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Getting Personal (Getting Personal/Mixed Blessings) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Amos
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Book Description

Romance Reviews Today—Perfect 10 (partial review)

GETTING PERSONAL is a delight! The book is filled with a cast of characters that provides plenty of chuckles and laugh out loud humor—the parrot who spouts obscenities, the "private eye" who works at Radio Shack, the parade of men who respond to the online ad, and Monique's mother, flower child turned erotic writer, to name a few. And then there's Monique herself, a quirky gem of a character who is a times side-splittingly funny while still exhibiting enough vulnerability and emotion to make her fully dimensional. Jake is the perfect foil for Monique's craziness; where she's impulsive and plunges headlong into trouble, he looks before he leaps and is somehow always there to pluck her out of the messy situations she gets herself into.

For a wonderfully funny, entertaining story, I highly recommend GETTING PERSONAL.

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Monique has goals and dreams just like everyone else. Some are modest in nature; some are pie-in-the-sky, but all are hampered by all-too-familiar issues. Monique is an obituary writer but wants to be an investigative reporter. She has a houseful of abandoned pets, a slight weight problem, a tendency for fibbing; she can't cook, and lives next door to her meddling mother. Monique also would love to meet a good man, but has no intention of marrying until she's a success in her chosen field. Quirky Monique charges headlong into life and often gets into trouble. It doesn't help that her novel-writing mother corresponds online with prospective dating partners for Monique in the name of research. The first time she has a brush with the law, she meets hunky cop Jake Dube. Although he's very interested and they develop a steamy relationship, those pesky issues prevent Monique from giving her all. Warm and lighthearted, Amos' novel will charm readers with its vivid characters, especially the spirited and all-too human Monique. Maria Hatton
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Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Star/Gale/Cengage; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0L8QQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Personal a Winner May 2, 2003
Diane Amos spins a delighful tale of Monique, a young woman with lofty goals, whose life gets more complicated at every turn. Her own hilarious blunders while trying to impress her boss that she has the makings of a star reporter, added to the antics of her loving family who keep her constantly in hot water are beginning to shatter her normally calm and positive attitude. What does all that have to do to her love life with Jake the cop? Getting Personal is the happy book we've all been waiting to read. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistically Funny June 13, 2003
Getting Personal is a well written book. I haven't read a book I've enjoyed so much in such a long time. I like Monique and how she gets into trouble without trying. The parrot gives us a few good laughs too.
Her mother is so much like all mothers who want the best for their children. It's how she went about it that kept me laughing all the way through.
I hope we see more of Monique in the future!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny contemporary mystery/romance May 11, 2003
GETTING PERSONAL is a delightful reading experience. It is a funny book with some suprises and human blunders. Monique is a very real character who comes alive under the author's pen and makes one feel as if you know her. Her relationship with her mother is one of respect and frustration. Other relationships ( with her boss, best friend and boyfriend )are both filled with surprises and humorous errors; but remain quite believable. I really enjoyed the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny. May 2, 2003
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I just loved this book! It's full of humor. The characters are brilliantly written. It's one of those books that once picked up you don't want to put it down.
Monique St. Cyr is an expert dieter, or at least would be if she could just stay away from junk food. A reporter for a local tabloid, she has plans to make it as an investigative reporter, even though her present postion is the obituary writer. Still, that doesn't stop Monique looking for the big story. During this quest, she leaps head long from one problem to the next. Then to add further complications to her life, she meets Jake, a sexy cop in a uniform. Add to the cast of characters, Anne Marie, Monique's erotic romance writer mother. Anne Marie is better known to her readers as Busty Galour. She enters Monique's name into the online personals as part of her reseach for her next novel about couple who meet over the internet.
A great first novel that will have you laughing out loud, truning the pages as you go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still chuckling May 11, 2003
I enjoyed this book and hated to see that I had reached the last page of the story and am now awaiting the sequel to Getting Personal. I found myself laughing out loud when I read of all the adventures Monique got herself into. I even found myself identifying with Monique on some of her problems. This book is a must for anyone that would like to have some laughter in their life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She had a Window July 10, 2003
What a funny book! I could not put it down for a minute. I picked it up one day, read a couple of paragraphs at random, and was hooked. A book that can make you laugh out loud, over and over,...well, in my estimation, that's a good book . I have recommended this book to everyone I know. Don't miss it, you will be sorry you did.
Sequel! Sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun chick lit tale May 17, 2003
Monique St. Cyr dreams of becoming an investigative reporter, but currently works the obituary column for the Portland Enquirer. Next door lives her mother Anne Marie, who is better known as erotic fiction writer Busty Galore. As Busty, Anne Marie uses her daughter's identity to seem sexier and to obtain information on online dating for her new novel. One day after Monique leaves for work, Anne Marie enters her daughter's house to check the email as she put out a feeler for men to contact Monique. However, Monique comes home, hears a noise, panics and calls 911. Police officer Jake Dube answers the call that turns out to be a false alarm.
Jake starts dating Monique, as he is very attracted to her. To stay out of trouble at work, Monique concocts a plot where she pretends to have a street informer looking for money for information. Her editor funds her to buy the information. Monique hides her loot in a birdcage, but her foul-mouthed fowl chews the money into pieces. As she struggles to find a survival path, Monique dives from one problem into a deeper dilemma while losing Jake because the man she loves no longer trusts her.
Though the lies told by Monique will bother some readers, this chick lit tale is enhanced by the lead character's online dating fiasco. Jake is a wonderful hunk and Monique's mother is a work of art, but the tale belongs to the lead heroine who goes at one speed: full warp into an abyss of spiraling trouble regardless of personal consequences.
Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

The thought of writing a book never entered my mind until a friend mentioned she was writing a romance and belonged to the Maine Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. I accompanied her to a meeting, and I was hooked. Undaunted, to me, writing a book was simply stringing together sentences to form paragraphs, arranging the paragraphs into scenes, then placing the scenes into chapters. If I wrote enough chapters-viola, I had a book.

Little did I know!

Finally, nine books and seven years later I received "The Call" at 10:11 AM on October16th, 2002. The editor of Five Star wanted to discuss my book! The rest is history.

I live in a small town in Maine with my husband, Dave. We have four grown children, four grandsons and two granddaughters. I operate an art studio in my home where I teach both children and adults. Many of my adult students have taken classes from me for years and have become great friends. We have so much fun in class, at times, I wonder whether I should be paying them. I hope they don't read this bio.

I'm an established Maine artist. My paintings are in private collections across the United States. When I'm not writing or painting, I'd like to say I'm either racking up miles on my exercise bike or jogging in a marathon-sounds impressive, but don't believe it. I know that exercise is good for me, but why can't it be as much fun as it looks on the television infomercials that persuade us to buy their torturous machines?

I enjoy spending time with my family at our camp on a small Maine pond or watching television-I confess I'm a reality show addict-what better place to find characters for my books!

I've been married for over thirty-five years to my real-life hero, a man who's supported and encouraged me over the years and still puts a smile on my face.


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