Welcome author Melissa Baldwin to the Celebration of Chick Lit Tour

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

 

I love Chick Lit therefore I write Chick Lit

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

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

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Melissa Baldwin

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An Event To Remember Or Forget

Wedding Haters

See You Soon Broadway

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Meredith: I love this cover!!!

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.

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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.

 

Author Pic - Cat Lavoie

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.

Peri in Progress Cover

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.

overbooked

The overwhelming theme of my week is “overbooked.”  I am overbooked in almost every possible way right now and not in a good way, like “I’ve been asked out by so many gorgeous guys, I can’t find enough days in the week to accommodate them.”  And not, “I have so many book signings and appearances on talk shows like Ellen and The View and the requests keep coming faster than I can book my first class flights.”  Those kinds of overbookings, I would cherish! 

Work – My day job is so busy right now that I had to have a meeting with my boss regarding my backlog and how long it would take me to get to it.  I am confident enough to state publicly that anyone who has ever worked with me in my trademark paralegal capacity knows that I am always on top of things.  I work very efficiently and am consistently one step ahead.  Lately, however, assignments have been coming at me faster than I can get to them.  The attorneys with whom I work usually do not require things on an urgent basis and so I have been trying to deal with stuff on a priority basis but even stuff that is not “time-sensitive” cannot sit unfinished indefinitely. A little backlog is actually a good thing because on slow days, I always have something to do.  I cannot remember my last “slow day.”  Currently, I have emails that I reviewed, determined as low priority and marked as “un-read” to be dealt with at a later date crowding my email inbox and causing that annoying “Your mailbox is almost full” warning.  We also assumed responsibility for a new client a few months ago and I have twenty boxes of files to go through and this is on top of my long list of deadlines and work that is generated from clients and attorneys on a daily basis.  I’m doing the best I can, but there were a few times over the past week when I wanted to run to the bathroom and cry. I haven’t done that since I was in my early twenties and a newbie at juggling so many assignments at a time.   My workload is officially “overbooked.”

Plans – I’m a social person and I love to make plans with my friends for evenings and weekends.  At the same time, I require a certain amount of downtime and don’t like to go out every single night.  I couldn’t afford to anyway.  Most importantly, I’m a writer if I’m ever going to make a dent in my fourth novel, continue to promote A State of Jane and Just Friends with Benefits and work on launch plans for Blogger Girl, I need to make the time when I am not working as a trademark paralegal.  Because of this, I often book my plans in advance.  At this time, I can’t really afford to be spontaneous since for the next three weeks, I already have plans booked for several times a week. In that same vain, my friends and I are suckers for all of those deals offered by such vendors as Amazon Local, Blackboard Eats, Thrillest, Bloomspot etc.  I currently have three unused deals that will expire in the next couple of months, along with several more that my friends purchased.  I’m not complaining about having a fun life, don’t get me wrong.  But damn, it’s exhausting sometimes and I wish some of my friends weren’t so cool – it would be so much easier to ditch them if they were lame!  (On a somewhat related note, to those friends who I owe emails, Jenny, Elke, I mean you, I’m sorry!  I’ll get to it.  At some point.)  My social life is seriously overbooked and I just don’t have enough time for all of those gorgeous guys who are asking me out on dates.

Books – I remember when I bought one, maybe two, books at a time and was able to read them immediately.  Those days are long gone!  I have so many friends who are talented authors and I want to support them by buying, reading and reviewing their books.  I’m not friends with Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Helen Fielding or Lauren Weisberger but I can’t resist buying their books when they come out.  And then there are the sales.  As if $2.99 wasn’t cheap enough, I subscribe to both Book Bub and Ereader News Daily and barely a day goes by when I am not compelled to purchase a discounted book.  I mean, when a book that sounds good is only 99 cents or even free, how can I not buy it?  I have 49 unread books on my Kindle.  49 books!!  How does that happen?  I think I might need an intervention.  So, yeah, my TBR pile is so overbooked, it might bury me!

What about you?  Are you overbooked like me?  Feel free to share.  Unless you are overbooked with dates with gorgeous men.  That, you can keep to yourself! Show off…