Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan - Blurb, Interview & Giveaway


Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family.
Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding.
Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him.
The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows.
The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough.


            Elliot pushes his chair out and stands. His eyes slide up and down the length of my body and he smirks as he raises his left eyebrow in a supercilious question mark. I have no idea what that’s all about so I simply extend my hand and smile, “It’s very nice to meet you Elliot.”
            Instead of extending me the same courtesy, he tilts his head to the side, nods it once and declares, “Indeed.” Like, “Indeed, you should be happy to meet me.”
           Well that settles it. I don’t care if he was well over six-two or his slightly receding strawberry blonde hair is the most gorgeous color ever or I find him immensely attractive. He’s ruined it for himself. I am not going to marry Elliot Fielding.
            I rush to lower my extended hand back to my side, where it obviously belongs, when at the last moment he chooses to take it. I try to pull away as if to indicate he has had his chance and the offer is now withdrawn. I’m so peeved by his arrogance that I yank my fingers from his, setting into motion a domino effect I’m sure RenĂ©e will later claim ruined Camille’s party.
            Elliot bends at the waist and gently touches his lips to my reluctant appendage in what I’m sure he assumes is a display of superior English manners, yet my whole body responds in an angry shudder. How dare he think he can “indeed” me and then put his mouth on my person. I yank my hand back, upsetting my very delicate balance, at the same time Elliot takes the hint and
releases me. He does not attempt to aid me in any way as I fall backwards, straight into the pool.

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“12 Things About Whitney Dineen”

1.    I’m a giant! Seriously, I’m 6’1”.
2.    I’m 87% vegetarian. If bacon was a vegetable, I’d be 92% vegetarian.
3.    I was a plus-size model for over 20 years, working in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
4.    My hair has been going gray since I was 24 years old. I’m currently 46 and have no idea how old I’d look in my natural state. Probably close to 72.
5.    I make cookies and candies for a celebrity clientele in Los Angeles. I’m doing my damndest to beef them up a bit.
6.    I wore kilts, glasses and braids in high school. That’s right, I was HOT (not.)
7.    I had my daughters when I was 40 and 42. WILD ride!
8.    I’ve become an organic gardener in pursuit of feeding my family the best quality food that I can. Of course, we also have free range chickens and we harvest their poop for the gardens. I talk about manure WAY more than most.
9.    French fries are my weakness. I lurve them!
10.I’ve been married for 24 years. At this point, I nearly have him broken in.
11.I have watched every Doris Day movie multiple times. I don’t care if Rock preferred men, he’s “IT!”
12.I’m a HUGE DEVO fan!

“12 Things About Mimi Finnegan”

1.    I am one of four sisters. We’re all a year a part, talk about drama.
2.    I have a bunion. There, I’ve said it. Her name is Edith Bunker.
3.    The last man that propositioned me (before this book) had a bratwurst in his pants.
4.    My last serious relationship broke up with me to marry his distant cousin.
5.    I am a proud member of Weight Watchers. I am trying to lose ten pounds so Edith Bunker will hit the road.
6.    My car has been known to drive to Burger City without my knowledge. Yes, I’m in the car. It just has a mind of its own. I would trade it in but I’m too loyal for that.
7.    I refused to watch Sex and the City when it first came out. I used to think it was about a bunch floozies banging their way into spinsterhood. How wrong I was! It’s my favorite television show, EVER.
8.    My mother feeds the fairies in the backyard her homemade soda bread. So, I’m from sane people.
9.    I used to have a huge identity crisis. So I reinvented myself and watch out, I’m on fire!
10.I am in the midst of a pretty crazy love triangle. Who would have thought?
11.I have an insecurity complex as far as my family is concerned. Try having a supermodel, a professional tennis player and a Rhodes Scholar for sisters.
12.I have never successfully high-protein dieted. Hand me the French fries, please.

About the Author:
While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.

When she wasn’t modeling, she was in the kitchen, baking delights to share with friends. Soon, her friends began asking her to send baskets of her wonderful candies and cookies to business associates, agents and production studios. Word spread like wildfire, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whitney’s sensational creations are still in great demand by her loyal celebrity clientele (www.WhitneysGoodies.com).

During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor.

In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first of which, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory, is nearing completion.

Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have recently relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens and organic vegetables.

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