What may be the most controversial memoir this year...
In this eye-opening true story, one woman recounts the double life she led working in two very different
professions…one revered and the other reviled. Darlene spent over twenty years being thought of as a well-
mannered teacher in a Southern California public school district, but her colleagues and students would have
never imagined that for eighteen of those years she also worked as a professional dominatrix in a dungeon.
“Playing Darlene” lets the reader take a peek into the mysterious lives of professionals in the sex industry and
some of the jaw-dropping encounters she had with the thousands of clients whose fantasies she helped come true.
With everything from roleplaying a shopaholic wife being spanked by her husband to wrapping up a muscular cross-
dressing client in plastic and watching him wiggle, Darlene helped men realize their most secret desires…while she
wasn’t grading school papers on her breaks.
Darlene's true stories of balancing her two different personas are frequently shocking, at times hilarious, and
occasionally touching, but at the heart of the story is a woman on a personal journey not only to reconcile with her
past, but also to discover the full potential of her own sexuality.
Darlene was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up in Pasadena, a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She received a
BA in German from California State University, Los Angeles.
For several years she worked in television and film. Credits include General Hospital, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the
female lead in the film Monstrosity in which she played a spaced-out punk rocker. She even photo-doubled for Christian
Bale in Empire of the Sun and Corey Feldman in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (when they were 14 and 12 respec-
tively). For the past 20 years, she has been a public school teacher in Los Angeles County.
She currently lives in the San Fernando Valley, where she can be found indulging in her favorite hobby, ballroom and
Her next book is scheduled to be released in early 2013.
You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watch Chances Press author, Darlene (aka Karen),
on the Dec. 27th episode of Discovery Fit & Health's
"Shocking Family Secrets" (10PM/ 9PM Central). Find
out more about her fascinating past.
Catch Darlene talking about her new book on The New
Ricki Lake Show on Feb. 25th!
"Playing Darlene" may also be ordered
from your local bookstore.