GET LOST IN FABULOUS WOMEN'S FICTION
Today, Maria Geraci, author of Bunco Babes Tell All and Bunco Babes Gone Wild, is here to tell all, (to go a little wild), and to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club.
Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba and raised on Florida’s Space Coast. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and children where she works part time nights as a labor and delivery nurse. During the day she avoids housework by writing fun, romantic women’s fiction.
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At thirty, Grace O’Bryan has dated every loser that Daytona Beach has to offer. After the ultimate date-from-hell, Grace decides to take matters into her own hands and turns her dwindling book club into a boyfriend club, where women can come together to discuss the eligible men in their community. Where are the real live twenty-first century versions of literary heroes such as Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy?
Could it be successful and handsome Brandon Farrell, who is willing to overlook his disastrous first date with Grace and offers financial help for her parents’ failing Florida gift shop? Or maybe sexy dentist Joe Rosenblum, who’s great with a smile but not so great at commitment? Unfortunately, just like books, men cannot always be judged by their covers.
“Romance readers will revel in the Austen-perfect happy ending and the warm friendship among members of the club.” Publishers Weekly
“Geraci (Author of Bunco Babes Tell All) is not the first to compare her characters to Mr. Darcy and his brethren, and while this device isn’t unique, her quirky characters and colorful setting certainly are.” Booklist
You can read Chapter One of The Boyfriend of the Month Club right here.
And now we reach the part of this post during which, like her bunco babes, Maria tells us all!
Maria, how often do you read and to you have a particular place where you love to read?
I read as often as I can, and I read anywhere I can. But I think my “favorite” place is in bed. No matter how tired I am, I absolutely cannot fall asleep without reading, even if it’s just a page or two.
I'm the same way. If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
I still work part-time as a labor and delivery nurse (I have 2 kids left to get through college!) and I love doing that too. Being a part of someone’s “big” day gives me a great high.
I can only imagine the uplifting and heartbreaking drama in a job like that. But, on to something really important.... Is Elvis really dead?
Of course not. He works as a sushi chef at Osaka’s (that’s my local Japanese steak house). He’s pretty awesome with a pair of knives.
Sounds fishy. :) What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Speedy Gonzalez. I even do a little “tribute” to him in my latest book.
What turns you off like nothing else?
Arrogant, rude people.
Tulips or roses?
Neither. I’m a daisy girl.
Which of your characters would you most like to invite to dinner, and why?
I would most like to have dinner (and especially dessert) with Charlie O’Bryan (the brother of my main character in The Boyfriend of the Month Club). While writing the book I developed a little crush on him. I wish I could have written more scenes for him, but he was a secondary character and I had to trim pages in the end.
Oh, I already hope that Charlie gets to be a lead in another book! What do you like on your burger? (and do you take your burger veggie or beefy?)
This is a really important question. Hamburgers are my favorite food. The perfect burger is a nice big hunk of meat, cooked medium rare on some really good, fresh bread (slightly toasted) with a little catsup, some thinly sliced onion, pickles, lettuce and one slice of tomato. And absolutely no cheese. Not ever.
Why am I suddenly hungry? What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?
Anything by Colbie Caillat. She’s awesome.
Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Coffee. With just one packet of Splenda and lots of half and half. My husband likes to say that I take a little coffee with my cream.
What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Well, I don’t know if it’s interesting, but I talk to myself. Like all the time. It took my husband a long time to get used to it. He’d come home from work and ask who was at the house, because he’d hear me talking to someone. Now, after 25 years of marriage, he’s surprised if someone real is actually there.
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What’s your idea of a fabulous girls’ night out?
Dinner at a really good restaurant, followed by a few drinks, then maybe either a play (I love musical theatre) or some karaoke. Of course, Bunco is always fun too!
MARIA'S JUST GOTTA ASK HER READERS:
If you could be any literary heroine for a day, who would you be? And why?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Maria!
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Maria would like to offer a copy of her latest book, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, to one lucky commenter!