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Tori Spelling hopes to combine writing her memoir, just signed with Simon & Schuster, with running a B&B.

She and her husband, Dean McDermott, who are expecting their first child together this spring, are shooting a reality series for the Oxygen network in which the newlyweds search for a bed-and-breakfast to refurbish and run. The plan is to write the memoir in the B&B between takes and when "the baby is napping," though she is looking to partner with a ghost writer who shares her sardonic tone.

Spelling has not kept diaries. "Only in my head," she says, "but I've got a million stories to tell." Here's a sampling of topics:

*Her plastic surgery.

Spelling has always danced around the question, but now she'll get specific. "I basically want to lay it out in my terms," she says. "This seemed like the perfect time."

*Her former hard-partying ways.

During her 90210 years, Spelling hit the clubs regularly. And, just like some current young stars, a racy photo circulated of her seemingly not wearing panties. "I don't think it's a trend," she says. "Sometimes girls just don't wear panties, and we forget to close our legs when we're getting out of cars." Spelling says one photo of her was not as it appeared. "I actually had my nude (colored) Cosabella underwear on, but from the angle they took, it looked bare."

*Her romantic relationships.

Spelling, who before marrying first husband Charlie Shanian had been linked to various men, says, "I will definitely talk about all my relationships and how I felt about them." One beau, Spelling says, was abusive. "I want to clear up that I was never in a physically abusive relationship, but verbal abuse is just as detrimental. That person and I have talked, and that person is no longer who he was back then. I learned a lot from that relationship."

*Her father's will, her finances.

"You have to take everything with a grain of salt," she says. "I'm not ashamed to admit that circumstances have changed, and you work with things the best you can. It's important for me to tell people about the struggles. I found that money can't buy love and (Dean and I) can get through anything."

*Her family.

"My dad was really the glue of our family," says Spelling, who no longer speaks with her mother, Candy. "The mother-and-daughter dynamic has always been a wonderment to me, and it can be a very difficult dynamic. Especially with my doting dad, who just lived through his little girl."

Spelling says her relationship with brother Randy, 28, is only "OK."

"It's hard," she admits. "Randy's kind of caught in the middle because he has a very close relationship with my mother and a very close relationship with me. He tries to stay neutral, and I admire him for that."

As of Friday, Spelling had not informed her mother about the memoir but was planning to tell Randy over the weekend. "I certainly hope that (the book) doesn't cause more damage."

She continues to hope for a reconciliation with her mother. "I wish things were different," Spelling says. "My mother and I have always had a difficult relationship. There has always been love, and I don't doubt now that there's love."

She dreams of one day placing her baby in its grandmother's arms. "I do hope for that."

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