Bastard Husband: A Love Story is a humorous account of my first year alone in Las Vegas after a midlife divorce from someone who was the perfect soulmate--until that one drink too many. The book is threaded with reflections of the relationship and shows how I transitioned from anger and sadness to doing stand-up comedy for the first time at age 46. Funny and sad, demented and poignant... all at the same time.


P.S. I suggest you read some excerpts or my Vegas Linda Lou blog before you buy--my style and sense of humor are definitely not for everybody!


A line from p. 258

"In the end, our hearts beat only for ourselves."


D Words: Dating, Divorce and Other Delights

I did two preview performances last week, and they went very well! (Personally, I feel I did better the first night.) I had a great turnout, I was able to keep my nerves under control and not projectile vomit on anyone, and everyone really seemed to like it. Of course, I'm just out of the gate, and I already know some changes I'm going to make before the show begins its regular run on February 17, but yeah... it was a fantastic experience.

Thank you to all who came out last night and to all of you who sent your best wishes here in blog comments, by email, or by sending positive psychic energy. You mean so much to me.

You know, four months ago, my book was still sitting in my laptop and now it's for sale at my own Las Vegas show. If I can do it, so can you. I'm 52 years old; it's never too late. (Okay, at this age, I'll never be a ballerina, but you get the picture.)

Things don't get done by themselves; you HAVE to take the steps to make it happen.

You can do it. I know you can.


Previews of my one-woman show: 1/27 and 1/29

My one-woman show is becoming a reality! D Words: The Funny Side of Dating, Divorce and Other Delights is set to open here in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 17 at the Alexis Park Resort, 325 E Harmon, across from the Hard Rock.

Before it begins its regular Wednesday through Saturday run, I'll be doing two preview shows next Wednesday (January 27) and Friday (January 29) at 7:00. If you're reading this and would like to check it out, shoot me an email at and I'll be happy to put you and your friends on the guest list.

Here's a description:

D Words: The Funny Side of Dating, Divorce and Other Delights
In this one-woman show author/humorist Linda Lou’s unique brand of sassy wit shines as she reflects on topics such as dating, divorce, drinking, death, and a multitude of life’s other “D words.” Balancing edgy comedy with unexpected poignancy, Linda Lou tells of her transition from depressed to dynamic as she recounts her tale of starting over alone in Sin City following a midlife divorce. You’ll laugh out loud at her self-deprecating observations and excerpts read from her memoir, Bastard Husband: A Love Story. Unlike anything offered in Las Vegas "D Words" is the perfect early show (21+) and makes for a terrific night out!

Hope to see you next week!


Man, I have good looking readers!

These are the good looking girls of the Fat Bastard Book Club of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, who chose Bastard Husband: A Love Story as their first book club selection of 2010. I'm told it was the first book that everyone actually read (!), and I'm happy to report they gave it eight "thumbs up!"

One of the gals is from England; she asked if B.H. is available in the UK because she wants to recommend it to her sister's book club group. It sure is--Bastard Husband can be ordered through Amazon in all of the following countries: UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan.

Thanks, girls!


Ingredients for a successful book signing

I had a blast at my 12/30 book signing at The Book House in Albany, NY. I had imagined a book signing to be dreadful task where the author sits around like the Maytag repairman (my younger readers probably won't get that reference), but I had a good turnout and we actually had a lot of fun. Probably because I served alcohol.

Wait, what kind of wine and beer is that?

Another thing that spices up a boring book signing: cleavage.

I'm not sure anyone really needs to see 52-year-old cleavage, but since I didn't grow boobs until I was 30, that means I have the rack of a 22-year-old.

Thanks to all who came out to say hello!


Book signing 12/30 in Albany, NY

Look for me at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany on Wednesday, December 30 at 7 p.m. I'll be signing books and answering your questions about the writing and publishing process. Be sure to stop by!


Um, is this a compliment?

Email received from a male reader today:

I've had more LOL's from your book than I've had in a long time. I now keep it in the john to lighten the load.
Then he went on to say,

You're like a modern-day female Mark Twain who says "fuck" a lot.
I'm thinkin' yeah, that is a compliment.


Next project: a one-woman show

GREAT NEWS! Joe Lowers, my comic friend who runs the showroom at Alexis Park here in Las Vegas, has been encouraging me to create a one-woman show around my book and he wants to produce it. We’re looking at opening mid-January, but maybe we'll wait until early February. I'm thinking Valentine's Day should be good for book sales--we all know how much divorced people love that friggin' holiday, huh?

A one-woman show has been in the back of my mind for a while. It's something I think I'd really like doing--more than stand-up. We still have a lot of details to work out, but the concept is on its way to becoming a reality, and like everything else, I just have to take the steps to get there, one foot in front of the other.

I’m very psyched. And what a great motivator to get back in shape—years of sitting on my ass at the keyboard is really starting to take its toll. I'll keep you posted!


Guys like it, too!

I'm amazed by the number of men who not only buy my book, but who later contact me to say how much the like it. I never in a million years could have predicted that!

"Started reading this weekend, so far it's really good. Love your writing style."
-- Jan, the Netherlands

"Thank you, Linda Lou, for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I went cover-to-cover in two sittings... I give you all the credit in the world for summoning the courage to allow readers into your head in such an eloquent fashion."
-- Jack21, Virginia

"You have to keep on writing. I enjoyed the read. I think you short-changed yourself. Fifteen dollars was worth hundreds."
-- Tim, Wisconsin

Thanks, guys!


Look for me this weekend!

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 – 4:00: Stop by the Henderson Writers Group’s table in the outside courtyard at the Fifth Street School, 401 South Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas. We'll be there as part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 3:00: I’ll be moderating the “How I Got Published” writers’ panel at the Enterprise Library, 25 East Shelbourne Ave. That’s just east of Las Vegas Blvd., south of Windmill.