Meet Author Charmaine Gordon!
My friendship with this wonderful, witty woman began a few years ago and she has touched my heart with her personality. Please take a few minutes to read through our post and get to know her. I hope you leave her a comment, she will respond, and don't forget to download your e-copy of her books! Her stories are filled with characters who deal with life issue and resolve their problems that many of us go through daily. Enjoy her! Charmaine, thank you for joining me once again on my blog!
Deanna, I love chatting with you and getting to know your readers. A brief introduction to your audience first so we get acquainted. In my early life, I was the good daughter, the good wife, the good mom of many children as my pilot husband flew for the Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict. Eventually, we became civilians and one day when my youngest only daughter turned sixteen, an actress friend suggested I go to New York City and spread my wings as an actor. I had been in many Community theater plays but never entertained a career before. My husband drew a small map on how to get to the city and I went. Soon I became a small fish in the big talented pond. Daytime Drama was my first venue, shows like One Life to Live for thirteen years, All My Children in and out of this one, Another World, two steady years. Things moved fast in the big city. We lived about thirty miles north, no biggie to drive in back then. Soon offers for movies came in and I was in Working Girl sharing a hot dog with Harrison Ford during a break, meeting the charming Anthony, call me Tony, Hopkins, who also treated me to dine with the stars that day-one month on that movie, When Harry met Sally for a week where I met Carrie Fisher and we all sang during a break. Sweet time for me.
Then I was in a play Off-Broadway, my voice felt way off. I went to a specialist. I quote the words of doom. “My dear, you have Spasmodic Dysphonia. I fear you have lost your voice.”
A friend called with the suggestion: “Write a book.” I said, “I don’t know how.” “But you’ve been memorizing scripts for years and you’ve worked with Mike Nichols and Billy Crystal and so didn’t you learn from them?”
So that night I had an idea and wrote and wrote and never stopped until The End. Then I sent out query letters with rejections coming back but actors are accustomed to that. No biggie and then!! Vanilla Heart Publishing called me. Yes, they were interested and they wanted more and soon I had a contract. Me with no voice had a contract for a book. I cried! Oh yes, I cried.
So you see, it can happen to you. Just keep writing, have faith in your work and yourself. And remember what I did. Allow me to introduce The Catch:
The woman in his bed sat up and shoved him hard. “Time’s up, handsome.”
Tom Donnelly rolled over and blinked awake.
“My name’s Vicki in case you’ve forgotten.”
He attempted his winning grin; it didn’t work, Vicki. No Vicki came to his muddled mind. The fog lifted to recall speaking to an escort service for a date.
Naked, Vicki stalked to the bathroom with an armload of clothes picked up on the way. Five minutes later, money in her tight fist, Vicki came running out the bathroom to scream in his face. “The deal was a thousand dollars. I count five hundred. Where’s the rest?” Hands on voluptuous hips, she glared at him.
Head pounding from the world’s worst handover, Tom staggered out of bed and lurched to his dresser. Money hidden somewhere under. . .Clothes flew as he searched and came up with a roll of cash. Face flushed, he handed her four hundred fifty dollars. “Sorry. I’ll make it up next time.”
“Loser. Word gets around, no one’s gonna go with you. Not from the best service in town.” Vicki slammed the front door.
Tom shook his head. Happy New Year to me. Sunk so low I had to hire a date for the big party. Me, the catch, every girl’s hope reduced to this.
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.
Thanks, Deanna. My best to all of your readers. I so appreciate this special moment on your blog.
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