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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450234720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450234726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,142,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Foreman, a native of Oklahoma City, graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional writing from Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma. He has written many short stories, two screenplays, and the thriller novel, Killer Cain. Foreman is currently at work on his third novel.

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After I graduated from Oklahoma University- a long, long time ago it seems- I went straight to work for my dad in his construction business, making twelve bucks an hour. It seemed like a lot of money at the time and he kept giving me raises, so I've been in the family business ever since- while writing on the side. During my college years, I enjoyed writing short stories. Plus, I wrote a screenplay that is still sitting on a shelf somewhere in Hollywood, waiting to be green-lit. I still have my fingers crossed. In 2001, I began writing my first novel, Killer Cain, and finally got it published in 2007- after so many rewrites. My second novel, The Everyday Housewife, went a lot smoother and was an absolute joy to write. I think I've finally gotten the hang of it! You can find out all about my latest book on my website, www.theeverydayhousewife.com. I hope to write at least one more novel before I die. I am currently on the second page.

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If you're looking for the kind of fun, entertaining, and suspenseful book you don't see everyday, then The Everyday Housewife: Murder, Drugs, and Ironing is the wickedly delightful novel for you! Katherine Beaumont, the heroine of talented author Bryan Foreman's novel, is anything but an "everyday housewife," by the end of the book, though she starts out as one. But the thirty- eight-year-old housewife snaps when she learns that her husband, Frank, has had an affair, and she leaves him and her two ungrateful teenage kids and boards a Greyhound bus from Oklahoma City headed to New York City, where she plans to fulfill her dreams about becoming a best- selling author. Her sometimes humorous, sometimes dangerous adventures trying to succeed in the Big Apple will make you want to root for her and cheer her on.

I may be wrong, but I don't think it's a coincidence that Katherine's last name is "Beaumont." My guess is that is a sly reference to the late actor Hugh Beaumont, who played the father in the black-and-white sitcom "Father Knows Best." In Bryan Foreman's novel, the father definitely doesn't know best, and the mother, Katherine, is the parent who is the most responsible for holding the family together. Her teenagers are far from perfect, her daughter putting on too much weight, her son getting in trouble at school and in danger of becoming a sexual deviant; but, still, they are better off than when Katherine leaves for New York City. She feels guilty about leaving them, but can't stand being in the same house with Frank anymore.

Katherine cleans all of the money out of her account, and arrives in New York with the princely sum of slightly more than $2,000. Her first priorities are to find an agent and an inexpensive place to stay.
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By Tracy Roberts on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
In his novel, `The Everyday Housewife,' author Bryan Foreman tells a story about a housewife living in Oklahoma City who travels to New York City to pursue a writing career. In New York City, the once sheltered housewife finds herself immersed in a foreign world filled with intriguing people, adventure, and extraordinary experiences.

Katharine Beaumont has been living a mundane life in Oklahoma City as a housewife with a husband who barely acknowledges her and teenagers who are unappreciative and rude. One day her husband confesses an affair. Katharine decides that it is time for her needs to be fulfilled so she hops on board a Greyhound bus and travels to New York City to pursue a writing career. Katharine becomes involved in the lives of an intriguing and multifaceted cast of characters and ends up embroiled in a world of drugs and murder. As she traverses her new life, she writes a book where the main character is Katharine's alter ego. In the story, Kitty Everhart is a smart, striking, and seductive British intelligence agent who finds herself shipwrecked on a desert island with 7 other castaways.

Katharine's three and half month experience in New York City takes her out of the security and comfort of life as a suburban housewife and into a world where she makes astonishing decisions that she once thought were out of her nature. The story is filled with engaging plots full of surprising twists and turns, as well as a cast of offbeat characters. For instance, Bree, an emotionally damaged drug addict in an abusive relationship manages to stay a believer in true love. Joe Milano, a bartender who Katharine develops a relationship with, is involved with the mob and is known as a killer for hire.
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By J M. Powers on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Everyday Housewife: Murder, Drugs, and Ironing

When an everyday housewife, Katherine Beaumont leaves all she knows on a journey of self discovery--anything can happen--and does.
This multi dimensional novel took me in so many different directions; I wasn't sure where I was going to end up. The author's uncanny way of mixing humor and tragedy is quite entertaining and his writing took me into a world of dark humor, broken dreams, and funny twists.
In a new world of city life, Katherine becomes acquainted with wife beaters, drugs, a handsome and sweet mafia bartender, and a druggie best friend that helps her type her novel. Throughout the book, there are inserts of the novel she is writing, which in a way parallels her own life--then converges at the end.
The inner workings of the characters and all the dimensions of friendships that developed made me actually care about a the druggie friend and the sweet bartender/mafia lover. This story delves deep into the seediest of lives, and Katherine is immersed in it. She learns from the choices she makes...and eventually figures out what she really wants from her life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
J.M. Powers~Author
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