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Crone. Club Mayhem is published

 

 

Crone Club Mayhem has been published on Kindle and will be published as a paperback within the next 10 days.

Introducing CRONE CLUB MAYHEM

The Crone Club continues with Mayhem!!!  Read the first chapter of the next book in the series.

CRONE CLUB MAYHEM Chapter 1

Poor George is really struggling in her new life, however take *WARNING If you have not read the first book this contains spoilers.

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THE CRONE CLUB  will be available at $0.99 until the publication of Crone Club Mayhem. (Only 0.77p on amazon.co.uk)

This is to encourage people to read the first book before CRONE CLUB MAYHEM, which continues the story (from George’s viewpoint) and therefore is a spoiler.

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Crone: Insult or Celebration?

Crone club badge1 copyI have recently had a very interesting discussion on goodreads (see Goodreads/Boomer Lit/monthly read/The Crone Club) with someone who said she found the title so offensive that she would never even open The Crone Club, let alone read it.  I was taken aback, not so much by her view, as by the vehemence with which she expressed it, even going so far as to state that she had asked all her friends and they had agreed with her.

I found this strong objection to the title “crone” very surprising and in the end, thought-provoking. As the book makes clear the reunited friends choose to call themselves the Crone Club. It is not a name imposed on them. Alison, the feminist member of the group, points out that ‘crone’ is a title given to the reigning goddess in ancient mythology, the other two titles being maiden and mother. The name ‘crone’ therefore celebrates the power of the feminine; it does not denigrate it. It also celebrates a special time in our lives when we are no longer at the mercy of our oestrogen levels and our increased testosterone levels are also giving us more confidence and assertiveness. We are free from many of the responsibilities and expectations of society regarding ‘correct’ and appropriate female behaviour, so we can reinvent ourselves.

It seems that some of my fellow Baby Boomers are challenged by the word “Crone.”  It is time to rescue this term from the negative connotations imposed on it by a patriarchal society. This is well beyond accepting that we are growing older.  By embracing the ‘crone’ in us we can go forth empowered, to take on all the challenges of our new lives and strive for our dreams.

Interestingly, I was recently introduced to this article, which supports and develops many of the points made above: http://wildwomansisterhood.blogspot.nl/2013/04/croning-ceremony-celebrating-wisdom-of.html#.UXpkFkoZPEz

Boomer Lit Friday (excerpt 4)

Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues.  Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog we can tour the blogs which offer a selection of short Boomer Lit excerpts for readers to enjoy.

I have been sharing excerpts from The Crone Club.  This is now the monthly read for the the Goodreads Boomer Lit group.

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“Oh no, I don’t believe this!” George almost shrieked.
“What’s the matter now?”
“It’s happening again! Twice in one journey! We’ve just acquired another tail-gater and he’s even started flashing me now. Right, Cass, this means war! Get out Mr. Road Hog again. This one is not getting away with it.”
“All right, all right.”
With a sigh, Cass undid her safety belt again. At the same moment, George slammed on her brakes, hurling Cass forward so hard she nearly gashed her head on the dashboard. “What are you doing?” she panted, as she heard the sound of screeching tyres and the hoot of an angry car horn behind them. “Are you trying to kill us all?”
“I’m teaching the sod a lesson!” George exclaimed. “Don’t tail-gate! Now for Lesson number two! Get Mr. Piggy through the roof while I’m driving nice and slowly!”
With some trepidation, Cass sat back down and pushed the placard through the roof, holding grimly onto it as the passing air pushed against it. Then, without warning, George gave a shriek of panic and drove off at high speed, causing a sudden jolt and wind rush that whisked the placard out of Cass’s hands. There followed a series of hideous crashes on the roof as the placard bounced across it, followed by more screeching brakes and swerving tyres behind them.
“What have you done….?” Cass squealed, but she was interrupted by the sound of a police siren. “Oh, no. You’re joking!”
“It’s not my fault! I didn’t notice it was a cop car until…. He was too close before ….Damn. I think he wants me to pull over…”
“Oh my God, it’s flashing its light and everything!” panted Cass, looking behind her in panic. “What are we going to do?”

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THE CRONE CLUB has been chosen as this month’s read for the Goodreads Boomer Lit group and will be available at $0.99 until 1st May. (Only 0.77p on amazon.co.uk)

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The Crone Club is the monthly read!!!!

Wonderful news! The Crone Club has just been accepted as the monthly read for the Boomer Lit group on goodreads! I am so happy and proud. A sincere thank you to everyone who voted for The Crone Club. I am really looking forward to your reviews and comments on my crones.

Boomer Lit Friday (Excerpt 3)

Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues. Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog lists a selection of short, relevant excerpts for readers to enjoy.car3
I have been sharing excerpts from The Crone Club.  Everyone seemed to like the arrival of the car last week so I thought I would treat you to Frank’s reaction on seeing it for the first time.

“Frank yanked his dressing gown back on, pushed past Cass and strode towards the bedroom windows, which gave a view of the front drive. He whisked back the curtains, then gave a hoot of outrage: “Hell’s teeth! What in God’s name is that?”
Cass rushed to the window and saw, parked on their drive, an old Citroen 2C, gaudily painted in retro-60s, gaudy, multi-coloured psychedelia. Frank gave another curse, then closed the curtains hastily.
“Tell that – that hippie to get her repellent object out of my drive now!” he shouted, while Cass gazed at him anxiously. “The neighbours will think we’re all on drugs…”

Boomer Lit Friday (Excerpt 2)

We are participating in Boomer Lit Friday.

Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues. Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog lists a selection of short, relevant excerpts for readers to enjoy.car3
I have had a lot of kind comments about the opening of The Crone Club which I shared for last week’s blog hop. Thank you one and all. Several people wanted to know what happens next, so I thought I would continue this week with more from further on in Chapter 1.

As Cass tried to ease herself into sleep, the sound of a car engine began to intrude on her fitful dreams. In the silent streets the vehicle could be heard approaching from some distance away. It was an old-fashioned engine, which did not purr politely like modern cars, but made a flatulent roar that could wake up the whole neighbourhood. Cass looked anxiously in the direction of Frank’s bed, but he just snorted in his sleep. A growing suspicion that this car was coming straight to her door was confirmed when, a few minutes later, there was a brief flash of headlights through the curtains, followed by a screech of brakes outside, the slam of a car door and a ring on the doorbell.

Boomer Lit Discussion Group on Linkedin

As well as the excellent discussion group on Boomer Lit in Goodreads, there is also a group in Linkedin called Boomer Lit Writers and Readers. Visit us and join in.

Lynn Schneider Books

Baby Boomer Lit: Author and Reviewer