The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage

Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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“The only suggestion I would have for a reader would be to make sure you have enough time set aside to read it from start to finish, because once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down until the very end.” Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite


Avery wants to marry Ginger.

Ginger is happily married to Buddy.


Buddy and Ginger have been happily married for 27 years. Avery is divorced. When he meets Ginger, he believes he has found the perfect mate. Determined to marry her, he offers her a job at an inflated salary.


Buddy is suspicious. He thinks the job is too good to be true and makes Ginger feel as though she isn't worth the offer. She goes to work for Avery to prove Buddy wrong.


Ginger saves Avery a fortune in the first real estate deal she handles for his company. Flush with success, she believes the problems she and Buddy had are over. But everything changes when they have an unexpected guest from the past…


"I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience an emotional, heartfelt read."   Norm Hamilton, author

 

Keywords: Contemporary Women’s Divorce and adultery stories, women’s fiction marriage, midlife marriage, women’s fiction divorce, another man’s wife, betrayal in marriage, infidelity, The Story of a Marriage  

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About the author

Marian D. Schwartz was born in Buffalo, New York. Books were her escape from the legendary Buffalo winters and probably contributed to her becoming a writer. Now she lives in Central Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she enjoys gardening with the exception of fighting deer, who also enjoy her garden by browsing there regularly. Her books include The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage, Harry Danced Divinely, War on Giffort Street, The Writers’ Conference, and Realities, which was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club. 

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Publisher
Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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Published on
Aug 22, 2012
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Pages
246
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ISBN
9780988607651
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / General
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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“Ms. Schwartz is a powerhouse writer. This book is a jewel, one that will stay with the reader long after the final page.” InD’tale Magazine


Sara wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything.


Sara has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Appalachian county where she grew up means that you are the poorest of the poor, that you are shiftless and untrustworthy, lazy and stupid. Sara has succeeded in proving that she is none of those things. At the age of forty she has a nice apartment, a decent car, and a good job as a school secretary.


Tully Rutland, a Vietnam War veteran who is the father of her baby and the only man Sara has ever loved, dies before she tells him that she’s pregnant. The Rutlands have never approved of Sara. She feels that her only choice is to move away so she can make a new life for herself and her baby.


Sara has practically no savings and no one to support her. She knows she will have to go on welfare, but she escaped poverty once and believes she can do it again. But the poverty Sara plunges into after she gives birth is beyond anything she had expected. She never imagined she’d be facing eviction and the possibility of living on the street. Nearly overwhelmed by her situation, she must find a way out.


“First and foremost, get a box of tissues because you are going to cry and get angry and be dumbfounded all at the same time. When you are done you will want to tell everyone about this book! I highly recommend it.” Andrea L. Stoekel 


“Sara isn’t a quitter. She does what is necessary to survive, and the reader goes on this incredible journey with her, accompanying a decent, determined woman as she wends her way through the underside of American life, fighting to achieve her dreams. You’ll cheer her on as she tells you her compelling story.” The Midwest Book Review


Keywords: Women’s Contemporary fiction, poor and pregnant, hand to mouth, eviction, Appalachia, white trash, getting off welfare, welfare mother, single mother by choice, single mother stories, poverty, social class

"Hot flashes, hot and not-so-hot dates, hysterical laughing and crying. Michelle Churchill's Flashes is a reminder that whether 15 or 50, it doesn't get any easier to find a partner, especially when hormonal.”

--Suzanne Portnoy, The Butcher, The Baker, the Candlestick Maker and The Not So-Invisible Woman

 

 

FLASHES is a story of coming of age again.  While discovering that sex was the best cure for hot flashes, she also uncovered the secrets she had hidden from herself.

 

As author Michelle Churchill approached her 50th birthday, she found herself careening toward menopause.  Suddenly, she could think of nothing but men – about their hairy bodies, their legs and how their hands would feel running up and down her own body.  She had an ever-present desire to have male contact in any way she could.

 

So, how does a single woman living in New York City accomplish this?  The author turned to her computer, the only thing she’d had a true relationship with in the past decade and signed up for every online dating service she could find.  

 

FLASHES tells the story of those adventures through a series of dates, from the young man who pretended to be a senior citizen to date older women to the guy who showed up for a first date carrying a bag of sex toys. 

 

With passionate wit, Churchill examines how she got to middle age alone and where she’s going.

 

 

In Flashes, a perimenopausal Michelle Churchill swims her way through uncontrollable hot flashes as well as a sea of men in her search for Mr. Right and surprisingly discovers the most important person of all...herself. This sparkling and witty memoir has the charm and self-questioning of Bridget Jones's Diary mixed with the lust and sassiness of Sex And The City. Could a television series be on the horizon? Hollywood, take notice!

 

---Arthur Wooten, author of Dizzy, Leftovers and Birthday Pie

"The story moves along quickly and holds the reader’s interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending. The Writers’ Conference is a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career." Peter C. Foster, Author


The publishing world has secrets...

Secrets can't be kept forever.

 

The fictional Clymer Workshop is one of the oldest writers' conferences in the country. Aspiring writers who are accepted, like Laura Belmont, are dazzled by its reputation.

Laura's plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors or a literary agent who will help her get a publishing contract. But after she arrives at the conference she realizes that other writers are attending for the same reason she is there.

The male writers on the staff are more interested in Laura’s body than in her manuscript. She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played in the shadows by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. 

As the intensity at the conference builds, Laura receives an offer that comes with a price. It also comes with a veiled threat. 

Is there a price too high to pay for your dream?


“The twists of the plot are unexpected; there is so much information about the realities of the publishing world; and her characters' dark sides and hope breathe life into a well-constructed novel. A great read.” Lillian Bloom


“I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this excellent novel, and I was pleased to read so many reviews from writers who confirm that the description of the conference is quite accurate.” A. Rees


 Keywords: literary fiction, Story about writers, creative writing workshops, getting a literary agent, writers’ conferences, novels about writers, literary success, writers at work, writers on writing, inside publishing, aspiring writers

Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...
"Love it!" --Lisa Gardner"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." --James Patterson
"David Baldacci's best yet." --Lisa Scottoline
"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." --Scott Turow
"A stunning debut." --Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." --Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." --Kathy Reichs
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