The Boyfriend Swap (available for pre-order now) – how it differs from my other novels

The Boyfriend Swap is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

How is The Boyfriend Swap different from my other novels?

All the adult romantic comedy novels I’ve published so far, while very different in plot, have shared some similar characteristics. I took a different direction in The Boyfriend Swap. Some examples:

  1. While all the novels so far were told from one character’s perspective, The Boyfriend Swap is told in alternating dual perspectives—Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows, two twenty-something New York women.
  2. The main characters in all my other novels worked in a law-firm setting, either as a legal secretary, a paralegal, or a marketing manager. By contrast, Robyn works in an elementary school as a music teacher, and her career plays a major role.
  3. The setting for all my novels before has been a city—Washington, D.C. for Just Friends With Benefits and New York City for the others. Although Robyn and Sidney both live in Manhattan, the bulk of The Boyfriend Swap takes place in the suburbs—Bala Cynwyd in Philadelphia and Scarsdale in Westchester.
  4. None of my previous characters drove, at least not within the pages of the novels. In The Boyfriend Swap, both Sidney and Robyn drive, and several scenes take place with them in the car.

There are probably many other differences, but you’ll have to read the book to find out. Did I mention it’s up for pre-order?

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EXCERPT

Perry pressed his lips together, appearing to ponder his next words. “Okay, I’ll do it. I’ll be Sidney’s boyfriend for a few days—in name only, of course.” He shined his baby blues on me. “I’ll miss you, but if it’s what you really want…”

I swallowed hard. It was what I wanted, wasn’t it? Why else would I be on a double date with Sidney, a virtual stranger, and her boyfriend—Will Brady? I’d agreed to lie to my parents, something I never did, just to avoid their blatant disdain for my dating choices. So what if I had an unrequited crush on Will the entire duration of my childhood? I was an adult now, and I was dating Perry. I needed to protect him from my parents’ judgement and maintain my sanity over the holiday weekend. This was what I wanted.

Then why did I feel like I was going to throw up?

“Of course it’s what she wants,” Sidney responded for me.

I nodded timidly. “Sure.” Taking a deep breath in and letting it out, I clarified my answer with a more confident “Yes.” I met Will’s eyes across the table. “As long as Will’s okay with it too.”

“What do you say, Will?” Sidney asked, sounding certain the answer would be a resounding “Yes.”

 

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where I’m at from A-Z (2/2017 version)

I haven’t written a “Where I’m at from A-Z” blog in a long time. Since my followers seem to enjoy it and I have fun doing it, it’s on! I’m stressed out and feeling a bit out of control about all those things I can’t make happen exactly when I want them to, so we’ll see if these emotions are reflected in my A-Z:

Anxiously awaiting returned emails from several parties, all writing and marketing related.

Busy at my day job and not happy about it. (Although it’s what pays the bills.) I’m on my lunch hour if you’re wondering what I’m doing writing a blog if I’m so busy at work…

Cautiously optimistic about the status of my current work-in-progress. It’s the third book in my Blogger Girl series and the pressure is on to make it as entertaining as the first two. It’s only forty-one pages so far, but you can’t get to page three hundred without first passing page forty-one.

Desperately in need of a cocktail. Thank God tomorrow is Friday.

Enjoying The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. It’s the second book in her Blue Heron series and it’s inspiring me to dig deeper in my own writing to bring on the funny and the conflict.

Finding it hard to summon the patience to build a new audience for my chick lit collection. I love my old audience, but unfortunately, I can’t force them to buy the new editions of the books. (Can I?)

Grateful to my fellow Henery Press authors for being so supportive and helpful.

Happy the Amazon reviews for four of my five books merged and hoping the last one will follow soon.

Interested in possibly teaching a class in writing chick lit. They used to offer them at Media Bistro and when things calm down, I’m going to look into it.

Jane! I worked so hard on the revisions of A State of Jane and am so happy with the changes. Some new reviews are in from folks who got the book on Netgalley and they love it too!

Kim vs. The Mean Girl, the young adult prequel to the Blogger Girl series, will be released in April and I’m so excited to share it with you.

Loving the second half of this season of The Walking Dead. I hated seeing Rick and the gang so defeated. I can’t wait until they take down Negan.

Missing my eight-month-old twin nieces, Sammie and Maddie, something fierce. I met them for only the second time last weekend, but I love them so much. I can’t wait to see them again in June for their first birthday.

Not entirely sure this blog post is working for me…

Oh, crap. My lunch hour is over.

Prosecco. I’ll be drinking lots of my favorite bubbly beverage tomorrow night. Tomorrow is Friday, right?

Quantico. I gave up earlier this season. It was too confusing for me and everyone was ridiculously pretty even when they were in the midst of combat. It annoyed me.

Rankings of my novels are not good right now. I know it’s because the books are new and I’m building an entirely new audience from the ground up, but it’s so frustrating. See F above regarding my lack of patience.

Single living is getting old. Does anyone know any eligible men for me? Preferably 38-50 and kind, funny, and good looking (at least to me). Creative is a plus.

The. The title of my next romantic comedy novel from Henery Press (releasing in November) starts with “The” but that’s all the scoop you’re getting from me until at least this summer.

Ugly cried. That’s what I did last night when I watched This is Us.

Virtually drawing a blank for this letter, but not entirely because I came up with “virtually.”

Wine. Wine. Wine. Wine.

Xerox machine. I almost killed the one at my office today. I shook the part of the machine where you enter a billing number and spewed out a string of curse words. I was very irritated with its failure to perform properly and having a moment. I’m not proud of it, but I’m positive it will happen again.

Yellow plays strongly into the cover of Kim vs. The Mean Girl. I’ve never had a yellow cover before and I love it. It’s still being tweaked, but will be revealed in March.

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how I spent my “vacation” from being a published author

You might recall the blog I posted in May of 2016 when I told you how my publisher was closing its doors and my books would be temporarily unavailable. I confessed that I had no idea what would become of them, but promised I was working on it. I posted another blog in July, 2016 reporting that I’d signed a seven-book publishing contract with Henery Press, who would be re-publishing modified versions of the novels in February, 2017.

Last summer, I remember thinking that seven months was a really long time to wait for my book babies to be available again for sale. I didn’t know how I was going to get through it! Believe it or not, the time flew by and now the wait is finally (almost) over. The release date of February 14th is next week!

You might be wondering how I spent those long seventh months. Well, even if you’re not the slightest bit curious, I will tell you. I was a busy bee, or more accurately, a busy chicken! (Henery Press, Hen House, chicken, *clears throat* you get the joke, right? Moving on…)

Since I signed my contract on July 13, 2016, here’s an overview of how I spent my time:

  1. Edits of Blogger Girl – moderate in nature.
  2. Edits of Novelista Girl – minor revisions.
  3. Brief break from editing during which I worked on my seventh novel (due for publication in November 2017), details to be disclosed at a later date.
  4. Edits of A State of Jane – heavy lifting.
  5. Edits of How Do You Know? – minor revisions.
  6. Edits of Just Friends With Benefits – completely rewrite from the original version! Same characters, same basic premise, but a different story for sure.
  7. Brief break while I continued working on my seventh novel.
  8. Reviewed proofed ARCs of Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl for final changes.
  9. Reviewed proofed ARCs of A State of Jane and How Do You Know? for final changes.
  10. Additional round of edits of Just Friends With Benefits and review of ARC for final changes.
  11. Wrote acknowledgments and dedications for all five novels.
  12. Finished first draft of seventh novel, conducted several rounds of self-edits, and sent to beta readers.
  13. Started eighth book (third installment of Blogger Girl series due for publication in March, 2018).
  14. Revised seventh novel based on thorough comments from beta readers.
  15. Made final adjustments to my sixth novel, Kim vs. The Mean Girl, to be self-published in April, 2017 and sent to formatter. Scheduled cover artist to begin work in mid-February.
  16. Finished seventh novel and sent to my editor at Henery Press (yesterday!)

And there you have it—how I spent my seventh-month hiatus from being a published author. It was far from a break. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder in my life. That being said, I wouldn’t change a thing. It got me to where I am now—nine days away from the big release day.

How will I ever wait that long?

Won’t you pre-order my books?

At long last, I’m thrilled to announce that my five chick lit/romantic comedy novels are available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. If you’ve read the books and enjoyed them, I’d love if you spread the news of their republication. I’d be even more excited if you were so inclined to read them again as they’ve all been modified from their original content to different extents. In particular, Just Friends With Benefits has been re-written in its entirety and A State of Jane has been significantly altered as well. The other three books are basically the same with minor changes and bonus scenes. If you hated Daneen in the original Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl books, wait until you see what she gets up to now!

Whether you download your books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, or Kobo, you can get pre-order them using the links below for the very low price of $2.99.

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One last thing, if you’re a fan of my style of chick lit—sassy humor with a relatable yet flawed main character and a side of romance, I guarantee you’ll love the rest of the Henery Press chick lit collection. I highly recommend you check them out. Sign up for the Henery Press newsletter for all the latest in new releases and price drops.

cover reveals (five of them)!

It’s cover reveal time! Revealing one cover is super thrilling, so imagine my excitement to share five at the same time. It’s important to note that I loved my previous covers, but as I commence this new beginning with Henery Press, I’m embracing the change in covers too. And since the insides of the books have been altered to varying extents, it’s fitting the outsides get makeovers too.

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Just Friends With Benefits has been rewritten virtually in its entirety so, even if you read the first edition, I recommend you check out the new one. Same characters, different story 🙂

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I’ve made some significant changes to A State of Jane as well!

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Can you say “bonus scenes”?

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More bonus scenes.

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Still more bonus scenes 🙂

I hope you love them as much as I do. All books will be available for pre-order soon and will be published on February 14, 2017!

Losing it

I am not a patient person by nature like the majority of the other women in my family. A single unsuccessful drive around a crowded parking lot at a shopping center is enough for my mother and one of my sisters to lose their shit and go home without even bothering a second rotation. I don’t drive, but I’ve typically been the person in line at the bus terminal tut tutting at how long it is taking a person to purchase a round trip ticket to Suffern because, really, how long should it take to purchase a round trip ticket to Suffern??? And how do some people manage to spend ten minutes at an ATM machine? How many transactions are they doing for the love of God?

Despite my genetic disposition for impatience, I’ve definitely become a bit more relaxed and “go with the flow” with age, even more so after I lost my best friend to cancer because how much time I wait in line at Duane Reade seems so trivial in comparison to the tragedies we face every day. But I do still have my moments and yesterday was one of them.

I needed to get my taxes done and my accountant is my mother’s former employer of close to twenty years. Even though my mom retired several years ago, he generously does her taxes, along with mine and my sister’s, for free. Since his office is near my mother’s house, I stayed over at her home the night before and we had a lovely mother/daughter night. On Sunday afternoon, my sister and her husband met us at the CPA’s office and after we each had our turn, the four of us went out for an early dinner. My mother assured me that a 4:30 dinner at the diner would be early enough to catch the 6:00 bus back to the city. If I missed that bus, I’d have to wait an hour and wouldn’t be back in my apartment until about 8:30. With Monday morning looming and very little time to myself over the weekend, I desperately wanted at least a few hours to decompress before going to bed and starting an entire week of work.

Enjoying my family’s company, I was oblivious to the time until my brother-in-law mentioned it was 5:38 and if I wanted to catch the 6pm bus, I needed to hurry. My mother suggested that we would be pushing it, but I insisted we at least try because I really did not want to have to wait another hour. I rushed to the bathroom and assumed the check would be paid in the meantime. (My mother already said she was treating us). When I got back to the table a few minutes later, they had just asked for the check. This was when I lost it. My sister offered to pick up the check so that my mother could take me to the bus, but my mother wouldn’t have it. I tried to throw cash at the table so we could get going but she said no. And then she pulled out her credit card. Knowing a credit card transaction would take even longer than paying cash, I became more and more vocal and emotional about my desire to go home. I’m pretty sure folks at other tables heard me, but I couldn’t help myself. I almost cried at the thought of getting home after 8 with practically just enough time before bedtime to unpack and prepare my lunch for the next day. I visualized the week ahead of me with zero downtime over the weekend and I barely remember kissing my sister and brother-in-law goodbye before yelling at my mom to hurry up. “Come on!” I begged. Significantly less stressed than I, my mom took her time, which only ignited my crazy flame! Then when she stopped the waitress to ask about a 10% off coupon, I stormed out of the restaurant, ran to the car, and stamped my feet until she finally emerged. It was a temper tantrum at its very best (worst).

Fast forward, I made the 6 o’clock bus and arrived at my apartment shortly before 7:30, which I considered a decent amount of time to unwind before bed. On the way to the station, I had apologized to my mother for being so insistent, but tried to explain how I was dreading a stress-filled week at the office and really REALLY wanted a little time to decompress. She understood as did my sister when I texted to let her know that I made the bus.  But for most of the bus ride, I was so embarrassed and ashamed by my behavior and pondered exactly when I was taken over by a lunatic. It wasn’t the first time my freak flag waved at intense speed and I’m sure it won’t be the last, but I wasn’t proud of it. I stand by my desire to make the early bus. I even stand by my frustration over the possibility of missing said bus. I just wish I could have been a bit more subdued about it.

In those moments when “crazy impatient Meri” takes over, I sometimes wonder what people around me are thinking. What if the love of my life (a man I have not yet met or at least do not think I have) observed me in one of those moments and decided I might be cute, but I required anger management more than a dinner date? I worry that my best friend Alan was watching me from Heaven and shaking his head in disappointment. The problem is that once I find myself in one of these tailspins, there is no turning back until it has reached its natural conclusion. I cannot be talked out of it in the moment and it must run its course. The key is holding it all in to prevent letting any of the crazy out in the first place. I am successful most of the time, but as evidenced by last night’s incident, it’s far from foolproof.

I’m only human, you see, and I think my positive attributes way compensate for the negative ones, but I do hope other people lose their shit sometimes, too!

Do you? Please share an example in the comments so I know I’m in good company 🙂

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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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Links:

Website: http://www.beckymonson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bmonsonauthor

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

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

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.

Welcome author Melissa Baldwin to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

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

 

I love Chick Lit therefore I write Chick Lit

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

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

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Melissa Baldwin

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About the Author

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novelista Girl – January 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cat Lavoie celebrates chick lit!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Bio

 

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

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

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

 

Links

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/CatLavoie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVELISTA GIRL – January 6, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kickoff to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour and Cover Reveal!

As the release of my fifth novel draws near, I’m gearing up for the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour happening right here on meredithschorr.com. I’ve invited authors of my favorite genre onto my blog to talk about why they read and write chick lit despite the naysayers and the folks who (wrongly) insist that “chick lit is dead.” The posts are landing in my in-box daily and as I read them, I nod and smile in agreement. I feel a kinship with these novelists.

The main reason I write chick lit is because I often relate to the main characters in a way I don’t in other genres. Many of them are searching for their happily-ever-after and stumbling along the way—just like me. Sometimes they make bad decisions; often they trust too easily and get hurt or put their faith in the wrong person; and occasionally they don’t see what is right in front of them. Been there, done that. Usually protagonists in chick lit novels have some amazing friends who pick them up when they fall, commiserate over their failures, and drink to their successes. They sound like my friends! Family members often provide comic relief. Mine sure does. And sometimes the main character has no idea where she wants to go until she gets there. My life, too, is an ongoing journey of self-discovery.

In short, reading a chick lit novel is like hanging out with a friend, and writing a chick lit novel allows me to give my friend the happily-ever-after she deserves. Sometimes the destination is not what she expected or thought she wanted, but it’s always what she needs.

Like me, the main character in my upcoming novel, Novelista Girl, is a cheerleader for chick lit. Some of you will remember her from my third novel, Blogger Girl. Although Novelista Girl is a follow-up to Blogger Girl, the books can be read and enjoyed separately.

Stay tuned for the posts from my fellow chick lit authors right here over the next several weeks. In the meantime, for the very first time, I hereby present the blurb for Novelista 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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