The Buddha Made Me Do it by Marla Martenson

What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything. Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles—house, pool, her own business helping Cupid find love for LA’s most discriminating singles. Her handsome and ardent hubby Adolfo performs at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. He tends to scoff at Marla’s green juice, vegan diet, yoga, and daily affirmations and can be a teensy bit of a control freak. A discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without sends Marla searching through New Age boutiques along with her skeptical friend Julie. They are soon schooled by a charismatic “Goddess,” delving ever deeper into self-realization, conversations with angels, pendulums, candle “Magick,” Reiki, crystal healing, and more. Attend a Hindu Bajan? Sure. Orgasmic Meditation? (Wait, what…?) Maybe not that one. Growing in her spirituality, yet exceedingly frustrated with some of her persnickety clientele—aging men who see themselves as Dorian Grays, worthy of exquisite young women—Marla’s world is shifting. She achieves certifications as an energy healer and encourages Julie to sample the concoction Julie calls “green gunk” and other healthy practices to help her conquer an addiction to unavailable men. Marla deepens her communication with the Beyond while Adolfo, always so practical, asks, “Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices? Angels aren’t real, come on!” Matters grow worse when certain psychics warn of “dangerous low-vibrational entities” and rabidly disagree with each other. Her alternating universes give Marla spiritual whiplash, yet she discovers the LITE way to balance the human carnival with a transformation spiritual journey.

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“Fabulous and Funny!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Lynn Vaccaro

I live in Los Angeles, the capital of “Woo Woo,” where you will find a yoga studio on every street corner, with a sprinkling of juice bars, metaphysical shops, pilates studios,
crystal shops and more. n The Buddha Made Me Do It, Marla takes the reader along on her two year journey seeking enlightenment in The City of Angels. I couldn’t stop laughing as she
recounted her experience getting a bamboo beating by a Chinese holistic doctor, or the time her friend Julie went out in the middle of the night to bury a candle at a crossroads because a warlock told her
it would help banish her obsession with her neighbor who only wants her for a booty call. This was a really fun and “enlightening” read.

About the Author

Born in Tacoma, Washington, “The City of Destiny,” Marla was destined to move to Los Angeles where she shoots her arrow of love on a daily basis as a professional matchmaker, helping countless couples connect with their soul mates.

She is the author of three memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Hearts on the Line and The Buddha Made Me Do It.

Marla has been interviewed on the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, Urban Rush, CTV Calgary, Better TV, KUSI San Diego Morning Show, and over 100 radio shows including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

Her husband Adolfo has asked her, “Marlita, do you want to go to the moon too?” referring to her many interests—a true Gemini. Yet nothing has fascinated her like her profound adventure far beyond the moon and into the vastness of cosmic spirituality.

“Marla is a gifted writer who can take everyday situations and those even ridiculously insane and weave humor through them to share with her readers.”
~Autumn Blues Reviews

For more info on Marla, visit her website: http://www.marlamartenson.com

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