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Book of the Week: 57 Steps to Paradise

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About the Book Book Endorsement For other reviews of  57 Steps to Paradise , check out the  MSI Press web page for this book Looking for love in your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and yes, even your 80's or 90's? 57 STEPS TO PARADISE will help you navigate dating in midlife and beyond. Lorenz unzips her soul and exposes her foibles during 50 years of men weaving their way in and out of her life, providing a heap of wit and wisdom to help you make life-changing decisions about love and, perhaps, a life partner. "Patricia Lorenz has been one of my favorite writers since she began writing stories in 1995 for so many of the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' books. As a master storyteller, she draws the reader in and always leaves us with the bonus of a great take-away message. In '57 Steps to Paradise' she provides a blueprint for dating in middle age, thanks to her own interesting, hilarious, and fruitful experiences." (Jack Canfield, co-aut

Review Clips for 57 Steps to Paradise (Lorenz)

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  Read our book review clips. Excerpts from reviews all (well, as many as we can find) in one place; right here, with links., so you can read the whole review. From Amazon : Read it!! Simply presented, yet hugely enlightening! Cannot wait for the next book! Kudos to Patricia Lorenz Interesting perspective on life from an excellent writer. Great life lessons... Part Memoir, Part Humor, Part Romantic Advice from a Lovely Woman Who's Been There Love and Laughter -- it's Heavenly! Loved It!! A MUST READ for all single women From Barnes & Noble : Patricia Lorenz Has Found The Secret To A Happy Marriage I have read many books on living single, dating (or not dating), as well as the man/woman dynamic; but this book puts it all into a realistic nutshell From Goodreads :  Lorenz unzips her soul and exposes her foibles during 50 years of men weaving their way in and out of her life, providing a heap of wit and wisdom to help you make life-changing decisions about love. US Review of B

Book Review: 57 Steps to Happiness

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Patricia Lorenz is one of those people who finds humor in every situation, no matter how dire--and she's lived through some pretty dire ones, essentially raising four children on her own on a freelance writer's salary. In this book, she takes on midlife dating as well as sharing her history. Part memoir, part humor, part romantic advice, this book offers something for almost every middle-aged man or woman (or those who love them). For her and her husband, those 57 steps are close, but also allow the space so many of us need at this life stage. Bravo! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. (Melanie Rigney,  Goodreads) Follow the book on our website: click here. Follow Patricia Lorenz on our website: click here . See interview with Patricia Lorenz on this blog: click here Read more blog posts about this book: click here . Book can be purchased at www.msipress.com/shop/ Use Coupon Code FF25 to get 25% discount for MSI P

Introducing Patricia Lorenz, MSI Press Author

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Patricia Lorenz is an inspirational art-of-living writer and speaker and the author of 14 books. She’s one of the top contributing writers in the country to the  Chicken Soup for the Soul  books with over 75 stories in 60 of the  Chicken Soup  books. She’s had over 400 articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, is a contributing writer for 26  Daily Guideposts  books and 50 anthologies, and is an award-winning newspaper columnist. Patricia raised two daughters and two sons in Wisconsin as a single parent. These days, Patricia and her hunka, hunka burnin’ love husband live in Largo, Florida where she loves her empty nest and the freedom to follow her dreams while she’s still awake. Her book,  57 Steps to Paradise: Finding Love in Midlife and Beyond , was published in June 2016. For more posts about Patricia and her works, click HERE .

Author Interview: Patricia Lorenz

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Author: Patricia Lorenz Book : 57 Steps to Paradise What possessed you to write a tell-all book about your past dates, husbands and interim boyfriends?      When I moved to Florida in 2004 I met many women who were divorced and widowed, mostly in their 50's, 60's, 70's and 80’s.  I myself was single at that time having spent the last 27 years of my life raising my four children as a single parent.  I was married, divorced and annulled twice before that.  In Florida I met a number of men and finally married one in my 60’s.  Because I had met, known and dated a number of men over the years I decided to write a book about my experiences to share with my friends and anyone who is looking for love and perhaps a second or third marriage in their mid-life and later.             What is your favorite story in the book?        My favorite story is the one titled “Mr. Underpants”.  In that story I go from dating or at least meeting over a d

Daily Excerpts: Excerpt from 57 Steps to Paradise: Finding Love in Midlife and Beyond -- Mom's Got a Date Tonight (Patricia Lorenz)

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  From 57 Steps to Romance: Finding Love in Midlife and Beyond  (Lorenz)  Mom’s Got a Date Tonight   When you're used to sharing your life with someone, to be suddenly single can be the most devastating, lonely, life-shaking experience in the world. Just ask any separated, divorced or widowed person. The thought of starting over in a new relationship, though, is the most terrifying thing you can imagine. In 1987 when my divorce was final after a two-year separation, my four children had different ideas. After a couple years of being my dates at movies and fast food restaurants, I heard comments like, "Mom, why don't you join that singles group at church and meet some men?" I shot back, “I don't know how to meet men or go out on dates. Besides, who wants a 40-year-old woman with four kids and a big mortgage?" But the children kept after me to do something for myself, and so I worked up my nerve and joined the Single Again group at church. A few week

Book Review: 57 Steps to Happiness (Lorenz)

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 "Guaranteed to advise as well as amuse..." says the US Review of Books. Click the yes to read the remainder of the review -- the book was RECOMMENDED.   👀   Read about the other HERE .

Excerpt from 57 Steps to Paradise: Marty, Mr. Nice Guy

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Marty: Mr. Nice Guy  This chapter about Marty will be short, mainly because although he was a very nice man, he didn’t challenge me intellectually. Even though we dated for 2 1/2 years I really don’t remember any life-changing events or conversations that we had together. Perhaps the excitement that Tony brought to my life kept me from giving Marty a fair chance, but I just couldn’t picture myself with Marty for the long haul. I met Marty when a friend of mine, 80-something-yearold Barbara, begged me to go to her daughter’s high school reunion with her daughter Susan. Susan wanted to go, but since she lived out of state and hadn’t kept in contact with anyone in her high school class, she didn’t know anyone to ask so that she wouldn’t have to walk in alone. I didn’t even know Barbara’s daughter and felt very squeamish about attending a reunion like that with another woman for fear everyone there would think we were a lesbian couple. Remember, this was in the early 90’s. Things

Our Happy Books

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There is too much stress, anger, anxiety, and depression today. We all need a counterbalance to them, some sunshine among the shadows, and some MSI Press authors have written just those kinds of books: either ones to help cope or ones to help achieve happiness. This blog posts focuses on the latter, including self-care because without good self-care, it is indeed difficult to achieve happiness. 57 Steps to Paradise For more posts on Patricia Lorenz and her work, click HERE . 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas For more posts on Julie Gentile and her books, click HERE . A Guide to Bliss For posts on A Guide to Bliss , chick HERE . A Woman's Guide to Self-Nurturing For more posts on Joanna and her books, click HERE . Creative Aging For more posts on Joanna and her books, click  HERE . God Speaks into Darkness For more posts on Bennett and his books, click HERE . Good Blood: A Journey of Healing For more posts on Irit and her book, click HERE . Harnessing the Power of Grie

Excerpt from 57 Steps to Paradise: The Personals

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The Personals I not only answered dozens of ads in the newspaper personals section during the early to late 90’s I also probably had 20 or more first dates with men. Safe, boring, one-time-only dates. Dates with men I never wanted to see again. Meeting men in the personals became more of a hobby than a serious way to find Mr. Right. Years later when newspaper personals gave way to on-line dating, I have to say the on-line ads worked a lot better. Getting to know someone via e-mails is easier than only getting to talk to them on the phone before you actually met face to face on a real date. On-line photos and in-depth writing conversations back and forth help you weed out the frogs. One year during the 90’s, a friend of mine and I even offered a writing class at a big writers’ conference on how to write sizzling ads for the personals. I can’t remember how many people showed up or what exactly we taught them, but here’s our promo ad for the class. HOW TO WRITE GREAT ADS FO