Thursday, September 6, 2012

#BookChat Wedlocked by Bonnie Trachtenberg

In this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy inspired by true events, Rebecca Ross, a thirty-six-year-old struggling actress, lets years of disappointment and heartache catapult her into a disastrous marriage to a charismatic man with more than a few surprises up his sleeve. Travel along on their hilarious "honeymoon from hell" in Italy, which soon has Rebecca longing for her miserable days of singlehood. An entertaining and poignant story about second chances, finding love, and most importantly, finding yourself.

I began writing Wedlocked about a year after escaping from my first brief, disastrous marriage at the age of thirty-six. After fifteen years of dating, desperation took hold and impelled me into a most unlikely union with a very complicated (to put it nicely) man. It was a time in my life that was so absurd and that made such a huge impact, that the story eventually poured out of me. Much of what happens at the "Scary Tale Wedding" and on the "Honeymoon from Hell" actually occurred, much to many readers' amazement. Writing this book was the biggest catharsis of my life.

It's interesting to note that the biggest problem my agent had with my book when she first read it, was that she couldn't figure out why Rebecca would have married Craig. I realized that I had put too much of the real man into the fictional character and that he actually needed to be less horrible. Here's a paragraph about one of the very true things that occurred in my life, but that I removed from the book to make Craig a bit more appealing:
Those actions were further aggravated by inordinately stupid, blatant lies that were so obvious, I was not only frustrated and angered, but also feared I was marrying a moron to boot. Once, after an “intense workout with his trainer,” he returned with his suit smelling of cigar smoke and his breath smelling of beer. He then told me his trainer decided he was doing so well on his program that he nixed his workout and insisted on taking him out to a bar to celebrate. Did he really expect me to buy his load of crap? He was so transparent Stevie Wonder could see right through him.

What Readers Say:
"I laughed out loud at this story. Got a tad teary here and there and I also loved every page I read. Ms. Trachtenberg is a hoot! If you're looking for a gift novel, here it is--give it to yourself first!!" —Nancy Erickson, Cheryl's Book Nook

"I can't quite put my finger on what makes Wedlocked so special. Is it the strong characters…or is it the universal story of trying to live up to other’s expectations while staying true to your own dreams? Whatever it is, Wedlocked is a fun, emotional and intensely satisfying read that I would highly recommend." —Hands and Home

Wedlocked is available at Amazon.

Author Bio:

Bonnie Trachtenberg is the award-winning, bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel and Neurotically Yours: A Novel. She writes a monthly relationship and advice column for Bonnie was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. She lives in New York with her husband, four cats, and a dog.

You can learn more about Bonnie and read her blog.
Read her relationship column
Find her on Facebook: Author Page and Book Page
Follow her on Twitter @writebrainedny
Visit Bonnie's Amazon Author Page


  1. Love the cover! The book sounds great. :)

  2. Thanks Cherie. It really was quite funny and had a great surprise ending.