Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Playing Charlie Cool by Laurie Boris is now on!

(Trager Family Secrets Book 3)

With a few humble words, mayoral staffer Joshua Goldberg comes out to the New York press, resigns his post, and leaves his wife. Three months later, he is still skittish about making his relationship with television producer Charlie Trager public. 

Charlie understands Joshua’s stress over the divorce and his desire to step back into the political spotlight. But he’s tired of schedule conflicts and frustrated about getting put on the back burner while the pressure ravages the man he loves. Managing some of the most demanding divas in network television has taught Charlie patience. But his cool facade is wearing thin. 

Longing to ease Joshua’s anguish and burning for control in a situation that seems headed off the rails, Charlie takes a huge risk that could destroy everything he and Joshua have worked so hard to build.

My Review

“When strength and fear shake hands, it can move mountains.”

Playing Charlie Cool by Laurie Boris takes you right in from the Prologue. Already I know there is trouble lurking around the corner. This won’t be an easy ride nor would I have wanted it to be. There is pleasure in the details. Something Miss Boris is well skilled at. Details! They are laid out like an artist paints on canvas. 

The author has the ability to casually take you into the story as if you were there all along. It’s a very natural introduction and the story plays out in vivid color. I love stories of the human existence. Everything doesn’t have to be so neat and tidy. This woman has a gift of telling a hard story making it realistic and relatable. As a reader you are summons in. The surroundings all come to life as do the characters. Instantly, these characters are flesh and blood. It’s as if you have met them before. The smart dialog passes smooth and naturally and you forget you are even reading. There is a coolness to the writing that feels fresh and then there are turns that I didn’t see coming. Attention grabbing.

It was difficult not to get involved in the relationships and the approaching drama. Real life situations are tackled. I have to give the author credit for putting it all out there. She picks subjects that are not always easy for people to digest but she doesn’t seem to care. She has a story to tell and by golly she is going to tell it. She could be considered brave by some standards but she is obviously being true to herself. With that kind of truth, doors open and the world becomes a more compassionate place.

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She huffed out a breath and swatted at his arm. “I want to see”—she lowered her voice—“where he kissed you.”
“Ah. Well, you’re gonna have to be more specific. Which ‘he’ and in which place?”
She stopped, and with one hand on her hip gave him an eyebrow that Melanie would have been proud to call her own. “You’re awfully caffeinated today.”
“And you’re so much fun to tease.” He looped his arm through hers. “Right this way.”
He led her around the side of the stage and down the corridor behind it, stopping outside the archive room.
“Here?” Liza peered inside. “The file room? How Jack Lemmon of you.”
“It wasn’t in there.” He pointed to the floor. “It was here.”
Her eyes widened. “In the middle of the hall? You kissed the congressman in the middle of the hall?”

The Picture of Cool 

(Trager Family Secrets Book 1)

Television producer Charlie Trager spends his days working with beautiful women on a daytime talk show. But underneath his cool façade, there’s a hollow spot in his heart, waiting for the right man to ease his loneliness. Then he meets the show’s next guest, a handsome young politician with a bad case of nerves—and a secret that could turn both their lives upside down. (Short novella: 14,000 words)

The Picture of Cool is written a focus on the human existence which comes out in an unusual way. This realist tale gets right to the point. The prose is sharp and precise. I was moved right away. Instantly connected to the story and the characters. This contemporary love story (or is it a love story?) pulled me in and held my attention. Miss Boris writes a very solid book. She puts her life force into her stories which makes her books intriguing no mater what subject or landscaping.

"Charley squeezed his eyes shut for a second and then took the plunge, unsure if he was making the biggest mistake of his life or opening the door to what could be the best thing that ever happened to him."

 (Trager Family Secrets Book 2)

A family accidentally learns that their matriarch, Estelle, not only has breast cancer but also intended to take it to her grave. Now that the secret is out, Estelle decides to ask Liza, the daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the request from her husband and his brother. As the three adult children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers?

My Review

Don't Tell Anyone is a story of a dysfunctional family. It could be so many families but this one is dealing with the big C word that makes it anything but normal. There is nothing normal about cancer or a family experiencing it first hand. Even though this is an extremely sad topic there are a lot of funny undertones that keep this tale one of humor, humility and the real essence of true life. I really enjoyed large storyline and could relate on many levels from my own life experience. Having had lost both parents to the big "C" made me a bit hesitant to read this story but instead of bringing me down I was really touched on so many levels. Boy, it home but done in such a beautiful heartfelt way. I love a book that moves me like this one has. By the way, it is not just about how cancer changes a family but this is a story of relationships that feel deep and real. The dialog is so natural and the writing is ever so clear and easy to get absorbed into. There is an realness in the authors voice and the messages she portrays.

"Estelle appeared to consider her options. "The pillow would work. I saw Cary Grant do it in a movie. Or you could get me pills. Marilyn Monroe took pills. Some people think it was the Kennedy's, but I know it was pills."


Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.



  1. Brenda, this is just too cool! Thank you! :D Love the poster...

  2. Laurie...congratulations on the new release, from Brenda's review I can tell it will be a winner! Well done!