Today, I am partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions to introduce you to Amy Holman Edelman, author of the new book, Manless in Montclair. The cover of this book is great. I love it. It has an elegant feel to it,but the banana makes me think there may be some humor thrown in to move the story along. 🙂 Now I ‘m going to share a blurb from the book, followed by an excerpt, so read on!
MANLESS IN MONTCLAIR
Amy Holman Edelman
Being short with big boobs means living life off-balance. Isabel knows this all too well; at five feet nothing with a tendency to tip over in heels, she’s struggled for twenty-five years to make clothes, careers and boyfriends fit. Enter Michael. Divorced father, recovering alcoholic and fifteen years her senior–he was the last guy she thought would make the cut. But when he proposed over a pastrami sandwich in a NYC deli on the anniversary of their first date, Isabel knew, improbably, that he was the one.
Fifteen mostly happy years and two kids later, Isabel walks into her living room to discover her husband dead on the floor, leaving her a widow at forty-one. At Michael’s funeral, a guest solemnly informs her that the official mourning period for a Jewish widow is thirty days. At the moment, Isabel can’t imagine a time when she will stop grieving. Not helping the process is this: as a single mom living in the very married suburbs, for the first time in fifteen years Isabel once again just doesn’t fit in.
It takes her four year-old daughter’s request for a new daddy to set Isabel on a journey through online dating, shifty matchmakers and painfully orchestrated single dinners. But after endless dates, a torrid affair with an unemployed, passive-aggressive neighbor and a story on page three of the New York Daily News, Isabel begins to realize that another man may not be the answer and, surprisingly, that’s when things begin to change for the better…
Charlie put down his drink and took another tack. “Are you familiar with that Nietzsche theory?”
“The one that says ‘Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’?”
“I’ve heard it, yes. Why?”
“I think that whatever doesn’t kill us just eats us alive…bit by bit…until at the end, all we need is a dent in the car or…” He looked directly at me and continued: “…a lousy-ass guy to push us over the edge.”
“So what? Are you saying you’re a lousy-ass guy? Or are you just afraid I’ll end up with one?”
He paused for a minute. Then, as if in answer to my question, he sat up, leaned over, and kissed me. He was hesitant at first, as if his lips were trying to find exactly the right place to settle on mine.
And then they did.
The kiss was passionate, needy, questioning. I breathed him in as if he were oxygen. He put his arms around me and pulled me to the floor, his hands touching my face, my breasts, my hips. I held on to him for dear life while the rolling Cuban rhythm of Buena Vista Social Club wafted in the air like perfume.
Amy Holman Edelman lives in New Jersey with her husband, children and Irish Jack Russell, Roxy. She is the also author ofThe Little Black Dress (’97).
Manless in Montclair sounds like a story I would have no problem settling in with until I reached the last page. If you are as intrigued as I am, we can go to http://www.amazon.com/Manless-in-Montclair-ebook/dp/B00AI2FNV6/ and purchase Manless in Montclair today. Amy is going to award a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly chosen commenter during her Super Book Blast Tour. Let Amy know what you think about Manless in Montclair, and you will become eligible for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Amy will randomly select a commenter from the tour to win this prize. Go to the other stops along her book tour to comment, and increase your chances of being a winner! Here are the other stops Amy will be making on her Super Book Blast Tour:
1. Bunny’s Review
2. Margay Leah Justice
3. Let Romance Light Your Way
4. Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5. Kate Patrick…unlock your fantasies
7. Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
8. Reviewing Shelf
9. Priestess of Hearts
10. Wake Up Your Wild Side
11. Sandra’s Blog
12. It’s Raining Books
13. Black Velvet Seductions Readers Blog
14. The Darker Side of Romance
15. Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict
17. Sugarbeat’s Books