Oh. My. God. It’s one of those moments when you just know you’ll think of a zillion and two perfect things to say later, but instead you stand there looking like you’ve recently had a lobotomy.

Here’s the blurb:

Diamonds are a Teen's Best FriendNessa Joanne Mulholland, aka Marilyn Monroe’s No. 1 teenage fan, is used to moving house. This time, however, she’s relocating in movie-star style—crossing the Atlantic on board the Majestic, headed for Paris from New York City. And it really would be in movie-star style if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s bringing her cringe-fest professor dad along for the ride (Dad’s specialization: human mating rituals—need Nessa say more?). Oh yeah, and sharing a cabin that’s five decks below sea level and next to the engine room. Still, at least Holly Isles is on board. Yes, really, that Holly Isles—star of stage and screen. Suddenly, things are looking up. Looking a little Marilyn, in fact, because events are strangely mirroring Nessa’s favorite movie of all time, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Author Allison Rushby, who also wrote The Heiresses e-series, is releasing Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend in November as part of a YA trilogy called the Living Blond trilogy. The second and third books are called The Seven Month Itch and How to Date a Millionaire respectively. All three books revolve around Nessa, a girl who is just a teensy bit obsessed with all things Marilyn Monroe.


Rushby says she’s amazed by Monroe’s popularity, years after her death. “There’s hardly a day goes by that I don’t spot a reference to her, or see her image pop up somewhere. For example, just this week I have seen a Marilyn Monroe calendar for sale in my local post office and her image also used to sell personalized car number-plates on a TV ad.”

“I had such a ball writing this trilogy and have to admit that Nessa is, of all the heroines I have written, the one I miss most now that her story is complete. Just like Shooting Stars, the Living Blond books are fun, light, clean, short (45,000 words) reads meant for younger teens,” she added.

In order to connect with more YA readers, Rushby is offering the first book in the Living Blond trilogy, Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend, at the promotional price of 99c throughout November and December. I’ll be reviewing the book during that time, so look out for the review. Rushby is also running a giveaway of 20 ‘Marilynette’ wristbands from Etsy and that will be available to AU and international readers. To find out more, visit Alison’s site during November and December.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

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