Monday, January 28, 2008


By Karen Neches

Today's a special blogging day, as the book I'm featuring was written by the fearless founder of the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit. Karen's not just a generous and hard-working supporter of her fellow authors, but an incredibly talented and brilliantly creative writer. Check out the summary of new book, EARTHLY PLEASURES:

Welcome to Heaven. Use your Wishberry to hustle up whatever you want. Have an online chat with God. Visit the attractions such as Retail Rapture, Wrath of God miniature golf and Nocturnal Theater, where nightly dreams are translated to film.

Your greeter might just be Skye Sebring who will advises her newly dead clients on what to expect now that they’re expired. “Heaven is like a Corona Beer commercial” she assures her charges. “It’s all about contentment.”

So different than Earth where chaos reigns. Unfortunately for Skye, she’s been chosen to live her first life. She’s required to attend Earth 101 classes, which teach all of the world’s greatest philosophies through five Beatle songs.

Skye has no interest in Earthly pursuits, until lawyer Ryan Blaine briefly becomes her client after a motorcycle accident. Just as they are getting to know each other, he is revived and sent back to Earth.

She follows his life via the TV channel “Earthly Pleasures” but discovers he has a wife as well as a big secret. Why then does he call a show for the lovelorn to talk about the lost love of his life?

In Earthly Pleasures (Simon and Schuster, February 2008, $14) great love can transcend the dimensions, narrowing the vast difference between Heaven and Earth.

To me that's an irresistible plot!

I asked Karen to play along with my GCC Does Hollywood blog, and wasn't surprised to learn that she's already getting interest from movie people. Here's the book's pitch:

EARTHLY PLEASURES is about a greeter in Heaven named Skye Sebring who falls in love with a mortal on Earth. She follows him back to Earth—a strange world she knows nothing about—until she learns that all life’s lessons can be learned from the lyrics of five Beatle songs.

Hollywood may have its own ideas about who to cast in the roles, but here's who Karen pictures:

My main character, Skye Sebring, would be played by Kate Hudson because she has a sunny, angelic look.

Her love interest, Ryan would be played by Matthew McConaughey because he’s so good with Kate and Ryan can be cocky at times.

One of the main characters is a 85-year old black woman named Caroline and I’d like to Cicely Tyson in that role (with appropriate make up of course.)

God, who is female in my novel, would have to be played by Bette Midler because that’s who I modeled Her after. (Note: the author of this blog thinks The Divine Miss M. is a sublime choice!)

I hope this entices you to rush out to your favorite chain or independent bookstore to buy a copy of EARTHLY PLEASURES. If you prefer to shop online, visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any cyber bookseller. For more information, visit Karen's website at

Please stop back in tomorrow to help me celebrate Patry Francis day!

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