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Meeting your Half-Orange

“Mi Media Naranja” which means: ‘One’s sweetheart, one’s beautifully perfect other half’ when used to describe a loved one in Spanish, is the title for Amy Spencer’s new book, Meeting your Half Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match.

According to the author, one can take the dating concept and transform it into a unique and positive experience by simply helping the average single ‘sow their orange seed’ into “fruit-ion” -or their ideal relationship.  From Spencer’s own experiences in life, this book is intended to provide optimism and hope within the souls of the unattached, thus offering an opportunity to gain not only a partner, but a soul mate.

The advice in Spencer’s book so closely parallels my own dating path that I had to write a post about it!  For years, I had been focusing on the negative aspects of dating (and men), always finding a reason why I didn’t like a guy or found something wrong with him.  What I didn’t realize is that this negative attitude was transparent to others.  Once I decided to change my way of thinking, and adopt a more positive attitude–Voila–dating became so much fun.   Having an optimistic outlook is the key message that Spencer delivers in her book.  The only thing I’d like to add is “watch out”  because within months, a man who is now my husband swarmed in and swept me away.  This book is a great guide for singles.

If you’d like to read more about how: Meeting your Half-Orange can help you change your current social situation from alone to attached, click here: Amy Spencer

Hewitt Shoots Cupid

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Jennifer may have split with co star, Jamie Kennedy, but this ‘unlucky in love’ star of Ghost Whisperer, who proclaims herself a ‘Hopeless Romantic,’ is sharing her real life love story in her new book, ‘The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I’m a Love-aholic,’ which can be purchased at Amazon.  Hewitt shares what she’s learned about being honest with yourself and she uses a witty approach to discuss 20 things you should do after a break up.  Here are just a few:

  • Know that you won’t die (you have to stick around so he can see what a mistake he made.
  • Take it one day at a time (we all have to take it one day at a time, that’s how it works.)
  • Don’t go to the old “we” spots.
  • Do something extreme (that you normally wouldn’t do).

If you aren’t content living your life as a party of one, then consider reading Hewitt’s book, to help you change your status back to ‘in a relationship.’  For any real chance at success, take your time and work on yourself  before proclaiming to the world that ‘You’re Ready for Love.’  Remember that it takes time to heal.  For more about Jennifer Love Hewitt, login to her website at: .

He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s A Good Thing)

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“What would happen if you dated someone you’d never considered dating?” This is one of the first questions Andrea Syrtash poses in her new book, He’s Just Not Your Type (and that’s a good thing) How to Find Love Where You Least Expect It’, on sale April 27, 2010.  You will find that Syrtash goes against common intuition and delves into the patterns and downfalls of the serial dater to help him/her re-learn the art of dating. This author keeps the content witty, fun, and informative while teaching you how to throw away your rules.  She suggests that daters should forget what they’ve previously learned about dating and start fresh.  Syrtash also includes exercises to help you discover what you’re really looking for in that special someone.

The young, sensually provocative and vibrant Syrtash is a dating and relationship expert who specializes in ‘fixing’ the unlucky in love and encourages them to seek out this new ‘non type’ potential suitor, versus what they went for in the past.  She has contributed to dozens of relationship advice books as well as being a frequent contributor to Yahoo, The Huffington Post, and  She is also the host of ‘On Dating’ which is produced by NBC Digital Studios and is available online.  In one of her recent segments, she gives 3 words to remember, “Confidence, Curiosity, and Charisma” and of course her advice to you regarding your ex’s, “Rule #4: Don’t just close that door, slam it shut!”

To learn more about Andrea Syrtash, visit her site at:

Julie Spira-The Cyberdating Expert

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This week on my blog, I’m highlighting a virtual acquaintance who I met on Twitter. Her name is Julie Spira.  Spira is an expert in dating and relationships who earned a B.S. in Television-Radio from Ithaca College, and was the first female disc jockey on WAAL Radio in Binghamton, NY.  But Spira had bigger aspirations.  In 1994, she created her first online dating profile which led to her first marriage (to an online suitor) and her first major heartbreak – when it ended in divorce.  Determined, she went on more than 250 dates in 16 years which provided her with unique insight to the dating world.  Her book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online ( rel. Feb 19, 2009), details in humorous form, some of these blind dates like ‘The Architect’, ‘The Plastic Surgeon’, and ‘The Boy Next Door’.  She also includes 10 very simple, but necessary ‘Rules of Netiquette’ for successful cyber dating which are included in Chapter 9 of her book. Three of them include:

  • Unless you’re prepared for anything that pops up, Don’t ‘google’ your date
  • Never, under any circumstances, discuss body parts or any procedures like vasectomies and breast reductions
  • Lying on your profile may help you ‘snag’ a match, but it will NOT help you ‘bag’ the match-stay as close to the truth as possible and come clean before or during the date

For more information on Julie you can check out an interview on The Huffington Post, or if you’re into videos, she has a collection of YouTubes that are full of various interviews related to her extensive knowledge of cyber dating, and Social Media.  Julie will also be attending the 140 Conference in NYC for twitter on April 20th and 21st.  For more information check her out at or on Twitter/@JulieSpira.