Synopses & Reviews
If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.
Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.
At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…
"Blogging and weight loss are the mundane means by which Ellen Ivers, a 40-something wife and stay-at-home mom, attempts to alchemize her lackluster life into something shiny in Thomas's trite tale of privileged dissatisfaction. Ellen, 'the kind of woman who was once hot but has let herself go,' has a loving husband, three sweet children, and 'all the creature comforts desire.' But she's bored. She starts writing again, enters a blogging contest, and starts working out. But what initially began as a way to revive her life begets unexpected rewards, namely the attentions of Ben Campbell, a sexy, married cop. They are immediately attracted to each other, but resist temptation. Ellen blogs about their relationship, and while it is liberating and cathartic, it's also in the public eye, and not long before their attraction attracts the attention of someone who matters. Ellen is a moderately interesting heroine, and her story, germane in its dullness, is nonetheless a breezy read Agent: Wendy Sherman Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Something New is for any woman who has ever flirted with the possibility of a different life. Or who has ever flirted, period. Janis Thomas is spot-on in capturing how it feels to be an upper-middle class suburban mom who longs for...something more. She writes with sparkle and humor."—Sally Koslow, author of The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
Praise for Janis Thomas's debut novel, Something New
"A breezy read."--Publishers Weekly
"For any woman who has ever flirted with the possibility of a different life. Or who has ever flirted, period."--Sally Koslow, author of The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
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About the Author
Janis Thomas, a native Californian, lives in Orange County with her husband, their two children, and their dog, Ruby. Janis has written more than fifty songs and (with her dad) two childrenand#8217;s books, and is also an avid baker. She is also the author of Something New.