Saturday, March 03, 2007

Whitney Gaskell's "Testing Kate"

Whitney Gaskell is the author of four novels, most recently Testing Kate.

Read what she said about the novel and the Page 69 Test.

The basic storyline:

[W]ith her thirtieth birthday around the corner, Kate decides it’s time to shake things up. She quits her job, breaks up with her long-term boyfriend, and U-Hauls it across the country for her first year at Tulane Law School. Too bad nothing in the Big Easy is quite so easy.

Before she knows it, Kate finds her life turned upside down by a notoriously sadistic professor, a larger-than-life new boss–and two interested men who are sure that she’s The One. But can either of the men in her life really know Kate, when she’s just getting to know herself?

Lissa Staley reviewed the novel for Fresh Fiction:

Whitney Gaskell delivers a vibrant story and memorable characters that will appeal to chick-lit and women's fiction readers. The author's love and knowledge of New Orleans are evident in her writing and particularly timely given the recent media focus there. Despite the popularity of the romantic comedy film Legally Blonde, this storyline about the first year of law school remains fresh yet familiar in the capable hands of Gaskell. She clearly remembers her own time in law school and writes in the rhythm of semesters, creating an imperfect realistic study group and perfectly capturing the overwhelming stress and relief of final exams. TESTING KATE is a testament to the remarkable skill of its author to turn a stressful situation like law school into a delightful novel.

"Dee" raved about it, too.

Whitney Gaskell's other novels are Pushing 30, True Love (and Other Lies), and She, Myself & I.

Her fifth novel, Mommy Tracked, is scheduled for release in August 2007.

Check out the official Whitney Gaskell website and her group blog, Literary Chicks.

--Marshal Zeringue