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The Bum Magnet [Kindle Edition]

K. L. Brady
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Now available from Pocket Books, the critically acclaimed book club favorite featuring a proud, sarcastic heroine with a quick wit, short fuse, and an affinity for Grey Goose vodka.

Sassy and successful real estate agent Charisse Tyson has it all—the stately, three-story colonial, a dream job, and a 7-Series BMW. After two decades of tumultuous relationships with cheating men, she’s ready to overhaul her life and make some lasting changes. Charisse swears off dating and sex until she feels ready for a healthy relationship—but unfortunately stunningly sexy, charming Dwayne, a client of Charisse’s, comes along and her plans change. But can she learn from her past mistakes and learn to trust men—and herself?

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About the Author

K.L. Brady is a D.C. native and an alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in economics and then her M.B.A., respectively. She works as an analyst for a major government contracting firm.

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1 Self-therapy for Dummies

Her words played in my head like a scratched LP. “Charisse, a good man is like Santa Claus. Believing in him feels real good until you find out he doesn’t really exist.” Although I ignored most of my mother’s attempts at wisdom, this little gem stuck with me... like gum on my shoe. No wonder I was nearing the big four-oh and home alone on yet another New Year’s Eve. No bubbly to pop, no confetti to throw, no love to kiss at midnight’s stroke; only me, my remote control, and six goldfish—one in need of a trip to the porcelain god.

Why was I home alone on New Year’s Eve again? Because of Marcus damn Matthews—“the one.” You know “the one,” right? The one who cheated. The one who lied. The one who broke my damn heart. The one who kept calling my house begging me to take his conniving ass back. That “one.” I had finally settled in for the night and tried to forget that I’d flushed three years of my life down the toilet of wasted time and squandered heart when my doorbell rang.

He’s baaaaack!

“What do you want, Marcus?” I asked, exasperated by his unwillingness to accept that our relationship was over.

“I want you. I need you, Charisse,” he pleaded, his eyes resembling those of a hungry puppy dog begging for his next Scooby snack. I guess he didn’t see the sign on my forehead: “No Dawgs Allowed!”

“No, what you need to do is go find that bitch I caught you with and ring her damn doorbell. Love don’t live here anymore.”

He let out a sigh of annoyance and aggravation, as if I was the one ringing his doorbell unannounced and uninvited. “Why are you doing this, baby? You know how sorry I am.”

“Yes, Marcus, I know how sorry you are... and that’s precisely why I’m doing this. Now, you can leave voluntarily, or I can call five-oh. In my neighborhood, you know they’ll be here before you can back out of the driveway.”

“All right, Charisse. I’ll leave for now. But this isn’t settled, not by a long shot,” he declared as I slammed the door in his face.

Damn! How could I let this happen again? I am suffering from a chronic case of Wrong Men-itis and it has to stop! I thought. Shaking my head in confusion, I walked back to the family room, which hadn’t been cleaned since the onset of my depression.

Now, how am I going to entertain myself until I pass out in a drunken stupor?

I turned on the stereo, determined to avoid any sappy love songs to send me deeper into my emotional upheaval, so R&B out, Pop out, Country way out.

Nowadays you couldn’t even trust Rock. Finally, the Disco station, XM-83. What a relief. “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees played, a perfectly non-suicide-inducing song.

Thought a gripping magazine article might help take my mind off my troubles, so I grabbed a few from the coffee table. My preferred subscription was Z: The Zaina Magazine, published by talk-show hostess Zaina Humphrey. Between hosting mind-numbing “hope you didn’t come for the cookies” open houses; helping delusional “my home will sell for ten thousand above market price, even with the lime-green carpet and Barney-inspired purple paint” sellers; and showing homes to unrealistic “will the seller spring for a Sub-Zero in this trailer?” home buyers, my days were consumed. I kept her show on TiVo for occasions when I needed my fix, though.

Forty locked its jaws on me like a pit bull, so my interests broadened far beyond the “Six Ways to Have an Orgasm While Balancing Your Checkbook” articles. I craved pithy, spirit-lifting, soul-feeding, personal-growth-inducing, psychotherapeutic edutainment in less than sixty minutes or for less than five bucks an issue. Zaina delivered. She taught me how to improve my relationship with myself and the people forced to tolerate me.

After perusing a couple of editions and glancing at a few nuggets here and there, I decided I would return my attention to the disappointing plasma if I didn’t stop to read anything in detail. Near the last pages, I glimpsed an article that piqued my interest: “Stop Attracting Toxic Men: Five Steps to Unpacking Your Emotional Baggage.” I studied it with a level of focus I hadn’t been able to muster in weeks.

Common Signs of Emotional Baggage

Do you find it difficult to share your feelings with your boyfriend even when he invites you to confide in him?

No. No difficulty. It’s none of their business.

Do you test his loyalty and find excuses to remain distant or break up with him?

Eeeeh, that’s a bad thing?

Do you stereotype men and assume if one cheats and lies they all do?

Hmph, well if the shoe fits...

Do you avoid taking blame for your mistakes?

So not true. I only blamed them because it was entirely their fault.

Do you have a lingering ghost from your past history that you’ve tried to forget but never put to rest?

Hmmm, maybe I’d better keep reading.

If any of the behaviors above sound familiar, you’ve got emotional baggage. Follow these steps to unpack your baggage for good.

• • •

Entertaining the prospect of dumping my bags and losing my bum magnetism filled me with excitement. But my stomach sank in fear of what might need to come out of the closet in the process. That’s a bridge I’m not quite prepared to cross.

© 2011 K. L. Brady

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  • File Size: 1589 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451613709
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSJT0
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! September 11, 2009
By the description of this book I had a good feeling that it would be a bit smarter and more entertaining than most chick-lit, but I still couldn't shake the chick-lit stigma I was putting on it. Upon actually reading the book I found I was right and very wrong. The book wasn't just smart and entertaining, but it also surpassed the genre of chick-lit.

The main character is nothing like me; our ages are distant, our economic status is distant (she's a professional and I'm...not), she is jaded when it comes to love and I am still young enough to be socially acceptably naive about it. That's the short list and still I could relate so much to Charisse. As a woman, in her wants and needs and dedication to her loved ones, and as a person in the same respects. The character was so well defined and three dimensional that even though I had NOTHING in common with her, I could constantly put myself in her place, making the book more interactive than just passive.

What I loved most about the evolution and character of Charisse's life, and the men in it, were that you were shown the good and the bad in the same stark and truthful light. Charisse wasn't perfect, the men she dated weren't perfect, and even those who you felt so disgusted by at times had their good sides. You still could understand how Charisse would and could form relationships with them.

Without spoiling anything, I'll simply say the man she finally ended up with was GREAT. Again, realistic but still a great leading man. One I don't walk away from the story thinking `it wouldn't actually last'. It was perfect. It was sweet. It was sigh worthy.

On a final (and IMPORTANT) note, the tone of the book was overall upbeat in what seemed like a dismal life from time to time. This made the humor easy and flawless. There were a lot of times that I laughed out loud and that last scene will remain one of my favorites for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but..... November 6, 2011
By str8Kim
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There were just so many things that happened to Charisse that a woman who is written as so intelligent, wouldnt seem to continue making the same mistakes in choosing men over and over again, the title of the book certainly fits because every man she was with was certainly a bum. Charisse was so smart but so dumb at the same time. She saw the writing on the wall with all of her men, but stayed involved with them despite the truth being right in her face. The story was interesting and kept me entertained, but at times I just could not relate to the stupidity of this 39-40 year old woman. I am intrigued enough though to want to read he sequel to see how her life turns out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out Loud Funny July 26, 2012
By UBizz
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Years ago this kind of book was my favorite and then I started to enjoy other genres. When my friend recommended this book I was hesitant to read it since the genre is over saturated with writers with little to no talent. All that being said, I loved this book, because of the humor derived from Charisse's pessimistic and sometimes flippant attitude. In almost every chapter I hit on some part of the story that made me laugh out loud. There were formatting issues in the Kindle for Android format but not on my Kindle. Charisse might be hard to identify with since she continuously sought out "bums" and ignored her own intuition but her character was believable. For any woman who has had her share of dating woes or had a good friend with dating woes, this one is for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars chick lit, but not bad July 9, 2010
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I enjoyed the book somewhat. the "heroine" of the book was too stupid at times for me to get into the story as much as I wanted, I had a few laugh out loud moments and the girlfriend back and forth banter was interesting, all and all it was to "chick litish", but I would recommend it for a quick enjoyable read
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad August 12, 2010
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I enjoyed the free Kindle sample of this book, so I bought the whole book. I read it, and enjoyed it, but I was a bit disconcerted by the language and the main character's single-mindedness about sex and men. This book was written by a black author, and all characters are black - I am white - and the language and alternate culture shown in the book took me a bit by surprise. If you don't like raw language (no swearing, just 'street' language) you might want to pass on this.

On the positive side, this was an excellent portrayal of a successful 40-ish woman with emotional baggage that was keeping her from being all she could be. She fell into toxic relationship after toxic relationship, blaming the guys for being 'bums' without understanding how her own baggage made her pick men that were only going to reinforce her existing gender stereotypes. The book is the story of her coming to terms with her past and her baggage (and dumping a lot of it), and meeting 'Mr. Right' in the process. Just about any woman, of any background, would be able to relate to her, though I agree with another reviewer who said that she was frustrating at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a Bum Magnet? February 10, 2013
By kkred
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Have you ever wondered why you attract a certain type of guy over and over. Is this guy deceitful, a cheater, an emotion toyer? Well, maybe you're a bum magnet. K.L. Brady has written an exciting, funny, witty novel about the pitfalls of dating and expectations. Charisse Tyson is a highly successful real estate agent who after some research through a magazine article finds out that she is a bum magnet. Through journal entries, we get a glimpse of her past dating life and the type of men that she has encountered. The end all comes when she meets a bum so low he opens the door for true love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only complaint I can possibly give is that at the beginning there seemed to be an overuse of metaphors, but they did not take away from the concept of the story. If you are unlucky in love and find yourself being attracted to the no-good, low down, lying, scheming, manipulative bum, then this book is definitely for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Lots of twists and turns! Charisse Tyson is a loving, kindhearted and generous woman who has been carrying a deep secret since she was 13 years old. Read more
Published 8 months ago by whitfield25
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
Enjoyed reading this book. More Taylor's than I liked. 11 more words required, now six more words, nothing more to say.
Published 17 months ago by T. J. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust but Verify!
Let me start this review by saying it has been quite a while that I have laughed so much while reading a book as I did with The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tiffany Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars So funny but so real
The book was very light hearted but a teacher at the same time
I thoroughly enjoyed the story line, the humor, the realism and sorts.
Published 20 months ago by N
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are What You Attract
Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady is a humorous yet honest novel about one woman's journey to understanding her laundry list of bad relationships. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A'ndrea J. Wilson, Author of Wife 101
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I won this paperback last year from a giveaway by Diva's Bookcase and finally got around to reading it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Shellabelle
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Predictable at Times!
Overall this book was a good quick read. I could see myself in Charisse so much. Not that I may have always attracted bums, but I definitely had myself guarded so that I was ready... Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Threein3
5.0 out of 5 stars Bum City...
Charisse Tyson would just as much tie a bone around her collar to justify the amount of dogs that enter her life. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Readers With Attitude Bookclub
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!!
I normally wouldn't have picked up a book like this because I'm more into the street lit or Zane type books. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Krystal Bolden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good therapy
For those of us who have reached a certain age, and succeeded in other venues than love, Charisse is an instantly identifiable character. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Laurie Davis
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K. L. Brady is a D.C. native and grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland, the setting of her debut novel. When she hit her "tween" years, her mother packed the family and moved to Bellaire, Ohio, where she eventually graduated from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Akron for a few semesters, where she pledged Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., before moving back to the D.C. area.

She discovered a love for reading and writing at the age of three, by her mother's accounts. Through the years, she has maintained diaries and journals, but the journals she wrote as an adult provided the inspiration for The Bum Magnet.

"Journaling allowed me to keep my writing a secret from the world. I'd write things and crack myself up, but I just never conceived of actually pursuing writing as anything other than an emotional outlet--that is, until I turned forty. With the real estate slump (my second love), and a high dose of Oprah's Best Life series, I realized I was suppressing a major part of who I was. I wanted to share my voice, experiences, and wacky sense of humor. The convergence of all those things was the kick the pants I needed to get off my duff and write my novel. Although most of the novel is a figment of my imagination and stretched truths, the main character's life does mirror my own in some respects...unfortunately."

A single mom, Brady lives just outside of D.C. in Cheltenham, Maryland, with her son, William. She's an editor for a government contracting firm and an active real estate agent with Exit Realty. Brady is also an alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland University College, earning a B.A. in Economics and M.B.A., respectively.

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