Fifteen Minutes Of Shame
By Michele Rioli
Jun 1, 2008 - 3:30:27 PM

Darby Vaughn is a talented writer and after years of offering suggestions to her best friends on courting, she decides to write a book on dating do’s and don’ts.  With the success of her book, Darby suddenly becomes famous and is considered an expert on dating etiquette.  All the television and radio shows want to interview her.  The famous author is married to a handsome publicist and is a step-mom to his two adorable kids from his previous marriage.  She is very content with her life - until she spies her husband leaving a convenience store, furtively looking around, before hopping into his car.  He is supposed to be in Atlanta.  Uh, oh, something is not right.  

Darby leaves on a two-week book promotion tour with interviews at the most prestigious television stations, such as The Today Show and Oprah, and various radio shows to talk about her new story.  She is unaware that her life is about to change overnight.


During a coveted interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, Darby finds out in front of the whole world, that her husband has cheated on her.  When Matt divulges information from an article appearing in the morning’s newspaper, she reacts by exuding a spectacular stream of vomit in his chrysanthemums and passing out.  The article, it seems, contains the details that her famous publicist husband William Bradley has filed for divorce from the world’s leading dating expert.  Darby’s so-called fairytale life is over; paparazzi stalk her, loyal fans desert her, the famous vomit shot becomes headline news overnight and her reputation as a love expert is down the tubes.


Darby vacillates between crying and vomiting as she tries to sort things out.  She discovers that her rat of a husband went back with his ex-wife Gigi, the publicity seeker.  It is difficult for her to digest the fact that Will doesn’t love her anymore.  She didn’t have a clue that he was about to drop a bomb shell on her.


In addition, Darby loves her step-kids as if they were her own.  During her three-year marriage, Gigi, their natural mother, landed a spot on a TV reality show so she didn’t have time for her kids.  Will was always working late. Therefore, Darby was the one who took care of all their needs. 


Darby plods along the best she can and puts her life back in order with help from her best friends and a sharp female publicity assistant Kendall, who used to work for Will, pre-divorce.  Darby does some investigative work, hires a smart, charismatic lawyer, and uncovers a web of deceit as she unravels the truth behind her cheating husband’s plan.  Will she ever see her step-kids again?  Does Darby get back at Will and Gigi for ruining her life?


Lisa Daily is a multi-talented author who is also a TV relationship expert.  Her book FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME is a tantalizing look at the many facets of a prominent author's life - one who deals with a dishonorable husband.  The plot is peppered with many barbs and advice tips galore, on what to do if your man is cheating, which gives the story its own irresistible flavor.  The star of the story is Darby Vaughn.  She is embarrassed on live television during an interview when she discovers that her husband has filed for divorce.  Darby is a wonder woman as she grapples with the ultimate humiliation and then rises above it.  I think all women across America can benefit from this story as it outlines, in detail, understanding men and building your career.  I was rooting for Darby all the way, as she uncovered the facts behind her dastardly husband’s plan.  I zoomed through the pages of the story, eager to see if she regains custody of the kids and if Will and Gigi get what they deserve. There are many surprising twists sprinkled throughout the story.  Does Darby get her fairy tale ending? Rush out and buy a copy of FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME because this is one addictive, compelling story!


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