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Did you once enjoy a great sex life, but over the last several years (or decades), you’ve lost that sizzle between the sheets? 

Surveys report that over 20 million couples in the U.S. have stopped being sexually intimate and 40 million Americans live in a no-sex or low-sex marriage. For those Americans, love-making is increasingly infrequent and, on the rare occasion they do have sex, it just isn’t as much fun as it used to be. Many people blame their dwindling sex drive on age, stress, weight gain, and fatigue. They are resigned to a sex-less life.  

The book In the Mood Again, by husband and wife team Genie James and Dr. C.W. Randolph,  tells readers that no matter how old you are or how long it has been since you felt in the mood, you can once again enjoy regular, passionate and relationship-enriched sex.  Even better, medical research shows that a renewed sex life can become a secret fountain of youth giving you more energy, helping you lose weight, improving your overall health and wellbeing and also contributing to extended longevity.
 
Genie James and Dr. Randolph unveil the subtle yet insidious sex drive saboteurs that compound underlying hormone imbalances in men and women: stress, lack of sleep, bad food choices, weight gain, and sedentary lifestyles. They have created two natural solutions that can either intersect or stand alone, both approaches beginning and ending with your hormones.

The first approach involves replacing the hormones your body is missing with ones just like it used to make. This approach is not accomplished by prescribing popular synthetic hormones but with a different type of hormone called BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapies), which are plant-derived hormone molecules that are identical to the human hormones produced within your body.

For more than a decade, Dr. Randolph has used BHRT to treat thousands of women and men suffering from low libido and/or sexual performance problems. After only 3 months on an individualized prescription of BHRT, 92% of Dr. Randolph’s patients report a complete restoration of sexual desire. 99% of all patients indicate they have more energy and 87% say they have lost 10 pounds or more.
 
But if you aren’t sure if BHRT is for you, Genie James and Dr. Randolph offer an alternative holistic approach:

  1. Schedule sex on your calendar
  2. Be a kind and patient listener
  3. Find a new passion to share
  4. Believe your body is good enough to share
  5. Ask for what you want 

The book, In The Mood Again, hits shelves Dec. 29, 2009

For more ideas on how to spice things up with your man, click here.

The items topping your teen’s wish list this holiday are probably Wii games and an iPod, but how about giving the best gift of all: Adventure through imagination!  Here are a couple novels that are sure to reach Twilight and Harry Potter popularity with your teen this holiday as well as an advice guide for teen girls:

The Hole in the Sky, by Barbara Mahler ($20.95):  An unusual visitor leads 13-year-old Kaela and her cousin on a fantastic journey to a cursed land where they find beauty, adventure, strange and magical friends, and deadly enemies.  The key that unlocks the curse lies hidden in the mystical butterfly breath, but to uncover it, Kaela has to overcome her grief from her mother’s death and face her deepest fears before time runs out. (My 15-year-old niece loved this book!)

For more on the The Hole in the Sky, click here.

Rebel Stone and The Ghost Whisperers, by Walter Rouzer ($18.95):  Rebel Stone and his parents temporarily relocate to a grey stone castle overlooking the Mississippi river, but they are strictly forbidden to enter one room during their stay – a master suite sealed shut for more than 100 years. No stranger to paranormal events, Rebel is confronted by the dark forces within the mansion. Rebel eventually befriends the Ghost Whisperers, twin girls living in the mansion, and begins attempting to free their spirits, but is swept along an extraordinary adventure.

For more information on Rebel Stone and the Ghost Whisperers, click here.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence, by Carrie Silver-Stock, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. ($14.95):  Girls love secrets. In many ways, teen girls are trapped by the cult of secrecy that exists today. It is as part of this cult that so many girls hide their depression, eating disorders, pregnancies, and sexual relationships. Secrets Girls Keep by teen expert Carrie Silver-Stock, shows teens that when they help share their stories, they begin to break down the walls and ensure better and safer choices for their futures. Many girls today struggle with feelings of low confidence, loneliness, rejection, and depression and then look to unsafe sex, drugs and alcohol for comfort and answers.

For more on Secrets Girls Keep, click here.

Check out the latest book from author Wendy Walker, available Sept. 1.

interview wendy walker four wives

Marvelous Girl recently caught up with author Wendy Walker to discuss her debut novel, Four Wives, a deep look at the underbelly of affluent suburban housewives.  Walker, a former commercial litigator who has been a stay at home mom for the past ten years, began writing as a hobby and has edited three Chicken Soup for the Soul collections.

Here’s Marvelous Girl’s fascinating chat with the wonderful Wendy Walker –

MG:  Your latest novel, Four Wives, is about the deep secrets of suburban housewives.  What was the inspiration for this book?

WW:  I grew up in the suburbs, am a product of the suburbs and spent the past 15 years living here as an adult. I have had secrets, kept secrets and suspected secrets my entire life. I think that cultures that rely on conformity tend to breed secrets. This was a large part of what I wanted to examine and expose in Four Wives.

MG:  In the book the characters each feel the pangs of discontentment in their lives and decisions to be stay-at-home moms.  Is such discontentment a trend you believe has always plagued suburbia, or has it emerged more so in modern-day women?

WW:  Part of the inspiration for this book was the pinnacle work of Betty Friedan in the 1960’s, called The Feminine Mystique. In that work, she looked at the discontentment of educated women who devoted their lives to being suburban housewives and mothers. This issue has reemerged in the debate on “opting out.” There are no perfect choices for women, or men, in balancing the pursuit of wealth, career and family. Talking about it and being honest about it is really the best we can do!

MG:  What conclusions can be drawn about modern-day suburban marriages?

WW:  These relationships are still structured around a complete division of labor. It is simply what is efficient when the jobs driving the lifestyle are 24/7 jobs in the city. To create more balance between housework, childcare and payed work between the spouses, the family would have to seek lower paying jobs. That’s the reality of these communities and our capitalist system. Family Friendly jobs, from my experience, simply do not exist at the pay scales required to live in these places, and this is not likely to change.

MG:  What do you think your fans and new readers will like most about this book?

WW:  Hopefully, they will find the characters and issues real and relatable. That is my goal. I try to write about serious issues affecting women in a way that is fun and suspenseful. After enjoying the read, I hope people will also have things to think about when they put the book on a shelf.

MG:  In Four Wives you explore the ramifications of choosing a family over a career.  What advice would you give the modern-day mom to avoid such discontentment in their lives?

WW:  Advice is tough! I would say that every one of us has to do our own balancing act in a way that brings us the most contentment and peace. The result will likely be different for everyone. If we accept that, not judge each other, and are willing to admit to and discuss our discontentment with lives that others may think are perfect, then we have a decent shot at building lives that fit us best.

MG:  Are there any other trends you’re noticing involving suburban women/marriages?

WW:  Yes! In fact, my next novel, Social Lives, which comes out September 1st, deals with the impact of the economic downturn on women who have been career wives to wealthy husbands. This is a huge issue because these women have done incredible things for their husbands and families and their skills are finely honed. The only problem is that those skills have no earning power outside of being a wife. It is a social issue, a feminist issue, and a very real issue for many women today!

To see the book trailer for Four Wives, click here.  Otherwise, Wendy Walker’s marvelous novel is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  To purchase, click here.

Anna David & BoughtMarvelous Girl recently caught up with relationship, sex and addiction expert Anna David, to discuss her upcoming novel Bought, a tale of high-class prostitution in Hollywood.  Anna is a regular contributor to Details Magazine; has appeared as a relationship and sex expert for CNN, The Today Show and many other broadcast outlets; and has written for The New York Times, Maxim, Playboy, and more. 

Here’s Marvelous Girl’s fascinating chat with the fabulous Anna David –

MG:  Your latest novel, Bought, is a story about high-class call girls among the Hollywood elite.  What was the inspiration for this book?

AD:  Years ago, I wrote an article on high-class prostitution in Hollywood for Details. I had anticipated interviewing people over a few weeks and gathering some anecdotes, but I ended up spending about six months obsessively infiltrating that universe, getting to know the girls as well as the detectives, FBI informants and other denizens of the underworld. I was always disappointed that the article ended up being this 2000-word story that essentially just relayed how rich men got their rocks off and didn’t get into the dynamics behind any of it. So I decided to fictionalize what I’d learned and incorporate in aspects of some of the dysfunctional relationships I’ve been in to tell a story about how much we all sell ourselves to get what we want.

MG:  From your experience, is society’s perception of women, sex and prostitution changing?  If so, what conclusions can be drawn about modern day gender relations?

AD:  I think when Paris Hilton became the most famous person in the world by starring in a sex tape, a societal shift occurred and suddenly being in the sex industry – or doing anything associated with it — not only seemed glamorous but also had the potential to make you famous. Case in point: post Spitzer bust, Ashlee Dupree got a record deal and started attending fashion shows. What all of this does, of course, is sweep under the rug the fact that some of the girls engaging in this kind of thing are acting out after having been abused and are seriously screwed up.

MG:  In Bought and your previous novel, Party Girl, you explore the ramifications of trying to live a “celebrity lifestyle.”  Do you think this lack of self and obsession with Hollywood glamour is a growing societal trend, particularly in women?

AD:  Yes, it definitely is. In his book Fame Junkies, Jake Halpern cites studies showing that shocking numbers of teenagers these days list being famous as a career goal or rate being able to meet a Hollywood celebrity higher than being able to meet any political or world figure. And I know that, especially when I was a practicing addict, I was oh so drawn to the celebrity world. It was just another way to get out of having to feel my most upsetting feelings – focusing on how cool I thought I was because I knew celebrities rather than how empty I felt. I’m so grateful that I burned out on that, but there are people I know who are still so wrapped up in that world, not realizing that it doesn’t really have anything to do with them or that worshipping at the altar of celebrity is actually stripping them of some of their humanity.

MG:  What advice would you give to these women?

AD:  I’d say, look at a lot of these celebrities’ lives – the minute-long marriages, the disasters, and the breakdowns, all of it — and ask yourself if you really want to be living that way. And look at your own life. Are you using your fascination with celebrity-dom as a way to not have to focus on what’s going on with you?

MG:  Are there any other trends you’re noticing involving women?

AD:  Well, there’s the whole hook-up thing. Supposedly, high school and college students today are having sex with random people instead of going on dates and embarking on relationships. And, look. I can count on one hand the number of women I know who can have random sex and not feel like crap about it. It makes me feel about 180 years old to say this but if girls feel like that’s what they have to do to be able to be romantically involved with boys, that’s pretty scary. I’m certainly not suggesting anything nutty like abstinence pledges but I think they should still feel comfortable explaining to boys if they want something more substantial.

Anna David’s marvelous new novel, Bought, hits shelves May 18, 2009.  For purchasing details, click here or visit www.canyoubebought.com.