New Rave Review for Love Is the Punch Line from Midwest Book Review’s Small Press Bookwatch (June 2018)

 
 
Love is the Punch Line
Kathleen Jones
https://kathleenjones.org
Moonshine Cove Publishing
http://www.moonshinecovepublishing.com/index.html
9781945181337, $13.99, PB, 268pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: 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.

Critique: A wildly entertaining read from beginning to end, “Love is the Punch Line” showcases author Kathleen Jones as a novelist with a genuine flair for originality and narrative driven fiction. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Love is the Punch Line” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.99).

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Description: 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.

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.

 Offer ends June 29, 2018. For further information, go to: http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list

Author Kathleen Jones Discusses Her Journey to Publish Her First Novel

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, author Kathleen Jones, a “late bloomer” like her older characters Josh and Holly, discussed her journey to publish her first novel, Love Is the Punch Line, at the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations office in Toronto, Ontario. The publication of her novel was a 50-year-old dream for Kathleen.

Kathleen talked about the steps she took to get published, and shared tips with other budding late-in-life novelists. The talk was followed by a book sale and signing. About 15 people attended the session.

Below: Author Kathleen Jones at the OSSCO event in Toronto on May 29, 2018.

 

New 5-Star Review for Love Is the Punch Line on Amazon.ca

5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp relationship observations

By Allister N. Thompson on May 10, 2018

Format: Paperback

This is a novel that contains both wit and genuine emotion. It’s also quite realistic in many ways, as the romance between Holly and Josh has many ups and downs, and the appearance and age of the protagonists are a refreshing from the stereotypes usually found in fiction with an romantic theme. The novel is both funny and heartwarming, and it also provides an interesting window into the entertainment world, particularly the lives of comedians. If any of above sounds interesting to you, you should not miss this well-written novel.

Who Says That Romance Is Only for the Young and Beautiful?

By Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist. Please sign up for free updates at ‪http://eepurl.com/ceSobT 

Can a plump, balding, 54-year-old, washed-up comedian win the heart of a smart and attractive 50-year-old businesswoman? Can that still-pretty 50-year-old lust after a less than hunky funny man?

Holly Brannigan becomes smitten with Josh Steinberg the moment she spots him in a comedy club. Josh soon falls for Holly, too, but there’s one big problem: he’s been dumped by too many women in his past. Terrified of being hurt again, Josh hides his feelings for Holly by making fun of her in his stand-up act. Holly is crushed. Can these two overcome their hurt and heartbreak and learn to trust each other? Find out in Love Is the Punch Line, now available in trade paperback and ebook from Amazon and Indigo.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_date-desc-rank?keywords=Moonshine+Cove+Publishing&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3AMoonshine+Cove+Publishing&qid=1521638979&sort=date-desc-rank

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/love-is-the-punch-line/9781945181337-item.html?ikwid=Love+is+the+punch+line&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

Visit Kathleen Jones, The Quirky Novelist, online at https://kathleenjones.org/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/joneslepidas and sign up for free updates at ‪http://eepurl.com/ceSobT  Visit the Love Is the Punch Line Media Room at https://kathleenjones.org/media-room/

 

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Kathleen Jones’ $25 Amazon Card & eBook #BookGiveaway on Night Owl Romance

Contest Question: Is romance only for the young and beautiful?

Love Is the Punch Line

Publication date: April 7, 2018
Author: Kathleen Jones
Amazon ASIN: B07BYNX7BM
Publisher: Moonshine Cove

Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, the “Jewish Comedy King” and 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 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 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.

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Enter the ebook contest on Night Owl Romance today: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Giveaway-May-2018-by-Kathleen-Jones

Contest ends May 31, 2018. Open To: USA ONLY. 18 and Older. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.

Writing the Unconventional Romance Novel

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Check out my latest guest post, Writing the Unconventional Romance Novel, now available on Night Owl Romance: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Writing-The-Unconventional-Romance-Novel-by-Kathleen-Jones

 

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