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Living the Dream. Are You?

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By Christine Ardigo

As excited as I was to start my Nutrition & Exercise SmoothieΒ website, I’m even more excited about starting this one. After a year and a half of toiling away at my first novel, it’s complete.

Cheating to Survive is not your typical contemporary romance novel. Tired of billionaires, heaving bosoms and women wanting to end it all because their husbands dumped them for their twenty-year-old secretary?

Cheating to SurviveΒ puts the women in power:

What happens when three co-workers decide to cheat on their husbands? Will they find happiness, or will they be destroyed by the consequences?

I came up with the idea one summer, after driving my two daughters to camp every morning. The 30-minute commute at 7:30am, with two exhausted, cranky girls in tow left us with a lot of radio listening. Unfortunately, my then fourteen and nine year old took an interest in shows like “To Catch a Cheater” or “War of the Roses,” where listeners called in to catch their significant other in the act of cheating.

As much as I hated listening to it, I took it as an opportunity to teach them both a lesson in love and relationships. What I noticed about the majority of these calls, was that most of the callers were women. Pathetic women who’s boyfriends/husbands were not only cheating on them, but the men were arrogant about it. Some laughing when they got caught.

What was worse, once they caught the men red-handed, some of them went as low as to insult the women, tell them it was their fault, said “too bad deal with it” and a host of other derogatory statements. The worst part, after the women were humiliated on public radio, some of them begged their men to take them back or cried because they still loved them! And the men laughed harder.

I discussed each show with my daughters daily, but the images stuck with me. Hence, the creation of Cheating to Survive. Let’s turn the tables. Let’s have the women cheat on the men this time. Let them enjoy it. Fully. Let them skip down the halls, dance in the middle of the cafeteria, laugh behind their husbands’ backs.

But of course, in life, nothing is that seamless.

Meet Victoria…Heather…and Catherine, three dietitians working in the same hospital for a horrendous boss, and married to husbands anyone would want to strangle, dump in the trash, and watch the garbage truck pulverize along with the maggots.

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Will the three of them be triumphant with their scheming, or are they headed down a wrong way path?

The outcomes could be worse than they imagined.

Now Published! Along with Book 2: Every Five Years.Β http://amzn.to/1r17ux0

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  1. That show sounds horrible! Good luck with the book Christine! I will definitely check it out! I am impressed that you did this!

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    1. It wasn’t pleasant to listen to. hee hee
      And thank you, it was not easy, so many times i wanted to quit.
      Quitting is so much easier! πŸ™‚

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  2. Gosh that radio show sounds awful. Wishing you lots of luck publishing you rbook. Commenting from #BlogCommentingWeekend

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    1. It was, but the book will be more pleasant.
      We woman must fight back! πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you Deanna! I cant wait to hit publish. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you I’m excited too! Did you also get a chance to read Heather’s story, my latest post? Enjoy!!

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    1. Thank you Clara. I hope you have the opportunity to read it one day! πŸ™‚

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  3. Kudos to you for finding a “positive” in the negative radio show! Your daughters are so fortunate to have a realistic view of relationships from an empowered mom. Looking forward to hearing more about your book. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I am getting excited. Cant wait to hit publish. πŸ™‚

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  4. Inspiration can come from all kinds of places πŸ™‚ Sounds like you have a great story lined up! Keep up the writing!

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    1. Thank you! It should be published on May 20th, Keeping my fingers crossed, Hope you enjoy it if you pick up a copy!

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