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Peek Inside Ruby’s Misadventures with Reality

Lawyer Ruby O’Deare might not be living the American dream, but it feels like it every time she visits her small town megamall. But all dreams must come to an end. Ruby’s does when she wakes up after a one-night stand with the town’s sexy zoning commissioner, Noel West, to find expired Dollar Store condoms. Then her favorite client Estelle turns up dead. Ruby’s determined to find out the truth behind the curtains of Ozcorp, the company that owns the heavenly megamall and has the most to gain. She just hopes the zoning commissioner she’s falling for isn’t caught up in the danger.

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Lawyer Ruby O'Deare might not be living the American dream, but it feels like it every time she visits her small town megamall. The shoes! The lighting! Prince Charming spotted in the food court! It's a dream, right?

But all dreams must come to an end.

Ruby's does when she wakes up after a one-night stand with the town's sexy zoning commissioner, Noel West. Actually, that part is good. It's the expired Dollar Store condoms she finds that feel too real.

And then her favorite client Estelle turns up dead.

Ruby is determined to find out the truth behind the curtains of Ozcorp, the company that owns the heavenly megamall and has the most to gain from her client's death. She just hopes the zoning commissioner she might be falling for isn't caught up in the danger.



"Ruby's Misadventures with Reality is laugh out loud hilarious with so many humorous mishaps and antics. Samantha Bohrman kept me entertained from the very first sentence. I'm not sure where she comes up with half the things she does, but I think we should erect a bronzed midget statue of her to worship. Yes, this book was THAT good." -Jessica Adkins-Charles from Bottles&Books Reviews

"Samantha Bohrman has written a witty, quirky, completely original laugh-out-loud adventure. I eagerly followed Ruby through this imaginative and charming mystery, following her through one delightful mishap after another in her quest to navigate life and love in the land of Oz." -Kristi Belcamino, Macavity and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Gabriella Giovanni mystery series.

"If Stephanie Plum and The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy had a love child, it would be Ruby O'Deare. Working as an underemployed lawyer for a terrifying boss, Ruby is plagued by the nagging sensation all her decisions are the wrong ones. Nonetheless, she charges headlong into murder, mayhem and climate controlled malls without giving it a second thought. Along the way she meets Mr. Right who may or may not be, a self obsessed policeman, a human version of the pet dog who takes up permanent resident on her couch and myriad other characters who are sublimely entertaining. Laugh out loud funny, this is one hilarious heroine who is here to stay." -Beth McMullen, author of Original Sin and Spy Mom

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753631
Series: Emerald City Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 14, 2015
Page Count: 343
Imprint: amara next
Genre: mystery & suspense
Tropes: one night stand

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By Trista July 05, 2015

Such a fun book! I loved the characters and all the Wizard of Oz references. Ruby reminded me of a cooler Stephanie Plum. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a witty mystery. ...more

By Jessica June 28, 2015



Ruby's Misadventures With Reality is laugh out loud hilarious with so many humorous mishaps and antics. Samantha Bohrman kept me entertained from the very first sentence. I'm not sure where she comes up with half the things she does, but I thi ...more

By Bette July 06, 2015

A laugh out loud funny book filled with wacky but endearing characters, a story with a bit of mystery, tons of zany mishaps, and overall left me feeling happy! Ruby with all her good intentions finds herself in some pretty bizarre situations that she deals with as only Ruby can! You can't help but l ...more

By Roselle June 24, 2015

This book made me laugh. A lot. It's so witty and Ruby, the MC, so endearing in all her flaws. If you love to be surprised, entertained, and giggle your head off, this is the perfect book for you.

Samantha Bohrman is a fresh new voice full of wit and heart. ...more

By Alycia July 14, 2015

Out today!!

Shopaholic meets Legally Blonde in this fun romantic mystery. It's Emerald City like you've never imagined! ...more

By Wendy October 01, 2017

Fun little romantic romp, with lots of whimsy. I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, but I've met the author and she's a delight and taught a really fun class in writing romance, so I'm rounding up. Yeay Sam!

So, what is this book? Is it a romance, or is it a cozy mystery? Um, yes? It's kind of both. It's more ...more

By Antonella July 22, 2018

I read this book long time a go. I just wanted to add it to read shelf.
But I have to say it is a fun read. ...more

By Kasey July 14, 2015

I got this book as an advanced reader copy from Entangled Publishing. I will skip the plot summary because Entangled does a nice job of describing it.

I had such a great time reading this book. Ruby is cross between Elle Woods, Nancy Drew (I have a deep love for Nancy Drew and that's why I chose her ...more

By Nikki July 14, 2015

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Having been a huge fan of Wizard of Oz since I was six years old I was automatically drawn into reading this novel. I was also very skeptical since it in-cooperated a story that was very near and dear to my heart. May I just say, laugh o ...more

By April July 14, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****

WOW! What a terrific spin on the Wizard of OZ story. It is a murder mystery and a love story all rolled into one. The story starts with a one night stand and ends with a killer tornado
Ruby is a lawyer because a quiz said she wou ...more

By Sue July 13, 2015

Ruby's life is full of surprises and Samantha Bohram took me on a fast paced, entertaining adventure in Ruby's Misadventures With Reality.

From the start I liked that Ruby had real things happen to her...they were just more over the top and often a lot wilder than 'normal'! I liked Ruby as a heroine. ...more

By Tonia July 16, 2015

Such a fun book, and perfect for an escape on a hot summer day! Ruby's Oz is very different from what I have ever seen before, and in the most wonderful way. From munchkin statues lining the streets to a yellow brick road winding through the huge biomall, the subtle references to the Wizard of Oz ar ...more

By Paula July 08, 2015

I so enjoyed Ruby's self-deprecating humor and the Wizard of Oz connections. The story was really fun and full of good silliness but, just like Ruby, slowly picked up in maturity and concern for the community and environment around us. Samantha gives her narrator a witty insightful voice and an opp ...more

By Donna July 06, 2015

This is the debut novel by Samantha Bohrman. I asked to review because of the title. Ruby's Misadventures with Reality is a quirky fun mystery with a slightly manic shopaholic, totally confused lawyer. Ruby was not at the top of her class nor was she a total screw up. She ended up as a lawyer becaus ...more

By Doreena July 14, 2015

I was given a copy by the publisher for review.

I am on such a great book roll right now! The last few books I've read have been just amazing, but this one, this one is right in there with my all time favorites.

Want a book that you are going to fall in love with, laugh out loud, and not want to put d ...more

By Linda August 01, 2015

This is a fun tale that follows Ruby, an attorney, that loves all things shopping and nothing about being a lawyer. This book is funny with Ruby's over the top exploits ranging from spending more money on coffee than food to dollar store condoms. Through it all, Ruby is somehow lovable and you are r ...more

By Patricia July 12, 2015

What an inventive way to utilize the key ingredients in the wizard of Oz into a new and imaginative story.
It all starts with a defective, glow in the dark, dollar store condom and only gets better. Ruby and Noel have anything but a normal relationship.
Their jobs and family only add to the humor that ...more

By Shakera July 13, 2015

This was such a fun book. I loved all the "Wizard of Oz" references as well as the modern day references. (There's a character named Destinee Childs... let that sink in). There was murder, suspense, humor, romance... you name it! Great debut! ...more

By Kristin July 28, 2015

Hilarious and fun. ...more

By Alyssa August 31, 2015

Loved it! The quirkiest book I have read in a long time! ...more

By Julie July 18, 2015

This was a great summer read! Loved it! I hope there's a sequel. ...more

By Mimi July 20, 2015

A great first book from this author. Wonderful wit and humor from beginning to end. Funny and maybe even a little dark in looking at consumerism and how the almighty dollar can win out over almost everything except maybe Mother Nature. Also looks at how ideas of romance can get in the way of relatio ...more

By Sammy November 07, 2015

This was a fun and quirky read! I loved the Wizard of Oz references. Also other references like Legally Blonde because god bless that movie. I could totally relate to Ruby. I really enjoyed this but of course as Non-American, grasping some of the references were difficult but nothi ...more

By Bev July 17, 2015

Ruby, the main character of this book , is flawed, ditzy at times and very funny, her humour is very like my own and I literally laughed out loud several times. The Wizard of Oz references are very tongue in cheek and were much appreciated. The style of writing reminded me of old Sam Spade novels an ...more

By Kim August 13, 2015

What a fun read. I loved that it was a play off of the Wizard of Oz! The only thing missing would have been the wicked witch crushed under a house! ...more

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Samantha Bohrman

About the author

Samantha Bohrman

Shortly after graduating from law school, Samantha had three children and began writing books. She never looked back, but she suspects her husband has. You can often find her in the aisles of Target looking at scarves and forgetting to buy broccoli and eggs. If it's a good day she'll be holding a latte. If it's not, try not to stare. Ruby's Misadventures with Reality is her first book, though hopefully not her last. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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