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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Guest Post - Susan C Daffron

As part of #ComedyBookWeek it's my pleasure to have author Susan C Daffron visit my blog today with a guest post I know you're going to love.

Fun With Lots of Fur 
As a writer, some of my favorite reviews are when readers say they literally laughed out loud at one of the scenes in my books. For example, a number of readers have commented on the scene in my first novel Chez Stinky where the main character, Kat struggles to get her cat into a kitty carrier. Murphee does not go quietly or easily into the evil plastic box, and many battle-scarred cat owners obviously sympathize with the experience.

One of the keys to writing humor is to take a characteristic or flaw to an extreme, yet still have the character remain sympathetic. On TV for example, Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy" was constantly so impulsive that she ended up in absurd situations. But because she always seemed to mean well, as a viewer, you still ended up rooting for her.

As every pet owner knows, dogs and cats have their own unique personalities. So if you take a dog’s basic personality and make it a little more extreme, it can be funny. For example, many dachshunds like to burrow or get under things. In my book The Art of Wag, Roxie the doxie has an unfortunate habit of getting into cabinets and throwing pots and pans on the floor. Or getting stuck in small spaces, which is even worse.

I have owned various breeds of dogs and cats and spent a lot of time around pets at vet clinics and animal shelters, so I have lots of pet personalities I can draw from for my novels. Right now, I have two rescue Samoyeds of my own, so I am well aware that although Samoyeds are completely adorable, they often can be stubborn and have a habit of covertly eating things they shouldn't. Not surprisingly, my book Fuzzy Logic includes a Samoyed named Swoosie. Although Swoosie is a sweet dog, she also daintily eats half the contents of a buffet table at a wedding. The gastrointestinal disturbance resulting from her indiscretion won't come as a surprise to many dog owners either.

When I decided to start writing fiction, I followed the old adage, "write what you know." For years, my dogs and cats have made me laugh on almost a daily basis, so it was natural for me to include them in my novels. Let's face it, critters can be funny!

About the Author

Susan Daffron is the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. She is also an award-winning author of many nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. Find out more about her books at http://www.SusanDaffron.com

Thank you Susan!
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Guest Post - Bernadette Maycock

As part of #ComedyBookWeek, I am happy to welcome Bernadette Maycock to my blog as she shares this brillaint post today!


Guest post by Bernadette Maycock

One day there was a girl sitting next to me on the bus, reading. I stole a glance to see what she was reading as you do (well I don’t know if you do, but I definitely have to anyhoo!)
Now generally I fly to my phone to send myself a text message informing myself of the name of said book, which I HAVE to read, but in this unusual instance I’d read the book so I didn’t have to.
Here’s the thing. Not only had I read it, I intrinsically remembered numerous details, one being that it was touted as hilarious, laugh out loud, and in one particular damning review (I later deemed it damning for me, it wasn’t at that point), the blogger had informed us, the readers, that she had almost fallen off her chair as she was laughing so hard. Really? Okay then! I was in! I’m a sucker for comedy and this was too good an opportunity to pass up (it was ninety nine cent on Kindle).
Afterwards, it was these accolades that put me in a seriously bad mood. As in stormy. Because not only had I not laughed once, I had only smiled once or twice in the whole four hundred odd pages. The writing was fine, a nice romance, pretty descriptions and I think in the end I gave it 3.5/5 but I did mention that not everyone would find the romantic comedy label it had been tagged with appropriate.
Fast forward a year and this girl had a smile embedded on her face. At times she was even chuckling out loud.
She caught me looking and removed her earphones. ‘I’m so sorry,’ she said, smiling, ‘It’s just this book is bloody hilarious! The dialogue is cracking me up!’
I vaguely remembered the girls in the book giggling over guys, snorting with laughter at other times, and I remember my foot twitching as I read while twice wondering if I should just quit.
The girl’s response only served to cement my view that no two people will get the same out of a book and that is why it is so wonderful that there’s something for everyone out there. So I hope you find your book that will make you ‘laugh out loud,’ ‘snort,’ or ACTUALLY ‘fall off your chair’ (not if you get hurt though, that would be a bit mean of me). Because there is one out there for everybody, and look hard enough and you’ll find yours. Honest!

About the author

When Bernadette Maycock (writing as B. R. Maycock) isn’t reminiscing about her times with Heather from ‘It Started With A Snub,’ (good times!), she participates in a closed Facebook group called Imagine, Write, Inspire (IWI). This is led by the award-winning author Carmel Harrington (Harper Fiction-Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, The Life You Left, Every Time a Bell Rings). She has contributed to their three publications, “All I want for Christmas,” “Stop Waiting For Friday” and “The Love Anthology; A collection of short stories."
She can also be found on her book review blog (https://brmaycock.wordpress.com/), reviewing books that are 'the lighter side of heavy TBR lists,' in particular chick lit (her first love!) and women's fiction or on Twitter, where she devours bbok blogs and writing articles. Bernadette is also a member of ChicklitChatHQ, another closed group that allows her to eat and breathe chick lit!
She lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and four amazing children- Paul, Conor, Aidan and Brian.

It Started With A Snub by Bernadette Maycock

HEATHER GREEN is a fun loving, happy go lucky, twenty-six year old who has remained upright and beaming despite a few wobbles in life. She wears her heart on her sleeve and pins on her thoughts for good measure.

We meet Heather as she moves out of her family home to share with four guys, much to the dismay of her long suffering (by his own admission!) boyfriend Graham. We follow her housemates and watch their sometimes funny, sometimes-fraught relationships as they go about their daily lives.

Join Heather as she navigates the simple things in life, her inability to remember the code for the house alarm, odd driving habits, general musings on chick flicks, casualties in cooking, as well as her attempts to talk down the “mad farmer with the gun.” Experience comedy and drama as we get to know her family and housemates, and, as an unexpected event finally takes her down, learn what happens when the last people you expected to turn to are actually the ones you need the most.

For more on Bernadette Maycock:
B R Maycock's Blog