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Friday, February 15, 2013

Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles #1) By: Courtney Cole *Guest Post, Excerpt & Review*



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Book Description

Thirty-five year-old Allison “Alli” Lancaster has it all—a fabulous job, a beautiful 15 year-old daughter, a hilarious BFF and a gorgeous house with a pool and Jacuzzi in an exclusive Las Vegas neighborhood. What she doesn’t have is a husband, because she kicked her lousy, cheating ex to the curb nine months ago. Since then, Alli has paid her dues with seemingly endless self-improvement and seemingly endless mourning. Now she’s ready to move on and try new things.

Alli’s idea of “trying new things” is nothing like that devil-of-a-best-friend of hers. Somehow, Sara, the devil of a best friend, talks Alli into trying out a sex toy, sleeping with a younger man and letting a stranger in a lab jacket put hot wax on a place that should never, ever, ever see wax. And that’s only the beginning.

Alli never saw her life going quite like this. She also never thought she’d meet someone else who had the very real potential to change her life forever.

But she did.

Enter the new guy. He’s gorgeous, refined and mature. He’s also marriage material. But that poses a problem for Alli, who renounced the institution of marriage when she renounced her ex. What’s a girl to do?

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what the heck happens when you can’t leave Vegas? Well, you spin the wheel, of course. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may.

Alli just hopes she can find them all.

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Caution! Only read this book if you want to laugh and are not offended at adult themes and language. This is not a Young Adult book.



Check Out This Book Excerpt


I lean over my turkey club and shove my face into hers.  She’s startled for a second, but then she peers into mine, her eyes staring into my own.
“What exactly am I looking for?” she asks as she examines me. 
“My crow’s feet,” I answer.  “How bad are they?  Rick the Dick was at my house this weekend and among other things, he mentioned that I have horrible crow’s feet.  Do I?”
She turns my face to and fro in the light. 
“They’re there,” she announces. “But they’re not horrible.  Rick is a dick.  Obviously.  You’re thirty-five.  You’re going to have laugh lines.  We laugh a lot. It’s unavoidable.”
Sara picks her sandwich back up and chomps on it, unconcerned.
“Is it?” I answer thoughtfully, staring into space.  “Have you ever tried Botox?”
Sara almost chokes and I whomp her on her back.  I briefly remember the Brazilian wax incident and whomp a little harder than necessary.  Then I smile evilly. Whomping her thin little back is surprisingly satisfying.
“Are you serious?” she chokes out, wiping her mouth on a napkin as she shoves my hand away.  “You’re not getting Botox.  You know what that is, right?  It’s the bacteria that causes botulism.  It’s a freaking toxin.”
“Oh, I know,” I tell her.  “And I’m not getting Botox.  We are.”
She chokes again. 
“No.  If you think that… no.”  She stares at me as firmly as she can, looking down her skinny nose at me.  Her short red hair looks like it has even raised up in mutiny against me, as well.  I smile. 
“Oh, yes,” I tell her.  “I dated a gigolo, had sex with the gigolo, bought a sex toy and had a Brazilian wax.  All at your behest.  And I have to admit, those were good ideas.  You’re going to have to concede that sometimes I have good ideas too. I’m pretty sure that this is one of those times.”
She is stammering now.  Utterly speechless.  I’m definitely going to have to mark this on the calendar. 
“But… but… botulism is a bacteria.  Injected into my face!  That’s different than…”
“Different than a stranger’s penis injected into my vagina?” I ask innocently. Sara all but sputters.
“No, but you liked it!”
“Of course I liked it!” I stare at her like she’s grown two heads. “That penis is attached to a perfect twenty-something body.  And I’m sure that you will like the Botox, as well.  You’ve got crow’s feet too, you know. I’ve never wanted to say anything before.  But you might as well know.  We could both use an age-eraser. And that’s exactly what Botox is.  And supposedly, it doesn’t even hurt.”
“You’re the devil,” Sara announces as she cleans up her lunch trash. 
“Irrelevant,” I answer sweetly, throwing her words from the other day back at her.  “And you’re a devil, too.  That’s why we love each other so much.   I’ll make the appointment.”
“I can’t do it tonight,” she snaps. “I have Spinning.”
“That’s fine,” I say soothingly. “I’m sure they have openings for tomorrow night.”
Sara flounces off, but not before glaring at me a couple of times for good measure.  She turns and flips me off with both hands when she’s halfway to her car.  Both hands—because she means business.  I laugh and the elderly lady sitting next to us gasps. 
I lean over. “I’m sorry about that, m’am.”
But I’m really not.  It feels good to get one over on Sara for once in my life.  It’s been a long time coming.


Author's Guest Post

I was actually writing another book, Of Blood and Bone, when the idea for Confessions of an Alli Cat came to me.  For whatever reason, I looked around and started noticing that so many books that I've been reading lately have all had main characters who were in the 20's.  I decided that I'd really like a main character who was around my age...someone who was in the same stage of life as me.  I also wanted a light-hearted, funny love story.... because I'd been reading (and was in the middle of writing) angsty books.  So.... Alli Cat was born.
I do love reading dark romances.  But sometimes, you just need something that is light, that doesn't take itself too seriously and that you just don't have to think too hard when you read it.  Mind candy, so to speak.  That's what I aimed for when I wrote Alli Cat... something that readers can read at the end of a long day and smile about.  Something that might make the reader smile after a stressful day.  Confessions of an Alli Cat is sort of like chocolate for the stressed out mind.  At least, that was what I was aiming for.  :)   I really hope you like it. 


About The Author
Courtney Cole is a novelist who lives near Lake Michigan.  Her favorite place in the world is on the shore with her toes in the water.  Although, since she is deathly afraid of sea gulls, it makes days at the beach interesting.
Courtney is the author of several YA series (The Paradise Diaries, The Bloodstone Saga and The Moonstone Saga) as well as a couple adult series (The Cougar Chronicles and The Minaldi Legacy).  Her next project is a Women’s Contemporary Romance titled If You Stay, which will release on February 12, 2013. 
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My Mini Review

OMG this was a real hilarious read! I could not get enough, really! I thought Alli was written well, and even though there are really embarrassing situations, some erotica, and just a new found meaning in life, it all seemed believable, and this was just a really great romantic comedy with some interesting twists. There is one guy that Alli actually fall for, and that guy was a definitely the right one for her, and just wait until you read how that guy is so familiar to her; I sorta guessed it in the middle of the story, but even when it was official, I just thought that spiced the story even more. So anyway, recently divorced Alli, who has an a**hole of an ex, just cant believe she wasted so much time with her high school sweetheart, but she loves their daughter Sophia, and she seemed a little bit relatable to me when I was her age, so I liked that aspect. Alongside a great daughter, Alli has a really, well I think cool friend, Sara, and what situations they get themselves in, is again hilarious, but I think there is also some tender moments as well, so read this story to check it out! :)

My Rating: 4.5/5
Rated R! 18+ (Mature Language & Sexual Content)

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