Guest Article by GVR Corcillo
She Likes It Rough
- by GVR Corcillo
- 319 pages, 94,000 words
chick lit, romantic comedy, contemporary romance
Can daring adventures with an adrenaline junkie help a daydreaming scaredy-cat urbanite find the backbone she needs in order to start living to the fullest so she can make her average life finally count for something?
Six months ago, I woke up rich, famous, and thin. Every woman’s dream, right?
Believe me, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Not by a long shot. If it were, I wouldn’t be speed hiking up a mountain in what’s left of my Dolce and Gabbana power suit. Chasing a man I don’t know, no less.
I wish he would slow down! What was I thinking, following Jack Hawkins into the woods?
GVR Corcillo’s Ivy League education, white-trash sensibility, and pop culture savvy come together rather eclectically in her romantic comedies. She writes about strong female characters who try not to trip as they valiantly march to their own bongo beat.
Corcillo hit the New York Times Best Sellers List with her short story, "Jane Austen Meets the New York Giants," in the Marlo Thomas anthology The Right Words at the Right Time: Volume 2. Her short story "All Summer on a Date" was chosen as the lead story in the 2012 anthology Romancing the Pages. She Likes It Rough is her debut novel soon to be followed by Queen of the Universe.
Originally from Scranton, PA, she lives with her husband Ron Corcillo in North Hollywood, CA, where she delves into all things Los Angeles: she’s co-hosted a syndicated radio show, acted in an award-winning short film, written a screenplay for Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, picketed during the 2007 Hollywood writers strike, and taught high school in Watts and South Central. And while she loves her life on the west coast, she’s still a die-hard New York Giants fan.
She Likes It Rough tells the zany story of how one woman decides to wrangle with an adrenaline junkie in hopes of finding her own inner core of strength. But will the moxie she finds out in the wild with Jack translate into her real world? Will she have the courage to stand up to her bullying family or to pursue the career she really wants?
And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He's a man who's not afraid of anything...except maybe of falling for Lisa.
What people are saying about She Likes It Rough:
“Quirky, heartfelt, and thoroughly entertaining!”
—David McWhirter, director, TNT's The Closer and Major Crimes
“Loved it! Corcillo has a great voice. Reads like a fun romantic comedy movie.”
—Mindy Neff, best-selling author
"There's a fine line," author Oscar Levant once said, "between genius and insanity." In this fascinating first novel by GVR Corcillo, the heroine Lisa Flyte traverses that line in a high wire balancing act of breathtaking gracelessness...If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, think, feel and cringe (mightily at times), snatch this one up. A definite wild ride of a story from beginning to end.”
—Ally Papier, Amazon review
“Interesting,” Jack says. “Your first reaction to intense fear is to strip.” He nods thoughtfully. “Good to know.”
“That's it?” I ask. “That's your reaction, to make a joke? Your whole staff is going to think I'm your booty call. Don't you care?”
He slides me a look, then grabs a duffle off a shelf. “No one is going to think that.”
“Why?” I challenge. “Am I so out of your league? Would the idea be too preposterous to anyone who knows you?”
He stops and looks at me.
“Lisa, I don’t have sex in the office. It’s not a rule, exactly, but I just never do. And I don’t encourage it among my staff. But if it will make you feel better, I’ll tell Peg how crazy hot I think you are.” He starts to fill the duffle with stuff but I’m barely paying attention.
“You’re making fun of me.”
“That’s because you’re whacko.” He zips the bag. “Let’s go.” He brushes past me on his way to the door.
“Jack,” I say. “This deal is never going to work if you get mad at me every time I ask a question or make a suggestion.”
“I’m not mad.”
“Then why are you so edgy?”
He turns to me, his hand on the doorknob.
“Because I hope to God I’m doing the right thing.”
“Why?” I ask. “What are you doing?”
“I’m taking you on your first adventure.”