I like this. To know that I’m not the only one who cringes when yet another Library is shut down. I also love the idea of incorporating Libraries into every day life as is mentioned.


I too weep at the thought of a Library closing down or the news that that little Bookshop around the corner has to disappear because it cannot keep up. Still, I can’t help but believe that the craft of pen and ink will not be completely eradicated just as the touch screen or e-reader is here to stay. Eventually, the World is about change and there is little one can do about it. Human beings dread being frozen in time save for when it involves youth. So the best one can hope for and strive for is that the craft of pen and ink, the reality of holding the printed word and the digital age can find a way to live together.

To marry the two is near impossible but to ensure that both exist side by side is surely something that can be realized?

Last Writes


What a waiting room usually looks like … and what it should look like

Libraries are the new secular abbeys and we may be facing our dissolution

So says blogger Bethan Ruddock – and the word ‘dissolution’ is absolutely spot on. We’ve all talked about the closure of public libraries but it’s not a strong enough word whereas dissolution conveys the true horrifying impact of the situation. Libraries are at a tipping point and people have begun to ask what is there future – if they have one. More importantly, the arrival of the digital age is forcing people to ask what is the purpose of a library in 2013.

The future of libraries will form part of my Last Writes exhibition but I’m starting to believe that libraries probably shouldn’t be in libraries. In Finland schools don’t have libraries – rather the books and elements of a library are…

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Elizabeth Berg

Open House

Open House 

In this superb novel by the beloved author of Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along, a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house and her heart.

Samantha’s husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany’s, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember–and reclaim–the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Open House is a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.

Mid-life heroine.

Elizabeth Berg, Oprah’s Book Club


Merline Lovelace

Ex Marks the spot

Ex Marks the spot

Forced to leave her beloved military life behind at the ripe old age of thirty-seven, USAF Colonel Andrea (Andi) Armstrong comes to the Florida panhandle for a fresh start. Little did she know—at least until that auspicious knock on her next-door neighbor’s door—that there were some things about her old life she wasn’t quite finished with yet. And evidently, if the expression on his love-struck face was any indication, her ex-husband, Colonel Dave Armstrong—aka said next-door neighbor—wasn’t quite finished with her yet either. Hmm. Who was it who said the best is yet to come? Maybe there was something to that after all….

Heroine is 37.


Sandra Steffen

Ex's and Oh's

Ex’s and Oh’s

Caroline’s EX-boyfriend: That slimeball attorney who was two-timing her with his own ex-wife.

Caroline’s OH-boy: This forty-three-year-old career woman is pregnant!

Life certainly hasn’t gone according to Caroline Moore’s carefully constructed plan. As the craziness of her situation begins spiraling out of control, she decides on a change of scenery. So off to a small lakeside cottage she goes. Soon she’s shedding her designer shoes for barefoot walks, uncovering old family secrets and becoming best friends with Tori—a woman who is her total opposite. And thanks to a handsome neighbor, she might just be ready for romance, as well.

But wait…Caroline’s new oh-what-a-great-guy also happens to be Tori’s ex-husband.

Heroine is 43.


Judith Ivory

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man’s kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast of London, but none were able to rouse her passions.

But that hard-taught lesson is about to unravel because of Sir James Stoker. Back in England with a treasure of gold from his adventures, newly knighted by Queen Victoria herself, and feted everywhere, the handsome explorer has the world at his feet. He’s exactly the man Coco might have dreamed about when she was young: a tall, fair hero with a charming smile. Now he’s turned his energy toward winning her, the most desirable and the least attainable woman he knows; and Coco’s aft-aid James may just find his way past the thorns that have so long protected her from the world, and awaken her slumbering heart…with just one kiss

Heroine is 38.

Historic Romance.


Sandy Hingston

The Affair

The Affair

Is rake-for-all-seasons Gannon still carrying the torch for Christianne? Or is he about to teach the now-respectable headmistress-who humiliated him as a boy-the hardest lesson of all?

Heroine is 43.

Historic Romance.


Lillian Grant

Happy Birthday Nancy Tobin

Happy Birthday Nancy Tobin

Suddenly single on the eve of her fortieth birthday, Nancy Tobin’s not sure turning middle-aged is worth celebrating. She’s stuck in a dead-end job as the boss’s bitch with only her morose Labrador for a companion. What does she have to party about? Maybe if she ignores the whole birthday thing, it will just go away.

Hot, twenty-six-year-old Jake Turner has other ideas. When he bumps into Nancy at the library, he sees a woman in need of a wake-up call. Determined to unleash the beauty hidden beneath the sad façade, he schemes to relight her spark. He wants to give her a birthday to remember but he ends up being the one who can’t forget: a visit to his apartment becomes a weekend in his bed where he discovers an offbeat, unpredictable, sexually adventurous woman he never wants to let go.

With Jake, Nancy can do anything, her life can be whatever she chooses. But this new and exciting relationship teeters on the edge of destruction when her soon-to-be ex-husband reveals the reason for Jake’s initial interest in her. Can Nancy trust Jake when he finally tells her he loves her?

Heroine is 40. Hero is 26.

Warning: Erotic.


Brooklyn Wilde

A Flowerpot Christmas Tree

A Flowerpot Christmas Tree

This Christmas, she’ll get exactly what she needs… 40-something anthropology professor Lillian Chase knows how to be alone, even if the sights and sounds of the season make her a little lonely. When she’s not teaching classes, Lillian helps law enforcement solve missing persons cases through facial reconstruction. But the anthropology department finds this kind of subjective application a little too soft, and Lillian’s not sure she’ll be approved for tenure. Worse, though, she worries that she won’t be able to identify the skull of her most recent “Jane Doe” in time to give the missing woman’s family closure for the holidays.

But when a twenty-seven-year-old artist and former student moves in downstairs, Lillian finds herself feeling more than just neighborly. Noah Ames is all kinds of off-limits: he’s too young, he’s a former student, and he lives right downstairs. Even with three strikes against him, his fiery appeal is undeniable. He pushes Lillian’s boundaries—sexual and otherwise—in ways she’s not sure she’s comfortable with. But that just may be exactly what Lillian needs…

Heroine is in her 40’s. Hero in his late 20’s.

Warning: Erotic short.


Shayla Black

Wicked all the way


Wicked all the way

Retired military colonel Caleb Edgington has spent two long years trying to achieve the most important mission objective of his life—but not behind enemy lines. He’s trying to capture a woman with a broken heart. Having lost at love once, he understands being gun shy. The residual fears from Carlotta Buckley’s nasty divorce have stood between them, but he’s done with that. And he’s got the perfect strategy to lure her in…

Carlotta never thought she’d fall in love again. Once bitten, she’s now more than twice shy. And Caleb is everything she can’t handle—fierce, relentless, uncompromising…sexual. She’s managed to mostly avoid him, but now his son and her daughter need their help. Can Caleb and the spirit of the season convince her that she’s ready to take a chance on love again?

Mid-life couple.

Warning: Erotic, highly so.