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By Barbara Jane Mackie
‘Life is all about taking risks, Dad!’ So says feisty forty-something Alpha, a warm, outspoken first time novelist who wants to revive the passion in her marriage to Will. Will’s business has gone belly up and he has become withdrawn and Alpha hopes their move to France, with their two kids, Czech au pair and pooch, Pip – will revive everything. Determined to deliver that best-seller she has been long promising to write, Alpha hauls her family out of Brighton, heading for the vineyards of Bordeaux.
La vie en Rose does not disappoint: the charming manor, the nearby markets, cafes and bars, framed by fabulous views of an idyllic landscape. It’s all here. Among with angry French peasants and a phoney Dutch ‘Reiki’ healer, pressurising Alpha to buy the surrounding fields that she can’t afford. Alpha has landed amongst the seething snake pit of the British ex-pat community. Wife-swapping builders, alcoholic ex-doctors and Alpha’s nemesis, Beth, a power-crazed ‘Queen bee.’ Seduced by Gauloises and the local Pineau, Alpha starts to unravel and directs and stars in her own imaginary French movie, drifting off into fantasy. When Beth attempts to seduce Will, a horrified Alpha decides to have multiple affairs – French style!
There’s the gorgeous Jean-Luc, the ‘Maitre D’ of the local Chateau; Rik, the hunky Belgian oil painter who has offered to paint her nude; and Lou-Lou, an earthy French farmer, harbouring a secret obsession. Rejected by Will, Alpha strays deep into the woods to find comfort in Rik’s Jacuzzi, and there the flesh weakens …
Barbara Jane Mackie can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
"Men Don't Matter"
By Jayelle Hughes
When perpetually single, unlucky in love Jayelle Hughes is presented with a revolutionary yet experimental liquid formula that will allow her to give up on men completely and focus more on herself, she jumps at the chance. Soon, men don't matter to her at all. Previously dragging along in life, she suddenly has a new sense of enlightenment and achieves successes beyond her wildest imaginations. She spreads the word to her network and soon enough women all over the country are using the MDM formula.
But is there a downside to a formula that makes women less attracted or interested in men? What are the repercussions for men, women who aren't on the formula and mankind as a whole? Find out in this thought-provoking yet humorous "chick lit book with a twist."
"Men Don't Matter" is $2.99 for Kindle.
Jayelle Hughes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.