EXCERPT from New Release by Mary Geneva: Nicknames

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Title: Nicknames: Tales from the Shallow End of the Manhattan Dating Pool

Author: Mary Geneva with Lisa Canfield

Release Date: April 8, 2015 

Genres: Memoir, Comedy, Self-Help

Publisher: Mill City Press

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There are a million bad dates in the city that never sleeps.

Mary Geneva has been on 999,999 of them.

When she moved to Manhattan in her mid-20s, Mary imagined being single in New York City would be like something out of a Hollywood movie. And it was—a horror movie.

Nicknames is a look at some of the most hopeless, horrendous, and frequently hilarious dates you can imagine. Mary shares her true-life adventures looking for Mr. Right in the treacherous New York dating scene. You’ll meet men so bizarre, their names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Part memoir, part self-help book, Nicknames will have you laughing out loud…and possibly abstaining from dating forever.

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I ran after him, only to be greeted with a temper tantrum that seemed more appropriate for someone in his terrible twos. My mind was racing. Was he bipolar? Did he have multiple personality disorder? Is this how it all started with Ted Bundy?

He screamed like a man possessed, right there on the street, ranting and raving about how he had taken me out to dinner three times and I had never even offered to pay. This, of course, was wrong, meaning he was completely delusional. More importantly, he was terrifying. He was a full foot taller than me and was screaming as if he was about to cut my throat right there in front of all of Chelsea.

I started to plan the quickest possible escape from what felt like certain doom. He kept yelling, moving on to the fact that I was “expensive” and “high maintenance.” Then, mercifully, he left me on the corner, but only after his unforgettable parting words: “This is why you are beautiful, almost thirty, and ALONE!”

I guess I couldn’t have expected him to put me in a cab to make sure I got home safely given how “high maintenance” I am. I couldn’t fathom what had just happened. Then I remembered he was from Jersey. What was my rule about dating guys from the “outer limits”? I made that rule for a reason: because they’re WEIRD!

Book Links

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Author Biography

Mary Geneva is a sales professional by day and a serial dater by night. Married at age 21 and divorced at 26, she and her cat Diva were left to learn how to balance their checkbook.

In Nicknames, Mary tiptoes back into the dating pool, accumulating many late night, drunken scraps of paper and text messages, outlining unbelievable—yet totally true—events. Knowing she couldn’t make this stuff up, she stored the memories away, and is finally able to share them with you.

Undaunted, Mary lives, works, and plays in NYC. When not dating, Mary can be found planning her next scuba diving adventure and hanging out with her pets, rescued pup Valentino and kitty Diva.

Mary also charges full speed ahead pounding the pavement, racing marathons and raising money to bring awareness of suicide prevention and outreach programs.

But nothing brings a smile to Mary’s face like her famous garlic roasted mashed potatoes, perfectly whipped mountains of starch, hoping to one day find the meat to her potatoes.

To unwind, Mary is on a mission to create the perfect martini!

Mary’s Social Links

Website | Youtube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

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How did you come up with your blog name?

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When I naming this blog I toyed around with a few names: Sarah’s World, It was briefly this when I first started, The adventures of SacaKat, which it ended up being, The adventures of a SacaKat, Adventures of SacaKat and Being SacaKat. I even tried to come up with something more bookish later on but the adventures of SacaKat had stuck by that point.

So how da hell did I, Sarah Fairbairn be coming up wif da wacked out name SacaKat you ask? Well I was born with the initials S.A.C. and if my memory serves me correctly as early as year six in primary school I would sign drawings, letters etc. as SAC4EVA. Does anybody else remember when it was all the rage to call forever 4eva? Somehow in high school year 7 or 8 it just became SACA – Briefly SacaBaby in year 9 thanks to Crystal and Chris. It stayed as SACA for roughly fourteen years as a nickname and way to sign artwork and letters to friends.

I was toying with the whole SacaKat thing around the time I was “finding myself”, which corresponded with the birth of my son and setting up this blog. Angry_679a4f_3008958 I like Tigers, Cheetahs, Panthers and Cats in general. I love their fierceness, strength and stealth. I also like looking at cute photos of kittens on the internet, but seriously who doesn’t. I don’t actually own a cat as my husband despises them,
but I feel that my spirit animal or patronus would have to be some sort of easily irritated feline – hence the Kat.

The adventures of part I got from Winne the Pooh.

So how did you guys come up with your blog names? Was it something you agonised over? Or did it come to you all by its self while you were sitting on the toilet at 2am? I’d love to hear your story.