Book & Author Details:
The Princess and the Clown by Ian Thomas Malone
Published by: Green Muffin Publishing
Publication date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Satire, Romantic Comedy
Clowning around isn’t all about red noses and rubber chickens…
For Ralph, birthday parties and frat houses only bring nostalgia
For a better time. A time when the world still cared about the craft.
Living in the past can be tiring with nothing to look forward to.
The princess. Struggling to make ends meet, she monetizes her
Best talent. The performance, plus the petticoats, hide her carnal desires.
Ralph’s mind forgets its woes when lust takes over,
Breathing new life into pores caked with white makeup.
Time fades away, but the party never needs to end.
One question remains. Can Ralph handle her wild ways?
When the author said that this would probably be quite different from what I was used to reading, he wasn’t wrong. Traditional, this most definitely is not. I would probably go as far as to say that this is almost a parody of an erotic romance.
That might not be your cup of tea. More frog than prince charming. And if you can get past that, then what you will find, at its very base level, is a story of two lonely people who find something very unexpected, yet very welcome at a child’s birthday party.
On a purely technical level, the characters created by the author have a sense of reality about them which is sometimes missing. Flawed, and struggling with life. And I think that this really allows the reader to make a connection.
Overall, this was a well written, unusual romance. I don’t think it quite hit all the right notes for me, but it was, nevertheless, very readable.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Ian Thomas Malone is a bright young voice in American letters. His smart, witty and original take on American college life will resonate with his generation…and mine!”
– Paul Levine, author “State vs. Lassiter”
Ian grew up in Greenwich, CT. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer, with whom he shares a common love of literature, James Bond, Diana Rigg, and The Wire.
Ian began his training as a writer at the age of 11 when he started writing amazon reviews, mostly about Thomas the Tank Engine VHS tapes. At the age of 15, he became the News Editor for TvHell.net, a website specializing in TV ratings. Channeling his love of baseball and Canadian football, he became a Featured Columnist for three years at Bleacher Report until they told him to make more top 10 lists. He doesn’t like those.
At Boston College, Ian quickly rose through the ranks of The Observer at Boston College, going from Assistant Opinions Editor to Managing Editor in slightly over a year. Following a successful semester at Managing Editor, he left to found The Rock at Boston College, an innovative online publication that continues to produce exciting content to this day.
Following a successful semester abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Ian became a certified yoga teacher at South Boston Yoga, mostly to justify his ever growing collection of headbands. Ian offers private lessons.
Ian secured his first publishing deal with TouchPoint Press a few months after graduating for his book, Five College Dialogues, a comedic treatise on college life. Two sequels have been commissioned, the first of which is due out in May.
Ian has also signed a deal with Limitless Publishing for his psychedelic coming of age novel, A Trip Down Reality Lane, which was released on February 24th. A Trip Down Reality is an Amazon Bestseller in metaphysical fiction. Ian signed a second deal with Limitless Publishing for his novel Courting Mrs. McCarthy, which will be released on June 9th.
Ian continues to follow his dreams, taking time off only to sit in coffee shops debating Star Wars, walk his golden retriever Georgia (Jorge), and to play with his collection of stuffed animals.
Interview requests and general inquries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org