Thursday, March 20, 2014

Elizabeth Maxwell’s Happily Ever After

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book, but didn’t want anyone to know you wrote ‘that kind’ of book?

Well if so (and if not), I’ve got a hilarious contemporary romance novel to tell you about where the protagonist does just that.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Elizabeth Maxwell

Happily Ever After coverSadie Fuller, the protagonist in author Elizabeth Maxwell’s HAPPILY EVER AFTER writes novels, but her family and friends don’t know what kind of stories she really writes.

Sadie writes erotic romances under the pseudonym K.T. Briggs. But when she encounters a stranger while shopping, Sadie’s world turns upside down. This sexy stranger appears to have wandered off the pages of the latest manuscript Sadie is writing. He’s her hunky main male character.

Meanwhile, real romance is not something Sadie has in her daily life. In fact, quite the opposite. Sadie, at age 46, is a little over weight divorced from her gay husband and raising her 11-year-old daughter on her own. Between taking care of her daughter, the house and her deadlines, Sadie doesn’t even think about romance for herself anymore.

The handsome stranger causes Sadie to look at romance differently and as a possibility for her own life. Before long reality and fantasy become a bit blurred in Sadie’s world. 

The author has created wonderful, zany characters that are likable. Her protagonist, Sadie, is realistic with flaws and worries readers can related. She is also amusing and down-to-earth.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER flows at a quick pace, told from Sadie’s point of view. It’s light-hearted and quirky, pulling the reader quickly into Sadie’s world. The twists and turns will surprise you, as well as having you laughing out loud. The story is a pleasant blend of genres with a unique and refreshing twist.

This enchanting debut novel gives you two stories at once, witty dialogue, and a cast of characters you’ll want to know more about. This story is captivating, entertaining and a must-read.

Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell, Touchstone, @2014, ISBN: 978-1476732664, Paperback, 336 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you’re a writer, did you consider using a pen name at first just so your family and friends won’t know you were a writer? If you’re a reader, would you use your own name if you ever decided to write a novel?


  1. Hi Mason .. love the write up for Elizabeth's debut novel .. good for her and oh don't we all wish a little of that to come along ... it sounds a great read .. you've given us a hooking up blog post .. fun ..

    All the best to you both - cheers Hilary

  2. Mason - How interesting to take a look at a writer in a story. I'm sure a lot of writers have used pen names to keep their writing lives separate from their other lives. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. This sounds like a fun read. I remember a lady in my writing group who wrote erotic vampire books in secret. She said her family were all Southern Baptists!

  4. She has a unique life, that's for sure!

  5. Now this sounds like fun. I would definitely have a problem with my family knowing if I wrote the real steamy stuff.


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