Debut Novel Portrays Newlywed Woman’s Midlife Crisis—in Las Vegas

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When forty-five-year-old newlywed Wendy Sinclair finds her new life in Houston isn’t what she expected, she discovers that Las Vegas is a great place for a full-out midlife crisis, as portrayed in Irene Woodbury’s hilarious debut novel.

A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis
I suspect that there are a lot of middle-aged married women out there who fantasize about doing what she [Wendy] has done...

Sometimes a person just needs a change. Wendy Sinclair thought her marriage and a move to Houston were that change, but when it doesn’t seem to be working out for her, Las Vegas becomes the perfect place for a midlife crisis. Join Wendy and a cast of colorful characters in the resulting antics in Irene Woodbury’s “A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” (ISBN 9780744314977, SynergEbooks, 2011).

Wendy Sinclair, a forty-five-year-old retail executive in Los Angeles, thought everything was going right in her life. But after she moves to Houston to marry her boyfriend of seven years, things quickly turn sour. She loses her job, is snubbed by the high-society wives of her husband’s bosses, has to cope with a series of household crises, and fights nonstop with the man she has just married. With no friends to turn to, she calls her BFF in L.A., who suggests a girls’ weekend in Las Vegas. At the end of this bizarre five-day-fling, Wendy extends her stay, and her midlife crisis is launched.

Wendy begins her new Las Vegas life by renting a ramshackle apartment in a building filled with misfits. In a state of giddy confusion, she wallows in a blur of Sin City spas, malls, and buffets before she becomes a designer of cocktail waitress uniforms and an Ann-Margret impersonator in a casino show with Elvis. After all, a midlife crisis needs to be done right!

Wendy quickly surrounds herself with a cast of quirky characters whom readers will never forget. Paula’s her brassy glamazon BFF from L.A. Maxine’s her saucy former-Tropicana-showgirl boss. Paige and Serena are two twenty-something blackjack dealers she shops, gambles, and clubs up a storm with. Major crushes on a hunky pilot and a sexy former rock star are also part of the mix. Caught between this exciting new life and the husband she’s phone-fighting with, Wendy needs to make some difficult decisions about her future. Anyone who’s ever wanted to run away from home will find herself captivated by this story full of fun and false turns where Wendy may—or may not—learn that all that glitters is not gold.

Readers are laughing out loud over Irene Woodbury’s “A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” while finding that they relate to main character Wendy. Paige Lovitt of Reader Views states, “I suspect that there are a lot of middle-aged married women out there who fantasize about doing what she [Wendy] has done….The eccentric characters and the crazy Las Vegas lifestyle added a great deal of enjoyment to the story….I recommend this novel to all midlife-crisis-aged women!” Numerous female reviewers at Amazon and Barnes & Noble are equally raving with phrases like, “a quick, witty, and fun book that all women would enjoy!” “authentic, funny and filled with colorful characters,” and “so many twists and turns. This book will not disappoint.”

About the Author
Irene Woodbury’s career as a travel writer inspired her to set her first novel, “A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” in Las Vegas. She always felt Sin City would be the perfect setting for a novel and made many visits there while writing her book. Woodbury has lived in two of the cities that are settings for her novel: Los Angeles, where she worked at the “Los Angeles Times,” IBM, and “Time Magazine,” and Houston, where she graduated from the University of Houston in 1993. Her travel stories have appeared in many newspapers, including the “Washington Post,” “The London Daily Telegraph,” “Los Angeles Times,” “Miami Herald,” “Toronto Star,” and “Nevada” and “The Affluent Traveler” magazines. Her husband, Richard, a retired “Time Magazine” correspondent, edited her novel. Since 1994, the couple have called Denver home.

“A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” (ISBN 9780744314977, SynergEbooks, 2011) can be purchased through online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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