Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee

By SMW Staff

Called a “winning mix of humor and pathos” by Publishers Weekly, SAVE AS DRAFT is a digital age love triangle aptly written entirely in emails, Blackberry texts and messages, Facebook and Match.com profiles, making for a both hilarious and thought-provoking examination of relationships instantly created and destroyed by the stroke of a key.

The story unfolds when Izabell, a wannabe-actress-turned-lawyer, ventures online and meets Marty, an enthusiastic music buff who is also new to town and has “spark” comparable to Izabell’s. He’s “The One” – or so she thinks.

But after an impromptu make-out session with fellow lawyer and loyal friend Peter the night before her first date with Marty, Izabell suddenly finds herself with two suitors on her hands. What’s a girl to do? Get engaged, of course! Izabell breaks up with Marty and begins a whirlwind engagement with Peter, but when her new fiancé gets assigned to a big case, their once-perfect romance is reduced to a few daily emails. Frustrated and lonely, Izabell starts emailing Marty again for friendly support and in a strong-willed moment gives Peter an ultimatum: “Me or the job.”  By providing full access to the trio’s inboxes, including those left unsent in the save as draft folder, Lee gives readers an intimate perspective of the characters’ lives as they experience break-ups, make-ups, new jobs, engagements, family turmoil, and everything else that comes along in life and love.

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

JANUARY 2008: DATELESS … BUT NOT DESPERATE

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7:31 PMFrom:IzabellTo:ElizabethSubject:Tough Times All Around

E—

Did you know that the single guy to single girl ratio in this city is 1 to 8???!!!! Is this really true? This can’t be true. Ugh, maybe that explains my fourth consecutive month of NOT dating here in the ATL, or pseudo-dating (translation: hanging out with best guy friend who has no interest in me sexually or otherwise).

I tell ya, it’s tough times all around …

—Izzy

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7:35 PMFrom:ElizabethTo:IzabellSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Online dating. Try it.

And, FYI: your “best guy friend” has been hot for your bod for two years now—don’t fish for compliments.

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7:38 PMFrom:IzabellTo:ElizabethSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Online dating will NOT be happening. So unromantic. Not my style. And, no, on the contrary, my “best guy friend” really is just that—my “best guy friend.”

—”Idealistically Opposed to Online Dating Izzy”

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 8:05 PMFrom:ElizabethTo:IzabellSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Suit yourself. My friend, Jen, met a guy on eHarmony or Match or whatever the hell and now they’re getting married this summer.

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 8:10 PMFrom:IzabellTo:ElizabethSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Yeah, right, my luck, it’ll be e(DIS)Harmony or NON-Match. I would never, ever subject myself to being rejected ON-line. It’s bad enough being rejected IN-person. My computer is the only safe haven I have left.

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 8:12 PMFrom:ElizabethTo:IzabellSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Methinks the lady doth protest too much …

Draft:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 8:13 PMFrom:IzabellTo:ElizabethSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

This e-mail was written but not sent and will save as Draft until further action.

Fine. I’ll consider it. But only to prove you wrong!

Sent:Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 11:38 PMFrom:IzabellTo:ElizabethSubject:Re: Tough Times All Around

Sorry, not gonna happen. I may be dateless, but NOT desperate.

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