Friday, March 30, 2007

GCC Tour - I Take This Man by Valerie Frankel

It's Friday!!!!! Even better, I'm taking a day off work - well, the training job anyway. I've already critiqued a proposal this morning for a cp and have a synopsis to read for another cp and my own proposal to do plus one more pass on UNLUCKY. No rest for the weary. But hey, at least I will review the cp synopsis while getting a pedicure with the cp!!!! Can't discount the value of a great pedicure. Me and the cp's are attending a writing workshop tomorrow so today/tonight is writer's girl's night - fun, fun, fun!!!! I get to spend all day today and tomorrow talking about writing. Whoohoo!!!!!

For Friday, I'm going to leave you with a GCC tour:

I Take This Man by Valerie Frankel.

This book sounds really funny and I plan to pick it up myself. So enjoy! And I'll see you on Monday.

I TAKE THIS MAN by Valerie Frankel is a hilarious story of suspense, revenge and revelation, involving a bride, a groom, her mother and his father.

In I TAKE THIS MAN (Avon Trade Paperbacks, on sale: 3/27/07, ISBN:0060785551, $13.95) we are introduced to Penny Bracket, who has waited two years to marry her dream man, Bram Shiraz. Just as Penny’s putting on the final touches on her wedding day, she receives a note from her beloved that simply says, “Penny, I can’t go through with it. Sorry, Bram” Mortified, Penny is determined to figure out what went wrong, even if it kills her, or, preferably Bram.

Ester Bracket, Penny’s divorced mother wants Bram’s head on a platter. And she gets it: In a fit of maternal rage, Ester finds Bram as he’s packing to flee, knocks him out with a bottle of champagne, and kidnaps him to a secret room in her mansion in affluent Short Hares, New Jersey. Will Penny get the answers and revenge she’s after from Bram, who (as she may or may not discover) is locked in her attic? Will Bram’s widowed father, handsome tough guy Keith Shiraz locate his son and/or seduce Ester Bracket? Will Bram, athletic and regretful, escape both his wedding and his imprisonment in one piece? Find out in I TAKE THIS MAN.

Check out some reviews:

“Always wickedly entertaining!—People magazine

"Quite simply, Frankel makes reading a blast. No premise is too outlandish and no character is without a set a flaws. The plot [of ‘I Take This Man’ is cleverly kooky and not one many authors could realistically pull off. Frankel has an endless bag of tricks that seems to get deeper—and more hilarious—with every novel."—Romantic Times

About Valerie:

Valerie Frankel is a freelance writer who resides in Brooklyn, NY with her two daughters and husband. She contributes to many national magazines, including O, [Glamour], Allure, Self, and Parenting. She’s also been a featured writer for the New York Times Style section. [Val has written thirteen novels thus far, including The Accidental Virgin which has been optioned to become a movie starring Heather Graham, Smart Vs. Pretty, optioned to be made into TV show, and The Girlfriend Curse, nominated for a Quills award.


Anonymous said...

I TAKE THIS MAN does sound like a good read. I'll get a copy. I also am very interested in the writing seminar you are attending this weekend. Please share information: who taught, who attended, what subject matter, where was it, what did you learn, was it worth it? Anything along those lines you are willing to share. I have avoided writer's groups because I have not finished my book and think I'd be the only one there who does not have anything published, (or even finished.) I checked out the web sites for several RWA groups in my area, and they have scads of published authors. I feel very small, and frankly embarrassed, because I expected to sit down at the computer and whip this book out in about a month, at a 10 page a day clip. Pretty stupid, huh? I never thought I'd get lost in the forest (of words) like Hansel and Gretel and feel like a complete idiot. I really want to go (to meetings and conferences) but I think I need to have something to take along (like a manuscript). Also, if we are to chose our own cp, how do we know we are choosing someone qualified--what is the criteria other than mutual admiration? Thanks, Jana, Helen

Kelly Parra said...

Hey Jana, hope you have a great time!! Don't forget to share the highlights. :) :)

Anonymous said...

I TAKE THIS MAN by Valerie Frankel sounds like a good read. I went to Hastings in Greenville today to buy a copy, and was told the street release date was 4/30/07 and that they had not ordered any copies. She suggested I contact my Avon representative. I asked, "What Avon representative?". She said, "The one you buy cosmetics from. That's the only "Avon" I know of." Helen

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