Amy Gettinger spills about why she writes chick lit on the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour!

I love why author Amy Gettinger writes chick lit and think you will, too! (And, Amy, I don’t have violet eyes either 😦 )

 

Why I Write Chick Lit

By Amy Gettinger

My father read John D. MacDonald and Mickey Spillane—hardboiled detective fiction—until late in life, when he started reading bodice rippers. (Might have been the Alzheimer’s, but LOL.) My mother read biographies and serious fiction. When I was nine, she unfortunately squashed my new, fun habit of reading Nancy Drew mysteries. (“They’re not literature! The library doesn’t even have them!”) She was also depressed most of her adult life. These people had lived through the Great Depression. Dad’s family knew the value of a good laugh in hard times, and from him, we kids inherited a better sense of humor than many, despite living on a teacher’s salary.

I read mostly academic stuff into my twenties, with the occasional cozy mystery or Regency novel. Sweet. Nice. Georgette Heyer, you rock, but your long-awaited kiss on page 200 got a bit dull. It was post women’s lib, after all. Bring on the sex! So I went to hotter romances in my thirties. Mail-order brides. Office romance. Cowboys lost in the snow. Old high school sweethearts rekindle the magic. But pretty soon, I had all the story lines memorized. I slogged through much painful indecision and lack of commitment from a slew of overly gorgeous characters with violet eyes (Seriously?) and an awful lot of thick lashes from under which to look at men. (Have you tried this? It’s impossible.) The main characters never seemed to have a serious thing to deal with in life except to resist this handsome new bad-boy devil in every scene. The sex scenes were good, but even that got old. (Should I admit that?)

I wasn’t overly gorgeous, and I didn’t have violet eyes. In my life, the frequency of sex was somewhere between that one kiss every 200 pages of the sweet romances and the gasping sex every three pages of the hot ones. I wanted to read about real (or realer) women with real issues and some confidence in dealing with them. I needed models for a lighter approach to my life. I needed a laugh as much as a groping scene—well, more. Then I found Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella and the early works of Mary Kay Andrews. Yes! Hilarity and brilliance and things going goofily wrong all around! Lucy and Ethel on the page! I could completely relate. Chick lit, addressing “the issues of modern womanhood, humorously and lightheartedly” according to Wikipedia, resonated so strongly with me that I considered writing some.

So I did.

In 2003, I read a monologue in a production of The Vagina Monologues at my college. The varied group of women involved inspired my first novel, Alice in Monologue Land. http://myBook.to/Alice. The story gained a mysterious life of its own and strayed far from reality, and it was oh, so fun to write.

Then, in 2000, Dad got dementia. A dignified high school teacher for years, he was now a complete mess. I had to dig deep to find any humor during that crushing time. But Dad himself had instilled a funny bone in me from day one, so in honor of him, I wrote Roll with the Punches. http://myBook.to/RWTP. In it, I tried to cast a lighter perspective on the whole dementia experience for readers—and myself. Dad had lived to laugh. He would have loved my folding his misery into a soft envelope of humor.

That’s why I write chick lit—to stay true to my humorous roots, to explore women’s realer lives, and sometimes to cast lightness where cultural perception is only of fear and misery. And also because I can add a bit of mystery—Nancy Drew, Bess, and George—to every book. No, it ain’t literature. It’s better.

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Amy Gettinger, once a community college ESL instructor, now coaches reader’s theater for seniors. She lives in her dream house in Orange County, California underneath a eucalyptus windrow full of parrots and crows. For fun, she walks the beach cliff path at Laguna Beach with her husband and the dogs.

 

Her blog Raucous Eucalyptus, Piteous Poodles, is at amygettinger.com.

 

Amazon Author Page

 

See her 2 novel links above. Her latest publication is a fall-themed novella + a summer-themed novelette, both sequels to Alice in Monologue Land, entitled Kiss My Sweet Skull. myBook.to/Skull

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Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

 After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

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Welcome author Melissa Baldwin to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

On tour today, is the fabulous Melissa Baldwin to talk about her love of reading and writing chick lit. After you’re finished reading her post, don’t forget to download her books!

 

I love Chick Lit therefore I write Chick Lit

I can still remember the first time I picked up one of Sophie Kinsella’s masterpieces; I was hooked right away. It was then that I became addicted to all things Chick Lit. I’ve always enjoyed reading, but especially when I could relate to the characters in the story. What woman hasn’t experienced relationship drama, a broken friendship, or a horrible boss? Being able to escape from real life into the pages of a new novel is an awesome feeling. To me, nothing compares  to the excitement of picking up where I left off at a crucial point in a book. Becoming invested in the main character or  rooting for her to get the man of her dreams is what Chick Lit is about.

So after years of escaping into the pages of some of the most beloved Chick Lit novels, I decided to combine my love of reading and writing to create my own stories. What an amazing feeling it is to think that someone may be escaping into my own novels as I did into Sophie’s. I absolutely love creating the lives of these fictional characters that are now a part of my life. Every book needs a heroine, a dreamy book boyfriend, and of course a villain. This perfect combination is what will draw readers back to these stories again and again. It is my greatest wish to bring as much joy to others as my favorite authors have brought to me.

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Melissa Baldwin

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About the Author

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway.

Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

 After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

A Love Story – Glynis Astie joins the celebration of Chick Lit Tour

Welcome author Glynis Astie to the celebration of chick lit tour. Glynis’s trio of chick lit novels are based on her very own fairytale and happily-ever-after – so inspiring and couldn’t happen to a nicer person (except, maybe, for me – JUST KIDDING)!!

 

I have always been a huge fan of Chick Lit. There’s just something about the combination of romance and comedy that leaves me breathless. (Either from laughing too hard or enjoying the passionate moments. Take your pick!) I love being able to check my stress at the door, grab my Kindle and snuggle down with the latest book from one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend Ms. Schorr’s books for these couch excursions!

In an odd twist of fate, I now find myself an author of Chick Lit as well. I consider it odd because I had never aspired to be an author. In fact, I despised writing. Imagine that? What could possibly propel me to take on a task as overwhelming as writing a book? You guessed it. A love story. An amazing, heartwarming, downright swoonworthy love story.

I met my husband fourteen years ago in a very loud and crowded bar. Sounds romantic, right? (Wait for it.) He was visiting the US on assignment from Paris and set out one night in search of adventure. I think he may have ended up with more than he bargained for when I crossed his path! He called me the next morning, we dated for five weeks and then I asked him to marry me. (What?!)

I cannot tell you what possessed me to do such a crazy thing. It may have had something to do with his suggestion of flying to Vegas to get married–without actually popping the question–or it may have been my absolute certainty this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Either way, all these years later, I’m still in love with the gorgeous, funny and charming Frenchman who ordered me my first and last Coffin. (Tequila, gin and vodka over ice. I don’t recommend it.)

Our story had all the elements of a great Chick Lit novel–romance, drama, a colorful cast of characters and plenty of hijinks. It practically wrote itself! Since I quickly discovered one book wouldn’t be able to cover everything, our story then wrote itself into a trilogy. (And there just may be a holiday novella in the future. Shhh!)

I have told my husband these books are a love letter to him. For a man whose idea of engrossing reading involves a stack of technical books, this may seem questionable, but to his credit, he has read and enjoyed them all. Or so he tells me! In the end, I’m grateful not only to have lived our adventures, but to be able to share them with Chick Lit aficionados the world over. Who doesn’t love a real-life fairy tale?

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Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien, in six short months. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast and the final installment in the series, French Fry. When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

Social Media Links

Website:  www.glynisastie.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlynisAstie

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7271294.Glynis_Astie

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/glynisastie/

 

Buy Links

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Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

 After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

Cat Lavoie celebrates chick lit!

I’m so excited to welcome Cat Lavoie, one of my favorite “new-school” chick lit authors, to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour. I say “new-school” because there are so many emerging authors on the chick lit scene who I wish got more attention and Cat, my fellow readers, is one of them. She’s fabulous. Please do yourself a favor and pick up one (or three) of her books. Without further ado:

 

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Meredith! I’m so excited to be here to celebrate the release of Novelista Girl and talk about one of my favorite things in the world—chick lit.

 

I remember the moment I fell in love with chick lit. The exact details are a bit fuzzy—it’s been almost *cough* fifteen years since my University days—but I recall being surrounded by stacks of books I was supposed to be reading and stressing out over essays I had to write. (Knowing me, they were probably due the next day.) Even though I enjoyed my classes and eagerly read the books that were assigned to me, I couldn’t wait to get away from the mandatory reading list so I could escape and continue reading the new book I’d just bought—Confessions of a Shopaholic by an author I’d never heard of before called Sophie Kinsella. I’ll always remember discovering that particular book because—in addition to being hilarious—it helped me put a name to the stories I’d been writing for years. In addition to introducing me to a whole new genre, Sophie Kinsella helped me realize I was a chick lit writer.

 

Fast forward a few years later when I started sending out queries for my debut chick lit novel, Breaking the Rules. After a few rejections, I began having doubts about the strength of my query. I worried there was something wrong with it, so I reached out to fellow writers who were part of an online writing group I had recently joined and asked them for feedback.

 

The first comment arrived almost immediately. You made a mistake. My heart dropped. GASP! Had a dreaded typo made its way into my query—the same query I’d already sent to countless agents? The grammar nerd in me was on the verge of having a full-blown panic attack. And then I read the rest of the comment. It’s not chick lit anymore. I believe it’s called women’s fiction now.

 

Nobody had told me that chick lit was dead but, from that moment on, I couldn’t get away from announcements of its demise. Apparently, chick lit had been dead for ages. So why are we still talking about it all these years later? Because, obviously, it’s not dead. There are way too many talented authors and bloggers keeping it alive and making it thrive. I interact on a daily basis with amazing writers who create books I devour and who are, as we speak, most likely staring at a computer screen drinking coffee (or wine!) while penning their next story. You can’t get more alive than that.

 

Why do I love chick lit so much? Because a good chick lit book is full of humor and heart. It can make you laugh on one page and tear up on the next. The main character could be your sister, or your best friend—or even you. (In fact, there was a time in my twenties when I could have out-shopped my fictional BFF, Becky Bloomwood. But that’s a whole other blog post.)

 

I am so proud to be a chick lit writer and, as a reader and a fan, I’m very excited (and not at all worried) about its future.

 

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Bio

 

Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous cat, Abbie.

She is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, and PERI IN PROGRESS.

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If Cat isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next trip to London.

 

Links

 

Website: http://www.catlavoie.com/

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieAuthor

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Catenabi

 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/catlavoie4

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/catenabi

 

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/CatLavoie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016:

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

 But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

 After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

 This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

 This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

Welcome Shelly Hickman to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

Today, I would like to welcome Shelly Hickman, author of the Fortytude Series to share why she loves chick lit. (I absolutely agree with her favorite movies, by the way.)

 

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I suppose my love of chick lit stems from my love of humor in movies—namely romantic or family comedies. And by family comedies, I don’t necessarily mean suitable for families, but stories that may or may not be appropriate for young viewers that center on family relationships. (This is 40 comes to mind. Definitely not appropriate for young viewers!)

 

Some of my favorites, to name just a few: When Harry Met Sally (obviously), Notting Hill, It’s Complicated, About Time, Parenthood, As Good As it Gets, and as already mentioned, This is 40.

 

I do prefer the more light-hearted stories that are purely meant to entertain and uplift. However, I can also appreciate stories that can get a bit heavy-handed with the drama while also throwing in some laughs. My husband didn’t care for This is 40 at all. He thought it was too close to real life and pretty much a downer.

 

Though I can understand his feelings, I liked it because it was so real, yet it allowed us to laugh at all the heartache life can throw our way. Parenthood was the same way. There were some serious issues going down in that movie and we were not only permitted—but encouraged—to laugh about them.

 

In a way, such stories are unifying. So often it’s easy to feel isolated, like we’re the only person who’s going through something, or that our family is. When you’re in a crowded theater and dozens of people laugh at something you wouldn’t typically find funny in real life, there’s a sense of, “Hey, I bet these people have been there, too. And it’s okay to look back and laugh about it. That’s just life, baby!” (Sorry. Somehow in my head I heard Austin Powers saying that.)

 

Let’s face it. Life can deal us some pretty harsh blows. Becoming immersed in a story filled with characters we care about and watching them deal with their hardships with a sense of humor definitely has its appeal. At least for me, it does. I consider chick lit the literary equivalent to romantic comedies in the theaters. Okay, admittedly some of the conflicts in chick lit aren’t earth shattering, and we enjoy the lighthearted read. But I’ve also read chick lit that tackles some tough life circumstances (I try to do it in my own), and still maintains its humorous voice. Given my love for such stories in the cinema, it’s no surprise that these are the stories I most enjoy writing.

 

Quite simply, I must have humor thrown in with my angst. Without it, life’s just too damn exhausting!

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NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

 

Confessions of a Chick-Lit-Aholic. Erin Brady is my first guest author!

I’m so pleased to have author Erin Brady participate in my Celebration of Chick Lit tour as my inaugural guest author. Erin’s novel The Shopping Swap is one of my favorites and I love her writing so much that I asked her to be one of the first readers of Novelista Girl. Find out why she loves chick lit so much below. 

I have a serious confession to make and here it is: I have an uncontrollable obsession. Some even call it an addiction.  It’s like trying to ignore a craving for chocolate or fighting an insatiable need to binge watch a favorite television show (Downton Abbey anyone?) or even resisting the strong urge to shop (ever wandered aimlessly down the aisles of Target?  I know I have).

My addiction is insatiable and always leaves me wanting more.  It keeps me up late into the wee hours of the night.  I can’t sleep. I can’t stop talking about it and, even worse, I can’t stop writing about it!  And before you take a guess, no, it’s not that (get your mind out of the gutter, thank you very much).

I am addicted to chick lit!  I know, I know, I’m not the only one.  In fact, I am one of many devoted fans out there who devour chick lit books, romantic movies, tear-jerking soap operas, etc…, like I devour a pint of my favorite ice cream (mint chocolate chip).  But in my case, I can’t seem to stop (case in point: empty ice cream cartons).

I squeal with glee at pastel colored book covers, just like a teenager would when she bumps into her crush.  I light up like a firefly with anticipation when I read the first line of a chick lit book.  I do so because I know that I’m about to embark on a wonderful adventure with interesting characters and situations I can relate to and, most importantly, laugh at!

But what is it that I love most about chick lit?  Can you guess?  And no, it’s not that again!  Really, your mind does wander.   It’s the idea of “falling in love.”  I wait for the swoon worthy moment when the author introduces the leading man to her heroine and I sigh because I know what’s coming (cue the eye-roll).  They will inevitably fall in love . . . despite the obstacles, the misunderstandings, the jealous ex.  Even as they resist the tension building up between them.  Even as they ignore the sexual chemistry (yes, I am finally going there).  Even as they banter back and forth like two tennis pros in a championship match.  I know they will wind up together in the end and I’ll get my “happily ever after.”

Some people say that “chick lit is dead,” but I don’t buy it for one minute.  It’s like saying “love is dead” and who would honestly believe that?  Not me, that’s for sure!  As long as I live and breathe (much heavier when I try my hand at exercising), I will always be a sucker for an epic romance.  I, for one, would never give up on the idea of love.  Life would be so depressing if I did.  I mean, Jane Austen certainly didn’t give up on it and if anyone had a reason to do so, well, she did.   I shudder to think of a world without a Darcy and his Elizabeth!

No, as far as I’m concerned, I’m still and always will be, a believer.  In fact, love is the main reason I became a chick lit writer and I wear that badge proudly; out in the open for everyone to see!

So yes, I have an addiction (craving, urge, need), but it’s one I don’t intend to give up anytime soon!  I’m embracing it.  In fact, I think I’ll organize a parade in honor of it.  Maybe, even try for a national holiday.  Imagine, a whole day off curled up with my books. There’s a nice thought.

So next time anyone tells me I’m addicted to chick lit, I will smile with smug satisfaction and say thank you!  It’s the best compliment anyone can give me!

Now, where’s my box of chocolate, the new Downton Abbey episode, that link to the sample shoe sale, and the latest Sophie Kinsella book?

Meredith: Wear that chick lit-author badge with pride, sister!

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Biography:

 

Erin Brady is a self-confessed romantic comedy addict who hopes to never find a cure. She spends countless hours re-reading Pride and Prejudice and admits to never getting tired of Darcy’s britches. She loves watching rom-com movies because, when it comes down to it, she can’t get enough of the “girl meets boy and falls in love” stories. Most importantly, she loves to laugh and finds humor in everything from washing dishes to singing karaoke off key!

 

Ms. Brady writes chick lit novels and enjoys every minute of it. All of her novels follow the lives of women who, mindfully or not, end up pursuing their dreams while making mistakes and learning to laugh (and fall in love) along the way. Erin admits that her inspiration for her characters often comes from her own circle of friends, despite her friends’ protests otherwise.

 

Currently, Erin Brady has published five novels: And The Winner Is, Shopping Swap, Holiday Gig, One Last Blind Date and The Twelve-Step Plan.

 

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NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016:

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy. 

 But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

 After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. 

 This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

 This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.