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Sonja Paris , Tahlia Day , Ute Lahann-Reuter

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Book Description

Hannah, a middle-aged woman, survived her husband’s constant infidelity by drowning her sorrow in booze and spending his money freely. After he revealed to her that his last affair was not just based on lust, but that he found true love in the arms of a much younger woman, Hannah’s world falls apart. Driven by rage, and desperate to find a new identity for herself, she turns into a prancing cougar on the hunt...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452824541
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (22 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047T7N6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,380,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sonja Verena Paris (Reuter) was born in Hamburg, Germany in July of 1964. She studied German and English language and literature at the University of Hamburg, sang lead in the Hamburger local Rock band 'Bandits' and took almost three years of singing lessons from the well known opera singer Liliana Aabye-Hecker.

In 1988 she was hired as editor and journalist by the Heinrich Bauer publishing company and due to her English language skills that 
were above the skills of her peers, she conducted interviews with foreign celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Helen Schneider, Sean Connery (just to name a few).

That was the time she turned her back on singing: "I had to choose between music and writing, because I had not enough energy for both, especially at the beginning stages of my journalistic career, when I had still so much to learn. And as a mezzo soprano it was anyway unlikely that I would ever have been able to make good money in the opera field. Like Liliana Aabye-Hecker said to me: 'You will always have a job, playing mothers or witches, but your voice is not high enough to sing the main parts.' 

"Besides: I had always a weight problem, and making it in the music business as a chunky short woman is near to impossible, regardless in which field. But that was not my only problem: Even though I was good during practice, I always had so much stage fright, that I needed to be considerably drunk, plus take off either my glasses or take out my contact lenses (I am extremely shortsighted!) before going on stage, so the audience would just be a blur to me. Only in this haze and daze was I able to be relaxed enough to give my best in front of a larger audience. Not ideal conditions for trying to become a professional singer, and so I decided, that I had realistically a better chance to become a professional writer."

Less than a year after her first steps into journalism, she met Johnny Paris® and they fell in love with each other. 
"I think I always felt drawn to people in the music field. I was never able to play an instrument correctly, and I admire people that play an instrument well. I have a strong love for music and I had a good voice, but playing an instrument, now that is something totally different. John on the other hand absolutely hated journalists, but he said he was drawn to me right from the start and he could not help it but to fall in love with me."

"I loved John's courage, confidence and calm knowing demeanor. He told me he never knew stage fright. Whether it was on stage or later on, after we were already married, in the dogshow ring, when John handled our Bullmastiffs in competitions: He was always very confident. He was most of the time a calm and introverted person, very stoic and in control of the situation, while I was more wound up, talking up a storm and easily flustered. Nobody could calm me down and comfort me like he could, and I know that my uplifting spirit and bubbly personality sparked him up and brought him out of his shell that he wore like an armor around himself all too often. I think we simply found our matching opposite in each other in so many ways..."

She wrote two books.
She finished her first book in collaboration with Duane Thomas Griwack about her late husband, Johnny and the Hurricanes® founder and saxophonist Johnny Paris®, which is expected to hit the market end of 2010/ beginning of 2011.

Sonja Paris: "This book stirred up some bad blood, because some people disapprove of the fact (to say the least!) that I make money off my husband's legacy. I see it that way: Every biography written means making money off a legacy or dead person. That is just the way it is, and would apply to EVERY writer that EVER dared to get involved in a biography. With that in mind, I believe it is better that someone writes a biography that actually really knew the person a book is about than to leave it up to someone who JUST gathered papers and articles to create a picture of a person. But after all, this book is not just JOHN'S legacy, but also over 17 years of my own life. 

Meanwhile Sonja Paris finished her second book "Make the cougar purr", a fictional story about a middle-aged woman. This book was released in May of 2010 and is available through and various online book stores.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature and intriguing 18 Jun. 2010
By Rossfordwoman - Published on
The story of one mature woman's search for contentment. You find yourself wondering what Hannah's up to when you're not reading the book.

If books had movie ratings, this one would be R for detailed sexual escapades.

Well written, a quick read, the characters are easy to identify with and the imagery really takes you through Hannah's life with her. Highly recommended!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Kitty Roars 3 Aug. 2010
By Diana Faillace Von Behren - Published on
In "Make the Cougar Purr" Sonja Paris zip-locks the reader within the stifling zoo of her 40-something heroine where the howling sensations and prowling stimulations of countless unhappy, directionless and love/life questing inmates overwhelms and disturbs yet constitutes a viable underbelly for the 21st century inferno of relationship hell. Paris, the real-life widow of Johnny Paris of Johnny and the Hurricanes bares her own soul (80% of the time) and the soul of her creation, Hannah Bentley, with a rip and a roar that pings at the iceberg of indignation within the most dangerous animal in her social cage: a woman, psychologically scorned and emotionally wounded.

Fully aware that the only thing upon which she can rely with any regularity is her husband Steven's pathological cheating, blonde and slightly overweight Hannah retaliates with a hardening of her emotional veneer and some extra-curriculum bedroom (and countertop) activity of her own. Not that Steven ever made her happy anyway; from the get-go, her marriage to him yielded little in the blissful- contentment department. Was she in love? Did he love her? Was it all words? Just sex? Why the emptiness? Would more sex fill the void? Would more alcohol? Hannah participates in her life (20% of the time) yet rarely engages. Anesthetized by booze, she is there, but not there. Nonetheless discovering after Steven's sudden death that he actually loved his last mistress and was planning a fairytale life with her complete with a house, white picket fence, requisite child and dog, catapults Hannah onto a frenetic expedition for connectivity.

For almost 500 pages, the reader travels with Hannah across Middle America and overseas to her native Germany, voyeuristically and vicariously participating in a fast-track lifestyle of over-indulgence. For Hannah, a sufficient amount of booze means she's passed out-- and as for sex?--she's voracious--up all night and ready the following morning. Like all the other classic literary protagonists seeking change and redemption, when does our Hannah reach that climatic moment and finally decide that enough is enough? When does she realize that in order to be full she must be empty and that the best things in life are free? Where's the good guy that maybe isn't so hot to look at, loves her to death and eventually gets her to enjoy that warm and cuddly feeling growing inside herself? Ha! Refreshingly, she doesn't settle for second best where looking within means not getting what she wants--Paris and her Hannah are still trudging along the road of personal enlightenment and neither are afraid to admit that there are plenty of rocks to stumble upon that keep you from moving forward. On one leg of her journey, she dabbles with New Age modalities seeking the Higher Self, but amusingly persists in the age-old fun of placating her Lower Self (and Half) with healing touch of a different kind.

From a purely structural vantage point, this reviewer would have liked Hannah to come to some conclusion about her life. As with other seekers on a literary coming-of-age, she journeys through different predicaments and comes out stronger and wiser for the experience. However, from an overall standpoint, Hannah really doesn't grow at all. Despite all her adventures, trials and tribulations, she ends where she started with perhaps a little more cynicism added to the mix of disappointment and ennui. Poor Hannah, she epitomizes the concept of Weltschmerz. Her solution? More experiences of a different nature--a creative project--something that speaks to her soul. She's already got the body covered.

On a technical level, "Make the Cougar Purr," begs for chapter divisions. Paris does break different scenes and emotional departures with visual line separators. Nevertheless, I want to know when I was reaching my goal of finishing a chapter and another phase of Hannah's life by hitting that all-important empty page and larger heading font. Otherwise, Paris does an incredible job of allowing her readers to get inside of Hannah's brain space--even if Hannah really isn't in it herself.

Bottom line? Sonja Paris successfully depicts the struggle within the life of her character Hannah Bentley. This approximately 500 page middle-aged adventure takes the reader on a circuitous journey of self-discovery that doesn't always help us discover anything. Never boring or tedious, Paris intrigues with her writing style and perhaps has intuited that the act of writing in itself is therapeutic, creative and perhaps just the craft Hannah should hone. The ending may disappoint some. Adult language and situations. Recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
5.0 out of 5 stars courageous 13 Dec. 2013
By grand - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
simply put terrific how many women live these same issues . most do one way or another .good read fast pace. thanks for putting it out there
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down until I finished it!!!! 14 Jun. 2010
By Barbara A - Published on
I started reading this book and Sonja is such a good writer I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
She gives very good descriptions of what is going on and what the characters look like you feel you know them and can relate to what is happening.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book very easy to read, but very hard to put down. 1 Aug. 2010
By 3030catfish - Published on
If you like books a little on the dirty side, with real life events you have to read this book.
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