Author Spotlight – Charmaine Gordon


Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised in Chicago in the early forties where girls were meant to be the good daughters, wives, mothers and all I wanted to do was dance, sing and act. Biding my time-a long time-I didn’t spread my wings until as an Air Force wife, I wrote sketches and shows to entertain at the Officer’s Club. Years later after my youngest was sixteen, I had the courage to go to NYC, take classes at night to learn the craft of professional acting. Years of daytime drama, movies, plays off Broadway, and commercials prepared me for a new career. Almost four years ago, I signed with Vanilla Heart Publishing, a great home for my books and me.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
I’m a senior, when did that happen? And decided there are a gazillion stories about slim women and hunks in love but none about Mature Romance. So I wrote one, had a ball while doing it and instead of writing the End, I wrote The Beginning. . .Not The End. A series was born. Instant Grandpa is the first followed by Young at Heart, Before the Final Curtain, No Time for Green Bananas, and She Didn’t Say No. Readers are hooked on mature romance and so am I!
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Survive and Thrive is one of my running themes. I do have a 3 book series Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch using the same characters. And now my series of Mature Romances – The Beginning… Not the End. What a thrill to write each stand- alone book yet for them to be connected.
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To Be Continued

To Be Continued Optioned for Television Movie! Elizabeth Malone wakes up the morning after an amazing night of passion with her husband of forty years to find a note: Dear Lizzie, it’s not you, it’s me. Abandoned by her husband, disappointed in daughter Susie’s casual attitude Dad’s having a mid-life crisis, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was. When Frank Malone returns, he’s in for a big surprise!

Starting Over

Each morning, Emily Kendrick runs on the hard-packed sand of St. Augustine Beach to clear her mind and heal her heart. From the widow’s walk of the house perched high on the dunes, a man trains his binoculars on Emily…

Now What?

I held his cooling hand and asked the two words spoken many times during our years together. “Now what?” This time there was no response. I was on my own for the first time. When my fingers touched his wedding ring, I slipped it off and held it in my fist. The gold band was warm. I clung to him. “Come back to me, dearest.” Sometimes what you wish for is more than you can live with.

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 Beginning…Not the End, Volume 1

The first three stories in the series of Mature Romance combined in one volume. Instant Grandpa, Book 1; Young at Heart, Book 2; and Before the Final Curtain, Book 3. These Charmaine Gordon stories of love, passion, and suspense starring sexy seniors are also available as singles in ebook.

No Time for Green Bananas

Celeste Hamlin, seventy-five year old widow, has a goal… conquer the six mountains in the Saranac Lake region before deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Sixty-two year old Professor Paul Harris, meets the dynamic Celeste, and recalls the last words his wife said before she passed. “Find another love and begin again.” Will they begin again?

She Didn’t Say No

Grace didn’t say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer. And then her life changed… Years later, a too-close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott’s German Shepherd reunites the former lovers. What happens in between are their stories of beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.




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