I’m pleased to announce that after working on the manuscript off and on for five years, the book is now available for Kindle as well as in paperback.

From the back cover:

“In the memoir My Next Husband Will Be Normal – A St. John Adventure, Rae Ellen Lee and her husband, Tom, ditch their sailboat on the West Coast and fly to the U.S. Virgin Islands with a down payment for a mom and pop business on St. John. The plan: when they aren’t sewing canvas bags at their little shop, The Canvas Factory, they’ll be beach potatoes. But there are risks to living in paradise one cannot anticipate. For soon after unpacking their flip-flops, the husband–a former Republican state legislator with a silver crewcut and solid traditional values–realizes he is really a she. Convinced the world needs more humor, Lee rations the angst in favor of the picturesque and absurd. Adding heat to the story is a cast of colorful cats, customers, and Caribbean personalities. Toss in a few sex toys, some steel pan music, a pinch of voodoo–and stir.”

Reviews are rolling in. A podcast interview with Maura Curley from Virgin Voices is in the works and I’ll include it here as soon as it’s available. In her review, Maura said, “Adventurous readers will relish Lee’s outrageous revelations.” For the full review click the link:

Podcast interview (15 mins.) here:

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Also from the back cover:

Lee’s first memoir, I Only Cuss When I’m Sailing (first published as If the Shoe Fits by Sheridan House in 2001), chronicles her move with husband Tom from Montana to the West Coast to live on an old boat, fix it up, learn to sail and set off for the Caribbean.

 “. . . charming, witty, beautifully observed, and above all delightfully genuine.” Living Aboard Magazine

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About Rae Ellen

Rae Ellen grew up on a stump ranch in Northern Idaho. She is a former landscape architect and the author of 5 books, including fiction, memoir and humor. She now lives in Escalante, UT. To celebrate a landmark birthday, she is painting her life and blogging about it at



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