Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mid-Life Crisis


Congratulations to "Silverwingz888", the winner of Cathy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Have you ever wondered where all the mid-life crises come from? I figure it has to be a recent phenomena. I mean, how often did you hear about a turn-of-the-century farmer shaving the family mule into something rakish and ambling off into the sunset to find himself?

According to Wikipedia, the term was first used in 1965 (the 60s—why am I not surprised?) as a time “where adults come to realize their own mortality and how much time is left in their life.” Some attribute the concept to Carl Jung, while others say it all goes back to Freud.

Most often, a mid-life crisis includes making significant changes—career, work-life balance, marriage, romantic relationship, large expenditures or physical appearance. Reassessing your goals and priorities from a more mature perspective sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? So why does “a mid-life crisis” smack of selfishness and immaturity? 


Much as we enjoy laughing at the old dude in the hot red sports car chasing a long-faded youth, research shows about 10% of 40 – 60 years-olds have a true psychological crisis. The rest? Well, maybe it's best described as overwhelmed by one too many of life's daily stressors.

It seems the Western culture of youth may play a role in the situation and that it hits men longer and harder than women. I can't help but wonder if part of that statistic is due to the age of the study—the  80s, when fewer women were far enough along in their careers to have big regrets...but I digress.

In For Love or Money, Holly Price's dad followed the all too typical pattern—dumped his spouse, walked away from career and responsibility, and basically did whatever he wanted, without thinking about the impact on the people affected by his decisions.

Ouch. That was harsh.

How about: Holly's dad questioned the choices he made and the validity of decisions he made years before.

Either way, Holly took a sabbatical from her career and came home to run the family business, staging it to sell. The last thing she expected was to face her own career choices and have to deal with her own emotional baggage—a six-foot hunk of testosterone, AKA her former fiance.

I will be giving away a digital book from my backlist to one commentor.


When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancĂ©, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancĂ©. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

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20 comments:

  1. I've known of a couple of families where the husband had a mid-life crisis but unfortunately the children were not grown-ups. I like this story better where the daughter is grown and better able to handle it.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen

      You're right, Holly is older and better able to handle it, but separation is tough at any age.

      The parallels for all three major relationships - Holly &JC, her parents, Marcy & Lee are what resonated with me as I wrote the story. So far, people seem to appreciate those elements.

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  2. Sounds like a great book. I think the mid life crisis gets blamed for lots of stuff! Just an excuse to do spend money. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Trish

      Yep, seen a lot of men go nuts buying toys!

      Hope you enjoy the story!

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  3. Call it mid-life crisis or whatever, it's still men behaving badly:) Unfortunately, it continues to be a social issue. I agree with Maureen that I like that your book has the affected children as adults.

    Jonettaallen 77 at yahoo dot com.

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    1. Oh, men behaving badly! That does sum it up nicely!

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  4. I just started For Love or Money. Fabulous! And, yes, I do spot those sporty cars with what I call "the old guy" driving, and snicker. Thing is, I'd love to have a car that's interesting rather than practical. So, I'll reconsider, and cheer that "old guy in the fancy convertible." But not Holly's father.

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    1. Hi Virginia

      I confess, I'd love to have the red Alfa convertible we sold when our daughter turned 16 and thought she could drive it! Loved that car!

      Hope you enjoy the story!

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  5. Wow, your book has really caught my interest... I have not personally met anyone that has had a midlife crisis... thanks for introducing your book... liking what you have shared!

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    1. Hey Colleen

      Glad the idea caught your attention - unfortunately too many of us have friends in this boat - hope it never happens to you or yours :)

      I love the layers we can build into our stories

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to read more of your works.

    schan26.wisc@gmail.com

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  7. This book sounds fantastic! Congrats to Cathy on the new release! Thanks so much for sharing!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I think the family mule may be safe. That's just so funny.

    It seems to just hit men, or do we women just soldier on?

    FOR LOVE OR MONEY sounds fantastic!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary

      I think Holly's sense of humor might be rubbing off on me :)

      Hmm, not sure if it just hits men...surely women also think, Wow, this isn't how I thought my life would turn out. But they don't seem to behave as irresponsibly. Or silly. (Note the 40-year old women who still try to dress like they're 20 are a whole separate category!)

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  9. Interesting book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  10. Interestingly enough, I happen to have a little red muscle car that I have dubbed The Midlife Crisis. But you knew that. It's got a box of your stuff in it still (oops! I might have passed midlife crisis and dived right into senility).

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