Monday, February 4, 2019

Mommy and Daddy's Day with The Winner's Circle by PJ Colando

It's Mommy and Daddy's Day here on Bookworm for Kids! Every now and then, I present a book for all of those Mom's and Dad's out there. After all, parents like to read too. While intended for the adult audience, the books I present on these days are not something parents need to hide under the bed and hoped their kids don't accidentally read a few pages. The content is nothing worse than an average Young Adult read. In this particular book, there is an adult 'child' who likes to bring some chaos, and it makes a nice, 'easy' afternoon read (comments from the author).

So, enjoy!

by PJ Colando
Acorn Publishing LLC
Contemporary / Family / Faith
264 pages

Faith… Family… Frenzy!

Three longtime friends explode apart and find their way back to each other in The Winner’s Circle, a literary-commercial crossover novel in a genre entitled Boomer Chick Lit that is written to appeal to book clubs.

Life in a rural small town can dull the senses. A trio of gal pals—mired in middle age, middle America, and other people’s problems—long to escape. When, one of the friends, Bonnie Voss, wins the Boffo Lotto, her circle of friends urge her to lawyer up, invest, and sequester herself.

But secrets are inconceivable in small towns, and the clamor for cash withers Bonnie’s wallflower soul. It doesn’t help that her former boss, the local pastor, is first to beseech funds for his church expansion plans.

And so, Bonnie and her beau, Carl Edwards, invite close friends, Jackie and Steve Breeden, to witness their Vegas wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii with endless vagabond beyond. The sky’s the limit!

Meanwhile, the other gal pal, Fran Blackstone Rankin, the recently retired former high school administrator who married the local pastor, Paul Rankin, have agreed to supervise immature thirty-something son, Brandon Breeden’s management of the Breeden Dairy in his dad’s stead.

The allure of travel is fun for a while—hilarious, in fact. A California trip segment, where Carl introduces Bonnie to his ex-wife and adult kids, proceeds fluidly. However, the Hawaiian honeymoon goes over overboard when a mai-tai-fueled hula performance brings unwanted tabloid and YouTube fame. The ex-wife reads ‘The Enquirer’ and immediately desires a piece of lottery pie.

Bonnie’s instant wealth didn’t gain immediate status and respect, so her relationship with her travel partners is strained, and—back in Michigan—Fran finds that Brandon doesn’t require her reins and her husband, the pastor, can not be dissuaded from his schemes.

When the husbands are jailed on the travel foursome’s first day in Australia, wanderlust is no longer a romp, and things get complicated when you’re halfway round the world, untethered from all you know and love.

Life has its consequences… and there’s no place like home.

With your circle of friends.

And here she is...

PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest,
yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’
model. She lives in southern California with her family, hobbies, and

PJ writes comedy and satire with a literary bent. She is the
author of three previous novels, with short stories, personal essays,
and articles published in journals, magazines, and anthologies.

Follow her boomer humor blog on


1 comment:

PJ Colando said...

Let's pretend one of wins a boffo lotto - what would we do? Where would we go? Would we lawyer up or go off 'the deep end' and spend?

Well, one of the trio of gal pals wins mega-millions for real, and then the trouble begins... but it's not what you think!

Try this book during kids' nap time, but don't read it near their bedrooms... you might, might, might laugh aloud a lot. Shh-h, don't wake them up!