Monday, January 18, 2016

Molly's Misadventures by D. E. Haggerty - #review #giveaway


I’m having the suckiest day ever. First, my father, aka Mr. Grumpy Pants, calls to say his nurse just walked out on him. Likely story. I rush home to pack only to walk in on my husband getting it on with his younger, skanky secretary. Unfortunately, my quick weekend trip home to fix Dad’s problems turns into a stay of a few weeks. Luckily, I’ve got Danny, the neighbor boy I had a crush on when I was a dorky, braces-wearing, nose-buried-in-a-book teenager, and a brand-spanking new blog to keep my mind off things. Before I know it, I’m writing product reviews of vibrators and getting questioned by a store rent-a-cop at the world’s worst date ever. All while trying to figure out how to take things with Danny to the next level. Not to complicate things or anything but my boss decides to give me an ultimatum – come back in four weeks or don’t come back at all. How in the world did my life get so complicated?


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MY REVIEW

You never know where the next big idea will come from.  For Molly, it is starting a blog that describes her experiences with online dating match-ups...and you know there are boundless opportunities for blog posts there, right?

Luckily, Molly has a friend that is a lot more tech-savvy than she is, and her brand-new blog is getting noticed by readers and advertisers.  I found this part especially interesting, because there is a lot of talk in the blog learning communities about how to 'monetize' your blog.  Not only is it validation that people are actually reading your blog, but, hey, a little scratch for your efforts never hurts.

Molly has a nice level of snark about her and I admire that in a heroine.  And she's got a lot of opportunities to exercise her snarkiness.  She comes home early from work to find her husband and his secretary on the couch in the house that she (Molly) owns.  Luckily, for Molly, the husband demanded the house not be in his name so he would not be liable for the debt associated with a mortgage.  Then, she goes to settle some things for her aging father.  He goes through more home nurses I think than even my husband's great uncle did.  And it's not just dealing with her father, it's dealing with the people that have been and will be taking care of her father.  To top it off, there's the boy next door, who is all grown up like her.  They discover they had mutual crushes on each other in high school but thought the other wasn't interested.

That's why I think I'll stick to book reviews.  And let me state that I do not get 'paid' for book reviews.  (Usually a copy of the book or ebook is provided in exchange for a review posted on various sites to hopefully increase sales.)  Molly is definitely more adventurous than me, in that she accepted a gig to review a vibrator.  I mean, there's not a lot of ambiguity in experiencing said product and I certainly wouldn't blog about it after.  I know there are people that will, and that is fine for them and their (adult) audiences.  I'm just saying it's not going to happen here.  But Molly finds a creative and thoughtful solution that I think would complete the terms of the contract and provide any of her readers who might enjoy a vibrator some good information.

This is my third experience with D. E. Haggerty books, having previously read Love in the Time of Murder and Murder, Mystery and Dating Mayhem.  Three different books, three different heroines, three great stories.  Check out her website and social media to see more about these and her other titles.  They are all on my TBR list.

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MEET THE AUTHOR



I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Woman. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.

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GIVEAWAY!!!


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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.  Post may contains affiliate links.)

NOTE:  I read this book in 2015.

22 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Lori! I try to let a little of me show through as well. :O)

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  2. Molly's Misadventures sounds delightful!

    Question for D. E. Haggerty: When you start a new book, do you have all the characters in place and an ending planned, or does it come to you as you write?

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    1. It was a really fun read, Peggy!

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    2. Hi Peggy! I have the bare bones written in a journal before I start. Basically, the start, the ending and a vague idea of plot and characters. Often, the characters want to be someone else, though, and I need to adjust.

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    3. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I love learning how authors write their books and how they interact with and even listen to their characters.

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    4. I'm always excited when readers ask me questions although I sometimes can't explain how inspiration strikes. Sometimes it just does.

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  3. Thank you for the review. I enjoyed it and have now added the book to my wish list.

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  4. Thanks for this fascinating feature and wonderful review and giveaway. What a talented and creative author.

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  5. Thanks for taking the time to read & review Molly's book. It's always great to visit your back porch.

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  6. Question for D. E. Haggerty: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

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    1. Hi Peggy! Any writer who says she doesn't suffer from writer's block is a liar. There's only one tried and true method for overcoming it: keep writing. Maybe a blog post or article instead of on a book, but just keep at it. Thanks for your questions.

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  7. Enjoyed your review and have put the book on my To-read list.

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  8. So glad you liked this one! I always love it when the main character is into something that I personally count as one of my hobbies too. In this case it would be blogging.

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