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Book Reading/Signing Verona Library, Verona, New Jersey

Published August 4, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8178Beautiful photo by Diane Barros

Thanks so much to Catherine and The Verona Library for having me do a book reading and signing for my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Catherine was so cool she even set up a VIP area for me with spring water and organic grapes!

SAM_8171Catherine (left) and myself

SAM_8176Me and Jacqueline

I finally got to meet Jacqueline, who said she was my “biggest fan.” We met on Face Book over a year ago! Thank you Jacqueline for supporting both “Guest List” and my new book “Love Cats” and bringing along your posse!

My friend Brian Bailey came too! We met each other when I was 16 and standing in line to meet new wave group Blotto, famous for their big hit, “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.”

Also, my good friends, Gerard & Diane Barros were in attendance! Check out their music, they’re incredible talents: http://www.barrosmusic.com/

SAM_8175Thanks for your support!

Proceeds of sales for “Love Cats” from last night’s event went to various animal organizations in honor of the death of Cecil the Lion.

Copies of “Love Cats” are available in paperback and on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

Kate Bush Record Used in “Love Cats” Love Scene

Published July 30, 2015 by Maryanne

kate bushKate Bush

Happy Birthday to music icon Kate Bush!

Since I had quite a few Kate Bush albums in the 1980s, I decided to use her music as background music during an intense love scene in my fiction book “Love Cats.”

THANK YOU KATE BUSH, for being an inspiration!

Janey and her crush Heather are alone in the bedroom for the first time.

Janey is nervous and decides to put on a record to calm her nerves. She chooses something she thinks Heather might like — Kate Bush.

She turns the stereo on low and says to Heather, “Now where were we?” as she pulled Heather’s face toward her to kiss her again.

With one arm around Janey, Heather swiftly used one hand to get underneath Janey’s top and unhook her bra.

back cover proof CORRECTLove Cats (back and front cover)

To read more, get your copy of “Love Cats” today! Available in paperback and Kindle editions: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

Or try to win a copy by visiting Good Reads (contest closes July 31):  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25576278-love-cats

I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are!

Published July 3, 2015 by Maryanne

records 2The best girls are diehard music fans!

Big truth here (and what my husband says makes me special ♥).

Whenever there’s an event, other wives/girlfriends run off to smoke a cigarette, take selfies in the bathroom, check their smart phones …. whatever! But I’m happy being left behind with my very good looking husband and all the other guys talking about MUSIC!

An interesting stereotype right? But 90 percent of the time it is true.

I’ve been a diehard music fan since I was a kid. (It’s all documented in my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X). And from day one, it was apparent that girls weren’t as interested in music as I was. One of my touchy little girlfriends scolded me saying I talked about Freddie Mercury too much. My mom said she was right.

I felt defeated until I realized, that’s exactly the kind of girl a guy likes — one who knows music. And for that very reason, I always had more guy friends than girlfriends. A guy once said to me, “Every girl wants to be told she’s different. But you … you’re really different!”

I wrote about this on Face Book yesterday and surprisingly, I got the “thumbs up” from quite a few of my female friends! It lead to an hour long conversation from one girl I was friends with in the 1990s. We took a walk down memory lane discussing all the bands we saw together and then shared the highlights of some of our favorites that we saw in later years. It was the most fun I had on Face Book in ages and I don’t see something like that happening again soon, as females bonding over music is rare. This is why, in my second book, “Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/) I had two girlfriends, Janey and Valerie, being big music fans.  This way, the book could be more attractive to male readers who normally wouldn’t read chick lit.

Actor Scott Schiaffo, best known for his role as the Chewlies Man in Kevin Smith’s “Clerks,” endorsed “Love Cats” saying, “Maryanne’s zeal for life and passion for creativity shines through in all of her work. Here in her first book of fiction she gives us multidimensional characters mitigating love and growing pains as they manicure their pop culture lifestyle at the tail end of the ’80s. It’s romance — Gen X style! I could not get enough of Janey and Beck.”

I was thrilled that Scott enjoyed my little romance novel. Of course with so many musical references you can’t go wrong when it comes to hip guys from the Gen X generation! And that’s just it … guys who are big music freaks really are the best guys. I always found musicians and music fans to be the deepest, smartest, funniest, dedicated and most honest. Sure, there are some that fit the stereotype of being cheaters and assholes, but there’s definitely more that are not. In our circle, all the musicians and music lovers are super guys that anyone would enjoy being around. Hey, maybe that’s why I don’t mind being left at bar with them!

So, ladies, perhaps I can inspire you … when your group runs off to wherever for whatever, why not stay behind? That’s where all the fun is!

Now enjoy some cool tunes:

Celebrating “I DO” in 50 States!

Published June 27, 2015 by Maryanne

gay marriageVictory!

Hooray! Now everyone has the right to get married in all 50 states! It’s certainly something to be celebrated, as all my friends are doing so on Face Book. It’s thrilling to see all the positivity for something that was long overdue!

I’ve always been a supporter of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender rights. In fact, on my first Valentine’s Day with my husband, when we were still dating, we went to a rally for gay marriages. We wanted to be the straight couple that showed our support.

Over the years as a reporter, I was always determined to write pro-gay articles. That said, it was a thrill to be on the set of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” — one of my favorite shows back in the day.

QueerEye2Me and Kyan Douglas on the set of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (2004)

Now as an author, I’m able to continue to respect in written word via books. In my first fiction book, “Love Cats” I created a gay character, Heather, who falls hard for the main character Janey, who is bisexual. There’s a lesbian love scene between them.

back cover proof CORRECTLove Cats (back and front cover)

My upcoming book “The Gypsy Smiled” is much more tame (rated PG) and I still put in a lesbian character to support and respect the gay/lesbian community.

Everyone deserves the right to live their lives as they feel most comfortable. Even if we don’t understand, the best we can do is to love and be a friend — that is how you learn. And always allow others to be safe around us.

Always remember, we are all human beings.

CONGRATULATIONS TO

ALL MY GAY/LESBIAN FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES!

“Love Cats” can be purchased on Amazon, available in paperback and on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

Win a Copy of My Upcoming Fiction Book “Love Cats”!

Published May 23, 2015 by Maryanne

back cover proof CORRECTBack and front cover of upcoming “Love Cats”

Hey Gang!

Enter for a chance to win my upcoming fiction book “Love Cats” https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/139926?utm_medium=api&utm_source=giveaway_widget

Giveaway ends July 30, 2015.