Drive For Dough

Drive For Dough

Drive For Dough Cover

Just when she is finally establishing her credibility as a CEO in the Internet world, Lena Bettencourt faces the worst kind of crisis for an online-company executive: a hacker who threatens to expose her customers’ credit card information. And, to make matters worse, the blackmailing Internet scofflaw chooses to exploit the problem with her website’s security right before she’s about to get on a plane for her first vacation in three years.

In this sequel to Putt for Show, Lena, a winner of the USGA Women’s Senior Amateur Tournament, takes on many challenges: running a company, sexism in the tech world, Internet security, and the plague of $5 golf balls lost in the woods. Her detractors try to undermine her success by chipping away at her confidence and destroying her credibility with the venture capitalists funding her business. When she discovers a scheme to discredit her leadership, she must figure out who is behind it to save her job and her reputation.

Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 3, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1500736376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500736378
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Sunacumen Press (November 25, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0986095222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986095221
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

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A fresh novel of sports and corporate intrigue, with a dash of romance thrown in

“The novel’s most refreshing aspect is that Lena is neither young nor stupid but rather a middle-aged woman of believable fallibility—a very unconventional female...
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Kirkus Reviews LogoReview of Drive for Dough

A contemporary tale about life, love and golf.

Fifty-five-year-old former USGA Women’s Senior Amateur tournament winner Lena Bettencourt has for the last few years been CEO of The Perfect Tee, a Seattle-based business that sells women’s golf clothing online. As the novel opens, a clever hacker has been wreaking havoc on the company by harvesting customers’ financial information.

Meanwhile, Lena’s on the verge of releasing a revolutionary new golf ball that can be detected electronically—no more searching the woods and shrubbery for expensive balls. At the same time, she’s trying to choose between two men: the calm, sensitive Kim or her former flame, the slightly rakish author and editor Ryne. She also weathers difficulties with her own employees (one of whom might be a traitor) as well as conflicts with the golf-ball developers. On top of these trials, she’s dealing with the inescapable fact that she’s not a young woman anymore; she’s sometimes saddened to realize that “all of the people she ever cared about…were suffering the same fate she was feeling so acutely—the loss of youth, the slow destruction of aging.” However, such dire thoughts hardly impinge on Charlier’s lively, friendly story.

The author’s ear for dialogue is excellent (“That is why I didn’t ask if you loved me. I asked if we could share some kitchen space”), as is her skill at portraying the complexities of multifaceted adult relationships. The novel’s most refreshing aspect is that Lena is neither young nor stupid but rather a middle-aged woman of believable fallibility—a very unconventional female protagonist in today’s book world. The book’s golfing trivia and Charlier’s ability to convey the sport’s drama and suspense are added bonuses for golf enthusiasts.

A fresh novel of sports and corporate intrigue, with a dash of romance thrown in.

–Kirkus

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