Off the Record with Jennifer O'Connell

Today’s guest on Trapped by the Mormons is Jennifer O’Connell, whose book, OFF THE RECORD, is getting rave reviews from all sorts of awesome places. Places like Kirkus, and Romantic Times. Jennifer is a great writer and a fun to read, and she keeps the interest of the reader high. But why listen to me? Instead, listen to what others say about the book.


“Decadent fun … O’Connell makes this sweet treat go down smoothly.”

“Cleverly unconventional plot … O’Connell unveils the transformation with impressive skill and timing.”

“Rockin’ chick lit!”

OFF THE RECORD by Jennifer O’Connell (NAL; September 2005), author of BACHELORETTE # 1 and DRESS REHEARSAL, is her most rockin’ book yet.
There’s no way a rock star would ever write a song about Jane Marlow, the straight-as-an-arrow narrator of OFF THE RECORD. She isn’t the type to wear red garter belts or rhinestone butterfly thongs under her conservative navy blue suits. She’s a true-blue good girl: a plain, predictable, and perfectly responsible estates attorney.
But then Jane’s brother catches an episode of Music One’s “Off the Record,” and makes a startling discovery that threatens to take Jane out of the law library and into the spotlight. Former pop sensation Teddy Rock isn’t just a has-been rock star attempting to make a comeback, he’s actually their childhood neighbor Theodore Brockford…and his one-hit wonder twelve years earlier wasn’t just a catchy tune that took the charts by storm – it was a song about Jane Marlow.
Jane can’t believe it-especially since she’s nothing like the girl in the song. Adamantly refusing to believe she’s the inspiration for the song Janey 245, Jane dismisses the proof as circumstantial, even if she does have to admit it’s more than a little coincidental. On the verge of making partner in her law firm, Jane’s not about to risk letting anyone find out. Her brother, on the other hand, decides to capitalize on the idea.

Convinced that Jane’s unknown celebrity is the key to turning around a family friend’s bar, he contacts the media and invites them to meet Janey 245 in person. And once Jane’s story gets out, there’s no going back.

As her law firm sees the dollar signs associated with a rock star’s estate, and Teddy Rock’s promoters see an opportunity to clean up his bad boy image for a spectacular come-back, Teddy Rock’s reluctant muse is forced into the limelight and is given a chance to live life off the record – but is she ready for the changes it brings? And even if she’s willing to take the risk, is she willing to face the music?
Read OFF THE RECORD and find out why the critics hailed BACHELORETTE #1, Jennifer O’Connell’s first book, as a “poolside page-turner,” and a “hot pick” that’s “filled with insight and humor,” and why Jennifer’s second book, DRESS REHEARSAL was called “perfect.”

Jennifer O’Connell received her BA from Smith College and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives outside of Chicago and is currently working on her fourth novel.

OFF THE RECORD By Jennifer O’Connell
NAL Trade Paperback
September 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN 0-451-21645-8

Don’t miss Jennifer in her Fictionista Chick Lit Tour, happy hour events with women, wine and a few well-chosen words. Here are the upcoming dates:

New York, NY Friday 10/14 – 5pm @ Sugarcane, 245 Park Ave S. (connected to Sushi Samba)
Chicago, IL Monday 10/24 – 5pm @ Liquid Lounge, 171 W. Randolph St.
Memphis, TN Tuesday 10/25 – 6pm @ Hard Rock Cafe
Atlanta, GA Thursday, 10/27 – 6pm @ Aiko, 128 East Andrews Dr.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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