Miss Charming's Books

 

In 1995, while living in an RV, I began researching how to get a book published. The Internet was a few years away, so I spent my time at the library, picking the brains of authors at book signings, and asking all my bar patrons if they knew the secret of how to get a book published.

FYI The 1st book below, Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements, took three years and 350 rejection letters until Random House took an interest.


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Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements

My 1st book, Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements, published by Random House, was released in 2000. It went out of print in 2008, but you can still find copies at ebay.com and amazon.com through their used book vendors. It's also at many libraries. Simply check here to see if it's at your local library.

It contains 80 different tricks using matches, toothpicks, coins, bottles, napkins, and other items readily available at any party, pub, club, or bar as well as some other stuff. Everyone should have a coupla tricks up their sleeve!

*I had a collection of 1000 bar tricks jotted down on cocktail napkins from my years of tending bar, but the publisher only wanted to have 80 tricks balanced with difiiculity levels and types.

Miss Charming's Book of Crazy Cocktails; Over 200 Outrageous Drink Recipes to Turn Any Night into a Party

My 2nd book, Miss Charming's Book of Crazy Cocktails, published by Random House, is a silly and funny collection of outrageous theme drinks for any occasion--especially the wild ones.

A hoot just to look through, and a hoot and a half to use.

This book went out of print in 2007, but you can still find copies at ebay.com and amazon.com through their used book vendors.Or look for it at these libraries.

*I didn't want to do this book, but the publisher offered and I didn't want to turn down a chance to say I had "two" published books.

Be a Star Magician

My 3rd book, Be a Star Magician, published by Silver Dolphin Press, will amaze family and friends as kids design their own magic show. This book includes a CD with magical music and applause for four different magic shows, a 32-page book with over 16 amazing tricks, magic wand, props, a full-size poster, tickets and programs to personalize.

This book is out of print, but you can still order through Amazon.

*This book so far was the hardest to write. I had no idea that writing for an audience for 8-12 year olds would be so challenging. The publisher actually had a program they would enter my text and it would tell you its reading level The trick? Lots of pronouns and no 3+ syllable words.

The Everything Cocktail Parties and Drinks Book:The Ultimate Guide to Creating Colorful Concoctions, Fabulous Finger Foods, and the Perfect Setting.

My 4th book, The Everything Cocktail Parties and Drinks Book, published by Adams Media Corporation is part of their "Everything" series. It's still in prnt and you can find it at these libraries.


Miss Charmings Guide for Hip Bartenders and Wayout Wannabes: Your Ultimate One-Stop Bar and Cocktail Resource

My 5th book, Miss Charming's Guide for Hip Bartenders and Wayout Wannabes, published by Sourcebooks, Inc was a book that I started as an ebook. My agent saw a few pages of it online then showed it to a publisher.

This book has "real world" bartender information. Beginners to the seasoned professional with find something of value from its wealth of information.

Top reviews from Dale Degroff, Gary Regan, Tobin Ellis, Dean Serneels, Doc Eason, and J.B. Bandy (Tom Cruise's trainer in the film, Cocktail).

 

The Everything Family Guide To the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios And Greater Orlando: A Complete Guide To The Best Hotels, Restaurants, Parks, and Attractions.

My 6th book, The Everything Family Guide to the Walt Disney World Resort, published by Adam's Media features a system that rates all the rides, shows, and attractions for each member of your family.

*I recommend NOT buying this book. Disney and Orlando changes so much everyday. By the time this book was released probably half the books info was dated.


The Everything Bartender's Book is my 7th book. It's a pretty decent book, but I would purchase the 3rd edition below.

You can find online reviews of this book here and here.

*So far I'm only responsible for the 2nd and 3rd editions.

Frozen Drinks: An a to Z Guide to All Your Frozen Favorites is my 8th book. This book has 825 frozen drink recipes with fun names like Leather Bikini, Absinthe Minded, A Rum With AView, Banana Cream Pie, Berry Me In The Sand, String Bikini, China Beach, Frog In A Blender, Skinny Dipper, Tangerine Dream, and Walk The Plank.

*As far as I know, this is the first book to tell the history of frozen drinks, frozen drink machines, and the top 10 things to know about frozen drinks.


 

Knack Bartending Basics: More than 400 Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Any Occasion.

This is my 9th book and first book with color photos. It's part of the Knack series published by Knack Books. It's a full color 20 chapter book with over 400 photographs of cocktail recipes. Bar tools, glassware, alcohol, and techniques are covered as well. Some of the chapters are: Vintage Cocktails, Martinis, Margaritas, Champagne Cocktails, Party Drinks, Shots, Shooters, Healthy/Green Drinks, Holiday Drinks, Sangria, Punches, Modern Cocktails, and Recipes from Scratch.

 

COCKTAILS: More than 400 Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Any Occasion.

This is the European version of my 9th book above.


The Everything Bartender's Book 3rd edition is my 10th book. I was asked to add 250 more recipes to the 2nd edition so the book could have 1000 recipes.

 

My 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th books are four little books from Lyons Press' "Just" series.

• Just Martinis: A Little Book of Liquid Elegance
•Just Margaritas & Sangrias: A Little Book of Liquid Sunshine
• Just Tropical Drinks: A Little Book of Liquid Paradise
• Just Shots