Welcome! (Did you bring a glass of wine with you?)

It’s Cheap Cabernet Time and we have big news for you!

Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship hit No. 1 on Amazon.com! Click on the link and see it for yourself!




Join in my Facebook fun by posting a picture of you drinking a glass of wine alone or with your BFF, tag the Cheap Cabernet Facebook Page, and receive one hour of my time via Skype to use however you like. 

Want me to Skype your book club? You got it.1001050_10151670488522365_728823976_n

Need help finding an agent? I’ll tell you how.

Wish you could be a freelance writer? I’ll share the secret.

I’ve got the know-how for aspiring authors who want to develop an expert pitch for their story or book and I can tell published authors how to get their book on best sellers lists. 

Baby, I can make your dreams come true! Help me make a Facebook ruckus and let’s set a time for a Skype date. 

Whomever posts the picture that tickles me the most is going to get a signed copy of “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” in addition to an extra hour of Skype time (a full 2 hour date) AND a bottle of  Balistreri Vineyard’s Signature Cheap Cabernet vino. So point those sleepy eyes toward a camera, slap a big grin on your face, raise your glass in a toast to Cheap Cabernet’s big screen debut, and post your image on Facebook.


Did you know that we give away the first two chapters of “Cheap Cabernet” for free? It’s a thank you for signing up for the Cheap Cab newsletter.

They’re good chapters <wicked grin>: Tommy Lee Jones’s Ass and Wanted: WomenSimply sign up for the Cheap Cab Newsletter and you’ll get an email with a link to the Free Downloads.

Second: Pop on over to www.facebook.com/cheapcabernet and “Like” us! Now through July 26th you can submit a photo of you drinking a glass of wine alone or with your BFF, tag the Cheap Cabernet Facebook page, and automatically win a 1 hour Skype session with yours truly! We can talk about your writing aspirations or I can give you advice on getting your book published. The person who submits the best photo inspired by Cheap Cabernet will receive a bottle of Balistreri Vineyard’s Signature Cheap Cabernet vino and an autographed copy of my book in addition to the Skype session. I cannot wait to see your photos!

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Also, like The Last Lecture and The Middle Place, Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship is nominated for the 2011 Books for a Better Life Award — THANK YOU, Universe!

It is such a sweet, sweet time for friendships everywhere.

Have you ever had one of those meteoric, soul-changing, life-altering friendships? I’m talking about one of those friendships where you can’t even remember what your life was like before you were friends?

I suspect you have. I know I did.

In the mid 1990s, I invented a women’s group. I ran a $1.75 ad in the Boulder, Colorado newspaper:

WOW (Women on the Way)—
to an insane asylum, a bar, wherever.
Smart, sassy women’s group forming.
Mutual support, networking, etc. Weds.
7 p.m. 239-4666.

The response to the ad was mind-blowing, to say the least. Dozens of women called — the young, the old, the stoned and the ill — one woman called from a hospital bed. I am not kidding.

I was looking for eight women to meet every Wednesday night for support, networking, fun — whatever.

One of the women, Denise, showed up and the rest, as they say, is some wild-a__ history.

Though I initially thought Denise and I total opposites — and the truth is that I didn’t really like her at first — we became (pretty much overnight) the cliche, joined-at-the-hip best friends.

That would be BFF in 21st Century parlance.

From this life-altering friendship, came the memoir, “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship.”

Women friendships — those powerful, cosmic friendships we all have — is the muse and the fuel behind the book.

Perhaps Iris Rainer Dart’s (author of “Beaches”) reaction to “Cheap Cabernet” sums it up best:

Cathie Beck’s wonderfully told and achingly poignant memoir will remind every woman to call her best friend right away to tell her how important their relationship is, and how she couldn’t survive without it And, by the way, to run out and buy the heartbreaking book, “Cheap Cabernet.”

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