Book Promo: Together, Again by Charmaine Gordon

A wealthy couple, no children in sight, answer the door one day to find a replica of the woman living there, titian hair and all. Charlie is her name and so begins the story. Years later, Charlie’s young twin sisters , now seventeen, are rescued by the same couple with a big heart. It’s a tale of love and hearts that keep on giving.

Together, Again

by Charmaine Gordon

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 Twin sisters thrown away by their mother like garbage decide they’ve had enough. After living in a private school for ten years they call for help from a generous Aunt and Uncle in Chicago. And so their story begins. Reunited with big sister Charlie and brother Jimmy, the past is revealed to clear the way to a new life.

A few words from the author:

Six years ago, this author wrote Reconstructing Charlie. The story came to me in a dream. A young girl in a small town in Minnesota kills her abusive father and is sent by her mother to run for the bus to Chicago to an aunt and uncle she didn’t know existed. The next morning, disturbed by the dream, I began to write and write and worry about Charlie Costigan, a character who became real to me. After raising a batch of kids long grown, I wondered why I had this girl to worry about. Worry I did as page after page flew by, Charlie grew more mature, eventually graduated from college and became a star in her world.

Very often people ask  writers  where stories come from. Some of mine come from what I call sleep writing, instead of sleep walking. It’s kind of chancy. You can’t tell if one night you’ll dream of To Kill A Mocking Bird or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. One thing I learned  is to write every day and don’t race through. Take the time to flesh out your chapters and characters so everything makes sense and don’t forget humor. In show business the word is “Never cut funny.” I believe in that.

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About Author Charmaine Gordon

Charmaine -10 sATURATED_pp8x10g-72yCharmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch, and her series of Mature Romances, The Beginning…Not the End, including the stand alone novellas, She Didn’t Say No and Farewell, Hello.

I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand-in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.

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Charlie’s Family Secrets series (previous books)

Reconstructing Charlie
Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.
Sin of Omission
A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigate and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about.

The Catch Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.

The Costigan Family Secrets series by Charmaine Gordon

It begins with a dream.

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Reconstructing Charlie

A teen age girl in Minnesota in a family lives in fear of a drunken father who returns every Friday night to take advantage of his oldest daughter and pretty wife. The daughter, Charlie, protects Mom when he attempts to strike her with a tire iron. This time the strong Charlie wrests it from his filthy hands to strike him. Blood pours all over the linoleum floor. His eyes are empty. Her mother packs a suitcase and sends her off to the bus station with a note. This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were her your own.

Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.


Sin of Omission

A rose by any other name is still as sweet.
Shelley Jackson, roommate and best friend of Charlie Costigan has a secret. She has fallen in love with Jimmy Costigan, Charlie’s younger brother, encouraged him to attend and finish architech college to highest honors and sees her way out on the graduation grounds holding two tiny white baby boys. Her lovely Gran is there with her. He’s shocked. Rushing to see her and the babies, he knows they are his. All the brilliant Shelley wants is for him to name one. He’ll have to think about it but first he touches one and then the other. Captured by the white twins, he offers a home. The story begins otherwise the story will end.

 The Catch

Tom Donnelly finds himself at the lowest ladder of the law firm he belongs to. In a family of cops, Tom doesn’t fit anywhere and now he must climb back after making new friends. He meets Joanne Mckenna Friedman and the world begins for him. And for her.

About the Author, Charmaine Gordon:

Charmaine -10 sATURATED_pp8x10g-72yYears of experience as an actor on daytime drama. Stage, spokesperson and commercials plus writing sketches for Air Force shows helped prepare me for the wonders of a writing career. Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time when immersed in the written words of others, that I was like a sponge, soaking up how to construct a scene, write dialogue, and paint the setting.

My writing effort came later when I wrote a two page story, sent it to son, Paul who commented, “Cool. Can you write ten pages?” Seemed impossible but the story poured from my fingers and seventy thousand words later, I typed The End.

I kissed my acting career goodbye, leaving on a high note with the lead in an Off Broadway play, “The Fourth Commandment” author Rich Knipe. It was great fun and time to move on. Movies like “Working Girl”, “Road to Wellsville” and having the pleasure of Anthony Hopkins company at lunch, working with Mike Nichols in “Regarding Henry” and singing outside with Harrison Ford, crying with Gene Wilder over loss on another set, When “Harry Met Sally” with the whole gang singing It Had to Be You. Lots of fond memories. My first job as stand-in leg model for Geraldine Ferraro in a Diet Pepsi commercial with Secret Service men guarding her and her daughters. A sweet time.

One last memory and a funny one at that. A casting call went out for an actor with a Betty White voice. Talent in the tri-state area scouted and I was the only one who fit the bill. A voice-over accomplished for a nutritious drink for seniors; another credit added to my resume. I smile every time I see and hear Ms White on television and recall yet another sweet time.

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Coming Soon from Charmaine Gordon

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Together,  Again. There are two more sisters left behind in Utah where the the Wicked mother has left them behind. Twin sisters, remarkably athletic and capable in all subjects.. Big sister Charlie steps in to help out with the basketball team and get them into other subjects. Like the other Costigans, they will bring adventure and honor to the Alfred family.

Chatting with Charmaine Gordon…

Charmaine -10 sATURATED_pp8x10g-72yToday we welcome my bff and fellow VHP author Charmaine Gordon. Charmaine’s books are all fantastic stories about women who Survive and Thrive, and the journey through is completely enthralling. Charmaine has also written a Mature Romance series which proves that we are never too old for love and passion. I highly recommend ALL of Ms. Gordon’s books, they are filled with humor, emotion, inspiration and a refreshing brand of happy-ever-afters. Thanks so much for joining me here in the Potpourri Parlor.


Hi Chelle. I’m delighted to visit with you today. We’ve had many fun twists and turns since meeting about five years ago on a rainy Friday night at Barnes & Noble in the Palisades Mall, no customers and no air conditioning on that stifling evening. I had one book, you had eight. I was a newbie and you were a woman of the writing world. Humbled I listened and learned.


Tell us about your favorite character from your books

I write about women who survive and thrive so there are many characters I love. All of them qualify as my fave so I’ll tell you about Joy Davison from my latest book, Farewell, Hello or rather, Joy speaks for herself.

“Hi, I’m Joy coming to you right from the pages of Farewell Hello. Born in Chicago, Illinois, my real story begins in 1948 when I met a senior, the most popular boy in high school, and Mother said, “Don’t allow privileges” and I didn’t know what she meant. Danny and I fell in love and now two years later, he’s furious with me and just hung up the phone from his base at San Antonio, Texas where he’s about to graduate from pilot school.

I’m crying staring at my sparkling diamond ring on the third finger of my left hand. I had to postpone our wedding because Mother is suddenly sick with something called Multiple Sclerosis and the doctor says she may not live long. Father says family comes first and since I’m the daughter, I have to take care of sweet Mother. I know in my heart Danny and I will find each other. The main concern is the war in Korea. Little did I know then, there were many obstacles to overcome more than a war.”

What was your first sale as an author?

That’s easy. I bought a copy of To Be Continued and gave it to my daughter. I don’t think she’s read my first book. I’ve signed an option for a television movie with a production company, have had many wonderful reviews. She loves me and has my book tucked in next to her bed, unread. No biggie.

Where do you do your research?

Google is the go-to for research; fast and easy. As for my husband, he knows I’m doing something in my small office besides not making dinner yet he prefers no-fiction and has never looked at even Page One of any of the fifteen stories I’ve written. Again, no biggie. . .but someday, POW! Right in the kisser.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

It’s a solitary pre-occupation where fictional characters talk to you. As an actor, I was accustomed to applause and standing ovations once in a while and people hugging me in the streets. And now the characters I’ve brought to life yearn for the same applause and hugging. My fictional characters never let me go, They reach out calling, “Me, me, one more time.” Very cool.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

Yes, sometimes. They thank me and wonder how I knew about loss and recovery and how to move on using humor to get through each day. I tell them once you’ve had so many experiences, it’s not all that difficult.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

The sudden death of my mother and then later my first husband. I didn’t know how to reconcile a world without them. Face it, I did. A hurdle to overcome alone. Sink or swim and I became a strong swimmer against an almost overwhelming tide.

What is your favorite meal?

I do love broiled salmon, risotto rice, steamed spinach topped off with my favorite dessert, crème brulee.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?

If you really want to write, I say write. Find time every day to write without censoring your words for about twenty minutes. Only then, reread. You might be surprised at what you see. Tell your story, claim it for your own in your own voice and when and if you’ve told the whole story, polished like a jewel, find a home for it. Best wishes from someone who knows.

What hobbies do you actively pursue?

I walk and stretch every day but best of all I hang out with my six year old granddaughter. She brings joy and fun every time we’re together. We climb up into the highest part of her play yard and talk about important things like boys, math, sports, and nasty girls. We also sing and make up stories. I plan to live to about 100 and ten, minimum. There are many ideas I must share with her.

What makes you happy?

Waking up is a plus; writing, creating a new story another plus. World peace is an unfulfilled dream so I fear we citizens have little say in the outcome of this and that war. I say ENOUGH, you selfish fools, but no one listens. The best I hope for is a good life for us and our children


Thanks, dear Chelle for inviting me to be your guest today.


Farewell Hello by Charmaine Gordon

Farewell Hello
by Charmaine Gordon

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Review: The Catch by Charmaine Gordon

The Catch by Charmaine Gordon

Against all odds…

Charmaine Gordon has written another story of thrive and survive. Using beloved characters from Reconstructing Charlie, The Haven and Sin of Omission, Ms. Gordon weaves the endearing story of Joanne and Tom, obstacles in their way, and their eventual HEA in The Catch.

As always, Ms. Gordon presents characters we can relate to, they are real with genuine feelings. It’s hard not to cheer for their victories and cry with them for their disappointments. Reading a book by Charmaine Gordon is truly an escape into the pages of her story.

Looking forward to the next Charmaine Gordon work!