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Monday, November 11, 2019

 

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later: Blog Tour and Giveaway

Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness. Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between. Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own superhero facing life’s good and bad moments.

Print Length: 374 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Gilbert Street Press
ASIN: B07YBNHXZG
ISBN-10: 0983171564
ISBN-13: 978-0983171560

The Unfaithful widow Ten Years Later is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.com.

Book Giveaway Contest

To win a copy of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth, please enter using Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Giveaway ends on November 17th at 11:59 PM EST. We will announce the winner the next day on the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

About the Author, Barbara Barth

Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her.


Visit her website at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/, follow her on Twitter @writerwithdogs, and follow her Amazon author page.

---- Interview by Nicole Pyles

WOW: First of all, congratulations on your book! Your book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later continues on where The Unfaithful Widow left off. For those who were fans of the first book, what can they expect from your latest book?

Barbara: Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, my memoir is the continuing story about being single and finding your place again with the help of friends, laughter, following your heart, and becoming your own superhero. The stories are in chronological order from owning an antique shop for nine months to my move to a Victorian cottage in a small historic rural community, and all the folly in between the two. And if you know me, you know there are my dog stories, lots of them.

WOW: Oh I love dogs! And I love how you use humor in your writing. Does that come naturally to you?

Barbara: Thanks for the nice compliment. I am a storyteller and have been for as long as I remember. Laughter is the best medicine, is not a cliché phrase, but a true statement. The only caveat, I poke fun at myself, not at the expense of others. I’ve learned I make mistakes, lots of them, but we learn and go on. Or at least, I hope I learn. Sometimes I’m not sure. Once I get started it is hard to shut me up. Ask my friends! If I can make you laugh, I’m happy. I am respectful of loss and sadness, but for me, I have to find a way to come out of the darkness laughing.

WOW: I'm the same way! Laughter in the midst of darkness is wonderful medicine. So, what inspired you to write this book?

Barbara: I wanted to tie up all the craziness of the last ten years as my seventieth birthday approached. I received my widow crown three months before I turned sixty and have been blogging about all my adventures and misadventures since the publication of The Unfaithful Widow in 2010. With my big birthday looming ahead it seemed fitting to do a memoir again. Ten years a widow going into a new decade as a single woman with a bed full of dogs. While these stories are all about me (and what memoir isn’t as a friend pointed out at our writer's group) there are universal themes for all women from aging, dating, health issues, living alone, friendships, love, dealing with loss, and discovering what makes you happy. Each year I’ve recreated myself, not to be different, but to find my creative path. And then there is the question, man or beast? Every so often I surface and try dating, get a great blog post from it, but I am always my happiest sleeping with my dogs. I wrote the memoir to help put my life in perspective and figure out what goes and what stays moving into my seventies. I still wonder what’s next. Perhaps my readers are asking the same question and will join me in finding everyday magic.



WOW: I can't wait to see what's next! Tell us about the dogs in your life. Who are they and how do they inspire you?

Barbara: My dogs are my life. I never had children, so while my friends are becoming grandparents, I’m adopting dogs. When my husband was alive we had two dogs, but as a widow my dog frenzy began, adopting five dogs in nine months. I still had my old gal Foxy, so I referred to my dogs as the six-pack. The hardest thing is losing a beloved pet, and I adopt older dogs, so that is always a worry. Most years my numbers range from five to six as dogs go over the rainbow bridge and new ones join the household. I lost two of the original core group since finishing my memoir. I’m now down to one big girl and three Chihuahuas, and there is a hot romance going on between two of the little ones. I’ve written about that in my new book. My platform is Writer With Dogs and I find it is a great way to connect to others. Who doesn’t like talking about their dog? A good ice-breaker and a fun excuse to keep adopting dogs, as if I need one. My dogs teach me lessons on life with their love and caring, not only for me but with each other. This is the first time I haven’t gone right out to bring in another dog or two. But last February I tripped and broke my elbow and wrist and have had to heal before going dog crazy again.

WOW: Hopefully you heal up quickly and can bring more dogs into your life! What is next for you? What are you working on now?

Barbara: What’s next? That is always my biggest question. Living alone leaves two choices as we age, go inward or go outward. For me, I am always trying to create something new and exciting that keeps me surrounded with people. I have a few novels I’ve started. Now that my memoir is done, I hope to find time to work on them. I’m also painting again, thanks to the inspiring folks at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts.

While my own creative endeavors are important, sharing with the local community through MWCA is a top priority. I am on the Board of Directors as their Literary Arts Chair (my new crown and I wear it proudly) and have established a writers group, book events, and our Second Saturday Open Mic Nights for storytellers and musicians to gather once a month. We are currently working on an anthology of murder and mayhem stories as a fundraiser for the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts and plan to have it available for sale in time for Christmas. My mind stays full of things to do.

WOW: We can't wait to see what is next. Best of luck on your book and on the blog tour!


--- Blog Tour Dates

Today @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Barbara Barth's new book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry's blog today and will be talking about women friendships.
http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda's blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

November 14th @ Thoughts in Progress
Visit Mason's blog today and you can read Barbara's guest post about starting a writing group. Don't miss it!
https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole's blog and read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori's blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill's blog today and you can read Barbara Barth's guest post about self-publishing.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra's blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!
http://www.astorybookworld.com

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Be sure you visit Bev's blog and read Barbara Barth's guest post about starting over at 70. You won't want to miss this!
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo's blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don't miss it!
https://margoldill.com/blog

November 20th @ Anthony Avina's Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony's blog today and read Barbara Barth's guest post about publishing anthologies.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

November 21st @ Cassandra's Writing World
Stop by Cassandra's blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson's Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson's blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don't miss it!
http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Visit Bev's blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline's blog and read Barbara Barth's guest post that will be talking about women friendships.
http://madelinesharples.com/

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne's blog today and you can read Barbara Barth's blog guest post about starting over at 70.
https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna's blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa's blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa's blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth's guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.
https://www.bibliotica.com/

November 28th @ Hasty Book List
Visit Ashley's blog today and read her fun interview with Barbara Barth, author of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.hastybooklist.com/

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara's blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://strandupdate.blogspot.com/

November 30th @ Anthony Avina's Blog
Visit Anthony's blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda's blog and read her review of Barbara Barth's book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com

December 2nd @ Women's Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women's Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don't miss this one!
http://www.susanweidener.com/


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18 Comments:

Blogger Barbara Barth said...

What a great way to start my day, coffee and my muffin interview. So excited to be on a blog tour with WOW! once more. You all rock and it is wonderful to reconnect. Heading to the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts to work a few hours today. It's my favorite place to be unless I'm home with the dogs. Thinking of all the veterans today and especially my Dad, a most handsome pilot in WWII.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Michelle Cornish said...

I love dogs and humor! Can't wait to read this! Thank you, Barbara :)

7:59 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Barbara ~ I love that you picked up where your first memoir left off. We have so many memoirs in us! I'm working on two memoirs right now of different time periods in my life.

Your memoir is so much fun--a riveting, heartwarming read with lots of laughs. Your voice is wonderful, like hanging out with a friend. I love that you talk about the business of being an author and entrepreneur, and of course, your dog stories. Your chapters are fantastic because they are the perfect length, like mini stories. I just started your book yesterday and I'm almost done. I'll leave a review soon! I'm definitely recommending it to everyone.

Congratulations on your new position and crown as Literary Arts Chair. The open mic nights sound like so much fun, and your antho is a fabulous idea.

Good luck on your tour! :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Jackie Rod said...

I'm excited about your blog tour, Barb. My WOW will begin in January. Yay!!

4:49 PM  
Blogger DJ Sakata said...

This looks like good fun - I wants - so I entered the contest. Fingers and toes are crossed ;)

5:00 PM  
Blogger Barbara Barth said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I'm excited about my blog tour and appreciate everyone's kind words!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Whispering Stories said...

The books sounds lovely and I enjoyed the interview. Unfortunately I don't read memoirs.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf said...

Great interview. I hope the blog tour goes well. The book sounds like something that will be well received by readers.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Robin Loves Reading said...

Great info in this book. Thanks for sharing.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations, Barbara! I’m looking forward to reading it.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Thomas Gibson said...

I love chihuahuas. Your dogs are beautiful.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Mal Bailey said...

I love dogs! Well...and cats...and basically all animals! With that said I am very excited to read this!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Loving the dog!

4:11 PM  
Blogger TRIPPER2365 said...

The dog is so adorable.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara Barth said...

Just checked back and saw a few more comments. Thanks everyone! My dogs are excited you've noticed them. That is little Odette in the photo with me. I adopted her about 2 years ago from a local rescue group. She had been in the back yard of a breeder and no one knew she was white until they gave her a bath. Eight years old and quite the lady. All my dogs are rescues. Aren't they the best?

6:31 AM  
Blogger Katiria said...

Great post and great interview. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Kim Holsapple said...

Have you ever had a corgi or a corgi mix? I currently have both. Our corgi, Lonnie, is our second. We got her at 11 weeks old. Toby is our corgi mix and we rescued him last Christmas

1:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara Barth said...

Kim Holsapple, never have had a corgi, but I love them. Fan of Tasha Tudor. Your dogs sound adorable.

7:27 AM  

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