Welcome author Melissa Baldwin to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

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

 

I love Chick Lit therefore I write Chick Lit

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

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

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Melissa Baldwin

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An Event To Remember Or Forget

Wedding Haters

See You Soon Broadway

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About the Author

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media Links

Website:  www.glynisastie.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlynisAstie

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

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

 

Buy Links

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Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome Shelly Hickman to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

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

 

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All About the Chick Lit

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biography:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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