#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop


“I can’t help that I’m irresistible.”

I said that to my girlfriend, Kim, on our first date. It wasn’t exactly a date, more like the first time we—never mind. In any event, she was all pouty because Hannah, her high-school nemesis, was touching me.  We were at her ten-year reunion and Kim was jealous of Hannah, which I never understood. I’m NICHOLAS STRONG, by the way, book boyfriend from the Blogger Girl series (Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl). I’m up for CLC HQ’s Book Boyfriend 2017.

I’m supposed to talk myself up, but I’d rather talk about Kimmie. If only she could see herself through my eyes. She’s sexy and adorable in perfect proportion, passionate, sassy, sweet, and vulnerable underneath a tough exterior. And don’t get me started on her rack.

And, sure, it was kind of obnoxious of me to tease her that night—the way I purposely brought attention to my scruffy jaw after she confided how sexy she thought it was. But flirting with each other is a language we speak fluently. I was dying to take her home to my bed, but all she could focus on was Hannah. “Hannah wrote a novel.” “Hannah’s cute, right?” Honestly, if I didn’t find Kim utterly charming—the way she’d boldly stare me down and then shyly look away a second later—the insecurity might have turned me off. On second thought, Kim could bathe in a garbage bin and I’d still love that girl. I probably shouldn’t say so much. Don’t want to be spoilery for those who haven’t read about us yet.

We’ve been through a lot, Kim and me, and I definitely see choppy waters in our future. I think we’ll pull through. Kimmie’s a master of writing her own happy endings, so I just have to hope I’ll continue to remain the man of her dreams. Good thing I’m so irresistible…

In case you’re wondering what I look like, I’ve been told I resemble Gunnar from Nashville. I’m just a few inches shorter. You can see him by clicking on the link above or here. I’d post a picture directly, but I’m an intellectual Property attorney and don’t want to get in trouble.

I hope you’ll vote me as your Book Boyfriend, but as far as I’m concerned, I already hit the jackpot with Kimmie. You can vote for me by emailing traciebanister@gmail.com

Even though I’d like to win (and Kim would “reward” me handsomely), you should check out my competition by hopping to all the stops (list below), collecting the other candidate’s names at each, and then submitting all 30 names to the above email address. This is how you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize giveaway. This giveaway includes a Kindle Paperwhite + 30 e-books, one from each of the authors participating in the hop. My stop includes a gifted copy of Blogger Girl (or if you already own it, the sequel, Novelista Girl or the prequel, Kim vs. the Mean Girl). Entries for the hop will be accepted until Sunday, May 21st at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 22nd. This Grand Prize giveaway is open internationally.



simply catching up

Today, I’m not revealing a book cover or announcing a new release, I’m just going to share a few thoughts currently on my mind.

I broke down and joined an online dating site last month. I’m not going all-in and revolving my life around “the search,” but I check out my matches every couple of days and have been on two dates already. I still hope to meet someone through introductions or simply living my life and doing the things I enjoy, but as the old saying goes, “it only takes one.” So far, there are two things that totally turn me off about many of the profiles I’m seeing. One: the negativity. “Please be local. Not looking for long-distance ladies!” “None of this lunch date nonsense. If you can’t spare an evening for dinner, how are you going to have time for a relationship?” “Please no pictures of you with your pets.” I shudder when I read profiles like this. How about posting what you do want and simply ignoring the profiles that don’t meet your criteria? By doing it your way, you sound bossy, full of yourself, and not like anybody I’d want to date.

But even more repulsive, to me, are the men who say they are looking for women who, at their oldest, are still ten years younger than them. If you’re a forty-eight-year-old man who isn’t even willing to meet someone even five years younger than you (or God forbid a year older), you better have the body of Channing Tatum, the brains/success of Jeff Bezos, and the sense of humor of Jimmy Fallon. And you know you don’t. Get over yourself. Even when my age falls into their criteria, it really turns me off.

If you’re dating or can remember back that far, what are/were some of your biggest turn offs?

Moving on. What is with this new trend in men’s tailoring where the pant length is so short? I don’t care if it’s the newest thing, high-waters are not attractive. I was on the street next to a very well-dressed, attractive thirty/forty-something man. Naturally, I checked him out. I was “yea” until I saw his ankle-exposing pants and it was all “nay” from there. Just because it’s in style, doesn’t mean it looks good. What do you all think of this new trend: Yea or Nay?


I love my blog, but with all the hype about newsletters, I’ve set one up on Mailchimp. I haven’t figured out how I’m going to use it, but I know my subscribers will get treats likely not accessible to anyone else, whether it be free books, giveaways, or first-looks at new covers/titles. The sign-up is below and also on the right sidebar of my website. You can unsubscribe at any time.


I’ll be announcing the title of my November release with Henery Press in June. I’m beyond excited about this book! While I finalize the editing process and await the cover art, I’m working on the third Blogger Girl book, releasing in April, 2018. I’m planning a wedding, something I’ve never had to do before, and my street team already helped me choose the flavor for my couple’s wedding cake. If you’re interested in joining the street team, please reach out for details.

Finally, I’m giving away two print copies of Kim vs. the Mean Girl on Goodreads. Enter between now and May 31st. (U.S. only.)

I think that’s enough for today. I have a client manuscript critique to work on, a monthly word count to meet, and dinner plans tonight. And I haven’t even showered yet. TMI?

Until next time.

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