Kicking off the Age is Just a Number blog series

One thing all human beings have in common is the aging process, although some of us are more fortunate than others when it comes to how far the process takes us.

As much as most of us hope to live a long, happy, healthy life, it is common to struggle with getting older and the effect it has on so many aspects of our lives, from our outward appearance, to our health, to our physical stamina, to what milestones we are expected to have crossed, to the dreams we hope to make reality, and to our individual mortality. Some of us struggle with turning specific ages. My most difficult to date was turning forty and I wrote a post about it for the Women’s Fiction Writers blog. My post ties into my upcoming novel, How Do You Know?, which is about my main character’s struggles with her impending fortieth birthday as a single, never-been-married woman.

In anticipation of the release of the novel on December 2nd, I decided to host a series of blogs on aging, and I have some fabulous authors and bloggers lined up to share their feelings with respect to turning certain ages, including twenty-five, thirty, thirty-one, forty, fifty, and sixty. The Age is Just a Number series will begin in early November, but I have linked to my own post below on turning forty for the kick-off. Please give it a read.

http://womensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/guest-post-an-author-fearing-forty-by-meredith-schorr/

Please stay tuned for the wonderful and often humorous posts to follow and check out the Goodreads page for How Do You Know?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23365751-how-do-you-know?ac=1

Finally, I wanted to share some pictures from my book signing in Port Washington this weekend at the Dolphin Bookstore and Cafe, along with two other Booktrope authors, Hilary Grossman (Dangled Carat) and Jennifer Gracen (Seasons of Love Series). We had a blast!

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COMING SOON:

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women’s fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the ‘proverbial clock’ that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.

The Cat is out of the Bag – title/blurb/cover reveal

The time has finally arrived for me to share the title, cover, and blurb for my fourth novel and I couldn’t be more excited.

Title: How Do You Know?

Genre: Women’s Fiction—-

This is the first book in my new series: Seeking Happily Ever After. Each novel will feature a different character and stand on its own.

Blurb:

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Although How Do You Know? shares the humor and sass of my previous novels, it tackles deeper issues as well. I am a life-long devotee to the genre of chick lit and will continue to do my part to keep the genre alive and kicking, but I had a wonderful time delving into uncharted territory in my first women’s fiction novel.  I hold this book very dear to my heart and hope it resonates with a wide audience.

The novel is officially being released on December 2nd.

Please remember to add it to your Goodreads “To-Read” Shelf 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23365751-how-do-you-know

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Why haven’t I blogged? Mystery solved.

My goal is to write a blog a week. I’m not so strict that I need to post a blog every seven days, but I like to have one blog posted for every Sunday-Saturday week. Although I don’t usually have difficulty sticking to this schedule, when I visited my blog earlier today, I saw that my last post was September 22nd—sixteen days ago. I pride myself for taking responsibility for my shortcomings and so I am not going to simply write a new blog and hope no one noticed how long it’s been since my last one. I am going to own my absence on meredithschorr.com and try to get to the bottom of this failing so that it doesn’t happen again. The best way to do this, in my inexperienced opinion, is to retrace my steps. What have I been doing over the last sixteen days to explain my failure to blog?

I’ve been busy working on the final details of my fourth novel, to be released in early December. Much of my time has been spent going over the cover art with my book manager and my cover artist, making final edits on the manuscript, sending it to my proofreader, and generally daydreaming about the release and how it’s going to be best-seller, skyrocket me to fame and fortune, and be made into a blockbuster movie.

When I haven’t been finalizing details of my fourth novel, I’ve been writing my fifth novel—the second book in the Blogger Girl series. The book is currently eighty-four pages and I aim to write at least one hundred by the time the fourth novel comes out. With almost two months to go, this goal seems to be within reach.

I’ve been enjoying the return of some of my favorite television shows, like Parenthood, The Black List, Castle, and The Mindy Project and forming an addiction to some new ones, like Forever and How to Get Away With Murder. I’m starting to give up on a few old favorites, like Revenge, looking forward to the return of The Following and Grimm and continuing to catch up on Orange is the New Black and The Good Wife.

I’ve been fearing, experiencing, and recovering from oral surgery to remove a blister on my cheek and busy with pre-op screening and other related doctor’s appointments. The surgery was yesterday and although my mouth is sore, I’m glad it is over. I have one last follow up appointment with my doctor on Monday and after that, I’m hoping for a nice long break from doctors, at least until 2015!

My day job has been crazy busy and I spend most of my day trying to stay one step ahead of my supervising attorney and clients so I do not get buried in work!

I’ve continued to miss my friend Alan who passed away and who is on my mind almost constantly.

Reading. I’ve read several books over the past week, including This is Where I Leave You (started out great, but I gave up after I was overcome with desire to strangle the main character), The Publicist One and Two (both fun, fast reads), Exactly Where They’d Fall (interesting and not what I expected) and The Infinite Sea (sequel to The Fifth Wave and pretty awesome).

Visiting family – I spent most of last weekend with my family to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. It’s difficult to write on an empty stomach and so I used the two hour bus ride in both directions to read.

So there you have it.  I couldn’t find the time to write a blog post because I was too busy with all of the above. I hope you’ll forgive me and I will try not to let it happen again 🙂

See you next week. Hopefully!