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Alice in Wonderland (A Romantic Comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Elle Lothlorien
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the bestselling author of THE FROG PRINCE comes ALICE IN WONDERLAND...

BOOK DESCRIPTION: When high school math teacher Alice Faye Dahl attends a Texas Hold'Em home poker tournament, she doesn't know a royal flush from a toilet flush. Four months and dozens of "wins" later, she's one of the Final Nine--the championship table at the International Poker Tour in Surfer's Paradise, Australia--and way out of her depth. When a fluke shark attack throws her and sports reporter Lapin "Rabbit" Montgomery together, it seems to challenge the saying “lucky at cards, unlucky at love.” A veteran of the poker circuit (and gorgeous besides), Rabbit offers to help her go all the way to win the multi-million dollar prize, a deal she can't refuse. In this modern-day twist on Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Alice discovers much too late that when it comes to poker (and love), sometimes you win, sometimes you lose—and sometimes it's both.

Australia, love, card sharks, belly-aching laughs, real sharks, poker, Wonderland, and a touch of intrigue--there's just no telling what you'll find down the rabbit hole...

Praise for ALICE IN WONDERLAND:

"Nothing I enjoy more than a good riff on Alice in Wonderland. Alice takes heads in Lothlorien's latest tale." -Barbara Silkstone, bestselling author of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters as well as Criminally Funny Fables--Boxed Set

"If you like funny, snappy chick-lit that deals with deeper issues than finding the right pair of shoes, follow high school math teacher Alice Dahl to her Texas Hold'Em tournament Down Under--you won't be disappointed!" -Beth Orsoff, bestselling author of Romantically Challenged and Disengaged

"Let’s get this out of the way – LOOOOVED IT! I think I started and finished this book in a 24-hour period." -Kindles & Wine


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Review

"Nothing I enjoy more than a good riff on Alice in Wonderland. Alice takes heads in Lothlorien's latest tale." -Barbara Silkstone, bestselling author of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters as well as Criminally Funny Fables--Boxed Set

"If you like funny, snappy chick-lit that deals with deeper issues than finding the right pair of shoes, follow high school math teacher Alice Dahl to her Texas Hold'Em tournament Down Under--you won't be disappointed!" -Beth Orsoff, bestselling author of Romantically Challenged and Disengaged

"Let's get this out of the way - LOOOOVED IT! I think I started and finished this book in a 24-hour period." -Kindles & Wine

About the Author

Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010--a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012, when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor ahead of both Tina Fey and Janet Evanovich. She was one of the first authors to sign on to Amazon's KDP Select and to take advantage of that program's "free promo days," which she used on Valentine's Day 2012 to give away 45,000 copies of her novels, catapulting her second novel, Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon's bestseller list. In March of 2012, she published an alternate ending version of her novel Sleeping Beauty called Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up! in response to fan feedback. Her fourth contemporary romance, Alice in Wonderland, was released in November 2012. Gilding the Lily-pad, a "companion novel" that retells the story of The Frog Prince from Roman Lorraine von Habsburg's point of view was released in October 2013. A sequel to The Frog Prince--The Frog King, what else?--is in the works. 

Elle is considered a "reluctant expert" on the topic of self-publishing and consumer purchasing psychology, and she is well-known for taking advantage of her full creative control by pushing the envelope--and advising other independently published authors to do the same. In May 2012, Elle was invited to become an Expert Publishing blogger for Digital Book World. Her second blog for that site was named one of the "Top 10 Digital Publishing Stories of 2012." She has contributed to articles on self-publishing for Time Magazine and Writers Digest. Her interviews have appeared on USA Today's Happy Ever After blog and GoodEReader. She's appeared on the Trash Talk Show with Barb Tobias, Your Book Is Your Hook with Jennifer Wilkov, Authors on the Air with Pam Stack, and Denver's 9News.

Elle lives in Denver, Colorado, and keeps a miniature dachshund named Bacon around the house to provide comic relief.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1175 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1CU4HG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By bookie
Format:Kindle Edition
My family knows that whenever I start a book by Elle Lothlorien during the afternoon, it's going to be a 'fend for yourself' night. Her new contemporary romance, 'Alice in Wonderland', absolutely dazzles. Not only
did I almost wet myself laughing, I was so caught up by the intrigue, danger, romance, and sheer fun of it all that the stunning images in the book stayed with me long after I put it down.
For those of you who are new to Elle Lothlorien's work, she writes contemporary romantic comedies that are 'loose riffs' on well-known fairy tales. 'Alice in Wonderland', Lothlorien's latest book, follows the fortunes of Alice Fay Dahl, a high-school math teacher who has blown through her savings to travel to Australia to participate in a high-stakes poker tournament. I won't say anything else about the plot, since I'm not writing a spoiler here, except that it zigzags so energetically and unexpectedly, it feels a lot like the original 'Alice's' chaotic journey through Wonderland.
Lothlorien's courageous and sympathetic main characters, her gift for always seeing the funny side of a situation, and her natural talent for making complicated things easy (who knew you could actually learn how to play Texas Hold 'Em' in twenty minutes), keeps Alice skipping along on many levels. For me, the book ended far too quickly. Way to go, Ms. Lothlorien!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharks, Poker, and Men in Black Leather November 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK, so it really isn't as dangerous as all that. Or maybe it is. When you go Down Under with Alice Faye Dahl, you aren't really sure who is what and what is who in the crazy world of high stakes poker she has entered. Are her saviors really looking out for her? And who is running the show? Is up down? Is down up? The characters that Lothlorien develops in this fast-paced, fun tale are fantastic (in every sense) and the only thing that the reader can be sure of throughout is that Alice Faye needs -- but really needs -- to win at all of the games, whether she knows she is playing them or not. I read this book at lightning speed; I would have gotten paper cuts if I had not been turning digital pages! I have loved all of Lothlorien's books, but I think I love this one the best of all. Alice Faye Dahl is a chick to be reckoned with. I don't want to face her at a poker table anytime soon, but I'd sure as heck like to sit down and have a glass of wine with her!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong here! November 10, 2012
By cassied
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The talent and imagination Elle Lothlorien has is astounding. I have this habit of running across an author, reading their book, and if I like it I find every book they've written and do my best to read all of them. I have not been disappointed with this author. Anybody can re-tell a well known fairy tale, but it is a gift to be able to take a story we've all heard and parallel it to a life-like scenario using details that are undeniable to the original story but turning them into something like real life fairy tale. Her characters are so amazingly relatable and real that you can't help wishing it was you. READ THIS BOOK...and her other ones. They are so relatable, funny and romantic. They grab your attention and hold it thru the whole thing. Once I start one of this girl's books, I just can't stop! My husband asked me today if I could do anything without my Kindle attached to me. My answer was, "not when I'm reading one of these books!" You won't regret buying any of her books. Now if they'd turn them into movies, and have them live up to what I imagine they should be....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to be the party-pooper here... December 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...but this isn't my fav of Ms. Lothlorien's. I had to actually take breaks and via sheer mule-headedness, MAKE myself finish the book.

I speak (with total disregard for giving The Praise first)in regards to most of the middle poker-jimbo and much of the "romance" here. And I feel bad about it, since the book has recv'd many high-star reviews, and I'm a fan of this author.

The snappy, brilliant language punched-up-with-humor sharp enough to lacerate bricks is its own entertainment, a hallmark of Ms. L's novels. The jokes never end, the metaphors and creative phrases are rich and hilarious (enter the Jailbreak Bikini).

But too often, in this one, I found it overdone; the main characters of her novels are starting to sound a bit TOO clever and ALIKE. The refs to the classic 'Alice' novel seem too contrived and afforded me much sighing and eye-rolling. A white-haired, pale-eyed romantic hero named 'Rabbit'? Really?? Who carries a pocket watch? Aw, come on. (Since when could I find anything about albino-ish rabbits vaguely romantic, I kept asking myself, as I stayed annoyed with not ever seeing a deeper, true attraction between Alice and Rabbit!) Plus, the guy has a sister named...well, you can find that out for yourself, but the animal names aren't "sprinkled for effect" - they nearly trample the charm. And I won't begin to address the character called "Queenie..."

Still. The setting is vivid and done well; I felt like I truly had visited Oz. A little editing would help since, in places, I felt like a tourist listening to a too long-winded guide. I did like learning more about poker itself (tournaments not so much). The triplet-thing was a delightful and touching complication that infused some needed, true Heart into the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny twist
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but it was funny and it was a great twist on Alice in Wonderland.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant update on the old tale
Enjoyed the easy reading and characterizations of the author. This updated version provided for some simple enjoyment with a favorite pastime- reading.
Published 15 days ago by RaeAnn Rumery
3.0 out of 5 stars light read
The book started off very cute and romantic; but became a little hokey and lost interest for me towards the end
Published 19 days ago by Andrea B Vosgerichian
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Wonderland
If you are thinking this would be like Alice falling through the hole and going to the world of red queens and "off with her head", then you would be wrong. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jewell Faye Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
I found the story line interesting. I was happy that the language was not offensive. I learned something new about poker and poker players.
Published 25 days ago by Ann Kanzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Wonderland
LOVED loved this book...I have actually read it twice!! I want more! The book gave me a happy place to go to when It was time to read my stress away! Thanks!!
Anna Carbone
Published 26 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Thriller
I buy books to put on my shelves and read at a later date so I have not read this one. I will post an opinion at a later date
Published 29 days ago by S. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs. Cared about characters
This book grabbed me from the start with the reference to the irrational fear of sharks brought on by watching Jaws too young. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terri L. Stull
4.0 out of 5 stars Book, Alice in Wonderland
It was an interesting book. The middle part seemed to drag on a bit, but it had a good ending.
Published 1 month ago by C.oakie
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was all over the place and was nuts
I just wasn't too impressed with this writer and won't look for anymore of her books, sorry. It was just too far out there for me.
Published 1 month ago by C D C
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More About the Author

Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010--a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012, when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor ahead of both Tina Fey and Janet Evanovich. She was one of the first authors to sign on to Amazon's KDP Select and to take advantage of that program's "free promo days," which she used on Valentine's Day 2012 to give away 45,000 copies of her novels, catapulting her second novel, Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon's bestseller list.

Elle's appearance on the Digital Book World's (DBW) Successful Self-Published Authors panel in January 2012 alongside New York Times bestsellers Bob Mayer and Bella Andre was noted in Publishers Weekly. In February 2012, she was named to Expert Messaging Group's "25 Self-Published Authors to Watch." She is considered a "reluctant expert" on the topic of electronic, independent-publishing (self-publishing), and consumer purchasing psychology, and she is well-known for taking advantage of her full creative control by pushing the envelope--and advising other independently published authors to do the same.

In March of 2012, she published an alternate ending version of her novel Sleeping Beauty called Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up! in response to fan feedback. That same month, she gave a two-hour self-publishing workshop at Left Coast Crime to a standing room-only crowd of (mostly) traditionally published authors.

In May 2012, Elle was invited to become an Expert Publishing blogger for Digital Book World, a industry blog with 20,000 subscribers. She almost immediately created a firestorm of controversy by suggesting that authors should respond to negative reader reviews, a blog that was named one of the "Top 10 Digital Publishing Stories of 2012."

Elle was a featured Author Speaker at the DBW Discoverability and Marketing Conference in New York City in September 2012 alongside John Fine from Amazon and Sasha Norkin from Barnes & Noble and Patrick Brown from GoodReads. She has been interviewed for articles on self-publishing for TIME Magazine and Writers Digest. Her interviews have appeared on USA Today's Happy Ever After blog and GoodEReader. She's appeared on the Trash Talk Show with Barb Tobias, Your Book Is Your Hook with Jennifer Wilkov, as well as Denver's 9News.

Her fourth contemporary romance, Alice in Wonderland, was released in November 2012. It was followed by Gilding the Lily-pad, a "companion novel" for The Frog Prince that follows the same storyline but is told from Roman Lorraine von Habsburg's point of view. The Frog King is in the works!

Elle lives in Denver, Colorado, and keeps a miniature dachshund named Bacon around the house to provide comic relief.

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