Dreams really do come true! (call me Cinderella)


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I never had mean ugly step-sisters and I already have my prince so what is it that could get me so excited?  MY BOOK IS PUBLISHED!  Yay me!

So this is my very own dream come true, the very first listing on my Bucket List, something I have always wanted to do.  All of that.  I am very happy about it.  It’s not about money (not at all because royalties are NOT what you would think!) and it’s not about dreaming of the best seller’s lists.  It’s about finally having the confidence to allow myself to have a dream and strive to bring it to fruition.  I am almost 59 years old and for about 55 of those years I have wanted to be a writer.  Oh, I have writen but only to myself.  I was too shy (believe it or not) to share that part of me with anyone else.  THE OLD LADIES’ CLUB isn’t actually my first book but, honestly, it’s the only one that I liked enough to pursue publishing, unless of course you count the one I really loved that I lost somewhere into cyber-space.  Not tech-savvy, not confident, I gave up on that one.  But I do hope to ressurect it one day.  Maybe.

The next one I wrote – whoooo boy – I must have been in a really bad place mentally because it was horrible!  Glad I didn’t share that with anyone.  It was full of blood, murder, suspense and mystery.  I’m leaving that one in the manuscript graveyard.  ewwww.  Trust me, you wouldn’t want to read it.

The next one I wrote was another mystery but not nearly as ugly.  I kind of enjoyed that but because I needed to concentrate on the old ladies in my head, I had to set it aside.  I’ll go back to it one day.

The one I want to write now feels like it’s going to be a good one.  It, too, is a mystery and a throw-back to my days in the medical field.  Based on an actual conversation I had with a patient, I will elaborate, exaggerate, and infer poetic license to flesh out the story.  I can’t wait!

So back to THE OLD LADIES’ CLUB…..   It was very difficult, at first, to keep all of the characters of the story in their place.  They are a rowdy bunch and usually do what they want to.  The story is about five best friends who live in a retirement community built by two of their sons specifically for them.  At this late date, their lives are turned upside down and around and around when a new resident moves in and decades old secrets are spilled.  My old ladies are funny, charming, adventurous, and feel like they have never aged.  They like traveling, helping others, romance and each other.  They don’t like people who lie, sneak around, or try to use them.

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I hope you read my book and enjoy it as much as I did writing it – that is, except for the editing part – I may never get over that!  If you’re interested, it can be purchased from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secrets-of-the-old-ladies-club-nan-tubre/1114583438  or  http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Old-Ladies-Club-Tubre/dp/1475975147/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362781680&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+the+old+ladies+club

Of course it wouldn’t hurt to ask your local book store or library to order it from Iuniverse.  It comes in hard-cover, paperback, and ebook!

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Tiffany Marie’ Photography and The Old Ladies’ Club


If you know me, you know that writing a book has been #1 on my bucket list for a number of years. I’ve had such a great life with so many laughs, I couldn’t just let it pass without writing some of it down.

Well, I did write a book and it isn’t an autobiography, but it is about old ladies (hmmmm. Maybe just a little autobiographical, lol). Secrets Of The Old Ladies’ Club is in publication and will be out sometime soon – if I ever get through the rounds of proofs. It is a self-published book through Iuniverse and it has taken me 3 years or so to bring an itty bitty 218 page book this far. Thank God it isn’t longer! I SO admire and respect those real authors who manage to handle 300-400 page manuscripts! To be honest, this one was nearly 300 pages but after I got the editing knife out, it shrank. I don’t know if I did the right thing, but it is done. Good, bad, or ugly, I love it!

Anyway, here is my plug: I want you all to take a look at my new friend Tiffany Marie Fontenot ~

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She is the little darling who took my portrait for the book cover. She has her own photography business called Tiffany Marie’ Photography. What I really liked about her is that she immediately put me at ease. I hate having my picture made and I’m not photogenic at all. But she seemed to understand that and rolled with it. It takes a special person to do that, ya know. Tiffany has been shooting for two or three years now which is really cool considering how young she is. She told me she was grew up with a camera in her hand and has a real passion for it. Check out some of her pics below you’ll see proof positive how true that is. This is what she has to say for herself:

And finally here’s some words from my heart……new beginnings, new life, first steps, life’s milestones, memories made…I can help you capture these and many more. Life happens too quickly. Images that we catch are a moment in that passing time, moments though that can be cherished for many years to come. The first step is to contact me and we can talk about what it takes to create the pictures that will take your breath away.”

TIFFANY FONTENOT – TIFFANY MARIE’ PHOTOGRAPHY    

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And if you want to see more of her work, visit her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/TiffyMphotography?fref=ts

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