Let's Misbehave with Molly


Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4555-1572-1
Sometimes even good girls need to be a little bad...
Marla Jean Bandy might be down, but she's not out. Even though her no-good ex-husband left her for another woman--a Bookmobile-driving librarian twenty years her senior--Marla Jean won't settle for another lonely night. She's not ready for Mr. Right, but why not have a little fun with Mr. Right Now? The only wrench in her plan is her childhood crush. Jake-and the memory of the one toe-curling kiss they shared on a hot summer night years ago.
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“Stop it, Donny Joe.”
“Come on, Marla Jean. I thought you wanted to.”
An hour earlier she would have agreed with him. An hour earlier she wiggled into her tight red dress, tugged on her favorite cowboy boots, and headed out to the local watering hole sure of exactly what she wanted. An hour earlier she’d left her house with every intention of finding a willing man and having her way with him.

Lately she’d felt dried up, dustier than a ghost town in an old Western movie. The swinging saloon doors of her nether portal were rusted shut from lack of use. In other words, Miss Kitty hadn’t seen any action in a long, long time.

And now, because she’d decided to rectify the situation, she, Marla Jean Bandy, found herself sitting in the front seat of a Ford pick-up truck with Donny Joe Ledbetter’s hand stuck halfway up her skirt.

But it didn’t feel right somehow, and that really pissed her off.
Sex had always been something she’d embraced enthusiastically right up until the moment her husband dumped her for another woman. If he’d dumped her for some young bimbo, it would have been embarrassing and humiliating. She would have been mad, outraged even, but no — Bradley left her for Libby Comstock, the fifty-four year old never-been-married librarian who drove the Bookmobile. She’d started to wonder why he ran out the door like a kid who’d just heard the ice cream truck whenever it turned the corner onto their street. But she’d always told him he should read more, and this was the one time in their six year marriage he decided to listen to her.

Libby seduced him with the Russian classics, challenging him to stretch his mind and feed his soul. He tackled Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Brodsky, Pushkin, and eventually he tackled Ms. Comstock, too. The fact that he’d left her for someone twenty years older, frumpier, smarter, and fluent in five languages was something she’d never forgive him for.

But back to Donny Joe. He was a stud. A big fish in a small pond. A lover of all things female, and his ability to make the earth move was heralded far and wide by most every woman in and around Everson, Texas.

Molly Cannon lives a charmed life in Texas with her husband, Mr. Wonderful and her extremely large cat Nelson. When she's not writing, she spends her days reading, taking dance classes with MW, and watching every kind of sporting event imaginable. Molly has three grown children, all married to terrific people and two wonderful grandchildren. Life is good!


ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
MOLLY: Every day that ends in Y! Either the story I’m reading or the story I’m writing.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
MOLLY: I was reading before I started school. It must have been my sister’s first grade reader. I didn’t understand why Dick and Jane were running all the time and why I had to see it.

ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
MOLLY: My favorite love word is “Wuv”. As in, I wuv you, sweetie pie, sugar pea, butter noodle. Man, how hot is a hero who talks baby talk? No?

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
MOLLY: When our house burned down the firefighters and Red Cross volunteers were super heroes as far as I was concerned. And all our friends and family that stepped in to help were heroes, too.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
MOLLY: I always loved the Ugly Duckling. I remember as a child, my sisters and I sang about the poor little fellow at shows we performed at orphanages. Quack, Quack. That was my part. I like stories of transformation and acceptance. And any day now I expect to turn into a swan.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
MOLLY: All the characters on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Sherman and Mr. Peabody, Natasha and Boris, Dudley Do-Right. Fractured Fairytales.

ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
MOLLY: Laughter at another person’s expense.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
MOLLY: I don’t listen to a lot of country music, but this book takes place in a small Texas town. So, with that in mind: Give in to Me – Garrett Hedlund, Anything from The Goat Rodeo Sessions by Yo Yo Ma, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson - Don't You Wanna Stay, Sunny Sweeney- Please be San Antone.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
MOLLY: I don’t read in the shower. Everywhere else is fair game. Are you asking me how often I shower?

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
MOLLY: I enjoy the sound of a back-up alarm. I always go beep-beep-beep along with it just for fun.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
MOLLY: Gypsy. Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell. Alas, my plans to be in Burlesque didn’t pan out.

Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
MOLLY: Fairy Tale

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
MOLLY: It involved a raisin telling a story to a bunch of grapes. They were his grandchildren.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
MOLLY: Mags Bennett in the Justified TV series. That woman was creepy!
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
MOLLY: Why? What have you heard?
ANGI: Shucks, I was sworn to secrecy.

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
MOLLY: The dog in my book was originally a cat. I live in fear that somewhere in my book that dog will be purring.

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
MOLLY: You call this working?

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Since we’re in the same writing chapter, Miss Molly…I know that you and your hubby are dancers. Ballroom and others… What’s your favorite couples’ dance and to what song?
MOLLY’S GOTTA ANSWER: You can probably guess just by looking at us that we like to Rumba. The sensual dance of love. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green is a great song. I-I-I’m so-o in love with you. Or Besame Mucho works, too! It’s all in the hip action.

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I love movies and had trouble naming just one. Tell me your favorite movie-and why you love it. Or if you don’t have a favorite movie, tell me a joke.

My favorite joke: A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “Why the long face?”


  1. Hi Molly !

    I've been waiting a long time to introduce my chaptermate and friend to readers. Everything you've experienced in this wonderful interview can be experienced in her books. I'm so excited for her. Look up some of her reviews!!! and who they're comparing her to. I can't say enough good things about Molly and hope all readers will be able to say the same!

    LOVE YA!

  2. Thanks so much for having me here today, Angi! I'm so excited to GLIAS.

  3. OMG, Molly, you've got me cracking up. You always make me laugh and I can't wait to read about Marla Jean.

  4. Oh and my favorite movie...Star Trek 2009, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2, Penelope, Miracle.

    There're more, but I won't continue to bore you since you only asked for one. :)

    1. Hi Jen! I'm so behind on the Harry Potter movies. I've decided to read the books first. I'm only a few years ehind the rest of the world!

  5. I was too, only reading them for the first time last year. Then I read them all twice, watching each movie after I read the book, in preparation for the final one coming out in the theater.

  6. Princess Bride AND Everafter. Love fairy tales and happy endings.

    1. Hello, May. Oh, Princess Bride makes me happy all over! So, many great lines in that movie. And Everafter is wonderful, too!

  7. Molly, I used to work at Medieval Faires telling bar jokes. I could go on for days. Now I sing bawdy songs as a wench :)

    As for favorite movies - I'm also a theater person (shocking!), and one of my favorite movies is Noises Off. The cast is incredible (Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Christopher Reeves) and the movie is HILARIOUS, but I'm not sure if it will be as funny to someone who hasn't done community theater. Another favorite movie is The American President.

  8. Abigail, I'm so jealous! I can't think of anything more fun than singing bawdy songs as a wench! I remember Noises Off. My older sister is active in community theater in Baltimore, so I love these kinds of movies. Did you ever see the Canadian show Sings and Arrows?

  9. What a great interview (and a GREAT book)! My favorite movie depends on my mood. Right now, I'm in the mood for funny, and for that, nothing beats Raising Arizona.

    As for a joke, I have two (both of which must be read aloud):

    (1) Two peanuts walked into a bar. One was assaulted.

    (2) Why was 6 afraid? Because 7, 8, 9.

  10. Raising Arizona is one of my favorites, too. but the first time I tried to watch it I didn't like it! but then it kicked in and now I can start watching it at any spot and can't stop. I agree. For funny, nothing beats it! And those are my kinds of jokes. Thanks, Wendy.

  11. Watched August Rush for the first time last night. Loved it. Such a totally feel good movie. Compelling and love. At the end, there in the park, when August knows they are his parents and they are standing side by side, I told my husband, "Thats my books! That is exactly what makes me love my books. The HEA! A good story and the hea! They dont always have to be possible. Just happily ever after!!"

    1. krazymama-I have the music to August Rush in my car. In fact, Angi recommended it to me. It is wonderful to play while writing. And it's a great movie if you like hea!

    2. I love this conversation today and I'm allowing myself to be distracted from my ending long enough to add:

      I believe most people didn't understand that AUGUST RUSH was a modern fairy tale. Most that I spoke to said 'that would never happen'. Of course it wouldn't, but neither would eating a poison apple and waking up with a kiss. >>>grin<<< (listening to August Rush as I write for a while)


  12. Hi Miss Molly! I'm already anticipating Marla and Jake's story. It sounds like a fun, sweet story. Marla has a great sense of humor and I like that her ex-husband left her for a different type of rival.

    One of my favorite movie is The Notebook, because it's a tear-jearker but also because I like second chance and reunion storylines. I like that I can cry AND smile by the end.


    1. Thanks, Na! My sister and I were discussing The Notebook this weekend. I love second chances, too!

  13. Hi Molly! Hi Angi!

    Great post!

    I love a fairy tale with action attached, some I'm really liking the way the movies are changing up old fairy tales, otherwise I might fall asleep.

    My favorite joke:

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Lena who?
    Lena little closer and I'll tell you!

    (my daughter's name makes it all the more special;)

    1. LOL- I'm adding these jokes to my collection. (Hi, Lena!) And a little action never hurt anything!

  14. My favorite joke:

    Kid: Bbbbuuuurp!

    Father: Never burp before a lady.

    Kid: Sorry, I didn't know it was her turn.

    1. HA HA HA HA HA !!
      Going to tell that one tonight at dinner.

  15. Lordy ladies! You're all full of it today!

    Gave me a good laugh. Molly, I promise the dog never purred. "I can say that 'cause I read the book. Love, love, love your sense of humor.

    August Rush is an awesome movie, always makes me cry. I gotta be honest, Paint You Wagon is my forever favorite. It made me laugh and cry at the same time!

    1. I was born under a wandering star...

      Paint Your Wagon-be still my heart, Jerrie, and be glad you can't hear me singing!

      Thanks for reading the book, too!

  16. Regina!

    Thanks for the laugh! I love corny jokes the best!!

  17. Great interiew, ladies! And I LOVE the raisin telling stories to his grape grandchildren!!

    1. Hi Alexa! Grape grandchildren-lol- that makes the story even better!

  18. Since Molly has already made it public, I can tell you her biggest vice. It's raunchy vampire sex in the middle of Louisianna cemetaries with vampire Bill!

    Love the blog and LOVE Ain't Misbehavin'. It's without a doubt one of the best books I've read all year!

    My fav movie of all time is The Usual Suspects. Awesome story and characters.

    I'd tell you a joke but it's probably not appropriate in mixed company. :-)

    1. See if I ever tell you anything ever again, Tracy! I'm so glad you liked the book, too.

      It's odd, but I've seen The Usual Suspects more than once, but the plot never stays in my head. I have a mental block about it or something. But I know I like it. And it's best for everyoone if you don't tell a joke, Tracy.

  19. Hey there, Miss Molly. Had a little trouble getting on the blog this morning. Sometimes stuff gets in the air and connections go kabluey (sp?)! Love the book. Not so sure about some of these jokes! LOL As for movies--I'm kind of into musicals,and would probably go with Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Good luck with your books sales.

    1. Hey Marsha! I'm glad you kept trying! I love musicals, too. Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man. I know the words to all the old ones. I should rewatch Thoroughly Modern Millie! I'm not sure I've seen 42nd Street. I'll have to find it.

  20. Kimberly QuintonJuly 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Hi Molly!

    I read Ain't Misbehaving straight through! Started at 9:30pm and finished at 1:30...am! Loved it! Can't wait for the next one.

    My son's fave joke- What did Obi Wan say to Luke at dinner.... Use the fork Luke :)

    And my favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption, The Usual Suspects and Love Actually.. I watch them whenever I catch 'em on tv or when I just want a "comfort" movie.


    1. Oh, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the book, Kimberly! That makes me happy.

      Your son's joke is perfect. Just my kind of humor. Good choices on Shawshank Redemption and Love Actually. As for The Usual Suspects, see above!

  21. I like Mr. and Mrs. Smith because of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

    The book sounds good.


    1. Hi bn100! Mr. and Mrs. Smith is certainly a good example of high tension between the hero and heroine!

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  23. i have way too many movies to name, so i'll do the joke:

    what's the difference between broccoli & boogers?????
    Kids won't eat broccoli!!!

    another joke??

    why is 6 afraid of 7.......
    because 7 8 (ate) 9...........

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    1. Oh cyn209- thank you for stopping by. Get Lost in a Story is such a welcoming place!

  24. Heya Molly, so fun to learn new things about you. I love all movies, the sillier the better. Was just watching Live Hard and Die Free with my boys. It's so over-the-top-action-corny that's a fun ride.

    1. Hey Clover!! Over the top action corny is just what we need sometimes. But I was too lazy to put in all those dashes!

  25. I think my favorite is Pride and Prejudice since I really enjoy that story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. I love Pride and Predjudice, too. The one with Colin Firth and the newer version with Kiera Knightly

  26. It's very hard to pick just one movie as a favorite, but if I have to, I'll choose Serenity because it's downright awesome. (And Nathan Fillion, need I say more?)

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  27. Barbara E. you are a woman after my own heart! I'm such a Firefly fan and so naturally Serenity is one of my favorites, too. Nathan Fillion is such a charmer!

  28. Ms. Molly, what an adorable interview. Gosh, I have a lot of favorite movies, so how about a joke I heard today...

    Two six year old boys are at the hospital waiting for admission. The first little boy says, what are you in for. Ths six year old says, tonsillectomy. The other six year old says. Oh, no sweat. They give you ice cream and in a couple of days, you're good as new.

    How about you says the first six year old. What are you in for. I'm going to get circumsized, says the boy.

    Oh, no says the boy, don't do it. I had that done to me when I was a baby, and I didn't walk for a year :)

    Thanks for joining us on Get Lost in a Story!

    1. Thanks for having me, Donnell! And thanks for the joke. I'm going to use that one today!

  29. Am I too late? My favorite movie is "An Affair to Remember." Ahh, Cary Grant! And the lovely Deborah Kerr!

    1. Good one, fsbuchler! I LOVE Cary Grant and Deorah Kerr, too. Thank you for sharing your movie.

  30. Late chiming in here, Ms. Molly. I loved the excerpt and the fun interview.

    I have lots of favorite movies, but I think the one that touched me most and has influenced my writing is Somewhere in Time.

    One of these days I'm going to attend one of the NTRWA chapter meetings and meet more people. Hi Angie!

    1. Hi, Linda! Somewhere in Time was such a romantic movie!

  31. What a fun interview! I'm harvesting the list of movies mentioned in the comments. Angie and Molly make a good team. I suspect I'll enjoy reading Molly's book!

    1. Hi Mary,

      The list of movies makes me wish I had time for an afternoon of movie watching!

  32. Congratulations to Maureen and Barb! You've won a copy of AIN'T MISBEHAVING! Thanks for commenting!