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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

 

By Marilyn Baron

I’ve been busy in the month of May, which is also my birthday month. I just turned in the final galley corrections to my editor at The Wild Rose Press for a book that has been percolating for almost 10 years. In fact, The Colonoscopy Club, as the original manuscript was called, finaled in the Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title category. I loved that title, but with a few exceptions, editors and agents all wanted to change it. It was changed and it will now be called Stones (No, not kidney stones). Why Stones? Stones is the name of the upscale jewelry boutique opened by the central character in the novel. I’ve always loved jewelry. Emeralds are my favorite since the emerald is my birth stone. So what better career to give my leading lady?

I’m excited about the book. I have a cover, which I’m revealing in this blog post and the novel, a humorous women’s fiction set in Atlanta, Miami and Coral Gables, Florence, Italy, and Palm Coast, Florida, will be released September 26, 2014.  I live in Atlanta and have lived in Miami and own a beach condo in Palm Coast. I also spent six months in Florence, Italy, in my senior year in college. So I’m familiar with the all the settings. Let me know how you like the cover.

Here’s the blurb:

When Julie Paver’s husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta, she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens their twenty-five year marriage, because now if Matt isn’t out of town negotiating a merger, he’s spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding second-in-command. 

Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny is unaware he’s the father of Julie’s son and Julie contemplates revealing the secret to him on the eve of their son’s wedding. But would such a walk down memory lane be worth the cost?

Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo in Palm Coast, Florida—in the midst of a hurricane—and elements collide to create the perfect storm in a coming-of-middle-age crisis.

Coincidentally, my husband and I were in Western Canada to celebrate our 40th anniversary in June and in three of the cities I visited there was a Canadian store called Stones Jewellery. I was so excited that I had my husband take a picture of me in front of the store. And they gave me some of their logo bags to hold giveaways  at booksignings.

And I’m currently working on Book III in the Psychic Crystal Mystery Series called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.

The working blurb is:

Murder on the Repositioning Cruise, a suspenseful romp on the high seas, is set on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The psychic detective team, former Atlanta police detective Jack Hale and “Crystal Ball Kate” from Sixth Sense, is called in to calm the fears of the superstitious crew who think the ship is cursed.  Juliette Spencer, Kate’s mother, and Graysville Police Chief Will Bradley, a character we met in Homecoming Homicides, are posing as husband and wife on the same two-week transatlantic cruise to catch an art thief and investigate a murder. Juliette will be fine if Chief Bradley’s amorous advances in close quarters don’t cause her to jump ship or throw him overboard.

I’ll have some news about another new book I finished in May that was just contracted, in my July 28 post.

To find out more about my books, please visit my Web site at www.marilynbaron.com.

 

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Maxine Davis - June 26, 2014 - 5:44 am

Marilyn, Love the cover and love the necklace. I can’t wait to read Stones and look forward to Murder on the Repositioning Cruise. Congratulations! The anniversary trip sounds fabulous.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 6:47 am

Thanks Brenda,
I appreciate it. I wish I really had that necklace. An emerald necklace does play a role in the book. I’m glad you like the cover.

Constance Gillam - June 26, 2014 - 8:17 am

Lovely cover, Marilyn. From another May baby, emeralds are a girl’s best friend.

Sia Huff - June 26, 2014 - 8:19 am

Your cover is gorgeous! Emeralds are beautiful. “Stones” sounds like a hoot. good luck with the release.
And Happy 40th Anniversary.

Pam Asberry - June 26, 2014 - 8:49 am

That’s all such great news, Marilyn! I am really looking forward to “Stones” – awesome cover! – and the next installment in your mystery too. You are a dynamo!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 9:09 am

Connie,

Yes, I should have said emeralds are a girl’s best friend.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 9:10 am

Sia,

Thanks for the anniversary wishes. I’m glad you like the cover. Stones is pretty funny. It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited about it.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 9:12 am

Pam,

Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you like the cover, too. And I am determined to finish Book III, which I’ve been trying to do but the other books got in the way.

Susan Carlisle - June 26, 2014 - 10:06 am

Marilyn,
Your cover is beautiful! It makes me want to go out and buy a necklace. Your book sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Andrew Kirby - June 26, 2014 - 10:19 am

Good work! Enjoyed the read here, especially the part re. the giveaway bags from Stones store – always promoting eh?! Excellent cover, I have to agree… and happy belated birthday for May, and Happy Anniversary Marilyn.

Andy

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 10:34 am

Andy,
I was so excited to see those stores so I went into each one and asked the manager if I could have some bags and they are going to be perfect for booksignings. I even found some neat bling to give away in one of the stores that will fit perfectly into the bags. I can’t wait to get the book in my hands. Thanks for the birthday and anniversary wishes. And good luck with the release of your new book, The Pride of All Europe: Manchester United’s Greatest Seasons in the European Cup.

Anna Steffl - June 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

What a great cover and the book sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to read it!

Tamara LeBlanc - June 26, 2014 - 10:48 am

LOVE the cover, Marilyn!! I want that necklace, too. My birth stone is Ruby, but like you, I’ve always been a huge fan of Emeralds. They’re green, my favorite color.
The blurbs for both books sound great and I love the titles!
That picture of you is adorable. You’re such a well traveled individual…that’s my dream, one day I want to travel the world.
So happy for you and your work and I wish you many many many sales!!!
Hugs,
Tamara

Diane O'Key - June 26, 2014 - 11:20 am

Fabulous cover and blurbs, Marilyn! Looks great–much success!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 11:38 am

Anna,
Thanks for commenting. I can’t wait for you to read either. I’m excited about reading the third book in your series. Have it and can’t wait to dive in.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 11:40 am

Tamara,
I’m glad you like the cover. Your next cover should have a handbag on it because I know how much you like them (So do I.) So we have the same favorite color, green. Thanks for your good wishes, my beautiful, talented friend. I wish the same for you.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 11:41 am

Diane,

Thanks for commenting. I’m so happy you like the cover.

Leslie Tentler - June 26, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Ooh, pretty! Great blurb, too!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Thank you Leslie.

Alicia Dean - June 26, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Wow, gorgeous cover. And, I LOVE the blurb. Sounds like a great read. Congratulations!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Thank you Alicia.

Cheryel Hutton - June 26, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Love the cover! I want that necklace :)

The story sounds fabulous! It’s definitely on my soon-to-be-read list. Hope you sell enough copies to buy yourself some emeralds ;)

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Cheryel,
Thanks for your comments about the cover and the emeralds. The book actually features an old Spanish emerald medallion.

Diane Burton - June 26, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Love the cover, Marilyn. Best wishes.

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Diane,
Thank you and thanks for the comment.

Diana Layne - June 26, 2014 - 5:43 pm

The cover is great, and I’m glad you changed the name, lol. May is my birthday month too! Good luck!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Diana,
Happy Birthday. You see some people didn’t like the title. So it’s good that I changed it. I’m glad you like the cover. Thanks for commenting.
Marilyn

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - June 26, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Love the cover and the premise! So nice of that jewelry store to give you their bags! What a great idea!

Marilyn Baron - June 26, 2014 - 9:12 pm

MJ,
Thank you. Yes they were very nice. I did buy something at one of the stores.

Walt Mussell - June 26, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Diamonds and a colonoscopy…two things I never thought of putting together. :-)

Marilyn Baron - June 27, 2014 - 4:07 am

Ha. Ha. They don’t relate per se, but even though the title was changed, the concept of The Colonoscopy Club remains in the book. The heroine and her best friend are of a certain age and though they are now a state apart, they’ve formed The Colonoscopy Club to remain in communication. They’re the only two members. Each chapter opens with an email or iPhone message between them or Minutes from the Colonosco

Marilyn Baron - June 27, 2014 - 4:18 am

(To continue) Minutes From The Colonoscopy Club, since they each went through that “rite of passage.” It’s not about colonoscopies, it’s more about diamonds, that’s just a way to structure the book. Thanks for your comment Walt.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - June 27, 2014 - 5:01 am

I’ll say you’ve been busy! How cool to find a jewelry store with the same name as the one in your book. Small world, eh?

You’re doing so well, Marilyn, producing books rapidly and with such lovely covers. I wish you all the best with sales.

Marilyn Baron - June 27, 2014 - 7:30 am

Carol,
Thank you. Talk about covers, yours are fabulous.

sandra Elzie - June 27, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Hi Marilyn, I’m late, but I love your article and your cover. Great cover.

Best of luck with this book.

Marilyn Baron - June 27, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Sandy,
Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you like the cover.

Linsey Lanier - July 3, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Oh, Marilyn. That cover gives me goosebumps. :) So glad to see this story in print at last! Congrats.

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