Occasionally I spend some time surfing the net looking for interesting stories about Las Vegas authors for the Spotlight. This one caught my eye.
It seemed to be the ultimate homage to the slogan, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” Although I’ve not personally met Lauren, in checking further I find that her name is right under mine in the membership list of Henderson Writers Group, so there will be a day when we will meet.
Back to her book. Whose attention wouldn’t be grabbed by a title like “How To Have An Affair And Not Get Caught”? Although I normally interview those who fall in my Spotlight, this was just too delicious not to research and write about. The article that stopped me cold was one by Robin Leach on July 22 in 2009. Not wanting to plagarize Mr. Leach, I suggest you read his article for details.
One of the things you’ll see when you visit her website, www.how2haveanaffair.com , is that Tallman says you’ll“learn how to significantly and almost entirely reduce your chances of getting caught.” The following statement is quickly added: “While Tallman does not advocate having affairs, she does want to ensure that if you do choose to stray, your family won’t get hurt. That’s why she’s compiled true stories and invaluable tips.”
With high profile affairs in the news almost every day now, it seems like her book should be required reading when those in the public eye feel the urge to give into their own wandering eye. Of course, that would cut out the huge fees charged by their spouse’s and their own divorce attorneys because if the sensationalized affair(s) never came to light neither would the scandals. Oops. Then what would the non-stop “another celeb-cheating” newscasts, tabloids and blogs do? They would have to look for other material.
Think about all the hanky-panky going on among co-workers. Tallman has that covered in her book. She advises: Try not to have an affair with someone at work. It’s hard enough to keep an affair undetected at home, but at work, it’s nearly impossible. I’ll drink to that. Eons ago when I worked for a Beverly Hills law firm the main entertainment attorney got his secretary pregnant, the firm paid her off, but his wife marched off to snag a different attorney—one to handle her pricey divorce. Imagine what stress and big bucks Mr. Entertainment Law could have saved if Tallman’s book had existed then. The lists go on and on, which means there should be a huge demand for this book. It’s what marketing people would call a niche in the market.
She also advises using only cash (not checks) and finding out-of-the-way love nests to meet. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t advocate infidelity, but if I had to choose the right hometown for the author of a book entitled “How To Have An Affair And Not Get Caught,” I’d bet my money on Las Vegas.
The question immediately comes to mind whether Lauren herself had an affair or simply amassed and shared lots of good tips. Reading the book is one way to find out.
As writing examiner, Morgan St. James writes regular columns on Tuesday and Thursday in the Las Vegas edition and Wednesday and Friday in the Los Angeles edition. She writes two fiction series and is a frequent speaker and panel member.
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