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Inside the Book:

The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

 

Guest Post


A sunny day, saddle shoes, a group of bubbly kids on a school playground- do you remember jumping rope during recess? Two kids twirled the long clothesline rope as the girl who was poised and ready to jump in held her arms chest high and bobbed to the beat of the swishing rope. As she bounced in and jumped we all started to chant:
Billy and Susie sittin’ in a tree,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
Then comes Susie pushing the baby carriage.
If you remember that skipping rhyme, then you are like me and we both acquired our roadmap for life in the third grade. Like the directions on a GPS, we started on our journey with a boyfriend and K-I-S-S-I-N-G. At our first stop we found Love, a little further on the road of life we entered Marriage, and far off on the horizon we could see the Baby Carriage. The road was straight, wide open, no chance we could get lost.
And that’s how life unfolded for me. What about you? I enjoyed it all except the road trip went by too fast. The Baby Carriage was left behind miles ago. What’s next? The grade school jumping jingle didn’t plot the land beyond parenthood. The song ended and I kept on rolling down the road.
What is this uncharted area on our life road map called R-E-T-I-R-E-M-E-N-T? We didn’t sing about the R word on the playground. That’s what I was thinking about when I decided to write a novel. In my first book in a planned series, The Golden Age of Charli-RSVP, we meet Charlotte, known to family and friends as Charli. She has spent thirty years in peace and harmony with her solid husband. Then Charli and Pud jolt into retirement- what happens next?
Who was this stranger in my house? I’d had high hopes that when we retired, we would have fun together. But what exactly should we do? Just take it easy and binge watch multiple TV seasons? I didn’t seriously expect that we would spend dreamy hours of bliss in twin hot tubs sighing at the ocean view, but I did crave some romance now that we had time together after the busy years.
(The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP) 
Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after? Come stroll with Charli as she laughs and tells you all about life and love in retirement.

Meet the Author:

 

Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.

 

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About the Book:

 

Title:
Shadows of an Empress
Author: Carole Waterhouse
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Pages: 310
Genre: Literary Fiction
After the death of her mother, Sylvia is sent to live with her grandmother on an isolated piece of farmland, where she and a nymph-like companion run through the woods creating an imaginary world where her mother is still alive. When Sylvia marries Dan, everyone sees her life moving from tragic to fairy tale. But when a recurring
dream about a city she can’t identify leaves Sylvia feeling especially unsettled, she goes into her living room on a sleepless night and finds the Empress Elisabeth of Austria waiting for her.
Suspecting their lives are somehow linked, the empress helps Sylvia sort through her past and question her present. She and Sissi, Elisabeth’s younger version, embark on a whirlwind tour of places related to the empress’s past where the Archduchess Sophie tries to arrange a courtship between Sylvia and Franz Joseph, a heart-broken Heinrich Heine laments the empress’s tendency to credit him as the inspiration for her awful poetry, and Sigmund Freud offers commentary on their journey. As they travel, Sylvia becomes more aware of the empress’s faults. As their paths begin to separate, Sylvia learns from Elisabeth’s mistakes and comes to realize that the answers she has been
searching for need to come from within. In a mock ceremony in Vienna, Sylvia is crowned the empress of herself and returns home to start a new life with Dan. She understands then that the city she has been haunted by all this
time is the life the two of them built, the one they are finally ready to enter together.
Shadows of an Empress is available at Amazon.

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1
2002
Sylvia turned up the radios in all three rooms—the kitchen, the
bedroom, the workshop—the different locations making it sound as though there
were three people talking, one an echo of the other. Still, it was his voice surrounding her
completely, a sound that always gave her comfort. Dan, Dan, the music man. Her husband never realized the most intimate
words he ever spoke to her had nothing to do with love.
The radios were turned up so high, she wondered
how far his voice actually carried, for miles maybe, certainly as far as Zoe’s
house. She came down once, laughing,
turning them off, one after the other, diminishing the last to a faint
whisper. “Why do you make him shout
so?”
When Sylvia told her the reason, that she loved
surrounding herself with the sound of his voice, wanted not to just listen but
to be able to feel it in her bones, Zoe stopped and looked at her. “Don’t tell me after all these years you’re
still in love.”
Sylvia could hear the envy in her voice. She suspected that Zoe, too, listened to
Dan’s voice, knew what it was like to have it pulsate through her veins.
Dan, Dan
the Music
Man.
They had laughed at the name he was given, the
repetition meant to sound lyrical, like one of the tunes circling in his
head. Neither of them had ever expected
that a radio show about music boxes would become nationally syndicated, even in
a niche area like NPR. He was a celebrity
in some circles, even if most people had no idea who he was. Zoe called him the most famous man no one had
ever heard of, and, given the way Dan laughed when she said it, Sylvia wished
it had been her comment instead.
“Music boxes can change lives. There’s no doubt. I’ve witnessed it many times.”
It was the voice she listened to more than the
words, although she sometimes felt his comments were a secret code meant only
for her. At the moment he was describing
one of their own antiques, a real treasure they had acquired just a few weeks
ago, the one Dan called the music box of his dreams.
It was actually a large automaton with rows of
horses that would race across the front as the music played, the device
designed so that the winning horse was randomly selected. She knew why he
prized it, that it wasn’t just the box itself, as exquisite as it was, but the
way it represented their lives together, fitting in perfectly with the
Victorian farmhouse, the real horses she loved so, a true home where husband
and friend were never far away.
About the Author
A professor of creative writing at California University of Pennsylvania, Carole Waterhouse has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in 20th Century Literature from Ohio University. She’s the author of three novels, Shadows of an Empress, The Tapestry Baby, and Without Wings, as well as a short story
collection, The Paradise Ranch. Her short stories have appeared in an anthology, Horse Crazy: Horses and the
Women who Love Them,
and numerous literary magazines, including The Massachusetts Review, The Artful Dodge,
The Ball State University Forum, Crack the Spine, Blue Lake Review, Ceilidh, Eureka Literary Magazine, Crossconnect, Spout,
The Styles, Turnrow, Half Tones to Jubilee, Potpourri, The Baybury Review, Arnazella, Parting Gifts, Pointed Circle, Seems, The Rockhurst Review, Oracle, and The Griffin. She has reviewed books
for The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press and The New York Times Book Review.
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Giveaway

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