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By now, many of you have heard of kindle and eBooks. It’s about writers bringing out others of their books written earlier and now for sale on Amazon. Not in bookstores. You can read them on your kindles and nooks or else buy the paperback editions. Hope you’ll look them up.

To the right are the two latest, available ones. And I have to warn you, the first is a sweet story and the second is a scary thriller.

Hope you get to read them. And then, let me know what you think. I love to hear from my readers.

As for the Gladdy books, I’ll get back to writing them soon.


Out Now!

Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male. In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table. With guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.

The relevance of her personal journey will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.

Order the Memoir

eBooks by Rita Lakin


It was summer and Ruth Hailey was fifteen, trapped with her mother on a bus heading for a Catskill mountain resort that promised nothing but boredom and desperation. She could already imagine the inevitable assignment in school next fall: How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”

Two months later she could have filled a diary. About her absent father. About her mother and all the other manless women at the old hotel. Mostly due to husbands and sons away at war. About Abe, the proprietor’s handsome 4F son. About 16 year-old Lenore, old before her years. Fate had cast them together in a summer of love, loss and rebellion that changed Ruth’s life forever.


At first Andy could not believe the changes in his pregnant wife. Elinor recoiled from his touch. She kept asking about his first wife, Laurie. She hung strange coins on the nursery wall and refused to leave the room. Then came the fire…

The doctor called it a breakdown. But how did Elinor suddenly know the terrible secret of Laurie’s death? How could Andy explain the brief, horrifying moment when he saw Elinor transformed—into a living image of Laurie. And what of the word she had spoken—Lilla-abi—and its haunting meaning?
Finally he began to suspect…