Friday, June 22, 2007
Instead of taking a cybertour to Hollywood for today's GCC blog post, I'm staying right here to tell you about the latest from the talented and beautiful-enough-to-be-a-Hollywood-star-herself, Megan Crane.
Here's the lowdown on this book:
FREN-E-MY\noun: The friend who gives you the sweetest smile to your face, while holding the sharpest knife to your back.
We’ve all heard the saying, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” but what if they’re one and the same? It’s the cardinal, number-one girlfriend rule: don’t date your friend’s ex. In FRENEMIES by Megan Crane (5 Spot; June 20, 2007; Paperback Original; $13.99), it is Gus Curtis’ supposed friend and old college roommate Helen who breaks that rule and goes one step further: she doesn’t just date an ex-boyfriend; she steals him from right under Gus’s nose!
Megan Crane, the successful author of Everyone Else’s Girl and English as a Second Language brings us a hilarious novel about growing up and realizing that your worst enemy – and best bud – just might be yourself.
Just a few months shy of her 30th birthday, Gus discovers Nate, her "Mr. Right," hooking up behind her back with her so-called "friend" Helen. Soon it seems despite working to hard to appear all grown up, Gus is still living the life of a teenager.
Gus is left with more questions than answers: Can she win Nate back before she turns 30 (And if so, does she really want him?) Is Helen really as devious and manipulative as she seems, or, worse, is Gus more like her frenemy Helen than she’d care to admit? And is she ever going to grow up? With the clock ticking down to her birthday, Gus discovers that sometimes the best thing about best-laid plans is trashing them altogether.
In FRENEMIES, Gus experiences first hand what happens when you reach that inevitable point in life when you must surrender yourself to adulthood and the big 3-0.
This sounds like another hit from Megan! Here's some advance praise:
“Jam-packed with hilarious one-liners and amusing scenarios, this is a quick, albeit very satisfying, read.”
—Romantic Times BOOKClub Magazine
"FRENEMIES is a hugely enjoyable novel with brilliant, convincing characters and dialogue. It's romantic, funny, intelligent, believable, and gripping. I couldn't put it down and am now very sorry it's finished!"
— Marian Keyes, international bestselling author of Angels and Last Chance Saloon
FRENEMIES is in bookstores now. Or, you buy it from any online retailer, such as amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. For more information, visit Megan's website at megancrane.com.
Posted by Ellen at 6/22/2007 06:16:00 AM
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Before I even start blogging about BETWEEN, GEORGIA by the sublime Joshilyn Jackson, I want to publicly flagellate myself for not having read this book yet. I read Joshilyn's other novel, GODS IN ALABAMA, and did backflips over it. So what the heck am I waiting for? This is a writer who's got it all--intense, authentic characters, gripping plot, gorgeous language and a delicate touch for the nuances of human relations.
So okay, it's on my list!
Meanwhile, Joshilyn was good enough to play along with my GCC Does Hollywood game, and here's how she would pitch the book to our fictional producer:
The bitterly feuding families of a modern South Juliette and her redneck Romeo blow up the smallest town in Georgia.
Does this book have to be a movie or what? I hope Hollywood is paying attention.
Anyway, here's Joshilyn's dream cast:
Nonny Frett, our beleaguered heroine who was born into the trashiest family in town and then stolen and raised right by the ever-so-proper Fretts, I would cast– Dallas Bryce Howard, maybe? She looks right, and as an actor, there isn’t much she can’t do.
Henry Crabtree, Nonny’s best friend, would be Johnny Depp. No. Explanation. Needed.
Jonno, Nonny’s erstwhile husband … Brendan Frasier.
Bernese Frett Baxter – The Frett matriarch with an iron spine, a willful, red heart and feet of clay? Kathy Bates.
Stacie Frett. Nonny’s deaf blind artist mother -- Dianne Wiest.
Ona Crabtree – The opposing matriarch who is both drunk and crafty -- Glenn Close.
BETWEEN, GEORGIA is now available in paperback, so please do yourself a favor and run out to your favorite bookstore for it. Or, order online from anyplace that sells books, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and BookSense. For more information, visit joshilynjackson.com.
Posted by Ellen at 6/07/2007 08:48:00 PM