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Who Is Cal?

Who is Cal and why was a series of four novels written about her?

Our Gal Cal, from BearManor Fiction!

A 4-novel series in 1 volume, written for women.


Ever wonder what would happen if a rather sheltered teen girl from the Bible Belt was transplanted onto the sound stage of a Hollywood teen flick? In this series of novels, Cal (short for “Calamity”) was taught (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) by a seasoned actor named Leonard Rhoads all the things one needs to know to be a professional actress. He also gave her valuable life lessons that would be crucial in years to come. Serving as a surrogate mother to Cal was Leonard’s gentle wife, Jill. But, of course, no novel – not even a very informative one – is complete without a villain. Enter Nate Jenkins, stage right. A benevolent teen heartthrob on screen, he was a scoundrel off-stage with powerful connections and an intriguing past that was kept out of the newspapers. Nate tried to teach Cal some things, too, but they weren’t good things. Mentioned in Cal’s story are many of the productions and players familiar to the Baby Boomer generation:  Lassie, Annette Funicello, Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate, Tom Jones, Cleopatra, Sonny and Cher, Laugh-In. The Ed Sullivan Show, etc.

Our Gal Cal was originally written as a series of 4 novels, spanning from Cal’s teen years to her forties, but has now been incorporated into one 4-part novel of 610 pages. We hope you’ll enjoy it.


Many thanks to artist Blythe Russo for the fine artwork on both the book’s cover and on this blog. Thanks, too, to Joshua J. Stewart for the 2nd edition cover.