Title: Mandatory Release
Author: Jess Riley
Release date: July 16, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dude Lit / Edgy Women’s Fiction
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
With appeal for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Tom Perrotta, and Laurie Notaro, this snarky mashup of Girls and Oz is so painfully honest you might think you’re reading a memoir—except the author isn’t a smart-ass guy in a wheelchair who works in a prison.
Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart—
—until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful past that’s nearly crushed her faith in love, Drew is a new teacher at Lakeside Correctional. Graham, smitten all over again, tries to redirect his unrequited feelings. But when your heart keeps looking back, it's not easy to turn it forward.
Amidst escalating violence at work, Drew is forced to confront her secrets, find a way to forgive old sins, and learn how to listen to her heart and her head when it comes to men. Graham must also learn to make peace with his own past. Together they realize that if you’re going to save yourself, sometimes the best way to do it is by saving someone else first. If only finding their way to one another was easier than working with convicted felons.
Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, Mandatory Release is a darkly comic, unexpectedly sexy love story about broken people putting themselves back together. People who learn that no matter what you lock up—a person, a secret, or your heart—sooner or later, everything must be released.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT MANDATORY RELEASE
By Jess Riley
· MR was loosely inspired by my own experiences teaching in a medium-security men’s prison to help put myself through college. (It wasn’t nearly as scary as it sounds…)
· Drew Daniels, 30, has reluctantly returned home to heal after a brutal end to her last relationship; she gets a job teaching in the same prison in which her mother works.
· Graham Finch went to high school with Drew, and is happy and surprised to see his former HS crush back in town. Even better, now they work together. (But if she didn’t like him as more than a friend before his accident, why on earth would she feel that way for him now?)
· Joe Simon is 22 and has made it his mission to add Drew’s name to the notches on his bedpost. A guard at the prison, he’s also healing from his own wounds.
· Graham tries to distract himself from jealousy over Joe and Drew’s drama with a new relationship, but his heart just isn’t in it.
About the Author
Jess Riley’s experiences teaching in a medium-security prison inspired the novel Mandatory Release. Her debut novel (Driving Sideways, now in its fourth printing) was published by Random House in 2008. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband and nutty Cairn Terrier in a 130-year-old
money pit farmhouse. When she’s not writing novels,
she’s a Grant Writer for school districts nationwide.
Author Social Media Links:Jess’s blog: http://jessriley.blogspot.com
Links to the book:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Mandatory-Release-ebook/dp/B00DQSVW00/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1375475529&sr=8-1&keywords=mandatory+release
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mandatory-release-jess-riley/1115359762?ean=9781484081877
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