Date Published: 5-25-16
Publisher: Cupid’s Press
What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.
Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles—house, pool, her own business helping Cupid find love for LA’s most discriminating singles. Her handsome and ardent hubby Adolfo performs at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. He tends to scoff at Marla’s green juice, vegan diet, yoga, and daily affirmations and can be a teensy bit of a control freak.
A discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without sends Marla searching through New Age boutiques along with her skeptical friend Julie. They are soon schooled by a charismatic “Goddess,” delving ever deeper into self-realization, conversations with angels, pendulums, candle “Magick,” Reiki, crystal healing, and more. Attend a Hindu Bajan? Sure. Orgasmic Meditation? (Wait, what…?) Maybe not that one.
Growing in her spirituality, yet exceedingly frustrated with some of her persnickety clientele—aging men who see themselves as Dorian Grays, worthy of exquisite young women—Marla’s world is shifting. She achieves certifications as an energy healer and encourages Julie to sample the concoction Julie calls “green gunk” and other healthy practices to help her conquer an addiction to unavailable men. Marla deepens her communication with the Beyond while Adolfo, always so practical, asks, “Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices? Angels aren’t real, come on!” Matters grow worse when certain psychics warn of “dangerous low-vibrational entities” and rabidly disagree with each other.
Her alternating universes give Marla spiritual whiplash, yet she discovers the LITE way to balance the human carnival with a transformational spiritual journey.
What is the hardest part of writing your books? The hardest part is being able to carve out big chunks of writing time. I’m a business owner (boutique matchmaker) and that has to come first. So, I steal as much time as I can away and get in some good writing. It feels so good when I can actually take a half a day to do that.
What songs are most played on your ipod? Well, I don’t have an ipod, but I have some music on my iphone. I rarely listen to it. When I write, I write in silence.
Do you have critique partners or Beta readers? My only critique partner is my editor Peggy. She is amazing, and between the two of us, we manage to get to where I want to go with the story.
What book are you reading now? I’m reading a VERY unique novel called, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. It was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman.
How did you start your writing career? In 2006 I decided to write a dating advice book. I got lucky and the publisher, Hampton Roads picked up the book. It was called, Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting. From that day on, I got the writing bug. I was hooked, it was so much fun.
Tell us about your next release: I have the first chapter written on a Cozy (murder mystery) I got a great idea while up in Seattle, so I’m giving it a shot. It’s a genre I’ve never tried before, but I’m up to the challenge!
About the Author
Born in Tacoma, Washington, “The City of Destiny,” Marla was destined to move to Los Angeles where she shoots her arrow of love on a daily basis as a professional matchmaker, helping countless couples connect with their soul mates.
She is the author of three memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Hearts on the Line and The Buddha Made Me Do It.
Marla has been interviewed on the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, Urban Rush, CTV Calgary, Better TV, KUSI San Diego Morning Show, and over 100 radio shows including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
Her husband Adolfo has asked her, “Marlita, do you want to go to the moon too?” referring to her many interests—a true Gemini. Yet nothing has fascinated her like her profound adventure far beyond the moon and into the vastness of cosmic spirituality.