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About Jackie Pilossoph
Jackie Pilossoph is the creator of Divorced Girl Smiling, a website, podcast and mobile app. A former television news reporter and the author of four novels, DIVORCED GIRL SMILING, FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE, JACKPOT!, and HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM, Pilossoph's mission in both writing and broadcasting is to both entertain and inspire. She is also the writer of "Love Essentially," her weekly dating and relationships column which was published for 8 years in the Pioneer Press editions and all Tribune Publishing papers, including the Chicago Tribune. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in communication from Boston University. She lives with her family in Chicago. Oh, and she's divorced.
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Missy Benson has a two and a half carat diamond engagement ring with color grade H, VS2 clarity and a value of $36,000. It’s absolutely gorgeous, practically ﬂawless, and let’s be honest, really big!
But what the successful Chicago realtor doesn’t have anymore is a husband. After 12 years of marriage, her husband, Paul, a handsome, wealthy attorney has devastated her by breaking up their marriage for Priscilla Sommerfeld, a young, personal trainer, who according to Missy’s sassy assistant, J.J., looks more like a Las Vegas stripper than a ﬁtness expert.
Not sure what to do with her ring, and with no ﬁnancial issues to worry about, Missy decides to put it up for sale on Craigslist. The price: 99 cents! The catch: She gets to pick the buyer. In essence, she’s looking for the perfect guy, but not for herself. Her hope is to regain faith that good men do exist, and that marriages can last forever.
Now referring to herself as “the divorced girl,” Missy interviews dozens of young men who are vying for the huge ring. It’s a contest that includes outrageous characters, hilarious and sentimental stories, and two ﬁnalists, both of whom Missy adores and who she must choose between. Then there’s Parker Missoni, the sexiest contestant by far, who drives her crazy with his brutal honesty, and at the same time stops her heart with his deep brown eyes.
Divorced Girl Smiling is the story of a woman’s journey to do whatever it takes to heal herself from divorce. It’s about acceptance, reﬂection, taking accountability for mistakes, and appreciating all of life’s wonderful gifts. In other words, if you have the guts to put the past behind, admit your mistakes, embrace your future, and give love another chance, you will surely be a divorced girl smiling.
Emma and Laura are about as different as two sisters can be. Emma?s always been the party girl, Laura, the hardworking doctor. But now, the two have something in common. Both are newly single and trying out the dating scene after marriage.
Emma?s a widow and a single mother with a guilty secret she can?t let go. Laura?s husband just dumped her for one of four women he?s been sleeping with. A dispute over the house forces Laura to move in with her sister and that?s when the fun begins.
Go on some dates with these 42 and 44 year-old adorable sisters who are both looking for love and your jaw will surely drop! Laura?s mixed bag includes Dan, a selfish womanizer, Ari, a stalker, and Tim, a compulsive liar. For Emma there?s sexy, adorable Preston, a self-proclaiming ?fun guy,? beautiful Alice, who's a lesbian, and a string of Matts who go from bad to worse. Then there's separated, charismatic, wealthy Luke Sullivan. Luke?s carrying some baggage, but he makes Emma?s heart stop every time he appears.
Free Gift With Purchase is a book about two sisters who have always seen things from an entirely different perspective, but who as women in need of each other learn to consider that instead of judging, looking through each other?s eyes might make their lives a lot richer. In other words, when you buy into opening your heart and believing in yourself, you might just end up with a Free Gift With Purchase.
Step into the offices of HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM, where Jeff, Dave and Anna are fantastic at turning bitter, unhappy girlfriends into bridal gown beauties. When it comes to their own love lives, though, it's an entirely different story. All three are fishing for answers. Anna's not sure if she's settling, Dave's questioning whether his current girlfriend's right for him, and as for Jeff, he never counted on falling for Anna.
Narrated by Jeff, the ultimate commitment-phobe pre-Anna, HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM will have you laughing out loud, as you see just how far a woman will go to be a Mrs., not to mention the power of true love, and how it can turn even the most fearful bachelor into a happily faithful Joe with a gold band on his left ring finger.
Jamie Jacobson doesn't have a lot of faith in love, except when it comes to her Jimmy Choo shoes. Her brother Danny has two loves; his barely existent acting career and his ability to pick up women. But life is about to take a wild turn for these two dysfunctional but lovable siblings now that their mother has just won the lottery.
Frankie, a longtime widow has wanted grandchildren for years. Now she's prepared to pay cash for them. When Frankie presents her son and daughter each with a contract promising $8 million dollars if he or she can produce a child in the next twelve months (DNA tested, of course), Jamie and Danny each begin a frantic search for a person to help them reproduce.
Come along on their desperate, outrageous and hilarious journeys where fake seductions, ovulation kits and a tarot-card reader are replacing condoms, the pill and fun, meaningless hook-ups. They hit a couple big bumps in the road that have nothing to do with their lack of diaper changing experience, but a lot to do with their hearts.
Now they face the choice of their lives. Give in to love? Or go for the JACKPOT?