“Love Is the Punch Line” Named a Favourite Indie Book of 2018!

Indie Book Reviews (@BookReviewIndie) named Love Is the Punch Linea favourite indie book of 2018 in this Tweet, posted on December 31, 2018:

“Counting down my 3 favourite indie books of 2018… #3 – “Love is the Punchline” by Kathleen Jones @joneslepidas… a quirky love story set in the world of stand-up comedy https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2531863607 …#indiebooks#bestof2018″

Check out Indie Book Review’s 5-star review on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2531863607


Love Is the Punch Line, a quirky midlife romance set in the world of stand-up comedy, is available from Amazon, Indigo, and Barnes and Noble.

A Dreamer’s Blog by Jason E. Foss

Thursday, December 6, 2018
“Love Is The Punch Line”
An Interview with Kathleen Jones by Jason E. Foss
“Everyday we are writing a story of our life.  Trying to figure things out.  Sometimes great writers can help us along the way.  A great story can help us with our own.  I like to find out what motivates great Authors to bring a great story to life.  Kathleen Jones is an Author that does just that.  She was able to share with us where she got her motivation from.”

Jason E. Foss

Jason:  “What motivated you to write “Love Is The Punch Line”?”


  “A relationship I had with a boy in middle school inspired me to write this novel.  Virtually every afternoon for three or four months,  he would walk home from school with me, always trying his hardest to make me laugh, creating nicknames for me and devising amusing songs about me, often snatching the little round green leather hat off my head (It was mid-winter) and kicking it across the street like a football.  In other words, this handsome and smart boy used his wonderful gift for humour to flirt with me!  I didn’t mind the teasing at all; it was good-natured and he made me laugh.”

Jason: “Briefly tell us about “Love Is The Punch Line”?”


 “Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV Series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs.  Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with the women.  That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club.  Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50 year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.”

                                       “The lonely and vulnerable Josh soon falls in love with Holly, even though she’s not the statuesque type he usually goes for.  But Josh, terrified of being hurt and discarded by yet another woman, hides his true feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act.  And Holly, taking Josh’s words to heart, starts to wonder if she means anything to him at all.”

Jason: “Describe Josh and Holly’s attraction toward one another and tell us what you like most about working with those two characters.”


  “Josh is attracted to Holly’s intelligence and kindness; he also likes the fact that she “gets” him.  Holly is attracted to Josh’s warmth, sense of humor, and vulnerability.  I enjoyed working with these characters because they were realistic and flawed but also loveable.”

Jason: “Are you working on another book?  If so, what can you share with us about it?”


 “Yes, I am writing a second novel.  It deals with the cruel way the modern corporate world treats its employees.”

Jason: “What is the easiest way to buy copies of “Love Is The Punch Line”?”

Kathleen: The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats from the following:





Barnes and Noble:




Moonshine Cove Publishing:



“It’s amazing how a great experience with someone from middle-school can motivate Kathleen Jones to create a unique love story.  Finally Josh finds someone that “gets” him.  The best relationships whether present or past it is pretty safe to say that they are usually with someone that “gets” us.  So book lovers that enjoy reading a creative love story go to one of Kathleen’s links to buy her new book “Love Is The Punch Line.”


(Review posted by Mary Yaroscavitch of Coffee, Books, and Cakes on October 29, 2018 (https://www.coffeebooksandcakes.com/books/love-is-the-punch-line-by-kathleen-jones/); also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.ca)

I received this book for free to base my honest review on.

Kathleen Jones’ book, Love is the Punch Line, is a about an honest romance between two people who are not gorgeous and not young. They are based on real people, everyday people. They are in their 50’s and have a bit of self esteem and trust issues.

You can clearly see that when Josh gets up on stage for his comedy routine. He’s balding and he’s on the plump side. You can read what Josh is thinking while giving his stand-up routine. Even though it’s suppose to be funny, it felt kinda sad. He was barely getting any laughs from the audience.

Holly, meets Josh at the comedy club. She’s from Toronto, a business woman, kind and smart. Even though they both have self esteem and trust issues, they do have their ups and their downs. It’s not a novel that’s love at first sight, it takes awhile for there HEA (happily ever after). I do like a slow burn within the pages, and that’s what Kathleen has done here.

I liked the fact that this relationship was about 2 older adults, as I am creeping up to that age in a few years. It was refreshing to read, and you can truly find love at any age.

Kudos to you, Kathleen. I enjoyed the book a lot.

2 New Book Signings for “Love Is the Punch Line”!!!

Author Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Lineat the following two locations:

  • IndigoSpirit: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West (King and Bay), Toronto

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

  • Coles: Eglinton Square, 1 Eglinton Square (Eglinton and Victoria Park), Scarborough

When: Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

New 5-Star Review from the San Francisco Review of Books!!!

Grady Harp’s 5-Star Review (on behalf of the San Francisco Review of Books) on Goodreads, October 7, 2018


“Look, I’m sorry. I was having a rough night, and I took it out on you.”

Canadian author Kathleen Jones earned her degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She worked as an editor for various Canadian book publishers. Now Kathleen is a full-time author who writes for a number of popular book blogs and contributes monthly book reviews to Goodreads. LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE is her debut novel. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For a first novel LOVE IS THE PUNCH LINE is not only a very original idea for a romance but it is also written with a joie de vivre style that suggests the beginning of a very successful career. Her prose is infused with humor and contemporary ideas of where we all are at this point in history and she is able to set her scenery and stage props early on in the first pages of this endearing romance.

An excerpt follows: ‘Josh Steinberg’s mission in life was to make other people laugh, but these days, he could barely make himself smile. “Good evening, everyone,” Josh said, starting his act in a halting voice, his eyes sweeping the half-empty, dimly lit room. What a dive. The Yahoo Comedy Club in Toronto? Never heard of it before. Why does Greg keep lining up these crappy gigs? And how did I end up with an agent who knows nothing about the comedy business? Serves me right for hiring someone who used to be a roadie with a rock band. Josh smiled at the half-drunken faces before him, then launched into his routine — the usual shtick about his hopeless love life. “My looks have helped me in life. I mean, no women are filing paternity suits against me.” Deep down inside, Josh knew that his looks had done absolutely nothing for him. He had never really been a hunk: five foot nine; slightly plump — always plump, even when he was young; a plain face with a big nose; thinning and graying brown hair; receding hairline; double chin. Josh especially hated his big, protruding belly; he had tried for years and years to get rid of it, with no success. As if his aging looks weren’t bad enough, Josh now had some unwelcome competition from his new twenty-eight-year-old agent, Greg. Despite his short stature, Greg was darkly handsome — and Italian — with brilliant, piercing blue eyes and perfect features. On more than one occasion, Greg had stolen the woman that Josh tried to pick up. Each and every time it happened, Josh vowed to fix himself up through the magic of drastic diets and plastic surgery. “I have to be realistic about my expectations. I mean, if I were a woman, I wouldn’t date me.” Josh had always known he wasn’t great-looking, but he had never dreamed that he would still be alone at the age of fifty-four. He believed that once women got to know him, they would see the beautiful heart under his less than gorgeous exterior. All he had ever wanted was a soul mate, one special woman who could love him as much as he could love her. Josh knew that he would make a great husband, unlike most of the other comics on the road, who often cheated on their wives. “Anyhow, don’t feel too sorry for me. I’ve slept with lots of gorgeous women. They simply can’t resist us paunchy guys.”

The synopsis hints at the pleasure ahead – ‘He courted her with punch lines. Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.’

Kathleen’s debut is wholly successful – just the right amount of humanity and humor and romance. Watch her rise!




Save on shipping charges! Support a local author! Purchase your copy of “Love Is the Punch Line” at these Toronto bookstores:

* Book City: 348 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, on the north side of Danforth, one block west of Chester subway in the Carrot Common Building.

* IndigoSpirit: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West (King and Bay)


Posted on Goodreads, September 16, 2018: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37507307-love-is-the-punch-line?from_search=true

Love is the Punch Line, Kathleen Jones’ debut novel, is not your average romance.

Straying from the tried and tested formula of two young, beautiful, perfect people overcoming a series of challenges and rivals on the path to true love, Kathleen gives us a relationship that feels a lot closer to the real world. The story revolves around Josh, an aging comedian on a steep downward career curve, peddling weak material at obscure comedy clubs – a world away from his past as a successful sitcom star. Josh is self-obsessed, depressed, and consumed with doubt over both his comedy and his unattractive appearance. When he meets Holly, a Canadian business woman, there are early hints that she could be his salvation – but both of them are damaged from previous failed relationships and prone to overreact to every little setback that comes their way. At times it’s hard to like either character, but that adds to the sense that this book reflects real life, where few people can remain consistently likeable in their most difficult moments.

A string of mishaps and misunderstandings conspires to keep the couple apart as the novel progresses, and we are kept guessing as to their eventual fate until the finals chapters. The book is an enjoyable ride, but touches on serious themes such as depression, suicide, and body image. Recommended if you want a romance that goes beyond the norm.


Kathleen Jones, author of Love Is the Punch Line, will be selling copies of her novel at The Word on the Street, Toronto’s largest book and magazine festival:

Location: The Word on The Street, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Where you’ll find Kathleen: Booth 346a, Love Is the Punch Line

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Festival features the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere, as well as hundreds of author readings and activities. Admission is free. For further information: https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/


Author Kathleen Jones will be signing copies of her novel Love Is the Punch Line.

Where: IndigoSpirit, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.

Can’t make the signing? Copies of the novel are available at IndigoSpirit NOW!!! Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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