Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #7

It's Friday . . . time to share excerpts from one of my current reads with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
This week's selection:
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer)

Beginning: Chapter One

I growl with frustration at my reflection in the mirror.  My hair is fifty shades of messed up.  Why is it so kinky and out of control? I need to stop sleeping with it wet.  As I brush my long brown hair, the girl in the mirror with brown eyes too big for her head stares back at me.  Wait . . . my eyes are blue!  It dawns on me that I haven't been looking into the mirror--I've been staring at a poster of Kristen Stewart for five minutes.  My own hair is fine.

I stumbled upon this book, which is described as a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight, quite by accident, and was intrigued by the chance to explore this (male) author's creative and funny take on the novels of E.L. James and Stephanie Meyer.  It sounds like a fun vacation read.

Page 56:  "I peer up at him, and he's got that wickedly wicked look on his handsomely handsome face again. 'Are you hitting on me, Mr. Grey?' I tease, lightly drizzling balsamic vinaigrette on my spinach salad."
Overview from
Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
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