January 16th, 2013

What happens when you find yourself dating again after divorce?

Lots of disappointing dinners, so many moments of laughing with your friends about dates gone bad, frustration beyond belief, and hopelessness, thinking the last of the good guys are taken. Until that heart stopping moment when you finally meet someone. He makes you weak in the knees, he brings warmth back into your jaded heart, and he makes you realize that regardless of what happens, you now know your post marriage life is going to be okay. In fact, it’s going to be more than okay. It’s going to be wonderful!

I wrote Free Gift With Purchase when I found myself back in the dating scene at 41 years old. When I began going out on dates, the tears I’d cried over my failed marriage were replaced with laughter, because I felt like if I didn’t laugh, I’d just cry more! Some of the dates I went on were absolutely unbelievably horrific, so I decided to start writing down the stories.

So many nights, I’d get home from a really bad date, and at 10pm., I’d get on my computer (at my kitchen table) and start writing about it. I wanted to capture the moments while they were happening, because I knew the writing would be better, more compelling, more honest and more alive especially when I met the man who is “Preston” in the book.

This man took my breath away every time we were in the same room, and if he’d so much as hold my hand, my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. I felt like it was important to share this experience with other women, not just divorced women, but all women. The “Preston” storyline, and all the other storylines in Free Gift With Purchase are not only entertaining, but they’re uplifting, inspirational, heartwarming and truly hilarious.

Free Gift With Purchase isn’t just a story about relationships, though. The book is about people trying to figure out their lives after the life they thought they’d have forever slips away. It’s about recovery and acceptance and self love. It’s about figuring out what makes you happy, and then having the courage and the belief in yourself to go out and get it.

If you buy into the fact that it’s not solely a man who will make your life complete, but rather the whole life “package,” meaning career, kids, family, friends, fun, gratitude and self love, you might just end up with a Free Gift With Purchase!

About Jackie Pilossoph

Jackie Pilossoph is the author of Free Gift With Purchase and two other romantic comedy novels. She is also a newspaper reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and 22nd Century Media. Pilossoph holds a masters degree in journalism from Boston University. She lives in Chicago with her family, and is working on her next novel.

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