Release days, free days, sale days: Oh My!

Today is a big day. Huge. COLOSSAL.

It’s the release day of my fifth novel, Novelista Girl. The standalone sequel to my fan favorite third novel, Blogger Girl.

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and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone.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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But wait, there’s more:

My fourth novel How Do You Know? is FREE on Amazon. Yes free! It is currently number #23 in the entire FREE Kindle store and #1 in Women’s Humorous Fiction AND Coming of Age!!

Life doesn’t happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age is just a number.

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0.

As Maggie reenters the New York City dating jungle, suitors present themselves quickly, but who is “The One?” Is he a sexy coworker, one of many bachelors at a speed-dating event, or is he the man she already set free? How do you know? Her fun-loving friends and supportive family, including meddlesome “no-filter” Aunt Helen, eagerly share their (often unsolicited) opinions, but Maggie is determined to find her own way, even if she falls on her face—repeatedly.

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And finally, my bestselling debut novel, Just Friends With Benefits, is only 99 cents!

When a friend urges Stephanie Cohen not to put all her eggs in one bastard, the advice falls on deaf ears. Stephanie’s college crush on Craig Hille has been awakened thirteen years later as if soaked in a can of Red Bull and she is determined not to let the guy who got away once, get away twice. Stephanie, a 32-year-old paralegal from Washington, D.C., is a 70’s and 80’s television trivia buff who can recite the starting lineup of the New York Yankees and go beer for beer with the guys. And despite her failure to get married and pro-create prior to entering her thirties, she has so far managed to keep her overbearing mother from sticking her head in the oven. Just Friends with Benefits is the humorous story of Stephanie’s pursuit of love, her adventures in friendship, and her journey to discover what really matters

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Three novels for only $3.98! It’s big, huge, COLOSSAL, but it will only last, well, a week! So grab your copies now!

 

Becky Monson celebrates chick lit as the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour comes to a close!

To close out the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour, I’m so excited to have Becky Monson on my blog. Becky’s books always make me laugh and so I shouldn’t be surprised that her post below also elicited quite a few chuckles.  Don’t believe me? Read for yourself.

The Importance of Chick Lit

By Becky Monson

Call it what you want – romantic comedy, girly humor, whit lit – it’s all the same thing. I like all of those terms, but I seem to stick with Chick Lit. Hey, I’m a chick and I like literature, so it’s quite fitting. Some people don’t care for the term and feel like it’s degrading to the female species. It doesn’t bother me. In fact, a quick google search for the term defines it this way: “novels written for, about, or by young educated women.” I like that. Whether I’m actually a “young woman” is for me to know and you not to find out. I’m young at heart, and that’s all that matters.

It should be noted that just because it’s called Chick Lit doesn’t mean that men shouldn’t read it. Much to the contrary, in fact. If men invested some time into “girly” books, they might actually learn a thing or two about the female brain and might relate better. Maybe it should be required reading, actually. I may have to discuss with my local school district…

For me, reading needs to be an escape. I do not like to read “real” – I have too much “real” in my life already. I crave the easiness, the excitement, the page-turning addiction, and of course the happily-ever-after. Those qualities are what I need from a book. And, in general, the Chick Lit genre usually carries those qualities (and if not, I’ve been known to throw the book across the room, or my kindle).

These are the very same reasons I write Chick Lit. Not so much for the easiness of it, because writing a book is never easy (don’t believe me? Just try it), but for the fun, the excitement, the not-so-real. And, of course, the happily ever after.

So I say long live the Chick Lit genre. May it bring an escape of happiness and satisfaction to your “real” world.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Becky-Monson/e/B00DMB4HYY

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I can’t wait until this one hits the top of my TBR!!

Thank you all for celebrating chick lit with me. Join me on Wednesday, January 6th when I celebrate the release of Novelista Girl! In the meantime, grab copies of How Do You Know? for FREE and Just Friends With Benefits for 99 cents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Why does author Laura Kilmartin write chick lit? Find out here!

Thank you, Laura Kilmartin, for taking over my blog today and telling us why you love chick lit. I agree wholeheartedly with your definition of chick lit, and I found your post as interesting and engaging to read as your delightful first novel, Next Year I’ll Be Perfect. I am anxiously awaiting book 2!!

 

Meredith – congratulations on the release of Novelista Girl!  I loved Blogger Girl and can’t wait to read your new book!  Thank you also for inviting me to post to your blog today and share why I like writing chick lit. Before I discuss my own writing style, though, I want to share what I consider to be characteristics of the chick lit genre.

At the highest level, chick lit novels feature female protagonists who try to overcome some kind of obstacle or achieve a goal that is relatable to readers.  These novels often – but not always – include a romantic element, but unlike romance novels, chick lit love interests are generally important more for what they bring to or reflect in the main character.  Most chick lit is written in a light-hearted narrative style and almost always ends on a positive note for the main character. This doesn’t mean that the main character always succeeds in achieving the goals set for herself, but she is satisfied in the way life has unfolded and has learned something new along the way.

Now, this is just my definition of chick lit, and I’m sure there are dozens of incredibly well-written exceptions out there that prove the rule.  In fact, if you poll ten different chick lit readers and authors, you could come up with different definitions, which I’d love to discuss in the comments.

But back to the original question:  Why do I enjoy writing chick lit?

First and foremost, I love to craft a happy ending.

I’ve read and will continue to read wonderful books where things don’t end well for the main characters.

I mean, Beth March dies, people! My 12 year old self was not prepared for that heartache, but I love Little Women all the same.

When I write, though, I make sure that the people I’ve come to care about will have their happily-ever-after.  That doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen throughout the course of the story.  In fact, bad things have to happen so that readers feel satisfied that the main character has earned the happiness that has come her way.  That also doesn’t mean that the main character will achieve the happy ending she set after at the beginning of the novel.  Plot twists and turns often take her in an entirely different direction, but I like writing stories that ultimately ends in a positive way.

Another reason I write chick lit is because I like writing main characters who are likeable, but flawed. I’ve read a few novels where the main character is perfect, and while bad things may happen, her actions and reactions are always of the pitch-perfect, Papa-John-Walton-would-approve variety.

I don’t know about you, but that isn’t real life to me.

People are flawed.  They overreact. They get cranky and say things they don’t really mean.  They misread situations because they don’t have the benefit of hindsight or knowing what is going on in other peoples’ heads. They also leap in head first to defend their friends without worrying about petty annoyances like facts. Real women worry about office politics, raising healthy children and ways to express their social consciousness.  They also worry about looking too hippy in their new little black dress and wonder why the other soccer moms didn’t like the status they just posted on Facebook.  Writing real, balanced women is both incredibly challenging and so much fun when you get it right.

 

Finally, I love to write in the chick lit style which is light-hearted, but not light.  Breezy and whimsical at times, but always set on a substantial foundation.  There is humor, but not at the expense of the emotional depth of the story.

In a nutshell, life is fun and life is funny and the way I enjoy writing humor peppered with pop culture references gravitates toward a style that is common in the chick lit genre.  Here’s an example from my next novel when the main character returns to find her paralegal rushing to tell her that their office is in crisis:

As I walked through the door to my office reception area, Natalie leapt from the front desk and came running toward me. I took an involuntary step backward, fearing she might play Dino to my Fred Flintstone returning home for the day.

Like a dog sensing the edges of an invisible fence she’d been trained not to cross, she quivered a few inches shy of throwing herself at me in a full body hug. “I am so glad to see you! David Hastings is on the phone and Eric is in your office.”

 

Something serious is about to go down for our main character, but I didn’t have to write about it in a serious way.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that a good chick lit story is like taking a day hike up a mountain.  The main character takes along her best friends, they share some laughs along the way, and even though she encounters some barriers and may even need to change paths a few times, the reader isn’t too worried, knowing that she will eventually reach the summit.

Except, of course, I don’t really like to hike.

But I do like to read and write about people hiking. While I’m on my couch. Covered with an afghan. Drinking tea.

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Novelista Girl – Coming 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.

Chick lit was calling Kathryn Biel’s name!

Welcome author Kathryn Biel to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour – I’m so glad to read that we’ve swayed another women’s fiction author to the “light side” and am eager to read her first chick lit offering!

 

Chick Lit Was Calling My Name!

 

Thank you, Meredith, for letting me crash your blog today and introducing me to your readers. Normally, I write women’s fiction. I love to read chick lit, and always start off with the intention of writing a chick lit novel. However, my more serious side kicks in and my heroine has to deal with some heavy stuff.

This time, I swore it would be different. And it was. Chick lit was calling to me. This summer, I was smack dab in the middle (ok, the beginning third) of my sixth novel when I had a strong urge to write a holiday novella. For years, I’ve loved the song, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. You may not think you’ve ever heard it before, but I bet you have. I love the cute little story it tells of a woman who just can’t seem to get together with the perfect man. And so, Completions and Connections: A Romantic Holiday Novella was born.

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I’ve never written a novella before, and this is my first pure chick lit attempt. Yeah, I’m hooked. I need to tell more of the story. When I finish my current work in progress (I’m almost done!), I’ll be starting on a follow-up to Completions and Connections, telling the story of Michele, Christine’s best friend. As soon as I started writing Michele, I knew she had more to her than being the trusty side-kick with not always the best advice. Michele is an aspiring fashion designer, and my love of Project Runway may influence this novel.

Even though I’m not always successful in writing chick lit, I do love to read it. I love the quirky heroines and the crazy predicaments they find themselves in. After I read Meredith’s Blogger Girl, I found myself wanting to talk to Meredith when I was having issues with a blogger. I had to separate the author from the story! I can’t wait to read Novelista Girl.

If you’d like to keep in touch or see if I’m successful in my quest to write a full-length chick lit novel, you can find me in the following places:

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And if you’re in the mood for a sweet little taste of Christmas, check out Completions and Connections: A Romantic Holiday Novella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novelista Girl – Coming 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.

Why does author Stacey Wiedower adore chick lit? Find out here!

I’m happy to welcome the lovely and talented Stacey Wiedower to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour. In her post, Stacey digs deep to tell us why she adores chick lit. (And I appreciate the shout-out of my “chick lit with depth” novel, How Do You Know?)

 

Why Do I Adore Chick Lit?

You know, in mulling over this question, I’ve realized that right now is an ideal time to answer it. That’s because right now the world is looking like a dark and sinister place. There’s a lot of serious stuff going down … terrorist organizations, bombings and refugees, catastrophic environmental predictions, political dissension, murmurings of a third world war. People in my Facebook feed are sniping at each other in the comments and then hiding or unfriending each other, probably at this very minute.

It’s a serious world, and I want to participate in the discussion, not hide from it. But I also want to escape from time to time, and that’s when I pick up a book. When I read, I lose sight of my own worries and the problems of the wider world and I get to escape into someone else’s world for a little while. I become involved in the story – I laugh, I cry. My stomach clenches in fear and my heart skips a beat. I fall in love, over and over again.

A few months back, I read the Big, Serious Book that everybody was talking about. I like to read all sorts of books – chick lit, classics, best-sellers, the occasional mystery or thriller. But I read this Big, Serious Book that had won a Big, Serious Prize, and when I finished it I felt a little numb. It contained all the darkness and dankness you’d find on the news. It came complete with terrorist organizations and bombings and post-traumatic stress, and on many levels it was a brilliantly written, insightful story. But it didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t an escape – in fact, it felt like a 900-page trap. When I finished it I couldn’t wait to throw myself on top of something fun. I’m pretty sure I devoured three chick lit novels in a row within a week of closing that book.

And that’s my point. I adore chick lit because it’s an escape from the everyday. I read enough dark, dank stories in The New York Times and The Atlantic and my friends’ Facebook feeds. When I pick up a book I want to get lost in Sophie Kinsella’s and Emily Giffin’s and Mary Kay Andrews’ latest imaginings. I want to smile. I want to laugh. I want to get indignant and get embarrassed and get my life together and get the guy.

By saying this, I don’t mean to say chick lit can’t be insightful or deep or meaty. That’s far from true –if you want proof, read Meredith Schorr! (In my own review of How Do You Know?, I call it “chick lit with depth.”) My favorite chick lit novels feature multi-layered characters with big dreams who make big mistakes and claw their way back from them. They’re not simple stories, but they are fun. They’re also gripping, and they’re funny, and they pull me in and take me along for the ride in a way that nothing else can.

I adore chick lit not because it’s simple, but because it’s smart. Think about this: It’s a bigger challenge to make someone laugh in today’s world than it is to make someone sad or mad. In fact, if you ask me it’s a damn noble cause. I think most chick lit writers have been accused of “wasting our talent” by choosing to write funny, romantic fiction aimed at women. But I know women who’ve made it through terrible situations by losing themselves in a good book. I also know that when I’m having a bad day or when I’m pissed off or even when I’m devastated by some sort of heavy news, I can pick up a novel by one of my favorite authors and change my frame of mind.

And that is No Small Thing.

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30 First Dates: http://amzn.to/15LtfNY

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Santa’s Little Mistake (a holiday short story): http://amzn.to/1R9wsHV

How to Look Happy (coming January 7, 2016!): http://bit.ly/1TbA3I4

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My bio:

Stacey Wiedower started her career as a reporter at a daily newspaper before following her passion to interior design school. She spent three years at a firm with bizarre similarities to “Designing Women,” and now she funnels all of those experiences into her work as a full-time writer. Along with magazine articles, website copy and a weekly feature called My New Home, she writes romantic comedies, and the zany characters she’s met poke their heads into her stories from time to time. Stacey lives in Tennessee with her husband, also a writer, and a son who’s inherited their overactive imaginations.

 

 

 

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 Laura Donohue to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour!

I’m excited to welcome author Laura Donoahue to the Celebration of Chick Lit to tell us why she loves chick lit. Sing it, Sister! (And PS, I have “First Sight” on my Kindle waiting to read 🙂 )

 

Why I Love Chick Lit

One of the reasons I love reading is for the escape!  It’s fun to experience someone else’s life for a while. Everyone loves a story where they can root for the heroine.  What’s better than seeing the main character of a novel face many of the same struggles we do in real life—work, family, kids, relationships—with a little bit of humor thrown in?  Although the character is relatable to us, the levity and dash of humor keeps the story light and interesting.

While I do enjoy other genres, I love that chick lit focuses on the heroine.  Everything is seen through her perspective—when we read the book, we’re quite literally stepping into her shoes.  Whether it’s a coming of age story, a budding romance, a new marriage and baby, or a character simply coming into her own, the reader is along for the ride.  And unlike in real life, the story is usually wrapped up nicely in the end.

Reading provides an escape and an adventure.  What better way is there to sit down with a cup of coffee or kick back at the beach than with a fun new chick lit book in hand?  Happy reading!

 

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Laura Donohue

Laura Donohue is an author and freelance editor. She blogs at Love Chick Lit about books, fashion, and kid’s activities. Laura loves coffee, the beach, and reading. She lives in the DC metro area with her husband, daughter, and a baby on the way. Blog: lovechicklit.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovechicklit Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovechicklit

FIRST SIGHT

Maddy Smith writes for a trendy website in Washington DC, has two fabulous best friends, and her own apartment. When a girl’s night out ends with her locking eyes with the handsome stranger across the room, the last thing she expects is for him to show up at her office on Monday morning. Travis Emerson, her attractive and single new colleague, just moved to town. Although an immediate friendship between Maddy and Travis forms, she soon finds herself wishing for something more. After a misunderstanding between them occurs, not only is her hope for a relationship ruined, but their friendship is in jeopardy as well. Is any chance that Maddy had with Travis over? Or could he possibly be what she’s been looking for all along? Follow Maddy and Travis on a series of adventures that will quickly have you cheering them on. First date jitters? Not when you’ve been in love since First Sight!

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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.

Author Laura Chapman on why she reads, writes, and needs chick lit!

I’m thrilled to welcome author Laura Chapman to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour! Like my heroine Kim Long, Laura was a book blogger before she published her own novels ,and she helped inspire my Blogger Girl series. Thanks, Laura! Oh, and her second novel, The Marrying Type was one of my favorite chick lit novels of 2015…And, guess what, it’s on sale for 99 cents!!

 

When Meredith invited me to write about why I love to read and write chick lit, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a fan of the genre since high school, which was when I picked up Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. It was love at first sight. I couldn’t get enough of quirky, relatable main characters who made me laugh at myself. And I couldn’t resist hunky love interests that made my toes curl and heart pitter patter.

Once I’d worked my way through both of Bridget’s stories, I had to find something else. That led me to Ralph’s Party and Thirty-Something by Lisa Jewell, which continued on with a series of stories by Meg Cabot and on to my serious love affair with every book by Sophie Kinsella out of college.

With a storied romance that spans more than a decade, I was ready to write my love letter to these classic stories, which has carried on to my new favorite authors, like our hostess with the most-est.

But then I turned on the news.

It wasn’t a good day in our world. There were stories about plane crashes, murders, nasty rhetoric, and a whole lot of hate. There were headlines about terrorism, racism, sexism, and a lot of other  isms that make it hard to keep a positive outlook on our world. Sometimes it seems like the only way to avoid the bad and the sad is to go into hiding and completely cut off from the world. But even if you were able to pull off something like that, it wouldn’t change the truth of what was happening. You’d just be ignorant to it.

And so it was while I was feeling really sad and wondering why we even bother to pretend we live in a world with happily ever afters—or even happy for nows—that I realized why I don’t just love to read and write chick lit. I need it.

In times of personal and global tragedy, we need to remember that there is good in the world. Sometimes it comes from real life. Like when a father tells his scared son that there are beautiful things in a world of bad guys (watch it here https://youtu.be/xkM-SDNoI_8). Or when you stumble upon a list of photos that will restore your faith in humanity (See them here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/moments-that-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-in-2014#.pe0OvoJYm). And sometimes it comes from reading a story where a flawed, but good at her core, heroine finds a moment of happily ever after in a world that’s often hard to understand.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay—which is so not chick lit, but still a fantastic read:

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”

Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, or even a little melodramatic, but chick lit is my dandelion in the spring. It isn’t about escapism, it’s that sometimes I need a fun story full of laughs and a happily ever after to remember that there is still good in our world.

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About Laura

Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and All I Want for Christmas, an anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.

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Connect with Laura

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Chapman/e/B00GSD6HBE/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lmchap

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YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/lmchap

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7374940.Laura_Chapman

Blog – http://www.change-the-word.com/

Website – http://laurachapmanbooks.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Why author Isabelle Andover loves chick lit – Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

Comparing chick lit to therapy: welcome Isabelle Andover to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour!  

When I sat down to write this blog post about why I love and write chick lit, it was just after the Paris terror attacks. For two days, I had read nothing but the news. It was the middle of NaNoWriMo, but I suddenly found that I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, write any more words. It could so easily have been me, or one of my friends, so why wasn’t I hammering out 3,000 words a day, driven by the sheer joy of simply being alive?

I struggled to put my finger on what I was feeling until an author friend of mine from New Zealand summed it up perfectly: ‘you’ll be feeling very weird about everything at the moment’, she emailed. And she was right. I was.

“I need to borrow one of your Chick Lit books,” a fellow expat in Paris said to me. “I feel like everyone knows someone caught up in what happened and I need to escape.”

And this is why I love Chick Lit—because it’s the best therapy. It’s light, funny, and relatable, and getting lost in a good book turned out to be exactly what we needed. Perhaps most importantly, unlike in real life, a happy-ever -after in Chick Lit is (almost always) guaranteed.

The best books are when it’s fiction but it doesn’t feel like it, when the dialogue could be a conversation you’d have with your friends, and when it’s 2am and you have to be up in four hours, but you can’t stop yourself from reading just one more page. For me, Chick Lit delivers on every count. It does so much more than merely entertain: it reassures, inspires and gives hope. And we all, at sometimes more than others, need hope.

Meredith: This cover is such fun!!

Meredith: This cover is such fun!!

Cocktails at Le Carmen

When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.

A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.

Available at:

Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo

Isabelle Andover

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Originally from England, Isabelle Andover moved to France after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Modern Languages. She lives in Paris with her tabby cat Oscar, who occasionally blogs about apartment-style living in the City of Light, and who also inspired a prize-winning short story when he was a kitten.

Following several years as a media analyst, Isabelle now works at a Paris-based media company specialized in the international beauty market. In addition to fully embracing the culture of her adopted country by way of consuming plenty of French wine and cheese, Isabelle can also be found indulging in the typically British pursuits of shopping at Marks and Spencer on the Champs Elysées and drinking copious cups of Earl Grey. You can learn more about Isabelle by visiting her website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Author Tracy Krimmer defends chick lit on the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

Today I have author Tracy Krimmer on my blog defending our beloved chick lit genre. She’s one tough cookie and I’m glad we’re on the same side of this issue :).

 

You may want to cover your eyes. You’re about to see a dirty word.

Chick Lit.

Whew. I feel so much better having typed the word. Wait? That’s not a bad word? But the world has been telling me for the past few years it’s a term to be ashamed of and not celebrated.

I disagree. My name is Tracy Krimmer and I love chick lit.

I don’t remember when I first fell in love with the genre. I only know I’ve read it for years and I now have two chick lit novels published as well, with a third coming out in late winter. People have many misconceptions about chick lit and that’s too bad because it’s fun to read (and a blast to write!) Here are just a few.

It’s all “fluff.” This is a term I see used a lot in chick lit reviews – usually when the reader didn’t like the book. Yes, chick lit is more of a light read than Bared to You or 50 Shades of Grey, but it’s a love story just the same. The characters are flawed and some have terrible pasts. The comedic tone is what separates chick lit from romance. That’s it. That doesn’t make it “fluff.” Chick lit deals with love, loss, addiction … it’s all there!
Chick lit revolves around sex. No. Sorry. It’s actually the complete opposite. Most chick lit novels are fade to black. What does that mean? You may catch a nipple here or an erection there, but most of the nakedness happens in the writer’s mind. That’s not to say you won’t read the dirty dirty in a chick lit novel, but most of the time you won’t.
The characters are all [pick an age]. Chick lit doesn’t define an age group. I have read chick lit with characters in their twenties and in their fifties. I’m sure if you seek out the genre you can find a heroine in an age group you prefer.

All chick lit covers are pink and the characters love to shop. Um, no. Absolutely not. Emily Giffin’s books (yes, those are chick lit!) are all a solid color with the title and one key graphic from the novel. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen is considered chick lit by many. Chick lit covers are the same as other covers – creative and give you insight to the story – and the characters deal with real issues!

I write both Women’s Fiction and chick lit. When I want to write a guaranteed happy ending and be a little sassy, I opt to write chick lit. When I want to dig a little deeper and darker, I write women’s fiction. I love both and they both have value.

As a reader, you decide what to read. Enough with shaming genres and criticizing because of the name. Whether you label it chick lit, romantic comedy, or romance with sass, it’s a genre enjoyed by millions, and one I happen to love writing!

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If you’re interested in my chick lit novels, visit www.tracykrimmer.com/Amazon for details on my books!

Meredith: Jay Walking is on sale for 99 cents through December! 

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Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.  You can find her on the following social media sites: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tkrimms Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/ (and get free stuff!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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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.