They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary novelist falling in love with a self-published romance writer? That’s the premise in Karin Gillespie’s deliciously charming new book, LOVE LITERARY STYLE (HENERYPRESS).
Meet novelist Professor Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a mean, rude bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned Genius MacArthur Recipient writer of important fiction. Her idea of reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, is watching the Keira Knightley movie, PBS is too long. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her.
Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that, despite his lofty literary aspirations, he’s emotionally frozen, due, in part, to a childhood tragedy. Aaron has gone through most of his life expecting very little pleasure or happiness. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.
Their relationship is initially made in literary heaven but when Aaron is dumped from a prestigious press, and Laurie’s novel, “Canine Cupid” is optioned by a major film studio, the differences in their literary sensibilities and temperaments drive them apart.
But this is a rom-com so you know the journey is going to end happily ever after. Aaron didn’t like genre fiction for that very reason, knowing the ending, but Laurie said reading romance books was about the journey to the destination. Karin Gillespie creates likeable characters and enough twists and spins for an enjoyable read. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is literally a delight.
READ an excerpt at Karin’s website, HERE.
Karin Gillespie is the author of the national bestselling Bottom Dollar Girls series, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, Co-author for Jill Connor Browne’s novel Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big Ass Novel. Her latest novel Love Literary Style was inspired by a New York Times article called “Masters in Chick Lit” that went viral and was shared by literary luminaries like Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Rice. She’s written for the Washington Post and Writer Magazine and is book columnist and humor columnist for the Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Magazine respectively. She received a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2016.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and HENERY PRESS for providing a copy of LOVE LITERARY STYLE for an honest review. We have one copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just tell us if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, and what the topic would be. We’ll announce a winner Monday, November 21st.
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