Friday, December 20, 2013

Dinner, Anyone?

Celebrating the release of a new story in The Kennedy Chronicles: ARRANGEMENTS.

Imagine, the dinner that transpired before the wedding of the season. Joe and Rose Kennedy, dining with Jackie's mother and stepfather, Janet and Hugh Auchincloss, each trying to merge their expectations....Have a seat at the table and join them.

Download ARRANGEMENTS here.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Rest in Peace, JFK

Despite his missteps, despite his faithful infidelities, no president will be mourned more than John F. Kennedy. His very public assassination scarred American History, and perhaps defines his legacy the most. For a nation to lose its leader during an unstable time is traumatic; his death unified the nation, if only for a short time. Considering the current political, we are unlikely to know such unity again.

It is said that the Kennedy family wanted JFK buried in the family plot in Massachusetts, but that Jackie had the foresight to realize that her husband's death would play so deeply into history, that she had him laid to rest at Arlington and his tomb topped with an eternal flame.

For more on how the eternal flame came to be, read the article here.

And now that the 50 year 'anniversary' mark has come and gone, may JFK find some sense of rest in his New Frontier.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

JFK...His Last Words.....

Considering the confusion, panic, and hysteria that ensued that traumatic day, you have to wonder: What were JFK's last words?

By the time he reached Parkland Hospital, the president was already gone. In fact, it's safe to say that after the hit to the throat, John F. Kennedy said no more.

But after some research, I discovered those last words: With his hand on Jackie's, he looked at her and said, "Don't wear the sunglasses."

The rain had stopped in Dallas, and despite the tragedy ahead, the sun peeked out. Jackie had reached for her sunglasses. But JFK wanted to connect with the people of Dallas: he wanted the convertible without the bubble top; he wanted them to see his face, his eyes, even as the motorcade slipped by....

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Revisiting the JFK - Marilyn Monroe Affair part 2

Most people probably accept the story that JFK and Marilyn met after he became president and she was already solidified as the Hollywood blond bombshell. According to reports, the president and the actress were introduced by Peter Lawford, JFK's brother-in-law (Peter was also an actor and super-pals with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.). The chemistry was obvious, electric. Who knows how long it was from introduction to seduction.

However, that famous weekend JFK spent at Bing Crosby's....where Marilyn showed up. And let's not forget those juicy rumors about the pool side cabana....

Months later, Marilyn sang, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," wearing that infamous 'skin and beads' gown during a televised event. That night, at Harry Belafonte's NYC apartment, the two were captured together that now-famous photograph--the only one that features them 'together'.

Ah, the fact that JFK shied away from the camera, is very telling....

Ready for more on the JFK - Marilyn affair? Check out O! JACKIE to get your Kennedy fix.

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The Red Roses

Interesting. When the president and first lady arrived in Dallas on that fateful day, Jackie was given a beautiful bouquet of red roses. Believe it or not, some people cried foul and claimed this was a sure sign of the conspiracy to kill JFK. Why? Yellow roses are the beloved flower of Texas. There's even a song! And Jackie did receive yellow roses earlier in their trip.

Were the roses a sign of the bloodshed to come? Probably not. But 50 years later, 'believers'--both conspiracy theorists and...not--are still mulling and 'proving' who pulled the trigger that day...and marked the history books with tragedy.

Before Dallas, JFK and Jackie had plenty of problems at home, behind closed doors. And bloodshed? Well, it could come to that. Find out whose in O! JACKIE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Revisiting the JFK - Marilyn Monroe Affair part 1

Just as with the assassination, theories abound when it comes to the sexual entanglement of JFK and Marilyn. Why? Controversial tongue wagging always follows whenever two gorgeous, famous people connect carnally.

Some people claim the pair knew each other and met back in the 40s, long before politics and Hollywood ensnared them. This broken fairy tale version paints the picture that their trysts were more than a tawdry affair, that theirs was a love story of forbidden proportions. Joe Kennedy was credited with keeping them apart--refusing to allow his White House-bound son to marry someone of Marilyn's caliber....JFK let his father have his way, as he always did.

I won't get into the reported 'love child' JFK and Marilyn shared. At that one, I draw the line.

Interesting, perhaps, since I show little restraint when it come to the heated topic of JFK and Marilyn in O! JACKIE.....check it out.

Monday, November 18, 2013

JFK's Coconut

This coconut fascinates me. When I think of the how and why it came to be, it's amazing. For those who may not know the story of JFK and the PT109, here's a quick recap....

JFK skippered the PT109 during his Navy days. A Japanese destroyed cut the tiny patrol boat in half, ran right through it like butter. JFK and the surviving crew members had to swim three miles in the waters of the South Pacific to reach a nearby island. Stranded with his men, JFK carved a message into a coconut, which natives delivered to a U.S. naval base some distance away. That coconut was the S.O.S.  / mayday call that helped rescue JFK and fellow mates. It was returned to JFK, who had it made into a paperweight; it adorned his desk the rest of his political days. And now, it rests among the other Kennedy-treasures in the JFK Library and Museum. A true wonder!

Want to read more amazing Kennedy stories...a blend of historical fact and fiction...? Check out O! Jackie

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jackie's Sketch

According to the caption, this was Jackie's depiction of life on the road during the 1956 campaign. Love the wit and humor displayed here. And how many people knew our former first lady was supremely talented??

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Site of Oswald's Murder

No matter which conspiracy theory you hold to regarding JFK's assassination, I think most would tentatively agree on one thing: Oswald's assassination had 'perfect' timing.

Ben Franklin once said "Three can keep a secret if two are dead," a little nugget that often proves true when it comes to murder-for-hire plots. With this in mind, I've gone back and forth on whether or not Oswald acted alone on Nov. 22, 1963.

If there really was a conspiracy to take out JFK, then how could so many keep quiet?

I know, I know...there's proof, there's evidence that something 'stank in the state of Camelot'.

We tend to believe whatever we want, and use the evidence to our advantage in arguments.

Oswald claimed he was a patsy, but he didn't give police a list of names of his accomplices, didn't give details on any conspiracy. He didn't sell out.

We're also talking 1963.

Had he lived, gone to trial, etc., what details, what facts would've emerged? Impossible to say, even now, 50 years later.

But here's an interesting article discussing the fate of the parking garage where Oswald was shot and killed. Amazing that it hasn't been turned into a museum of some sort.

Read the article here.

But if conspiracy theories aren't your thing, or if you're more of a Jackie and Camelot fan, check out my book on how Jackie dealt with JFK behind the scenes and between the sheets....O! JACKIE .

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Kennedy Game of Clue...?

Loved the title of this article: 11 Players in the Kennedy Assassination.

Check it out here.

The Kennedy Influence

Without a doubt, JFK was one of the most trusted and beloved presidents our nation has ever known. Few leaders since Kennedy have been able to win the fickle hearts of both Democrats and Republicans alike. So what was it that JFK had going for him?

Not to get too political here, but JFK was a visionary for his time. His speeches--his acceptance of the Democratic nomination in the summer of 1960 and his inaugural address, in particular--showcased a forward-thinking 'hopefulness' and patriotism the nation hungered for. Plus, thanks in part to the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK united the U.S. against a common enemy--communism.

Kennedy also left a lasting impression on the civil right movement, and some claim that for a portion of African Americans, JFK was as highly regarded as MLK and Jesus. Impressive company.

Read the article here.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Kennedy Film

As we've already pointed out this month, and as you've surely noticed everytime you visit the front page of your browser, Kennedy-news-stuff this month is at an all-time fever pitch.

Something new in the mix? A film starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin as the famous Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy.

More info here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Kennedy Mini-Series

Whether you loved or hated the actors portraying the Kennedys in the made-for-tv mini-series, The Kennedys, admit it, you just had to check it out. Guilty! Not that I had any issues with the cast. Katie Holmes has been compared to Jackie for ages, and while Katie does carry a certain class about her, she's no Jackie. She didn't capture Jackie's presence and mystique. But who does? (Tom Wilkinson as Joe--brilliant!) For me, the big disappointment wasn't in the actors or performances but in the depiction of JFK. Could just be me, but the character came across as wimpy, indecisive. I also think JFK's 'need' for other women was downplayed. And his fling with Marilyn? Almost ignored. Ah, well. I don't mind a decent rerun.

But if you like your Kennedys 'spicier' and more realistic, check out O! JACKIE.

JFK's Women

From an article by Robert Macpherson

Washington (AFP) - There was glamorous Jackie, of course. And mother Rose, who nurtured his White House ambitions. And all the others: a movie star, a teenaged intern, a mistress with Mafia ties and more.
Without a doubt, John F. Kennedy -- whose assassination 50 years ago this month still looms large in the American consciousness -- had a complicated relationship with women, many women.
Either he embraced them as pillars of strength on his journey to the US presidency, or he toyed with them to satisfy a unfathomable libido, in a "Mad Men" era when alpha males called the shots.

"It depended on the woman," said Larry Sabato, author of the just-published bestseller "The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy."

"He could be gracious and respectful of those with power and influence," Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, told AFP.

"But JFK had a nearly insatiable sexual appetite -- and in our terms today, he treated young and beautiful women as sexual objects."

Central to the Kennedy narrative was Jackie, the former Jacqueline Bouvier, born into affluence in July 1929, who personified style, elegance and sophistication for millions around the world.
The couple married in 1953 when she was a 24-year-old journalist and he was a 36-year-old rookie US senator. She encouraged him to write the Pulitzer-winning "Profiles in Courage" while recovering from back surgery, and she campaigned alongside him in his hard-fought presidential race against Richard Nixon.

In the White House, she championed the arts and culture, and presided over lavish state functions, while tending to the couple's young children Caroline and his son, John Jr, also known as John-John.
In the hours after Kennedy was killed, Jackie -- who was sitting next to him in the open-top presidential limousine in Dallas -- famously refused to change out of the pink Chanel suit spattered with his blood.

"I want them to see what they have done to Jack," she said.

She died in 1994 at the age of 64, with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston remembering her as a selfless woman of duty.

"With a deep sense of devotion to her family and country, she dedicated herself to raising her children and to making the world a better place through art, literature, and a respect for history and public service," reads her profile on its website.

But, while the Kennedys projected a public image of the quintessential modern American family, the president privately surrounded himself with paramours aplenty.

Best-known was Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood sex goddess who got tongues wagging with her sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" at a 1962 Democratic Party fundraising soirée.

The presidential birthday boy made no effort to conceal his delight.

Jackie knew of the liaison, [ as well as the other women].  Including Judith Campbell Exner, whose claim of a steamy two-year affair with Kennedy -- coinciding with a relationship with a Chicago underworld kingpin -- is deemed credible by historians.

Or Mimi Beardsley, a 19-year-old White House intern when Kennedy wooed her into an affair that lasted 18 months. She was a virgin, she said, when they first made love on Jackie's bed; later the two would race rubber duckies in the presidential bath tub.

No-one knows how many prostitutes Kennedy hired, but there were enough for his bodyguards to worry that he might fall victim to espionage or blackmail, at a time when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear war.

"He had a tendency to surround himself with ladies sometimes who were a little worrisome," said one Secret Service agent, Anthony Sherman, in an ABC television documentary in 1997.

"This was reckless to the extreme," Sabato told AFP.
"JFK risked his presidency and family over and over... Almost certainly, foreign intelligence agencies had some knowledge of this pattern of behavior."

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why the Kennedy Obsession Endures

Britain may have their royal family, but here in America, we had the Kennedys.

Rich, good looking, and ambitious, they represented hope during a difficult time in our nation's history. But the Kennedys were not without their flaws...Joe became infamous for his bootlegging and dealings with the mafia; JFK, well, he rarely met a woman he didn't like...and often get to know carnally; Rose, the domineering matriarch, was noted for being cold and unaffectionate with her nine children...on it goes.

Tragedy also clung to the Kennedys.

Joe Jr. and Kathleen both died in plane crashes; their daughter Rosemary struggled with mental deficiencies, unless Joe agreed to a procedure that paralyzed her in a vegetative state.

And we know how later history played out...Jack and Bobby both victim to an assassin's bullet; Teddy and Chappaquiddick....

Still, fascination trumps all when it comes to the Kennedy family. Perhaps they really are Arthurian legend, come to to speak.

O! JACKIE takes a close, personal look at Jackie Kennedy, and the struggles that made her 'famous'....

Visit the Oswalds

Opening Wednesday is a new museum in honor of the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination: the house where Oswald's family stayed.

After years of changing ownership and many updates, the home is now ready for the public to stroll through and indulge their obsession for all things Kennedy and that fateful November day.

Read the article here.

But if you're one who's more interested in revisiting 'Camelot' and its scandals, you might want to read here....Enjoy your copy of O! JACKIE today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

JFK, Jackie, and Their Hats

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy leaves the White House in Washington to Andrews Air Force Base for flight to Palm Beach, Fla. en route to the bedsite of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, who is hospitalized after suffering as stroke. Kennedy's civil rights legacy has undergone substantial reassessment since his 1963 assassination. Half a century later, "We're still trying to figure it out," says one longtime civil rights activist. (AP Photo/WJS)

JFK looks uncharacteristically somber in this photo, and though I'm not sure why, I can't help but wonder if it has anything to do with that hat! Although hats were fashionable during JFK's time, he hated them. Unlike the average male his age, JFK wasn't balding, so he was proud--perhaps arrogant about--showing off his famous Kennedy-weave. Check out footage from the inauguration. JFK's wearing a suit with tails...and carrying a hat. Even though it Washington was covered with snow and temperatures were in the 20s, JFK passed on donning the hat, especially during his inaugural address.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Assassination, 'Truth', and Making $$

Interesting article about how people have made money from the assassination with books and movies. When it comes to that tragic day in Dallas, there's an unending take on conspiracy theories, and we each adhere to what 'satisfies' our individual natures. Books and movies related to the topic have been successful for several reasons: the government's 'secrecy' and handling of info; the strange / unusual deaths of witnesses; and Oswald's assassination in the PD parking garage.

Read the article here.

For me, another mystery was always Jackie Kennedy herself. Poise and elegance defined her, but so did her need for privacy. And let's face it, many are stunned at how she tolerated JFK's wandering ways so gracefully.

Interested in getting to know Jackie 'personally'? Then enjoy O! JACKIE. You won't find any conspiracy theories least not related to JFK's assassination...

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Fairy Tale...Shattered

Most of us love a good story with a happy ending, and our celebrity-obsessed culture can't get enough of the drama of the rich and famous. The Kennedys, during that brief window in the 60s, were perfect. A gorgeous couple with adorable young children. He, the most powerful man in the world; she, the most beloved first lady. Nothing could outshine them, and America believed its future, its 'new frontier' was promising and solid. Of course, the trip to Dallas changed everything. Through the years, reports of JFK's infidelities surfaced, destroying the Camelot image for good. Even so, it's doubtful our country will ever again feel so hopeful, so passionate about the first couple. Had it rained that afternoon, the story could've been changed: JFK could've lived...but one wonders, how much of her husband's 'weakness' Jackie could've endured?

Scandals or not, some of us can't get enough of the Kennedys. If you're feeling nostalgic or curious about what they were like behind closed doors, then check out O! JACKIE.

And may you rest in peace, Mr. President...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Special Surprise

Since November 22 marks the 50 year 'anniversary' of JFK's assassination, my novel O! JACKIE will be discounted for the month. But since we're friends, and I know how much you love all-things-Kennedy, I'm kicking the sale off early. Enjoy! Please share with fellow readers and Kennedy fans.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mrs. Oswald

With the approaching 'anniversary' of JFK's assassination, our newsfeeds are sure to be filled with related items. One that caught my eye today? This article on Marina Oswald. Can you imagine how difficult and strange life has been for her since November 22, 1963? Perhaps more shocking is that she waited so long to 'distance' herself from the past. Read the article here.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Newbies in the NOOK neighborhood:


The Kennedy Chronicles:


"Party Favors"

Who's a happy girl? This author, right here. Hope you check them out and post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Would love to hear from you.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Still Wanted: Marilyn Making Money 50 Years Later

I admit it. This summer alone I purchased two t-shirts, a journal and a desk-sized picture of Marilyn. But apparently, I'm not alone. Marilyn Monroe's estate, along with other dead celebrities, continues to generate millions each year. Why? What is it about certain stars that enables them to (sometimes) be worth more in death than during their lifetime?

A couple factors for Marilyn could be her age and her sex appeal.

Dying mysteriously at 36, Marilyn will be 'forever young'. It's considered a tragedy when the world loses a star 'for no good reason'. Had Marilyn peaked yet, as an actress? Most of us would say no. Despite her film credits, she had yet to be taken seriously, as few roles cast her outside of the 'dumb blonde' image she became known for. Plus, in her personal life, Marilyn still had yet to find the ideal man and possibly enjoy a family. Habits and addictions (well, depending on which theories you believe..) got the best of her before she had a chance to 'have it all.'

The sex appeal and charisma of Marilyn is something that Hollywood dreams of, and it doesn't come along all that often. Whether she was tasseled in bed sheets or coiffed and dripping with diamonds, Marilyn starred in many men's fantasies. Her curves--in all the right places--served her well, and she knew how to play up to the camera.

Forever, Marilyn will be missed.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Phony Photo...?


I don't know the origin of this photo or the true story behind it, but one thing's for sure--it's entertaining. Most any Kennedy fan can appreciate the twinkle in JFK's eyes and the suggestive smile on his face; we know what he's thinking. What's also fun is leading yourself to believe that the beauty peeking at the president over her shoulder could be Marilyn Monroe. She's sexy and flirty, and looks like she is enjoying JFK's attention.

Now that you're in the mood for a little JFK - Marilyn love fest, kick off your weekend with a sexy, dramatic book, O! JACKIE. Find out the secrets behind those 'bedroom eyes', and experience Jackie's personal take on her husband's behavior.

Find out more about O! JACKIE here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

"A Tangled Web in Camelot"

Excited to share this review of O! JACKIE by Jean Smith.

Those of you who are TRUE Kennedy fans might raise an eyebrow at that name, but let me assure you, this isn't Jean Kennedy Smith, sister to JFK (and last living sibling of the Kennedy clan). Even so, you'll enjoy her take on the JFK-Jackie-Marilyn triangle in the book. You can check out more 5-star reviews on Amazon and BN.

Kindle fans, find O! JACKIE here.

Nook Fans, here's your copy of O! JACKIE.

Enjoy!...and please add YOUR review. Thank you!

Friday, August 9, 2013

You're Invited... the party! Since Friday / Friday nights are always the perfect time for a party, check out PARTY FAVORS, a short story depicting the dinner party where JFK and Jackie officially met.

Feel the spark of attraction, and find out what kept Jackie from going home with JFK that night.

Join the party here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Book on JFK & Marilyn Affair

Recent headlines are sharing snippets and details from a 'new' book about an old--but FAVORITE!--topic: JFK - Jackie - & -Marilyn. By now many of us know the drill. Info has come to light about how much Jackie hated JFK's involvement with Marilyn. Yes, we get it and we know it was probably true. What wife wouldn't hate it?!

But if you're a Kennedy fan and love to read about the affairs and scandals surrounding them, check out O! JACKIE. Experience Jackie Kennedy in her own words. Find out how she dealt with Jack's numerous indiscretions...and discover how far she was willing to go to end her husband's trysts with Marilyn.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Piece of Marilyn

Yet again, old photos of Marilyn Monroe have surfaced. the pictures will be up for auction soon. Feel free to read the article and browse the pictures here. In the meantime, enjoy this shot. Don't you love how everyone around Marilyn glowed from her spark and energy? She was one like no other.

Marilyn Monroe photos emerge for sale

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Speaking of New Theories...

How about a new theory on Marilyn Monroe's death?

Ever since she was found dead and naked in her Brentwood home, people have suspected that the Kennedys were involved.

I believe there was merit to that suspicion--but then I added my own twist: What if the Kennedys were involved, just not the Kenndys you might expect.

In other words, what if Jackie Kennedy played a part in Marilyn's death?

A delicious idea, and a concept that unfolds in O! JACKIE. Find out what can happen, when one of the world's most beautiful women is pushed too far.

You can read more and purchase O! JACKIE here, and feel free to visit .

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Theory on JFK's Assassination

Recent reports have surfaced that a Secret Service agent and his gun may have been to blame for JFK's death.

Read article here:

I have yet to dive into the details, but what do you think? Could this theory be real, actually have some legs to stand on? Or is this just another example of how people are so fascinated with this event that new 'theories' will always surface from time to time? Since we will never know the truth about November 22, 1963 (esp since Oswald was killed), I tend to believe that new 'evidence' and 'claims' will 'emerge' until the end of time.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jackie's 'Love Boat'

Few may remember the cheesy show, The Love Boat, where guest stars assembled each week for romantic adventures aboard a luxury liner. Anyway, Aristotle Onassis's mega-yacht Christina is up for sale. If you're willing to part with a cool $32, the historic boat can be yours!

Read more here:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Two Iconic Beauties...One Naughty President

A little snapshot I took at Barnes and Noble. This feeds into my theory that as pop culture / history junkies, we can't get enough of these two women. In O! JACKIE, find out even more about their 'complicated relationship', and maybe 'unravel' the mystery of Marilyn's death.

O! JACKIE news

It's always exciting when your work is released in a new format / online store. O! JACKIE is now part of the NOOK neighborhood. But she's not alone! Also joining in is ENCOUNTER, the first installment in The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring JFK and Jackie before they were married. Check it out!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jackie's contagious smile

Love the look on Jackie's face in this pic. I don't know the story here--where she was, when, etc.--but I'd say this was post the White House years. It's always good to see her smile.

Dinner plans

Elegance. This always comes to mind when I think of Jackie Kennedy. From her style choices, White House dinner parties, to the white gloves. She evoked a grace and poise that no first lady or politican's wife can ever match.

Would you like to attend a party with Jackie? Then check out PARTY FAVORS, a short story featuring Jackie and JFK before they were married. Join the dinner party where the pair was first introduced--and find out what happens when Jackie's then-beau arrives at the party...


Jackie Kennedy...Author?

Imagine if Jackie Kennedy had written her life story. What a tale! I'm sure there are many adventures, fights, outbursts, tender moments and more that would shock and titillate every Kennedy-fan. Jackie once entertained the idea of pursuing journalism as a career, thinking that she might not get married. Of course, JFK changed that--esp when he and his family insisted that her support for all-things-Jack was most important. That wasn't unusual at the time, and Jackie quietly tucked away her notions of writing. However, as first lady, Jackie was known for her (mainly handwritten) correspondence, and later in life, the American public was pleasingly surprised with her decision to work for Viking Press. Yes, if only Jackie had written her 'side' of the story.  (In the above picture, I believe Jackie is pregnant with John Jr.)

For those of you who would like to take a fictional adventure, maybe explore some of the 'what if' moments of Jackie's private life, check out O! Jackie, a novel that DOES attempt to reveal her 'side' of the story. Get it HERE.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Before JFK and Jackie tied the knot, they each faced troubling doubts and hard decisions about their relationship. Get your copy of the newest short story in The Kennedy Chronicles, BEFORE THE PROPOSAL, here.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

A piece of history for sale

Every now and then a Kennedy-related item comes on the market. Most recently, it's the home where alleged-JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was renting a room at the time of the president's death. The current owner claims 'now is the right time to sell' the family's home since this year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. Not sure I follow that logic, but it will be interesting to see if a bidding war erupts...or if, perhaps, there are no takers....(okay, unlikely, but we'll see).

Read the article here.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Climbing the Charts

Amazing news! ENCOUNTER is being offered FREE this weekend and has already cracked Kindle's Top 100. Woohooo! Download your copy here. Or even from here. O happy day!

Monday, May 27, 2013


A novel depicting the private life of Jackie Kennedy and how she dealt with JFK's affiars--including his trysts with Marilyn Monroe.

If you're a die-hard Kennedy fan who loves history, the 60s, and the Kennedy scandals mixed together, this is a can't-miss read for you.

Get to know the private side of Jackie Kennedy--and discover how she was involved in Marilyn Monroe's death....

Get your copy of O! JACKIE here.


The Kennedy Chronicles continues with PARTY FAVORS. You're invited to attend the intimate dinner party where JFK and Jackie were formally introduced by mutual friends. Relive the infatuation and the frustration these two iconic personalities dealt with on their first, unofficial date.

Purchase PARTY FAVORS here and enjoy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


The first in The Kennedy Chronicles, ENCOUNTER is a short-short story that takes a peek at the first time JFK and Jackie ever ran into each other. Naturally, neither of them knew such a brief moment would ever mean anything, but what a great moment to share in a story.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Jackie vs. Marilyn, part 3


Okay, maybe this one isn't fair, considering that Marilyn Monroe--even 50 years after her death--is still considered one of the most beautiful women of all time. Despite all the tragedies in Marilyn's life, one thing was true: she felt good in her own skin. Whether she was in a bedsheet, skin-tight outfit, bathtub, a wig, or nothing at all, Marilyn had a way of making love to the camera. She was curvy in all the right spots, men loved her, and women wanted to be her. Today, her estate still generates millions in revenue, people tattoo themselves with her image, and Marilyn's fan-base is larger than ever. Hands down, Marilyn wins.

But wait. There's no discounting Jackie here. She had her own 'sexiness', in a much more tamed-down style. Jackie was elegant, not flashy; photogenic, not sultry. And if you believe the gossip, she was desired and had by many. We still love Jackie.

And remember, ladies, there's a big difference between a man who wants to take you to bed and a man who wants to take you down the aisle.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jackie vs. Marilyn, part 2


Now this all depends on how much gossip you accept as gospel when it come to these two women. But on thing's certain--they had a lot of men in common. Here's the 'short list' of men Jackie and Marilyn knew intimately....

JFK. Yep, we all buy that one. He wasn't one to discern or turn away a beautiful lady or intern.

Bobby Kennedy. Fact or fiction? Many books and articles claim Jackie and Bobby began an affair shortly after JFK's death; similar books and articles claim Bobby also had his turn with Marilyn. Personally, I'm not sure about Bobby and Marilyn. Anything and everything's possible when we're talking Kennedy-lore, but for me, it's hard to believe that he was as randy as his brother. I could definitely see him with Jackie, and after what they'd both been through, losing Jack, I could see their relationship becoming intimate.

Peter Lawford. An actor and JFK's brother in law, Peter Lawford was, reportedly, 'popular' during his time, having bedded both Jackie and Marilyn. Eh, I'm not sure on this one. He doesn't seem Jackie's type, and I wonder if Marilyn would bother with him, but oh, the speculation....

Frank Sinatra. Again, I can see Frank with Marilyn, but in some ways, I'd think Jackie would be repulsed by the guy.

But when it comes to who had the best men, Jackie wins this one, too. Not only did was she married to the president, but she also married Aristotle Onassis, a man who was once the richest in the world. Sorry, Marilyn. A baseball player and a playwright don't measure up. Plus, Jackie never divorced; Marilyn's marriages failed, three times. Not that Jackie's unions weren't dysfunctional...

Jackie vs. Marilyn, part 1


When it comes to a fashion face-off between Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, the winner is easy to declare: Jackie. Over 50 years later, women and their style choices are still being compared to Jackie Kennedy and her White House years. Every first lady is judged on a 'Jackie scale', and none have truly left a lasting impression like Jackie. It's a safe bet that she will never be forgotten or replaced as an American icon. But what made Jackie so unique? Quite simply, her figure, her elegance, her mystique--and the gloves. Plus, television. As the 1960s dawned, many Americans owned a TV and could see the president and first lady more than ever before--and who didn't enjoy watching such a gorgeous couple with a young family?

Marilyn, on the other hand, held her own in the fashion department. She could wear anything, and she looked stunning whether in a gown or in shorts. Her "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" gown is probably one of her best iconic looks. Love it!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jackie's Iconic Looks: Favorite #1: Green Greek Goddess

For me personally, the celadon silk jersey gown by Oleg is stunning. Not only is the color delicious, but the shape of the dress and the way it hugged Jackie's curves makes this dress a clear winner. It's a stand-out from some of her other gowns, as this design reflects a nod to the ancient Greek goddesses. With or without the elbow length gloves, this dress works! And, this is a look that could still be worn today. Favorite, favorite!


JFK is chatting with Mary Hemmingway (I believe), and Jackie is giving her undivided attention to poet Robert Frost. Here is one time when b/w fails to capture the true elegance and beauty of a gown.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jackie's Iconic Looks: Favorite #2, The Pink Chanel

Many people may not realize it, but Jackie wore the famous 'raspberry wool' Chanel suit several times before that fateful November day. Here she is,in 1962, looking over plans for revitalizing an area in D.C., for example.

Like most of her outfits, the suit was stunning on her. Although the length of the sleeves is distracting, it's an eye-catching ensemble and an ideal choice for riding in an open-top motorcade.

Interesting that the hat that accompanied her outfit went missing at Parkland Hospital. The dress was never washed, and thanks to Jackie's mother Janet, the dress was boxed and later stored in the National Archives. A beautiful piece scarred by a tragic event.

Jackie's Iconic Looks: Favorite #3, India / Pakistan Trip

As a goodwill ambassador with no political agenda, Jackie left quite a mark on the people of India and Pakistan during her travels there in 1962. Leaders of both countries had been impressed with the first lady--and perhaps smitten with her--during their own visits to the White House. In true Jackie-style, she organized elaborate state dinners in honor of each of the two men. As a 'thank you,' they each in turn insisted that she and the president visit their home countries. Although Jackie postponed the trip for several months, and JFK declined to join her, the event ended up being a hallmark of the Kennedy administration. Jackie was showered with elaborate gifts--which included a horse! Her sister Lee accompanied her, along with other staffers, and naturally, her stunning wardrobe once again made a historic, long-lasting impression. Here are a few of the dresses she wore:



Interested in reading more about Jackie's adventures and her private life? Check out O! Jackie, a novel depicting her personal struggles and how she dealt with JFK's affairs. Visit to read The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring Jackie and the Kennedys before the age of 'Camelot'. Enjoy!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jackie's Iconic Looks: Favorite #4, Inauguration Night

Jackie launched (and virtually cemented) her iconic-style-status during the inaugural events of her husband's presidency. Although many adore the Oleg Cassini gown she wore the night before, I prefer the Bergdorf-Goodman creation (which Jackie helped deisgn) she wore on inauguration night. For me, the Cassini gown is too simple and not nearly as figure flattering as the BG dress. Of course, keep in mind that Jackie was still recovering from a difficult, premature labor and delivery with John Jr. In all honesty she does justice to both looks, but BG dress ranks among my favorites.


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