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Are Single Moms Second-Class Daters?

Many potential suitors aren?t willing to roll with last-minute schedule changes, covert sleepovers that rival CIA missions, and more than a few rounds at Chuck E. Cheese.

A new novel, Fifteen Minutes of Shame (Plume/Penguin April 2008) follows a TV dating expert as she discovers her husband is leaving her for another woman.   As many women do, she fights to retain custody of her children -- But as a relationships expert, she is intensely aware that her status as a single mother will drastically diminish her future romantic options.

After a divorce, many single fathers find themselves in higher demand than ever, but for single mothers, the experience is quite different.

Let Lisa Daily tell your readers:

  • 5 tips to make single parent dating work,
  • The best thing to hit single parents since the invention of the portable DVD player
  • How to avoid the ?parade of uncles? syndrome, and
  • Why single parents really are worth the effort.

About the author: Lisa Daily is a real-life TV relationships expert, author of the bestselling dating advice book Stop Getting Dumped!  and a popular media guest and source seen everywhere from the New York Times to iVillage Live. Fifteen Minutes of Shame  is her first novel.  For more, visit lisadaily.com

More great angles for reviewers & feature writers - Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Review Fifteen Minutes of Shame
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.

Reality Lit
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.

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