Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess!

by Kathy Eliscu



Somewhere in Maine, a middle-aged woman is having a serious temper tantrum. “Tink” Casawill is drowning in family and work demands, hormones, a fiancé oblivious to another woman’s flirtations, and…her doctor tells her to cut out caffeine. (WHAT?!?)

While attempting to do a good deed, Tink’s life spins out of control and now, “Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess!”


“Please turn these pages very gently. I just had a two-hour nervous breakdown. My PMS dropped the P, and although I’m feeling better and have made the proper restitution with both my fiancé and the hinges on one of our kitchen drawers, I am still a little touchy. You would be, too, if on top of the hormones, your new GYN told you to cut back on the caffeine.”

“It’s amazing how complicated some things are that don’t need to be, like some public bathrooms that have double-decker toilet paper rolls inside the metal dispenser. You know, the kind that has a life force of its own. The top roll rests right on top of the bottom roll. I guess there’s supposed to be a space between them. But there isn’t. You see the end of the roll between them and pull. Suddenly, there are two lines of paper coming out from between them. The rule is, I think, to use the lower one first. Or is it the upper one. Well—you push the upper roll up an inch, holding it in place as you try to break off a decent-sized piece from the lower roll. Now, pull! One square. All this, and you’re using both hands and you’re all twisted off to the side. And you’re holding up your skirt, or long sweater, or jacket at the same time. And hovering. You’d better be. Didn’t your mother warn you about toilets seats?!”

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Sat. Nov. 12, CHICK-LIT SATURDAY at Letterpress Bookstore, 91 Auburn St., Portland, ME from 10am-2:00pm+ I will be signing copies of my novel, joined at 2pm by Karen Maffeo Creamer, author of “One Brave Thing”, a novel about finding Mr. Right. Please join us and tell a friend!

Thurs. Nov. 17, at 7pm reading & book signing at North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Rd, Gorham, ME ~ It’ll be dark outside, but don’t be scared. There will be chocolate treats waiting for you…

Sat. Nov. 19 & Sun. Nov. 20, ON-STAGE Q & A with 3 other authors Sunday morning (!) from 10:30 – 11:30 at the Maine Harvest Festival, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St. Bangor, ME – I will be signing books Sunday from 11:30am – 1:00pm, but “Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess” will be available there all weekend at the Maine Authors Publishing area. FMI,

Sat., Nov. 26, I will be signing copies of Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess, along with cohort-in-fun Karen Maffeo Creamer (One Brave Thing) at FOUND, 42 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME – from 3 – 5pm – just before the big tree lighting! “FOUND” is just behind the big tree, so come on down and come on in to see us and this wonderful shop!!!  Store phone # is 207-604-5009

Fri. Dec. 2 from 5PM to 8PM, I will be joined by Bruce Coffin, Christopher Morin, and Ed Rielly to sign copies of our books – Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess, Among the Shadows, Rebel’s Wrath, and Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku, respectively – at Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in Portland during “First Friday” in Portland. INFO: 370-4784 (Creative Portland/First Friday) or 773-8396 (MCMA)
Sat. Dec. 3 8:30am – 11:00am, and Tues. Dec. 6 4:30pm – 6:30 pm FUNDRAISER/book signing at Weight Watchers, 241 Running Hill Rd, South Portland, ME – a portion of the sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society



Note: I continue to book speaking engagements at clubs, groups, libraries, and CHARITABLE events. Please contact me directly at – Thanks!

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Summer’s long gone! Keep the fun going. Order “Not Even Dark Chocolate…” for yourself, your female relatives and friends over the age of whatever-is-the-acceptable-age-to-hear-bad-words, and also for evolved males who like to laugh!! It’s a GREAT birthday, retirement, holiday, any-day gift! Um – the holidays are coming…

NEW YORKERS!!!  The following AWESOME book stores now carry Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess:

~Book Culture, 536 West 112th St,. NY, NY    

~The Village Bookstore, 10 Washington Ave., Pleasantville, NY 


Letterpress Books, Portland; Longfellow Books, Portland; Sherman Books all locations; Nonesuch, all locations; Books N Things, Norway; Book Review, Falmouth, ME; Book Burrow, Kennebunk, ME (“Lower Village”) Found shop in Kennebunk, ME; The Old Salt, Water Street, Wiscassett, Maine, Books-A-Million, South Portland in their “Regional” section (not necessarily listed in their computer system yet, so just walk to “Regional, friends), and many more… A HUGE thank-you to these and other bookstores not listed here! If your bookstore is out of copies, they can order them pronto, or you can order online (see above.)

Outside Maine: RiverRun Bookstore,Portsmouth, NH; Burton’s Books, Greenport, NY; The Village Bookstore, Pleasantville, NY; Book Culture, 112th St, NYC


Southern Maine peeps: I am available to chat with your book club if arranged in advance. Please connect with me via my email: – There are some guidelines (like providing me with dessert and, oh, the club members need to buy the book, read it, and then we chat and no one mentions that I look like I’ve had one too many desserts…)

Occasionally I can do these events outside of Maine. We’ll talk.


RADIO!! I was honored and so happy to be interviewed by John McDonald, Maine’s Storyteller and author, on Sunday, July 12, 2015, during his morning show on WGAN AM 560 on the dial. I had so much fun! Hear the podcast at – oh, and ignore the part where I gave the wrong date for the Beyond The Sea book festival 2015. Apparently the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet.

So happy to hear from readers that this novel is being enjoyed! If you wish, I would love great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you!

Proud member: Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance & National Society of Newspaper Columnists!



About the Author


nsnc2016badgeKathy Eliscu is a retired RN and humor writer whose column “Lightly Roasted,” in Maine Women magazine, earned her a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award in 2012. “Lightly Roasted” now runs in My Generation magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram, Employment Times, and Advance for Nurses. When she’s not writing, she can be seen searching for the perfect dessert.

WILLIAM D. ELDRIDGE has retired from working in the mental health field. He lives at his farm in West Poland, Maine, and is working full time as an artist.




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