How to Find a Husband - by Deb Weir

  Susan and I played tennis every evening after our commute to New Canaan, CT from New York City. We were poor players, but we loved the game. Life was good – until we became greedy for more time on the courts. One evening, Susan said that she had found an indoor game on Saturday nights. We could increase our playing time by four hours a week at this party she saw advertised in the “General Interest” section of the local newspaper. We signed up for our first session. It turned out to be Susan’s last time on a tennis court.    As I drove us to the Shippan Tennis Club, she looked at the newspaper once more...and gasped. This event was also listed in the singles' section! We were on our way to a meat market in our short skirts! Neither of us had been to a singles’ party, bar or other excuse for a pick-up parlor, and we did not want to start now. After all, we were dignified women. Susan was a lawyer with a big New York law firm, and I was an institutional portfolio manager. More impor


  “In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.”  ~~ Rose Tremain


  “You have to get to a very quiet place inside yourself. And that doesn’t mean that you can’t have noise outside. I know some people who put jazz on, loudly, to write. I think each writer has her or his secret path to the muse.”   ~ ~ Maya Angelou


  “Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”    ~ ~ Aretha Franklin

How Your Great-grandfather Won the War by Deb Weir

  Did you know that your great-grandfather single-handedly brought the end to WWII? Well, he had a little help from the Hershey candy company.   Victory in Japan, or V-J Day, was 75 years ago. Grea t-grandfather was one of the youngest men in the U.S. Marines on that day of September 2, 1945. He joined the Marine Corps because of their reputation for tough training, and he knew that the experience would protect him in battle. He was too young, however, to experience active warfare; the fighting was over by the time he reached Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and Japan.   He fought a different battle; the fight to secure the peace. His weapon was Hershey bars.   Mike Weir, USMC, 1945   Great grandpa was one of the first Americans in Nagasaki, Japan after the explosion of the second, more powerful, atomic bomb. It not only destroyed buildings but contaminated the food and water. The few surviving, and starving, Japanese feared that they would be tortured by the Americans, and so they hid. They hid


  Always carry a notebook. and I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.   ~~ Will Self


My three-book, TRANSYLVANIAN TRILOGY,   takes the reader into a kaleidoscope of exotic colors set in Romania, Turkey and Iran, where governmental intrigues are little known and are waiting to be discovered. All three books,  Treasure Hunt, Love Odyssey  and  The Gift of Diamonds,  can be read independently or interchanged. The main characters are Marina, Cristina, Anca and Mica, four friends since their teenaged days in Transylvania, who were known as the Four Musketeers,  Poets of their Lives.  As they narrate their lives, their stories interweave with fact and fiction to reveal political truths that have never been exposed before, especially in a novel. Treasure Hunt   unites Marina and Cristina as they vacation together in Istanbul and unwillingly, get involved in Turkey’s and Iran’s recent Gas-for-Gold scandal, the largest gold laundering scheme in American history. The friends believe that Romania is at the origin when they remember that their Romanian leader, dictator Ceausescu f