Blogging from A to Z April Challenge — “Q”


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Today I have a new installment in my “Regrettable Books A to Z™” series. For those of you new to my series, this is 100% parody. You are more than welcome to laugh, snicker and guffaw at my amateurish photoshopping and blurb writing. Bad is good. Good is bad.

I’m catching up letter-wise today because I missed a day when I was on vacation by accident. Normally Sunday is a no post day…but not today!

Q is for Quid Pro Quo and this one is somewhat NSFW, but mostly because of the cover.

I was exchanging comments on Goodreads with a couple of friends about Bared to You by Sylvia Day. Eventually the comments turned to the plethora of billionaire romances and how they were getting a little overdone. My friends wrote that they wanted to read a love story where the heroine is the billionaire instead of the hero. I thought that sounded like a great idea so long as the heroine isn’t some drop dead gorgeous cougar who looks ten years younger. That, my friends, was the genesis of today’s Regrettable:

First the tagline:

Money can’t buy love, but it can make a nice down payment.

Q4WidowsLastLaughThe blurb:

Regina Dingler married for love. Too bad her husband married for money. When the philandering dirtbag dies, a succession of mistresses emerge, each with a sordid tale, an open palm, and a hotshot attorney. No point in buying the bimbos’ silence because apparently everyone except Regina has known all along. The last thing she wants, however, is pity and certainly not at her dead husband’s funeral.

For Lot O’Toole playing arm candy to a wealthy widow is just another day’s work for a top shelf gigolo. If some old gal wants to thumb her nose at a few of her hens, that’s fine with him. She’s paying top dollar for his time and any other parts of him she might require. He’ll just remind himself to “think of England” even though he lives in Phoenix.

When the mistresses join forces to challenge the late Mr. Dingler’s will and pre-nuptial agreement, Lot comes to Regina’s rescue. He is pleasantly surprised to discover the wicked sense of humor his client has been hiding beneath her plain Jane exterior.  Soon, thoughts of England turn into thoughts of E ticket rides at Disneyland. But can Lot ever offer the one part of himself he’s kept a virgin all these years–his heart? Will Regina ever be able to trust a man to love her for anything but her money? And what of the mistresses? Will there be a special edition The Bachelor reality show produced just for them?

Oh my! I could totally see myself writing this with a heaping dose of snark. Some day…maybe.


Disclaimer: “Regrettable Books A to Z™” is a completely fictional (duh!) creation for parody purposes only. I have no product beyond what you see in this post. Photos are public domain or stock photos I have purchased. This is not a commercial purpose, however, I retain any and all creative story rights in the highly unlikely event I accidentally create something that might be worth a damn.

6 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z April Challenge — “Q”

    • Amen! I love the flips in the tropes, but in real life this book would probably languish on the shelf. So many readers still automatically gravitate to the alpha males and submissive females. I like a strong male too, but not an a-hole one nor do I care too much for a doormat female.

      • Well, if it makes you feel any better, I would certainly read it. 🙂 Once I get a bit more in the bank I’ll give one of your books a try. You’ve definitely got me hooked on your style. You’ll have to give me a recommendation for your best work.

      • That would be lovely! Thank you. I write in many genres and heat levels and under 3 pen names, so something for everyone but a branding nightmare. I’ll never get rich writing but I’ll never be bored either. 🙂

        If you’re looking for more of the type of wry humor I put into the Regrettables, I’d steer you to The P.U.R.E. by Claire Gillian or Prometheus Unstitched by Lila Shaw. Having read your post on skimpy female superhero costumes, you might get a kick out of Prometheus since the heroine is a grouchy B-list superhero costumer in a world where superheroes are commonplace and have a guild/union with certain costume requirements.

        If you prefer sweet but angsty YA, my YA debut, Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair releases in September.

        I also write very naughty short erotica stories about succubi as Lila Shaw and have a freebee on Smashwords, B&N, All Romance ebooks, etc–everywhere but Amazon, basically–as a promo for my self-published short story collection.


      • Rawr, my comments keep getting eaten. Anyway, thank you for the recommendations, I’ll definitely have a look when I can indulge in books again! 🙂

        And as an aside, I write about incubi! Cool stuff!

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