I am very excited because this week I received in the mail, eight “Authors’ Copies”of my published book Jayspeak on the Côte d’Azur. To all my French friends, please forgive me for omitting the required symbol on Côte. Think of it as another blunder committed by this U.S. Expat. Ugh. But, it will have to stay this way for now. Sorry. I am very proud of this book. It is a filled with memories and pictures of my time in Nice since I arrived October 1, 2015, and stepped off the plane in my new home – Nice, France. It is the background, filled with my days and nights before and after the sudden death of my husband Steve. And the book is dedicated to him. If you want to read it, I think you will enjoy it. I will post a link to it at the bottom of this post. It is available on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon and e-book on Smashwords. There are a lot of pictures, so the e-book will have the pictures in color. That is too expensive to do in the paperback. There, the pictures are in black and white. Either way, the words are the same. And, filled with my “scintillating” personality. Haha. Just teasing. I am posting the Prologue below.
“I was born in Gainesville, Georgia, USA, with the birth name of “Janet Tallulah Jewell”. Yes, that is right. Over the years, I went to college, got married, had children, moved to Los Angeles, California, changed my name to “Jay W. MacIntosh”, acted professionally in film and television, went to Whittier Law School, practiced law, and now live in Nice, France. I moved with my husband, Steve Orlandella, in October 2015. Steve was a television producer and writer. We were looking forward to starting life anew. Regretfully, he died in August 2016 from natural causes (pneumonia). So, I am picking myself up, dusting myself off, and starting all over again – in France. I now spend my time writing. As an attorney / actress / widow / mother / grandma / ex-college professor (Chairman of the Division of Humanities at a branch of the University of Georgia) and ex-real estate broker, I have a lot to say.
As an attorney, I specialized in entertainment law and employment litigation, helping employees who had been victimized in the workplace. I still practice transactional law from my Home Office in Nice, licensed in the State of California. As an actress, I continue to perform in film, television, commercials, and theatre. I am a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP. I hold a Master’s Degree in Drama, and am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. My published works include Janet Tallulah, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volumes 1 & 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, and Capturing Beauty, currently for sale on amazon.com. I am currently writing a sequel to Janet Tallulah and a blog – jayspeakblog.wordpress.com. [Note: this was written before I began this blog – my80sinfrance.wordpress.com]
Steve spent most of his career working in sports television, primarily baseball. He studied broadcasting, history, and theatre at California State University, Northridge. While working on his degrees, he joined the University staff as a producer-director of Educational TV. In 1979, he joined KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles as a news producer, senior sports producer, and director of “News at Ten”. In 1985, he was promoted to KTLA’s Supervising Producer/Director. He produced and directed entertainment programs, Angels Baseball, and Clippers Basketball Games. In 1987, he worked for MCA/Universal as Producer of media for the Merchandizing/Licensing Division, later becoming an independent Producer/Director. He produced winter and summer Olympic specials, Kings Hockey games, promos and commercials for Z-Channel and Sportschannel, and directed boxing, pro and college basketball. In 1993, he became Producer for Dodgers Baseball for nine seasons. He won Golden Mikes, Associated Press Awards, and was nominated for Emmys twelve times. He received two Emmys for his work with the Dodgers. In 2005, he launched Steve Orlandella Productions and Ormac Press. His published works include Burden of Proof, Capitol Murder, Marathon Murders, Dance with Death, Midtown Mayhem, Titanic, The Game, and Stevespeak.
Why did we choose Nice, you ask? My love affair with France started when I was a little girl. I don’t know when Steve’s started. I always knew that one day, I wanted to spend quality time in the South of France. Nice is the perfect place for me to live, now that he is gone. It feels right. My plan is to speak French fluently, eat good food, write books, take photographs, and meet people. That is the plan, anyway. This book is a compilation of my blog posts since Steve’s death. I have dedicated it to him.”
That gives you an idea of who I am and a bit about Steve. Now, this is a description of the book. “American Actress and Attorney JAY W. MACINTOSH moved to Nice, France from Los Angeles in 2015. In this book, she creates and writes about her new life in France in a way that captures and keeps your attention throughout. Her style is casual and comfortable, as if she is in the room with you, enjoying a cup of espresso or a delicious glass of French wine. A delightful read for those who love to live life in new ways, vicariously or otherwise. She takes you along for the ride.” If you want to order a copy for yourself and your bookshelf, this is a link to it on amazon.com. And, if you are more interested in the e-book on Smashwords, com, there is the link to it.
For the record, March is my birthday month. On March 30, I will be 82. So, as you know, time is of the essence. I lit my March candle with Saint Rita.
I am not sure what she covers, but I like her – for some unknown reason.
Well, I am ready for it – age 82. My Daddy used to say to me, “Janet, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence”. He would say that to me when I wanted to go to the University of Wisconsin, have money, or move to California from Gainesville, Georgia. And, I would feel a few moments of doubt. Like – I should stay put. WELL, I am here to tell you, that for me, the grass WAS greener on the other side of the fence. If I had stayed put and accepted the status quo, I probably would have had an interesting life. But, I didn’t. I went looking and found a LOT of wonderful things. Yes, that were a lot of tough times, but none of it stopped me. And, now, the challenge is to spend quality time here, living a life that I could not imagine before – in my 80’s. Sometimes I get excited for no good reason. Just being alive! Do you realize how lucky we all are, just being alive!! Seeing trees, smelling flowers, feeling the Seabreeze!! An attorney friend of mine is always saying and writing BAM!! Let’s go get ’em! Well, I am saying it now to all of you, BAM!! Let’s go get ’em. If not now, WHEN????