Friday, 4 April 2014

Guest Post : Lust for Lists by Dee DeTarsio

Today I'm delighted to welcome Dee DeTarsio, author of All My Restless Life to Live, to my blog. As you read her post, you'll probably guess what attracted me to her book.

Lust for Lists

Dee DeTarsio

Eighty-seven percent of us are more likely to read an article that has a quantitative headline, according to IMTU (I Made That Up). From “To Do” to “Top 10” to “Best Of,” lists claim to help us through the clutter to control the chaos of our lives.

Don’t get me wrong, I like lists as much as the next person, but can we really count on those numbered points as a compass to a better life? Or, are you that rare reader who is not influenced by lists, at all? Take the simple test below and find out:

Which topic would you be more likely to click on?
A. Top 10 Self-Pleasuring TechniquesThat Could Save Your Life!
B. Seven Sweet and Sour Centerpieces: Pickle Jars for Perfect Parties!
Ha ha, just a trick question. Who wouldn’t want to burn precious moments, that we will never, ever, see again, checking out both? Especially if there are pictures included. Who doesn’t want to pick up some secret tip? I could make an unbelievable graph showing all the most popular lists out there, just waiting to tantalize us.

Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Make A Graph
1. I’m a writer.
2. I ran out of coffee.
3. It’s time for my Lumosity brain training.

All My Restless Life to Live I’ve been searching for meaning. Chick Lit, which can be loosely defined as books for women, by women, but always with a hopefully-ever-after, laughs at the sadness of life.

5 Reasons Reading Chick Lit Novels Can Save Your Life!
1. Exercises emotions,
2. Provides nutritional doses of Vitamin I (Imagination),
3. Triggers serotonin spikes of well-being,
4. Improves social skills,
5. Enhances moods (Fat-free, zero calories)!

With so much competition from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and coordinating projects on Pinterest, (really, give me 3 Good Reasons Why You Want to Learn How to Crochet), Chick Lit novels remain the one true constant.

*Reading Chick Lit Novels not meant to be taken as medical advice, but really, should be considered a part of a healthy, happy lifestyle. Please consult with friends for recommendations before attempting.

Are you a list maker?

All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio

Publication date: April 29th 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance

Award-winning author Dee DeTarsio combines life’s darker side with humor and tenderness in a wonderfully charming look at love and the afterlife.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who is a TV producer. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her dead dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

As Elle tries to save her career with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV. Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life . . . and living a good life.

About The Author

Dee DeTarsio is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in southern California with her family. She did not teach herself to read at an early age or write stories by the time she was in kindergarten. She was still wetting the bed and playing in the can cupboard.


She turned her head, taking care not to sniff and get a puffy cloud of dust up her nose like when she made a pitcher of instant lemonade. She poured the chunky powder over the computer keys. Placing the heavy urn back on its base, she shoved it aside. She slammed the laptop shut, picked it up and shook it like an Etch A Sketch. There.
“Rest in peace,” Irene told her husband. What her daughter, Ellen, didn’t know wouldn’t hurt her.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Sanchit! So sorry I missed this--thank you so much for featuring All My Restless Life to Live! I hope your readers have fun with it! Thanks again and take care!