Tuesday, August 13, 2013

VBT: Excerpt and Review: Thirty-Two Going on Spinster


Julia Dorning is in a rut. She has lived in her parent's basement for ten years, been at the same mundane boring job for ten years and she has no self confidence.
When handsome hunky Jared Moody is hired in HR at her company, her life begins to change in ways she never saw coming. Is Jared the catapult to get her moving again?

Excerpt: I seriously can’t do this report right now. I’m not in the mood. I have time to procrastinate, so I might as well do just that. Perhaps a little cat-nap would lighten my mood. I am feeling pretty sleepy.
A little nap might be helpful for this mood I can’t seem to get out of. And yes, I do realize I’m at work. How could it be possible for me to take a nap? Oh, but it is possible. And no, Spectraltech does not offer break rooms with cots in them, even though I anonymously left an article on the president of the company’s desk about how napping during the day can bring up productivity and morale in a company. He obviously didn’t bother reading it.
No big deal because I am actually the queen of taking little snoozes at work. A self-titled queen, but a queen nonetheless. No one actually knows about it because it’s not something one should brag about. But it is quite a talent if I do say so myself.
It took me some time to perfect it, but I figured it out.  Basically, I just lean my head on my left hand while my right hand moves the mouse. It took practice to be able to sleep and move the mouse at the same time, but I mastered it. I’ve also made sure that my computer screen is placed strategically in front of me. That way, if anyone were to walk into my office, my face would be hidden from view. It’s genius, really.
Luckily for me, I don’t have to use this technique that often (it tends to put a bit of a kink in your neck) because I have a little secret: Upstairs on the sixth floor is a rarely used conference room. It’s mostly used for the Board of Directors quarterly meeting. Sometimes they will use it for presentations to investors or buyers, but this is rare.
Since Mr. Nguyen is the VP of accounting, he is always a part of the board meetings. Being the next person ranked under Mr. Nguyen and his assistant, I know his schedule and, therefore, know if the conference room is in use. Today, as in most days, it’s vacant. This means I can grab some files (my disguise) and head up to the sixth floor to catch a little nap.
It’s brilliant, right? Too bad I am the only one that gets to celebrate my napping-at-work discovery since it’s not something one would want to share with one’s coworkers.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Have you ever had to stop and take a look around you, realizing that your life isn't going the way as planned? I'll tell you, you aren't alone. For 32 year old Julia, she finds herself in a rut. Dead end job that she's not happy with, and still living at home. Is a spinterhood in her future? It might be, if she doesn't take on any changes, which she can't stand the thought of. What's a woman to do?

But wait....are there surprises on the horizon? There just might be!

In one way or another, I found myself relating to Julia. From my own feelings past or present. She's easy to like and has so many levels to her character. The writing is witty and the scenes...oh, some of them just cracked me up or had my cringing from the reality of things!   This is the type of story that you see a big change from the characters in the beginning to the end. Julia certainly faces her share of trials and tribulations and it's time for her to start sorting out her life.

Ms. Monson has a charming voice and writing style that's easy to read. The pages flow! This is a witty and great debut and I'm definitely looking forward to more!

Author Bio:  

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't. 

Purchasing my book: 

Other Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/ThisChickReads (this is a bookclub I run on facebook) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway