The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game by Pop-Culture Junkie Carroll Donnell: New Novel an Alcohol-Infused, Celebrity-Filled Sex Romp and Murder Mystery, Set in Boston

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The streets of Boston and an affinity for pop culture set the fast pace for former foster child Gina Carter's over-burdened past, drunken adventures, hysterical antics, and sexual relationships that ensue. In an unexpected twist, the unsolved murder of a loved one forces Gina to analyze her rebellious, chaotic, frantic, nympho lifestyle. Staying true to her fame-fueled, celebrity-crazed insanity, Gina plays on her unique obsession with reality vs. fantasy in an attempt to solve the crime and figure out life.

The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game by Carroll Donnell

“Readers of my generation are flooded with information. I think we assimilate it differently—bits and pieces from here and there, Facebook, Twitter, The Kardashians—and then we put it all together and get to the same place an older reader might.

Meet Gina Carter, all five feet nothin’ of her, as tough as Irish South Boston ever chewed up and spit out. Might not be the best time to talk to her. The daughter of a crack whore—now a celebrity author—is dripping in the blood of Marky Mark, her dead fiancée. No, not that Marky Mark—this one’s a high-powered Hollywood agent. Though the other one and his brothers also grew up in Dorchester, the Dot, a key player in The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game, Carroll Donnell’s mind-bending and gut-twisting murder mystery, the first in a five-novel series with appearances from everyone from Stanley Tucci to good old St. Jude.

For a standup comedienne, Donnell presents a heartbreaking portrait of a too-young girl smacked upside-the-head by reality. If there’s any joke at all, the joke is on Gina—a near Dickensian waif, abandoned by almost everyone, including St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes.

“It’s dark funny, not ha-ha, funny,” says the California and Florida native who went to Boston’s Emerson College, mostly because Denis Leary did. “I’m kind of a pop-culture junkie,” she adds, an understatement, perhaps, in a novel that manages to reference The New Kids on the Block, Kato Kaelin, Jeremy Piven, Pauly Shore, Ivan Drago (Rocky III), David Cassidy, Ralph Macchio, and Danny Bonaduce. Oh, for the record, David Cassidy is on the side of the 3-ring binder of the lady guiding Gina through Purgatory.

The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game is hardly a conventional novel. With time jumping evocative of Vonnegut and an almost Picasso-like deconstruction and re-presentation of information, Donnell virtually dares the reader to absorb clues and information non-linearly.

“Readers of my generation [she’s 29, BTW] are flooded with information. I think we assimilate it differently—bits and pieces from here and there, Facebook, Twitter, The Kardashians—and then we put it all together and get to the same place an older reader might. I chose to deliver the clues for people used to flipping through channels. Imagine Columbo meets Robot Chicken. That’s the sensibility I’m going for.”

The boundary between fiction and reality in Donnell’s writing is somewhat fluid. Real-life characters are fictionalized and fed back on themselves as art—the way Warhol might have approached them if he’d chosen a pen instead of a brush. Donnie Wahlberg vibrates back and forth as himself and Detective Dan, his “real life” character on TV’s Blue Bloods. It’s a hall of mirrors in Donnie’s world. All the more enjoyment when you ferret out the clues.

The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game might be a game, but it carries such a powerful emotional punch that you suspect there may be a lot more to the author’s story. “I’m a Yoga instructor, certified for addiction and children’s Yoga. I spent a good portion of my childhood in and out of hospitals. You figure it out.”

A portion of all proceeds from The Donnie Wahlberg Drinking Game is donated to the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Biographical information

Carroll Donnell grew up in Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale, where she placed first in her district’s Thespian Competition. Donnell is a Yogi, certified through Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor Degree in Film and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in Boston, where she performed standup comedy in both Boston and New York City. The city of Boston inspires her daily as she resides there and works on the second part of this series. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

For more information, please visit http://www.thedonniewahlbergdrinkinggame.com.

Media Contact: Victor Gulotta, Gulotta Communications, Inc., 617-630-9286, http://www.booktours.com, victor(at)booktours(dot)com

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