Friday, August 29, 2014

Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles are complete!

Shattered Reality and Burnt Promises has been re-released on These books have not lost their edge but are now grittier than the originals.

Can Brooklyn and Bo's love survive the ongoing turmoil caused by their ex's? 

Find out more with the release of Fractured Vows, Book three in the trilogy.

Children's Books by Marsha Casper Cook

Today I want to share some of one of my favorite authors children's books, Marsha Casper Cook. I love her fictional romance stories and her children’s tales which are filled with fun and spunk.

Isabella Pimpinella's Magical Potion (Meet Isabella Pimpinella's Friends Book 1)

Age Level: 4 - 9 | Grade Level: P - 2
Isabella Pimpinella‘s Magical Potion is a fun imaginative read for the early reader as well as the more advanced. The true test of bravery begins with thirteen little girls and a cat named Bogart who have the time of their life at the greatest sleepover ever when they get the chance to make a magical potion and learn to believe in themselves. It’s not only fun and fast paced it’s magical. 

My Review

Isabella Pimpinella's Magical Potion (Meet Isabella Pimpinella's Friends Book 1) is an adorable children’s book by multi-talented Marsha Casper Cook. This story has a unique style that is sure to attract attention. Wish there were books like this while I was growing up. So clever and oh, so much fun. Young readers will adore this spunky little story. Loved the adventure and the great illustrations!

Age Level: 5 - 9 | Grade Level: P - 2
We all know children love candy and sometimes they eat too much. "Snack Attack” is a fun, creative look at nutrition that shows children eating well are a matter of making the right choices. Addison Apple loves chocolate candy, ice cream, cookies, cake and just about anything with a lot of sugar. His mother decided to see what would happen if she let Addison eat anything he liked. Addison thought it was a great idea. Snack Attack is a fun read and children of all ages can identify with Addison and love reading this book wondering how the story ends!

My Review

Addison Apple in ... Snack Attack

This story really has a larger message, even though it is told in a fun entertaining way. It is a great message to send out to children of all ages. It is a lesson we can all learn about eating more nutritious foods, not just for health but how you feel overall.

I love that this is written for a child’s point of view. Addison is a great character that is easy to identify with. This story was well written and is a lot of fun to read.

Age Level: 6 - 10 | Grade Level: 1 - 3
Addison is feeling lonely because he has just moved into a new neighborhood, and then he meets Emelina. At first, they have nothing in common and didn’t see eye to eye on anything. Addison likes to read and write stories inside, and Emelina likes to be outdoors, jogging, skating, and just about anything that keeps her active. She likes healthy food and Addison has a sweet tooth. A few weeks after they meet, they are surprised to find out that they both signed up for Jr. Detective School. They end up teaming up to solve their fist case — a classmate’s shoes have disappeared. With very little to go on, Emelina and Addison try to find the shoes. A friendship develops between the two of them when they solve the first of many cases. 

“No Clues, No Shoes is a delightful chapter book about friendship and teamwork. Emelina and AJ are the perfect detective duo. They enhance each other as they work together to solve the case. Author Marsha Cook does a wonderful job keeping the readers attention while teaching children how to problem solve as Emelina and AJ search for clues, interview suspects and put the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the case of the missing shoes.” — Award-winning Author VS Grenier.

No Clue No Shoes is a great kids’ book. Emelina Hewitt is one smart detective! She, her talking dog, Stanley, and her friend, Addison, unravel the missing shoe mystery in a flash. Marsha Cook’s book is equal to those on the best-seller list. — Fran Lewis, Book Reviewer, Author and Radio Talk Show Host on Blog Talk Radio 

My Review

"No Clues No Shoes" is a darling sweet story for third grade on up.

This mystery detective story is so cute and fun to read, even as an adult. It reminds me of my youth when I was reading the Hardy Boy mysteries. This is a fantastic book. This book is well written and easy to get lost into with positive life messages and lessons. I love books that hold of you and don’t let you go until the end. The only problem is by the end you are left wanting more!

Age Level: 3 - 8 | Grade Level: P - 2
The Busy Bus is a short collection of children’s poetry. It’s great for children of all ages and every poem is about a different subject. Several of the poems ease into a small but meaningful lesson in life. This book is light and airy and introduces children to some very funny characters such as Big Fat Priscilla The Cat, Perculiar Pete, Messy Bessy, Uncle Edward Pig and Isabella Pimpinella.

My Review

The Busy Bus - A Collection of Short Children's Poems is a poetry book filled with adorable insightful stories. They are so adorable and written with heart.

This is a creative book of poems that I believe most children can relate to. These poems are well-written and delightful. I would high recommend this book by Marsha Casper Cook.


Marsha Casper Cook - Partner of the World of Ink Network, Agent, Award-winning Script Writer, Novelist, Writing Coach, Media Release Specialist, Blog Talk Radio Host and Founder of Michigan Avenue Media. Marsha Casper Cook is the author of 10 published books and 11 feature-length screenplays, a literary agent with 15 years of experience and the host of BTR's World of Ink Network shows: A Good Story Is a Good Story, What is Success and special editions of The World of Ink Network. She and her guests discuss writing and what's new in the entertainment field. Marsha has also appeared as a guest on other network shows and will continue to make frequent visits to other shows.

Wanting to help writers reach their goals, Marsha founded the literary agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996, and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years. In that capacity, she has represented more than 100 screenwriters and authors, and has also optioned books to movie production companies. Marsha has spoken about her work and the craft of writing to a wide range of audiences including bookstores, schools, museums and local cable, and will continue to speak to the media.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lilies in the Clearing, the second book in the Spirits of Maine Series by Lydia North is now available on

I just had the pleasure of reading Lydia North’s (AKA Kim Scott's) brand new release, Lilies in the Clearing. This is the second book in the Spirits of Maine Series.

Please join in on the fun August 30th for the Facebook  launch party. This is the sequel to the Ghost Story 'Waiting for Harvey’.

 Come to the Party & Bring your Friends! 
The 3rd book in this series will be out in late December.

This is the sequel to Waiting for Harvey. 
Erik Rivard survived his time in the cabin with the ghost of Harvey Cloutier. 
Now he's going back to the clearing. 
Harvey is a strong Spirit of the Maine Woods. 
But this time Erik won't be alone. Can he survive another encounter with Harvey?

My review

Lilies in the Clearing (The Spirits of Maine Book 2) by Lydia North is a fabulous follow up to Waiting For Harvey. This is a series that is spooky, clever and most of all difficult to put down. I couldn’t resist the mystery, intrigue and the evil that spread like wildfire. As in the first book, I was hooked right away and had a hard time stepping away from my iPad. This book is dark in a good way. Loved the suspense that kept me guessing throughout. So many unexpected turns. This author is truly gifted. She is skilled, making her characters not only believable but life-like and writing is super smooth. She just has a way of telling a story that makes you feel comfortable, like you are there on the scene. Her descriptions of the surroundings are mesmerizing, setting the scene perfectly. Being frightened was never so much fun. This is a great escape, a real adventure and an entertaining horror ride.

Quote ~

“ I shivered and kept my eyes closed. Something moved behind me. The sound was clear and I felt it brush behind me. I refused to look. With certainty, I knew if I turned around I would see nothing or more than I could deal with. I bit my lower lip and prayed for it to go away.”

Waiting for Harvey (The Spirits of Maine Book 1) 

Erik went into the woods of northern Maine for a vacation. He planned to enjoy three weeks of quiet serenity. But in the cabin nothing was what he expected and his life would never be the same. 
As winter settles over the region Erik begins to question whether he will get away from the woods alive. 
The woods of Maine belong to the spirits who live there. When the whispering begins... RUN

My Review
“Waiting for Harvey” is the first book in the 'The Spirits of Maine’ series by Lydia North. This was an eventful story full of suspense and adventure. I was taken in right away and enjoyed the journey that waited before me.

Waiting for Harvey is an intriguing paranormal story that I found believable. Every word of it. You don’t have to believe in spirits or ghosts to get into the storyline. It is a great escape into the unknown. This is an intriguing story that should make it to the best sellers list. Skillfully written, this book was hard to put down, as I kept thinking about the characters throughout the day. I could see the whole story play out in front of me by the clear descriptions. The setting in Maine was just perfect. It was easy to get a sense of where we were.

This is without a doubt a book you will remember. It tells a great story and does it flawlessly. I was throughly captivated. I highly recommend this book!

Quote ~

The air began to waver, as if it was intensely hot. The scent of a summer thunderstorm filled the room. I stood rooted to the floor with my eyes darting to the left and the right. Something dark passed the window. It appeared as a shadow with no source. The thing stopped, blocking the front door.

“What do you want from me?” I shrieked in terror.”

“Don’t go,” I heard from behind me. I whirled around, but there was no one there.

Kim Scott was born in South Carolina and grew up in Scarborough, Maine. She currently lives near the coast in Southern Maine. My pen name used for my Ghost Stories is Lydia North.
Ms. Scott is the author of:
The Ruth Chernock Series
1.Regarding Ruth, 2. In Ruth's Memory, 3. On Grace's Shoulders & 4. Pink Sky & Mourning
The Spirits of Maine Series (Pen Name Lydia North)
1. Waiting for Harvey, published under my pen name Lydia North.
2. Lilies in the Clearing is coming August 30th 2014.
3. The Talking Walls is coming in January 2015.
Additional titles coming in 2014 & 2015: 'Plummeting' 'Forgive Me Mattie', 'A Solitary Grave in the Maine Woods' & 'The Talking Walls'.
Facebook: Regarding Ruth &

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Part Good: The Stories by Janni Styles is now on

Today I am sharing Janni Styles, One Part Good: The Stories, a touching collection of stories written from the heart. I had the privilege of reading an advance copy!

Janni Styles, Award Winning writer of fiction and poetry, debuts her first collection of short stories in "One Part Good." All among us can relate to coming of age, adapting to old age, coping with rage or turning a whole new page. Read all in one sitting or one at a time, these stories will leave you thinking. Is aging as hard as we think? Are all teens troublesome? Is pure love possible between two wayward hearts? When there is nothing left but love, sometimes we learn love is all we need.

My Review:

This is a beautiful collection of stories, One Part Good: The Stories by Janni Styles which caught me by surprise. The writing is clear and heartfelt. There is real-life emotion running through these pieces that made them irresistible for me to put down. This was a quick read that got me thinking about life and my own experiences. There is a special quality to the authors voice. I would give this a full hearted five stars that are well deserved.  Without giving the essence away, I was pleasantly pleased. The honesty and the realness that the author shared made this a beautiful experience. I highly recommend.

Quote from Dance Lessons

“With that, she'd blow us kisses from between her neatly polished fingernails and be gone again, leaving us to navigate the eggshell mines on our own. Ardette and I were only twelve but we were already witnessing the best coping technique for difficult personalities that we could ever hope to put into practice. Ardette wasn’t as outspoken as I was but we both realized the power in that coping technique Aunt Frances had honed on our mother the first time I used it on a teacher when we were in the seventh grade together.”


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Spellbound (Spellbringers Book I) by Tricia Drammeh is now on

Talented author (and my good friend) Tricia Drammeh has a brand new release, Spellbound with more to come. The Spellbringers is a fabulous YA fantasy series that is sure to grab readers attention. Just in case you have not been introduced to Tricia, it's time you catch up.

The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace. 

Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk. 

Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life. 

Formerly published under the title 'The Claiming Words,' Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.

My Review

From the opening sentence of Spellbound I was hooked. Tricia Drammeh expertly weaves a tale of great fascination. I read in a fury wanting to know more. I was enthralled with the story and indulged myself until I got to the end. I couldn't put this book down. That is how good it is.

Alisa's story touched me and I could relate to her insecurities. She is a teenager who has to deal with a constant bully who happens to be her cousin.
Written in such a way it was easy to connect to her and what she was going through.

I liked that this story shared different viewpoints, going from Alisa to Rachel. Both stories seemed to parallel the other. Really felt like I was getting into their heads. So good to get more than one perspective.

I guess you can call this a coming-of-age story yet it isn't quite what it seems. There are paranormal aspects that kept me guessing and a well developed plot line that kept me on my toes. So many twists that I did not see coming.

I don't think you have to be young to enjoy this YA story. I ate it up in one sitting. This book is fast paced, wildly entertaining and easy to escape into the unknown that was Spellbound. Highly recommend reading this book before book two, Firebound comes out. This is a great start to the Spellbringers series.

Quote ~

"My worry over Jeffrey would be a constant tickle in the back of my mind, probably for the rest of my life. I longed for days past when the only things I had to worry about were grades and college applications.I used to live in a world where magic only existed in my silly little vampire novels. Now magic followed me everywhere, and I couldn't find safety even in my dreams."

Sean is no stranger to darkness. He's overcome a dangerous addiction, struggled with mental illness, and faced relentless bullying by his peers. His best friend, Alex, has always been there for him, but when he falls in love with her, he replaces his online gaming obsession with a possessive interest in her. 

Alex's survival depends upon her ability to lock memories of her troubled childhood deep inside her mind, but an unhealthy relationship with Sean causes dark visions of her past to rise to the surface. Sean's obsession and Alex's complacency collide, resulting in tragedy. 

Together, Sean and Alex live in a hell of their own making. One will escape at the expense of the other. Both will discover why Dante chose to condemn the Wrathful and the Sullen in the Fifth Circle of Hell.

My Review

From the first page I could relate to Alex, the main character. Her vulnerability and ability to display it so openly drew me in. She might have had insecurities but that is what made her seem real. Let's just say we bonded right from the start.

The writers ability to make her characters come alive as they did are a true testament to her talent. The writing was flawless, crisp, clean and direct.

I liked how the story was told by Alex and by Sean. As a reader I was able to get the full perspective. It kept the story interesting with the different view points. It was almost like reading diary entries that were not meant for anyone else's eyes other than it's author. I think any age group could get something from this story. Even after putting this book down so many thoughts fluttered through my brain.

The powerful story that unfolds is haunting and I found myself filled with emotion. The writer has a way of pulling you in. It is not until you turn to the last page that you are released from that firm grip.

"I turned around and took a few uncomfortable steps towards my house. I could feel his eyes following me. When I tripped over the garden hose in my yard, I prayed for once, he wasn't looking. I peeked over my shoulder and sure enough, he was watching me. My embarrassing display of clumsiness didn't wipe the look of longing in his face, though. His yearning frightened me because I knew one day he might want something more than just a date to the school dance and I wasn't sure if I had the strength to tell him no.”

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon. 

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance. 

The Séance, a Dark Summons Novel, is a full-length Paranormal book for teens and young adults. Join Abby as she navigates the complexities of ninth grade, tackles the supernatural, and even finds a bit of romance along the way.

My Review

It was so easy to get immersed in the story and to visualize this character from the very first pages as the writing was clear and realistic. Miss Drammeh has a real gift for story telling no matter what subject matter she writes about. She has a way of just pulling her reader in.

I was entertained all the way through and touched by the messages about family and bullying. This is also a story about friendship, betrayal and trust and gives a lesson about not messing with things you know nothing about. I am sure I entered some dangerous territory when I was a teen and I am just thankful I didn't pay for naive natural curiosity.

The Seance is a great book that has depth and real life heartfelt emotion. My interest was spiked as the action and suspense contined throughout the story. As the characters come to life, this book really gets in the mind of a teenager with great understanding and compassion.

"Things can always get worse, so don't ever tempt fate by saying they can't. Things got worse for me, a little worse each day. Sometimes things are so bad, you don't even realize how bad they are because you've accepted a baseline of horrible."

Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with. 

When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.

My Review

Better than Perfect is one of Tricia Drammeh's best books yet. Though I have loved them all, this one resonated with me the most. I can relate to the feelings of inadequacies of being human. It's the human existence that pulled me in and made me feel somehow a part of the story. Karlie can be any of us. She is real, flawed and not without quicks. It's the quirks about her that I admire the most. There is an honesty to the writing that makes me wonder how much of this story is from real life. Sometimes her life gets in her way. Whose doesn't. This is an accurate account of a life and I was pulled in. Every word of it made sense to me.

How can things go so right but at the same time so wrong? Yes, I can relate to that very much in my own life. It's something about the yin and yang of things but we only have the tools we were given. Some more than others. There is a vulnerability to the writing that I find almost addictive.

I was sorry to put this book down as I enjoyed all the highs and lows. This is more than a romantic story but one about life and getting through our everyday obstacles. There is growth that happens to all of us when we are brought into something new.

This is a great reminder that life can always change for us. We are never stuck no matter how bad or hopeless it seems. Something good is always waiting around the corner but we have to pay attention long enough to notice.

Better than Perfect is so many things and compelled me from start to finish.


"I spend the next thirty minutes biting my ragged fingernails and pacing. I'm so nauseous and anxious. I feel like I am about to lose my mind. Is this what I put my parents through when I stayed out past curfew? If so, I'm desperately sorry. It's the worst feeling in the world. I alternate between peeling out the front window and checking the time on the cell phone. When my phone finally rings, I nearly drop it in my haste to answer."


Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New Hampshire. Her published works include the Spellbringers series, Better than Perfect, The Seance, and The Fifth Circle. She is currently working on her eighth novel. When Tricia isn't writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or consuming vast amounts of coffee.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Drawing Breath by Laurie Boris is on sale for 99¢

Today I would like to celebrate the work of Laurie Boris. Not just because her book Drawing Breath is on sale for 99¢ but because she is an author that is not only talented but is a giving person. I know that first hand.

 If you haven't had a chance to read her books, then lucky you. There are several to choose from. All highly recommended.

Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he's already outlived his doctor's "expiration date," but that doesn't stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady's daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.

My Review

There is an inviting flow to this authors writing. Life-like and not too perfect. The story plays out in front of its reader in technicolor with three dimensional moving pictures. It is an easy story to get absorbed into. Pulls you right in, right away, without pretension or too much back story. Needless to say, I was intrigued and entertained from the start and my interest only increased as I turned the pages.

Drawing Breath gives you a feel of real life with non-fictional type characters. They all come to life through what they say and what they don't. It is a slice of life that grabs hold and doesn't let go. This emotional journey pulls on your heartstrings at every turn. I was emotionally tied to this deep story and moved by the way the author wrote with such passion.

"She stops thinking. She turns and bolts for the pantry, not considering objects in her way-stairs, doors, or furniture. Later she'll have bruises, a tear in her stocking, and a pain in her toe from stubbing it against a buckled runner. None of that matters now. Bruises heal. Stockings can be replaced. What matters is this, jamming a key in a lock and running from room to room, calling his name."

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)

My Review

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."

Sarah Cohen doesn't mean to hurt anyone. But lately every decision this twenty-nine-year-old graphic artist makes ends in varying degrees of disaster. Fortunately for her, nursing home orderly Emerson McCann is just a phone call away, ready to help clean up the mess. Years after their brief college romance, Emerson still longs for her. Even though she moved to Boston and left him behind in Syracuse. Even though he can only dream about being with her, stuck in the friend zone and offering comfort as guy after guy breaks her heart. 

When her latest fling lands Sarah in deep trouble, she runs to Emerson yet again. Thinking a change of scene will change her luck, or at least give her the opportunity to make the right choices this time, she decides to return to Syracuse. Emerson is happy, at first, to accommodate her, and he sets her up in his rooming house. But with her history, an innocent graduate student living down the hall, and Emerson ready to boil over, Sarah may be too close for everyone's comfort. And Emerson's dream may become a nightmare.

My Review

Sliding Past Vertical is a very easy book to get absorbed into. The characters are realistic and the storyline is compelling and unpredictable. Sometimes people make bad choices and this is a perfect example of that.

I had a hard time putting this story down because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. Even though it is not exactly a happy-go-lucky story this was an enjoyable read. The writing was clear and simple, in a good way.

"She shuddered, trying to imagine what type of husband her parents would choose for her. Someone boring, no doubt, maybe in the insurance business like her father. She saw brown shoes and an endless rack of neckties. They'd have sex on Saturday nights, meatloaf on Tuesdays, and a week at the shore every August. And then one night, coming home from a PTA meeting, she'd drive her mini-van off the side of the nearest cliff."

Don't Tell Anyone (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."

Frankie Goldberg is a former actress and stand-up comic whose life in Hollywood falls apart with an exclamation mark when a mudslide destroys her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear. Needing comfort, she returns to her mother's B&B in Woodstock, New York, where she spent her teen years doing chores and chasing after the handyman's hot, high-school-jock son. But the joke's on her. Now she has to deal with the mess she left behind, including her non-relationship with her bossy older sister and their mother's illness. As if her new life isn't complicated enough, the handyman's son, now a minor-league baseball coach, is back in town.

The Joke's On Me Book Trailer


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.