A BIKINI MURDER COZY MYSTERY. AND A BATHING SUIT FIT GUIDE IN TIME FOR SUMMER. GRAB BOTH.

Meet Susie Black, ladies apparel executive and author. I'm asking her some questions about writing and killing off her characters today. Join us.  What’s the fun part of writing and why? I write humorous cozy mysteries. Because my characters are based on real people, I get to knock off some that in real life I would have loved to eliminate. I can live out a fantasy and not go to jail. This book introduces the continuing characters in the Holly Swimsuit Mystery Series.   What’s the most difficult part of writing and why? (Yes, you can talk about marketing.) I love writing and creating, but hate the MARKETING. I am not a social media fan and find ...
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4 TRUTHS ABOUT DATING OVER FIFTY YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

What I learned about relationships from interviewing my characters Who knew two of my main characters were savvy about this dating and relationship thing? Sunny Chanel (Middle Ageish) and Dana Narvana (Eat Your Heart Out) proved, in this post, that I have a few things to learn. Besides, I have a secret.  Too often, my inner voice is my characters from my novels arguing with me while I’m writing. This past week they schooled me about what makes relationships work. Dating in your fifties or sixties isn’t easy, said Sunny. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, said Dana.  If you mess up in life, you’ll mess up in your books, Sunny said, wagging a finger at me.  So I ...
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DISTANCE DATING? PROVOCATIVE EMAILS TURN UP THE HEAT

In Middle Ageish, my new novel, Sunny Chanel, the heroine, plunges into online dating. And emails a truckload of men.  Sunny lives in New Haven, CT, so even before she meets Noah, who lives  in Long Island, the emailing fun begins. It continues even after they meet. Sunny and Noah could teach us a few things about the art of the slow burn. Emailing is their passion in Middle Ageish, their way of heating up a long distance romance. The hint? Emailing is pretty much distance dating, so if you're online dating anywhere in the world, follow their lead and use email as a way of getting to know someone new. It's the only safe way. Yes, they make out the ...
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DO YOU HAVE A SPINACH PROFILE? I HAVE A RECIPE FOR YOU.

Dating Blooper #1  The Spinach Profile What's your dating profile? It's not just your photo. It's also your story.     Consider how bland a spinach salad tastes without a little dressing. Or how bleh cooked spinach is without a little oil and garlic.                          That’s your profile if you haven’t added a little balsamic vinegar, oil and Dijon mustard. Or your variation on the old classic. For a recipe, scroll down. The Mini Lesson: Quirks Quirks make you who you are. Let your real self out. To avoid the spinach-without-seasoning profile, talk about your quirks. Yes, your quirks. You’ve got a dating profile for one reason only. So people ...
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5 ***** REVIEW FOR EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Eat Your Heart Out Starting Over Book 2 by Shirley Goldberg Genre: Romantic Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit, RomCom When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind. Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family of his own until a life-altering surprise rocks his world. He knows he's sending Dana mixed messages ...
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ON SALE FOR 99 PENNIES! EAT YOUR HEART OUT.

Two foodies, Dana and Alex, banter, sauté, and tiptoe around each other. Except for the occasional smooch. What’s with that? Not ready to go from friends to lovers. Will practice make perfect?Blurb for Eat Your Heart Out  When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after-hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind. Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family ...
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10 ORIGINAL DATING IDEAS DURING COVID

  The old "Would you like to go out for dinner?" isn't appropriate these days, but don't give up. Especially if you talked or "met" on a dating site before Covid, but didn't get together. The important thing is, he's nice and you think he's interested. And you're game. How to get together and still keep your distance? Here are a few suggestions for easing into distance dating the fun and cautious way. First, let him know you're willing to meet as long as you both stay outdoors. This is the safest way to go.  Once you've made it clear you want a keep-your-distance date and he's agreed, you can plan. You'll both wear masks, at least for starters. What ...
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GET CLOSER THROUGH DISTANCE DATING. BEES DO IT. MY FRIENDS DO IT.

It's been a while since we've talked about anything datey. I have a few friends who are distance dating, and one friend who's met her honey. They just bought a house together.  So, yes, distance dating is a thing.  If you talked or “met” on a dating site before Covid, but didn’t get together, now could be the time. In spite of the pandemic, dating––at a distance––is a happening thing. But if your profile reads like spinach, bland and boring, you’ll go unnoticed. Add a little metaphorical balsamic vinegar, oil and Dijon mustard to the recipe. Your dating profile and your photo are meant to make readers take notice. How? Talk about your quirks. Yes, your quirks. Tell ...
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MIDDLE-AGED AND DATING? DON’T MAKE THESE 6 MISTAKES

Dating in middle age…well, it’s different from dating when we were younger and met someone in person. IRL—in real life—is the acronym used nowadays. I’m offering up a few pointers to new daters and the date-weary. Online dating is not for the tender, but then neither is getting older. 1. Don't take online dating personally  If you take online dating personally, you’ll give up before you meet your honey. Online dating can be fun, but you’ve got to approach it with the right attitude and the energy to see it through. You’ll need to meet a lot of people, and middle aged daters aren’t always willing to put in the time. Many don’t have the tenacity to hang in there ...
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HOLY. FREAKIN. WOW. THE CHEMISTRY IS ELECTRIC AND THE BANTER IS WITTY. MIDDLE AGEISH READER

Grab Middle Ageish from your favorite book vendor.  Amazon: Amazon Books Apple: iBooks Barnes and Noble: Barnes and Noble Google Play: Google Play Books Rakuten Kobo: Ratuken kobo To read an excerpt from Middle Ageish on this page, click the link and enjoy!  Click here ... What readers said about Middle Ageish:  This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I absolutely loved it. It’s so refreshing to read internet dating stories featuring the older woman. The book was well written and had a great mix of humour and the aftermath of a long marriage and subsequently trying to find your happy ever after in the scary world of internet dating. I ...
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