Why Smart People use the Wrong Part of Their Anatomy
to Find Love.
Over-thinking relationships can kill romance.
A new novel, Fifteen Minutes of Shame (Plume/Penguin, April 2008) highlights an issue that nearly every intelligent person has faced in their romantic relationships: We fall in love with our heads, rather than our hearts.
Women, especially are prone to overanalyzing relationships to our own detriment: we talk ourselves into falling in love with someone who is “great on paper”, or who has the requisite number of checkmarks on the list we’ve been carrying around in our heads since we were teenagers. What’s worse is when we talk ourselves out of a relationship that makes our toes curl, because the guy doesn’t have the right job, or the right family, or the right future.
The problem with falling in love with our heads instead of our hearts is that it doesn’t really work. If we have to talk ourselves into love, it’s because we don’t really feel it. And when we talk ourselves out of love, we’re generally acting out of fear. Just because our arguments are rational, it doesn’t make them right.
Lisa Daily tells your readers:
- When to use your head, and when to use your heart
- The real reason we over-think relationships
- How to turn off your brain, and why it’s a good idea
About the author: Lisa is a real-life TV dating expert, author of the bestselling dating advice book Stop Getting Dumped!, and a popular media guest seen everywhere from MTV to Entertainment Tonight to iVillage Live. A frequent source for reporters, Lisa has been quoted everywhere from the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune to Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, Christian Science Monitor and US Weekly. Lisa lives in Florida. Fifteen Minutes of Shame (Plume/Penguin, April 2008) is her first novel. For more, visit www.lisadaily.com.
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It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s the perfect spring read. Lisa Daily’s debut novel is pegged to be the hit of the summer: what happens when America’s favorite dating expert finds out her husband is cheating?
Don’t Call Me Cute.
Fifteen Minutes of Shame is funny and feminine and decked out in the mandatory pastel cover, but it’s also smart with emotional depth. It’s a question that has many women’s fiction writers up in arms: Is it worse to be perceived as a stuffy literary author, and then have the reader be shocked to find that you’re funny? Or worse to be perceived as funny but shallow, and have the reader be surprised to find that you’re smart? Why lots of women’s fiction authors can’t stand cute.
Bad-boss books such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Second Assistant and The Nanny Diaries have given readers a peek into the real-life worlds of fashion, Hollywood, and Park Avenue mommies. Now, Fifteen Minutes of Shame gives an insider’s look of the coaches and gurus who have proliferated popular culture in the last decade, offering advice in every area of our lives from finance to romance. Why readers are so fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes.
Can Stepparents Sue For Custody?
Fifteen Minutes of Shame delves into one of the most controversial topics in family law today: stepparents rights. The main character in Fifteen Minutes of Shame, Darby Vaughn, is a celebrity dating guru who goes through a very public divorce, and hopes to gain custody of her stepchildren, whom she has grown to love. Fifteen Minutes of Shame author Lisa Daily and celebrity divorce attorney John Mayoue offer commentary and insight.
New Trend in Fiction: Hybrid Lit
Fifteen Minutes of Shame is a dating advice book within a novel. Lisa Daily is leading the pack in the emerging trend of Hybrid Lit (a non-fiction and fiction blend). She talks about why reality is seeping into our fiction, with a crop of new novels that offer everything from writing instruction to recipes.