Thursday, May 3, 2012

"His Wife and Daughters" by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga – E-Book Giveaway!

I’ve been having a blast clawing my way through the wild and woolly world of e-books with my chick lit mystery novel Falling Uphill. Now I’ve just released another—a women’s fiction page-turner that’ll make a great summer read! His Wife and Daughters is a family drama about a congressman’s sex scandal from 20 years ago and how it still haunts his wife and two grown daughters today, and I’m giving away 3 free copies!

Here’s the scoop on the book:

It’s 1988 and Trina Brath and her teenage daughters, Jill and Phoebe, lead happy and privileged lives as the wife and daughters of successful California Congressman Dan Brath. But that all changes when Dan, 52, is suspected of having an affair with Lesley Chisholm, a 19-year-old Washington DC intern who has gone missing. Soon Dan Brath is being accused in the harsh media spotlight of not only sleeping with Lesley, but responsible for her disappearance. Despite Trina’s standing by her husband—yet keeping the secret that he has cheated on her many times before—the incessant media scrutiny puts a strain on the family, and their lives to go into a tailspin. Eight months later, when Lesley mysteriously returns home safe and sound, Dan Brath’s career is over, and his family is in tatters.
Fast forward to today and the scandal that rocked the Brath family continues to take its toll. Jill has food issues and can’t trust men, Phoebe leads a self-destructive life and Trina continues to blame Lesley Chisholm for everything.
And now Lesley is breaking her silence with a tell-all memoir, which is sure to make Dan Brath’s wife and daughters relive the trauma all over again. Will Jill, Trina and Phoebe be able to cope, heal their wounds and move on with their lives? Told from the viewpoints of the three women, His Wife and Daughters is a moving and fascinating story of how one family attempts to survive the ultimate betrayal.

“A refreshing narrative with a strong sense of place: political scandal with an interesting twist that hits the mark.” —Kirkus Reviews

From President Warren G. Harding in the 1920s on through Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, Gary Condit, Elliot Spitzer, Herman Cain, John Edwards, etc., etc. (and not to mention the “secret” affairs of John F. Kennedy and other presidents), sex scandals and politics seem to go hand in hand. To enter for the free giveaway, just leave a comment here on the Girlfriends Book Club about why you think these scandals never go out of style and why these men always seem to think they can get away with it. And be sure to include your email address!

Three winners will be chosen at random after the deadline of Sunday, May 6 at midnight PDT. His Wife and Daughters is available on the Kindle platform only (on the Kindle reader, or free Kindle app for your smart phone, iPad, PC or Mac). And this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is the author of the novels, "Midori by Moonlight" and "Love in Translation" (both published by St. Martin's Press), and the original e-book novels, "Falling Uphill" and "His Wife and Daughters." She's also the author of the nonfiction e-book, "Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband." Her short story "Love Right on the Yesterday" appears in the anthology "Tomo," published by Stone Bridge Press, and her essay "Burning Up" is included in "Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop."
Wendy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco and teaches for Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio. She also does private manuscript consulting for novels and memoirs. Follow her on Twitter at @Wendy_Tokunaga and visit her website at:


  1. History just keeps repeating itself....the revolving door effect!

  2. I agree nothing ever really

  3. Love that you used different POVs....It seems power breeds arrogance which morphs into some sort of Teflon morality...

  4. Wendy
    The book sounds excellent! I wish you many many many sales!

  5. Wendy, best of luck with the new book! It sounds fabulous. I think the public will always be fascinated with these stories because politicians are celebrities and we love it when our celebrities fall (sad, but true).

  6. The book sounds great! But then I love all of your books. Best of luck, Wendy.

  7. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it. jezebeljorge(at)

  8. I love political stories! It's the being hypocritical, talking family values while doing the intern. The look behind the public mask.

  9. Sometimes the same traits that make a person believe they are exceptional enough to lead also makes them think the rules don't apply to them. Sounds like a very interesting book!

  10. I am currently awaiting my Kindle Fire to replace my two stolen Kindle Touches.

  11. The book sounds great.