news from my editing cave

I’ve once again been lazy with my blogging, but I assure you I haven’t been lazy in general. I’ve been editing like a mad woman. I told an author friend how exhausted I was after revising three books in a row and she said that editing is so draining, it’s like being hit by a truck. Make it three trucks in my case. I’m not complaining though. Well, I’m grumbling about the exhaustion, but not what caused it.

So far, I’ve completed edits of Blogger Girl, Novelista Girl, and A State of Jane. I started How Do You Know? yesterday and Just Friends With Benefits with be last. If my books were days of the work week, it would be Thursday. Thursday morning, but Thursday all the same. I’m over the hump :).

For those of you who have read the books already, Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl are still the same novels post-edit as they were pre-edit but with more drama and development. Much of the drama revolves around antagonist Daneen and much of the development centers around Kim’s relationship with Nicholas. If you were fans of the series before, I’m positive you’ll still love it now. I consider the edits more enhancements than changes.

The modifications to A State of Jane are more significant. I changed A LOT while keeping the general story the same. I won’t spoil anything, but I can tell you that I removed the epilogue, added several new scenes, deleted a few that we didn’t feel moved the story forward, and tweaked almost all of the others. Jane is still “Jane” but a somewhat softer version of the original. I am so proud of the new and improved version and I adore my editor for knowing exactly what my second novel needed to truly make it shine.

As I head back into my editing cave, I keep my eyes focused on the end goal: a full-body massage, a bottle of champagne, a fattening steak dinner, and an expensive hair smoothing treatment, not necessarily in that order (the champagne will be first). Joking aside, I’ve always put my best effort into all steps of writing and marketing my books, but I’ve never been pushed this hard and I’m so grateful for Henery Press for inviting me into the Hen House and helping me turn stories that were very well received in their original conditions into even better versions of themselves. That, my friends, is the real end goal.

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Editing (again)

In my last post, I announced that my five chick lit novels were picked up for republication by Henery Press, along with two future ones. I didn’t go into details about what would happen next, specifically editing. Several people were surprised that my new publisher wanted to edit five books that had previously sold well and received predominantly positive reviews, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. In fact, I would be wary of a publisher who re-released the books without first doing more quality control and making their mark—in my opinion editing is part of a good publisher’s job and a major way they earn their share of the royalties. While I love the stories I’ve created, including the characters, the troubles they get into, and their happy-ever-afters, there is always room for improvement at the hands of another skilled editor. I’ve also honed my own writing ability significantly since penning my first novels, and welcome the unexpected opportunity to make tweaks.

In truth, I’m both anxious and intimidated by the volume of revisions in my future. One of my concerns in signing with a new publisher was being asked to alter the original story lines or character’s personalities in a major way, but I was assured this was not the case and that all changes would involve developing and strengthening the novels. I’ve already received the revisions for Blogger Girl and spent most of the weekend and this afternoon working on them. My new editor, Erin, is fantastic. Existing fans of Blogger Girl might want to read the new version for some bonus scenes, including additional development of Kim and Nicholas’s relationship and more ammunition for Kim’s hatred of condescending Daneen. I had fun writing this new material and reacquainting myself with the characters.

Once I finish Blogger Girl, I’ll take a week off to work on my new book—editing is exhausting and I need a break in between books if time allows. After that, I’ll begin the edits of Novelista Girl, take another short break to make progress on my work-in-progress (again, if I have time), edit one of the standalones, work on the new book, and the cycle will continue until I’ve completed all five. The edits themselves will be hard, but equally challenging will be fitting them into my already busy life. I’m trying to focus on the end result: an even better product that will hopefully get into the hands of many more readers.

Are you tired yet? I am!

If you’ve read my books, how do you feel about these impending changes? Are you excited? Worried? If you’re an author, how would you feel about revising a previously published book for a new publisher? Would you embrace edits, like me, or would you prefer to leave well enough alone?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I originally wrote this post for Hey Said Renee, but she said she wouldn’t mind if I posted it on my own blog as well. Check out her review of Novelista Girl here.

My big plans to celebrate the holiday of love are simple: I’ll be watching the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC. Rather than making googly eyes at my boyfriend over a candlelit dinner and a bottle of red, I’ll be sitting on the edge of my couch, gripping my remote control, and holding my breath waiting for a walker to sneak up on my favorite characters and eat their guts. Sound disgusting? It is. But the intensity is delicious.

Since I’m currently not in a romantic relationship, I do not have a date for Valentine’s Day, but even when I have been attached, it’s never been a holiday on which I placed much weight. Sure, I liked receiving flowers and candy, and being taken out to a nice dinner, but I’m all about sincerity in a relationship and I wouldn’t want my boyfriend to do/say things to me on Valentine’s Day that he wouldn’t want to do/say on any other day. I find the posts people leave for their mates on social media to be cheesy because, seriously, if you are that into your significant other, shouldn’t you be saying these things to him in private, for instance when you’re with each other in bed? Why must it be done in a public forum?

I’m not going to lie, the arrival of February 14th does act as a reminder of my single status and increases my yearning to meet someone special. Not because I want him to “go to Jared” so I can post pictures of my new earrings, necklace (insert other item of jewelry here) on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, but because it’s been quite a while since I met a man I really liked, and I miss having my “other half” and all of the positive aspects of a happy, healthy pairing. Lately, I just haven’t found myself pining for the company of the guys I date as much as I crave watching zombies feast on human intestines.

Oh, well, there’s always next year 🙂

 

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.

Welcome author Carol Maloney Scott to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

I am pleased to welcome author Carol Maloney Scott to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour. I love how she was inspired to rediscover her love of writing during a reunion with her girlfriends. Girl power!

 

 

In March 2009, I visited with a bunch of girlfriends from high school back in New York. We had all reconnected on Facebook, after many years. Many of us hadn’t seen each other in the more than twenty years since we had graduated. One of my friends hosted the girls’ weekend at her expansive, beautiful home.

While I was thrilled to see the familiar faces and swap memories, I didn’t love getting caught up on each other’s lives. I was the only one of the six of us who was divorced, and I was feeling like a failure. And while my job in human resources is nothing to be ashamed of, I also felt like I had failed professionally. Everyone else was doing something amazing, or at least in line with their dreams.

I know, sickening, right? I don’t like to be jealous, but I couldn’t help but feel like I had wasted a lot of the previous forty-one years, especially when one friend said, “Hey, Carol. I am so surprised you’re not a writer. Remember how you used to write those soap operas in elementary school?”

Everyone went on to share their memories of my writing skill and interest. While that should have made me feel better, it only served to sink me deeper into my feelings of inadequacy, mourning wasted time.

But…it planted a seed. I started buying craft of writing books. I began to look myself in the mirror and face my fears.

It took another four years before I began to see an idea take shape in my mind, and to summon the courage to begin. Once the flood gates were opened, I couldn’t have stopped the flow of words if I wanted to. And I most certainly didn’t want to.

Why do I write chick lit? A series that resembles a very funny soap opera? I was reminded by a group of ‘chicks’ who were vital to my formative years, and still good friends today, that the bonds of women’s friendship are strong, and the trials and tribulations of being female provide endless material for stories worth writing…and devouring.

I write chick lit to lend a voice to my own stories, and those of my sister chicks, the ones I know and love, and the new ones I am meeting along this journey.

I write chick lit for the chicks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

Why Chick Lit is author Lucie Simone’s happy place

Familiar and comfortable, yet foreign and new at the same time – why chick lit is Author Lucie Simone’s happy place. Welcome, Lucie, to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour. I’m so happy to have you on my blog!

 

Why I Love Chick Lit

By Lucie Simone

Chick Lit is my happy place. With a demanding day job, family obligations, boyfriend dramas, and my creative pursuits, life can sometimes feel overwhelming. But knowing that there is a funny, flirty, smart, and sassy read waiting for me at the end of the day, I can handle it all with grace and poise. Chick Lit allows me to completely forget about my own stressors and escape into a world filled with humor, girlfriends, career pursuits, and romantic dalliances on the way to finding true love (or not). Of course, any good book will draw the reader into its world, offering an escape from the trials of daily life for at least a few hours. But Chick Lit is my go-to genre for when I really need my spirits lifted. Chick Lit features heroines much like myself going through experiences very similar to my own. Reading a Chick Lit novel is akin to spending an afternoon with your best friend and gabbing over lattes and crumb cakes or a night on the town with your closest girlfriends, indulging in colorful cocktails while dancing in toe-crushing stilettos. In other words, it’s fun! But even more than that, it’s relatable. Chick Lit provides the opportunity to walk in another woman’s shoes for a little while and explore her world, one that is just familiar enough to be comforting, but also foreign enough to be exciting and new. Ultimately, Chick Lit just makes me smile. And in my book, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

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Lucie Simone

Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, yoga, and all things Chick Lit. She also has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. Lucie is the owner of Simon & Fig, a small press which publishes Chick Lit, Lad Lit and Women’s Fiction exclusively. She is the author of two novels, Picture Perfect and Hollywood Ending. She lives in Los Angeles where she is currently at work on her third novel. For more information on Lucie, please visit her website.

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For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood’s tales can’t compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earned position at Timeless Television out of her hands, Lauren’s perfectly planned life quickly begins to unravel at the seams.

Clawing her way back to the top of the TV food chain is no easy task, especially in an industry where backstabbing is a sport and gossip is a fulltime business. But Lauren learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart is missing in action. Can she salvage her career, her reputation, and her love life? Or will Hollywood be the death of her?

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Stacey 2014 head shot 1

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

Now a Major Motion Picture: http://amzn.to/1R9wsHV

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

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

30 First Dates

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.