What’s on Page 45 – International Chick Lit Week – Blogger Girl

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Welcome to the Fifth Annual International Chick Lit Month. This month, we celebrate all things chick lit. Today, I join my fellow chick lit authors to share What’s on Page 45 of one of our novels. I’ve chosen my novel Blogger Girl. For one, it was hailed “chick lit at its finest” by many readers and bloggers (Thank you, by the way) and for another, I recently completed the sequel and am now working on a prequel. But before a sequel or a prequel were even a blip on my radar, Blogger Girl was how it all got started.

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Blogger Girl tells the story of late twenty-something Kimberly Long, a disenchanted legal secretary at a New York City law firm who happens to run one of the most successful chick lit blogs on the internet—Pastel is the New Black.

Kim has a major crush on an attorney at her firm, Nicholas Strong. Although she’ll deny the accusation, she’s been known to comment on the rhyming of their last names—Strong rhymes with Long—usually under the influence of alcoholic beverages. But as far as Kim was aware, Nicholas did not see Kim as anything more than “that chick who occasionally connects him to Rob’s (the boss) voicemail.”

This all changed when Nicholas cornered her at a recent department happy hour and asked her questions about Pastel is the New Black. Kim tried unsuccessfully not to drone on and on about her love of books but she couldn’t help herself and Nicholas seemed really interested. And then he joined her for lunch in the firm’s cafeteria and proceeded to flirt shamelessly after confessing to checking out her blog. According to Kim, successful and hot Nicholas probably dates super models or brainy heart surgeons, what would he see in her—a measly legal secretary with a nice rack? But her friends think otherwise: what are the chances of a heterosexual male perusing her chick lit book blog if he’s not interested in her?

Taking her friends comments to heart, Kim decides it’s time to turn up the heat and let him know she’s interested too. But as she approaches his office, she spies Nicholas with his hand on the lower back of another girl—a pretty blonde with a bronze complexion and the body of a female volleyball player—he’s escorting her into the elevator and Kim later runs into them (or rather avoids running into them) at a popular burger joint in the neighborhood. Nicholas would never take a client to a burger joint (or caress her lower back) and so Kim deduces they must be dating and her initial instinct was right – Nicholas was just being nice. And if Kim can’t get “under” Nicholas, she’s determined to get “over” him even if it means pretending not to register his existence.

Is Nicholas dating this blond bombshell?

Does his interest in Kim extend beyond cordial colleague-to-colleague behavior?

And how will he respond to Kim’s attempts to ignore him out of her mind?

Read Blogger Girl and find out! It’s currently on sale for only $1.99 on Amazon 🙂

Check out what’s on Page 45 of some of my favorite chick lit books here:

Kristina Knight

Pippa Franks

Laura Kenyon

Jayne Denker

Amy Gettinger

Gina Henning

Jennifer Ammoscato

Lauren Clark

Laura Chapman

Celia Kennedy

Jennifer Farwell

Glynis Astie

Clodagh Murphy

Stacey Wiedower

Bethany Turner

Franky Brown

Tracy Krimmer

Jillianne Hamilton

Catherine L Hensley

Becky Monson

Georgina Troy

Zanna Mackenzie

Monique McDonell

Samantha March

Sky Greene

Whitney Dineen

Maggie Le Page

Kathryn Biel

Karen M. Cox

Rachel L Hamm

T. A. Munroe

Heather Balog

Jennie Marts

Serena Clarke

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Kicking off the Celebration of Bloggers Tour with Samantha March!

I am so excited to kick off the Celebration of Bloggers Tour with Samantha March, founder of the fabulous Chick Lit Plus.  Before Just Friends with Benefits was published, I remember searching for “Chick Lit” online and seeing the girly Chick Lit Plus website with all of the latest and greatest in chick lit.  At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about book marketing and so I did not know the term “book blogger.” I just knew that Chick Lit Plus was a really cool website for reviews, author interviews and other fun female-targeted posts!  When I reached out to Samantha to see if she would review Just Friends with Benefits, I was terrified.  I knew she reviewed Jackie Collins and Jennifer Weiner and all of the other “traditionally” published authors in the genre and I was afraid she would have no interest in reviewing a debut novelist with a book from an unknown small press.  It turns out I had nothing to worry about as I quickly learned that Samantha is the furthest thing from a book snob there is!  She got back to me promptly and said she would absolutely love to read my book and she was so nice!  In the two years that have passed, I have often referred to Samantha as “Super Woman.”  Not only does she run one of the most popular book blogs on the web, she is an author of two published novels, she is an editor and she runs her own publishing company, Marching Ink!  All of this on top of a day job and, currently, wedding plans.  It blows my mind that she never seems flustered or utters any indication of being exhausted.  She’s truly an inspiration and so I welcome you to check out her websites.  After you read her blog post below, of course!  Take it away, Samantha!

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When I first got the idea to start a blog back in 2009 (wow, that is crazy!) I had no idea it would change my life – literally. Looking back, it brings tears to my eyes when I think of what one small blog could do and the impact it would have. Since my first post in October 2009 I have gone on to read and review hundreds of books, interview authors such as Jackie Collins and Emily Giffin, publish two novels, and start my own business. It’s scary to think of where my life could have gone had I not started my blog – would I be a published author? Would I be happy and fulfilled in a career that wasn’t with books? I’m not a big “what if?” fan, and I just know how grateful I am for the opportunities blogging has provided me.

What I find really interesting about blogging is the people I meet. I think one of the best parts of belonging to the book blogging community is making friends with other people that have the same interests as me. I don’t have many close friends who can talk about books and plots and chick lit for hours on end, so it’s amazing to be able to turn to my computer and start chatting with a virtual friend about a book I just can’t put down. But my friendships with these fellow book bloggers and authors don’t just begin and end with books. I have a handful of wonderful women that I can turn to when I’m having troubles – whether it be with a book, my writing schedule, wedding planning woes, and even my personal life. Though we might not have met face to face and very well might not ever, the friendships I have made through my book blog are some that I treasure. 

Blogging is much more than a simple hobby to me and I’m so grateful for all the support I have had over the years that I’ve been running Chick Lit Plus. If you would like to stop by and say hi, you can find me … well, just about all over the web 🙂

 

Author Bio:

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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Coming soon: 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 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 all 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.

let’s get personal!

Greetings from my weekly writer’s group.

I had a lot of difficulty coming up with a topic for this week’s blog. Truth is, I have trouble coming up with a blog topic every week. I tend to use the phrase “not a problem” often. For instance, if my boss asks if I can run a trademark scan, my response is “not a problem.”  If a friend comments that she’s running five minutes late to meet me for drinks, my response is usually, “not a problem.” But wracking my brain week after a week for blog topics, it’s a problem.

I used to write a personal blog. I’d post about my love life, dating adventures, family issues and just general musings about me, myself and I. (FYI these blogs have since been deleted so don’t bother trying to find them!) Since I never had trouble coming up with blog topics then, I assumed that when my website was up and running and it was time to post blogs in my capacity as an author, it would be a cinch. Every article I’d read about book promotion suggested blogging and I was excited to get started and assumed I’d enjoy it as much as I had enjoyed writing blogs before. I also knew that I’d have to tailor my posts to the subjects of writing, my book and other topics related thereto.  (“Thereto” – my paralegal-speak is haunting me from outside of the office!)

I’ve come to the conclusion that tailoring my posts to those related to writing is the problem.  I love to write.  But I don’t like to write about writing! It’s become a job and not in a good way since I’m not paid to do it – I’m also not convinced that most of the people reading my blogs are actually interested in writing except perhaps those who are writers too. And I get the best feedback in response to those posts of a more personal nature and let’s face it, I like feedback! I like engaging people with my words and fear some of my blogs are boring.

I know I’m trying to build my “brand” and as a writer, it is logical that I would write blogs about my writing and sometimes I will. At the same time, the feedback I’ve received on my book is often that it was completely relatable to “real women”. Many readers saw a bit of themselves in my main character and her circle of friends. Just like those who read my personal blog way back when would often comment that they related to this or that often felt the same way and had similar experiences – they appreciated my ability to express with ease what they often felt. I think that’s my strength- I am real. I am relatable. And I draw on personal experiences when writing my novels. What I often think is unique to me is actually shared by many. If you enjoyed my book, you’d probably like me. And if you like me, chances are you’d really enjoy my books. So, while I originally thought posting about writing, publishing etc was the way to go, I have changed my mind. I think if I can pique your interest in me personally, I’m more likely to entice you to buy my books and that, my friends, is the point. Well, that and actually enjoying the blogging process like I used to.

Now don’t get me wrong, I will not be posting about my love life, or my personal family issues. Nor will I write about the girl who stopped being my friend after I fell off a couch from too many vodka tonics. Those days are over. (Well, if I ever have a friend again who is that judgmental and prissy, I probably will post about it because she wouldn’t deserve my protection!)  The bottom line is, while I will no longer tear my hair out coming up with “appropriate” writing-related subjects on which to write, it won’t be the “Meredith Schorr – Uncut” journal either. Like Goldilocks searching for the perfect sized chair and bowl of porridge, I just have to find my happy medium between too dry and too juicy. I hope you’ll give me feedback along the way!

Until next time, have a good night!