Chick Lit Central – Giveaway of Blogger Girl

Melissa Amster of Chick Lit Central hails Blogger Girl another top favorite of 2013 and considers it the Girls Just Want to Have Fun of books.

Check out her review here and enter for your chance to win an ecopy of Blogger Girl.

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Happy Pub Day to Blogger Girl!

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The day has at last arrived! Blogger Girl is officially available for purchase at an (online) store near you for as little as $2.99!

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375994653&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=blogger+girl+meredith+schorr

http://www.amazon.com/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375994653&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=blogger+girl+meredith+schorr

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376945948&sr=1-1&keywords=blogger+girl

B&N:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blogger-girl-meredith-schorr/1116358028?ean=2940148503125

iTunes:  

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blogger-girl/id686654939?mt=11

Here’s some of what advanced readers have had to say about Blogger Girl so far:

Blogger Girl grabbed me from page one and had me until the end.  This was my first book by Meredith Schorr, but definitely not my last!” – Rebecca, Goodreads member

“I absolutely LOVED this book!” – Tara, Goodreads member

“Meredith Schorr had me laughing, loathing, and lusting at every turn along with her “a lot of spit-fire in a small package” Kimberly.” – Erin, The Autumn Review

“I absolutely loved this feel-good book. A fantastic chick lit with plenty of office humor and romance” – Monica, Goodreads member

“I say go read it NOW and enjoy it. Meredith Schorr is one talented girl” – Reading Renee

“I LOVED this book! It had all the best parts of chick lit. Kim and her friends were such great characters, you felt that you could identify with them.” – Amy Goodreads member

“I highly recommend this book for anyone who has the zest for the genre and anyone who doesn’t want to feel left out when every blogger is raving about the soon-to-be-released movie adaptation (hopefully).” – Kobbie, Chicklit Pad

Ok, enough of the shameless self-promotion. I’m just awfully proud of this book. I had such a blast writing it and hope that you will enjoy reading it even half as much 🙂

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

Blogger Girl/Just Friends With Benefits/General Updates

I hope everyone is enjoying what remains of the summer. I’m doing my best.  I’m incredibly excited about the release of my third novel, Blogger Girl on August 28th and thrilled with the reviews I’ve received so far – yay!!  Since my cover reveal only included the front cover, I thought it would be fun to show you guys the entire cover since I’m sure most of you, with the exception of my close friends and family, will buy the book in eformat and you won’t have access to the back.

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In other exciting news, you might have noticed that my debut novel, Just Friends With Benefits is currently unavailable for purchase. This is because I have taken back rights to the novel from my original publisher and will be signing a new contract with Booktrope (the publisher of A State of Jane and Blogger Girl), effective September 1st.  I will be forever thankful to Wings ePress for offering me my first publishing contract for Just Friends With Benefits and for doing such an amazing job with the book but I feel very at home with Booktrope and think having all three of my novels with one publisher is the best thing for my career.  I also assume that Just Friends With Benefits, the oldest of my three “children” might be feeling a bit left out and jealous of the attention bestowed upon A State of Jane and Blogger Girl and so I’m sure she’ll appreciate the makeover Booktrope is giving her in the nature of a new cover and some editorial tweaking. For those of you have already read the book, nothing substantial will be changed about the story. I have just improved as an author since writing that book and felt the need to make minor and likely not too noticeable changes. But the most exciting news? The price of the ebook will be substantially reduced so those of you who have been waiting to buy it or have it on your “wish list” will be able to purchase it at a fraction of the original price – woot woot!

 

On a personal note, it’s been a tough week for me. Actually it’s been a tough summer. I am so happy that I have my books to distract me from real life sometimes, you have no idea. My wallet was stolen on Monday night and I did not see it happening. In fact, I didn’t even notice it until Tuesday morning when I went to grab my metrocard to get on the subway and saw that my wallet was missing from my pocketbook. After calling up all of the credit card companies, I learned that the “perp” made charges on two of them. My bank became suspicious pretty quickly and put a hold on the card but there were multiple charges made to my credit card. I reported all of my cards as stolen and filed a police report. I’ve been a victim of identity theft before and really do not wish that sort of hell on anyone. Although I could have ordered a new non-driver i.d. online, I read that if you filed a police report and brought a copy of the report to the DMV, the replacement fee would be waived. Well, stupid me did not read the fine print that said the replacement fee would only be waived for a driver’s license but not a non-driver i.d. Why that is the case is beyond me and seems like prejudice against non-drivers. So, my wallet being stolen is less traumatic because I’m not a driver?  What kind of ridiculousness is that? It’s not the $8 replacement fee that bothers me, it’s the principle. At least the detective I spoke with was really cute. Hey, you gotta look at the bright side sometimes…

 

I received some good news about a dear friend this week that made me giddy with happiness for about five minutes before I learned there was “but”. Why is there always a “but”? I can’t go into details because I promised my friend that I would not discuss him via social networking but here is some unsolicited advice – don’t take anything for granted in this world because the one thing in your life you have come to rely on as consistent and reliable can change in an instant and sometimes (too often) bad things happen to really amazing people.  

 

On a happier note, I spent a few days in Kentucky a couple of weeks ago with my friend Jenny. We did practically nothing all week besides catch up and watch television but, honestly, it was exactly what I needed. Thank you to Jenny for your generosity. (She wouldn’t let me spend a dime and so between flying using her frequent flyer numbers, staying in her house and not allowing me to pay for any meals aside from lunch at a burger joint, I spent $11 the entire time.) I also got to share a bed with Josie, the cutest Jack Russel Terrier ever. And I left with a crazy addiction to Naked and Afraid, Catfish and Ray Donovan.

 

Speaking of friends, I am looking forward to seeing my forever friend, Ronni, this weekend. I have literally known her “forever”…(

 

Okay, I will leave you with that. And this: ten days until the official release of Blogger Girl!

Blogger Girl – cover reveal and excerpt!

I’m so excited for the official launch of Blogger Girl on August 28th and am thrilled to share the following with you today:

  1. 1.       The cover
  2. 2.       An Excerpt

So without further ado, here you go!

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

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“What blog?”

I felt a flush creep across my cheeks as I turned around to face the source of the question. I wasn’t surprised, since I blushed whenever I talked to Nicholas, even when the phone rang at work and I saw his name on my caller ID.

“You didn’t know about Kim’s blog?” Rob asked, his blue eyes reflecting amusement.

Nicholas shook his head, not removing his eyes from mine.

All I could think about was running my fingers along the dark stubble on his jawline. Never completely clean shaven, he currently looked like he hadn’t touched a razor in several days. I held his gaze willing my voice not to give away my crush, but the heat on my face suggested a crimson complexion that probably already had. “I have a blog where I write book reviews.” I figured Nicholas didn’t know about my blog since our opportunities to socialize outside of work had been few and far between in the four months we’d worked together. It was that unfamiliarity which I blamed for my chronic bashfulness in his presence. Well, that and his overwhelming sex appeal. Unable to maintain eye contact a second longer, I glanced back at Rob hoping he’d pick up the dialogue.

“It’s incredibly popular. Publishers actually beg my secretary to read and review their client’s novels on a daily basis.” Rob beamed at me like a proud uncle as if he was somehow responsible for my blog’s immense popularity.

I turned back to Nicholas and smiled shyly. “Every other day basis is probably more accurate but yes, it’s a widely read blog. I have several thousand followers and get requests from authors, publicists and agents pretty often.”

Nicholas looked at me with admiration. “Awesome. What types of books do you review?”

I hated this part of telling people from work about my blog. I never knew if the attorneys would raise their noses in the air and judge my taste in “literature.” Here goes nothing. “Chick lit,” I admitted.

Nicholas tilted his head to the side. “Like the gum?”

I giggled as if I’d never heard that one before. “Yes, it’s called chick lit, like the gum. But it’s also a book genre. Like Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Devil Wears Prada. You know?”

Nicholas looked thoughtful as he rubbed his thumb along his chin. “My ex-girlfriend had a bunch of books with pink covers. Were those chick lit?”

Forcing myself to stay focused instead of wondering what his ex-girlfriend was like, how long ago they broke up and why, I smiled and said, “Probably.” Although chick lit had certainly evolved beyond stereotypical pink covers, it wasn’t the time to go into defense-mode.

Nicholas smiled wide. “Very cool, Kim!” Glancing at his empty glass, he said, “Time for a refill. Be right back” and walked towards the bar.

I tore my eyes away from the back of Nicholas’ light blue business shirt and back to Rob. But Rob was now talking to Lucy about some guy she had deposed the previous day. Boring work talk. I downed the rest of my prosecco and walked over to the bar. After quickly getting the bartender’s attention, I ordered another glass, on Rob’s tab of course, and observed Nicholas finish sending a text. As he smiled into his phone, I felt my Hanky Panky thong practically melting off. At only about 5”7’, his stature might have kept him off of some women’s top five lists but since I was vertically challenged too, he was currently number one on mine. I couldn’t even think of who would follow him in second and third place.

“Penny for your thoughts, Blogger Girl.”

I snapped out of my list making and faced Nicholas, silently praying he was not a mind reader.

He looked at me expectantly.

I swung my free hand in dismissal and lifted my drink towards him. “Nothing important. Cheers!”

Nicholas clinked his glass against mine, said, “Cheers” and took a sip of his drink.

Following his lead, I took a sip of mine.

Nicholas inched closer to me. Speaking in almost a whisper, he said, “Having fun yet?”

Very aware that we’d never stood this close to each other and that these were practically the most words we’d ever exchanged one on one, I replied with faux nonchalance, “Can’t really complain about free drinks. You?” The cuffs of his shirt sleeves had been pushed up to his elbows and I pondered whether the dark hair on his arms was coarse or soft. I wondered what it would feel like to run my fingers up and down his arm. I also wondered if he could hear my heart beating through my chest.

“Definitely can’t complain about that,” Nicholas agreed. “And a break from work is always welcome, especially these days.” He smiled. “Doing anything good this weekend?”

I had practically forgotten it was Thursday night, which was odd for me since I lived for the weekends when my secretarial duties did not get in the way of my reading. “Not sure yet. Probably drinks with friends. And I need to catch up on some reading. For the blog. What about you?” Please don’t mention a girlfriend.

“Oh, this and that.” His eyes glowed, almost like he was holding back a secret.

I bit down on my lip and without thinking, blurted out, “Do This and That have last names?”

Nicholas gave me a once over before shaking his head laughing. “I’ll probably spend most of it at work actually. So, tell me more about this blog.”

I tipped my head to the side. “What do you want to know?”

“I don’t know. Like, what made you start it?”        

“The condensed version or the truth?”

Nicholas cocked an eyebrow. “How long of a story is the truth?”

“Why? Do you have a date to rush off to?” I swallowed hard. Nice, Kim.

Laughing, he said, “It’s just that your answer was rather mysterious, you know?”

I shuffled my feet. “Well, I usually tell people I started the blog because I’ve always loved to read, blah, blah, blah.”

“Blah blah blah. Gotcha.”

After he said that, he winked at me and when my knees wobbled in response, I grabbed the bar with my free hand. “The truth is that one day I was bored at home surfing the internet and I found all of these blogs dedicated to romance books, like Harlequin stuff, and then I found some more devoted to science fiction, thrillers and so on. But I could barely find anything dedicated to chick lit and it pissed me off because I love it. I figured if I love it, there must be other girls who love it too and maybe if I started this blog, I’d find them and we’d bond.” I paused. “Aren’t you glad you asked?”

As his phone rang, Nicholas distractedly responded, “Yeah, that’s cool,” before bringing it to his ear. He whispered, “Sorry” before answering it.

I wondered if it was from “This” or “That.”

The Celebration of Bloggers Tour concludes with Julie Valerie

Concluding my Celebration of Bloggers Tour is Julie Valerie, founder of Chick Lit Chit Chat on www.julievalerie.com. I introduced myself to Julie when I heard that she planned to read and review a chick lit book a week during 2013.  Being a chick lit author, I immediately reached out to Julie and asked if she wanted to review A State of Jane.  At the time, I had no idea that I would actually meet Julie just a few months later when she volunteered to help out at the Book Buzz author event I co-organized with several other authors in New York City.  Julie’s assistance that day was invaluable.  As you will see from her blog post below, Julie has such a great sense of humor. She’s a whole lot of fun and I truly cannot wait until her debut novel is released so that I can return some of the support she has generously bestowed onto me and so many other authors.  She’s really an amazing person and I like her so much, even more than…bacon! 

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Blogging vs. Bacon

By Julie Valerie

I love bacon. Almost as much as I love blogging. If I had to make a list of things I love, it would look like this:

1.Blogging

2.Bacon

Since this is a post about blogging, I’m going to stay on topic and talk about blogging. Not bacon.

Blogging rocks.

It’s cool because it’s both private and public at the same time. It’s something you do from the privacy of your home, but once done, instantly travels the globe.

And blogging offers some real benefits.

For one, blogging gives you an outlet to express your thoughts, opinions and/or feelings about something. Something … like bacon. I’m sure there’s a gazillion blogs about bacon. (See why blogging’s so great?)

Two, through blogging, you can share your talents and expertise with others and they can share their specialties with you. Bacon? Not so much. It can’t talk back.

Three, in my case, as a book blogger, blogging is the perfect platform for celebrating the arrival of a new book, or talking about an old book in a new way.

Now I ask you: What’s better than that?

Bacon?

Not even close.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love bacon. Almost as much as I love blogging. But bacon can’t help you market or promote things that are important to you. It just sits there. On your plate. Being bacon-y.

Bacon doesn’t let you demonstrate what you know about a topic. Bacon doesn’t help you establish yourself in a field. Bacon doesn’t network. It doesn’t make connections. It can’t link, like, tweet, post or comment.

Because it’s bacon.

And that’s why, on the list of things I love, blogging comes before bacon.

With one exception: Every morning, when I’m still half asleep and oh, so hungry?

My list looks like this:

1. Bacon

2. Blogging

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Julie Valerie

Book Blogger & Writer

Julie Valerie’s Book Blog

www.julievalerie.com

P.S. Meredith, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of the Celebrating Bloggers Tour to help kick off your August 28 release of Blogger Girl. I can’t wait to read all about Kimberly Long and her “Pastel is the New Black” blog. I know she (like me) has loved chick lit since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary. And I know I’ll feel like Kimberly is a kindred spirit when I’m reading her because I have an entire category on my blog that’s dedicated a re-reading of Bridget Jones’s Diary, that watershed book that catapulted modern chick lit into the hearts and minds of readers.

Cheers to you and Kimberly! Yay for Blogger Girl!

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Connect with Julie:

Blog: “Julie Valerie’s Book Blog” www.julievalerie.com

Facebook: Julie’s Author Page https://www.facebook.com/JulieValerieAuthor

Facebook: Julie’s Personal Page https://www.facebook.com/julie.valerie.165

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JBValerie

Google+: gplus.to/JulieValerie

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15137376-julie-valerie

Blogger Girl (coming 8/28)

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

 A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life

 

Welcome Michelle Bell to the Celebration of Bloggers Tour

I’m very happy to have Michelle Bell, my friend and founder of Michelle’s Book Nook, on my blog today as the Celebration of Bloggers Tour edges toward a close.  I met Michelle through Twitter so it must have been in 2011 because that is when I joined.  I feel, somehow, that I have known her much longer. Besides being a Blogger Girl, Michelle is definitely a pop culture junkie; a television, movie, super hero and comic enthusiast and I share her passion for so many of those things, from our mutual addiction to The Following, to a long history of watching General Hospital (although I gave up when it became The Sonny Corinthos Show), to a love of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, to The Avengers, to our  undying loyalty to the New York Yankees (even when they suck…) and finally to our love of reading and books, particularly chick lit.  As a person, Michelle rocks and as a Blogger Girl, she’s top notch as well which made her post below quite surprising to read.  Please check out Michelle’s Book Nook and her charming post below.  

 

 

Confession of a Blogger!

 

When Meredith asked me if I was interested in writing a guest post for her Celebration of Bloggers tour, I jumped at the chance.  Then reality set in.  What exactly am I going to write about? I don’t think anyone wants to hear about my geeky side and have me squee about super heroes, the Force, Muggles, and dire wolves. And I don’t have a book to chat about.  Then it hit me, I knew what I would write about.

I started writing reviews for Chick Lit Plus in May of 2011 and it has been something that I am proud of doing.  In addition to getting a chance to discover new authors, I have had some wonderful guest posts and interviews to share with my readers (as few as they may be).  But here is my confession – My name is Michelle and I hate writing reviews.  Yes, you read that right. I am a book review blogger and I hate writing the reviews that make up the core of my blog.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it isn’t about the books themselves.  I love reading and will gladly spend time chatting about books that I love and what I loved about them.  I will recommend new authors and talk up their work to anyone willing to listen.  I just hate writing the review.  I have a hard time writing reviews, in all honesty.  I always question if my reviews are too short or too long.  Do I reveal more of the plot than I need to or leave you needing a little more detail on the story?  And how annoying is it when you want to say the book was “awesome”? (That is one of my most overused words and I try to limit my use of it.)

But what I dislike about doing reviews the most is what if I don’t like the book? We all have had books that we just don’t like and cannot finish.  I have one on my Kindle currently that I am so glad that I did not join the blog tour for because I just cannot finish it.  I normally enjoy the author, but this one feels so rushed and I don’t feel it. The thing is I do not like leaving a negative review. I would rather stay silent than publicly state that I felt a book was rubbish. Who am I to say that someone’s dream was a flop? I have never posted a bad review and I never will. I will post short reviews that do not contain much to them, but I try to find something positive to say for every book I review. Thankfully I have only had one author ever come back to me to question why my review felt flat and she was not overly thrilled for my honest response. (In my defense, her book ended in the middle of a scene, the middle of a sentence, to build suspense for the sequel that she was writing. It killed the whole book.)

So, why do I continue to do reviews if I dislike it so much?  Because I love sharing my love for reading with people. I like to think that someone may see my review and find that there is a new author on the scene that they have to give a try because I enjoyed the story. Nothing like having a comment left that someone checked a book out because they saw my review. That makes it all worth it to me.  And in closing, let me apologize to any author that I told to just “write what you want” for a guest post for me.  This took me numerous days to figure out what exactly I was going to write about.  And thank you, Meredith, for asking me to participate! You are simply the best!

Thank you Michelle, I can say the same thing about you. You are awesome 🙂

 

Blogger Girl, coming August 28th from Booktrope Publishing:

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

The Celebration of Bloggers Tour welcomes Samantha Stroh Bailey!

I’m thrilled to invite Samantha Stroh Bailey to my blog today as part of the Celebration of Bloggers Tour.  Not only is Samantha one of my favorite authors – Finding Lucas – was at the top of my favorite books of 2012 and is up there on my list of favorite chick lit books ever – but she is one of my dearest friends.  I remember when I saw the 5 star rating she left on Goodreads for Just Friends with Benefits. I was so excited since I had been following the Chick Lit Plus blog tour for Finding Lucas and knew all about Samantha. I was flattered that she chose to read Just Friend with Benefits without knowing me and that she loved it.  I immediately read Finding Lucas, devoured it (as mentioned above) and then Sam and I connected and the rest is, as they say, “history.”  (I also learned that no one who knows her personally calls her “Samantha” unless they are angry with her.)  Anyway, although Sam has a blog on her website, she is not a “blogger” per se, but as you will see in her post below, she has the utmost admiration for book bloggers and so I invited her to be part of my tour to talk about it.  Please read her touching post below and then do yourself a favor and download Finding Lucas. You won’t regret it!

 

 

ODE TO BLOGGERS

 

I met Meredith through Twitter after reading her first novel, Just Friends With Benefits. I was addicted to the story, and when I finished it with a huge smile on my face, I knew I had to say something to her. But I was a bit nervous to reach out to an author I didn’t know (oh, how things have changed!), but I wanted her to know how much I loved the book. A deep, instant friendship was formed. When she let me read Blogger Girl, I was so excited and stayed up late way too many nights tearing through the pages to get to the heart-pounding ending. I am truly honored to be included in this celebration of bloggers!

Before I self-published Finding Lucas in April of 2012, I spent a good many hours on book blogs. I loved reading the reviews, author news and hearing about the new releases. The sites were so well-organized, eye-catching and constantly updated. At the time, I had no clue that these bloggers make no money at all. They blog simply for the love of books and to help promote the authors they adore.

When it was my time to contact bloggers to review Finding Lucas, my hands shook, my mouth went dry and my stomach jumped. Who was I to ask these bloggers, who reviewed well-known and best-selling authors, to look at my book? Well, I was amazed by their kindness, warmth and willingness to review Finding Lucas. Not only that, but I have formed some great friendships with bloggers through shared histories, favorite films and television and our obsession for books.

There are so many bloggers I want to mention, but it would take me pages, and I’m sure you don’t want to stick around for that. So, I want to give a shout out to a few who helped me so much in the beginning of my publishing journey. The first blog I wanted to contact was Chick Lit Central because it’s so professional, fun and popular. Melissa Amster and I immediately clicked, and I even though I’ve never met her in person (I will!), she has become a close friend. She sent me a huge list of other bloggers to contact, answered my inane questions and truly held my hand. She is a gem, and because of her and Chick Lit Central, chick lit continues to thrive.

Samantha March of Chick Lit Plus is amazing. We all call her Superwoman because she has a fulltime job, manages the blog, writes, runs a small press and has been planning a wedding with all of that. She answers emails in seconds and is so warm, lovely and easy to talk to. I did my first ever book tour with Chick Lit Plus, and I’d love to do one for every book I publish.

A newer blogger who has been an endless support to me is Marlene Roberts Engel from Book Mama. She shouts from the rooftops how much she loved Finding Lucas, and I cannot thank her enough. Now the sister blog to Chick Lit Central, Book Mama offers fantastic reviews and giveaways. Chick Lit Central and Book Mama together will make even the most skeptical reader pick up a pastel colored book.

And if you don’t know Julie Valerie of Chick Lit Chit Chat, you should. She is brilliant, hilarious and generous, and her posts and reviews are unbelievably good. When seven authors and I hosted Book Buzz 2013 in NYC this past May, Julie stood behind a table the entire night selling our books and making us all look good. She is one of my favorite people in the world.

There really are a ton of bloggers I can gush about, like Lydia Laceby from Novel Escapes, Kaley Stewart from Books Etc, Laura Chapman of Change the Word, Kathleen Higgins Anderson of Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Josie Thomas from Ebook Addict, Crystal Serowka of The Indie Bookshelf, Sabrina Kate-Eryou and the incredible founder of The Chick Lit Goddesses, Isabella Louise Anderson. I can go on and on. Are you still reading?

As a writer, I am often asked to review books. Now, I can write a book, but a review? There’s an art and a skill to that that I don’t seem to possess. I love reading and reviewing books for pleasure, especially those from authors I’ve loved, but formal reviews? I leave that to the professionals. Truly, writing a detailed, honest and thoughtful review takes a lot of time, work and finesse. The book bloggers have it.

Without book bloggers, our novels would never get the exposure they do, and I am beyond grateful. Support these incredible people by following their blogs, commenting on posts, and sharing them with other book lovers. We’re all in this together.

Blogger Girl – coming 8/28

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

Welcome Ashley Williams and The Book Fetish Blog to the Celebration of Bloggers Tour

Today, I welcome Ashley Williams, founder of The Book Fetish Blog, guest posting for the Celebration of Bloggers Tour.  I met Ashley when she participated in the Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour for Just Friends with Benefits.  I really enjoyed her review, not only because it was positive, but because she really “got” the book and the message I was trying to send.  The same thing happened when she reviewed A State of Jane.  It’s wonderful when a blogger (or anyone) enjoys your work but it was clear from both of Ashley’s reviews that she understood why I wrote some of the things I wrote even if she didn’t always like what my characters were doing.  While reading both reviews, I wanted to yell, “You get it!  You really get it!”  Not to mention that she shares the name of the actress I want to play Jane Frank in the film adaption of A State of Jane.  And she’s also a really nice person.  I’m so glad Ashley agreed to answer some questions for me about her blog and about blogging in general.  Please do yourself a favor and check out The Book Fetish Blog and if you are an author and have yet to reach out to Ashley, she’s a gem. 

 

How would you describe The Book Fetish blog in 140 characters?

My thoughts on all the books that speak to me, and random posts on anything else that fascinates me or fires me up.

2. What inspired you to start The Book Fetish Blog?-

Honestly? The movie Julie and Julia. I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to do something in a year, like Julie had done. Because I love books so much, reading 52 books in 52 weeks was the perfect challenge for me. I started January 1, 2010, and decided to use blogspot to blog about each book I read to keep me accountable to the goal. After the year was up, I realized I loved blogging so much, and interacting with other readers, bloggers, and authors, that I bought a domain name, hired a web designer, and thebookfetishblog.com was born.

 3. What do you like best about being a blogger?

 The chance to interact with other readers and bloggers, and especially authors and publishers. It’s really cool to be able to have a chance to talk more with an author about his or her work, and allows me to sometimes put a really personal touch on the blog- not just a review.

 4. Besides book reviews, what else do you blog about ?

 Good question. I occasionally blog about something other than books- maybe music, or something that happened over a girls night out. My two most popular posts have been about a U2 conference I attended back in April, and a rant I published about politicians making some really ignorant comments about rape and women.

 5. What are some of your favorite third party blogs and why? Do you stick to other “book” blogs or do you also like other types of blogs, for instance “beauty”, “fashion”, “cooking”, “dating” etc.

 I’m all over the map with blogs, but there’s not really one I read daily. I love the Bloggess. She’s hysterical and I had a chance to see her do a reading from her book when she was on tour. During election season, I’m addicted to fivethirtyeight.com- that’s when I actually do read a blog daily. I like the Following Atticus blog, and Suri’s Burn Book on Tumblr. I do read some reviews at chicklitplus. Laurel Osterkamp, an author I like, blogs as one of her characters, so I check out any updates she does.

6. How do you juggle blogging with your other responsibilities like family and/or career?

It’s hard sometimes. Blogging doesn’t pay the bills or build my social life, so when I’m really busy, it does fall by the wayside. Like anything else, you have to make time for the things that are important to you. But I do need to get more disciplined to ensure regular posting.

7. How responsible do you think book blogs are towards helping an author reach a bigger audience?

This is purely my speculation. I don’t have any evidence to back this up, but I don’t think a New York Times author is particularly helped by most bloggers. Those authors have a publisher behind them and some level of marketing. But, for lesser known or newer authors, I think bloggers can be quite helpful. Especially authors who go on blog tours- you reach a lot of people you may not reach otherwise. I’d love to see numbers from someone on increase in sales after blog publicity. Of course, it also matters who the blogger is. Some definitely have more influence than others.

 8. What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m not sure I really have a favorite genre. My reading is all over the map.

 9. What is your favorite genre to review?

Here I don’t have a favorite genre, either, but I do prefer to review growing or newer authors- you have a better chance of actually interacting with these authors and knowing they know how much you enjoyed their work.

 10. In your opinion, how has the increasing popularity of indie authors changed the publication world?

 I have seen a lot of discussion about this in social media, and again I don’t have numbers to back this up, but only my own impressions. I don’t know that indie authors have changed publishing as much as perhaps the proliferation of ebooks, but I think Independent authors have given us exposure to some really well done books that would have never seen the light of day in a traditional publishing house. I hope the big houses are paying attention to this and adapting how they choose authors to publish and how to market them.

11. Do you hope the Book Fetish Blog will be around five years from now?

I do.

12. If the answer to the above question is “yes”, do you hope it will be the same as it is now or do you have plans to change/expand etc.?

This is something I’m actively pondering. Since I don’t specialize in a genre, it’s sometimes hard to find a consistent audience- it ebbs and flows with what I’m reading. Although it may keep consistent readership down, I plan to continue with this same approach. I don’t want to be boxed in by reviewing only one type of book. One of my goals this year is to start writing more posts that aren’t book related. But that’s a little scary because there’s a level of honesty that has to be in those type of posts, and it’s intimidating to put some of that stuff out for public consumption.

 13. Do you only review books upon request from an author or do you also review other books you read?

Both. It’s quite flattering to receive requests to review books. But I don’t like being hemmed in to only reading those. I need flexibility to read and review whatever sounds interesting to me at the time.

14. Do you prefer your books character driven or plot driven?

Character driven. A good plot loses me if there aren’t well drawn characters who make me react to them. When I read Gone Girl, for example, I said I had never enjoyed a book more when I found the two main characters to be so despicable. They were almost completely unlikeable, but I still HAD to know what happened to them.

 15. Do you ever let negative reviews from other bloggers/readers dissuade you from agreeing to read/review?

When I first started blogging, I followed a popular book blogger. I found books through her I likely would not have encountered on my own. I quickly found out that she would rave over certain books that I would then read and wonder if we had actually read the same book since I felt so differently about them than she did. I don’t follow her any longer, but it did teach me to be very careful about who I allow to influence what I read and review. Honestly, it isn’t other bloggers, but good friends who are also avid readers who turn me onto or away from some books. If certain of those friends don’t like a book, I’m more likely to stay away from it.

Thanks, Ashley!

 

Coming August 28th: Blogger Girl

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chicklit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chicklit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

Welcome Kaley Stewart of Books Etc. to the Celebration of Bloggers Tour

I am thrilled to host Kaley Stewart from Books Etc. on the Celebration of Bloggers Tour.  Before I became friendly with Kaley, predominantly through Twitter and our mutual love of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, I was very familiar with her reviews. Kaley is not afraid of providing her honest opinion and it shows.  I’m not saying that her reviews are mean spirited by any stretch because she is very kind, but when Kaley has an issue with a novel, she’s not afraid to express it in her reviews.  I often seek out her reviews after I read a book to see if she agreed with me and I hold her opinion in high regard.  That being said, as I confessed to Kaley after she reviewed A State of Jane, I was a bit afraid of what she would say and her opinion meant a lot to me because I knew if she said she really liked it, it meant she really liked it and if she didn’t like it, our witty banter over Twitter would not prevent her from telling me (and all of her followers) so!  For those who are wondering, Kaley really liked A State of Jane (4 stars and she compared it to a Kinsella book – woot) aside from the ending which didn’t quite satisfy her. I, however, was more than satisfied with her review and I can’t wait to see what she says about Blogger Girl.  I recommend everyone check out Books Etc. right now. Er, right after you read Kaley’s post below about how being a Blogger Girl has introduced Kaley to whole a new set of friends.

 

 

Hi. My name is Kaley and I’m a bookaholic.

I’ve known this about myself for many years. I started reading at a really young age, always had my nose in a book growing up, and even worked at both a library and a bookstore in my teens and early twenties. Obviously, I was a booklover.

While I’ve worked with books and several awesome bookish people, it wasn’t until I started blogging in November 2010 that I realized there were a lot of other bookaholics out there. These were bloggers who loved books so much that just reading them wasn’t enough. They constantly needed to talk about them with others and could gladly do so for hours on end – usually with a cup of tea. I like to say that these bloggers are my people.

You’ll hear from a lot of bloggers that “meeting” and getting to know other bloggers is one of the best parts of the book blogging community. I completely agree. I’ve met some amazing bloggers online and consider them my friends even though we’ve never met in person – and probably never will. One of the first contacts, and friends, I made was Samantha of Chick Lit Plus (and Marching Ink and author of two novels and organizer of CLP Blog Tours…the woman is a machine). I’d love to meet her in person and chat about books and life over drinks but we live about twelve hours apart and in different countries (she’s in the US, I’m in Canada). I also have a virtual bestie in Laura of Change the Word (we bonded over a love of Laura Ingalls Wilder) and a bookish twin in Lisa of Lost in Lit (we usually have the exact same thoughts on books). I likely won’t meet these ladies either as they’re both in the US as well. But that’s the beauty of the internet and this community – we can still become friends even though we won’t meet in person.

I’ve also been lucky enough to turn two fellow bloggers into friends. I write for another site, Novel Escapes, and I’ve met with the founder, Lydia, in person a few times since 2011. Whenever we meet our talk always turns to books and we always chat for longer than we have. I’ve also become friends with Natalie of Browsing Bookshelves. We joke that the way we met would make for a great meet cute for a romance book or movie. We were going to the same blogger event and decided to meet at the train station. Fast forward several months and we’re now getting together for regular bookstore/Starbucks dates and weekly Bachelorette viewings. To be able to have in person meetings with people who get my obsession for books is such an amazing thing.

Sure, there are tons of perks of being a blogger (yes, being able to get free books for review is pretty sweet) but I say getting to know other people in this community is my favourite. To know that there are others out there who have a TBR list they’ll probably never get through, just like me, is an amazing thing. I may not be able to meet some of these amazing people in person but we can always chat through our blogs and social media.

So, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of people in your real life who understand that sometimes you’d much rather spend time with a book than going out and being social, remember that there are fellow bookaholics out there. You just have to find us on Twitter. We’re there…just not when we’re reading a book of our own, of course!

Blogger Girl – Coming August  28th:

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

 

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

 

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

 

Welcome Laura Chapman of Change the Word to the Celebration of Bloggers Tour!

Today on the Celebration of Bloggers Tour, I am happy to introduce you to Laura Chapman, founder of Change the Word.  I initially met Laura when I asked her to read and review A State of Jane on Change the Word, but I later became more familiar with her through Twitter and Facebook.   Although her reviews are extremely well-written and thorough, her tweets are often hilarious.  Laura has one hell of a sense of humor and shares my love of television, movies and the alcoholic beverage!  Laura is also an aspiring author and I am sure we will be seeing her more in that capacity in the future.  Read Laura’s post below about her passion for writing and don’t forget to check out Change the Word.

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I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t always know how to be one.

 

During college, I studied journalism, creative writing and even dabbled in screenwriting. The coursework taught me the basics. I learned about when to use Oxford commas (fiction writing) and when to nix them (journalism). I learned when to show (fiction writing) and when to tell (journalism)

 

Learning the mechanics was a necessary base. It wasn’t until I became a blogger that I learned the most important part of being a writer: having a voice, perseverance and heart.

 

I fell into blogging because I was bored and broke. Though I’d written posts for my college newspaper’s blog, I didn’t start a blog of my own until after graduation. In the summer of 2008, I was interning at a newspaper in Southern Illinois. At 21/22 my idea of nightlife was barhopping, but bars were scarce and my money was scarcer.

 

Pretending Pretentious was born during those first weeks. It served as a platform for me to share my experiences as an intern, give my take on the state of the changing journalism industry and even critique media coverage of the 2008 presidential election. I described the mix of nerves I felt after my semi-exclusive interview with then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. I complained about the injustice of publications that focused on the clothing female candidates wore above their proposed policies.

 

When my internship was done, I decided my blog was more pretentious than pretending pretentious and I let it fall silent. I ultimately deleted the diary of my precious summer of limbo for reasons I can’t remember.

 

In early 2010, I once again had this urge to be heard. I was a little more than a year into my first full-time job out of college. I was living in Texas and spending much of my life traveling from motel to motel with a pair of steel-toed boots. This wasn’t the life I’d imagined on graduation day. Either journalism had failed me or I’d failed at being a journalist. The job market was bad, but even if it wasn’t, I was professionally lost. What did I want to do with my life? How was I going to make it happen?

 

Change the Word became my first real connection to the writing world. I wanted to be a novelist. I had ideas, and I’d even written the opening chapters of a few books. But my productivity always fell flat once I got past the initial planning stages. This time, having a blog was my way of experimenting with writing in a new format. It also gave me hope. If I could maintain a blog with steady content, surely I could write and publish a novel.

 

Eventually, I began posting book reviews on the blog. I’d done reviews for my college newspaper, and as a voracious reader, I wanted to share my opinions with the world. Through the reviews came another connection to the writing world. I began receiving review requests. I made connections with other writers.

 

The more I blogged, the more I wrote for other reasons, too. Since starting Change the Word, I’ve completed two novels and a novelette (all in editing). I’ve developed several future projects. While I’m still at the aspiring author stage, my blog has helped me inch closer and closer to publication.

 

Thanks to my blog, I’ve learned more about what it took to be a writer. It’s more than knowing how to string together words and sentences. It’s about finding and building an audience. It’s about developing your craft and stories. It’s about keeping your goal in mind even when faced with adversity.

 

Blogs are a great way to promote yourself and your projects, but more importantly they are a great way to experiment and learn.

 

Out of all the lessons I’ve learned – and continue to learn – as a blogger girl, perhaps the greatest has been finding my voice. Whether writing a review, sharing a literary tip or retelling a silly story from my day I’ve found a way to let my words speak in a way that represents me as a person.

 

I have to admit, the voice I found is a bit more ridiculous and less prim and proper than I’d imagined it would be when I started my first blog. But I’m fine with that. I am me, so why not embrace it. Even if that means I’m devoting an obscene amount of content to my cats and my latest literary crushes.

 

 

About Laura

Laura Chapman is a blogger and soon-to-be published author of women’s fiction. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Laura studied journalism, English and history. She spent four years in corporate journalism, traveling the country as a writer/photographer, and currently works in marketing and communications. Born and raised in Nebraska – in a city, not on a farm – she is a devoted football fan, lover of British period drama and frequent bar attendee. Her debut novel and a holiday novelette will be released later this year. 

 

Contact Laura

Website (http://www.laurachapmanbooks.com/)

Blog (http://change-the-word.blogspot.com/)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/changetheword.blogspot)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/lmchap)

 

Stay tuned for Blogger Girl, coming August 28th:

 

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

 

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

 

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.