Win a bundle of RomCom books!

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 15+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Romantic Comedy & Chick Lit novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

You can win my novel  THE BOYFRIEND SWAP, plus books from authors like Melissa Baldwin and Whitney Dineen — just by following me and other great Romantic Comedy & Chick Lit authors on BookBub!

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/romcomchicklit-aug18

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Good luck and enjoy!

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Come on, get happy

Back in the olden days, like 2015, I wrote a blog post almost every week. Then my life—my publishing life—became too chaotic to maintain that frequency. I was busy writing, editing, promoting, and releasing—wash, rinse, and repeat times seven—and blogging took a back seat.

For the first time in a while, I don’t have any writing deadlines, aside from the ones I self-impose. I’m busy writing my ninth book, but for now, that’s all I’m doing with it. I miss blogging, and so I’m focused on doing it more often—much more often. Not so frequently that you’ll see my name show up in your feeds and groan, “Not her again,” but enough that when a new post is sent to your email, you won’t think, “Meredith Schorr?” Who the bleep is Meredith Schorr?

Today, I wanted to talk happiness and what it means to be happy. I have many hopes and dreams, some of which will come true and others that won’t, but all I truly want is to be happy——not ten years from now, but today and in this moment. So, what makes me happy?

Feeling loved, whether in a romantic, platonic, maternal, or other type of way. I’m at my best when I’m with someone who 100% adores, accepts, and appreciates me for who I am. (Or at least 95%.)

Loving others. There are many people in this world who have filled my heart with loving feelings. Individuals for whom I wish so much good fortune, and whose needs I’d easily and eagerly put ahead of my own. The ability to love others is something we often take for granted, but we shouldn’t.

Waking up in the morning (or going to sleep at night) with something to look forward to.

Waking up in the morning (or going to sleep at night) with nothing to dread or stress over.

Looking in the mirror and feeling pretty. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my reflection and I appear tired and frumpy, my hair frizzy from a rainy day or high percentage of humidity. Maybe I’m sporting a PMS zit on my forehead or my jeans do nothing for my butt. Sometimes, however (and not only when I’ve been drinking), my skin is glowing, my hair is smooth, my smile is bright, my legs are slim and toned, and I look…wait for it…happy!

Writing, especially when the ideas (and words) are flowing.

Catching up with a really good friend face-to-face.

Laughing because something is undeniably hilarious.

Hugging my mom.

When my nieces and nephews refer to me as, “Aunt Meri.”

Great reviews of my novels, or when someone gives a shout-out of one (or all) of my books on social media.

A sweaty workout complete with inspiring and uplifting music

When my late best friend, Alan, visits me in my dreams (he does!) or otherwise sends me signs that he’s still with me.

When my stomach feels almost as normal as it did before I was inflicted with IBS last summer.

Feeling understood, reassured, and validated. Perhaps we’re not supposed to seek these things from outside sources, but I do, and it makes me happy when someone listens to what I say, hears me, says she understands, and agrees with me. (I’m looking at you the most, Sammy!)

Going to bed on Friday night knowing I don’t have work the next day.

I could go on, and that, too, makes me happy. But what about you? What makes you happy on a daily basis? Whatever it is, I wish you oodles of it!

Giveaway – Amazon Fire 8

AMAZON FIRE GIVEAWAY – 4/16-4/20

Hi everyone!

I wanted to tell you about the giveaway I’m hosting on my Facebook author page to celebrate the release of BRIDAL GIRL on April 24th.

Beginning Monday, April 16th, I will post a question on my author page relating to weddings. A different question will be asked every weekday through Friday, April 20th.

Every answer on the post will count as an entry to win an Amazon Fire HD8 with Alexa.

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Answering a question every day will give you five chances to win!

AN EXTRA ENTRY WILL BE GRANTED TO ANYONE WHO PURCHASES ANY BOOK IN THE BLOGGER GIRL SERIES AND MESSAGES ME THEIR RECEIPT. THIS INCLUDES PRE-ORDERING BRIDAL GIRL OR NEW PURCHASES OF BLOGGER GIRL (CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $.99) OR NOVELISTA GIRL. (THESE MUST BE RECENT PURCHASES OF THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES! IF YOU ALREADY OWNED THEM, PRE-ORDER BRIDAL GIRL FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY.)

The contest will be closed to entries at 11:59 PST on Sunday, April 22nd and the winners will be announced on Monday, April 23rd.

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Good luck!

Sassy book blogger-turned-author, Kim Long, thought her life couldn’t get any pinker when she received a two-book publishing deal and a marriage proposal in the same night.

If only she could drown out the conflicting opinions of her overzealous bridal party. If only everyone would adore her first book—or she’d take Nicholas’s advice and stop reading reviews.  If only Nicholas’s past would remain there rather than threaten their future.

The pressure is on and the clock is ticking. Will Kim ever write “The End” on her sophomore novel? And, will she and Nicholas make it down the aisle to say those two precious words: “I do?” Put on your reading glasses, fill your champagne flute and prepare to laugh with (and sometimes at) Kim as she rewrites her happy ending until it’s worthy of five pink champagne flutes.  

“All her books seem effortless. Like she magically conjured something amazing out of thin air each time.”

“A fantastically fun laugh out loud chicklit. Romance and chicklit fans will absolutely love this. It’s fantastic.”

“Kim made us all hope for her, cry with her and cheer with her! Loved every minute of it!”

 

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Greetings,

With only a month until the big release of BRIDAL GIRL, I’m in a wedding state of mind.

Do you remember your wedding cake? How it looked? What it tasted like? Whether your partner nice and gently fed you that first piece or playfully pushed a handful of the tasty goodness into your face? I’m guessing you recall it like it was yesterday. Maybe it was yesterday!

You might even think of your wedding cake as the most important cake of your life and, hopefully, you took photos of it.

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If so, I have just the contest for you.

Your job:

Send photos of your wedding cakes to meredithgschorr@gmail.com and include a description of the cake and the filling (ex. Yellow cake with buttercream filling, chocolate cake with strawberry filling etc.)

My Jobs:

Post your pictures on my Facebook author page until it’s the most delicious author page on Facebook. (Please do not post directly on my page and, rather, email photos to me at meredithgschorr@gmail.com.)

Enter you into my giveaway. The winner will be the person whose cake has the most in common with the wedding cake in BRIDAL GIRL.

The Prize:

Winner’s choice of:

Two dozen Wedding Buttercream Finger Sandwich Cookies OR

Two dozen Chocolate Drizzle Heart Tarts OR

Two dozen Cameo Cuties Wedding Dessert Cookies

Source: http://www.cookiesfromscratch.com

The contest will remain open until March 30th and the winner will be announced on my Facebook author page on April 2nd.

Good luck, and may your participation bring back romantic memories of what I hope was one of the happiest days of your life.

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XOXO,

Meredith

Photo credits: Gretchen Archer and Annette Dashofy

Bridal Girl is up for pre-order!

Hi there,

My big news this week is that my eighth romantic comedy novel and the third book in my Blogger Girl series, Bridal Girl, is up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo!  (Publication date is April 24th.)

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What’s it about?

Warning: exposure to the contents of this book while eating or drinking could cause laughter-induced choking. Read at your own risk.

Sassy book blogger-turned-author, Kim Long, thought her life couldn’t get any pinker when she received a two-book publishing deal and a marriage proposal in the same night. The wedding plans are coming together seamlessly, from the catering to the flowers to her much-coveted appointment at the exclusive and world famous Kleinfeld Bridal. Her debut novel is flying off the shelves to celebrated reviews, and her second book is practically writing itself.

If only the above wasn’t a big fat lie.

If only Kim could drown out the conflicting opinions of her overzealous bridal party, most notably, her sister and future sister-in-law, who haven’t stopped bickering since day one.

If only everyone would adore her first book—or she’d take Nicholas’s advice and stop reading reviews—she might not second guess every new word she writes.

If only Nicholas’s past would remain there rather than threaten their future.
The pressure is on, the clock is ticking, and in walks Hannah Marshak.

Will the former “mean girl” lend a helping hand or make things worse? Will Kim ever write “The End” on her sophomore novel? And, will she and Nicholas make it down the aisle to say those two precious words: I do?

We’ll never tell. So, put on your reading glasses, fill your champagne flute/cup of tea and prepare to laugh with (and sometimes at) Kim as she rewrites her happy ending until it’s worthy of five pink champagne flutes.

Bridal Girl can stand alone, but if you haven’t read the first in my fan-favorite series, Blogger Girlyou should! I think this is my funniest book yet, but I’ll let you be the judge.

In celebration of the release, I will be hosting giveaways every Friday on my Facebook author page between now and release day (April 24th). That’s a lot of Fridays! Prizes will include e-books, printed books, gift cards, and…wait for it…a Kindle Fire with Alexa! Follow my page  so you don’t miss out! (Hint: proof of pre-order of Bridal Girl or new purchase of Blogger Girl or Novelista Girl will increase chances of winning the biggest prizes!)

I hope if you aren’t already following Kimmie’s hilarious and heartwarming journey with her sassy group of New York friends, you will jump on the series now.

Here’s what folks have said about the heroine, Kim Long:

“America finally has their own version of Britain’s Bridget Jones!”
“A witty heroine who will win your heart!”
“She’s such a fun, quirky, witty and sassy character.”
“Kimberly is adorable and so real and relatable.”
“I admire Kim’s sass and spunk.”
“Kim is such a delightful character.”
“Kim is a fabulous heroine.”
“I liked Kim and her sass.”
“Kimmie Long is a character you want to cheer for.”

Thanks for reading, and stay warm!

XOXO,
Meredith

Reading for research

Until recently, I thought of reading as strictly for entertainment value. I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd. I love getting lost in stories, and use every available moment, even while on a street corner waiting to meet a friend, to power up my Kindle. I read on the subway, in line at the grocery store, while blow drying my hair. My friends have been known to mock me over it (out of love, course).

Over the last couple years, I’ve discovered that reading is not only fun, but educational. Studying great writers and noting what works so well in their novels motivates me to up my own game. I’ve recently started writing a new book—the first in what I hope will be a three-book standalone series. This book will focus more on the romance aspect than my others, but I intend for it to be funny—very funny. I’m counting on inspiration from some masters of true romantic comedy to keep me on my path. In that vein, I’ve stocked my Kindle with some of the best and will be reading back-to-back romantic comedies beginning…now!

Some authors don’t like to read books in the same genre they write, but I’m the opposite. Some of these authors write books with a little more steam (read: sex) than what I have planned. Some of the romances are a bit mushier than my style of writing. I don’t plan to change my own writing style/voice, but I do hope the funniest of the bunch will remind me not to waste even a line of dialogue or opportunity for conflict, the deepest of the crew will serve as a lesson to add depth to my couples’ connection, and the quirkiest of them will implore me to keep my voice and characters as distinctive as possible. By reading these authors, I will work harder to be funnier, to create fleshed out characters, and to make sure my couples have the chemistry required to keep readers turning the pages of my book just as I am flipping the pages of theirs.

Curious what books are on my TBR for the coming months. Here you go:

MY ONE AND ONLY – Kristan Higgins (Just Finished. LOVED.)

SUNSET IN CENTRAL PARK – Sarah Morgan

GOOD AT GAMES – Jill Mansell

UNTIL THERE WAS YOU – Kristan Higgins

MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY – Jill Mansell

NEW YORK, ACTUALLY – Sarah Morgan

YOU AND ME ALWAYS – Jill Mansell

AT THE HEART OF IT – Tawna Fenkse

BET ME – Jennifer Crusie

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE – Rachel Gibson

TRUST ME ON THIS – Jennifer Crusie

HOLIDAY IN THE HAMPTONS – Sarah Morgan

IRRESISTIBLE – Stephanie Bond

HOW I MET YOUR BROTHER – Janette Rallison

DAISY’S BACK IN TOWN – Rachel Gibson

NOTHING BUT TROUBLE – Rachel Gibson

AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS – Lauren Layne

DATING YOU, HATING YOU – Christina Lauren

HEAD OVER HEELS – Jill Mansell

TRUTH OR BEARD – Penny Reid

You’ve probably noticed several repeat authors. This is because they are tried-and-true masters of romantic comedy fiction and if I’m going to learn, I want it to be from the best. True confession: I’ve never actually read anything by Rachel Gibson, Christina Lauren, Lauren Lane, Janette Rallison, Stephanie Bond, or Tawne Fenske, but I’ve heard enough positive feedback to trust I will love them as much as I adore the others on the list.

But enough about me. Who are your go-to authors when you want a romantic yet hilarious story?

Happy Release Day to THE BOYFRIEND SWAP!

Today is the day—a big day—the release day for THE BOYFRIEND SWAP!

If you subscribe to both my blog and my newsletter, you already know that, but exciting news should always be shared twice!

Haven’t ordered it yet? You can do it here:

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From Publishers Weekly: “Schorr mixes and matches couples with charming aplomb in this sweet-natured romcom.”

If you love Christmas movies, as in you check the Hallmark Channel guide starting in July, then hang on to your stockings, because here comes the merriest of indulgences in print. It’s “The Proposal” meets “The Holiday”. 

First meet Robyn Lane. She’s always dated struggling creative types, including her current squeeze (Perry, an actor). For this year’s Chrismukkah celebration, her parents would love her to bring someone stable, reliable, steadily employed. You know, with health insurance and a 401(k). 

Now let’s meet Sidney Bellows. Her parents already plan her professional life (she’s an attorney at her father’s law firm). If she brings her current boyfriend (Will, an attorney) to the family Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have their wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

Leave it to a mutual friend (and copious amounts of wine) to find a playful solution: Swap those boyfriends, fool the parents, and enjoy the holidays. It’s perfect! Robyn can show off a successful attorney boyfriend, and Sidney’s high-society family won’t ring those wedding bells when they meet a flaky actor beau.

The fun isn’t in the theory, it’s in the practice. 

Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years. Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe. 

Fool the parents? Enjoy the holidays? Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.

My 10 picks for the new television season

Last week, I posted a question on my Facebook author page about the upcoming television season. I asked what shows folks were most excited about. Since mostly everyone loves watching the small screen (although these days, some home television sets are almost as big as the ones in the theater), it got a great response. This week, I’m taking it up a notch in my blog by listing the ten shows I’m most chuffed to return. This list is limited to shows returning in 2017, which sadly eliminates Billions, Ozark, The Affair, and Homeland, which won’t be returning until 2018.

Without further ado:

THE GOOD DOCTOR (9/25): I think this new show sounds great. Several of my friends can’t picture the lead, Freddie Highmore, as anything besides the kid from Bate’s Motel, but since I didn’t watch it, I don’t share their hesitance.

BULL (9/26): I initially watched this show because my late BFF Alan’s son is one of the editors, but the premise is intriguing, the dialogue witty, and the characters totally likeable. The verdict is still out on the new character played by Eliza Dushku. I loved her as Faith on Buffy, but so far, I’m not feeling J.P. Nunnelly.

THIS IS US (9/26): The show brings on the waterworks every single time, but it’s also full of heart and humor. I’m not sure I’m prepared to find out how Jack died.

CRIMINAL MINDS (9/27): I really hope all my favorite team members return, and I also hope the writers give my man, Dr. Spencer Reid, a love interest. He deserves it after everything he’s been through!

WILL & GRACE (9/28): I used to love sitcoms back in the day, but it’s been a while since I’ve considered any of them “must-see” tv. Hopefully, Will & Grace will live up to the hype.

GREY’S ANATOMY (9/28): This one is a surprise entry on my list. I’ve given up on this show so many times, but I always come back. Better than cigarettes, right?

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10/3): I’m really excited about this show, partly because it sounds like fun, but mostly because Jason Ritter is so charming (he must get it from his late date, John). I loved him in Parenthood, and I’m psyched to see him star in his own show.

SCANDAL (10/5): Honestly, I’m embarrassed that I still watch it. It’s so ridiculous, but how could I possibly quit before the final season? Why Olivia wants Fitz and not Jake is beyond me. Scott Foley is fine!!

THE WALKING DEAD (10/22): I cannot wait to see how Rick and the gang finally defeat the evil (but hot) Negan. I also worry about which of my beloved characters will perish this season and how.

BLIND SPOT (10/27): This show leaves me on the edge of my couch every week. Now that Jane and Weller have finally given into their lust, I’m excited to see what happens next.

And there you have ‘em.

What about you? What television shows are you mostly excited to welcome back to your flat screen?

How binge-watching Suits gave me casting ideas for The Boyfriend Swap

My deadline to deliver the third book in the Blogger Girl series to my editor at Henery Press is Friday, September 1st. Last Saturday, I completed my revisions based on one beta reader’s comments. Since I was still awaiting feedback from my other beta reader, I had no writing-related responsibilities on Sunday. I’ve been battling deadline upon deadline non-stop over the last year and am in desperate need of a break. Rather than get ahead of the game (like I usually do) and start my next book, I opted to put on my pajamas at two in the afternoon and binge-watch the entire first season of Suits.

I love shows that hook me from episode one, and Suits did not disappoint. The characters are well-developed and funny, and the dialogue is sharp. Even though the lazy day was meant to be a break from writing, the more I watched, the more it dawned on me how much two of the female main characters, Rachel and Donna, reminded me of the two protagonists in The Boyfriend Swap.

Donna is sassy, quick-witted, confident, and strong. So is Sidney Bellows.

Donna is a tall redhead. So is Sidney.

Both woman are also flawed and vulnerable

I believe Donna is older than Sidney, who is twenty-eight, but otherwise, they are a great match.

Donna – “If you were ever lucky enough to have me, you wouldn’t want to share.”

Sidney – “I’m sure our respective partners will behave. I keep Will very satisfied.”

Donna – “I’m Donna. I know everything.”

Sidney – “You put in a good effort, but you’re up against a champion fighter. It’s best you accept your loss and move on.”

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The similarities between Rachel Zane and Robyn Lane are more related to their physical appearance. Both are very attractive women with long, dark wavy hair. Aside from the fact that Rachel has brown eyes and Robyn’s are blue, I can totally picture Robyn looking like Rachel. Rachel is of mixed race, unlike Robyn, but Robyn is of mixed religion. Rachel is also older than Robyn, who is only twenty-six, but since I’m only on the first season from six years ago, the age difference doesn’t seem so big. Both woman are also very strong without being forceful or overly aggressive. They show a lot of empathy toward others and are kind until provoked.

Rachel – “Here’s your goddamn birthday card. I don’t appreciate you coming into my office saying that no one at the firm has what they’re supposed to have, and I don’t know what crawled up your ass today, but I take care of my business.”

Robyn – “Thank you very much, Sigmund Freud. I knew a Juris Doctorate permitted you to give legal advice, but I had no idea it also qualified you to psychoanalyze me.”

Rachel – “I am not the goody-goody you think I am.”

Robyn – “You said yourself, my nickname had nothing to do with my purity. I might have been a naughty schoolgirl, but I guess you’ll never know.”

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THE BOYFRIEND SWAP – “THE HOLIDAY” MEETS “THE PROPOSAL”

COMING 11/7/2017 BUT UP FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
AMAZON: myBook.to/TheBoyfriendSwap

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boyfriend-swap-meredith-schorr/1126945247?ean=2940158732935

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.”