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Move Over Chick Lit: We Want Something Older!

Welcome to Henlit Central! I started this blog because I imagine there’s an entire genre that’s underrepresented in the literary world -- and it’s us, middle-aged women (looking for...
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Who the Heck is Allie?

Every story needs a great protagonist. Someone who’s relatable and who keeps readers invested. It...
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Summer Reading Picks!

Besides my “go to” books about family drama that have a “beach” read feel, I’ve...
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Author Interviews

Author Interview: Camille Pagan

Meet Camille Pagán, the #1 Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of eight novels,...
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Author Interviews

A Memoir by Peggi Davis

Meet Peggi Davis and learn more about her delightfully charming mix of memoirs and short...
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Author Interviews

Author Interview: Hayley Walsh

Meet Hayley Walsh from Sydney, Australia and learn more about her and her light-hearted women...
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Five Spring 2022 Reading Picks!

In the next few months, I hope to get at these books while enjoying a...
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10 Things Time Has Taught Me

  I stumbled across this post by Donna Ashworth. Check out her website Donna Ashworth and...
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To Read or Not to Read

We’ve all heard of the cliché, Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, haven’t we?...
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Author Interviews

Author Interview: Maggie Smith

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your published book. Hi, I’m Maggie Smith...
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Author Interviews

Author Interview: Lainey Cameron

Here's what Lainey Cameron had to say about her debut novel, The Exit Strategy, releasing on...
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Empty Nest vs. Empty Heart: How to Stay Positive When Your Kids Move Out

BY MELISSA ROWE -- For many women, much of our lives have been consumed by parenting. Rarely...
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Thinking positive about aging and embracing it can be challenging and exhausting even on the best of days. But cheer up. There are plenty of interesting articles and tips on how we can learn and train our minds and body to be on our sides. And maybe that’s the secret to positive aging…no matter where we are with our daily diet, routine and lifestyle!

For the Light-Hearted

Check out a few recommended sites and other good stuff to find great reads, reviews and blogs for the ‘over 40’ light-hearted book lover. 

Coming July 2022!

For fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette or Marian Keyes’s The Break comes And Then There’s Margaret. Take a relatable and often hilarious ride with our heroine as she realizes the only way to survive the angst of family is to let go…and let be.

Next Generation Indie Book AwardsChick Lit (Fiction) – Finalist
Maxy Award  Literary & Humor Winner
BookBub  New Release for Less 06/26/22
“Over the course of this novel, Clarke offers a tale that’s often funny and sharp.”Kirkus Reviews
“Carolyn Clarke weaves the plot with skill, and her characters are all convincing, with their flaws and quirks. Moreover, the wittiness of the writing enlightened the story. Here, day-to-day life is never boring.”Reedsy Discovery
“Would recommend this book if you like family centered dramas with lots of humour.” My.Bookworm.Life – Instagram book blogger
Available for pre-order here!


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