What’s on page 45? #ChicklitMay Tuesday


What's on Page 45? Promo
Alphabet Dating - Monique McDonell - 2015 CoverAlphabet Dating
What’s on page 45 of Alphabet Dating?

First of all you need to know a little bit about Alphabet Dating – in this novel poor Serena’s closest friends decide she needs to be dating again so on a girl’s weekend away they spring on her the crazy idea that she go on twenty six dates in twenty six days, all of them set up by her friends. Oh yes and that means one for every letter of the alphabet.

Can you imagine?

On page 45 Serena has given up trying to wriggle out of the hair-brained scheme and the day before had a date with the letter B – Ben. And Ben had taken her for an afternoon of bowling and not been such a dud date after all. She’d also spent the evening being taught the guitar by her friend Harvey, who also happens to be a trust fund baby and literary wunderkind.

And he’s given her lots to think about. Just the night before, when he’d gone off clubbing with a posse of supermodels he’d reminded her that sometimes you needed to try out different things to see which ones you liked. Something she hadn’t done much of since her fiance died a few years earlier.

So now she has a work deadline and a whole lot going on in her pretty little head. And what sort of work doe she do? She’s a book reviewer for one of New York’s top newspapers. It’s hard being a book reviewer like that when you don’t want to leave any bad reviews.

Alphabet Dating is available at

“It’s a tremendous thing to write a novel. What commitment and courage it takes” Serena, Alphabet Dating pg 45


David Tennant
David Tennant, the inspiration for Harvey in Alphabet Dating.

The problem is Serena doesn’t like the book she has o review today and with her head swimming with yesterday’s dates and tonight’s – hello C for Christopher – poor Serena is struggling to focus.

And she when she has guys like this to think about so who can blame her?

As much as anything though she can’t help but wonder how she ended up in such an absurd position and if she’ll ever feel like she has it together again.

( I really love Serena and I hope you do too – this was a fun book to write. First dates are excellent fodder.)





A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney’s Goodies Winner can choose their flavor from those listed below.

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only. ( SORRY TO MY MANY AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS.)

The Girl Next Door (Crème Caramels): A scrumptious, full-bodied caramel. Old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth bliss!
The Charmer (Chocolate Crème Caramels): This smooth, chocolate cream caramel will add panache to your day. An exquisite and elegant morsel, simply irresistible.
The Movie Star (Orange Crème Caramels): A timeless treat that will satisfy caramel fans of all ages. “The stuff that dreams are made of!”
The Bombshell (Lemon Crème Caramels): A bodacious bit of heaven with a bold citrus pallet. They will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Caramels are a girl’s best friend!
Always a Lady (Rose Caramels): A delicate bouquet of rose essence infuses this lovely caramel: alluring, tantalizing and reminiscent of another era. They are perfect for weddings and bridal showers. A definite for ladies who lunch or breakfast at Tiffany’s.


To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below.

“In 4 or 5 words, why do you think Alphabet Dating would be a good read?”

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address (Make sure you underline, bold, and highlight this as we must have a way to contact the winner!) A winner will be chosen via on Tuesday, May 19th.




Pippa Franks
5/11/2015 10:48:21 pm

Cool post Monique 🙂 x

Celia Kennedy
5/12/2015 01:16:58 am

Bittersweet, exhausting, exhilarating, metamorphosis, content. Five words that come to mind about this book. Sounds really, really, fun. Looking forward to reading it!

Georgina Troy
5/12/2015 03:22:35 am

I’ve got your book waiting to be read on my Kindle and can’t wait to have some free time – post deadline – to enjoy it.

5/12/2015 06:42:38 am

Love that cover 🙂

Tracy Krimmer
5/12/2015 09:42:37 pm

Serena sure knows about writing books 🙂

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