Monday, 3 March 2014

The Adventures of Pebble Beach by Barbara Berger

Hi! My name is Barbara Berger and I’ve written a book called “The Adventures of Pebble Beach” – a high-spirited tale of a newly divorced, 40-something woman with two teenage sons who is trying to take control of her life, her sex-crazed body, and her new relationships with men – while struggling to build a career in advertising in the big city. It’s a fun read and I’m sure you are going to enjoy it! The book has just been released by Roundfire Books.

Besides my novel about the adventures of Pebble Beach, I’ve written 15 self-empowerment books including the international bestseller “The Road to Power / Fast Food for the Soul” (which is now published in 30 languages) and “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (18 languages) which was recently released in the US and UK. For more about me and my self-help books, see my Web site:


But getting back to Pebble Beach!
Believe it or not, I wrote the original draft of “The Adventures of Pebble Beach” almost 30 years ago in 1987. Yes I did. But at the time I wasn’t a famous author and so I didn’t show the manuscript to anyone. I just stuffed it away in a drawer somewhere and forgot about it!

Needless to say, it wasn’t until 2007 that I rediscovered the book quite by accident. It happened in the very hot summer of 2007 after I’d just been through a painful breakup with my on-and-off boyfriend of almost seven years and I was feeling pretty miserable.

Then one day, when I was looking for something on my computer, I must have hit the wrong key and up came Pebble Beach. And as I said, I’d completely forgotten about her and her adventures and on that day in 2007, miserable as I was, I started reading what appeared on the screen before me. And wow, I was amazed at what I read. I was amazed by what I had written 20 years earlier about a woman who was also floundering and trying to come to terms with her disastrous relationships with men! I was stunned by my discovery. Did I really know all that in 1987?

And then I thought, well it could be fun to try and update the manuscript and see if I could make it an even better book than the original manuscript was. And so that became my 2007 summer project and part of my own healing journey out of the problematic relationship I myself had been in for so long.

Because yes, even though “The Adventures of Pebble Beach” is a fun read, it’s also a lot about a woman floundering in unhealthy relationships and yes, in the book, the heroine Pebble Beach does go to therapy to try to understand her insecurity and neediness and her inability to take care of herself when her better judgment is telling her that a relationship is not good for her.

In 2008, my son, author Tim Ray, translated the original English manuscript into Danish (yes we live in Copenhagen, Denmark so people speak Danish here!) and the book was published in Danish in Denmark – to the great surprise of many of my Danish readers since I’m known in Scandinavia as a self-help writer and teacher!

And now finally Pebble Beach is published in my mother tongue English too and released in the UK and US and all the other English-speaking countries! Hurrah! Hurrah! How exciting!

So I hope you’ll enjoy Pebble Beach and her journey to freedom as much as I have!


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  1. Your books and you sound incredibly interesting. Good luck with them xx

  2. Thanks Kim and thanks to Kirsty for featuring "The Adventures of Pebble Beach" here. It's been great fun combining "Chick Lit" and "Self-help"! xx