Can You See Us Now? by Cheryl Benton
Title: Can You See Us Now
Subtitle: A Novel For Grownups
Author: Cheryl Benton
Genre: Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback & eBook
Publisher: The Three Tomatoes
Pages: 338 pages
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Synopsis: Three best friends rebel against unsolicited AARP cards, hot flashes, bosses, becoming invisible, and the perceptions of what’s old. Suzy, Trish, and Madge, best friends since their early twenties, seemed to have it all. Beautiful, smart, and successful, they’d made it to the top in the most demanding city of them all, New York. Then they turned 50 and found that the world which once was their oyster started closing up faster than a New York minute. Bartenders ignore them, bosses marginalize them, and they’ve aged out of the prized 25-49 year-old demographic that marketers woo. They had suddenly become invisible. Inspired by their friendships with a supportive and thriving group of New York City women, who call themselves the “Ripe Tomatoes,” Suzy, Trish, and Madge start to realize the power of saying, “YES,” and that living your dreams has nothing to do with age. And since no one else was celebrating women over 50, Suzy, Trish, and Madge started a business to do just that. A funny and moving insider’s story about New York City’s not-so-invisible women over 50 and beyond, who are living their lives to the fullest, achieving dreams, dating, having sex, and sometimes even falling in love again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll root them on, and you’ll never think about age the same way again. Suzy, a top ad agency executive with a wonderful supportive husband and two great kids, had propelled little known brands into household names. Then she looked around one day and realized she was the oldest person in the conference room and her “12-year old” boss dismisses most of her ideas as appealing only to women with “dried up vaginas.” Trish owns an art gallery, is married to a wealthy hedge fund guy, has a fabulous apartment overlooking Central Park, a summer home in the Hamptons, and a closet full of couture clothes…until her life is turned upside down by those dreaded words, “We have to talk.” Madge, is a highly regarded TV journalist who has traveled the world on assignments and knows celebrities, presidents and kings by their first names, but has been too busy pursuing a career to have a life – until she’s pushed out of her TV morning show and replaced by a 30-something former beauty queen and Harvard graduate.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692054049/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515692093&sr=1-2&keywords=Can+you+see+us+now&linkCode=sl1&tag=thethrtom-20&linkId=9be2d85a65e8045fee7842ba614d043d
About the Author
Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle media platform for “women who aren’t kids.” Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She spent her first career in the NYC advertising agency business as a top executive at some of the largest agencies in the world. She has served on several non-profit boards supporting women and girls. She is a graduate of Adelphi University and a recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award”. She was also inducted into the Business Marketing Hall of Fame, and was named a top CEO by SmartCEO magazine. She is a frequent speaker on marketing to women, and women’s global issues, and is co-author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life, Paperback – December 5, 2014, Adams Media. A wife, mother, and grandmother (her favorite title), she resides in New York with her husband and two dogs. Can You See Us Now? is her first novel. To learn more about The Three Tomatoes, visit www.thethreetomatoes.com
March 23, 2016-
Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou
Title: Evanthia’s Gift
Author: Effie Kammenou
Publisher: Effie Kammenou
Publication Date: April 8, 2015
A love story spanning decades – deepened by tradition, heritage, loss, struggle, perseverance and loyalty.
In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets – ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.
EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692471839/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_1ncmwb0D60GPS