Thursday, March 6, 2014

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Lindy Dale and Giveaway! (International)

Storm in a B Cup
Lindy Dale

"It’s my funeral. If I want you to play Bon Jovi as they wheel my body away to be cremated you’ll do it."
The horrified look on Brendan's face says he'll do anything but. "People will laugh."
"I want them to. I want a funeral where everyone stands around and remembers the funny things I did, and then they get really pissed."

Sophie Molloy has breast cancer. She didn’t think it was cancer to begin with, she thought it was another cyst. She also didn’t think it would be the catalyst for a series of life changing events, none of which involved chemotherapy. Within months of her diagnosis, Sophie loses not only her right breast but her boyfriend of three years, her house and her best friend. Her life spirals from great to bad, then ugly. Nothing can make it better, not even the crazy care packages her mother keeps sending from Melbourne.

To make matters worse, Sophie fears she’s developing a crush on the plastic surgeon that will be reconstructing her breast. Dr. Hanson has the bedside manner of an angel and the looks to match. He’s so caring and compassionate, Sophie begins to believe he cares about her in a most non-doctor-patient kind of way. But he doesn’t, of course. He’s merely her doctor. Or does he?

A fictional tale, based on the author's medical journey with the disease, Storm in a B Cup is a warm-hearted glimpse into the world of a breast cancer sufferer that will have you laughing out loud.

Things You Didn't Know About Lindy Dale and Storm in a B Cup

  1. A lot of the novel was actually written in various hospital rooms around Perth. I spent much of 2012/13 in hospital and because it was so boring, I wrote a lot. The plastic surgeon used to laugh when he came in because I was always cross-legged on the bed, with a laptop and numerous drains/drips dangling about the place. He said I looked like human spaghetti.
  2. I am addicted to coffee and chocolate (not as badly as the main character Sophie, though. I’ve never eaten an entire carton). Visitors to my hospital room knew better than to bring grapes. I got champagne and sweet things.
  3. Most of my female lead characters have names ending in an ‘e’ sound: Sophie, Millie, Lily, Georgie, Daisy. And my daughter, Darcey, has one too! I think they sound ‘girly.’
  4. During my treatment for cancer, I developed a little crush on one of the medical team (Shhh, don’t tell my husband). He features quite prominently in Storm in a B Cup. Of course, the man in the story is completely hot and irresistible.
  5. Like Sophie, a guy actually felt up my prosthesis at a party. Poor fellow was a tad embarrassed when I pointed out it was fake.
  6. I went to a rugby match (huuuge fan) while in hospital. I got special leave for the night from the doctor. The security guys at the ground searched me because they thought I was smuggling alcohol in but it was only the fluid drain from under my arm. Slightly awkward. For them. I thought it was funny, though.
  7. All the places mentioned in Storm in a B Cup are real suburbs of Perth. You can Google pictures of King’s Park. It’s very pretty.
  8. In the story, Sophie makes a list of funeral requests in case she dies. That scene actually happened but it was a discussion with my children (who are adults). My husband always said he wanted to play this maudlin Nick Cave song when I died so I put the kids in charge and told them if they didn’t play U2 I would come back to haunt them.
  9. Sophie owns a hats and bags shop. I’m more of a shoes and bags girl, though I don’t get much use for them now I live in the country. But you’d better believe when I go to the city for appointments that Spencer and Rutherford is coming out.
  10. Earlier this year one of our sheep gave birth to the cutest little black and white lambs but she had no milk to feed them so we had to. I’ve named them Greg and Marsha, after the lambs in Daisy Darling.

About the Author

I live on an acreage in country Western Australia where I spend my days writing, walking and looking after orphan lambs.

On a typical day—when not at my day job—you can find me lurking around Twitter and Facebook so stop by and say hello. I love to hear from readers.

I'm a hopeless U2 and Bon Jovi fan—as judged by my collection of tour t-shirts. I'm also rugby union fanatic, coffee and champagne lover, chocoholic, over-exaggerator, trashy TV, music and iPhone addict. If you can't Google it then it's not worth knowing!

I've been writing in the genre of Chick Lit and Women's Fiction for the past ten years and have recently tried my hand at a paranormal romance too! But Chick Lit is my main love. There's nothing like a dose of humor when you're feeling low.


Books à la Mode is giving away TWO print copies of Storm in a B Cup—yay!! This giveaway is open to everybody, an international giveaway!!! Winners who would prefer an electronic copy may receive a substitution upon request.

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Do you have a breast cancer story? It can be anything, whether it has ever affected you or a loved one, is a health cause you're passionate about, or just something different you'd love to read about—tell me why Storm in a B Cup intrigues you!

PLEASE remember to include your email address or Twitter handle in your comment so that I know who to contact when I select winners. Don't make me track you down! No email = no entry!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Lindy!
Giveaway ends March 20th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally. That means anyone in the world can enter—woohoo!!
Void where prohibited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for shipping and handling, or for the prizes themselves.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!