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Fiction by and about Baby Boomers...authors and readers, please chime in!

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Initial post: Jan 6, 2011 2:16:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2011 2:29:02 PM PST
ruth harris says:

As a reader, I love the fiction of Rona Jaffe, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Anita Shreve, Judith Krantz and Penny Vincenzi. I know there are lots more, too.
As an author, I can't resist mentioning my own novels, all originally published in hard cover and paperback and now available on Kindle for $2.99.
Elaine and Sandy will chime in and I hope so will lots of other readers and writers--male and female--with some non-obnoxious self-promotion and some suggestions for other books and writers, too.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 2:26:17 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 6, 2011 2:28:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2011 2:29:57 PM PST
What happens when three women, friends since high school days, decide to search for old boyfriends--decades later? That's the plot of I.O.U. Sex, a novel by Sandra Nachlinger and Sandra Allen.

When June, Kiki, and Peggy graduated from high school, all of them were still virgins. After all, they were good girls. Years later, when the three women read June's diary from their senior year, they joke about the sexual frustration they caused their steady boyfriends back then. That's when Kiki makes a startling statement. "When you think about it, and I'm only trying to be fair, we owe those guys sex." With bawdy jabs and tipsy laughter, they vow to track down their old boyfriends and just DO IT, which is something they definitely did not do years before.

Lives intertwined, the three friends share their quest with sexy, poignant, and sometimes hilarious results. Is each woman's sexual I.O.U. paid in full? Will everyone get what he or she deserves? Or is this just another one of Kiki's crazy ideas?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 2:30:17 PM PST
ruth harris says:

Sandy, I love your idea and the title totally rocks! You're a genius!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 3:15:07 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 9, 2011 9:29:12 AM PST
I.O.U. Sex

Thank you! I had a lot of fun writing this book with my best friend, and I hope that shows in our words.

I'm hoping more women will find this thread and contribute to it.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 11:38:25 AM PST
ruth harris says:

Hey, Sandy! You just got a great review! Congratulations! Your heroines will give all women something to look forward to! (and it ain't cleaning the oven, either!) ;-)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 11:04:57 AM PST
Irma Fritz says:
Ruth, thanks so much for starting this thread! I'll check out Love & Money. (I have a character named Ruth in my novel!!!)
Sandra, I read I.O.U. Love it & will post a review shortly.

My own novel, Irretrievably Broken, is the story of Nora, Ruth & Bettina Adlers, a German immigrant family. Three women, three generations, three countries. Unforgettable characters, secrets revealed, and a discovery in the ruins of the family home that heals old wounds. When Nora learns the "third" truth of life, she's able to turn from the hurts of the past to the promises of the future.
Just got a new 5***** review. Check it out. Also, today's great ratings on Amazon Kindle Store Bestseller Rankings:
#20 in Books > History > Americas > Canada > First Nations
#44 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Americas > Native American
#76 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > World > Jewish > Holocaust
Irretrievably Broken @ $2.99 in Kindle, and also available in paperback.

Thanks again, Ruth, for starting this thread. Hope many others join in.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 11:42:41 AM PST
ruth harris says:

Hi Irma, Five stars! That's just great and your rankings are terrific! Congratulations. How long has Irretrievably Broken been on Kindle?

I'm going to go look for it right now!

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 1:07:00 PM PST
Irma Fritz says:
Hey Ruth, thanks for your reply. Irretrievably Broken is my labor of love that took 5 yrs to write, another 3 trying to find an agent. In 2008 I decided to publish on Kindle, followed by a paperback edition when I received requests from bloggers who did not own a Kindle. After years of caregiving, followed by the loss of parents and in-laws (and being unable to write), my new WIP is a fictional treatment of predatory lending. It's coming along well and will be a shorter book than IB (which runs 502 pages), and I'm hoping to be able to finish it this year.
Nice talking to you, Ruth! I just bought LOVE & MONEY. Good luck with it!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 2:11:27 PM PST
ruth harris says:

Thank you, Irma. I appreciate it and hope you like it.

I've started a thread on Writer's Cafe about fiction & Baby Boomers. Irretrievably Broken sounds like it would appeal to that audience. Why not read through & see if you agree. If you do, we'd love to have you & your insights.

Here's the link:,47992.0.html

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 3:45:45 PM PST
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Life is But a Dream $2.99

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 5:02:46 PM PST
Sounds like a terrific book, Cheryl. I'm buying it right now. *click*
I.O.U. Sex

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 5:11:32 PM PST
Thank you so much for buying my book!

I hope you enjoy it. I only have two reviews so far, but they are both five stars.

Thanks again. I really do appreciate it!
Life is But a Dream

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 9:23:07 AM PST
Book Lady says:
Hello, Not sure what type of books your looking for I wasnt able to read all the posts but Melody Carlson has some good baby boomer books The 4 Linda Series, Donna Ball has the Ladybug Farm Series, Sheryl Woods and Debbie Macomber both have a good mix of age groups in their series I have a book club so we read a lot of books if you need any furthor information let me know.

Hope this helps

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 9:45:25 PM PST
The strangest thing happened. The main characters in my book - I.O.U. SEX - are Baby Boomers, and when the book was uploaded I specified that it be categorized by Amazon as Romance, Women's Fiction, etc. However, now it's appearing under "Babies-3." All I can figure is that someone (outsourced labor?) saw the "Baby Boomer" tag added by readers and decided the book was for babies! I've emailed Amazon and asked them to remove that classification. However, if you're a writer of Baby Boomer fiction and your book has that as a tag, you might take a look at how your book is categorized. I can tell you that I.O.U. SEX looks out of place next to Old MacDonald Had a Farm!

I.O.U. Sex

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 6:45:13 AM PST
ruth harris says:

Hi Sandra, same problem here. DECADES is about marriage and adultery, the changing roles of women and the tags include Einstein, JFK assassination, Apollo 13. I will ask Amazon to change. As you say, DECADES and a tome on quantum physics or space exploration are hardly a good fit.

How does this happen, anyway?

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 10:42:24 AM PST
I'm trying to keep a sense of humor about this. As of this morning I.O.U. Sex is ranked #34 among the baby to 3-year-old set. A whole new generation of romance readers?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 10:50:05 AM PST
ruth harris says:

Why not? The title alone will give them hope. lol

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 6:21:40 PM PST
Ruth, saw your name as a contributor on the Boomers and Books blog. I just published my first post there. I hope it will be a fun blog to be involved in.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2011 4:50:58 AM PST
ruth harris says:

Hi Sandra...Yep. Call me one of the perps. ;-) I'm so glad you joined us. Look forward to your post....

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 2:57:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2011 3:06:53 PM PST
J. Hines says:
I was in eighth grade during the Cuban missle crisis. I was attending Maitland Junior High School just outside of Orlando, Fla.. We were close enough to the Strategic Air Command Base near Sanford that we lived with the constant fear from the huge B-52's that were kept in the air to protect us from the menace lying just ninty miles south of Key West.
I knew I was going to die a virgin, so did all my friends.
It was the topic of conversation that October and many, if not most of us, thought we wouldn't live to attend high school.
Nine months later Bob Dylan sang " Blowin In The Wind" at Newport. Four months later John Kennedy was slain in Dallas and only another six months would pass before the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. By the end of 1965 the U.S. would have over 154,000 troops in Vietnam.That same year Allen Ginsberg would coin the phrase "Flower Power" and Watts was burned after allegatiions of police brutality were leveled following drunken driving of a 21 year old black man.
Heady times indead. Some of us lived through them, far to many didn't. Me, I became a private investigator, a shamus Brooke Cody, P.I.

Working title "Three On A Match"

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 4:43:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2011 4:44:19 PM PST
ruth harris says:
Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests

This is wonderful! You might be interested in my husband's book about Sullivan. Michael worked on the show and was the first person to greet the Beatles when they came to America. If you want to know why Ed was really the genius smart enough to book the Beatles before anyone in American heard of them, you will find all the info in AOS. Plus backstage goings-on involving the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and every star who appeared with Ed.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 6:59:32 AM PST
Written by a babyboomer.


Kera and Rand Priven must journey 2,500 miles across their country, trying desperately to find and protect their children. It is good they cannot foresee the horrors before them.

In a troubled marriage, the Privens live with their children, Andrew and Alissa, in New York City. As an up-and-coming fashion photographer, Rand is obsessed with making a name, and a lot of money-to the point of neglecting his family. Kera slips into a frustrated and lonely disillusionment; she yearns for a simpler more meaningful family life. Planning to confront and possibly divorce Rand, she sends the children to a respected summer camp. Her timing couldn't be worse.

Shocking events unfold as independent groups plotting against the United States successfully breach national security, attack military installations, and wreak havoc on public infrastructure: the system breaks down. All services stop... no lights, no flights, no food, no gas... nothing. Law enforcement and armed forces seem unable to contain this terrorism or... revolution. Lawlessness spreads, seemingly overnight.

What chance do these two average, unprepared, and conflicted people have for surviving such a hostile situation? Will the challenge pull them together or rip them further apart? Who will they meet on their journey across America? What will they learn? Will they ever see their children again?

Patrick Michael Murphy is an Emmy award winning writer and producer for film and video projects. Additional works of his fiction and nonfiction are soon to be released in digital form.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2011 8:37:20 AM PST
ruth harris says:
Did anyone see today's NYTimes front page article about the power of baby boomer's at the box office? " the first of the 78 million baby boomers are hitting retirement age with some leisure hours to fill and a long-dormant love affair with movies.

"There is an older audience that is growing, and it's an underserved audience, which makes for an obvious and important opportunity," said Nancy Utley, co-president of Fox Searchlight, whose "Black Swan" has sold over $100 million at the North American box office. If the core audience for a particular film is over 50, she noted, "that's now a gigantic core."

So says the Times. But it's not just movies, it's books, too. Baby Boomers grew up reading...We made Harold Robbins and Jackie Susann and Sidney Sheldon and we're still looking for readable, involving books. We're past chick lit...we want intelligent, compelling books for grown up readers!

My 3 novels written to appeal to Baby Boomers are now available on Kindle for $2.99.

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