Where I’m at from A to Z (revisited)

A few years back, I wrote a blog post called “Where I’m at from A to Z.” You can find it here. It was well received and so I thought I’d do something similar this week. I really don’t know “where I’m at” and so I’m writing this off the cuff. Hopefully, I’ll have a better idea by the time I get to Z!

I’m Anxious to release my next novel, Novelista Girl, and hope the fans of Blogger Girl consider it worth the wait.

I’m Bored at my day job this week, but after the hectic pace of the week before, am not complaining.

I still Cry a little almost every day over the death of my best friend, Alan. (Cancer sucks.)

I hope someday to be able to celebrate National Dog Day (and every other day) with my very own canine best friend. Someday.

I’m still lacking Energy despite getting nine hours of sleep last night (9!!!)

I’m thrilled that tomorrow is Friday.

I’ve been binge-watching Gilmore Girls and think it might be one of the most adorable shows ever.

I’m trying to write my own Happily Ever After, but there is a bit too much conflict and not enough resolution.

I hate feeling Invisible, and can’t imagine choosing it as my super hero ability. Time travel is where it’s at.

I love Joking around, but sometimes I crave deep conversation.

I think Kindness is underrated and get the warm and fuzzies giving, receiving, and witnessing it in action.

I’m an expert at Losing things (earrings, pens, umbrellas), but I’m very competitive and don’t like to Lose.

I sometimes wish my life was like a Hallmark Movie. Sometimes being now.

I appreciate being Noticed, but only in a good way, as opposed to when I trip on a flight of stairs in Grand Central Station. Twice.

I’m so over Online dating and think it’s become the worst way to meet someone if you’re looking for more than casual dating/sex.

I prefer Plums above all other fruits and just bought three from a fruit truck on my way home from work.

I wish the coffee shop where I wrote was more Quiet, but that’s what I get for preferring to write in public rather than in the privacy of my own home.

I Ran 13 miles this week so far and the weather has been so fantastic, I hope to run another 13 in the next two days.

I’m crushing big-time on Sam Palladio who plays Gunnar on one of my favorite television shows, Nashville, and have cast him in the role of Nicholas in the Blogger Girl series (for when it becomes a movie, of course.)

I used to Talk so much that my family paid me a quarter for every minute I kept my mouth shut—it was the early eighties and a quarter was the going rate—now I sometimes worry that I don’t talk enough.

I don’t Understand the sport of football even though my biggest client at my day job is the National Football League (perhaps I should not have written that…) and am not looking forward to losing my friends to football season.

I prefer Vanilla ice cream over chocolate, love dark chocolate, and think white chocolate should be banned from the chocolate family. Who’s with me?

I enjoy delayed gratification when I know something good is coming, but otherwise, I hate Waiting.

I have come very close to beating the crap out of the Xerox copy machine at work and make no assurances about its future well-being if it doesn’t behave itself.

I’m genre-hopping with my current work-in-progress and writing Young adult—having the time of my life.

Zat’s all folks! (Yes, I am a dork.)

Enlisting a Street Team – Blogger Girl/Novelista Girl. You in?

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When I wrote Blogger Girl, it was meant to be a stand-alone novel, but while I was satisfied with where I left Kimmie Long and the Gang, many readers screamed, “More, More, More!” Okay, so they didn’t exactly “scream,” but the novel became an instant fan-favorite and I received many requests for a sequel. Although I was in the midst of writing How Do You Know? at the time, I decided to give readers what they wanted. And between you and me, I was pretty excited to revisit my old friends, especially Nicholas :) (And if I’m being honest, Hannah and Daneen—Mean Girls 1 and 2—were super fun to write, too.)

I’m thrilled to announce that the sequel, Novelista Girl, is now with my editor and if all goes according to schedule, it will be released before the end of the year. Although we have not written the formal blurb yet, here is a brief description:

In NOVELISTA GIRL, “Blogger Girl” Kimberly Long is inspired by her new boyfriend, Nicholas, to publish her novel. When the hunt for an agent brings her unexpectedly closer to prior nemesis, Hannah Marshak, it creates tension between Kim and her BFF, Bridget. To make matters worse, Nicholas’ busy work schedule is putting a dent in their relationship. In the year when all of Kim’s dreams—romantic and professional—are supposed to come true, she’s afraid she’ll end up unpublished and all alone.

As much as folks embraced Blogger Girl, it hasn’t reached as many readers as I’d like. I would obviously like it to reach millions if not billions (trillions?)

This is where you come in:

I’m looking for readers who loved Blogger Girl and are anxiously awaiting release of the sequel to join the Blogger Girl/Novelista Girl street team. As a member of the street team, I would rely on you to share your enthusiasm for the Blogger Girl series and help spread the word that the books are worth reading. This can include posting on your Facebook pages and other social media, sharing my posts with your friends, family, colleagues etc. and maybe even screaming from the rooftops. In thanks, I would do the following for you*:

Provide you with a free advanced copy of Novelista Girl in the e-format of your choice

Advance access to scenes from the prequel, Kim and the Mean Girl, before it comes out

Free advanced e-copy of Kim and the Mean Girl when it comes out

Input into cover art

Access to a closed Facebook group exclusive to members of the street team

Assorted swag (to be determined)

*This is my first experience with a street-team so I am kind of winging it, but I’m open to requests from all members as to what you would like.

If this is something you are interested in and you are up to the task, please either comment here with your name and email address or email me pursuant to the “contact me” section of this website.

Thanks from me, Kim, Nicholas (who has been recast from Matt Long to Sam Palladio), Bridget, Jonathan, Hannah, Daneen, Rob and the rest of the Blogger Girl family :)

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KimmieLong

Nicholas

Nicholas

That's my spunky Bridget!

That’s my spunky Bridget!

Hannah

Hannah

A Whole New World

The other day I was watching The Today Show while getting ready for work and one of the anchors mentioned that Apple is thinking about changing the voicemail system of the iPhone. Under the potential new system, the message would be transcribed and delivered via text message so that rather than listen to it, a […]

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Guest post – Laura McNeill – five heroines who forever changed fiction

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With a hectic week behind me and another coming up, I’ve lent my blog to the amazingly talented, Laura McNeil. After reading her guest post, be sure to check out her newly released suspense novel, Center of Gravity.  Five Heroines Who Forever Changed Fiction Laura McNeill When you think about your favorite novel heroines, what […]

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Youth is wasted on the young

no gray hairs to speak of!

I had to attend a wake on Friday night. A close friend’s father passed away. At eighty, he wasn’t a young man but I don’t consider eighty very old anymore, probably since my parents are both in their early-mid-seventies. I’m sure my friend’s dad had much more living to do, and his family/friends were not […]

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99 cent sale – The Right Design by Isabella Anderson

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Okay, so I have to bail on writing a full blog post this week. For one thing, the last one really drained me. Also, I have a deadline of August 1st to get my next novel to my publisher—not a lot of time considering I keep deciding to change things around! So, instead of original […]

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an anniversary to honor but not celebrate

Over the past year, I’ve peppered my generally upbeat, happy blog with some very sad posts due to the death of my boss/mentor/best friend, Alan. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of his death. This time last year, I couldn’t begin to fathom the pain that would result from losing someone who was such a […]

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speaking up for late bloomers

When I get a bad review of one of my novels, I’m obviously disappointed, but I have never, nor will I ever attack the reviewer. People are entitled to their own opinions and I long ago accepted that not everyone will like my books and, in fact, some people might hate them.  I am not […]

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Excerpt to “Blogger Girl” sequel and Introducing Felicia Harrison

This time last year, I put out a challenge to the “blogosphere” to set me up with a man – not just any man but an appealing and available man I actually liked. In return, I vowed to name a character of my next book (the sequel to Blogger Girl) after anyone whose matchmaking led […]

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I’m letting my books speak for themselves!

My last post was extremely personal and raw. The multitude of comments and shares suggests that it touched many readers who were able to relate. I’m glad about that, but being so open and honest is draining and I couldn’t do it two weeks in a row. So, as a change, I’m focusing this week’s […]

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