||Oct 1 2002
Beth Ann Dixon wants to write a book. She types away as she dreams of leaving the trailer park for fame and fortune.
Follow her adventures as the "colorful" residents of Grapevine Kentucky get in the act. The action is fast and furious so hold onto your seats!
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Mark Haeuser Author Site
No Lady and Her Tramp is reminiscent of the TV show Married with Children minus the children and in a different setting.
No Lady and Her Tramp will have you rolling in the aisles as you follow the exploits of the residents of President Park.
Beth Ann Dixon gets herself a computer and decides to write a steamy erotic novel.
Her husband, Billy Ray, can't do much of anything right, not even shoot a gun.
And Troy is the guy we all love to hate.
Everybody gets into the act and there are showdowns all over Grapevine -- Grapevine, Kentucky that is.
The local gossip columnist, Shirley Snodgrass, records it all in her column, I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
You'll laugh, you'll cheer, and you may even shed a tear
As you read No Lady and Her Tramp -
"Inquiring minds want to know!"
"I heard it through the grapvine!"
Beth Ann Dixon's life in Grapevine, Kentucky, doesn't look too bad from the outside. She's married to (and still in love with) her high school sweetheart, Billy Ray. She owns her own business, the Kut-n-Kurl beauty shop. But while the love hasn't gone out of her marriage, the physical magic certainly has; and the President Trailer Park is not where she wants to spend the rest of her days. Beth Ann has had enough of living at such close quarters with the likes of crazy Troy Finkmyer-his battered wife, Mary Jo-and nosey old Janet Higgins. She's also had more than enough of reading about the Park residents' antics in local gossip columnist Shirley Snodgrass's sensationalized weekly offerings.
So now Beth Ann is going to get out! She's got a new computer (bought with church bingo winnings), and she's writing the steamiest, sexist novel she can dream up. That book's the ticket to elsewhere for Beth Ann and her Billy Ray.
Writing it most certainly will change Beth Ann's life. Not to mention Billy Ray's, and-before all is over-the lives of everyone else in President Trailer Park. Or should I say the lives of everyone else in Grapevine, Kentucky?
This is one of the few books I've read in recent years that has literally made me laugh out loud. It also made me think that my own 10-year stint as a mobile home park resident was positively boring, compared to the adventures of Beth Ann and Billy Ray. Yet this comic novel has its serious moments, too; and many of them are quite touching.
The authors have done something I love in humorous fiction. They've taken familiar (even hackneyed) stereotypes, and then deftly fleshed those stereotypes out into genuine, believable individuals. The result is characters about whom readers can't help caring. Even while also laughing their heads off!
Book Review from Myshelf.com
Beth Ann Dixion is Grapevine, Kentucky's local hair stylist. She lives in a run-down trailer park known as President Park with her husband, Billy Ray. When she wins the church bingo grand prize of $1,000, she knows her prayers have been answered - a means to a better life is sure to be just around the corner. Taking her winnings to the nearest computer outlet, she purchases a state-of-the-line computer. While Billy Ray makes his weekly visits to hang out with his drinking buddies at the Amtrak, she fires up her computer and allows her hands to blaze a fiery trail across the keyboard. Her intent is to create the steamiest romance novel under the alias of Bethany Dickerson. She is convinced she can give the local columnist, Shirley Snodgrass, a lesson in literature refinement that is guaranteed to put Grapevine on the map of fame!
The writing talent of Kristie Leigh Maguire and Mark Haeuser has been combined to produce a very delightful and realistic novel. The tone, style, and voice are all original and quite wonderfully intertwined together. What I admire most about these two wonderful authors is they were brave enough to give a realistic look at how modern day romance actually happens. Both of these authors have opposite writing styles, but in reading No Lady and Her Tramp, I was unable to pick out which author was writing each memorable scene. This fact alone shows how talented the duo is in creating a dynamic well-oiled writing team!
Epitome of "trailer trash".
Kristie Leigh Maguire and Mark Haeuser, authors of No Lady and Her Tramp, have done an excellent job of placing a number of rowdy characters in one location called President Park Trailer Court in Grapevine, Kentucky.
These characters are not unlike some people we encounter in everyday situations who will not literally sock you in the jaw, clobber you with a skillet, or shoot at you from the porch, but their aims are the same as those displayed by Beth Ann, the aspiring author; Billy Ray, her beer drinking husband with a cheating heart; Shirley Snodgrass, the gossip columnist; and Troy Finkmyer, the neighbor whose actions speak louder than words.
Boys will be boys, but not quite as often and not as potentially deadly as the actions of Billy Ray, Troy, and their neighbors. There is a lot of beer drinking, and as you probably have already guessed, caravans of police cars with sirens blasting. All this commotion is disruptive to several bedroom scenes, and to Beth Ann who has bought herself a computer and is determined to write a novel.
Meanwhile, Beth Ann is being observed by everyone in town. Her husband follows her, the local newspaper columnist writes about her, and the resident Peeping Tom snoops around her home. In spite of all the hilarious drama that is taking place, Beth Ann keeps plodding away on her novel. I just loved the way she stayed on course, no matter what! She surprises herself, her husband, and her neighbors when the book is a success.
No Lady and Her Tramp was an enjoyable and comical read.
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