Published by Self Published on July 30, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.
After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.
To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.
When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.
Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?
Hi lovelies! Today we’ve got a rockin’ Q&A with my darling friend, Carol Maloney Scott! Her book, There Are No Men, is on tour this week with Bliss Book Promotions! I am so happy to kick off the event here on HPB!! Like always, we’ve got the bookish and random Q’s! There’s a fun giveaway down at the bottom so be sure to enter! Also…
Special Sale!!! There Are No Men has a 99¢ Kindle Countdown sale from February 9-February 15!!!
Carol, thank you so much for stopping by today!~Karan <3
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween?
I don’t know if it was cool, but I loved being Batgirl. I would have been Wonder Woman, but I just can’t pull off Lynda Carter’s boobs.
Were the any challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your book to life?
My main challenge with my writing is time! I have a full time day job, a fiancé, a 20 year old son and a crazy little dog. Plus many friends, social pursuits (I have to sing karaoke with live bands and work on my French!), and of course – laundry, dishes and all the crap that we all have to deal with. Making writing part of my everyday routine has been a challenge, and even more so since moving into my fiancé’s home and helping everyone adjust to our new lives. Now I am planning a wedding, but the good news is that my life experiences provide lots of good writing material.
What movie deserves a sequel?
Honestly with the exception of Home Alone 2, I hate sequels. Sequels should be TV shows with episodes.
What book are you reading now?
I am in between books, as they say. I don’t have as much time to read as I would like, but I recently finished Twin Piques by Tracie Banister. This is a must read story for lovers of funny chick lit. The book is told from the 1st person POV of two different characters. Tracie’s ability to navigate the reader smoothly through these transitions has solidified my plan to write my 3rd book this way.
What is one thing you refuse to share?
My man. That’s about it. And I guess my toothbrush.
How much of your life did you put into TANM?
This book is loosely based on some of my own life experiences as a divorced woman trying to find love after being with one man since my high school years. I wanted to capture the pain of infertility and the fear of dating after divorce, with the hope of new love and learning that there are different ways to reach our goals. May of the experiences are loosely based on reality, but I will never tell which ones. Except yes, there was an old man with a hat.
If fat, calories, cholesterol, etc were not an issue, what two foods would you feast on?
Pasta and donuts. Even though they are an issue, sometimes I feast on them anyway. If that gluten free problem ever gets me I will no longer have the will to live.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a little girl I wrote non-stop, churning out story after story. Then it all stopped in adolescence – so I had writer’s block for about 30 years. Now the flood gates have opened, and the universe has unplugged my creative blockage – and the words are flying out of me. In the car – I have to pull off the road. In the shower – I need waterproof paper. In bed – I dream of new stories and have to sleep with my iPhone and its many lists. So that bitch, Writer’s Block, is now history. The words are flowing like a waterfall or the liquor at an Irish wedding. I am no longer expecting any dry days ahead, now that I have rediscovered my first love.
If you were a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?
I just don’t want to be a dinosaur because they aren’t cute at all. I would like to be a wiener dog, or perhaps a hedgehog.