A Single Woman’s Guide to Heart’s Desire

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is in the air for some but not for all.  For those ladies who are either searching for Mr. Right or trying to recover for Mr. Wrong why not gift yourself with a GPS system.   No, not that kind of GPS.  The GPS we are talking about  is a woman’s Guy Picking System.  So, where can you get this GPS?

The Guy Picking System is a creation of  author  Dawn Maslar and can be found in her latest book, “From Heartbreak to Heart’s Desire.”  As someone who experienced the same cycle of falling for the wrong men again and again, Maslar connects with her readers in a therapeutic and spiritual way.

“I was one of those people who wanted love,” Maslar said.  “I ended up caught in an agonizing off-again, on-again relationship.  One night I hit rock bottom and realized that until I could love myself, I’d never find another person to love me.  But no one told me how to do that.  This book is a culmination of my quest for an answer.  I share my journey in hopes of helping other women.”

Targeted to the almost 50 million single women 18 years or older in the US, “From Heartbreak to Heart’s Desire” shows women how to learn to care for themselves, let go of negative memories and develop gratitude for the life they have.  Check out this passage from the book.

“The picking process begins with subtle, unconscious stimuli to your brain.  It is your interpretation of the stimuli that produces the response that you find so exciting.  Your internal environment forms your perception of your external environment.  How you interpret these cues is the important part; they tell you who you are attracted to.

“I used to believe this response was fate, some supernatural phenomenon that was predetermined by the stars.  I believed that there was one special person out there and it was my job to find him.  I would know him by the feeling I got.  That tingling, that light-headed giddiness I experienced–these were the cues telling me that my future just walked into the room.

“I still believing in a ‘special one.’  But the feelings I was getting from men who turned out to be wrong for me were definitely not love.  Rather, they were an indication that my picker might have been broken.”

With sections like “How Can You Tell if Your Picker Is Broken?” and categories of men women fall for like the “Hit-and-Run”, the “Teflon Don Juan” and the “What Was I Thinking?”, Maslar’s book will help women understand the steps they can take to developing a better life and find a happy and loving relationship.  Described as “packed with basic but useful information” and “one of the best how-to books”, “From Heartbreak to Heart’s Desire” may just be the key you need to succeed.

Right now if you visit Maslar’s website  you can download the first two chapters of her book for free.  You can purchase the whole book through her website, or through Amazon.com .

Additionally, you can do a LIKE on her Facebook Fanpage and follow her on Twitter.

Cooking It Up With The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

Here’s a fun little piece of movie history for you foodies out there.

Inspired by a “Dead Celebrity Party” during his college years Frank DeCaro, radio host and movie critic for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” spent the last few decades collecting recipes of the stars and compiling them into a new recipe book.

“The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen” is an inspiring and entertaining collection from some of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock, Katherine Hepburn to name a few.  The way DeCaro authors his cookbook he leaves aspiring chefs with a bit of knowledge about the celebrity tied into their recipes.

For example, take a look at this blurb about talk show host, Mike Douglas, who died in the year 2006.

“An affably square family man who was married to the same woman for more than sixty years, Mike Douglas launched his talk show in Cleveland in 1961, moved it to Philadelphia four years later, and finally to Los Angeles where it ran from 1978 to 1982. The Mike Douglas Show” was the first syndicated program to win an Emmy Award.  At the height of the show’s popularity, TV Guide wrote, ‘Dishes go unwashed and shirts remain un-ironed when Mike Douglas comes on.’  His was the kind of show that would seat Gene Simmons of Kiss next to comedienne Totie Fields, whose Mish Mosh recipe appears in Chapter 20. The show set the tone for friendly modern chat shows like those hosted by Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres. In his home kitchen, Douglas was best known for his version of the classic Caesar Salad.

LAST BITES: At least two dozen of the dead celebrities whose recipes are in this book appeared on The Mike Douglas Show.  Of course, they were alive at the time.  The guest who logged the most appearances on the show was vaudevillian James Edmonson, known as Professor Backwards for his ability to read, write, and pronounce words in reserve. Sadly, Edmonson was “deredrum” in 1976.”

Following after this is the recipe for Douglas’s Casear Douglas Salad, which includes a list of ingredients, instructions, and an indicator of how many it serves.

You can learn more about The Dead Celebrity Cookbook on the official website. You can find a few more sample recipes, reviews of the book, and a bio of author Frank DeCaro.  Be sure to do a LIKE on the Facebook Fanpage and follow their Twitter.


Eat, Drink and Be Married

Rebecca Bloom, author of “Girl Anatomy” and “Tangled up in Daydreams” has done it again with the release of her third book, “Eat, Drink and Be Married”, the embodiment of ‘chick lit’ at its absolute finest and funniest.

Bloom  brings together three former college roommates on an adventure to Lake Tahoe to join a fourth former roommate for her wedding.   Bloom reminds us just how important our friendships are with moments that make you cry and laugh.

Kate, Nina and Zoë are on their way to Hannah’s wedding when they find themselves in the company of people determined to wreak havoc on their lives, dragging skeletons out of the closet.  Each woman has to free themselves from the ghosts of their past then must come to terms with their emotional baggage before they walk down the aisle.  It only takes laughter, tears, drinks and seventy-two hours of bonding with the ones they love the most for these women to attain their goal.

“Eat, Drink and Be Married” has received many positive reviews from its readers.   One reader cites, “the book is a fun read for anyone who has attended  a wedding!   Rebecca Bloom captures the spirit of a destination wedding in this book.  It is full of funny dialog and conversations you have definitely had with your girlfriends.”

Bloom’s novels have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, In Style, Los Angeles Times and others.  She has served as the executive editor and then editor-at-large for Los Angeles Confidential Magazine.  Bloom also is on the board of LAXART, a contemporary art based nonprofit organization that supports a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces.

The novel is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.   Become a Rebecca Bloom fan on Facebook and be sure to  visit her website.

And Then Something Startling Happens

For those of you who are writers, what do you think is the most important part of telling a story?  Is it having compelling characters?  Is it setting the story in an interesting location?  Todd Klick seems to think that it’s all about the pacing, and we agree with him.

As a screenwriter and a film fanatic himself, Klick has written and delivered one of the most useful tool a writer can pick up.  Aimed toward screenwriters but beneficial for any fictional writer, Something Starling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know is a dive right into the world of storytelling and how it can go from flat to fabulous.

In Something Startling Happens, Klick breaks down over 300 movies into the standard beats, explaining to his readers how they all use the same minute-by-minute blueprint.  It doesn’t matter if the movie is “Juno” or if it’s “The GodFather”, they all use the same pattern in their storytelling.

Currently sitting at a 5 star rating on Amazon, many other writers seem to agree that Klick’s book is just the ticket to kickstart your writing.  Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, there’s something for everyone in Something Startling Happens.

To get a taste of the kind of advice Klick offers, you can check out his website www.writerwrench.com  Writer Wrench is designed to consolidate all of the best tips for writing into one convenient location.  According to Klick himself, Writer Wrench offers a decade’s worth of collected links to share.

Klick currently is the Vice President and Directory of Story Development for White Oak Films.  He has recently signed a deal with the Hallmark Channel, and four of his screenplays are currently optioned.  Be sure to become a fan of the book on their Facebook page and follow Todd Klick on Twitter.