TaraEllison | Book


Nothing announces the failure of one’s life quite as loudly as having to move back in with your mother at the ripe old age of thirty-five. Synchronized Breathing, introduces Scarlett Spencer in just this situation: her marriage has recently imploded and she’s headed for Beverly Hills—toddler in tow—to move in with her over-sexed mother, CeCe.

Having squandered her twenties having adventures and losing herself in men, Scarlett—out of desperation—leapt into an unsuitable marriage – but the best gift came out of that union – her son, Oliver. After successfully escaping that ‘Lemon Marriage,’ Scarlett struggles to put back together a life that was not very together to begin with. After being a stay-at-home-mother, Scarlett wades back into the Hollywood employment pool with hilarious results.

Balancing motherhood with the unique demands of Hollywood men provides a new twist on the dating dilemma – and living with one’s mother is not without its own set of challenges. With her robust sexual appetites and colorful parade of men, sixty-year old CeCe has plenty of startling sex tips to share. After tiring of dating jerks, Scarlett goes on a self-imposed ‘man-diet’ – which isn’t easy when your mother is perpetually on a manhunt — and in the quiet of a new man-less existence, she discovers what is really important in her life. Scarlett only finds her direction in life –and love- when she stops seeking to fulfill herself through other people (men).

I think of my novel as “A Single Mother’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in Beverly Hills”. Synchronized Breathing was born after my own lousy divorce, during a very dark time when I thought the greatest luxury was to laugh. My hope is that other women going through challenging times will be able to share a laugh with Scarlett Spencer and relate to her missteps on the path to love.