Thursday, January 26, 2012

Walking with Elephants by Karen Bell

Suze Hall is at a crossroads. Her nemesis at work, Wanda, has been promoted and now will be her boss. Her husband, Bob, is leaving her and the three kids for a six-month sabbatical down under. To top it off, her best friend, Marcia, is missing in action--playing footsie with some new boyfriend!

Adding to this disaster stew, David, the gorgeous hunk who broke her young-girl's heart has coincidentally popped back into her life and has something she desperately needs to keep her job.

Walking with Elephants, a lighthearted slice-of-life story, brings to the table the serious work/family issues facing women today. It explores the modern dichotomy of a workplace that is filled with homemakers who still must cook, clean, carpool on nights and weekends, shop for prom dresses, and "create" the holidays—such as Suze. But it also is filled with women who have the same drive as men, have no family responsibilities, and will do what ever it takes to get ahead.  

So step into the shoes of Suze Hall and commiserate over workplace politics, titillate your sexual fantasies, ride the wave of a working mother, and fall-down laughing. 

The cover is a symbol of the message of empowerment of women. The protagonist, Suze, writes and essay at the end of the novel suggesting a paradigm shift from the patriarchal societies that have been in place for centuries to a matriarchy, such as is found in nature. Like elephants, hence the title.

 Reviewer said it's like Bridget Jones meets Erma Bombeck


Walking with Elephants 
is Karen Bell’s first novel, although she is not new to writing. After earning a graduate degree in mass communication she spent 15 years as an editor and writer of business materials. She says, “Inspiration for this novel came from my direct contact with the joys of Corporate America and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother.” Currently, Ms. Bell resides in Ponte Vedra, Fl with her husband and photos of her children, granddaughters, and grandson who live everywhere BUT Ponte Vedra, Fl

January 8 - Meet & Greet at VBT Cafe' Blog
January 10 - Interviewed at Writing Innovations
January 13 - Guest Blogging at Ashley's Bookshelf
January 16 - Interviewed at Unnecessary Musings
January 18 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
January 21 - Guest Blogging with Cindy Vine
January 24 - Interviewed at BK Media Entertainment  2pm EST
January 25 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
January 27 - Reviewed at E-Reading on the Cheap
January 31 - Interviewed with Louise James

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