Although gifted with wit and artistic talent, Lucy Venier lacks focus. As she tries various careers, from crime reporter to sleep-deprived law student, her offbeat life experiences fuel her insatiable desire to create. Unfortunately “starving artist” isn’t a desirable job title, so Lucy hides her creativity under her business suit.As if figuring out her life isn’t hard enough, all of Lucy’s friends are getting married, but Lucy’s not sure if she’s capable of living happily ever after. With a string of loser former flames, giving up on love seems to be the best option. Until Ben—Lucy’s Mr. Right, who comes along at completely the wrong time.In the tradition of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, The Hard Way is a scrapbook of tales from Lucy’s life. As she discovers more about the people around her, will she finally begin to understand herself?
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Julie Luongo is a former university writing instructor who left the profession because she was sick of hearing herself enthuse about word economy. She spent some years in Philadelphia writing short-short plays that everyone clapped at the end of, which made her feel conflicted. Now, she lives in the Poconos where she always wears comfortable shoes in case her car breaks down and dreams of a world where she has 20/20 eyesight. She can be found online at www.julieluongo.com, her blog, where she rips on bad song lyrics, commercials, and pop culture.