Sunny Blabs

I’m Sunny Chanel, the main character in Middle Ageish, Shirley’s novel. Fifty and dating. A lot. Did I have a choice? The woman invented me. She dated. She wrote. She stuck me in the novel. She even broke my heart. Lots of those meets in the novel were the real thing, but who can tell what’s true from truish? I’ve lost track myself. I’ll bet Shirley’s lost track too. She carried a little notebook to…

10 ORIGINAL DATING IDEAS DURING COVID

What do you notice in the first few seconds on a first meet? His comb over? Her weight? This unscientific survey is brought to you courtesy of my friends (names changed) and acquaintances, all middle ageish and dating online. They were all asked the same question and yes, the sex card was played. Or at least mentioned. What Women Notice in the First 5 Minutes We pick up on certain things. Such as you asking…

GO BACK IN TIME AND RECAPTURE YOUR YOUTH WITH STRACCIATELLA GELATO: MELTING TIME

In Stracciatella Gelato: Melting Time, Kate, the heroine, does exactly that I think we’re all ready for a change of scene. We’ve been stuck at home doing the same thing or nothing—preparing, eating and cleaning up the same food, week after week, month after month. My latest release, a Romantic Fantasy short story with The Wild Rose Press, Stracciatella Gelato: Melting Time, is an opportunity to get away from it all. It was inspired by…

MS. SMOOKIE BIJOUX ON DATING, YAHOO, AND THE TRUTH ABOUT SHOW BUSINESS

Ms. Smookie Bijoux sets the record straight   In most circles I’m known as The Assistant, but I’m more than just an aide to author Gloria Joynt-Lang . Before I was hired to work in her office, I aspired to be in the entertainment industry. Let’s face it, I’ve got the looks and the talent. However, one of those Hollywood types labeled my behavior as unpredictable, and thus my career ended before it began. To…

SEA SALT LAVENDER FOR APHRODITE, BY JULIE HOWARD

Author Julie Howard talks about her murder mystery. And beaching it.      Travel to the Beach  Nearly every summer in memory I’ve gone to one beach or another. Growing up in California, I’ve visited virtually every beach from north to south. Ditto for Oregon. Now I live in Idaho and the beaches in this inland state mean those along rivers and lakes. Although they don’t involve salt water, surf and whale sightings, they do quite nicely.…

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…

TALKING WITH AUTHOR JANA RICHARDS ABOUT SMALL TOWN LIVING

Stories From a Small Town, To Heal a Heart, The Masonville Series Meet Jana and feel her pain. Well, it's not exactly pain, but we've all been there.    My Masonville series is set in a small town in North Dakota. I gave Masonville a population of about five thousand because that was the size of the town my family and I lived in before we moved to the big city. It was big enough…

THE REAL SCOOP ON FRIENDS WITH TESTOSTERONE

Can men and women be friends-only? We are a group of seven women of a certain age, sitting around the dinner table (yes, there is wine), talking about relationships. Since we don’t know one another that well, there are lots of questions. “What about men friends,” I ask. “It’s harder at our age, but do you have male pals?” Out of the seven, two have male acquaintances, but only one has a male friend. “I…

8 WAYS TO DATE YOUR FRIENDS AND NARROW YOUR DISTANCING

With everything going on in our world these days, friends are essential to our health. I don’t have family nearby, so maintaining my friendships is especially important, especially those friendships with history. It takes effort, but staying in contact with as many of our friends as possible is a priority for most of us. In fact, I’ve put a name to this and say I’m dating my friends. Not so weird since I write a…