Category Archives: Summer Reads

Summer Reading List

Thanks to the Sacramento Public Library for putting Chanel Bonfire on their great Summer Reading List!  I heart librarians.  For their complete list, click on the link below.

Summer Reading List

And remember if you and your book group read Chanel Bonfire this summer, I’d be happy to do a Skype Q & A with you!  Just contact me at!  Happy Reading!


Congratulations Emma Roberts!

A BIG SHOUT-OUT to my reader and Twitter buddy, Emma Roberts!
Her terrifically fun, subversive family comedy opened yesterday with sneaks Tuesday night and it is going to blow the roof off the box office this weekend.  Everyone should go see it!  Last laugh of the summer!  

And don’t forget to take your Kindle or iPad so you can read Chanel Bonfire while you’re waiting for the film to start.  It was on Emma’s Summer Reading list ( shouldn’t it be on yours?

Book Bloggers: Summer Reading Lists

Diamonds, Louboutins & Baby
I am very impressed by the number of people around the world (many of them women, many of them women with children and jobs and spouses) who write and maintain blogs that regularly feature books in addition to other preoccupations and interests.  And naturally I am grateful when any of them gives up their valuable space and time to Chanel Bonfire.  Thank you for sharing Chanel Bonfire with your followers and friends! 

Beach Read Book Mobile

Now this gentleman has the Beach Read market cornered.

A book is a vacation all by itself.  It can take you to another world, another time, another life in seconds and let you stay there for hours, days, even weeks.  A book can take you on a vacation from your vacation.  My husband’s family spent a few weeks in the Adironack Mountains of upstate New York every summer when he was a kid.  The cabins were made of logs and had electricity (frequently knocked out by thunderstorms) but no telephone.  There was no television and the radio could only pick up one station from someplace in Vermont.  Entertainment was jigsaw puzzles, boardgames, cards and especially books.  His parents would bring stacks of library books and each of the kids had a reading list as well.  And if you ran out, there was the little Indian Lake town library ten miles or so down the road (when the road wasn’t washed out by those thunderstorms).  It was during one of those storms he read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the first time.  And when the electricity went out, his parents were down the lane at his aunt and uncle’s cabin playing cards and he had to make his way in complete and utter darkness with the book tucked under his arm–too afraid to be alone.  I learned of that darkness first hand years later when I made my first visit to their rented place up there.  It was another storm and I was reading another book you’d never want to read alone–Silence of the Lambs.  I’d been rehearsing for a play and the book (this was before the film) was making the rounds of the cast and it was mine for this short break we’d been given.  Even on a sunny afternoon by the water, the book was terrifying, by candlelight in a thunderstorm, it took me out of the frying pan and into the fire.

I’d love to hear your experiences of fun summer reads.  And if your book group is reading Chanel Bonfire, you could schedule a Skype or FaceTime Q & A and tell me about them in person.  Just email me at to schedule a time.

Betty Confidential

“If ‘Mommie Dearest’ and ‘Running With? Scissors’ Had a Love Child” — Meet Wendy Lawless, Author of This Summer’s Hottest Read, “Chanel Bonfire”

Meet the author of “Chanel Bonfire,” a must-read memoir of a fashionista-goldigger mother in the swinging ’70s.

The Fabulous Harvey Helms

Interviews me today on his amazing blog Betty Confidential.  LOVE him.  Read more at