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 In fact, The Colonoscopy Club, as the original manuscript was called, finaled in the Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title category.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.