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Guess the release date of A Little Bit of Lust by @mylifeasadate and win! #giveaway #books #readers


Shirley Goldberg’s Starting Over series is a standalone collection of three romantic women’s fiction novels. In Middle Ageish, Sunny Chanel moves from Paris to New Haven, CT, and starts online dating, twenty years and twenty pounds after her first date. In Eat Your Heart Out, two foodies, Dana and Alex, banter, sauté and tiptoe around each other, except for the occasional smooch. What’s with that?

A Little Bit of Lust, Shirley’s new release, asks you to suppose your best friend, a widower, is suddenly the sexiest option around. Do you dare risk your friendship for a happy ever after?

A Little Bit of Lust introduces readers to three middle-aged friends, Lucy, Deon, and Phoebe, who share a bond that is tested by careers, loss, and love. A heartwarming story of forgiveness and starting over.


Love-cynical Lucy Bernard delights in her independence--baking, all things Instagram, the occasional fling, and most of all, hanging out with best friends Phoebe Karis and Deon Goldbloom. But when Deon kisses Lucy at the beach on a chilly afternoon, the two friends secretly jump into a lust-filled romantic weekend. So what’s with slotting her into "ignore" status afterward? Too embarrassed to confide in Phoebe, she silently buries the humiliation.

Deon is a widower who can’t move on after his wife's death. Is he a little crazy spending a sexy few days with Lucy and calling it the best time he’s had in four years? Yeah. Except blue Monday comes calling, and Deon isn’t ready for the guilt.

Lucy wonders how a smoochy weekend turns into a friends-with-benefits disaster. And Deon wonders if he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Using all his nerdy charms, he launches a campaign to bring Lucy around. Maybe they can chart a course back to one another if she will only forgive him.

Teaser from A Little Bit of Lust

“Blimey,” Lucy said out loud to the dressing room walls, channeling Eliza Doolittle. She turned her back and grinned over her pink shoulder. Then her best Queen Elizabeth right out of The Crown. “Philip? What do you reckon?”

She slipped on the dress, clingy in all the right places.

“How is it?” Deon called from outside the dressing room. “Sashay on out here.” She burst through the swinging door and twirled in front of him gripping the pink top in her hand.

“I love them both.” She felt her excitement transfer to Deon.

“Then take them both.” He stared approvingly, broke into a smile when she caught him.

“Thanks, I will.” Which to wear on my Marcus date?

Just don’t wear––” His eyes clouded. “Never mind.”


He didn’t finish his thought, gazed past her. “It’s perfect. Take it.” He slid closer and hugged her, right there in the middle of the missy department. “You look…great.”

“Thanks.” She inhaled the familiar scent of Deon, soap and that unidentifiable man smell, a tad rattled by Deon’s obvious enjoyment of the mall experience. She usually needed a tractor to get him anywhere near a mall. What was with all the…enthusiasm?

“You hungry? I could eat a whole goat.”

“Starving. Please, no goats.” Lame.

“And we’ve got to deliver your cheesecakes. Let’s go to Branford for dinner.”

“Fine. We can see if Phoebe is free when we drop off the desserts.” Lucy headed into the dressing room.

“No. Just the two of us,” Deon called.

Peculiar that he wanted a twosome. Lucy let it go. No, he wouldn’t dare.


Guess the release date of Shirley's new novel, A Little Bit of Lust. 🌷

Everyone who correctly guesses the date will get one entry into the draw. Wait, there’s more. 🎁🎈

Bonus entries will up your chances to win! Follow Shirley on Amazon, Facebook, Book Bub, Instagram, Twitter, and add her to your Goodreads friend/follow list. Signing up for Shirley’s newsletter gains double bonus points and a free romantic short story. 😎

This giveaway runs July 22 through August 31. Winner will be drawn on September 1.


Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website offers a humorous look into dating in mid-life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. A Little Bit of Lust is the third standalone book in the series Starting Over. Her character believes you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.



Barbara Bettis
Jul 22, 2022

Sounds like a dandy read, Shirley. Wishing you all the best--whenever the release comes LOL.


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Jul 22, 2022

Thank you, Shirley, for sharing your upcoming release and your fun giveaway!

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