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Nori Stedworth is having one heck of a day. After getting splashed with burrito sauce and muddy water on the streets of New York, she heads to her boyfriend's apartment and discovers him in the Jacuzzi with one of her best friends. Homeward bound to her tiny apartment, she finds her mother waiting for her, having left her father in Ten Commandments, Iowa. And that's not the end of Nori's terrible day: the company she works for is folding. Then, just when she needs her, an old childhood companion reappears: Nori's imaginary friend, Gertie. Gertie's acerbic comments help Nori cope, and when handsome Mackenzie Randolph accidentally reads Gertie's offbeat and off-color journal entries, he offers Gertie her own talk show on his radio station. Suddenly, Nori becomes a huge success, but what will her parents say? Whimsical, funny, and original, Winston's small-town-girl-makes-good romance shouldn't be missed. Maria Hatton
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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Tsu at www.tsu.co/loiswinston, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anasleuth, and onTwitter @anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.MyAuthorBiz.com/ENewsletter.php?acct=LW2467152513 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505526840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505526847
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Winston is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author who currently writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews dubbed it, "North Jersey's more mature answer to Stephanie Plum." The book was also a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominee. Other books in the series includes DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL, REVENGE OF THE CRAFTY CORPSE, DECOUPAGE CAN BE DEADLY, and the mini-mysteries CREWEL INTENTIONS, MOSAIC MAYHEM, and PATCHWORK PERIL.

Lois is also the author of DEFINITELY DEAD, the first book in her new Empty Nest Mystery series. In addition, she's published in women's fiction, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, children's fiction (THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH,) and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name.

Along with being an award-winning crafts and needlework designer, Lois is also an associate at a literary agency and wrote TOP TEN REASONS YOUR NOVEL IS REJECTED after years of reading submissions and teaching novel writing classes and workshops.

Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com, and get to know Anastasia and the gang over at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers (www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com) where they blog daily.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cy Korte on April 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nori Stedworth is having a "bad" day. What can an out of work data-source hunter do when she walks in on her best friend - make that ex-best friend and her almost fiancée in bed? When her mother walks in unannounced on the run from her husband and Ten Commandments Kansas -I mean Iowa, where ever? Bad things come in three right? That's when a "grumpy hunk" accidentally swaps laptop computers at the local coffee shop.

Mac Randolph is going to lose his job if he can't come up with a new voice for his radio station. Now he know he has found the New Voice IF he can just meet her. So Mac spends time at the local coffee shop hoping to find the owner of the laptop he accidentally took.

Mayhem and chaos are the general condition of the day for Mac and Nori. Between trying to get her mom back home, keeping her new job quite and starting a new love interest Nori hand are full. Oh yeah, did I tell you Nori's father shows to find her mother making a bellybutton casting with Hyman Perth.

TALK GERTIE TO ME is Ms Winston's debut book. Laughter, wit and just a touch of womanly wisdom gives the book a fresh take. After reading this book you can say "Yeah, I have had days like that." Well, just pull up a chair and join the club and laugh along with the rest of us and Gertie.

Reviewed for eBookIsle.com by Michele
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caridad Pineiro on June 21, 2006
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The cover caught my eye not just because it was pink, but because of the great title. What was inside the cover didn't disappoint. The story has a mix of a things including Gertie, an imaginary childhood friend who returns to help Nora through her crises. Add a menopausal mom, a handsome man and unexpected success and this book doesn't stop making you chuckle. The witty dialogue and different story line are sure to grab you until the very end and leave you with a smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on April 26, 2006
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Honora "Nori" Stedworth thought she had it all. She lived in a garden level apartment in Manhattan, has a rich dermatologist boyfriend, and a good job at a dot-com. Then, in the space of only a few hours, Nori finds her boyfriend cavorting in the Jacuzzi with her supposedly best friend, she gets laid off from work, and her mother flies in for an indefinite visit. To cope, Nori does what she did when she had been little; she has a conversation with her imaginary friend named Gertie. Gertie is Nori's sarcastic side with some pretty snappy come-backs. Sounds harmless, right?

Enter Mackenzie "Mac" Randolph. Mac is the station manager for WBAT radio. WBAT is the Big Apple's talk radio, which focuses totally on men and sports. Due to a computer mix-up, Mac and Nori end up taking the radio station by storm. Nori is now the hottest thing on radio with her talk show "Gertie Gets Even". As Gertie, Nori tells men exactly what about them annoys women. And the ratings soar. But Nori is not the only one in the family getting famous.

Constance "Connie" Stedworth is tired of living in the shadow of her husband. Her husband, Earnest, is the mayor of their home town called Ten Commandments, Iowa. Earnest refuses to leave the 1950s and runs the town and his family the same way. Connie leaves Ten Commandments for various reasons and her entrepreneurial side comes out. Connie becomes famous as the "Belly Button Artist to the Stars." But by following their dreams will Connie lose her husband and will Nori become the family's black sheep?

***** Absolutely hilarious! At one point of the book I tried to read the story out loud, with different voices for each character. But I could not keep a straight face and I kept snickering. This novel is like two stories in one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Fontaine on June 23, 2006
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Talk Gertie to Me is an artfully crafted book with humorous characters that are not cartoony but all too human--all but Gertie, that is. Lois Winston has combined the stories of a young, semi-successful woman and her yearning-to-be somebody menopausal mother in an intricate tale that leads both women down some very rocky paths.

Nori Stedworth loses her job and security and privacy in one maddening day. Her mother, long suffering but talented in ways few people could possibly be, ventures from the safe anonymity of Iowa to the whirlwind life of a NYC entrepreneur. Nori doesn't know what caused her mother to leave her father. Her mother thinks running away will resolve her marital problems and her meddling will eventually bring Nori a happy marriage with the home-town mortician.

Only Gertie, Nori's imaginary friend resurrected from her youth, can help bring about happiness for both women in this mad-cap, coming of age, honestly romantic free-for-all book. This is a must read delight.

A. Fontaine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on September 25, 2006
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TALK GERTIE TO ME by Lois Winston

September 25, 2006

Rating: 3.5 Stars

TALK GERTIE TO ME by Lois Winston was a funny lighthearted story about Nori Stedworth, a young woman who was raised in a clean Christian family in the Midwest but is now currently living in Manhattan, trying to make a living and doing it her way. Unfortunately she's having a string of bad luck. She's lost her job, her best suit, and she's just found her boyfriend having sex with her best friend. And then her mother shows up, saying she's left her father. Life can't get any worse.

GERTIE is Nori's alter ego, and through a new friend she's met in her favorite coffeehouse, Gertie gets her own radio show on a sports talk show. Nori does the show, stipulating that her real name be kept out of it so she doesn't embarrass her family back home.

In the meantime, her mother is having her own adventures, starting up a craft business under the mentor of one of Nori's neighbors. And back home Nori's father, the mayor of their small town, is having his own issues.

TALK GERTIE TO ME was a fun romp with a bunch of eclectic characters. My only problem with the book was the narration, which went back and forth between Nori and her mother. I think the book would have been much better if the narration was kept with one person, Nori, since the tone of the book felt more like Chick Lit than anything else. Nori's mother, Connie, was a hoot and I think she could have been her own novel. Her adventures with her "belly button casings" would have been enough for a full-length novel. Despite the problems with the book, I found this to be a good debut, with enough humor to keep the story interesting enough to read to the end.
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