Seasoned Single author Joan Barrett has navigated the tricky, exciting and challenging Mature Singles lifestyle in her own modus vivendi, as can you. Joan’s passion for SINS  (her playful term for Singles INternet Dating Services) and its benefits for Mature Singles inspired her to create Candyland S.I.N.S. to support current members, especially newbies, and not-yet members who want to know more about this Candyland of tempting treats.   

In her continuing journey, one punctuated with sugary highs and fall-back lows, she has endured many disappointments and disillusionments but has always bounced back.  Her experiences will ably help readers navigate the peaks, the valleys and … the inevitable curves. She has maneuvered them all and has survived to tell about some of them with a smile. 

Left Suddenly Single at 62, Joan began her new life in unfamiliar territory by facing it head-on. She opened a cooking school for ‘Seasoned’ Singles called Kiss the Cook xo. She saw the need to encourage interaction in the somewhat socially marginalized, at the time, Mature Singles segment of the population. This venture renewed her energy and love for life. 

Joan then discovered the existence of SINS for Mature Singles. Her entrance into this new-to-her, exciting online dating world further invigorated her as she joined other like-minded Mature Singles who were not about to roll over alone and sit out their remaining years. Candyland S.I.N.S. was written for those who have chosen, as Joan did, to do the same. Life loves people who live it with passion. 

As a member of SINS, Joan has formed innumerable friendships and been blessed with two very deep relationships that morphed into enduring connections.  Her exposure to the broad range of members in SINS has changed her life forever. She has actively participated in SINS over a fun-filled eight year period, a deep enough engagement to know the game and how the game is being played … and how not to be played! 

Joan initially joined SINS with the intention to find that special one long-term relationship so many seek. At times she found it necessary after disappointing or failed attempts to connect with that exceptional match to pick herself up, dust herself off and start all over again. At other times she communicated and dated just for the sheer fun of it or to allow herself to heal, recharge and once again move forward. Joan discovered SINS is a world of continuous life and activity if you know how to present and conduct yourself. This world is anything but dull; any member new to the scene may be the one.

Joan has never lost her fascination with SINS and how they function in Singles society … particularly Mature Singles society. She has seen and experienced SINS become the mainstay for Mature Singles dating … yes, the only real game in town for their age range. Mature Daters generally do not hang out, prowl bars or go to Singles socials to meet potential partners. While SINS have provided her and so many Mature Singles with abundant smiles, laughs, good times … and love, she and other Matures have also been dealt their share of heartaches and tears. To experience the bad along with the good … isn’t that how we know we are still alive?

Candyland S.I.N.S. is Joan’s compilation of truthful firsthand and shared accounts of Mature Internet-dating and an in-depth guide on how to successfully navigate it … practically and emotionally. It is based on her experiences and those of other members in the SINS community, as well as in topical and statistical resources and studies. At times light-hearted and at times bleak, but never dull, Candyland S.I.N.S. informs and entertains you. Joan will introduce you to this online world and in ensuing chapters keep you looking forward to what could be around the next corner for you (and her) as you all seek your later-in-life and, possibly, best ‘hurrah’.