• "Rochelle is a master story-teller" "She writes the layers of both the children and adults beautifully". "Riveting Perception!" ~ Good Reads Reviews

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    “We need to talk. It's about your drinking.”

    Conveying to an emperor of denial that he's not wearing any clothes, will deliver the same result as a hand grenade with a loose pin—it's gonna blow! —hence the arrival of a SWAT team on the front lawn; but, in the realm of divorce and addiction, we're just getting started. Our femme protagonist calls on instincts, wit and compassion to navigate: the splash zone of alcoholism, unbelievable betrayal, divorce court without a lawyer (that always goes well), single parenting, and more twists hurled by a narcissist with his back up.

    Seeking to break off her chains of codependency, Jessica (Rochelle's name in the narrative memoir) pursues therapy with Dr. Rachel Phoenix, a slayer of head games. The New York doc offers insights as sharp as her high-end shoes. A vibrant, playful reemergence is captured as Jess tries dating a woman, is pursued by a millionaire, and then, there's the hot young contractor; he showed up at the right time with the right, ah...tools. Notable are the community members—neighbor, lawyer, judge, Vietnam vet, real estate broker—all creating a link towards this endearing family's wellness.

    SHOT GLASS is an intimate memoir of courage, fallible choices and altruism with gemstones of humor. It reminds us that forgiveness can change a life. Readers claim, I couldn't put this book down!


    Facts: The CDC reported that more than 15 million people in the US struggled with alcohol use disorders, but fewer than 8% received treatment (January 2018). According to the US Justice Department, 4 million women were threatened by a firearm;1 million of whom faced a bullet. (January 2019).

    Author's Note

    This book has taken five years to write and edit. Never underestimate editing.The plot pacing turns pages as if a novel of fiction, yet it is not.

    The book's intention is to demonstrate that we all have the power to pull others up.

    Names and some details have been changed to provide a layer of protective privacy for my family.

    Recommendations for this intimate read: a cozy nook, a cup of tea, and a seatbelt.


    The Audio Book was just released October 2020 with Carol Jacobanis as the narrator! So lucky to have her; she did an amazing job. I personally think each chapter gets better than the last with Carol skillfully enriching the under tones that make for great audio! See reviews below :)

  • Advance Reader Reviews

    October 2020 audio book reviews:

    "*****Loved it" ~ Chirp Audio

    "*****Couldn't stop listening"~ Chirp Audio

    "*****Captivatingly written and narrated!" ~ Kobo Audio books


    Print reviews:

    "Demonstrates writer's instincts that you can't teach."- Janet Benton, author, editor


    “Rochelle has succeeded in capturing a zillion nuances and emotions, thought out so thoroughly and so deeply…weaving compassion, wit and insights.” - Ann Robertson, Ebook Launch editor


    "Much more than a book on a shelf." - Professor of Literature, Georgetown University


    “Rendered my blood pressure medicine ineffective!” - RF Studio


    “Speaking as a person with substance abuse history and as a current divorce attorney, this book did a great job at illustrating the humanity behind the facts and the emotional toll on everyone involved…the book I have been looking for professionally…I recommended it to colleagues half way through!” ~ Attorney, Amazon reader




    "* * * * * A very compelling read… The descriptive story telling is filled with strength, humor and insight. The children's responses will pull at your heartstrings." ~ MKS Amazon Reader


    “* * * * * Captivating from beginning to end!—as if I was standing there witnessing everything happen before my own eyes!” LiAnn at Martino Cartier


    "* * * * * Professors and teachers of Psychology should make this book a required read for their classes" ~ teacher, Barnes & Noble reader


    "* * * * * I loved reading Shot Glass...a very exciting, thrilling, and suspenseful book - highly recommend!! ~ college student, Barnes & Noble reader


    "* * * * *Rochelle is a master story-teller...able to weave humor and compassion throughout. ...Rochelle tackles the demon of alcoholism with courage, strength, and a sense of humor." Good Reads Review, Susan, teacher.


    "Rarely do I find a book that I can’t put down. Rochelle describes in raw, sometimes humorous detail her painful journey with a secret alcoholic husband and father of three young children. It is part thriller, part mystery, but pure nonfiction. It is a story of a courageous woman who single-handedly sets out to make life better for her children, her family, and herself. A truly inspiring must read. “ ~ Professor of law


     " * * * * * " ~ Book Shout


    "Engaging, captivating and raw… Rochelle is able to paint such a picture that it puts you right there, grabbing your attention from the very beginning."~ Amazon review


  • Rochelle

    is an occupational therapist with over 25 years experience, a yoga instructor, playwright, gardener, budding traveler, and is raising three amazing kids. She has trained their kitten, Athena, to play fetch with wrapped candy. Athena was named such after attending a MFA writer's conference in Greece.

    Thrilled to join the diverse world of Indie-authors, Rochelle is honored to be a recipient of two National Indie Excellence Awards (N.I.E.A.). One award for the Divorce category and another for Addiction & Recovery.

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