Monday, January 28, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Confessions of a Predatory Lender


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Today's Teaser Tuesday sentences come from CONFESSIONS OF A PREDATORY LENDER, a novel by Irma Fritz, author of IRRETREVIABLY BROKEN and an indie author like me. I like to read indie books, as well as books by well-known authors, and I especially like to learn a little something while I'm enjoying a story's plot. That's definitely the case with this book. I'm about halfway through and engrossed in this enjoyable story, while learning a little about the home mortgage crisis.

Here are two sentences from 17% on my Kindle.

TEASER:
Megan has one hand in her hair, returning her painstakingly gelled and coiffed hairdo to its naturally messy state. "Um, it's my impression that we won't be verifying ... you know, the customer's ability to repay the loan?"


Author: Irma Fritz
Genre: Fiction
Number of Pages: 420
Amazon Link: Confessions of a Predatory Lender

Goodreads Synopsis:
       The year is 2006 and everyone knows you can make a killing in mortgage lending. Christy and Megan, two small-town girls from the Palouse region of Eastern Washington, arrive in Seattle with newly minted finance degrees and dollar signs in their eyes. Both are eager to grab their chance at becoming mortgage loan officers. If only they can pass the training class!
       "Good girl" Christy is our guide through the maze of predatory lending with BFF Megan her ever-present and irreverent sidekick. Together they’re an irresistible combination as they love, shop, and lend their way through this hilarious novel toward an ending we’re all too familiar with.




Teaser Tuesdays
 is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
  • Be sure to add a comment to Miz B's Teaser Tuesday post, leaving a link to the post on your blog.



68 comments:

  1. You should always verify and re-verify things like a loan.....

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    1. Absolutely! But did mortgage brokers always do that before the mortgage loan crisis? Maybe not.

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  2. Heh. There are probably some who still try to get away with the stunts they pulled before the crisis--before regulations were put into place. My teaser: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

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    1. Gosh, I hope not! I'm enjoying this book because it tells the story of two young women who are working toward careers in the mortgage lending industry, so it's really a story about them. But I'm also learning about what happened during that time too. Good reading.

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  3. Hm. doesn't really sound like my cup of tea, but it does sound interesting. Great teaser. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  4. How could you not? :o

    Happy reading!

    - Nyx @ Unraveling Words

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  5. That sounds like trouble! Here is my teaser for this week.

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  7. I'm not sure I would be into this particular book (because I like mine with a bit of paranormal or fantasy), but I do love my indie authors. This is a great tease! Thank you so much for stopping by my TT! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. There's no paranormal or fantasy in this book -- it was all too real. But there's plenty of humor in the story too.

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  8. Oh, they almost seem like a faint dream, those days before the Big Crash. When everything seemed possible and lenders were all-too-eager.

    I like the sound of this one, Sandra...you always hook me!

    Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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    1. We do seem to share the same taste in books! I like your Teaser too.

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  9. Interesting teaser. Goes along with the book and the title, makes me want to read the book. Thanks for sharing and visiting my teaser. =]

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    1. It's a worthwhile (and entertaining) story.

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  10. *Grumbles*

    I think I would probably throw this book as I am not a fan of the Mortgage companies! They can really screw people over. Does the author have experience working for the banks?

    Okay.. Now, I admit that I am kind of curious!! Hehe.

    Here is my Teaser Tuesday: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    Allison
    Book Reviews

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    1. Irma worked for Seattle banks for a number of years and is definitely knowledgeable. That experience shows up in the details of this book, along with plenty of humor.

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  11. I like the whole idea of this! Too few books about women in predatory businesses...mostly they are attributed to men. I'm off to download the sample...and thanks for bringing this to my attention :) You always have the best stuff!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie. Somehow I knew "Confessions of a ...." would catch your eye!

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  12. I'm not sure this one would be my cup of tea, but it certainly sounds intriguing. :) Great job on the teaser!

    Do drop by my teaser, if you could. :)

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  13. Talk about an interesting premise. This looks like a good read just because it's not a background you normally see.

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    1. I agree. It was interesting to see how the young women's lives unfolded along with the mortgage lending debacle. By introducing us to a couple of appealing characters, the author made the story personal and compelling -- and entertaining too.

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  14. Glad to see it is a humorous book, otherwise it would be serious and sad - predatory lending. Nice tease.
    Here's mine: Dearest Rose

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    1. The two twenty-something women keep the story light and add a lot of humor. Megan brings comic relief.

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  15. An intriguing teaser.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/01/teaser-tuesday_29.html

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  16. Hadn't seen this one before! Thanks for stopping by earlier :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  17. Good morning! I'm the author of Confessions of a Predatory Lender. Just checking in to thank Sandy for featuring my book on Teaser Tuesday & all of you for taking a look. Banking experience, someone asks? Yeah, spent a bunch of years at Seattle banks and after watching one of our most respected banks go down, I wanted to tell this story because it's a tragedy most of us have seen being played out as our neighbors' homes were being foreclosed. I'm a fiction writer and I wanted to make this a fun (and funny) story of a young girl and her BFF who come to the big city with dollar signs in their eyes. Sort of a "The Devil Wears Prada" hilarious book of mortgage lending. Hope you enjoy the read. Can I come back later and post a couple of my teasers?

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    1. Thanks for adding comments, Irma. Your experience in banking comes through in the details you've included in this book. And so does your sense of humor! I like the mix.

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  18. Hello!
    Stopping by the TT!
    I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds good. :)

    Here's my TT!

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  19. Okay, I'm back. Since it's my day, I'm just going to hog it all with more teasers of my own book because there's romance too:
    “Hey,” he says, as if we’d seen each other just the other day.
    “Hey,” I say back, and there’s not a smidge of anger in my voice or in my heart.
    “How about a boat ride? There’s a full moon out tonight.”
    “There sure is,” I say, leaning my head back and staring right up at it. I let the moon’s cold light bathe my face, glad this dreaded and wished-for full moon has come at last. This dual source of anxiety and delight is hovering above the lake like a giant lantern. It’s so full and round and gorgeous, it makes me shiver.
    Josh wraps his arms around me, and we both stare up into the sky. “Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?”
    “I’ve been waiting for it all day.” As I say these words, I know it’s not only the moon I’ve been waiting for all day.
    “Ready for that boat ride?” he asks.
    “Beautiful boat. Whose is it?”
    Josh shrugs. “No one needing it tonight.”
    “Blame it on the moon,” I say and climb into the white boat that Josh borrowed or stole, and it no longer matters.

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  20. Well, this one certainly has me curious! What a great teaser! Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping my teaser! Happy Reading!

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  21. The book nerd that I am, when I first read the title of this book I thought it was about lending books! :D

    Thanks for visiting A Book Blog of One's Own!

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    1. Predatory book lenders -- I like that! It would make a good book, wouldn't it?

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  22. Not my usual read but I'm intrigued. :) Thanks for sharing & stopping by my teasers today! Happy Tuesday! :D

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  23. Hmmm, I'm definitely intrigued! Thanks for sharing and stopping by! Hope you enjoy your book! :)

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  24. Nice tease! Haven't heard of this one! Thanks for visiting my teaser!

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  25. I would never have thought about this idea for a novel. Interesting. Here's Mine

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    1. One thing that attracted me to this novel in the first place was the fact that these women have unusual careers. It was fun to follow them in their rise up the corporate ladder during a crazy time.

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  26. Hmm... Interesting teaser, thanks for stopping by my blog The Reading Beauty.

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  27. Hadn't heard of this one, will have to check it out :)

    Thanks for stopping by Book Cover Justice!

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  28. Sounds like repaying a loan is a bit of a double entendre? Thanks for dropping by Read@UTS!

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  29. I haven't heard of this one, but I do love books by Indie authors. Thanks for sharing and stopping by. I'll be sure to check out this book.
    -Jelly Jelly's Insider

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  30. Haven't read books like this before. I should check it out. Thanks for the teaser! And thanks for dropping by my Teaser Tuesdays post :-)

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  31. Great teaser, I probably wouldn't have heard of this book otherwise, but it sounds really interesting! : )

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    1. I sometimes feature indie authors in my blog because we don't get the exposure that big name publishers provide. I found this book to be well written, entertaining, and free of grammatical and formatting errors. Irma did a professional job on it.

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  32. Uh oh, that doesn't good! Great teaser :)

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  33. Great teaser! I haven't heard of this book..

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  34. Great teaser. I need to add this one to my list. Thanks for sharing!

    ai love books

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  35. This sounds really good. Enjoy!

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  36. Sounds like an interesting book. I can't wait to read it. I esp. like the title as a double entendre. As I've been in banking a number of years, I understand...

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    1. Since Irma worked in banking for many years, she knows what she's talking about. I think you'll enjoy her book.

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  37. Thanks for sharing! I haven't heard of this one before. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  38. This sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your teaser! And thanks for stopping by mine as well. :)

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  39. Thank you, Sandy, and all who have participated in TT today for your interest in my new novel, Confessions of a Predatory Lender. I'll be checking out all of your blogs and your book recommendations. So sorry that my head is cut off in this photo. I've tried to change it, but no success! I'll be stopping by more often to see what everyone is up to. So, thanks again, goodnight, and happy reading!

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  40. I'm reading this book now and plan to review it. I highly recommend it as a page turner. As a law asistant for a real estate attorney who also hPPENS TO BE MY DAUGHTER--WHO IS ANXIOUS TO GET THIS BOOK--WE KNOW WHAT iRMA IS TALKING ABOUT AND ARE SO GLAD SHE'S TELLING IT AS IT IS, INCORPORATING IT INTO A FUN-FILLED FAST-PACED FICTION STORY.

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    1. Thank you, Micki, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I've never worked in banking, but Irma's story definitely rang true. You're right -- with her experience in that field, she knows what she's talking about and it shows in this novel.

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  41. Oh, good times . I've heard good things about this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Well, *that* doesn't sound promising for the business..

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  43. It's not exactly my cuppa, but it does sound interesting. Nice teaser!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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  44. Interesting teaser, it's always nice to learn some new facts when reading a book haha, I definitely have no knowledge of mortgages.
    Thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies (:

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  45. I wonder what's got her messing up her hair... Thanks for stopping by Alli's World at mrscaptkirk51.blogspot.com!

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  46. Interesting teaser!
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  47. A book that blends facts with fiction is always interesting--great teaser!

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