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Marilyn Monroe Quotes

What’s your favorite Marilyn Monroe quote? We would love to hear from you and add them to our website! Here are some of her more thought-provoking quotes.

“Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” ~
Marilyn Monroe

“Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.”~ Marilyn Monroe

“I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Remember, we really want to hear from you! So please leave a comment and include your favorite quote from Marilyn Monroe! Who knows? You may see it on our website at very soon!

Blessings, K.R. and T.L.


Awe, thank you so much!

Just had to share another great review!! We are so honored and humbled with the response to our latest book “What She Knew.” The book is available on Kindle and Nook. Or, if you like the feel of a good book in your hands, you can get a signed copy of the book from (it’s discounted right now too!)

Blessings! K.R. and T.L.

NOTE: Copied from! Thank you Tasha Turner Coaching and Lisa Alford!!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Marilyn Lives!! April 12, 2012
By Tasha Turner
Format:Kindle EditionReview by Lisa A Alford

Marilyn LIVES!!… No, she is NOT walking down the street with Elvis in Philly looking to buy a good cheesesteak….Elvis is NOT with us and if he was.. Would he and Marilyn HONESTLY be looking for the best cheesesteak???

What She Knew is a fiction of a What IF! book …. What If Marilyn had not died? What If she was saved and hidden away?? What if the reason someone tried to kill her was because of What She Knew……????

What She Knew by authors K. R. Hughes and T. L. Burns is a work of fiction with a lot of true life intertwined into it. These girls KNOW how to tell a story! In this story Marilyn Doesn’t die… Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford save her and replace her with another Marilyn… WHY? Because Marilyn is their friend and she has some secrets that they ALL need to find in order to save the President.

You may think this is a total thriller book, but it’s not. We have romance, Bobby Kennedy Loves his wife Ethel and it shows in all parts of this novel. We also have some comedy! Rose Kennedy lends so much comedy to this novel and I can SO relate to her feelings and attitudes towards her family…

Rose may not seem to be one of the main characters in this book because it revolves around Marilyn, and her fight to be heard and understood in the possible assignation of President Kennedy, but these ladies figured out what works for a book. What works are believable characters and what we all want in the end, intrigue, mystery, and romance.

You can find this and so much MORE in What She Knew. The characters are fully developed, from the lowest to the highest. I feel what they ALL feel. I want to run out and beat LBJ with a stick, how DARE he do what he did!! But on the same note I want to Hug Jackie and tell her I feel your pain.

Kim and Tami do their best to take us into the nitty-gritty of the seamier side of politics. They show us what *could* have happened, had Marilyn not died, and What She might have known to get her killed. From there the story unravels slowly but surely….Marilyn gets pissed and goes to her own funeral!!?? What’s the fallout from that?

As time grows closer and closer to the assignation of the President the questions remain. Will Bobby and Peter figure out the clues..? Will Marilyn give them everything they need to figure out this deadly plot? You are gonna have to read this 5 star page turner to find out!!

Ya know, what can we say?


WOW WOW WOW A well written book. I loved it. I was born in 87 so I never really heard much about Marilyn Monroe all I heard was she was a bomb shell sexy as can be and blonde, that there are many stories about how she really died.
This book makes me want to learn more about Marilyn Monroe. I want to know more about her death. This book keeps you wanting to know more even when your done.
This is a WHAT IF kind of book. I would gladly read it again.
5 stars all the way 🙂  from Mellisa Neal.

That’s a wrap!

One of the things that we have always been told is that the premise of our book “What She Knew” would make a great movie. In fact, we have taken the book and adapted it into a screen play. Here’s the summary and synopsis, see for yourself:

In the 1960’s our nation was in turmoil as President Kennedy struggled for world balance and respect, many different factions wanted to kill him but there was someone who knew the real threat behind the assassination plot. Could Marilyn Monroe, with her entrée into every circle, save him with What She Knew?

On the night of Marilyn Monroe’s assumed death, Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford race to Marilyn’s house to find her nearly dead. Both men knew that she had vital information that members of the mob, political circles, and someone much larger would kill her for.
Replacing the real Marilyn with an overdosed double, Peter and Bobby race to find out what she knew and who was behind her “suicide” as well as what was planned for president John F. Kennedy.
With pressure to escalate the Vietnam conflict into a full-blown war, Kennedy baulked and ordered a thousand troops to begin withdrawing. An evil presence, frustrated at the lack of cooperation from the president, decides to have him moved out-of-the-way. Can Bobby and Peter find the source and stop them?
This fast paced suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat as Marilyn joins the fight for the man she loved.

What do you think? In 2011, we adapted it into a pilot for a TV miniseries and they loved it! The only problem was that the cost was prohibitive. They told us that they loved the story and could see it on the big screen. So, as K.R. and I begin our book signing tour, the script is being shopped as a motion picture. Life is strange.

Oh, on another movie note. Our book was featured on the nightstand of the main character in the upcoming movie “Mr. Buttons.” We are so blessed to know the producer personally and she thought it would be fun to feature our book, much like advertisers do with brands of coffee or laptops. We don’t have a picture of her and us with the “Mr. Buttons” movie poster (it’s not done yet,) but here is one of the three of us with the movie poster for “Tiger Lily.”

Isn’t Mela a dark headed beauty! On top of that, she is an awesome producer and friend, that’s for sure. We encourage you to look her up on facebook, Mela Rayne.

Blessings, K.R. and T.L.

And a good time was had by all.

In a word, fabulous! That’s how we would describe the launch party for “What She Knew.” One of the best launch party’s we have ever had. K.R. and I enjoyed ‘meeting’ everyone so much!! We gave away tons of prizes, laughed until our sides hurt, and the virtual drinks served were the best!!

Here’s a rundown of who won some very cool prizes:

Dvora Swickle won Linda J. Alexander’s book “A Maverick Life; The Jack Kelly Story” and a custom “What She Knew” pen and book bag.

Jess Williams won Jerry Last’s book “The Ambivalent Corpse;” a Specialty hand crafted pink, rose candle bouquet by Serena Gibson of; and a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

Sian Young also won a Specialty hand crafted pink, rose candle bouquet by Serena Gibson of and a custom “What She Knew” bookmark.

Cathy Brockman won Wendy and Charles Seifken’s book “Kai’s Journey” and a custom “What She Knew” pen and bookmark.

Sandy Boyles won Debra Shiveley Welch’s book “Cedar Woman” and a custom “What She Knew” poster.

Misty Harvey won a $10.00 Amazon gift card, along with a custom “What She Knew” book bag, bookmark and pen!

Wendy Seifken won the grand prize of the night: a one-of-a-kind, Marilyn Monroe necklace designed by Tonya Rupell who is an acclaimed designer and the owner of Stone Soap Designs whose jewelry was in the Oscar bags of 2012; a copy of the book “What She Knew,” a signed poster of “What She Knew,” a designer book bag and bookmark.

And all of those in attendance were given CJ West’s latest best seller “A Demon Awaits.”

Many other attendees (to many to name, lol) won custom bookmarks, pens and book bags. All in all, the feedback has been very positive. The interest in us and the book in the wake of this extravaganza has simply been incredible. You might even say overwhelming. For K.R. and I, when the night was over, we felt as though we had been to a real, honest to goodness, party at a good friends house!

Want to know a little secret? We owe our success to Kim Emerson of MasterKoda. In handling the launch, she far exceeded our expectations. Want to give your book a great start? Then go to and book your future success.

Blessings to you all, K.R. and T.L.

Let the countdown commence! 10, 9, 8, …..

Tonight’s the night!!! We are going to party Marilyn style!! You do not want to miss this, we have some awesome gifts and prizes to give away!! Just look at some of them:

The Rose Candle Bouquet

The Marilyn Pendant

We are celebrating the release of the next best-selling novel “What She Knew” by K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns with an Amazon Launch Party!! So join us in the Koda Online Special Events Center, tonight, Thursday, April 12th from 8-10pmEDT/7-9pmCDT/6-8pmMDT/5-7pmPDT

Other featured authors will be Linda J. Alexander – A Maverick Life; The Jack Kelly Story, Rich Evans – Asylum Lake, Jerry Last – The Ambivalent Corpse who will be giving away books to selected winners. Author CJ West will offer his book A Demon Awaits free to all who attend the event. Author Debra Shrivley Welch “Cedar Woman” and Charles and Wendy Siefken “Kai’s Journey” are also giving away a copy of their books.

Prizes donated by: Tonya Rupell – (Rupell is an acclaimed designer and owner of Stone Soap Designs who recently had her jewelry featured in the Oscar bags of 2012)
** A one-of-a-kind Marilyn Monroe Hand Crafted Necklace**


Serena Sweet-Aromas Gibson – (Gibson is a well-known artisan of hand crafted candles)
**Two Specialty Pink Rose Candle Bouquets **

Join us and you could win any one of these special prizes,’What She Knew’ book bag, specialty pens, posters or bookmarks; or one of two $10.00 Amazon gift cards!

We will have fun, so make sure and bring a kazoo! Virtual drinks are on the house!!

The event is free of charge and the public is invited to join the festivities at an online audio/video event center. Enter your name, bottom right of screen in the guest box, and press enter.

Amazon link to purchase the book:

For more information or to book your own Amazon Launch Party contact Kim Mutch Emerson at or email to info (at)

***Just had to share our awesome news with our friends! Thanks so much for following along on this journey of ours.

Blessings, K.R. and T.L.