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Eleven Short Works:

"Feather" is my favorite so far. I liked the happy insight the character gained at the end. J.

They are so much fun to read. I had such a great time reading them and waiting for the "Mona" twist in them. NC

Great first story! Where do you get your ideas? I like the way you intersperse modern slang with prehistoric events. Friend in FL

I love Nuclear People! DRC


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Review by J. Alford, Asheville, North Carolina, reprinted here by permission:

"This novel does what John Gardner says any great work of literature must do. It must celebrate life. It must affirm the age-old verities, bring us back to an appreciation of what is elemental and truly important. By the end Wesley (and we) have made that journey back together, to sanity, to life. Terrific writing." J. Alford

Hope the TV and movie contracts soon come! FL

Wesley's Gift was a pleasure to read, a timely book and suitable for young and interracial populations. VA

W G is great! Texas

Loved it! KY

I was haunted by it for two days after I read it! A reader in Atlanta.

One begins to read Wesley's Gift, then one EATS it!! I'm going to read it again, more slowly. Thanks!!!

I want to know what happens next!! What are you going to do for an encore? M.N.

A few times I wanted to pinch Wesley's head off. From a reader.

Wesley's Gift is a wonderful crazy quilt of fascinating characters. Florida.


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QUESTION: When did Gladys die and is your mother and father still alive? I wish you would write another book on Marilyn continuing with Gladys and Berniece and Paris. . . . . .ANSWER: We are considering publishing a sequel. Berniece is healthy and as pretty as ever. (See Photos.) Paris passed away at age 72. After Marilyn's death, guardianship of Gladys was transferred from Inez Melson to Berniece. In Gainesville, Florida, Berniece cared for her mother nearly twenty years until Gladys’ death at 84 in 1983.

QUESTION: What happened to Maf? . . . . .ANSWER: We offered to adopt Maf. Then we learned that he could go to to live with Frank Sinatra's secretary, Gloria Lovell. Since Frank had given Maf to Marilyn, and Maf could stay in familiar surroundings, that seemed to us to be appropriate, although we adored Maf.

QUESTION: What happened to Marilyn's white piano?. . . . .ANSWER: Lee Strasberg was set to send the white piano that Marilyn had in her New York apartment to Berniece in Florida. Berniece, at that time, decided that being around the piano would affect her emotions too drastically, so she changed her mind. The white piano remained in storage from 1962 until the 1999 Christie's auction by Lee's second family. It was purchased by singer Mariah Carey.

QUESTION: I read and loved this book! Great work! You and your mom were very generous to share this with us all. How come your mom did not push further to receive some of Marilyns empire? She seems more deserving and is FAMILY. From what I can tell, the Strasbergs never distributed all her property as stated in her will. Are they running Marilyns empire and are profitting from her still? Correct? Do they ever offer anything to your mom? It is a darn shame if they havent. God Bless you and your mother. . . . . .ANSWER: Marilyn’s complete will appears in our book MY SISTER MARILYN, along with Marilyn’s anger about it. Marilyn had an appointment to change it on Monday; but she died on Sunday. Marilyn did not write her will; NY attorney Aaron Frosch did, and Frosch then profited for the next seventeen years, until the waiting NY bequestees sued. I do not know what Lee Strasberg did in regard to distributing possessions to Marilyn’s friends. Most likely Lee did his best. As to my family, we have only kind words for him, and maintained a good relationship with him. Lee and Paula were kind to me during my time in NY. Marilyn had no “empire” when she died. (See “Debunking Myths.’”) Space here is limited, but perhaps it will be possible for us to make more detailed comments in a sequel.

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(NOTE: Any blurbs SIGNED BY NAME appearing here were posted by readers themselves who signed their names. Currently, reader comments are added by me from email or letters I get. Items are under ten lines and anonymous.)

ITEM . . . .Totally loved the book about My Sister Marilyn. Thanks so much. I love to read about Marilyn.

ITEM. . . . .First I'd like to say that I've read so many articles and a biography of Marilyn and none mentioned that she had family! So much for their research! Can I ask you an odd question? Did Marilyn have six toes on one foot? My husband told me that a photographer of Marilyn's swears she did. Also could you also post a photo of Marylin's brother? I'd love to see what he looked like. Thank you Niki

ITEM .. . . .I love this book. It's my favorite Marilyn book. I've been a huge Marilyn fan for 20 years. I'm 29. I was in 4th grade when I became a fan. My friend's older sister had her room full of Marilyn posters. One time we went in her sister's room, and I asked who that was. I've been a huge fan ever since. I hope you and your mom are doing well. Melissa Staats

ITEM: . . . . .I am so glad your mom is okay. I know it was so many years ago that you lost your aunt but those wounds don't really heal up completely. I lost my aunt Julie a year ago unexpectedly and we were super close. She was the fun one in our family (Not that we aren't all fun) Marilyn sounded fun. Her book brought out the sweet, shy down to earth person that I know MM must have been. I was an actress who studied at AADA and did pretty well in CA. for ten years but I just got so tired of the rat race out there. So now I am back in MI and this weather is killin' me. You had a special aunt. And your mom sounds special too. Cherish your time with her! Sincerely, Averie

ITEM . . . . .I read and loved this book! Great work! You and your mom were very generous to share this with us all. How come your mom did not push further to receive some of Marilyns empire? She seems more deserving and is FAMILY. From what I can tell, the Strasbergs never distributed all her property as stated in her will. Are they running Marilyns empire and are profitting from her still? Correct? Do they ever offer anything to your mom? It is a darn shame if they havent. God Bless you and your mother.

ITEM . . . . .I loved this book! Thank you and your mom for sharing your private lives and personal thoughts with all of us! I have read other books about Marilyn, but I always was unsure of their validity. Your book and you and your moms words were so touching and real. I came away from this book feeling grateful for such honest and personal insight into Marilyns (Normas) life with her family. Thank you for being so open with us, the public. God Bless you and your mom.

ITEM . . . . .I absolutely adore the book you and your mother wrote. Holland

ITEM . . . . .Admire your talent. Russia

ITEM . . . . .Came across some interesting, refreshing and new information provided by you and regarding your Aunt Norma. That gave me a great idea about Marilyn, the ultimate woman to ever live on the face of this earth!!! Bernice definitely gives us an idea of how Marilyn would look if still alive and that proves what I had already suspected; Marilyn would look just as great at her 70´s or 80´s. Good bless you and your family. You're so lucky and special. BTW, if you have a single daughter in her 20's or 30's, I am a good match; tall dark and handsome Latin guy in his early 30's trying to make it big in Hollywood,LOL. oh, nevermind...I am married. wink wink! :) "D"

ITEM . . . . .We are there sincere fans of Marilyn. Belgium

ITEM . . . . .The best book by far was from you and your mother because I believe you showed the real Marilyn. CA


Comments about the website:

ITEM . . . . .Okay, the only comment I've made on this entire page is to set the record at hand straight about the land. It is NOT in South Florida, but infact approx fourty five minutes west of Gainesville. No one ever mentioned south Florida. And your mother owned lots of land in the Gainesville area at one time as well. As for all the crazy comments on this page, none of those belong to me. I have read all of your books, have commented on one, and made an offer to send you a photo of the land. That was it from me. I'm not trying to step on any toes, nor have I made one red cent. And I don't intend to for that matter. I have my own money and don't need to prosper from anyone elses, Thank You. Please tell your mom I send my respect. Barbara M~

ITEM . . .. .There was a partial distribution deed from the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, It distributed undoubtedly land from the Estate of Marilyn Monroe to Gladys Ely. When Gladys passed on the distribution deed of the property that Marilyn DID IN FACT OWN transferred directly from the estate of Marilyn Monroe to Berniece Miracle. That property was purchased by Marilyn Monroe directly from Owen Baynard himself. His son Walter Baynard of Baynard Realty in Chiefland FL has ALL the original documents. All the rest of the documents are found in Alatchua County records under the Estate of Gladys P Ely, also in Gilchrist county under None other than Berniece Miracle. Both documents stamped and recorded in public records. It's legal, It's provable. It's obvious this family doesn't want to share any real facts. Mona Rae, do your homework. Don't say things that you can plainly see for yourself and trace it right back through the court records with your own Mother's signature, as well as Marilyn's on her paperwork. Not to mention the entire Gladys Ely's Estate is quite interesting and holds many secretive ties till you mail away to the estate of Marilyn Monroe, back track the documents and all the ties.... Interesting Reading.

ITEM . . . . .Mona, I'd love to send a current photo of the land in Wannee, let me know. I love the site. Add more photo's. ~Barbara M.~ FL

ITEM . . . . .The Homepage is very good... Mareike from GERMANY

ITEM . . . . .Nice site. Would be interested to hear more about Norma Jeane. John Turner

ITEM .. . . .As beautiful as God intended. ~Barbara M.~ Florida

ITEM . . . .I like the sunset! Holly in Orlando