Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spunky Morgan Mandel Tours About Forever Young: Blessing or Curse

Morgan Mandel Way Back When
  I'm a senior, therefore I'm old. My figure, my health, and memory aren't quite the same as they used to be. When I found a photo at home of what I used to look like, my husband even asked if it was me. Well, he knew me way back then, but when you see the same person day in and day out, it's hard to remember what they used to look like.

Sometimes I like being this old. Other times, I wish there were some way to turn back the clock. Such meanderings in my mind led me to write Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, where I allow a 55 year old to make the choice to take a daily pill to spin her back to 24 and stay there. Of course, all is not rosy when she makes her choice.

If you want to know what happens, this book is available on Kindle,Smashwords, and other ebook ventues. If you don't see it on Nook, it will be there shortly. It takes a few weeks for the channels to kick in.  Later it will go into print.

Forever Young: Blessing or Curse
by Morgan Mandel
 Today is the launch of my Blog Book Tour promoting my book, which is partly based on wishful thinking, but much more than that. If you'd like to come along to the next stop, it will be on Monday, January 9, at The topic will be Them Bones, Them Bones!

My entire Blog Book Tour Schedule can be found in the sidebar at
I hope to see some of you follow along to one or more. Many senior topics will be discussed.

Thanks, Gang,
Morgan Mandel -


  1. Why, Morgan, you haven't changed a bit! When I went to my 50th high school reunion--which was three years ago--you think you're old?--many of my classmates recognized me right off. And this did not hold true for many more of us. We had not seen each other for decades. Why did they recognize me? My eyes--they're sort of big--and my size--I'm just about the same size as I was at 18--only about five more pounds.Many had changed so much I was astounded when I learned their identity.
    I can tell you I would not want to be 24 again--I'm not sure I'd go back any years. I like where I am now, except more and more of our classmates are dying. So...the end of life does come up more often.
    I've intended on asking to be on Spunky Seniors, but just haven't gotten around to it. When you have an open date, I'd like it.

  2. I like the premise of your story. I wouldn't be 24 for anything, unless of course I could still know everything I do now:-), BTW, I can see the resemblence between the pictures.

  3. Morgan, like Celia said. You haven't changed much. People tell me I haven't changed too, but I think they are being nice. Why I have forty pounds more now, mostly in the lower part, and too many lines around the eyes and mouth. My DH insists it's because I always smiles. In FL you see a lot of women who had facelift. I can recognize them right away. There's something unnatural about their faces, and a big contrast between cheeks and neck.

  4. Good luck on the new book Morgan. Just celebrated my birthday yesterday and am one short of spunky. I found photos over the holidays from college. Clearly unrecognizable. Great post!
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  5. Can I pick on this spunky senior for getting the date wrong? You'll be at my blog on MOnday the 9th. LOL!

    I finished reading this book a few days ago and am ready to read it again.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your tour.


  6. Cheryl, Yes, you can pick on me. As you can see, I get easily confused. I just changed the date here to reflect the correct date at your blog.

    I need to banish my 2011 calendar, which must have sat on top of the 2012 when I did this post. They're very similar looking since they're from the same place.

    Thanks for catching that!

    Morgan Mandel

  7. First, I really must say, as a male, you certainly know your marketing ;^) Wow! (C'mon folks, it's no secret about the male brain wiring).

    I don't get to visit many blogs or tour stops often, but I've watched your blog and writing over the last couple years and wanted to be sure I took the opportunity to stop in today and wish you all the best during your tour for Forever Young.

  8. Thanks to those who say I look about the same. Unfortunately, in those almost 40 years, I've gained almost 40 pounds. I'd be happy to lose 20 of them, since I was pretty thin to start out with.

    Morgan Mandel

  9. Morgan, My immediate thought when I saw your younger picture was "nice legs" - and I'm not even a guy! I have a hard time believing we all wore those short-shorts, and even worse, they are popular again now. My sister-in-law wore them to a Christmas beach luncheon and I was quasi-stunned. She is a marathoner, so she had the figure to pull them off -- but even if I could pull them off, no way would I want that much skin hanging out in public purview. With skin cancer worries, I barely wear capris, preferring to wear long pants that have sunscreen built into the fabric. That way I can go and do outside to my heart's content.

    I'm not sure I'd want to be forever young. There's quite a value to life's lessons and I wouldn't want to relive some of those learning moments.

    Man, do I sound old or what? You're going to revoke my "spunky" status if I keep on.

    I wish you well with this new book FOREVER YOUNG.
    And kudos to your spunk in airing a younger pic!

  10. What a fabulous concept! Of course I'm intrigued since I'm one of those 50 something authors you're talking about. Forever Young = A must read!

  11. I'm not into wearing short shorts anymore either, but I do wear shorts a little above the knee if it's very hot. I don't lay in the sun like I used to, that's for sure. The bikinis were long ago given away to charity, for some young things to wear!

    Wendy, one more year and you can join our gang!

    Morgan Mandel

  12. Hi Morgan,
    Thanks for inviting and helping me to join this group! I already feel at home. I'll be 62 next month, am recently retired, and just getting started with self-publishing. I'm curious, and open to learning ... you've published your story on kindle first ... and it will come to print later? Is that a strategy that has been successful for you in the past? I may be going at this all wrong! Help?

  13. About which to do first - With Killer Career, I self-published first with Lightning Source, then put it on Kindle and Smashwords later.

    Since Kindle and Nook are so popular these days, I decided to do the reverse this time.

    Since I'm putting the new one on CreateSpace, I have more learning to do. I've got some of it done, but have lots more to do before it's ready. I'm hoping to get it there within a few weeks.

    Morgan Mandel

  14. The wonderful thing about being a senior as we are is that with retirement comes the time to write from a mature point of view.

    Wishing you every success,

    Jacqueline Seewald
    THE TRUTH SLEUTH--available in libraries
    THE INFERNO COLLECTION, THE DROWNING POOL--now available in all ebook formats

  15. I just downloaded the book to my Kindle...gotta see how this turns out :-)

    Personally, I don't think I would go back 24 is so much better now!

    Happily in my 50's now,


    Stop by my new blog at when you get a chance, it is for us "women of a certain age!"

  16. Thanks, Nanny Anna,
    I hope you're happy with what happens, but of course first our heroine has to suffer. That's what we authors do, after all!

    Morgan Mandel

  17. Play the senior card and get the discounts! You don't look like a senior!

  18. I can't get all the discounts yet, but can get a lot of them!

    Morgan Mandel


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