Advanced Love: John and Sylvia

Thank you to everyone who has ordered my latest book Advanced Love. I wanted to share another from one of my favorite couples below:

S: I met John when he was a first-year law student and he needed a reader because he’s blind. We both ended up living in the same building. I was dating a friend of his at the time and after his friend and I broke up I started to read to John.

He had the most beautiful back of any man I had ever seen in my life and his arms were just magnificent. I used to peek at him through the crack in the door because John is an exercise nut and he’s made one out of me. He is a very nice human being, just a nice man. You don’t run across those too often anymore, then or now.

We started dating and one thing led to another and we have been married for about forty-five years. You know it’s up and down like everybody else, but he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. What can I say, he’s the love of my life.

J: I love her style. She is very much her own woman. Even though I’m not into clothes, I like it when folks comment on how I’m dressed because of her. Folks come into my house and say it looks like a museum. It’s eclectic, it’s unique, and it’s her. She’s made me more conscious of who I am and what I deal with. Sometimes I beat up on myself thinking I should do better and that I should have done better than I have, but she tells me she has observed that some folks who can see aren’t doing as well as I am. I recognize that I am blessed, but sometimes I need someone to tell me, you know, you are doing okay—and she does. – John and Sylvia

Advanced Love Is Out In 5 Days!!!

I can’t believe that it’s only five days away from the release of my latest book, Advanced Love. I’m so excited for everyone to read about all these wonderful couples. This has been my favorite project yet and I can’t wait share all the love with everyone.

Here are some links to Preoder and some Book Signing Events Below:








Book Signings

The Advanced Love Senior Prom/Book Launch at The Strand Book Store.
January 24th 7:00-8:00pm

Los Angeles
Advanced Love Book Signing at Book Soup
February 2nd 4pm

San Diego
Advanced Love Book Signing at Warwick’s La Jolla
February 6th at 7:30 pm


What Makes You Feel Most Beautiful?

“When Ari and Antonia first approached me about doing this photoshoot I was most hesitant. I am uncomfortable bare faced. I’ve been wearing makeup for over 56 years and that look for me is my comfort zone. Growing up I never saw my mother nor my aunt nor anyone of that generation leaving the house without their foundation, powder, eyebrows, blush, lipstick, mascara…This was as much a part of their ensemble as the clothing they wore. I personally don’t see myself as a naturally attractive person and makeup has always been for me a positive enhancement. As I looked at the photos which Ari shared with me I felt that they were beautifully composed but I still felt I might have offered a much more attractive photo had I been the person I am most comfortable seeing. I never thought I would be a model. This is still a work in progress for me and perhaps the day will come when I feel comfortable leaving the house bare faced. Looking in the mirror, makeup or not, is not something I am prone to doing. I’ve never felt beautiful. Being with friends and people I love makes me feel the most beautiful. I have lived in what has been for the last 35 years thought of as a retirement community and that is wonderfully changing. Growing older may not provide me with the comfort of being seen bare faced but beauty has come to me through the myriad generations of which I am now so honored to be a part. What makes you feel most beautiful?” – Colleen Heidemann