Dating George Clooney
Once upon a time, I fell in love with a very funny book – Dating George Clooney. It brought me tears of laughter and coffee-snorts. Today I am republishing the excerpt with a few updates. Yes, we all know dear George married a brilliant lady – Amal Alamuddin Clooney, a Lebanese-British lawyer specializing in international law and human rights. But let’s go back in time, to when he was one of America’s most desirable bachelors.
Emmy-nominated writer-producer, Maureen Driscoll outdoes herself in the delightful romp, Dating George Clooney Dating George Clooney.
Liberal Congressman Barnaby DeLayton is facing an ethics complaint and a well-funded conservative opponent. His expanded district includes New Canaan, California, home of a charismatic televangelist and a billionaire who wants to build a space ark. With just a few weeks to go before the election, DeLayton is facing certain defeat.
When he asks his Hollywood backers for help, they send writer Lauren Butler, a woman with no people skills and an odd obsession with George Clooney. She and campaign manager Andrew Morrison are told to do whatever it takes to get DeLayton re-elected.
DATING GEORGE CLOONEY is a fictional story of American politics, celebrity worship and an electorate that tends to believe what it wants to believe. It’s written by a woman who spent ten years in Washington, and another fifteen in Hollywood and is fairly fed up with both. She does, however, like George Clooney quite a bit. In a nice, non-stalker-like way. She also hopes he doesn’t sue.
Maureen Driscoll captures the action on the big three playing fields, religion, politics, and movies. With her subversive humor she shows us how power doesn’t always corrupt it just bends and warps. Lauren Butler lacks people skills and has no brakes on her mouth. Divorced and at that magic age of 42 when you should have your act together but don’t, Lauren takes a job as speechwriter for a scandal-ridden, numbingly narcissistic congressman after she is fired as head writer for a game show.
As the days lead up to the congressman’s election and the tension builds, Lauren escapes to a fantasy world where George Clooney is smitten with her. He joins her at times when his tenderness is most needed, as in shopping at Costco. He pushes the cart and chats lovingly to the stressed-out Lauren.
One of the real howlers is The Finisher, A hit man with an IQ of ten and the focus of a Doberman Pinscher suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.
Lauren’s fantasy world with George Clooney left me in tears of laughter. Get this… Mark Wahlberg serenades the couple as George Clooney proposes to Lauren while placing a giant pink diamond on her finger. This would make a super funny film.
A Tiny Excerpt:
~~ from Lauren Butler’s fantasy world. Please note: in the book she has never met George Clooney but that doesn’t stop her from letting him push her cart at Costco.
George and Lauren continue their quest through the store. She grabs a giant pack of toilet paper as he tells her about waiting in line at the DMV for three hours.
They’re headed toward the underwear aisle when they run into Hugh Grant, who has nothing in his cart except four enormous boxes of condoms.
“Clooney! Good seeing you, old sot. This must be your charming girlfriend. Alan Rickman said he saw the two of you in New York last weekend really going at it in some swanky bar, although it couldn’t have been all that swanky or that wanker Rickman never would have gotten in, poor bastard. You don’t happen to know where the roasted chickens are, do you? Never mind, I’ll sniff them out on my own. Good seeing you. Give me a ring if you ever want to go to the Glendale Costco. It’s so much better than this rubbishy place.”
Maureen Driscoll is an Emmy-nominated writer-producer in Los Angeles whose credits include “The Dish” on the Style Network, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and Nickelodeon’s “BrainSurge.” She was also a recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.
Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel DATING GEORGE CLOONEY is a political satire inspired by her time there.
ALWAYS FOREVER is the fifth book in the Emerson series of Regency romances. The first was ALWAYS COME HOME, followed by ALWAYS TRUE TO HER, ALWAYS HAVE HOPE and ALWAYS BELIEVE IN LOVE. They follow the Kellington series: NEVER A MISTRESS, NO LONGER A MAID; NEVER MISS A CHANCE; NEVER WAGER AGAINST LOVE; NEVER RUN FROM LOVE; NEVER DENY YOUR HEART and NEVER TURN AWAY.
Maureen is currently working on NEVER AND ALWAYS, the final book in the Emerson series.
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