Love is in the air – Valentine’s Day Q & A with Jane Frank


Love is in the air and since it must be celebrated, the price of A State of Jane has been lowered to only 99 cents until Sunday, February 17th.  Get it while it’s cheap(er)!  If you’re already downloaded it (and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and hope you enjoyed it), I’m excited to announce that eight of my favorite authors have also lowered the price of one of their ebooks to 99 cents!  I’ve read most of these books and they are fabulous.  See below for buy links to these fun and flirty romantic comedies. 

These other authors and I thought it would be fun to ask a character from our featured novel to answer some personal questions about her love (or lust) life.  I asked Jane Frank, the main character from A State of Jane if she would participate and after some blackmail (I threatened to tell everyone about her infamous strip tease) and some bribery (I promised to consider writing a second novel with her in the starring role), she agreed. 

Meredith:  Are you currently in a relationship?  If so, tell us a little bit about your significant other. And if not… what are you looking for in a romantic partner?

Jane:  I am not currently in a relationship and this is the first time since I was 16 that I’ve been single.  It’s been a year since Bob and I broke up though, so I am ready to fall in love again!  I’m really not that picky.  He needs to be intelligent, hopefully with an advanced degree.  He should be taller than me by at least four inches and preferably two years older.  He must be a non-smoker with a full head of hair, preferably dark, and he can’t be a vegetarian because that would be a waste of my stellar cooking skills.  Finally, he should be generous with good manners.   And physically fit. Other than that, I’m completely open. I’m not really picky; just selective.

Meredith:  Wow, your flexibility is astounding.  *rolls eyes*.  So, how old were you when you had your first kiss – and can you share what you remember about it?

Jane: I was actually 15 which, as my older sister reminded me often, is kind of old, but I was shy around boys and my boobs hadn’t come in yet so boys didn’t pay much attention to me.  I was at my friend Melanie’s birthday party and the cooler kids were playing spin the bottle.  My closest friends didn’t want to play because you had to French kiss but I was determined that the saying “16 and never been kissed” would not apply to me so I played.  I had my first three kisses in the same night.  I can’t remember the first one because I was so nervous.  It was like an out of body experience.  The second one was gross because the guy was like a lizard. He was all tongue!  But the third kiss, Ryan Branson, was heavenly.  He must have felt the same way because we made out at every party for the rest of the school year.  We even got to second base.   He never spoke to me in school though.  These douchebags start early!  

Meredith: Kissing 3 boys in the same night.  Even as a teenager, you were all about the extremes,  Jane Frank!  Moving on, describe your ideal evening.

Jane: If you asked me a few months ago, I would have probably said something about a fancy dinner but now all that really matters to me is being completely comfortable in a guy’s company and confident that he likes me for who I am and not just to get in my pants.  On the flipside, there’s nothing wrong with a guy only wanting me for sex as long as he is up front about it and not pretending to be smitten with me. “Oh, Jane, I love your curves!”, “Oh Jane, you are so sweet and romantic.  I’ve never met anyone like you before.”  “Oh Jane, we have all the time in the world.”  Please.

Meredith: Oh, dear. I didn’t mean to touch on such a sensitive subject.  Let’s skip to the next question.  What food gets you in the mood?

Jane: Good question!  People think that oysters are the best aphrodisiacs but I think they’re gross.  Chocolate and licorice.  If at all possible, chocolate covered licorice.  I know it sounds kind of crazy but I experimented once with some melted chocolate and black licorice and, oh my, Bob and I must have had sex like five times that night.  Word to the wise, stay away from rack of lamb.  Trust me on that one.

Meredith: Consider me duly warned!  Can you tell us about your worst date ever?

Jane: Oh, Meredith.  Where do I begin?  I’ve had so many bad dates lately!  Well, some of them seemed like good dates while they were happening but later, after some thought and well, lots of tears, I realized the dates kind of sucked!  There was the embarrassing strip tease for one.  Can we skip to the next question please?

Meredith.  Of course.  No worries.  Okay, how about this one.  What’s the best romantic gift you ever received – and the best one you ever gave?    

Jane: One year, I bought Bob courtside seats to a Knicks game.  He was so excited!  Especially since they were playing the Packers, one of their bigger rivals!

Meredith: You mean the Pacers? 

Jane:  Pacers, yeah. Isn’t that what I said?  My favorite gift was the year Bob bought us tickets to a James Beard Foundation dinner.  Some of my favorite chefs were in the house, like Tom Colicchio, Danny Meyer, Charlie Palmer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Charlie Palmer made the best Poached Mediterranean Sea Bass I’ve ever had.  Heavenly.  I tried to recreate the recipe but it didn’t work. 

Meredith: You’re making me so hungry!  Okay, last question. How far will you go on a first date?  And how many dates do you need to go on before you knock boots?

Jane: Honestly, I’m so done with rules.  Rules Schmules!   The so-called “third date rule”?  Total bullshit.  A guy is just as likely to dump you if you sleep with him after five dates as he is after one.  I’m so sick of playing these stupid games.  Done. 

Meredith: Nicely said, Jane. Yes, we are done!  Thanks so much for being so open and honest with me.  I will get on the sequel as soon as I can!

You can read the other Q&As here:

And before you go, check out all of the books in our Valentine’s Day Promotion below – Amazon buy-links  included for ease of convenience!

A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr – Jane Frank is newly single after nine years and looking for a second chance at love. But when she dives head first into the NYC dating scene and finds it infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow, it may be time for Jane to turn the tables!

Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey – Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind?

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister – Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself?

Rita Hayworth’s Shoes by Francine LaSalaJilted bride Amy’s down on everything until she convinces herself to purchase a cute, ridiculously expensive pair of second-hand shoes. Once she does, life starts looking up, and she falls into an unexpected new romance with the last man she’d ever expect to love. But can a pair of shoes really be magic? And is her new prince really just a frog?

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie – When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancé who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure?

The Green Ticket by Samantha March – College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty, but her good fortune quickly turns disastrous when she realizes her job is filled with lies, betrayal, and cover-ups. Keeping up with classes, her girlfriends and a budding romance, Alex feels the pressure – but will she overcome the challenges?

Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer – Disgraced New York fashionista, Maya Kirkwood, is fashioning herself a new life as an artist in San Francisco when she’s hired to do an installation of her work by dorky, yet dashing dotcom executive, Derek. The sparks soon start to fly, but this could mean disaster for Maya – a woman with an explosive past and far too many secrets.

True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano – When her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris, Marlo Spencer travels to her hometown to try to rekindle their relationship. But when dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and betrayals are revealed, can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart?

Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone – Lauren Tate’s perfectly planned life quickly unravels at the seams when a smear campaign threatens her career as a top TV executive, but she 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 goes missing.

One week after publication


It’s now been over a week since A State of Jane was officially released. Fortunately, my office was closed on the publication date, Monday, September 17th, for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I had it all planned out – I would wake up early (but not too early since it was my day off), I would send out all of the announcements, via blog post, Facebook, Twitter, email my friends, my book club, my various chick lit writer’s groups, attaching all of the buy links. Once those tasks were completed, I would go for a run and by the time I came back, I assumed I would have a few congratulatory messages to respond to before I jumped in the shower. Then, I would send out another tweet or two and jet over to my hair salon to get my hair done. I had an appointment for a haircut and highlights – a 3 hour process that I would have preferred to not do the same day my book was coming out. Since I had a busy week ahead of me though, it was the only time I could squeeze in three hours, plus commuting time.

That was the plan.

In actuality, I woke up on Monday morning to find that my ebooks had not actually been uploaded onto Amazon or Barnes & Noble due a communication glitch – the person in charge of doing the upload didn’t realize that the official launch date was the 17th and so while he immediately uploaded the books upon being made aware, it takes 12-24 hours for the books to show up in search results and as a result, I did not have any buy-links to share with the exception of the paperback on Amazon. Since I wanted to announce the availability of the book in all formats at the same time, I sort of had a break down. My plans went up in smoke and I felt as if the day off from my day job was wasted since I wouldn’t be able to use the time to promote. I was also a tad embarrassed since a few of my Twitter friends had already congratulated me for the release on Twitter but commented that they were not able to find links. After crying for a few minutes and sending frustrated texts to my sister, boyfriend and boss, I took a walk to get coffee and something to eat. When I got home, I saw that my publisher had sent me a box of 25 paperback copies of A State of Jane . Seeing an entire box of my book in print practically had me in tears of pride and joy and virtually melted away my earlier frustrations. I uploaded pictures on Facebook and enjoyed the comments I received that the cover was awesome. (It is!) I also took to heart the texts I received from my sister and boyfriend that it was just a slight hiccup and wasn’t the end of the world. Later, I went for a run and when I came home, my doorman told me I received flowers from my boyfriend in honor of the publication. This also helped me put everything else in perspective.

Although the book was still not showing up in search results by the time I headed out to get my hair done, I was a much happier person. That afternoon, while I sat with my hair in foils nursing a glass of red wine, I felt even happier when, after searching Amazon about ten times, the Kindle version of the book finally showed up in the search results, followed shortly by Barnes & Noble. As soon as I got home, me and my awesomely highlighted hair got busy sending out all the emails, tweets and Facebook posts and I spent the next few hours completely touched by all of my friends who not only posted that they had either downloaded the book or ordered a paperback but they also shared the release of A State of Jane with their friends as well and some of their friends posted that they had also purchased the book. I went to bed happy that night, although when I write “bed”, I don’t mean “sleep” – I couldn’t fall asleep for hours! I was too excited 🙂

Despite the snafu, the release eventually went through and I am officially an author of two published books! But the work is not over, not by a long shot. Now comes the promoting, which most authors will agree, is extremely hard work. I have scheduled interviews and guest posts with various bloggers over the next couple of weeks and I have sent the book out for review. Although my official blog tour through Chick Lit Plus and the amazingly organized Samantha is not scheduled until January 2nd, several bloggers/reviewers have the book in their hands and I wait with baited breath and chewed fingernails to see what they think of A State of Jane – so far the feedback has pleased me but it doesn’t mean I don’t pull my hair out of my scalp with anxiety whenever someone new posts her opinion. On a far less stressful note, I have a launch party scheduled for early October. If anyone plans to be in New York City on October 5th and wants to come, let me know. The location is so-far being kept from me by my friends but I can put you into contact with my fabulous party planners.

On another note, a draft of my third novel is currently with my first beta reader, who happens to be my sister. Once I get her comments, I will send it along to a few other people and eventually to Diana Spechler, one of my favorite authors who has provided her “book-doctor” services to me with both Just Friends with Benefits and A State of Jane and without whose guidance, I am afraid I could never comfortably submit my book to my publisher.

One end note and a slight confession – I am really exhausted! I have spent the last year writing a 3rd novel, editing a second, posting reviews for every book I read and almost every bar/restaurant I frequent and all while working a very busy full-time job. Something has to give. In the coming months, I know I will be answering countless interview questions and wracking my brain for topics for guest posts and I think, at least for now, I need to concentrate on those since they are directly related to the promotion of A State of Jane. For those of who you appreciate my book reviews and possibly even follow me on Yelp, you might be seeing less of me for a while I decompress. I need it!

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