Campaign: Menopause to Matrimony by Shelly Hickman (@shellyhickman)

    Review By: Aislinn Pearce Genre: »

    Romantic Comedy
    Date Published: November 2014
    The sequel to Vegas to Varanasi catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age?

    First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing?

    Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry.

    Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”


    Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as a computer illustrator. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.


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    Ten Things Readers Would Be Surprised to Know About Me

    1. Even though I grew up in Las Vegas, I know nothing about gambling—aside from how to play a poker machine—and have no interest in it.

    1. My youngest child was born the morning of 9/11.

    1. In college I majored in Fine Art because I had aspirations of becoming a gallery or museum curator. (Yeah, that was kind of a wasted degree, given that Vegas isn’t exactly a museum mecca and I had no plans to move elsewhere.)

    1. In high school, my very first play was a tiny role in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” in which I fell off the nurse’s station, a platform that stood about five feet above the stage. I still get ribbed about that on Facebook from time to time by old theater friends.

    1. I was a nerd in high school and graduated salutatorian. A “B” in Theater screwed my GPA for valedictorian. Thanks, Ms. Statom. (Just kiddin’. You know I love you.)

    1. I am an only child, and though I had an amazing childhood and have the best parents in the world, I really wish I had a sibling, especially now that I’m an adult.

    1. I met my husband of 24 years from a setup by my dear friend, Michelle, and his signature move was spilling his beer on me the night we met.

    1. Disneyland is my favorite place in the world and I will never get tired of it.

    1. I taught kindergarten for one year. Never again.

    1. I’m a Walking Dead fanatic, although I’m still trying to recover from last week’s episode. I’m a little apprehensive about what’s going to happen tonight.

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