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Boldini's Muse

Available Now in paperback or ebook


After being sealed for seventy-years, a mysterious apartment in Paris grabs the attention of the world. It reveals only one answer - it once belonged to Marthe de Florian, a courtesan during Paris' famous era, the Belle Epoque. However, who was she? Why had it been sealed, yet all the charges paid? Step inside the story with a journey to the past. This story is a fictional account of real events. Look inside the life of a woman who's as mysterious as the apartment that holds her past. A woman who wielded influence in art and politics and entertained the most powerful men of France in her bed.

Coming in 2023

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To Stand Here Now


Aaron is a man whose life is filled with so many painful and hurtful memories, he has decided to escape it.  Changing his name and living a reclusive life, he thinks he found peace.  He perfers to life life between the pages books by his favorite authors, who seem to understand his pain.  Over the years he seems to enjoy his solitude, until a stranger evades his life and gives him a book that upsets everything.  

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The Will



Gilda is the 90 year old woman, who is loved by everyone in her San Francisco apartment building.  She befriends four women in the building who become like daughters to her.  Gilda has travelled the world, bets the horses and is an international Bridge champion. When she dies, they learn she has left them each a gift in her Will, but it comes with strings attached.  They must each accept a challenge that will alter their lives forever.  Will they each accept or live the rest of life with thoughts of what could have been. 

Life is a Banquet



"Life is a banquet, and most poor fools are starving to death!" So are the words of Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame.  

Life is meant to be experienced, savored, enjoyed.  This book helps you to Live! Live! Live! When you put dreams on a 'Bucket List', you will likely never do them.  'Some Day', we say, but it never happens.  


Life is a Banquet shares stories, secrets and tips on how to live your best life NOW!  Life is a feast to be enjoyed!  Don't make a bucket list.  From now on keep a Banquet List and watch your dreams and desires come true!

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The Cracks Are How the Light Gets In


When we work on ourselves, we face our past and our limiting habits. It can be difficult, painful and frightening, but oh so rewarding.  Without the cracks in our veneer, how will we improve?  This is a book of meditations, motivation and ideas to help us release the past, change our habits and improve our lives. The cracks in our spirit bring enlightenment and change. We celebrate our imperfections and let go of the past.  This is the begins to a beautiful journey of personal transformation.

 Shelley Bradford Bell

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At the age of six, living in Chicago, Illinois, I saw Paris and San Francisco for the first time between the pages of my World Book Encyclopedias. That began my love affair with books and magazines. It also led me to declare that when I grew up I would live in San Francisco and Paris. While most of us never get to achieve our childhood dreams, I have been able to do so. I've lived in San Francisco since 1984 and got my first apartment in Paris in 2001. For nearly 18 years I have traveled between my two favorite cities on earth, while I enjoy a life of writing, coaching, and speaking. Life for me is a banquet and I am savoring every moment!

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