Announcing: Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life

What’s Tangerine Tango?

After publishing my first book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America,  I was asked what my next book was about. I didn’t have one! Though I was looking for ideas. When I hit my one-year anniversary for my blog, I thought it would be fun to put my favorite posts into a book. But that didn’t seem enough. So I invited several writers, mostly other bloggers I’ve befriended through blogging, to join the project. Along the way, a couple other writers contributed too.

Why Tangerine Tango?

I love the alliteration and love the color orange. When Pantone, the Carlstadt, New Jersey- based design company declared ‘Tangerine Tango’ its 2012 color of the year, I wrote  about all my orange-toned sweaters and accessories.

I wrote: “Sounds more like a cocktail than a clothing color.” I had purchased some colorful key chains created by the Israeli designer, Orna Lalo, and also some of her whimsical jewelry and candlesticks while traveling in Israel, and love how she designs with bright colors and funky shapes. I’ve never been the basic beige sort, and love the use of color, whether on walls, in towels, or clothes. Lalo writes on her website, “Color for me is a language that has a sound, a smell, a touch and taste.”

Without giving the writers any themes, I received submissions that span the entire citrus spectrum, from sour to sweet.  Inside you’ll find poems and essays about parents, families, jobs, food, and memories.  You’ll meet a great group of women.

There’s Donna Barry of who writes about her mother, her father, football, the ocean, and one of her first jobs.

There’s Stacey Caron of who is a food blogger and antique dealer. She shares her grandmother’s chopped liver recipe, a tart from Spain, and her love of food.

You’ll swoon in green with Judy Ackley Brown and smile as you read Barbara Chapman’s 5th grade memories, her fight with breast cancer, and her work with hospice.

You’ll lick your lips with Gabi Coatsworth’s  description of ice cream, empathize with her trip to the dump, envision her shrimping with her father and her grand-daughters, and tear reading her poem dedicated to her sister.

Dawn Landau’s ode to her daughter teems with raw emotion and her vision of seeing her late mother is almost scary.

Chris Rosen’s mother will amaze you; you’ll share her pride in her rock musician son, and want to climb in the hot air balloon with her.

Like Leah Singer,, you’ll be annoyed at the salesman, disturbed by her parents chiding her about her weight, and proud that she has made her interfaith marriage last.

Those with siblings will hear themselves in Madeline Taylor’s telephone essay.  With Patti Winker,, you’ll wonder about life with 11 siblings, learn about running a candy store, and reminisce about life with clotheslines and before helmets.

From me,, you can reread some past posts- about fashion advice from our mothers, medical advice from my father, hopes for college graduates and tolerance for varying religious beliefs in my own family, and ice cream flavors.

Barbara Younger, shares three lovely poems- about buttons, socks, and fudge, and essays about her father’s music, her allegiance to her ancient stove, and a Valentine’s Day when she was 11.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to fight Huntington’s disease.

It’s available for sale here:  and here:

It’s a small book that fits perfectly in a pocketbook, back or jacket pocket and makes an ideal gift!

Book designer Solveig Marina Bang wearing her “Tangerine Tango” scarf I made for her.

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27 Responses to Announcing: Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life

  1. These are very interesting blogs. I had a little time for lunch and managed to read a few.


  2. Patti Winker says:

    …. and especially, Thanks to you, Lisa, for brainstorming this project, encouraging us all to write and share our stories, AND for the hard work you put into building this beautiful book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thank you, too, for sharing my links. That was very sweet of you!


  3. Patti Winker says:

    LOVE the tangerine scarf, btw. 😉


  4. Love the Tangering scarf too! I’m seeing you knitting more… for a book tour! 😉 Congratulations to YOU Lisa for having the vision and tenacity to bring us all together and get this going. It has turned out beautifully!


  5. staceysnacks says:

    Can’t wait to receive my copies of T.T., so I can give them as gifts! Thanks Lisa for all your hard work! I am honored to be included with these talented writers. xo


  6. Reblogged this on Gabi Coatsworth and commented:
    I’m one of the authors in this terrific anthology – the paperback is available now on Amazon for only $8.95, and the eBook will be arriving soon. All the profits will go to charity, so you can feel good about buying a copy or two…


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  8. I found our advertising song here: Tangerine…Tangerine, she is all they claim… Yes we are!


  9. Rita Russell says:

    Great idea! Hope the book does well 🙂


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  11. Leah says:

    I got my copies yesterday and they are FABULOUS! Thank you so much for all your work. It’s such a wonderful book.


  12. Congratulations on getting another book published. Perhaps you can sell me an autographed copy at our lunch date.


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  18. Jo Bryant says:

    what a wonderful idea – I hope the book does really well for you guys


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