Bear with Me: Book Brag #2 and an Amuse Bouche

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

The Golden Age of Charli: BMI

After procrastinating for forty years, I published the first book in the Charli series in September, 2015. While the first book was in the editing process, I started writing the second book in the series, The Golden Age of Charli: BMI. In the second book, Charli and Pud have grown closer and grown more accustomed to retirement. And they have also “grown”, period. They realize that their love of fine and fun dining has affected their weight and also their overall health. So, just like they grew together in the first book, Charli and Pud must figure out ways to work together to improve their health. I wanted this second book to be fun and positive, while also telling a story with some challenges and surprises, and of course, laughs!

Here’s a video of me chatting about The Golden Age of Charli- BMI

As I planned my series, I had decided to add a surprise at the end of each book, that I was calling the Amuse Bouche. An amuse bouche is a small, complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants. These are served both to prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to the art of cuisine. The term is French and literally means “mouth amuser“. I chose to present my amuse bouche at the end of each book, one last tasty bite, to sum up my approach to the art of life.

Here’s how I set it all up. At the beginning of The Golden Age of Charli-BMI, I mentioned that Charli had picked a theme song:

If you want to know what I am like, listen to “Eye Level,” a 1972 song by the Simon Park Orchestra. The bouncy, upbeat, and quirky tune serves as