Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley is definitely in the running to be my book of the month, it was AMAZING. If you like your Urban Fantasy to have a hilarious, brave and slightly kick-ass heroine that also happens to have mad filing skills then check out Temping Is Hell. I absolutely loved it and then loved it some more.
Personally, I really hope Cathy can write really fast because I'm already impatient for the next instalment, you can check out my review here, there's a lot of squeeeing and exclamation marks so be warned!
My keeper shelf is the latest stop on the Temping is Hell blog tour, Cathy has very kindly agreed to share a little excerpt from Temping is Hell and tell us why her latest heroine is a secretary.
Why my heroine is a secretary.
Before I was able to write full time, I used to be a secretary. I wrote my first seven books while holding down a forty-hour-a-week day job, and for most of that time, I was an “admin” – executive assistant, office goddess, you name it. I did a lot of filing. Answered phones. Cleaned conference rooms, kept schedules. And generally made sure the wheels stayed on the bus.
Consequently, I know this fact: do not mess with secretaries.
They know things. Similar to Moms, they seem to know where everything is (and everyone goes to them asking “have you seen…?”) They know where the available conference rooms are. They know the numbers to everybody you need to get a hold of and how to work just about everything in a fifteen foot radius.
They know people, too. They know which IT guy will actually help and which mail guy to avoid. With a phone call, the laptop you haven’t been able to get ordered for the past six months will appear on your desk in twenty-four hours.
When I started writing Temping Is Hell, I knew I wanted to write about a secretary. But not just any secretary: a temp. Temps have a reputation for being flaky and incompetent, but I temped for years – and the true power of temping is the ability to say “you people are crazy, I am out of here.”
Kate has some commitment issues when it comes to work. She starts working for Thomas Kestrel and Fiendish Enterprises because she needs to get some cash before her cell phone gets shut off. She thinks she’ll just put up with a temporary hell until she pays some bills. What she doesn’t know is: this assignment is going to be the longest, and most exciting, year of her life.
Here’s a clip from when Kate first meets Thomas, late one night, at the Fiendish Enterprises office (after he catches her singing Baby Got Back at one in the morning, working on a project):
This is the first book in my Necessary Evil series. The sequel, Overtime is Hell, will be out next year.
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