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Introducing the One-Book-Only Book Club: January 1 to 31, 2014

What better time to read a novel about a woman who is struggling to get thin than in January?

TWCD_3DJoin other readers and the author for a fun, easy, interesting, on-line book discussion from January 1 to 31, 2014 to read and talk about The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel – the story of 29-year-old Rita Sax Turner’s frustrating and funny but ultimately rewarding journey to rid herself of sixty unwanted pounds (or so. Maybe more. Maybe less).

Each week we’ll read 100 pages, and then we’ll talk about them together. There will be set questions and topics posted at the end of each week, but you can ask the author anything about her thoughts on the book, or talk among yourselves – about the book, families, marriages, walking in the park, your own food-related issues, anything.

If you have ever used food for something besides sustenance – like to make you thinner, or fatter, or just plain warm and comfy – you’re going to love reading about Rita.

The Whole Clove Diet tells the story of a young woman caught in a frustrating marriage with two step-kids, a nagging mom, a whiny mother-in-law and no clear plan for her future… well, at least none that she wants to think about. Not long ago she was a slim young thing with her whole future ahead of her, but as her options decline, she is getting fatter and fatter (her words) – not from hunger, but from frustration and rage, and feelings of despair and sadness. Her husband thinks that her getting pregnant would be just the thing, but this idea only makes her feel more trapped. She goes on diet after diet, and guess what? They don’t work. It appears that reducing your calorie intake does not take any weight off your problems.

Rita’s redeeming features include her ability to hope (true of anyone who has ever gone on a diet!), her wits, and her sense of humour (black though it may sometimes be). When an injury gives her an excuse to escape the home-front action for a week, she starts to figure it all out – and to figure herself out. The novel is ultimately a feel-good story that will leave you cheering for Rita (and feeling even more hopeful for yourself, and for those around you who are battling with addictions of any kind).

Some of the issues we’ll be talking about:

  • Is overeating an addiction – just as bulimia and anorexia are now thought to be?
  • How does the western world treat people who are overweight differently than it does people of normal weight?
  • Do we invite any of this treatment ourselves, by how we act when we are above our ideal weights?
  • What is self-discipline? Can you acquire it, and if so, where?
  • What is the difference between deciding to make a life change and resolving to make one?
  • Do women and men approach food differently? How much does this have to do with our historic roles?
  • Does one diet work better than another?

We’ll also get down to the nitty gritty:

  • Why exactly is Rita sexually attracted to a doctor who has been verbally abusive to her?
  • What can Rita do about the fact that her husband’s first wife keeps getting more and more attractive in everyone’s memory the longer she is dead?
  • What IS the recipe for Nanaimo bars?

As we read, your feelings of despair and sympathy for Rita will alternate with a sense that you want to sit down and have a talk with her, or maybe just give her a good shake. But she’ll also make you laugh and cheer.

Find out what the author was thinking when she wrote the novel, and what her own experiences with weight issues (and other addictions) have been, in this perfectly timed opportunity to join a book club that is reading only one book, ever.

Whether you’ve already read The Whole Clove Diet or have been intending to read it – or have never even heard of it until this minute – join us. (Check out the reviews by other readers first, on Amazon or GoodReads, if you’re so inclined.) If you have ever wanted to lose (or gain) a pound or two, are planning to make a new year’s resolution (about anything – the same principles apply if you’re on a weight-loss program, cutting back on the booze or cigarettes, or training for a half marathon), or just love reading some good writing, snuggle up with this book – and with us – for a truly satisfying launch to the new year.

Note: The WCD One-Off Book Club will meet right here, on the  The Whole Clove Diet blog, but the discussion will be copied to Mary W. Walters’s Author Page on GoodReads. Regular updates will also appear on the Mary W. Walters, Writer Facebook page, and on Twitter (@MaryWWalters). If you are not an on-line-forum kind of person, you can have printouts of the discussions emailed to you on request, and you can submit questions by email each week that will be answered and/or discussed by the group. (mary at marywwalters dot com)

The Whole Clove Diet is available from in both print and e-book versions, and as a Kobo e-book.


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B.R.A.G. Medallion for The Whole Clove Diet

I am very pleased to announce that The Whole Clove Diet has been honoured with a Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.) Medallion.

The Book Readers Appreciation Group mission is “to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books.”

From their website: is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union. The word “indie” refers to self or independently published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. By their nature, our readers are passionate about all books, but for the purposes of the service we provide, we focus exclusively on the work of self-published authors of print and digital books.

Our mission is to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books. As such, we are constantly on the lookout for the work of talented men and women who have written indie books across a wide range of genres. Our primary focus is fiction, however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

From the large and rapidly growing library of indie books that are available today, we select those that we believe deserve to be considered. These books are then read and evaluated by members drawn from our reader group. The readers judge the merits of the books based on our proprietary list of criteria. The single most important criterion that we ask our readers to use in judging a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend. Once a book meets this standard of quality, we award it our B.R.A.G. Medallion™, and along with other medallion recipients, it is presented on this website.

It is also interesting to read the group’s explanation of “Why We Exist.”

There are increasing numbers of individuals and companies that have begun to see the financial possibilities of endorsing some self-published books in an attempt to help readers sort the wheat from the chaff among the millions of tomes that are now available in both print and e-format. For only $500 or so, for example, you can get Kirkus Reviews or Publishers’ Weekly to read your self-published book and, if they like it, you can publish their review on your website. (I did not do that, by the way. I received my Publishers’ Weekly review as part of the process of reaching the top 100 in the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards competition.) Other outlets are also springing up that are offering, for a fee, to give your self-published book a rubber stamp that will advise readers it has been edited and looks professional.

It is really nice to see that there is a group of people who love books enough to perform this service without charging the author anything.

It is even nicer to have been the recipient of one of their awards. Thank you, indieBRAG LLC!



  • You can follow indieBRAG on FaceBook and Twitter.
  • Books can be nominated by anyone for a B.R.A.G. Medallion, but nominators have no influence on the outcome of the evaluation process.


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Publication Day: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, The Whole Clove Diet was released for sale.

In honour of the publication day, I am launching this blog with links to two of the kinds of articles that would fascinate Rita, and also fascinates me. It was my attempt to get my head around this kind of thinking (why can’t we simply DECIDE to lose weight, and do it?) that impelled me to start the novel in the first place.

Not much has changed in 12 years, which is about how long ago it is since I first sat down to tell Rita’s story: a lot of us are still waiting for the magic bullet.

The first article shows that workplace burnout is related to emotional eating. Duh.

The second reports on a newly published study that seems to suggest that a majority of Americans has grown more fearful of debt than of weight gain, if given the choice. I am not sure how we can put this information to use to anyone’s benefit, however.

The publication is a work in progress – the novel is available only as a paperback right now, and only on, and the “Look Inside” option is not up yet. But it is real. I have a copy right here in my hands (well, not in my hands right now because I’m typing, but you know what I mean), and on the day it was published, it received its first review. It has a reality beyond my mind and my computer – and after 12 years, it’s about time. 🙂


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