Thursday, August 24, 2017

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Dating Bender

Meet Samantha Serrano, your new favorite dysfunctional leading lady. In The Dating Bender by debut author Christina Julian (Limitless Publishing; August 22), Samantha stumbles from one romantic misadventure to the next, while relying all too heavily on relationship advice from glossy mags like Cosmo, Redbook, and O. You’ll laugh (and cringe) as she navigates family drama, exciting career opportunities and, humbling disasters.

Samantha was planning on a happily ever after, courtesy of an early marriage to her best friend, because that’s what good Catholic girls do. When that, quickly and shamefully, falls to pieces, she moves to Colorado where her job at a tech startup flies as high and fast as her sex life. Things look promising until she stumbles out of the boardroom and into the available arms of a colleague—who happens to be her boss.

When that relationship tanks, she ditches her dream (or is it her parents’ pipedream?) of lifelong love for a dating bender that takes her from Colorado to Manhattan and ultimately to Rome. The globetrotting adventure serves up a hefty dose of sex, angst, alcohol, and optimistic yet wrenching dysfunction—all part of the package for Samantha Serrano. There’s Superstar, the brilliant tech geek, Long John Silver, a luscious fireman-turned-soap-star-wannabe, Buff Boy, a taut surfer type, and Justin, a terrorist fighting FBI agent. When the dating bender takes an unexpected turn at the foot of the Vatican, Samantha realizes that she must let go of her family’s wishes and her own personal fears and misguided beliefs to discover who she really is and find true love.

Christina Julian does the dance as a wine and food columnist by day, novelist by night. She grew up back East but now resides in Calistoga with her husband and their toddling twins. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast and Weddings California. Visit Christina at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.


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10 comments:

Janine said...

The most disastrous was date that I ended up being date raped. Of course back then it didn't have a name and wasn't considered a crime. People said it was the woman's fault for how she dressed or for putting herself in that situation.

anna russell said...

Worst date was blind date my younger sister couldn't go without someone. they brought a friend alot put it this way not my type

Milena Mutter said...

Worst date I had was a blind date my friend arranged. Zero chemistry and the guy was creepy

traveler said...

A date many years ago when I was young was a complete debacle. The man left me sitting in his car for an hour or more and visited friends at their house. Unfortunately I couldn't drive off nor leave.

Margie Shaw said...

Never really had a bad date. Pretty much only dated my two husbands.

Rita Wray said...

All the dates I had were okay. I don't remember a really bad date.

Dianne Casey said...

I went on a couple of dates with a guy I met at a union meeting. We went out a couple of times and there was absolutely no chemistry.

Mary Preston said...

On a first date he turned up with his mother.

bn100 said...

none

Kelley B said...

Thanks Chick Lit Central!