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:
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