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Ebook Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-1-7341392-0-4 B07YRYQYXZ
  • 186 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-9963507-9-2 0996350799
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99
Wake Up, Wanda Wiley

Hannah Sharpe has been written out of all eighteen of Wanda Wiley's romance novels. A runaway heroine who won't conform to the plots laid out for her, Hannah has been consigned to a realm of fog deep in the recesses of the author's imagination.

Trevor Dunwoody, the protagonist of a macho action-thriller that Wanda has regrettably agreed to ghostwrite, is single-minded and obtuse, understanding only what he can beat up, shoot, or screw. Like Hannah, he's a character Wanda doesn't know what to do with. When he appears one day in Hannah's fog world, she can't convince him he's in the wrong story.

Hannah knows she'll be stuck in the limbo of Wanda's subconscious until the writer can find a suitable story to cast her in. But Wanda, trapped in a disastrous relationship with the philandering narcissist Dirk Jaworski, is sinking into a deep depression. The pot she smokes to self-medicate impairs her ability to write and thickens the fog of Hannah's timeless isolation.

As Hannah explains her predicament to the the thick-headed Trevor, she begins to realize that she knows her author better than her author knows herself. If she can only break out of the limbo of Wanda's subconscious and nudge the writer in the right direction, she can free them both.

But how can Hannah penetrate the fog of her creator's mind from within? The answer is right in front of her in the form of the big, dumb, action-ready tool, Trevor Dunwoody.

Reviews
Diamond (Gate 76) turns the romance genre on its head with this quirky, meta–rom-com about a damsel in distress, a misogynistic hero, and a writer too stoned to get either of their stories right. Wanda Wiley’s career as a romance novelist has recently hit a bumpy patch, so she agrees to ghostwrite The President Has Been Stolen, the sixth thriller in Ed Parsippany’s bestselling Trevor Dunwoody series. Unfortunately, both her tumultuous relationship with her macho, egocentric boyfriend, Dirk Jaworski, and her insatiable marijuana habit interfere with her writing. Hannah Sharpe has been stuck in the recesses of Wanda’s mind for Wanda’s past 18 romance novels; each time Wanda considers her as a heroine, Hannah ends up written out in favor of more cooperative characters. Now, thanks to Wanda’s writer’s block, Trevor Dunwoody—an action hero whose alpha male arrogance is so exaggerated as to cross from comical to distasteful—is trapped with her. When Wanda’s neighbor, Austin Reed, sweetly confesses his interest in her, Hannah and Trevor begrudgingly team up to snap Wanda from her funk by influencing her thoughts and setting her up with Austin. Diamond pointedly sends up both romance and thriller conventions, but leaves little room for genuine feeling within the parody. There are plenty of laughs, but not enough heart. (Self-published)
Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-1-7341392-0-4 B07YRYQYXZ
  • 186 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-9963507-9-2 0996350799
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99

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