MILLBURN, NJ - Bestselling Millburn author Judith Natelli McLaughlin writes in many genres, and is now celebrating the release of her second Women's Fiction title, Love, Reality Style. This fun and quirky take on the romance genre is full of sharp wit, warm heart, and a sweet tooth, and addresses real life questions head-on in a refreshingly honest fashion.
When TAP M/SH asked how she became a writer, Judith said, "I don't know if I became a writer, or was born a writer who works continuously to develop and hone her craft. I say that because i have been writing and illustrating stories since I was a little kid. Growing up, I used any excuse to include my poetry in nearly all school assignments. So, it seems like a natural evolution that I should still be writing today.
Love, Reality Style tells the story of cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone, who receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy that throws her comfortable life into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed "the CEO of Antiseptic Hands"? Reluctantly, Mary Grace accepts. Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her. Ultimately, Mary Grace must decide between hot Nick and faithful Ralph, and whether or not a slice of cake is really the answer to all of life's problems.
Love, Reality Style is published by Blue Moon Publishers and marketed by DigiWriting, both firms based in Toronto, Canada. It will be available at Barnes and Noble Springfield and Livingston, local New Jersey bookstores, and at Amazon.com. Judith will also be appearing at The Town Book Store on June 18, Delightful Cake Kreations on June 25, and Barnes and Noble Springfield on June 26 to sign her book and meet her fans.
Love, Reality Style was inspired by Judith's desire to write a straight-up romantic comedy. She thought a great setting for such a story would be a reality television show, so, after some brainstorming, the wedding show I Do was born. Since most of Judith's writing is character driven, she decided it was time to come up with an eclectic cast, including cake-obsessed Mary Grace, germ-phobe Ralph, Annie of the failing marriage, snarky, successful Jayde, and overbearing, neurotic Angela.
Judith states, "While in its heart this novel is a romantic comedy, in its soul it's a story of love and friendship. Nothing beats love and friendship. Except, of course, maybe a piece of cake."
When asked what sort of books Love, Reality Style might be compared to, Judith says, "Think Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook, or One Plus One by JoJo Moyes. Mine, like theirs, is a book where quirky characters, typically unusual situations, love, and friendship abound."
Judith lives in the South Mountain section of Millburn. "We love it so much that our 5 to 7 year house became our 23 year house. My kids walked to elementary school, the park, the movies and ice cream. I love Millburn and often call it one of the last towns where people still stroll."