Published by Velvet Morning Press on February 6th 2016
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Laney Delaney was living the dream. She had a fabulous fiance and a career as a couture wedding dress designer. But after catching her (not-so-fabulous) fiance cheating and being accused of upstaging one of her brides at a wedding, Laney finds herself with no boyfriend, no job and no plan.
After some serious soul searching, Laney is determined to start over. She embarks on a design career that takes her from a Rodeo Drive boutique to a flea market stall, but it's worth it-even if it means she has to suck up to her childhood nemesis for help.
At the same time, three very different men vie for her attention: a masseuse/screenwriter with an unfortunate reputation, a stable fireman who just doesn't spark a romantic flame, and the fireman's ridiculously hot co-worker whose illicit under-the-mistletoe kiss still burns Laney's lips.
Professionally and romantically, Laney is on the verge of reinventing her life and finding her true passion-but can she learn to trust again and believe in herself?
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Snarky yet lovable heroine must start over after losing fiancé & job. Dating mishaps, career fumbles & hilarity ensue. #FROSTEDCOWBOY
Tell us something about Laney that we would be surprised to learn?
She is killer at karaoke. (After a few cocktails.)
3. What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
Books that are not well-written, yet are wildly popular is definitely a pet peeve of mine. (Probably has much to do with jealousy.) J
I also do not like books that are overly descriptive or use big words just to use big words. I’m not stupid. I know how to use a dictionary, but I have a pretty extensive vocabulary and if I have to look a word up because I’ve never heard of it and can’t figure out its meaning in the context of a sentence then I feel like the writer is being purposely pompous and obtuse. I have no use for pretentious writing. I find that when a writer can make a big or interesting meaning out of an ordinary word – that’s good writing.
4. What is the hardest part in the writing process for you?
Oh my gosh, so many things! Finding –or rather making- time and remaining focused (so hard when the internet is full of so many bright and shiny lights) are definitely struggles for me. But I think my biggest challenge is editing. I tend to be rather long-winded both when I talk and when I write. It’s difficult for me to rein it in and not go off on tangents.
5. What are some of your favorite funny movies or books currently?
My all-time favorite funny movies are Love Actually and The Princess Bride or any rom-com with Sandra Bullock or Meg Ryan. (Are you guessing I’m not that young?) J Funny movies that I’ve seen a little more recently that I like a lot are The Duff, Pitch Perfect and This Is Where I Leave You (love Tina Fey so much!). I’m also looking forward to seeing Trainwreck. (Amy Schumer = The Bomb!)
As for funny books, of course hands down the best chick lit book ever written is Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and I love the Sue Grafton alphabet mystery series. I’m currently reading A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan, and really enjoying that. I wouldn’t call it a comedy, but it has a lot of funny bits. My daughter is reading Sophie Kinsella’s YA book Finding Audrey, and I keep picking it up when she leaves it on the table. It’s hilarious from the first page. She’s such a great writer. Last year I read and loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke.
6. If we had an author talent show, what would your talent be?
That’s a good question. It would not be karaoke! I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue in less than 30 seconds. It made me very popular with the bar crowd in college!
BookBriefs: Thank you so much Charlene. Between Laney’s karaoke, and your made cherry skills, both of you would be a hit at the bar! 🙂
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