Guest Post: Allyson Roy, author(s) of Babydoll!

babydoll-192x300Please welcome Allyson Roy, author(s) of the new book, Babydoll, to Books on the Brain!  Allyson Roy is actually Alice & Roy, husband and wife collaborating authors. 

Did you know laughter makes you healthy? Literally. Studies have shown it enhances the cellular immune system and produces disease-fighting anti-bodies.

“Wait a sec,” you say, “isn’t this supposed to be a book blog?”

That’s right. And today we’re here to talk about a book that will make you laugh so hard you’ll forget about all the latest doom and gloom. And improve your health.

Not that there aren’t tense, poignant or meaningful elements in our Saylor Oz series. Book #1 (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award) addressed an issue that lurks in most of us, thanks to our celebrity obsessed culture — a deep, down secret wish to maybe just once experience what it’s like to be irresistibly beautiful. 

And BABYDOLL, which just came out on August 4th, taps into ideas about people striving to make a name for themselves. And forgotten people who might as well be nameless. It looks at how far many will go to get their wishes. And how some react when it all goes up in smoke. 

But we weave these themes into novels that are part suspense, part comedy and part women’s fiction.

Alice and Roy, a.k.a. Allyson Roy

Alice and Roy, a.k.a. Allyson Roy

The friendship of our two main characters is a major factor in BABYDOLL. Saylor Oz and Benita Morales are women who have worked to achieve their professional goals, yet carry with them all the vulnerabilities of their past. Like most women, they can be strong and confident one minute, but insecure and needy the next. They’re smart, but they get upset and make impulsive, foolish decisions that get them into trouble. Their relationship with each other has lasted longer than those they’ve had with men — Benita is divorced, Saylor never married. Being roommates, they fall into bickering and blaming. But when it comes down to the real stuff, they are deeply loyal and willing to put their lives on the line for each other.

And, oh yeah, they’ll make you laugh out loud. To quote a Pop Syndicate reviewer, “If Saylor and Benita were real, I’d have to friend them on every social network, and go out for beers with them just to experience their humor firsthand.”

Thanks, Lisa, for having us as your guests today!

Blogger Bio:  With backgrounds in the arts – Alice in dance and choreography, Roy in fine art, theater and standup comedy – Alice and Roy spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Their Saylor Oz crime adventure series, set in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO, combines suspense, comedy and a bit of girl stuff. 

Visit the Allyson Roy website HERE and check out the TLC Book Tour schedule for Babydoll HERE.

6 Responses

  1. Just wanted to thank you again for having us at BOTB — and to let readers know that we are happy to answer any questions or comments.

    Alice & Roy

    • Thanks for being here! I have a question.. do you think Babydoll would be a good choice for a book club, and if so, why? And do you ever participate in book club discussions for your book?

  2. Yes, we participate in book club discussions and can arrange to do phone call visits to a club. Babydoll would be a good choice for a group if they want a fun read that also has some serious points to discuss.

    For instance, one of our book club questions is – how far would you bend your own beliefs and standards in order to fulfill a dream? Another is – have you ever created chaos in your life to help a friend get through a crisis? We also have an Irish illegal character who commits both horrible and good acts and we ask readers if they could forgive him or not. Any club that would like a list of questions can drop us a note through the contact form on our website.

    • OH, I like that first question about how far you’d bend your beliefs, etc. Moral dilemmas such as those are always good leaping off points for book club discussions! And forgiveness.. what is forgivable, what is not.. another good one. Sounds like a great discussion book!

  3. This sounds like a really fun read, I’ll have to look it up. Thanks!

  4. Fun post. Love checking out books written by spouses. I’ll have to look for this one.

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