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Significant Others by @MarilynBaron is a Christmas & Holiday Festival pick #womensfiction #giveaway

Title: Significant Others

Author: Marilyn Baron

Genre: Coming of Middle-Age Humorous Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

For Honey Palladino, the holidays have lost their magic. She is sure her husband is cheating on her. Her daughter plans to spend the time with a friend. Her widowed mother sees the image of Jesus in a live oak tree. And if that’s not enough, her mother is also talking about going on a Christmas cruise with some old geezer, without the benefit of marriage. That would be right after she signs away the family business—the real estate agency Honey’s father built into a company worth millions, the job to which Honey has devoted her life.

At her mother’s condo in Boca Raton, Florida, many have recently lost a spouse and are now with “significant others,” and Honey is intrigued by the promise of new love even at an old age but doubts she’ll ever find another significant other after her inevitable divorce. When her mother reunites with a lost love from years before, Honey is completely undone, but the “Jesus tree” puts into motion a series of holiday miracles. Discovering what’s important in life brings a message of hope for lovers of all ages.


When my brother Donny called to tell me our mother had seen the image of Jesus in a live oak tree on the golf course behind her retirement condo in Boca Raton, I knew I had to make a pilgrimage to Millennium Gardens to answer her cry for help.

It’s not that I’m particularly religious, but there were two major problems with this sighting. One, my mother is Jewish, so she had no business seeing Jesus in a live oak tree or any other place. Two, it was the first anniversary of my father’s death and she probably wasn’t thinking straight.

Mom still hasn’t come to grips with my father’s death. Otherwise she wouldn’t choose to stay in a two-bedroom condo in Boca when she has a spacious home in Atlanta, one she hasn’t stepped foot in since my dad passed away. So I’ve given her a deadline. I am determined to bring her home by Christmas. But she hardly needs an artificial deadline when a real one is looming. The generous offer she’s received from billionaire investor Hammond Reddekker to acquire the family business is set to expire on Christmas Day. No one, not even one of the richest men in the country, is going to swallow up my father’s company. So it’s up to me to stop the sale and bring my mother back home to Atlanta, where she belongs.

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Why is your featured book perfect to get readers in the holiday mood:

Significant Others, finalist in the Georgia Romance Writer’s Maggie Awards for Excellence in the Novel With Strong Romantic Elements category, is humorous women’s fiction about a mother-daughter realtor team that gets a second chance at love. It gives a message of hope for lovers of all ages. I was inspired to write the novel when visiting my mother’s senior living facility and verified that she really did see the image of Jesus in a live oak tree on the golf course.


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Runs December 1 – 31

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Author Biography:

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. She was The Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) in the Romance category for her novel STUMBLE STONES, and The Finalist for the 2018 GAYA Awards in the Romance Category for her novel THE ALIBI. Her short story, STRACIATELLA GELATO: MELTING TIME, was published in April 2020. Her novel, THE ROMANOV LEGACY, which will be released in 2021, by The Wild Rose Press, Inc., will be her 26th work of fiction.

A public relations consultant in Atlanta she is immediate past chair of Roswell Reads and now serves on the Executive Committee, and is also a member of the Atlanta Authors Steering Committee. In 2019, she presented on a Contemporary Fiction panel at the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country and a workshop about Historical Fiction at the 2019 Georgia Romance Writers Annual Conference.

A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism (public Relations) and minor in English (Creative Writing). Marilyn now lives in Roswell, GA, with her husband. They have two daughters.

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Dec 24, 2020

It's really never too late for love...


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Dec 23, 2020

Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your book in our Christmas and Holiday Book Festival! Merry Christmas!

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