Chick Lit – Losing the Plot in LA

Losing the Plot in LALosing the Plot in LA
By Sonia Farnsworth
Publisher: Mascot Books
Published: June 2015
ISBN: 978-1631770951
Pages: 184
Genre: Chick Lit

Sylvie is a trendy, LA party girl with more going on than she knows what to do with. Between apartment hunting, insane friends, a rapidly growing puppy, and one too many boys to juggle, shes just trying to catch her breath. Will the craziness overwhelm her, or will she find a better path to move forward? Draw a bath, pour some bubbly, and join her as she tries not to Lose the Plot.

Losing the Plot in LA AuthorAbout the Author:
Sonia was born and raised in Southern California, living most of her life in Hollywood. Her mother was French, so as a result, her summers were happily spent traveling between Paris and Cannes. She eventually developed a love for all things European and returned to live in London as a young adult.

Losing the Plot in LA is Sonia’s first novel. She currently lives by the sea in San Clemente, California with her dog, Holly, and is working on her second novel.

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction – Milked

MilkedMilked
A Modern Mommy Tale with a Retro Twist
By Lisa Doyle
Publisher: Simon and Fig
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-0985352080
ASIN: B00OGNOWY2
Pages: 306
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?

A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.

About the Author:
Milked AuthorLisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010). Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York.

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Chick Lit – Loan Some

Lone SomeLoan Some
By Megan McLachlan
Publisher: Serealities Press
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-0692308097
ASIN: B00T59TCC4
Pages: 98
Genre: Chick lit, Romantic Comedy

It’s been a bad week for Vera. She lost the job she loved as a librarian and ended a comfortable and seemingly reliable relationship. So when her eye catches a job ad for a company that boasts “a library of characters for every occasion,” impulse (and the word “library”) compels her to respond.

Shortly thereafter, Vera has accepted her first assignment from Loan Some, a business that rents out people who play parts at special occasions. Need a mourner at your funeral or a pretend girlfriend to make your ex-wife jealous at a comic book convention? Look no further.

The rules are strict: hide your identity, and no fraternizing with the clients. But as Vera begins relaxing into her new role—or rather, litany of roles—she finds herself attracted to several men, including the charming and flirtatious Greg Goodman as well as Cole, the sizzling nephew of the Loan Some CEO.

Vera’s comfortable, if unusual, existence comes to an abrupt halt when she finds herself face-to-face with the woman she’s been tracking for the last thirty-or-so years—the mother who abandoned her.

Will Vera be able to maintain her alias amid the family she never knew she had?

About the Press:
SerealitiesSerealities® is an online fiction site producing serial stories. It’s like watching a favorite TV show. What’s different? Readers vote on what happens in the web-series. Follow new episodes on Serealities each week!

HOW IT WORKS: Read each week’s episode, Vote on what happens next week, and Repeat . . . each week! Readers can become a part of their favorite character’s fate by following one of Serealities featured stories and casting their vote in this week’s poll. Readers can vote to change the story!

Lone Some is one of their Serealities, and the author has now written this prequel novella.

About the Author:
Lone Some AuthorMegan McLachlan graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in creative writing. Currently employed in Pittsburgh as a content writer and editor, McLachlan has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Maniac magazine, Primer magazine, and the Meadville Tribune. She frequently contributes to AwardsDaily.com, an Academy Awards and TV blog, and maintains her own blog, megoblog.com.

McLachlan was inspired to write her lighthearted chick lit novel Loan Some by an ad for a company that rents out mourners for funerals.

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Collection of Stories – Driving In Budapest

Driving in BudapestDriving In Budapest
Bu Gary Brill
ISBN: 978-1491289235
ASIN: B00F49TIAK
Pages: 216
Genre: Chick Lit, Collection of Stories, Romantic, History, Family,

Driving In Budapest tells the stories of regular people trying their best to navigate through life while they also try to navigate through one of Europe’s most fascinating and beautiful cities. Each one must find their destination while dealing with one way streets, clogged bridges, bully drivers and crazy taxis. There is no map to tell them how to get to where they’re going, they just have to keep trying to find their way.

From the Author:
Budapest is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, with one foot firmly planted in the west and the other just as firmly in the east. A score of armies have marched through, usually going east in victory and west in defeat. The city is over 1,000 years old, and it’s narrow streets and broad avenues make it a challenge to drive in while it’s history and flavor can make it difficult to navigate your way through life there as well. This collection of stories show how a disparate group of people do just that, live their lives with the ghosts of the past and the hopes for the future in a city that knows both. Meanwhile, the Danube just flows by, taking it all in……

Recent Praise for Driving in Budapest:

4 Stars
“The Cambridge Book Clubs in Massachusetts voted on this book, and it was great! It was clearly written with not just care of the characters, but an innovative understanding of people. Budapest has a magic and spirit of character, of history and pride not unlike the Londons and Parises of the world. I thank Gary Brill for sharing such a wonderful reflection of his experiences abroad in this mystical city.

There’s dropped-in reminders of history, especially of World War II and Communism. You’ll learn a few things, so if you get easily frustrated when you don’t understand the historical significance of a story…first of all, don’t be that person, because you’re missing out. There’s romance, comedy, family drama and mystery. Read this book and find out which of these five stories is your favorite” Tara Kelly, assistant book club organizer for Cambridge Book Clubs in Massachusetts

5 Stars
“I enjoyed reading the book which is composed of five short stories. This engaging easy to read book intertwines romance, mystery, and history. The author does a nice job drawing the reader into feeling as if he/she is in Budapest. The reader not only senses the grittiness of the post-communistic city and the frenetic pace of city life but also the beauty and culture that surrounds Budapest. Even though each short story could stand on its own, some of the characters connected throughout the book. The characters are interesting, often showing resilience and eternal hope.” – Vicki Moroughan, Book Reviewer

Driving in Budapest AuthorAbout the Author:
After wandering the globe as a pilot for a variety of enterprises from airlines to the Saudi royal family to Hustler magazine, Gary Brill wound up in Budapest. His wife ran a radio network and he played guitar in blues bands and wrote about the city and the people in it.

Gary now lives in North Carolina with his wife and rather large dog, Annie.

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