Author: Tawna Fenske

Guest Post & Giveaway: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske

Posted May 7, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 8 Comments

Frisky-Business-Virtual-Tour-Badge-193x300_optPlease welcome Tawna Fenske to the blog today. She’s stopped by to celebrate her new release Frisky Business! 

Marley’s Advice for Dates That Have Gone Awry
by Tawna Fenske

Hello, and thanks for inviting me to hang out with you here at Urban Girl Reader! Who brought the wine?

Today we’re talking about bad dates. We’ve all had them, right? In my new romantic comedy, Frisky Business, my heroine endures more than her share. After vowing not to date any more wealthy men, Marley embarks on a quest to date only blue collar guys. While the plan makes it easier for her keep her distance from Will—the quirky, unlikely millionaire she desperately doesn’t want to fall for—it sends Marley down a path of truly terrible dates.

Given Marley’s experience with dates that don’t run smoothly, I’ve asked her to share a few helpful hints for dealing with dates gone awry. Here are her top eight bits of advice.

Marley’s eight tips for handling bad dates:

  • Ask your waiter for a piece of foil. Instead of wrapping up your leftovers, use it to fashion a hat. Place it on your date’s head and announce “now they can’t read your thoughts.”
  • Wear easily removable earrings when dating a man who enjoys talking about himself. When your date drones on for more than ten minutes, take out an earring and stab the back of your hand beneath the table to help you stay awake. If the droning continues for more than thirty minutes, stab his hand instead.
  • To extricate yourself from a truly bad date, fake an allergy attack. When he asks what you’re allergic to, point and whisper “you!”
  • Ask if he has any expertise in diagnosing oozing rashes.
  • Got a date who’s being rude to the waitress? Save her the trouble of spitting in his food by doing it yourself when his back is turned. If he’s extra rude, rub his fork in your armpit.
  • Glance at your watch, sigh, and inform your date that you need to get home quickly before the octuplets run off the babysitter.
  • If you find yourself on a date with a man unable to avert his eyes off the assets of other women in the restaurant, help him cool off by knocking your ice water into his lap.
  • Need to bring a bad date to a hasty close? Duck under the table and cower there for a few minutes. When he asks what you’re doing, tell him you just spotted your parole officer across the room.



Frisky Business
by Tawna Fenske
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Published: May 6th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback/eBook, 352 pages

Book Description:

No more rich men for Marley Cartman. Absolutely not. Thanks to her dad, her ex-fiancé, and the overbearing donors she schmoozes for a living, she’s had more than her fill. From now on, she wants blue-collar men with dirt under their fingernails. But when Marley makes a break to handle donor relations for a wildlife sanctuary, she finds herself drawn to the annoyingly charming—and disturbingly wealthy—chairman of the board.

Judging by his hipster T-shirts, motley assortment of canine companions, and penchant for shaking up stuffy board meetings, you’d never guess that William Barclay the Fifth is a brilliantly successful businessman. Will has good reason to be leery of scheming women, and as he and Marley butt heads over the wisdom of bringing grumpy badgers to charity events, he can’t help but wonder if his new donor relations coordinator is hiding something other than a perfect figure beneath that designer suit…

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About Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her fiancé in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves and Believe it or Not, as well as the interactive fiction caper, Getting Dumped, with Coliloquy and Marine for Hire with Entangled Brazen. Her latest Sourcebooks release, Frisky Business, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as "an appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness." Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has earned kudos from RT Book Reviews, which nominated her debut novel for Contemporary Romance of the Year, and from the Chicago Tribune, which noted, "Fenske's wildly inventive plot & wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums."

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Review: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske

Posted April 28, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske
Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 6, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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Book Description:

Book Description:

Marley Cartman is fed up with arrogant rich guys who treat her like garbage, so she vows to only date men with modest paychecks and a little dirt under their nails. 

Her new boss, William Barclay, is exactly the kind of man she's trying to avoid: an eccentric millionaire with duct shape shoes and an unexplained vendetta against her. 

But as Will and Marley butt heads over grumpy badgers and phallic artifacts, they discover that sometimes the opposite of what you want is exactly what you need.

Quiana’s Review:
Frisky Business was a humorous and fun tale about Marley and Will: two characters who are still dealing with the after effects of bad breakups.  Marley was recently dumped by her fiancé, and Will is still reeling over the events surrounding the breakup of his marriage, several years later.  Throw in an engaging plot, quirky characters, multiple wacky first dates, and a stop and start romance, and you have all the elements that make for an adventurous read.

I thought Marley and Will were well-developed, flawed, and very relatable.  There’s sweet, smart, and capable Marley who’s a bit of a pushover, tells white lies on occasion, and spends a lot of her time being a people pleaser.  Then there’s smart and funny Will who has major trust issues, avoids conflict with his wacky and often inappropriate sense of humor, and can be a little judgmental in relation to Marley.  There were quite a few times where I wanted to shake some sense into both of them (especially Will), but I loved that we see both characters grow in certain ways by the end of the story.

As for their romance: they’re both attracted to each other, but there are many obstacles that prevent them from seeing the other as a viable love interest.  For one, there’s a rule at work that forbids board members from dating, and since both are on the board, they want to honor that rule.  There’s also the fact that Marley has decided to date men of average income, and since Will is rich, he’s out of the question.  And then there’s the fact that Will doesn’t really trust Marley because she tends to fudge the truth.  I won’t mention a couple of secrets that Marley has been hiding that also affect any future romance the two might have.  But even with all the obstacles in their way, they still find themselves having hot and heavy make-out sessions, exchanging lively and humorous banter, and being able to relate to one another in a way that they can’t relate to anyone else.  In the end, it was a bumpy but entertaining road to romance. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)