Nom de Plume
By Dottie
Dec 1, 2008 - 2:10:14 PM

Casey Catherine Farraday is finally getting her book, Steam Heat, published.  Unbelievably, a well-known publishing company McCarron Publishing, which usually only handles business and nonfiction materials, is publishing it.  Her agent June talked her into using a nom de plume, saying that editors love names with initials so Casey chose the name K.C. Starling.  Unfortunately, the publishing house believes K.C. Starling is a man.  Casey has no social life; she was divorced three years ago.  Recently, a gorgeous, mysterious man moved in across the hall from her.  However, she has not had the nerve to introduce herself and he does not even have his name on his mailbox.

Preston Frawley III has taken over his mother’s publishing house, McCarron Publishing, since her death.  He has decided to expand the line, making it more mainstream.  In his quest for privacy, he rented a modest apartment in a reconditioned brownstone near the publishing house.  He has no name on his mailbox or doorbell.  Even the super does not know him by name.  His previous reputation in Europe is less than stellar and he had not maintained a relationship with his mother, something he now regrets.  He is determined to make up for it now and resents any mention of his former life.  He has been married and divorced twice.


June, Casey’s agent, goes to the meeting with McCarron Publishing with the intention of letting them know that the author is female.  However, when she sees the substantial advance they have issued for Casey and how excited that Celia Dayton, Vice President of Acquisitions, is to meet the man K.C. Starling, she cannot bring herself to do it.  Against her better judgment, Casey goes along with June, who hires her client Ricky Mastin to impersonate K.C. Starling.


However, Preston feels the book is about his exploits when he was younger, only fictionalized, so he does not want the book published.  The only way to prevent it from being published is to get three more percent of stock so he will have the controlling interest in the company and can overrule the board.  In his race to get the stock, he begins to suspect something is not right about K.C.  In the meantime, he has become fascinated with Casey and her cats across the hall.  They start dating.  The more time they spend together, the more drawn to each other they become.  However, they do not exchange names, only calling each other Miss Apartment A and Mr. Apartment B.  What will happen when they learn each other’s identity?


NOM DE PLUME is a lively tale of miscommunication and innocent deceit.  Though Casey does not want to deceive anyone, she has tried for years to get one of her books published.  Now someone is willing to publish her book, but only for a male author.  Wanting to just get her foot in the publishing door, she goes along with her agent against her better judgment and nearly destroys her chance at a writing career as well as her love life.  The characters are charismatic and the plot is timely and realistic.  Filled with humor and anticipation as the reader anxiously waits for the ball to drop and the game to be up at any minute, this book is delightful and full of fun.  The secondary characters, including the cats, add appeal to the story.  NON DE PLUME is not a story to be missed.  This is a great story for a rainy afternoon.

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