Friday, August 28, 2009

Getting Naked Again book review & contest

The subtitle of Getting Naked Again (available hardcover or Kindle) by Judith Sills says it all: Dating, Romance, Sex, and Love When You’ve Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped, or Distracted. If you’re getting into the dating/ romance/ sex/ love world again after being out of it for a long time, this is absolutely the book you need to read.

Author Judith Sills, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of several psychology books, writes for women in a warm, pull-no-punches style and zooms in on those issues that concern – or should I say, obsess? – us when we’re considering reentering the dating game and becoming naked physically and emotionally again. It’s a a modern, how-to book about dating again, and it’s also a guide to preparing yourself to make that transition.

You’ll look at your last relationship and how it will shape your new one, mistaken fantasies and beliefs, and fears. You'll learn your best mind-set for dating success.

Whether you lost your last relationship to death, divorce, or a breakup, you were part of a romantic partnership which is no longer. You likely experienced the depths of heartbreak. Dating after heartbreak isn’t anything like like dating after college graduation. If you’re ready to forge a new relationship, or even just to tip your toes (or other body parts) in the dating waters to see how it feels, the world you’re entering is not the same as the one you left. Being single again isn’t even close to what it was in your past. Sills walks you through all this and more.

Although you don’t have to be over 50, 60, or 70 to benefit from Sills’ insights and tips, it helps. Many of her anecdotes and quotes are from women our age. And Sills doesn’t presume that you’ll wait until love or remarriage before you get naked – quite the opposite: she warns you not to mistake a first partner-assisted orgasm after emerging from a “sexual coma” for love.

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST! Hachette Book Group, the publisher of Getting Naked Again, has generously offered free copies of Getting Naked Again to five prizewinning readers of this blog!

Here are two ways to enter:

1. Tell your own true, candid story, 150 - 300 words, of getting naked again after age 50, 60, 70, 80, and up. Include:

What were your circumstances?
Who was the new partner and why did he/she attract you?
What misgivings did you have before shedding your clothes?
How did you overcome them?
How did it turn out?
What’s the funniest/scariest/sweetest thing that happened?


2. If you need the book because you want to get naked again but haven’t yet, send me your true, candid story, 150 - 300 words, about your circumstances, your desires, your worries/misgivings/questions, and why you need this book.

You may either post your story as a comment here or email it directly to me. If you post it as a comment, please also email me so that I know who you are if you’re one of the winners. In your email, be sure to include your name, age, and address and the code name (fictitious first name) you’d like to accompany your story.

Important: By submitting your story, you agree that you give me permission to publish it with your code name (no real name, I promise) on this blog and in my next book.

Contest open to residents of the US or Canada, no PO boxes, please. The five winning entries will receive be chosen completely subjectively by Joan Price and will receive a free copy of Getting Naked Again from Hachette Book Group.

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