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Marital Woes in the Afterworld

Regular Good Reads With Ronna contributor and very funny lady, Lindy Michaels, has written an out-of-this-world ghost story. Download it today – it’s the best $2.50 you’ll ever spend!

THE GHOSTS OF WINTHROP MANOR

Novel and Screenplay by Lindy Michaels

120564039Let’s face it, figuring out relationships are, at best, tough nuts to crack. She shops too much. He leaves his socks on the floor and the toilet seat up. What about balancing work and family? Of course, there is some hope to these problems in counseling, self-help books and watching Dr. Phil. But that’s if you’re ALIVE!

So what happens if you’ve unfortunately left this world as we know it and never took the time or effort to work out your marital woes? Which brings me to THE GHOSTS OF WINTHROP MANOR. What does happen when three unhappy couples, from different decades, happen to marry and later die, all at this century old mansion? In the purgatory these six folks find themselves, what else can they do but bicker and complain and of course… haunt the place!

The ramifications of these hauntings are magnified when the Winthrop Manor is now a wedding sight, run by Randolph Winthrop IV, the great grandson of the manor’s first owner. It is further magnified when our six unhappily married ghosts take it upon themselves to decide that prospective brides and grooms shouldn’t marry in the first place, thus jeopardizing the financial future of the Manor. That is, until two therapists, looking for the perfect place to wed, themselves, try and contact the three long-dead couples… their theory being, if they can help these folks work out their wedded suffering, it might well release them to a happy eternity, together.

Will these two well-meaning shrinks be able to contact the ghosts, in the first place? If so, will they convince them it’s not healthy to hold on to nuptialed grudges in the hereafter? Can they help save the Winthrop Manor from bankruptcy? And could it be that the saga of THE GHOSTS OF WINTHROP MANOR might well aid other couples learn to live happily ever after in the here and now?

I invite you to step inside the great Winthrop Manor and see for yourself. Living or dead, you’re in for a heavenly and hysterical treat.

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Crones Among Us: A City Slickers for Menopausal Women

113532252Lindy Michaels, a regular contributor to Good Reads With Ronna, and all-around amazing woman, has written a new novel.   Crones Among Us is available for download from bn.com.  First download a FREE Nook app and then you can download the novel to Nook, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or an Android. It’s so easy and costs only $2.50!

This is a tale about coming of age. No! The other age. Old age, well, older age. This ‘City Slickers For Menopausal Women’ relates the story of becoming a Crone. A witch, you say? A hag? A withered old woman? Absolutely not! This tale involves mature women, females whom yes, have passed their child-bearing days and truly believe the best part of their lives ended birthdays ago, only to learn they are actually on the cusp of a new beginning, a new life as an elder, a wise one to be revered and respected… and reckoned with, damn it!

Here’s an overview of the story:

Sara, due to be 50 at any moment, has just had a devastating blow. A love affair has gone rotten, stinking up her life. After promising her marriage and happiness ever after, in the end he couldn’t, wouldn’t leave his wife. She now faces the depressing prospect of living her Golden Years alone, the love of her life lost forever. Her newly married daughter’s elation at the break-up certainly doesn’t help.

Carol has the just opposite problem. She would love some “alone” time. Still married to her college sweetheart, as she ages, he understands her less and less. Then there’s Carol’s demanding son who has decided that home is a good place to remain until he finds himself. It’s obvious he isn’t looking very hard. Carol is also experiencing her change of life and boy, is she ever changing. She had no idea it would be quite so hot or wet.

Both women feeling unhappy and desperate to make some sense of their wrinkling lives are drawn to a week-long retreat aptly entitled, ON BECOMING A CRONE. Under the gentle tutelage of their guide, Christina, something magical begins to happen to the women. It is called acceptance. And for the first time in their aging process they learn how to celebrate all their years of living upon this earth.

lindymichaelspic2Once back in civilization the two women remain close, while trying to integrate all they have learned into their daily lives. Easier said than done, they discover, especially when Sara’s old love once again comes by to muck up her life, and Carol’s husband wonders if she has gone off the deep end with her new Goddess loving philosophy.

CRONES AMONG US treads where most do not dare to go. Filled with laughter and tears, it is a story of women trying to cross over into Cronehood gracefully, yet with their spirit’s wild, as they try their damnedest to buck what society tells us about this third portion of our lives. Oh yes, it most certainly is a struggle, but look out world, for there are Crones among us, and we should be so lucky to meet up with one of them.

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