Author Guest Post
A Book About Me
Marlena’s a prime example of this. Marlena’s a model and she’s the antagonist of my story. She’s Christian’s girlfriend, and quite frankly, she’s the one thing Christian’s totally stupid about. But I get ahead of myself, don’t I? You don’t even know who Christian is, so let me start from the beginning.
Christian’s my human, and a nicer human you couldn’t hope to find. Christian is kind and generous, fun to be with, and he has a soft yet firm voice, gentle hands and the sort of booming laugh that makes you want to jump all over him in delight. The only downside about Christian is that he’s away from home a lot. I’ve heard people call Christian a successful businessman as if that’s a fantastic thing to be, but from my perspective I’d rather he wasn’t, because I can’t bear it when he packs a suitcase. My ears go flat to my head and I sulk, but although he knows I’m sad, he goes away anyway. He’s usually only away for a couple of days to a week, but the house isn’t the same without him.
Christian’s housekeeper Cynthia used to look after me while Christian was away. She’s a nice older woman, very good at cooking a joint of roast lamb, but what’s the point of that if you won’t share it? I have to put up with all these cooking smells but the only time I get a chance to have a bit is when Christian’s home (as I said he’s generous) or if Christian’s away I only get some if Cynthia drops a bit on the floor. And that’s not often.
I shouldn’t complain about Cynthia, although the other issue about her is that she’s not very good at walking me. When I say ‘not very good’ what I mean is that she doesn’t walk me at all. It would do her good to get some exercise because she’s what you call portly, but she’s more interested in cooking and cleaning and when she thinks no one’s looking, she’s quite partial to sitting on the couch reading a magazine and having a sherry. She only does this when Christian is out though. She doesn’t seem to realize that I could tell him about her drinking at any time, but of course I wouldn’t dream of doing so. Boxers are quite discrete dogs really, but I do sometimes wonder why I protect Cynthia like this. I heard her tell Christian I was sick in the dining room last time he was away. I was only sick because I brought in a very old, smelly bone that I’d dug up from the garden and which hadn’t cured properly yet. It would have been nicer if Cynthia had kept this secret between us, but that’s the way it is with humans.
I said Cynthia used to look after me, and that was before Christian met Marlena, his girlfriend. As I said earlier, Marlena’s a model and she is quite beautiful. When Christian first brought her home I was quite excited, because I thought it would be fun to have another girl in the house. Cynthia doesn’t count as a girl because of her portly frame and well, her age. But Marlena’s in her prime and I anticipated she’d be my new best friend. Not to replace Christian of course, but someone I’d feel close to when Christian was away.
It didn’t quite turn out like that and over time I realized the problem. Marlena is jealous of me. It became clear quite early on in our friendship, when Marlena took me with her on a shoot, because of course she couldn’t leave me at home on my own, and as it happened Cynthia was having a week off to visit her sister who was having a hip operation.
Marlena was the center of attention in the shoot, wearing the most beautiful gowns you’ve ever seen. That is, until the photographer noticed me and asked if I couldn’t be in the picture. Marlena reluctantly agreed, but she was less than gracious when everyone made a huge fuss of me. Not surprising, as I rocked in a shiny black leather collar, with huge silver studs all over it. Marlena sulked even more when the pictures came out in a magazine. She left the magazine open on our coffee table so that everyone who came round would notice it. The problem was that everyone noticed I was in the article, but didn’t really say much about her. Christian was very proud of me and ordered more copies of the magazine and Marlena huffed and puffed about that for days.
After that Marlena didn’t want to look after me any more and her and Christian fought about it badly. They broke up soon after and I know I should be sorry as Christian’s a bit miserable, but honestly it’s for the best. Marlena’s a-
I won’t actually say the word, but it begins with a ‘b’ and is used to describe a female dog.
That brings us to our story, Meeting Miss Mollie, which Di decided to name after me. I don’t want to tell you too much (in fact some things in this article are already what you humans call a ‘spoiler’) but the thrust of the story is about Christian finding someone to look after me.
All I will say is this – it was a lucky day for everyone concerned when he did.
About The Author
I write chick lit – light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, their friendships, their careers, their independence, who have a sense of adventure, and who live and love with passion.
Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh. I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and the sort of tv programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.
I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted friends Bronson Boxer and Dolce Dane. They keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud. They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs!
I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friend.
Meeting Miss Molly by Di Jones ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Meeting Miss Molly by Di Jones
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 2, 2013
Format: eBook - 201 pages / Kindle - 386 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Annabelle is a hard nosed writer with a good marriage, a nice flat, a thriving career at Adorn magazine and a busy social life. She has only one ambition – to be the best known Agony Aunt in the UK.
When her world is turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity she strikes out on her own and goes flatting with a jet setting businessman. But things in her new house aren’t quite what they seem and her problems mount.
Through her ups and downs, Annabelle forges a relationship with the strangest of friends and discovers the best things in life are those she always avoided.
Meeting Miss Mollie is a story about lies, loss, loyalty, love and laughter, and will appeal to anyone who loves chicklit or romantic comedy. You’ll laugh as you read this book, and perhaps even shed a tear.
This is the second novel by author Di Jones, whose first novel Transplanting Holly Oakwood has been in the Top Ten in romantic comedy. If you enjoy Jill Mansell or Sophie Kinsella, Di is a new author you must read.
My Book Review:
In Meeting Miss Mollie, author Di Jones weaves an entertaining tale set in London, written in the third person narrative with alternating multiple character perspectives, that follows the trials and tribulations of Annabelle Smithson's life.
Annabelle is an advice columnist whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that her husband James has cheated on her. She leaves her cheating husband behind and rents a room in a flat with Christian, a handsome businessman, who needed someone to watch his dog Miss Mollie while he travels.
In this fast paced humorous story, Annabelle's journey of self-discovery takes a winding path of madcap twists and turns and zany interactions with a handsome flatmate and his jealous girlfriend, a cheating husband who doesn't know what he wants, and the wisdom from a very smart dog.
Meeting Miss Mollie is a fun romantic comedy that will keep you in stitches. While I did enjoy following Annabelle's journey of growth and change, Miss Mollie simply stole my heart with her unique perception and wisdom on the craziness that was going on around her. As a dog lover, Miss Mollie was the true star of this story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her in this enjoyable light read that is perfect for the summer!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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