Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Blasphemy Box by Mandy Behbehani

"You know that nightmare you've always had? The one where you wake up one day to find yourself fat, frumpy, fifty and alone? I'm living it."
Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he's leaving her for a woman half her age. And half her size.
Feeling totally unmoored and grieving for her married life and husband, Maddy finds herself thrust into an unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of middle-aged singledom. There, she must come to terms with her situation and embark on her new life: divorce proceedings, single parenting, internet dating, and trying to earn a living. It's enough to drive her over the brink.
To help her cope, she shares her struggles in a smart, wry blog named The Blasphemy Box, after her ex-husband's obnoxious habit of having her drop a quarter into a wooden box every time she said something off color. Her madcap middle-aged adventures find her devoted readers who identify with her challenges.
In time, Maddy creates herself and finds happiness in the arms of a good man, and a fulfilling new career as a novelist.

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June 20- Chick Lit Club Connect – Guest Post

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July 1 – Karma For Life Chick – Review 

**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of  The Blasphemy Box before  July 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Jessica! Please email me to confirm your prize!**

Author Bio:

Mandy Behbehani grew up and was educated in England. Her first short story was published when she was twelve and she has been scribbling away ever since, as a journalist and now a novelist. She holds a degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and, over her career, served as West Coast correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and W magazine, as an on-air reporter at KTVU-TV and, for a decade, as the fashion editor and features writer for the Hearst San Francisco Examiner where she won awards for feature writing. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Town & County magazine, the San Jose Mercury News and Travel & Leisure magazine.
She lives in California, and, when she's not in front of her computer, she can be found reading a good book, and hiking the open space that surrounds her home with her yellow Lab, Lalou.
Connect with Mandy!

twitter handle: @mandyscribeista



  1. Love the idea of Maddy's "Blasphemy Box" and the entire book! The synopsis made me smile—I look forward to reading it!

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode
    thestephanieloves AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Karielle:

      Thank you for considering my novel The Blasphemy Box as something you might want to read. I really appreciate it!

  2. I think it is going to be hopefully a fun read of her finding herself again. I cannot wait to check it out

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Dear Shannon:

      Thank you for checking out my debut novel The Blasphemy Box. I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate your interest!


  3. great excerpts that have been going up for this tour, i enjoy reading and learning about this book. I will want to read the full copy soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jsididia at gmail dot com

    1. Dear Jessica:

      Thank you for your interest in my debut novel, The Blasphemy Box. I so appreciate it and I hope you will like it. Let me know what you think!

  4. I think this cover is very interesting! book sounds quite good too!

    1. Dear Mrs Mommy Booknerd.
      What a great name!

      Thank you for your interest in my debut novel, The Blasphemy Box. I so appreciate it. I hope you check it out and that you enjoy the read!

  5. Published at 12? That's incredible! I see that a few authors have made the transition from journalist to novelist. Did you find it difficult making the necessary adjustment in your writing style?

  6. Good for Maddy for finding a productive way to cope with the changes in her life. I wish I had done so well!

  7. Love the title and the story line. I will be adding it to my reading list. Thanks for sharing.


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