Friday, July 13, 2012

I have some more books for you! These are all available now. I didn't have my blog when they were released, so I'm pimping them now.

Fritz, the Count of Aglie by Michele Dalcin Botts is a tale for all ages narrated by a cat living in the small Italian town of Aglie. It's Michele's own love story and a tribute to her husband, Michael Botts, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. Michael was the drummer for Bread, and also played with Linda Ronstadt and Dan Fogelberg, among others. I'm fortunate to call Michele my friend, and we're all lucky to be able to enjoy her adorable book now.

How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry by Adrian Colesberry is for adults only, as its title and cover indicate. It's Adrian's very bawdy and unique sexual memoir, disguised as a manual to please him in bed. My personal relationship with Adrian is purely platonic, so I can't attest to the book's accuracy, but I can report that it's very funny and nothing like you've ever read before.

When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror by Carol Leifer is a collection of essays by one of the funniest women in the world. I've known and admired Carol for decades (in spite of our youth), and knew her book wouldn't disappoint. She's smart, warm, honest, and funny, and this book shines among her many achievements.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Today, there are two new books I want to tell you about. I have a connection to both, but they're very different.

The first one is Kristin Harmel's The Sweetness of Forgetting.

Marie Claire magazine recommends it on its 2012 summer reading list. Here's how they describe it:

Hope, a divorced mother who runs a bakery on Cape Cod, reconnects with her grandmother, whose onset of Alzheimer's spurs the revelation of a family secret about the Holocaust.”

Kristin is a very popular and prolific writer of women’s fiction. This is her seventh novel and she’s only 33 years old!

I had the privilege of taking a writing workshop taught by Kristin, and I found her to be a wonderful teacher as well as writer.

Watch for The Sweetness of Forgetting, coming out on August 7th.

My second recommendation is for a coffee table book called Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde, created and edited by my dear friend, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald.

Peggy had the brilliant idea of producing a show comprised of an evening of food monologues accompanied by actual delicious food. There have been many such evenings in New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Los Angeles.

Most monologues are written by their performers—chefs, restauranteurs, and other foodies who have an interesting tale to tell. I was fortunate to have two of my monologues performed in several shows by the talented Caroline Fogerty in Los Angeles and Nancy Litton in Louisiana.

The shows were a huge success and prompted what promises to be an equally fabulous book. It’s number one on Amazon’s Hot New Releases: Best Louisiana list and comes out on September 15th.

I hope you’ll check out both of these books, enjoy them, and tell your friends.