SAVE AS DRAFT @Readers A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid—or rather unsent—could change the story of our lives. 6:59 PM Feb. 14th via twitterfeed
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011
Subject: Save as Draft
Are we Facebook friends yet? I’m the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life online. (Don’t we all these days?)
Anyway, I’ve got this problem. . . . There’s this guy. His name’s Peter. He’s my best friend and co-worker, and we just started dating, which is potentially a huge mistake. But, that’s not all. There’s this other guy, Marty. I met him on eHarm, and he ran with the bulls in Spain. I can’t get him off my mind. What a mess. I’d love your advice if you can take a second out of your crazy, high-tech life. Shoot me an e-mail. Or text me. Or BB messenger me.
And friend me if you haven’t already! You can find me on Facebook under Save as Draft.
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. Sent:Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 9:09 AMFrom:eHarmonyTo:IzabellSubject:eHarmony: ? At a Discount–Get 2 Months FREE! Get a 3-month subscription for the price of 1! Yes, that means “3 for 1”! Let us make it easier for you to find ? by giving you an extra TWO MONTHS FREE.
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Cavanaugh Lee was raised in San Francisco, and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA’s School of Theatre. After graduation, she worked steadily as a “wactress” for four years. True love (or so she thought) led her to the deep south of Mississippi, and when the relationship imploded she stuck around south and received her law degree from UNC. By day, she is a prosecutor in Savannah, Georgia and by night she is searching for true love and working on the sequel to SAVE AS DRAFT.
Save as Draft is a witty and page-turning look at dating mores in the internet age. It’s also filled with heart. After a bad e-harmony date, don’t despair! Come home, curl up with a glass of Cabernet, and read this book by Cavanaugh Lee. She’s great company and she’ll never de-friend you.” —Amy Sohn, author of Prospect Park West
“Reading Save as Draft gives the vicarious thrill of peeking where one shouldn’t only to get drawn in by the warm and funny heartbeat with which Cavanaugh Lee has infused this up-to-the-second modern romance. I haven't wanted a guy to hit ‘send’ this badly since college—a truly good time!” —Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Nanny Diaries
"A quick, fun debut novel involving commitment avoidance, meet-cutes and falling in love in the electronic age." --Kirkus Reviews