Monday, February 29, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
I received this book for free from the publisher in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Rolling off the couch to change TV channels (no remote, not many channels and the shows were mostly in black and white)
Running and playing in our neighborhood without fear of strangers
Rotary phones, loved my pink Princess
Sandra Dee and Tab Hunter, Saturday matinees cost a quarter and drivein theatres
No air conditioning in school and we survived the brutal Texas heat
The Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis
The assassination of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King
The Vietnam War, protests against the War, and soldiers being spit on for serving their country
I remember a lot of things because I’m a baby boomer, born in 1949. My father started his real estate business in Houston, Texas that same year and my mother—like many women of her generation—stayed home to raise the kids, which in our family included my brother and me.
In 1971, I graduated with a degree in psychology from UCLA, then lived a year in Guadalajara, Mexico and three years in Albany, NY before returning to Houston. Somewhere within that period of time, I figured out psychology wasn’t the right career path for me but discovered the comfort of balancing a general ledger. So, I walked through Albany’s sleet and snow to attend Russell Sage College, worked in public accounting and passed the CPA exam. When my entrepreneurial spirit took flight, I founded my own business, Feldt Personal Consultants where I assisted candidates with new career opportunities. After selling my business, I dabbled in real estate, built a lake house and started to write. And write and write. Usually for my own personal enjoyment but do have two suspense thrillers tucked away in boxes--perhaps one day I’ll pull them out to see the light of day. Then three events shattered our lives and eventually, after several years, I started writing again, as much for therapy as for enjoyment. The Oys & Joys started to sing to me and the ladies insisted I write their story. And the name sounds melodic, suits them and feels sort of like…fate.
Sometimes, when you reach the back side of middle age, the past and the secrets it harbors, collides with the present. And secrets never die quietly. Meet The Oys & Joys—Lizzie, Grace, Sassie and Ruby—baby boomers tied together with the strength of their steel-laced friendships. Until they’re forced to confront a decades old betrayal, and the tragic consequences threatening to sever the trust between them.
Four women, who step into the crossroads between choosing action or forever facing regret—and define their moment by revisiting their past to embrace their future. Their journey, seasoned with their hearts and souls and hey, an abundance of humor, includes attempted murder (oops), DNA surprises (who knew?), boatless boat slips (damn, he got the boat), and sexual awakenings (yes, at their age). Oh, and then there’s the pole dancing for seniors.
Sassie’s Wine List, Ruby’s Italian Feast recipes, Lizzie’s Heart to Heart picture (Love. Only for a moment. Only for an eternity.), and Grace’s Nancy Drew quote can be found at www.marciafeldt.com.
*Oy or Oy vey:
Terms to express exasperation, dismay, calamity or any other sense of woe. Yiddish origin but so widely used, now integrated into American colloquialisms, and in dictionaries around the world.
“Brilliantly voiced and inspiring, The Oys & Joys defines challenges facing baby boomers through the eyes of four unforgettable women. The current electrifying every page is that everyone, at any age, has the power to change her life.” — Gloria Feldt, Take the Lead, author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.
“Life’s tapestry woven with pain and joy, passion and heartbreak. Readers will adore this excellent debut novel. Not to be missed.” — Chris Rogers, author, The Dixie Flannigan suspense series.
“These characters are both intimately familiar and impossible to forget. A truly complex and celebratory novel.” — Carol Dawson, author of Miles and Miles of Texas, Body of Knowledge, and The Mother-In-Law Diaries
Genre: Baby Boomer, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction, LGBT Fiction
Subject: Baby Boomer, Coming of Age, Bucket List, Friendship, Humor
Awards: Houston Writers Guild award winner in Romance/Women’s Fiction
Available wherever books are sold
ISBN: 978-0-9779048-2-2 print
ISBN: 978-0-9779048-1-5 e-book
Publisher: LadyLake Publishing
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I received this book for free from Litfuse publicity in return for my honest, unbiased review.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
"Don't marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper."
"It is said that the right age for a man to get married is when he is twice the woman's age minus 7 years."
"The best way to attract a man immediately is to have a magnificent bosom and a half-size brain and let both of them show... Remember - the only place men want depth in a woman is in her decolletage."
"I think it is a good thing for a husband and a wife to fight with each other...By fighting I don't think of just arguing with words. As a matter of fact, those are the most dangerous. Hitting each other, and throwing things around isn't so dangerous. A black bruise heals fast. A broken vase can be replaced. But some terribly heartless words can never be changed."
"Is it a good idea that your husband should know that his good friend is also your lover? I would say no."
"So I say if your husband takes care if you in every way and you know he loves you very much, don't pay any attention to his affair. Just overlook it as long as you make sure you know who the other woman is so you can keep an upper-hand on things."
"It is one of the wife's most important jobs to spend her husband's money for him."
"You should by all means try to make your ex-husbands friendly with each other... I think every woman should have at least three husbands."
"... you shouldn't make such a big thing out of faithfulness. As I keep telling you, jumping into bed with somebody is, for most men, nothing more than a gymnastic."
"Your husband's you husband while you are his wife, But your ex is your ex for the rest of your life."
There you have it, an almost 50 year old self help book by the infamous Zsa Zsa Gabor. Read at your own peril, the advice is, shall we say, a little outdated.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased review.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
There is no fanfare when she arrives, her superior can't even be bothered to meet her and her living quarters haven't been inhabited in nearly half a century. Stuck working on cleaning, plumbing, and orienting herself to this new city, she almost loses excitement, but then excitement finds her. She uncovers some shady dealings and starts working to prove herself to her boss and to herself. Soon she'll have the respect of everyone. A great read, perfect for fans of Elle Boca and urban fantasy. Mix "Nancy Drew" with "Vampire Academy," set it in France and you have an idea of what to expect.
I received this book for free from the author in return of my honest, unbiased review.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
Loosely based off of historical events; Hugh Glass, a fur trapper travelling up the Missouri river in 1823, finds himself in a perilous situation. Having been brutally mauled by a bear, the captain of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company leaves two fur trappers behind to look over Hugh while he slowly dies and then give him a proper burial. Unwilling to wait for Hugh to succumb to death, the two trappers not only leave him on his own, but take his weapon and tools, ensuring that he will never survive. The betrayal spurs Hugh Glass into action, slowly he heals with only one thought on his mind, revenge. He will hunt down those who abandoned him and deal out his brand of wilderness revenge. Dodging wild animals, Native Americans, and the perilous winter, revenge is what he heals Hugh and keeps him going. An astoundingly fast paced read. Filled with death, despair, and survival, this will make you glad to live in modern times.