By Shannon McKelden
(Forge Books, Paperback, 9780765315854, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Rachel Greer is fed up with love. For years she was sure her Prince Charming was right around the corner. Ha. Was she ever wrong (and she's got the exes to prove it). Witnessing her parent's perfect marriage, her younger sister's wedding plans in full swing, and her brother's quickly growing brood, Rachel can't even go home anymore-- it's just another reminder of how she's failed at love. So Rachel's devoting her life to meaningful pursuits, like her Customer Service job at the bank and volunteering everywhere from the local dog shelter to a soup kitchen. She's also determined to ignore handsome firefighter Luke Stanton--who suspiciously opens up a new account once a month. Enter the goddess Venus, forced by her ornery father Zeus into fairy-godmother servitude. Venus is only a few love-life fixes away from returning to Mount Olympus and she's not about to let some reluctant mortal stand in her way. Venus has barely unpacked her designer luggage before she's found the perfect man for Rachel: Luke. He's got a great job and a great bod. And best of all, he's definitely interested. But Venus has also found an enemy, in the form of Rachel's best friend, Hannah. Hannah's not so sure Venus has Rachel's best intentions in mind. Between Rachel's sabotage and Hannah's mistrust, Venus has her hands full on this assignment! Sexy, sassy Venus is a force to be reckoned with--this goddess always gets her man, even if she's trying to get him for someone else. Armed with her extraordinary goddess powers (well… the few she has left after Zeus got through with her), a killer wardrobe, and the goddess bible (Cosmopolitan), Venus sets out to turn Rachel's orderly life upside down in the name of True Love.
Shannon McKelden has previously published short stories and poetry in True Love and True Confessions magazines. Venus Envy is her first novel. Having been married to her high school sweetheart for 19 years, she finds that humor is a necessity in life and strives for that lighter tone in her writing. McKelden lives in Puyallup, Washington and is an active member of the Eastside Chapter of RWA and has served as secretary for the past two years.
Look who loves Venus Envy!
"Loved it from the first line. One of the most fun debuts I've read, full of delightful snark and lots of heart!" --Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and Love You To Death
"Great Zeus! [Venus Envy] is Mount Olympus-sized fun!"--Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of How Nancy Drew Saved My Life, Vertigo, and Angel's Choice
"Delicious fun! A sparkling, laugh out loud treat." --Gena Showalter, author of Jewels of Atlantis
"Eat your heart out, Cinderella. McKelden will dazzle readers with her brilliant twists on the beloved fairy tale. Venus Envy is fun, snarky and divine!"--Susanna Carr, author of Lip Lock and Ex, Why and Me.
"Take some Greek mythology, add a dash of fairy tale and a big dollop of Cosmo, and you get the cocktail that is Venus Envy -- a cute story for anyone who's ever gotten in her own way when it comes to love."--Cathy Yardley, author of Couch World and Turning Japanese
"Witty, charming, and surprisingly touching. Don't miss this delightful novel!" --Beverly Brandt, bestselling author of Match Game
"Sexy, clever and fun, Venus Envy is absolutely delightful from beginning to end. Author Shannon McKelden has talent to spare." -Jane Porter, author of The Frog Prince