Hollywood star means holding onto her secrets and protecting her from the brutal glare of the spotlights.


In other news, I read a few really good books this week! People always ask how I find the time to read so much and the answer is…I don’t watch a lot of television. You will find me reading every single night! Its how I unwind after a long day, its what I do to escape and relax.

And now, here’s what I’ve been reading!

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

I loved this book for its terrific sense of humor, quick pace and the ability to be romantic but not over the top. I was hooked from page one and was sad to see the book end- always the hallmark of a great novel.

Here’s the synopsis:

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly has been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year old chiropractor. He’s comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance in the style of Nora Ephron,  she flunks out big-time. She can’t recognize romance. And she cant recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

I’m a sucker for an immigrant story and enjoyed this one. Young Malka Treynovsky leaves Russia with her family with visions of America in her eyes.  When they get to this magical land with streets supposedly paved in gold, her immigrant family struggles to survive. One day, Malka is run over by an ice cream vendor and her family abandons her while she’s in the hospital.  She’s taken in by the Dinello family because its Mr. Dinello’s horse that ran Malka down and caused her to become crippled- she will never walk without a cane again. She is raised by the Italian family and put to work in their ice cream business where she displays a keen business sense. Through the years she learns the ice cream business and works hard to help the family grow successful,  until she is forced out. She  rebuilds herself and succeeds in ways she never dreamed possible.

Malka eventually transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, the Ice Cream Queen. Along with her handsome husband, Bert, she  builds an empire that spans forty years, through the Polio epidemic right up until the 1980’s. Along the way she made some bad choices and made some enemies, reconnected with the father that left her and established herself as a sweet, grandmother who loves ice cream but the truth is, she’s a bitter woman who never got over her family leaving her.

I highly recommend this novel, its wonderful from page one right up until the end!




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