In celebration of #ChickLitMay, participating authors will explain what's on page 45 of their chosen manuscript. I'm working Olivia Daly, from The OMG Test, very hard this week. She's still recovering from the Miss Chick Lit Beauty Pageant yesterday! So, page 45 of The OMG Test:
Olivia is attracted to Connor, but isn't ready to admit it yet. She does, however, want to impress him. Sadly things never go according to plan. Here, he's taking her on a mystery trip in his motor home. She's amazed it has a toilet and asks if it actually works. Then she asks if he can pull up and make a drink at the side of the road, or go to bed anytime he likes. Needless to say, he raises his eyebrows and tells her it's not a problem to stop the van and get into bed. She cringes. The outcome of the trip enriches her life, and gives the first indication that she's falling for Connor, big time.
Connor asks Olivia if she drives. She tells him 'Only people mad.' She goes on to tell him about a driving test she took years earlier, where the examiner commented that she changed gears as if making a cake. 'I'm not sure what he meant though, I don't bake.' Connor asks if that was why she failed. This is her reply:
"No, there was an incident, I nearly ran a lollipop lady over." Olivia closed her eyes.
"Oh dear. Was she okay?"
"Yes, but unfortunately the same can't be said for her lollipop."
Although Olivia freely admits to not baking, she does tell Connor shortly afterwards that she can cook, and that her dinner parties are legendary. They are, but for the wrong reasons. She invites him to one, then panics.
I wrote The OMG Test on and off over many years. Not much of the early drafts remain, but the lead- up to the dinner party and the dinner itself were my favourite scenes to write, and haven't changed. To find out what happens, here is the link to the book. I hope you enjoy spending a bit more time with Olivia. She's lovely, but you certainly wouldn't want to be her!
The OMG Test
A percentage of all sales of the book go to Dogs Trust, and my own rescue dog is on the cover.
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To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below:
In 4 or 5 words, why do you think The OMG Test would be a good read?
Entrants must leave their full name, along with an email address. A winner will be chosen via Random.org on Tuesday, May 19th.
You may enter at each blog participating in this event, not just this one. You can find a full list of all participating blogs below. That's 36 chances to win! And, of course, you're sure to find lots of fab new books to read too!
And finally...thank you all so much for joining us to celebrate #ChickLitMay. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Don't forget, there's more fun to come, and in case you don't know, MissChickLit Beauty Pageant was held yesterday. You can find the links to that on the homepage.
Love Pippa x
What's on Page 45 participating blogs:
Catherine L. Hensley
Maggie Le Page
Karen M. Cox
Rachel L. Hamm