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He’s a prince with a problem, she’s a commoner with a getaway plan.
Sometimes even a prince needs to get away from it all…
Modern-day Prince Adrian of Monaforte has a most old-fashioned problem: his demanding mother wants him wed to her best friend’s daughter, the hard-partying Serena. When his refusal falls on deaf ears, Adrian decides it’s time for him to slip away from his gilded cage and figure out his life, all on his own. As luck would have it, event photographer Emma Davison, weary of a revolving door of lost-cause men and tired of her outsider-looking-in career, is in need of her own escape clause, just in time to help a wayward prince in need. And she soon discovers that sometimes a girl’s gotta sweep a prince off his feet.
For any girl that’s ever held out hope that some day her prince would come…or better yet, hoped that some day she’d come to him.
"SOMETHING IN THE HEIR by Jenny Gardiner is a wonderful tale of love and self discovery, as two people who should have nothing in common, somehow are perfect for each other. The story flows at an enjoyable and natural pace, with plenty of funny moments, alongside the romantic scenes. I love the secondary storyline of Caro and Darcy, and I look forward to the next instalment, to see their relationship develop. SOMETHING IN THE THE HEIR by Jenny Gardiner is a fabulous short, modern day fairy tale, with interesting characters, and I highly recommend it."
—Linda Green for FRESH FICTION
"Jenny Gardiner tells a wonderful, feel good story about an American commoner and a European prince. If you're looking for a quick read that's sure to make you smile, Something in the Heir will do the trick!"
—Bethany Petty for CHICK LIT CENTRAL
It’s all fun and royal games until somebody’s heart gets broken
In his line of work, royal heir Darcy Squires-Thornton has always been content playing second fiddle to close friend Prince Adrian, and happy, too, with whatever brief romantic encounters come his way. Especially one with carefree Caroline McKenzie, whose best friend is engaged to the prince. Fun-loving Caroline McKenzie's motto has always been "love the one you're with". But when the one she's no longer with is the one with whom she's fallen in love, what's a girl an ocean away to do?
Sometimes you can let your heir down a little too much…
When wild-child Prince Alexander goes on a naked bender in a Vegas swimming pool, cocktail waitress Andi McDonough decides to preserve a shot of those family jewels on her phone. But when she’s fired for capturing the royal treasures, she heads off to find herself. After backpacking the world-over on a dime and a prayer, she finds herself in Rome, where a chance encounter with the wayward prince only reinforces to her that Prince Zander is indeed bad to the throne. And more than likely to her fragile heart as well.
Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her—and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie’s life has been built around her career, and therefore around celebrating food. Forced to drop the pounds if she wants her primo gig back, Abbie must peel back the layers of her past and confront the fears that have led to her current life.
"(Slim to None is) a terrific story and I love the voice. I don't have much time for pleasure reading-- and this is certainly a pleasure."
"Loved Slim To None!! You are very talented!"
"(Slim to None) is a great summer read. Been giggling all through, last few chapters touched me. Peppered with delicious recipes! This book is really great!"
"In love with Slim to None. She blends awesome recipes into the text and even the recipes are funny!"
"The book is very funny, often unexpectedly touching and insightful. It also includes recipes at the end of many of the chapters. Overall it left me hungry for chicken and crab with cheese in phyllo and for more of Jenny Gardner's writing. Jenny Gardiner's Slim to None is simply great fun."
*Winner, American Title III contest
*2nd place, MMRWA Happily Ever After contest
Claire Doolittle realizes her life hasn't quite met up with her expectations. Overwhelmed with the demands of motherhood and life in general, it doesn't help that the funny, romantic and thoughtful man she once married has turned into a real-life version of Ward Cleaver, the famously dull, bossy father from the 1950's sitcom Leave it to Beaver. And the last person in the world Claire ever imagined having to sleep with for the rest of her life is a man whose sex appeal more closely resembles that of George Washington than George Clooney.
Throw in an ex-fiance who returns via e-mail to try to woo Claire back with promises of what was, and a sexy young colleague of husband Jack's, whom Claire suspects of some sort of hanky panky, and you have the ingredients for a mid-life crisis that threatens to plunge Claire's world into chaos.
"A fun, sassy read! A cross between Erma Bombeck and Candace Bushnell, reading Jenny Gardiner is like sinking your teeth into a big frosted chocolate cupcake...you just want more."
—Meg Cabot, author of Big Boned and Queen of Babble Gets Hitched
"If you enjoy funny, laugh-out-loud books, stories
of women going through mid-life crises, you will
enjoy SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER. Although the
situations are serious, the author looks at them
with such a comedic bent that readers will laugh,
even when the situation is somewhat grim...
Well written and well paced, SLEEPING WITH WARD
CLEAVER is a romp and a lot of fun -- it is a
book readers are sure to enjoy." - Marilyn Heyman, Romance Reviews Today
"Fast paced and funny...Sleeping With Ward Cleaver is a clever and engaging romance with humor and heart." - Carrie Padgett, Armchair Interviews
"Sleeping With Ward Cleaver is the most refreshing book I have read in quite some time." - Maggie Grinnell, Rose & Thorn e-zine book reviews
"This debut novel, winner of the American Title III competition, is an engaging, thought-provoking and humorous insight into what happens when harried meets surly. You won't be sleeping til you've finished it." - ChickLitClub.com book reviews
"An engaging look at a middle age marriage as the two lead characters have become cemented in their ways and spontaneity no longer exists to unite them in fun. Claire is fabulous as she wants more than being Mrs. Cleaver mother to five, but her Jack expects her to meet his list of demands, keep the kids in line, and take care of his needs; he no longer seems to care about hers. SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER is a deep look at marriage as the relationship goes into the phase of raising children." -GenreGoRoundReviews.blogspot.com
"Jenny Gardiner's debut novel offers a boisterous and engaging glimpse of the realities of marriage. As brash and funny as it is moving and insightful, SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER will leave readers wanting more from this delightful new author." -Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius
"You won't kick Jenny Gardiner's debut book out of bed for eating crackers! Sleeping with Ward Cleaver is a sassy and sexy read." - Eileen Cook author of Unpredictable
"Honest, real, and wickedly funny, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver is a keeper!" -Jane Porter, author of Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out
"Alternately giddy and moving, Jenny Gardiner's Sleeping with Ward Cleaver is a novel that would leave the original Ward shaking his head...but his wife June would be clapping her hands and twirling her pearls."
~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of How Nancy Drew Saved My Life and Vertigo
"Quirky, hilarious, thought-provoking; Jenny Gardiner is my new favorite read." -Suzanne Macpherson, author of The Forever Summer and Hysterical Blondeness
"With its razor sharp (and, at times, deliciously bawdy) wit, as well as its uncanny insight into the secret lives of married women, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver is certain to both resonate with and delight wives and mothers everywhere. Jenny Gardiner is a refreshing new voice in women's fiction."Bev Katz Rosenbaum, author of I was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool
**Author's note: Dear readers: this is a reissue of my memoir "Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me". I have always wanted to offer the digital version of this book at an affordable rate and have finally gotten the rights back to my book to do so. With this I changed the title and the cover. Hope you enjoy!
A gift from an overseas relative, Graycie, an African Grey parrot, arrives in the Gardiner home not long after the birth of their first child, adding the responsibilities of parrot-hood to their newfound parenthood. Jenny Gardiner and her husband were hoping for a docile, beautifully plumed, Polly-want-a-cracker type of companion—but patchily feathered, scrawny, ill-tempered Graycie was the furthest thing from what they envisioned.
In Winging It , Gardiner shares in vivid and hilarious detail the many hazards of parrot ownership, from endless avian latrine duty to discovering the multiple ways a beak can pierce human flesh. Whether she’s swearing at the dog, mimicking the sound of the smoke alarm, or bobbing to the beat of the kids clapping for her amusement, she brings the family joy, laughter, and, sometimes, tears. So why would the Gardiners subject themselves to the crazy behavior of this parrot for so long? Well, because, as the Gardiners realize, Graycie is a part of the family, and just like in any relationship between living creatures, things do not always go according to plan.
A mix of hilarious pet hijinks and a poignant story of family commitment, Winging It is a reminder of the importance of patience, loyalty, and humor when it comes to dealing with even the most temperamental members of the family.
This collection of humorous and sometimes poignant essays from award-winning author Jenny Gardiner will make you laugh and maybe bring you to tears. Sometimes compared to Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, #1 Kindle bestselling author Jenny Gardiner loves to find the humor in the ordinary, and you'll likely see yourself as you read along in this collection.
Look for my story in Wade Rouse's humorous dog anthology I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP featuring a headlining group of authors including: Chelsea Handler; Carol Leifer; Merrill Markoe; Jeff Marx; Alec Mapa; Jane Green; Rita Mae Brown; Jill Conner Browne; Jen Lancaster; Bruce Cameron; Stephanie Klein; Annabelle Gurwitch; Caprice Crane; Bruce Cameron and Laurie Notaro.
This anthology benefits the Humane Society of the US and charities of the authors choosing (my selection is Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, a no-kill shelter
Reese Larkin had given up on ever going home again, until she realizes that home is the only place she'll ever be able to reclaim what's most important to her. After a call from a long-lost friend, she decides to embark on a road trip to revisit her past and along the way comes to realize that home really is where the heart is...
ANYWHERE BUT HERE
by Jenny Gardiner
Release date: Soon to be re-released *formerly titled Over the Falls
Mary Kate Dupree has been spinning her wheels for too long. Trapped in an abusive marriage to an overbearing good ol’ boy, she finally decides break the cycle when she heads out to pick up her husband's dry cleaning and instead picks up a handsome hitchhiker. They impulsively set off on a road trip of self-discovery, peeling away layers of their dark pasts en route to Niagara Falls, but once there will they take the leap?
"As sweet as a song and sharp as a beak, Winging It really soars as a memoir about family -- children and husbands, feathers and fur -- and our capacity to keep loving though life may occasionally bite." -Wade Rouse, bestselling author of At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, and Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler
Jenny Gardiner's hilarious memoir will have you alternately laughing and crying, and watching the skies for winged pets out for your blood.
--Award-winning author of Catching Genius, Kristy Kiernan
"I highly recommend WINGING IT to pet lovers as well as anyone who appreciates a good story about family dynamics. It is a very funny, yet very touching book, about the love and perseverance of a close-knit family." - Booking Mama reviews
"this book was not only a brutally, honest story about Graycie, the African gray parrot, it was a laugh-out- loud funny and touching memoir as well. Graycie can imitate the smoke detector, sing, yell at the family dog, sneeze and burp like humans and perform a wide variety of other, welcome and not-so-welcomed behaviors. (You have to read the book to believe them)." - Bibliophile by the Sea
"I strongly suggest that anyone that loves birds own this book. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this book, it was simply one of the best I have enjoyed in a long time. If you know someone thinking about buying a bird, be sure to get one for them as well." - ParrotHut
What Readers Are Saying About Winging It:
"Read this book. Loved this book. Laughed so hard at this poor woman’s trials and tribulations into birdhood I ALMOST felt guilty. at least with motherhood we have a natural instinct to follow but not with birdhood….Truly enjoyed this memoir!"
"I picked this up this afternoon. After the first chapter, my sides hurt from laughing. "
"My Mia (15, autism) has adopted your book! She usually carries several things with her: Halloween decorations, a family of stuffed snowmen and two Eric Carle board books is the current spate of lovies. And now? Winging It is under her arm. She slept with it in her bed last night. Could you maybe hurry the paperback along? It will take up less space... :)"
"Non-fiction is not my usual read. (never read it in fact!!) Winging It is a GREAT book. It touched me deeply - I laughed, almost cried and just generally LOVED this book. I can't say enough about it!! Now I will recommend it to everyone that comes in (I'm the librarian in my town). I wish I could put in words how much I loved this story, you are one strong lady to have gone thru what you have. I deeply admire you. I will be watching more videos of Graycie, she is amazing (like her mom!!) I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this book and how deeply it touched me. I wish you the best of luck with it."
"OMG - just finished "Winging It..." and LOVED it! Laughed and cried and vowed to NEVER get a bird."
""Winging It" is an easy, enjoyable, must read for anyone thinking about this perfect union of man and parrot and I thank you for writing it."
"OMG.... LOVE love love this book! soooo funny!!! for anyone who has, or ever wants to have, an african grey this should be a compulsory read!! There is so much in this book that bird lovers will identify with... all greys have there own quirks but you will see how your grey is not alone in this world!! Very witty and well written, "Winging It" by "Jenny Gardiner" had me entertained for the whole read ... (and how many books REALLY do that!!!) so what are you waiting for... BUY IT and READ IT!!! I did and am so glad I did!!"
Mercedes Fortunato is thrilled to finally land her dream job, working as a publicist for a U.S. Senator. Until she learns that the creeper Senator only wants her as another notch on his headboard. And that her immediate boss, the press secretary, resents the hell out of her for that very reason. Mercedes soon learns she should've been careful about what she wished for, as she finds herself encouraging the advances of one boss while desperately trying to thwart the advances of the other. And when she learns that the Senator's out-of-control hanky panky extends far beyond his bedroom antics, she realizes she's in over her head and better watch her back.
Successful Washington, DC photographer Lucy McSweeney has given up on looking for Mr. Right. With her biological time clock pounding a veritable drum beat, she's decided all she really needs is a turkey baster to lead her to motherhood.
Andrew Madigan is a good guy. So good, he even makes a monthly deposit at a local sperm bank, in honor of his sister, whose marriage fell apart after being unable to conceive. But maybe Drew's a little too good--after all, he's even willing to overlook the fact that his fiancée might no longer be the person he should spend the rest of his life with, because he doesn't want to hurt her feelings.
But sparks fly when Lucy and Andrew have a chance encounter. Only problem is their chance encounter leads to a very pregnant Lucy shooting Andrew's wedding, a wedding that should never have happened to begin with...
This is a humorous short story written under the influence of a hefty dose of Vicodin, following surgery to remove my gall bladder. It was such a weird and surreal experience, not your run-of-the-mill surgery kinda day, that I felt compelled to get it down on paper while I could. I ended up passing this story around at swim team championships the week after I wrote it and everyone laughed a lot, so I figured *someone* might be amused by it!
I've also attached samples at the end of the story for many of my novels.