Friday, September 16, 2011


Well as you know our wonderfully talented friend, Talli Roland, launched her new book on Wednesday and so far it is an instant sensation ... very much like Willow Watts herself.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go from a passive, simple life only to be thrown in the mixed of paparazzi and adoring fans as a U-Tube superstar?

Willow Watts certainly does. Innocently donning on a cheap bleached-blond wig and a stretched out moldy dress for a local charity event in the small town of Belcherton, Willow is coaxed into singing Marilyn Monroe's signature "Happy Birthday Mr. President" song.

Filmed by the head of the town's tourist board, Simpson Dyer, who is desperate to put his dull, non-descript town on the map, doctors up the film by adding a picture of the real Marilyn floating through Willow's performance.

Willow cringed at the whole production, hoping to forget about her humiliation and find a way to help support her father's dying antique business.

Simpson posts the video on U-Tube, claiming it would help in exposing the world to Belcherton. At first his plan failed with only two hits all morning. Then on comment posted and changed all that. This one comment about Willow being picked by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe to be her predecessor ignited a four-alarm-fire. Later that day the hits rolled into a hundred thousand and growing.

People from all over the globe flocked into Belcherton to pay homage to the "new" Marilyn. Of course, this was the last thing Willow expected and couldn't believe any of it.

This is just the beginning of Willow's new "life." As you can well imagine, with success brewing and endless opportunities on the horizon, Willow encounters all sorts of people good and bad.

Jay Bellamy slithers into town. A has been agent, trying to land Willow for his next client. Jay's only thoughts focus on taking full advantage of Willow's naivete. Slick, good looking, and oozing with charm he sets out to seduce WIllow any way he can. Will she fall for his charms and be his next victim?

Across the great pond, in Carter, Georgia, Bette Johnson, relaxed in her living room, sipped Dom, and thought about her idol Marilyn Monroe. Pushing sixty, she felt a closeness to Marilyn Monroe. He hum drum life as a newly divorced woman left a lot to be desired. As she listened to the news a reporter excitedly spilled out information about the "New" Marilyn discovery. Betts in on a plane the next day for Belcherton, England and a new adventure.

Now you ask, what could possibly happen next? You might guess correctly, but then ... you might not? You don't want to miss out on Roland's charming tale of what Watching Willow Watts is all about.

What I loved most about Talli Roland's new novel? Her cast of characters. She paints rich, detailed, funny, crazy, lovable and most of all, memorable people who kept popping up throughout the story, starting with Willow's BFF and local beauty parlor owner, Paula.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not an avid reader of "Chick Lit," I would have to say Talli might just make me one. So download your copy from Amazon or Amazon UK. You will have a blast this weekend with some new literary friends.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone. AND, if you haven't signed up for my WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER Blogefest, I suggest you do.


  1. I downloaded my copy on Wednesday and it will be my first chick lit.

  2. It's the kind of novel that anyone would love. I'll bet you guys laugh out loud. I'm going to have my husband read it, I know he'll love it and he's not exactly the women's fiction kind of guy. Altho he did enjoy Eat, Pray, Love LOL.

  3. Oh yay! Thank you so much, Michael! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it, and I'd LOVE to convert you to chick lit!

    Thanks loads for taking the time to read and review. Lots of love! xx

  4. Great review Bro of a wonderful book. Welcome to the world of chick litt :)

  5. I've been reading all great reviews of Talli's new book! She's super fabulous so it's no surprise that her books are just as awesome!

  6. I'm not normally a reader of chic lit either but Talli's writing is so good that it stands apart from the genre. She keeps me laughing and turning pages!

  7. I don't read much chick lit--but I definitely want to read one of Talli Roland's books sometime! :) Thanks for the review.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. That was an excellent review Michael. This sounds like an exciting and witty novel. You may have convinced me to buy it from this write up.

    Thanks for sharing your reading experience.


  9. Thanks for the review. I'm leaning toward reading it even though I was never a Monroe

    Enjoy the weekend!

  10. I downloaded it the first day it came out. Good for you, Michael, supporting one of our own! Roland

  11. Hey, Michael! Talli's book sounds like so much fun! And I just signed up for your blogfest.... altho my summer was not very exciting... moving moving and more

  12. I love the awesome support Talli is getting. She thoroughly deserves it.

  13. I'm still loving the pink lettering here! And looking forward to reading Willow Watts.

    I've signed up to your blogfest, its been ages since I've done one but I can't resist this one! xx

  14. The idea for the book is so much fun. I can't wait to read it.

  15. Looking forward to your picks for the blogfest on Monday!

  16. A great review, Michael. I love Talli's quirky characters. I have the book on Kindle and just need to finish it then I'll write a review, though it probably won't be as good as yours! Well done!!

    And thanks for stopping by and cheering me on with my next writing endeavor.
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

  17. I don't read much chick lit either, but I've loved following the daily quotes until pub day.
    BTW I'm just popping by to say that there are a bunch of awards for you over at my blog. I think you have ALL of them (mr. popular ;)) but never mind hey.