Getting Around

The theme of my blog this week is “getting around.” No, I’m not talking about promiscuous women or man whores; I mean “getting around” as in travelling. Sorry if you’re disappointed…


Last week, Kimberly Long, the main character in Blogger Girl, took a trip to London to visit Emma Beckett, the main character in Talli Roland’s charming chick lit novel The Pollyanna Plan.  I have yet to visit London, but through Kim, I got to see Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park and many other beautiful destinations across the Atlantic.  You can read all about it here.


My niece Emily is flying in from Denver this week to visit NYU and she’s staying with me on Saturday night. I remember when Emily was born. She was such a beautiful baby, with thick blonde curls and chubby rosy cheeks and I fell in love with her at first sight. I cannot believe she is a senior in high school. How did she get so old when I haven’t aged one bit? One of life’s greatest mysteries 🙂


Beginning November 4th, Blogger Girl is going on tour with Chick Lit Blog Tours. During the three week tour, reviews of Blogger Girl will be posted on such awesome blogs as Chick Lit Plus, Book Mama, Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Storm Goddess Book Reviews, Little Black Book Blog and more, along with guest posts on Books in the Burbs, Chick Lit Club Connect, Outside the Lines and more. I can’t wait!

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Finally, on November 7th, I will be jetting off to Toronto for BookBuzz Toronto. Some of you may remember the author “mix and mingle” I co-organized with my author “besties” Samantha (“Sam”) Stroh Bailey and Francine LaSala in New York City in May. The event was so successful that it’s going global! I’m so excited to see both Sam and Francine again and I cannot wait to meet the other participating authors: Cat Lavoie, Samantha March, Lydia Laceby, Heather Wardell, Kate Hilton, Chantel Guertin and Romi Moondi. And I’m super stoked to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Kaley Stewart from Books etc., face-to-face. I’ve honestly never met a Canadian I didn’t like and since Canada is the home of some of my favorite televisions shows like Degrassi High and Being Erica, I know it’s going to be fun!


So, as you can see, there is a lot of “getting around” in my near future. Happy travels!

The Pollyanna Plan Meets Blogger Girl in London

As part of the United Authors of Chick Lit Promotion, I would like to welcome Talli Roland and Emma Beckett, the main character of her fabulous chick lit novel The Pollyanna Plan to my blog today.  As an aside, Talli is one of my favorite chick lit authors. I’ve read all but one of her books and so I’m kind of giddy about co-promoting with her. Additionally, I’ve never been to London so I get to live vicariously through Kim on her trip. I hope you’re as curious about how Emma showed Kim around London as I am!  When you’re finished, check out Talli’s Blog to see how Kimberly Long, the main character of Blogger Girl, showed Emma around the town in NYC and don’t forget to pick up The Pollyanna Plan. You won’t be sorry :).

The Pollyanna Plan Meets Blogger Girl in London

Since Kim from New York is passing through London, Emma has taken the day off to show her around the ‘hood. First of all, they climb to the top of chi-chi Primrose Hill, where Gwyneth  Paltrow resides.  As Kim is rather short, she has to struggle to keep up with Emma. Unfortunately, Paltrow et al weren’t around today.

The view from Primrose Hill.

They head down the incline towards Regent’s Canal, following the towpath that Emma only discovered after meeting Will, her boyfriend. Will lives on one of the brightly coloured canal boats in an area called Little Venice. It’s a gorgeous time of year for a walk on the canal, with the leaves shining gold in the sun.

Over lunch on a boat cum cafe docked in the basin, Kim confides she’s a chick lit addict. Emma’s not so keen, but since agreeing to the Pollyanna Plan – where she attempts to always see the upside – she decides to give it a try.

Lunch devoured, the pair decide to spend the afternoon in nearby Regent’s Park, lolling about on the grass and enjoying the lovely weather.

After a busy afternoon relaxing, hunger called and Emma led Kim back to her flat where she whipped up her infamous Thai curry. When the bottle of wine was polished off, Kim left to catch her flight back to New York, and the two promised to keep in touch.

About The Pollyanna Plan


Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on ‘the glass is half full’ optimists, believing it’s better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on. 

With her world spinning out of control and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. For the next year, she’ll behave like Pollyanna: attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation. 

Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?


Available on Amazon UK and

United Authors of Chick Lit!

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Fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in the upright and locked position. Over the next few days, some of your favorite Chick Lit characters will be jetting across the Atlantic to visit with fictional friends on the other side of the pond.


The event kicks off on Monday, Oct. 21.


On Tuesday, Oct. 22, read about Stella from Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes and Chloe from Lying to Meet You as they travel across the Atlantic to visit each other.


On Wednesday, Oct. 23, it’s time to discover what happens when Emma from The Pollyanna Plan and Kim from Blogger Girl meet.


On Thursday, Oct. 24, Izzy from Izzy’s Cold Feet and Jamie from Finding Lucas will be taking you on a trip alongside their characters.


And on Friday, Oct. 25, Kate from Sealed with a Kiss and Pilar from In Need of Therapy will be chatting about their overseas experiences.


Here’s a little sneak peek at the fun, frothy books and sassy gals featured in our international promo, all of which are priced at $3.99 or less:


Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey – Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind? Available on Amazon UK and Kobo

In Need of Therapy by Tracie BanisterHandling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself? Available on Amazon UK and B&N

Lying to Meet You by Anna Garner – Overworked New York fashion girl Chloe Lane has no time for a real relationship, but when her childhood pal asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test a theory, she decides to go for it. The lies start piling up and things start getting crazy. Will Chloe be able to keep it together? Available on Amazon UK and B&N

Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas – Kate breathes a sigh of relief when she’s dumped at her best friend’s wedding. When she takes a job on the island of Auchenmor, she’s determined to have a year off men, but that’s before she rescues Flora the seal pup with the help of Roddy, her mysterious new boss… Available on and Amazon UK 


The Pollyanna Plan by Talli RolandEmma Beckett has always looked down on ‘the glass is half full’ optimists. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé, Emma makes a radical decision: from here on in, she’ll attempt to see the upside, no matter how dire the situation. Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea? Available on and Amazon UK


Blogger Girl by Meredith SchorrKimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story. Available on Amazon UK B&N and Apple iTunes


Izzy’s Cold Feet by Sarah Louise Smith – Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want. The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him. In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with? Available on

Amazon UK B&N and UK Nook


Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson – TV Producer Stella is over worked, over weight and under fire battling to balance family, career and those weighing scales. In the past she’s always found comfort at the bottom of her mixing bowl but now the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting has no effect. However, life is about to get even tougher… and Stella has to face some truths about herself, her life and her future. Available on and Amazon UK





Tuesday, Oct. 22

Stella will be on Anna Garner’s blog and Chloe will be on Sue Watson’s blog


Wednesday, Oct. 23

Emma will be on Meredith Schorr’s blog and Kim will be on Talli Roland’s blog


Thursday, Oct. 24

Izzy will be on Samantha Stroh Bailey’s blog and Jamie will be on Sarah Louise Smith’s blog


Friday, Oct. 25

Kate will be on Tracie Banister’s blog and Pilar will be on Rachael Lucas’s blog


Final installment of Casting of Blogger Girl – Queen Bee Hannah Marshak

Welcome to the final installment of The Casting of Blogger Girl Series! To recap, in the previous posts, we cast the roles of Kimberly (Isla Fisher), Nicholas (Matt Long) and Bridget (Blake Lively). Today we will cast the role of evil high school nemesis, Hannah Marshak!

To be fair, Hannah Marshak is not evil. She’s just extremely self-absorbed, full of herself and devious. Back in high school, she was tireless in her efforts to make Kimberly and her best friend Bridget miserable, but thanks to Kim and Bridget’s unbreakable bond of friendship, most of Hannah’s attempts to shake the two were in vain. 

Check out this scene during their ten year high school reunion:

I’m surprised you guys are so close,” Hannah said.

Feeling my muscles tense, I narrowed my eyes at her. “Oh? Why is that?”

Hannah shrugged. “I know you’re just a secretary, but at least you have your blog. Doesn’t Bridget work at home or something?”

I momentarily felt short of breath as if someone had cut off the supply of oxygen to my lungs. “Bridget runs her own web design company and has an office in the luxury door man apartment that she owns, yes. And I’m ‘just a secretary.’”

Looking at me with pity, she said, “Not surprising you’re a professional reader. Back in high school, you always had your nose behind a book. Although I probably shouldn’t poke fun at readers since I need you to buy my…” Hannah stopped mid-sentence and gawked at me. “Oh my God. I just remembered something.”

I took a gulp of beer and feigned boredom. “Yeah? What’s that?”

“You wanted to be a writer too.”

I felt my face drain of color. “What makes you say that?”

“That poetry contest sophomore year. The winner was going to have her poem published in Self Magazine.” With a wry face, she said, “You showed so much promise. Too bad you didn’t win. You came in second though, right?”

“No, I didn’t.” Thanks for reminding me.


This is how Kim describes Hannah’s appearance: Her naturally curly dark hair had been flat ironed within an inch of its life and fell past her shoulders and her thick bangs were cut right above her eyebrows emphasizing her topaz eyes and long black eyelashes.

It didn’t take me too long to cast the role of Hannah but these were some of the actresses who made the short list:

Hannah Simone, famous for her role as Cece on The New Girl



Megan Fox



Odette Yustman


Leighton Meester – (Melissa Amster from Chick Lit Central almost had it when she chose her since she was the runner up!)


I ultimately chose an actress who I think can play both evil and comical and I know she has chemistry with Isla Fisher since they worked together on Confessions of a Shopaholic. So, without further ado, my choice for the role of Hannah Marshak goes to:

Hannah "Queen Bee" Marshak!

Hannah “Queen Bee” Marshak!


Krysten Ritter – the ultimate “mean girl”!!

What do you think of my choice?

Thank you for joining me as I cast the starring roles in Blogger Girl. Although the series has now concluded, here are some extra casting decisions:

Kim’s ex-boyfriend Jonathan – Adam Brody



Kim’s Boss Rob – Alec Baldwin



Condescending colleague Daneen – Bethany Joy Lenz


I’m curious as to who you all pictured as the characters in Blogger Girl. Please leave me a comment and let me know! Hollywood has not come calling yet so there is still time for changes 🙂

The Casting of Blogger Girl Series – Bridget the BFF!

Welcome to the third installment of The Casting of Blogger Girl Series! To recap, we’ve already cast Isla Fisher in the role of our heroine, Kimberly Long and Matt Long in the role of *swoon worthy* Nicholas Strong. Today, I am going to cast the role of Bridget, Kimberly’s best friend since the 7th grade.

At the opening of Blogger Girl, Bridget, like Kim, is a single lady. “Gun shy after after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand generously left her with a case of crabs, she hadn’t done anything with anyone in over a year.”  From Kim’s perspective, Bridget is a beauty, but she doesn’t take her looks too seriously or seem to have any idea how pretty she really is. Although I barely remembered my life pre-Bridget, every once in a while it hit me how stunning she was, mostly when she substituted her usual attire of cargo pants and T-shirts she collected from various rock concerts for more trendy pieces. Tonight she was wearing dark blue skinny jeans, a form-fitting glittery grey top and matching high grey boots. Her long cherry red hair, normally up in a messy ponytail, cascaded down to her chest in curls and she had done her makeup to emphasize her emerald colored eyes.

Now for the fun stuff! When I was considering Michelle Williams for the role of Kim, I actually considered Isla Fisher for the role of Bridget. But it became clear to me pretty quickly that Isla was Kim and I obviously could not cast the same actress for both roles unless they were identical twins 🙂


Once Isla Fisher was eliminated, I considered Amy Adams but I thought she might be too old for the role. I also wasn’t sure I could see the chemistry between Amy and Isla, whereas Kim and Bridget are super close.


My sister mentioned that she could picture Rachelle Lefevre from Under The Dome in the role. I actually cast Rachelle as Jess in Just Friends with Benefits and Lainie in A State of Jane and so it would be really cool if she could be a part of Blogger Girl too but I didn’t feel it. It could be that she seems too big in comparison to Isla but it doesn’t work for me. (Not to mention that her acting in Under the Dome leaves something to be desired…)


Very few readers have commented on who they pictured as Bridget, but Melissa Amster from Chick Lit Central suggested Ari Graynor. I don’t love this choice only because I see Ari Graynor as more as the comic sidekick and although Bridget does instigate much of the humor in the book, she’s also supposed to be really pretty. No offense to Ms. Graynor but I don’t think she quite makes the grade in that regard.


So, now we come to my choice. This actress is stunning, yet she’s played the tomboy role before and I think she could absolutely pull off the laid back Bridget.  Although her hair is usually blonde, she has also worn it red and I’m not entirely sure which is her natural shade. I could also picture this actress as Isla Fisher’s best friend and most trusted confidante on screen. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Bridget!

That's my spunky Bridget!

That’s my spunky Bridget!


Blake Lively!


What do you think of my choice? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Who would you have picked? And stay tuned for next week for the final installment – The stinging Queen Bee, Hannah Marshak!

For a recap, see you I cast as Kimberly here:

And Nicholas here:

Guest post and giveaway – Jami Deise, author of Keeping Score!

I am excited to host Jami Deise, author of Keeping Score on my blog today! Jami and I share a love of baseball, although I am a loyal fan of the New York Yankees and she…is not 🙂

If you love baseball too, or even if you are just a betting woman (or man), read Jami’s post below for a chance to win an ecopy of Keeping Score!


Thanks for having me on your blog, Meredith! It’s very meta being hosted by the woman who wrote “Blogger Girl!”

It’s the post-season for Major League Baseball, the time when casual fans start paying closer attention and true fans become fanatics. Most baseball fans develop a love for the sport in childhood, either by playing the game themselves or through a parent who loved a specific team.

I was brought up to love football.

Baseball, not so much. Homeruns were kind of exciting but what usually happened was the batter would hit the ball to a fielder, the fielder would throw the ball to first, and the guy would be out. Or the ball would go high in the air, and the fielder would catch it, and the guy would be out.

Meanwhile, back on the gridiron… interception! Returned for a touchdown! Did you see that!!!

Tom Hanks famously said, “There’s no crying in baseball.” Well, sadly, there are no turnovers in baseball either.

While football – and basketball, and hockey, and any sport whose players spend most of their time running rather than standing in place – is about action, baseball is about drama. And believe me, there is nothing more dramatic than the 3-2 pitch, with 2 outs and bases loaded. That’s the kind of drama that can give a person a stomachache. Especially for the person whose child is the one on the mound or at the plate.

If you want to develop a deep appreciation for the sport, sign up your kid to play. Not only will it force you to learn the intricacies of the in-field fly rule and what “tagging up” means, you’ll become intimately acquainted with the strange attraction that blind men seem to have to the occupation of baseball umpire.

As baseball began taking up more and more of my son’s life – and mine, by extension – I found myself enjoying professional baseball more than ever. Not because I’d suddenly developed a longer attention span or even that I could tell the difference between a curve ball and a change-up (usually.) No, the reason why I suddenly found those games enjoyable was because that man who just struck out? That guy who just walked the bases loaded? I did not give birth to him!!!

This post-season, I’ll be rooting for my adoptive hometown team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for as long as they’re in it. (They may be out by October 3rd.) I also like the Indians, the Red Sox, and the Dodgers. Oh, and Meredith, I’m so sorry the Yankees are watching from their living room couches this October. I am just crying for your team. Yeah, right. 😉  For the baseball fans out there, I’m offering a free Kindle or Nook copy of my mother-son baseball book, “Keeping Score,” to everyone who correctly predicts which two teams will make it to the World Series this year. Just post your predictions in the comments section below by October 15th. The Series starts October 23rd, so we might not know the winners until October 22. Good luck and go Rays!

About Keeping Score….

When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it’ll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it’s the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon’s life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn’t fit to fetch their foul balls. Even worse, Shannon’s best friend Jennifer catches the baseball fever. She schemes behind the scenes to get her son Matthew on the town’s best baseball team, the Saints. As for Sam? Sorry, there’s no room for him! Sam winds up on the worst team in town, and every week they find new and humiliating ways to lose to the Saints.

And the action off the field is just as hot. Shannon finds herself falling for the Saints’ coach, Kevin. But how can she date a man who didn’t think her son was good enough for his team … especially when the whole baseball world is gossiping about them? Even Shannon’s ex-husband David gets pulled into the mess when a randy baseball mom goes after him. As Sam works to make friends, win games and become a better baseball player, Shannon struggles not to become one of those crazy baseball parents herself.  In this world, it’s not about whether you win, lose, or how you play the game… it’s all about KEEPING SCORE.

About Jami …

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A lifelong resident of Maryland, Jami Deise recently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, along with her husband Tom, son Alex, and dog Lady. A baseball mom for over 10 years, “Keeping Score” is her first novel. Jami is an associate reviewer at and a generalist reader for an NYC-based literary agency. Along with women’s fiction, she loves all things horror and watches too much TV.

Links: Keeping Score on Amazon (Kindle/paperback):

Keeping Score for Nook/iPad:


Twitter: @JamiDeise



Cover reveal – Vegas to Varanasi by Shelly Hickman!

I’m excited to reveal the cover for the upcoming release of Vegas to Varanasi, by author Shelly Hickman. The release is scheduled for December 1st.  After enjoying the cool cover and intriguing blurb, keep reading for an opportunity to read a free advanced copy of the book!!

Without further ado, check out this romantic cover:





Anna has never been the beautiful one; she’s always been the nice one. So when the gorgeous man sitting across the table at a wedding reception remembers her from high school—and quite fondly at that—she’s taken off guard. Formerly overweight and unpopular, Kiran has never forgotten Anna, the one person who was kind to him when no one else could be bothered, and Anna’s a bit flustered as she slowly comes to grips with his intense attraction for her. In what feels like a romantic dream come true, all-grown-up, hunky Kiran invites Anna on a trip to Varanasi. But her troubled, whack-a-do ex-boyfriend starts interfering, creating drama at every turn, which begs the question, “Can nice girls really finish first?

Note from the Author:

Reviews can be a pain in the patootie to accumulate, but are so very important to authors. As part of my cover reveal, I’m offering an advanced reader copy to anyone who would be willing to share a review on Amazon (and Goodreads, if it’s not too much trouble) during the first week of December. If you are interested, please contact me at, or message me on Facebook, indicating in which format you would like your ARC (Kindle, Nook, or pdf), and I will gladly send you a copy.


Author Bio:

Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.

Author contacts:

Twitter: @shellyhickman