Author Becky Monson is blazing a path into the book industry with her debut novel Thirty-Two Going on Spinster. The scoop on the book is this: Julia Dorning is a spinster in the making. She is marginally employed, and living in her parent's basement with her cat Charlie. When I think of Julia, I picture Kristin Wiig from Bridesmaids. A goofy, but lovable character. This isn't exactly the life Julia had hoped for. Julia is working at Spectraltech, bored out of her mind, and her job is so unfulfilling she has actually found a way to use company time to take naps. She discreetly sneaks into the conference room with files in hand. It is during one of these naps that the basement-dweller is oddly introduced to Jared Moody, the new office hottie. Granted, you wouldn't want your first introduction to the office hottie to be while you were hiding under a conference room table, rump-end up. Despite her reservations and from Spectraltech (I picture Office Space, the movie), she decides follow her passion for baking. Lo and behold, this is the perfect fit for her. Everything seems to be going right until you-know-who walks back through the bakery doors. When the truth of her firing is finally revealed, will Julia be able to understand why Jared acted the way he did? Can she ever give up her spinster ways, or can she truly change her life? Enough spoilers here, you will have to see for yourself!
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I seriously can’t do this report right now. I’m not in the mood. I have time to procrastinate, so I might as well do just that. Perhaps a little cat-nap would lighten my mood. I am feeling pretty sleepy.
A little nap might be helpful for this mood I can’t seem to get out of. And yes, I do realize I’m at work. How could it be possible for me to take a nap? Oh, but it is possible. And no, Spectraltech does not offer break rooms with cots in them, even though I anonymously left an article on the president of the company’s desk about how napping during the day can bring up productivity and morale in a company. He obviously didn’t bother reading it.
No big deal because I am actually the queen of taking little snoozes at work. A self-titled queen, but a queen nonetheless. No one actually knows about it because it’s not something one should brag about. But it is quite a talent if I do say so myself.
It took me some time to perfect it, but I figured it out. Basically, I just lean my head on my left hand while my right hand moves the mouse. It took practice to be able to sleep and move the mouse at the same time, but I mastered it. I’ve also made sure that my computer screen is placed strategically in front of me. That way, if anyone were to walk into my office, my face would be hidden from view. It’s genius, really.
Luckily for me, I don’t have to use this technique that often (it tends to put a bit of a kink in your neck) because I have a little secret: Upstairs on the sixth floor is a rarely used conference room. It’s mostly used for the Board of Directors quarterly meeting. Sometimes they will use it for presentations to investors or buyers, but this is rare.
Since Mr. Nguyen is the VP of accounting, he is always a part of the board meetings. Being the next person ranked under Mr. Nguyen and his assistant, I know his schedule and, therefore, know if the conference room is in use. Today, as in most days, it’s vacant. This means I can grab some files (my disguise) and head up to the sixth floor to catch a little nap.
It’s brilliant, right? Too bad I am the only one that gets to celebrate my napping-at-work discovery since it’s not something one would want to share with one’s coworkers.
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By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.
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I'd like to thank my girls at CLP Bog Tours for hooking me up with this read for Becky's blog tour! xo