Genre Humorous Women's Fiction
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Desperate housewife seeks closure with first love about secret baby on the eve of their son's wedding.
When Julie Paver's husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta, she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens their twenty-five-year marriage, because now if Matt isn't out of town negotiating a merger, he's spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding second-in-command. Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny is unaware he's the father of Julie's son, and Julie contemplates revealing the secret to him on the eve of their son's wedding. But would such a walk down memory lane be worth the cost? Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo — in the midst of a hurricane — and elements collide to create the perfect storm in a coming-of-middle-age crisis.
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Publisher The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5747
After Stones' worldwide release September 26, you can find other distribution channels and formats listed on Marilyn's Web site at www.marilynbaron.com.
Interview with Marilyn Baron
Why did you write this book?
I wanted to feature a heroine of a certain age because I'm not getting any younger and I believe people don't just want to read about twenty-somethings. This book was originally called, The Colonoscopy Club, so right away you know what age I'm talking about. In Stones, I take a humorous look at a woman who can't seem to get closure in her life. My central character Julie has issues. Even her issues have issues. Stones is about how Julie deals with those issues and features the themes of first loves and second chances.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write in a number of genres—from historical romantic thrillers and suspense to paranormal and women's fiction—and I love to read a variety of genres. Among my favorite genres are thrillers, literary fiction, and romantic suspense. I have read a lot of amazing YA lately.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gabriel Allon in the Daniel Silva books.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love movies and I watch a lot of TV. Some of my favorite TV shows are Castle, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Bridge, and Downton Abbey.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently finishing Book Three of my Psychic Crystal Mystery Series. Book One is Sixth Sense; Book Two is Homecoming Homicides. Book Three is called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.
I have a new women's fiction book coming out this year in The Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) called The Widows' Gallery. I'm very excited to be participating in this series. Lobster Cove is a quaint and quirky fictional town on the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. Participating TWRP authors write stories across all lines as long as they're set in Lobster Cove.
Here's the blurb for The Widows' Gallery:
Four recently widowed women meet on a Mediterranean cruise, bond over the Renaissance masterpiece, The Birth of Venus, in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery in the quaint, quirky, coastal town of Lobster Cove, Maine.
Please tell us some fun facts about your latest book, Stones.
The Colonoscopy Club (Now the published novel Stones) finaled in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title category.
I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months during my junior year in college, where I studied Art History, Italian, English, Mythology and Religion. Part of Stones is set in Florence. The story is also set in Atlanta, Miami, and Palm Coast. I was born in Miami and currently live in Atlanta and I own a beach condo in Palm Coast. My central character owns an upscale jewelry boutique called Stones, hence the name of the novel. I love jewelry, which is why I chose that career for my heroine. My birthstone is an emerald which is why I wanted an emerald necklace on the cover. A priceless emerald medallion is also featured prominently in the book.
In Stones, Julie is planning her son's wedding and in real life, I'm planning my daughter's wedding.
The first line and my favorite line of the book is "Thank God for lint."
The book will be officially released September 26. Right now it's only available in paperback. It was released early in paperback in time for my appearance on a panel at the Decatur Book Festival Saturday August 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. called "Tackling Sensitive Issues in Fiction." Additional information about the event is available on https://www.facebook.com/events/623254154448358/ If you're in the Atlanta area over Labor Day I hope you'll attend the presentation/book signing.
To go or not to go to Palm Coast is no longer the question. The question is what will I do once I get there? Will I really have the nerve to reconnect, or as my daughter Natalie likes to say, "hook up," again with Manny Gellar? How will I feel tomorrow when I see him alone for the first time after 25 years? Will I finally reveal what I feel compelled—no, what I'm busting a gut—to tell him? That he has a beautiful son, that our son Josh is getting married in just three months? I'm probably rationalizing, but I think he finally has a right to know.
If I could, I'd fix what is wrong with my marriage and put it back the way it was before. Before Matt yanked me out of Miami by my roots as if I were a noxious weed he was tossing out of a flower garden and carelessly transplanted us to Atlanta. Before we moved a state away from preoccupied with his sexy-sounding German second-in-command, Gretchen. Before he stopped sleeping with me in the biblical sense. Before I turned fifty.my family and my best friend and a business I'd worked a lifetime to create. Before Matt sold his freight expediting business to a German conglomerate for mega-millions and agreed to run the company for them from Atlanta for the next two years, barely consulting me. Before the German occupation, or rather before he became
All I really want is closure. I'm convinced that meeting Manny Gellar again is the only way I will ever come full circle and reconnect with my life.
Marilyn is a finalist in the 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Award for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for her book Significant Others.
Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She's a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women's fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales at www.petitfoursandhotamales.com. She serves on the Roswell Reads steering committee.
She and her sister, Sharon Goldman, just released a play about Alzheimer's called Memory Lane. You can find out more about Marilyn's books and short stories and listen to a medley of the music from Memory Lane on her Web site at www.marilynbaron.com or view it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/Hgi_mIdt5MA.
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