Annette Mardis


As a girl, Annette dreamed of being an astronaut, but she stank at science and math and became motion sick riding the bus home from school. So she went with her second choice—newspaper journalist—and stuck with it for more than three decades.

After years of ignoring people who said, “You should write a book,” she finally did. And then she wrote a few more.

When she's not working, Annette usually has her nose in someone else’s novel or her eyes glued to sports on TV. She has three totally spoiled pets, enjoys being the designated sightseer on her husband’s Harley, and volunteers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of diva dolphins Winter and Hope from the "Dolphin Tale" films.

Annette is the author of the woman's fiction novella "Getting Her Money's Worth" and the "Gulf Shore" series of contemporary romance novels. "The Shore Thing," Gulf Shore Book 1, will be published Sept. 1. And the sequel, "Shore Feels Right," is scheduled for release Nov. 3.


Getting Her Money's Worth
Price: Free! Words: 34,180. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Life often has been unkind to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, friends and satisfying work. Only one will see her desires fulfilled. The other will face her biggest challenge. This touching story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in life.

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Smashwords book reviews by Annette Mardis

  • Judy Uncensored on Sep. 21, 2013

    Overweight women in their 50s don't often appear in romance novels as objects of desire, but Debra Salonen makes it work in this witty, breezy novel. After enduring a lifetime of mean-spirited blows to her ego that would have felled a lesser woman, the aptly named Judy Banger decides to end her sexual drought with a one-time-only encounter with an octogenarian from the assisted living center where she works. (Relax, it's not as yucky as it sounds, thanks to Salonen's skill with words and humorous touch.) As Judy's libido awakens in a big way, her partner literally goes out with a bang. The consequences of having him die in her bed leave her life in disarray. But Judy is nothing if not a survivor, and her resulting adventures and misadventures of the carnal kind help her realize that finding lasting love and being true to herself are worth the pothole-filled roads she has to travel to get there. Salonen's quirky characters help make this a read to remember. So do her messages that sexual fulfillment doesn't have an expiration date, and that a women needn't be svelte and unwrinkled to attract the man of her dreams.