Thursday, May 14, 2009

The "Bunco Babes" Are Finally Here!

I've been waiting a long time for the arrival of this book! I first played Bunco about two years ago at the insistence of a few good friends (Joyce, Karen, Sarah...I know you're reading this :), and I wrote--somewhat cryptically--about the experience in one of my earliest blog posts. But now, after months of anticipation, the truly wonderful Maria Geraci has finally released Bunco Babes Tell All (Berkley trade, May 2009), and I couldn't be more delighted for her--and for us! (My Bunco-playing pals, be forewarned. You know how we always talk about starting a book club...I believe this would be a perfect first selection for the summer...AND we could totally drink those margaritas and be "thematic" now, couldn't we?)

For those of you not familiar with Maria's debut, here's a quick blurb:

Meet the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay. Every Thursday night they roll dice, drink frozen margaritas, and catch up on all the gossip in their small north Florida town. Kitty Burke is the only Bunco Babe who is still single—which is okay—but she’s thirty-five and may need to face that her image of Mr. Right is all wrong.

Take Steve. Very sexy—but on paper, with three failed marriages and a shady career, maybe not great husband material. And yes, his ring tone is “Freebird.” Certainly fellow Babes Shea Masterson and Pilar Diaz-Rothman vote thumbs down. But maybe there’s more to Steve than meets the eye? Is it time for Kitty to take a chance and hope that she can be as lucky in love as she is in Bunco?

My Amazon copy has already shipped and, I'm told, the sequel--Bunco Babes Gone Wild--will be out in November--yay! BTW, the second novel opens with this enticing line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a woman gets a boob job, she must show it off to her closest friends." LOL!!! (You can read excerpts from both books on Maria's website. :)

Congrats, Maria! We're all celebrating with you!!


Maria Geraci said...

Aw, thanks, Marilyn!!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Marilyn,

Great review. Makes me miss my book club!


Robin said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing it's release with us! Best of luck to Maria!

Maria Geraci said...

Hi Nancy and Robin:)

Marilyn Brant said...

Hi Maria!!! So glad you stopped by :-). Bet it's been a crazy month for you, eh?

Nancy, I'm missing being a part of a book club, too... You'd think we'd be sick reading with all we have to do, but I know I'm a junkie!

Thanks, Robin! I'm really excited about it!

L.A. Mitchell said...

Now THAT's an opening hook. My mother would LOVE this book. Thanks for the post :)

Pamela Cayne said...

Celebrating indeed, and applauding at such an excellent book hook! My summer book budget is already going to heck!

P.S. A big *snort* on the opening line of #2. Hee hee!

Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like a great idea for a book. What's funny is one of my friends on the trian going home yesterday mentioned is wife was going on to play Bunco. He seemed to think what they do is play bunco,drink and gossip. Hmmm...sounds like it might be true.

Morgan Mandel

Marilyn Brant said...

L.A.~LOL, my mom would love it, too!

Pamela~My summer book budget was shot sometime in February, I think :). I just keep buying books, despite the fact that I ran out of places to put them ages ago...

Morgan~Oh, it is SO true! What's really interesting, though, is that amidst the seeming wildness of it all--the fun drinks, the dice rolling, the gossip--there can also be a thread of deep and meaningful conversation, and you're able to get to know rather well the friends/acquaintances you're playing with that night. We had some *very* interesting discussions during those games!

Caryn Caldwell said...

How funny - as I was reading the blurb I noticed that it focused on just one of the "Babes". My immediate thought was, "There must be a sequel!" Lucky you. Now you have several to read! :-)

Cindy Procter-King said...

I have no idea what Bunco is, but the book sounds great.

Marilyn Brant said...

Caryn~yes, indeed! I'm hoping there'll be more than one sequel, too... :)

Cindy~it's a simple dice game (made easy so players can concentrate on the *real* game--talking about their spouses and eating junk food :-). It's worth a try at least once!