Before we get to the part where BlogTalkRadio helped rocket Betty Jo Tucker‘s book to the top spot on Kindle’s bestseller list, you need to know something about her.
Though by day she’s our mild-mannered host of Movie Addict Headquarters, chatting with such luminaries as Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Cloris Leachman, the Pueblo, Colo.-based film critic—who’s a mother of two, grandmother of seven and great-grandma of one—has got a slightly steamy sideline.
She’s a romance writer.
Actually, count her husband Larry in on that literary endeavor.
For in 2001 the couple, under the pseudonyms Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, collaborated on a memoir titled It Had to Be Us, which tells the story of how they rediscovered their lost love nearly 20 years after being divorced and estranged.
“Filled with humor, emotion, suspense, and a surprising Las Vegas encounter,” goes the jacket blurb, “this heartfelt romantic memoir proves genuine love can survive any of life’s problems.”
It Had To Be Us won first place in the e-book category at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival, while also earning a Psyche Award nomination and a five-heart review from The Romance Studio.
And last week it racked up another accolade. While Betty Jo’s publisher, Denise Cassino, was live on Movie Addict Headquarters talking up the Kindle release of It Had To Be Us, it shot from No. 6 to No. 2 in the divorce category. And about an hour after the show wrapped, it cruised to No. 1.
But do not think for one moment that Betty Jo, the former Dean of Humanities at San Diego Mesa College, is out promoting her work for the moolah.
“My husband and I are pleased to donate all royalties from It Had to Be Us to Dolly Parton‘s Imagination Library project”—a non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy—she tells us.
Now if that isn’t a happy ending, we don’t know what is.
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