Lisa Pell Who's Your Daddy, Baby?

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Who's Your Daddy, Baby?

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Who's Your Daddy, Baby? is a quirky paternity mystery with a Facebook twist. Inspired by the author's experience, it is the story of Lori Pomay, a happily married career woman living in suburban Washington, D.C.  Lori undergoes genetic testing for in vitro fertilization and her world is rocked when she is told the dad she always knew could not possibly have been her biological father.  This mid-life shocker sends her into an alternately hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking search for truth about her heritage - from Appalachian Cherokees to a Purple King, with high-rolling gamblers, car dealers, dentists, and all manner of older, confused amnesiacs along for the ride.  It's a mystery which should appeal to those searching for their roots, with DNA testing foibles and myths of history exposed.

With Lori's mother having died in the 1990s, taking many of the answers to her questions with her, the situation was rife with miscalculations.  Initially, the protagonist Lori McGuire Pomay's only clues to a prospective unknown biological father's identity are memories of her late mother discussing pre-marital dating in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, and faded old letters from several paternal contenders, written around the time of her conception in the apparently swinging spring of 1958.  The hunt eventually involves possibly ten paternal prospects; their families and friends; the membership of two churches; the high-rolling gambler ex-husband of a famous Hollywood actress; two families of car dealers; several free-spirited road trips around Virginia, and numerous humorous telephone calls and e-mails. 

It all boils down to timing and opportunity.  Lori learns more than she ever wanted to know about the vagaries of female fertility, the fallibility of half-siblingship DNA testing, problems with blood type testing/mutations, the impact of several genetic mutations - and her late mother's courtships.  Readers learn more than they might have known about Appalachian heritage, northern European ethnicity, inbreeding, sex and Rock n' Roll in the 1950s, the bonds of motherhood, and the nature of paternity.  Throw in the onset of a puzzling hereditary vertigo condition set off by hormone injections, plus a trip to the hospital for chest pains, and Who's Your Daddy, Baby? will leave your head spinning. 

It's a magical mystery tour and "Who Done It" classic maybe only a mother could create, and as Paul McCartney might say, the answer to which maybe only your mother should know.  Then again, there's the possibility medical testing mistakes might be fueling this comedy of errors, but, whatever the answer, Lori's world is forever changed by the journey.

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About the Author:

While the provocative title of her first novel, "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?," could evoke images of a person employed in what some have termed the world's oldest profession, Lisa Pell hails from a grounding in what many might consider a more socially acceptable career path.

An award-winning former newspaper, network television affiliate, and radio journalist, Lisa has spent most of her career in the communications business. Born in North Carolina, she was raised in Virginia, is a graduate of George Mason University, and attended Harvard Business School. Currently she serves as a communications and program management consultant for an agency of the U.S. government.  Lisa has strong roots in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and has lived in Tennessee and West Virginia, where she also regularly covered news events in nearby Kentucky and southern Ohio.

Connoisseurs of well-told stories, Rock 'n' Roll music, impressionist art, golf, oysters, and fun people, Lisa and her husband, the self-styled Agent Provocateur, JonRe Pell, live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Lisa also has produced several videos in connection with the "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?" project. "The Ballad of Who's Your Daddy, Baby?" features kids performing to a bluesy rocker co-written by Lisa and friends, performed by professional musicians. Another music video, "Nothin' But a Mutt," features puppies and kittens interpreting "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?" It's another lively, bluesy original composition. In addition, Lisa has produced video reading excerpts for three chapters of "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?" Check them out on YouTube, coming July 24. For more information about Lisa and "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?," see her website,lisapell.com.

Review:

"One of the most clever novels I have read in recent years, Who's Your Daddy, Baby? is entertaining and endearing...Lisa Pell has an incredible gift as a writer in developing characters...It is light enough to be pleasant reading but deep enough to be memorable. The characters are endearing and the writing is exceptional." -Wayne Parker of About.com on Parenting and Fatherhood, part of THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY

"Without a doubt, one of my best reads of the year."-Anglers Rest

"Who's Your Daddy, Baby story line is entertaining and easy to read. Though fictionalized, it is a real life issue facing many people. Everyone should know their heritage; it is what defines our being. I enjoyed reading this book. It is an awesome read about a woman and her quest in finding out who her father is .. topped with a lively but peculiar cast of characters. Lisa Pell is an amazing and talented writer with a gift in developing characters."-Sylvia Browder's Blog for Women Entrepreneurs

"Magical Mystery Tour and a 'Who Done It' mystery. This is combining two of my favorite things: the Beatles and mysteries...A quirky cast of characters leave you on a roller coaster ride to find the truth about Lori's father. Throw in social networking, which makes it all the more fun"-The Readiacs

"Who's Your Daddy, Baby? is a funny story. But it's not fluff."-The Bristol Herald Courier

Selected a "Must Read" by Southern Writers Magazine, page 11, March/April 2013 issue.

Placed in 2013 communications award for novels, Virginia Press Women, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, April 13, 2013.

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