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 🙂

 

Dwelling

I was planning to write about part two of my vacation from real life—when I returned to New York City after my trip to Barbados just in time to greet my fellow authors from faraway lands who were in town for the Book Expo America Conference. I had such a fantastic, if not exhausting, time but I don’t feel like writing about it. My friend Samantha Stroh Bailey wrote a terrific recap here if you’re interested.

I was also thinking about doing a mass giveaway of my most recent novel, How Do You Know? I think it’s my best writing so far and I want to reach a larger audience but I don’t feel like promoting today either. (Although if you want a free ecopy, send me an email as I’m in a generous mood.)

My books are lighthearted, fun reads but my heart is too heavy right now to write a light, fun blog post. I miss my boss/best friend Alan so much and I can’t shake it off. Maybe I don’t want to shake it off. Missing him keeps him alive but the pain right now is excruciating. Don’t get me wrong, not a day has gone by since he died that I haven’t missed him and thought about him a hundred times an hour. But sometimes it’s a dull pain—I know he’s gone and I hate it but I go to work, write, spend time with friends, exercise, watch television, date, and yes, enjoy being alive. Other times, more often than not in the last week, the pain is sharp and I feel the grief so deep in my bones that I can’t breathe. The silliest things set me off and I break down while doing my ab routine at home, while doing sprints in spin class, while making coffee in the pantry at work etc. For instance, I cried remembering how Alan would sometimes reply to my emails/texts with a simple “Ok” and when I would complain that he wasn’t really listening to me, he’d respond, “Ok” again just to piss me off. I couldn’t be angry with him because I was too busy laughing. Another example: I was getting ready for work one morning, listening to a concert on the Today Show, and from out of nowhere, I heard Alan’s voice saying, “O No You Dit-ten” and I felt my heart in my throat.

The man could read my moods like no one else. He would take one look at me and know when I was having a bad day without my saying a word. He’d say, “What’s wrong, Merrybeth?” and my lips would tremble and the whole story would come pouring out. The amount of time he spent trying to cheer me up when I was down could be measured in years. I think about going the rest of my life without hearing his voice or his laugh and I’m terrified. I wonder how I will navigate this crazy world without his encouragement, guidance and humor. He had such faith in me and tried tirelessly to make me see myself the way he did but he died before he succeeded. Every day, someone’s life is irrevocably changed due to the death of a loved one and somehow the world keeps turning but right now, as I hover over my tablet at the coffee shop blinking back my tears, I can’t breathe.

It’s called a grieving “process” but a process suggests that it will end and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t miss him with a fervor. I don’t publicly dwell on my grief very often and only share it with a select few in sporadic outbursts. I think I’m embarrassed. Like I should be “over it” by now and the fact that I’m not makes me weak. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough but how does one “try” to stop missing someone? Alan used to implore me not to dwell on things I couldn’t control and I’m dwelling for sure. I’m sorry, Alan.

When I first started blogging on this site, I wrote a post called Blog Vows promising, among other things, to keep it real:

I vow to keep it real.  I will not paint my life as one of perfection because we all know that no one’s life is perfect.  I will post the good, the bad and the ugly.  But the ugly will not include pictures of myself after a two hour run or after just waking up in the morning.  I vow to post about my books and my writing but also anything on my mind I think might be of interest to my followers, including but not limited to events in pop culture and humorous observations about life in New York City or anywhere else my travels take me.   

So, today I’m keeping it real by admitting that I’m having a difficult month. But it’s time to wrap this up. My plan for this afternoon was to spend an hour on my blog and two hours on my fiction but it’s almost five o’clock and I need to get home and prepare for my evening out. Stay tuned for my next post which will hopefully correspond to the humorous, light tone of my novels! Similar to a good book, I like to keep you guessing and, truth be told, I often surprise myself.

Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop featuring Kimberly Long from Blogger Girl

THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN AND THE BLOG HOP IS CLOSED. THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Welcome to the Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop!

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Unless mine is the first post in the hop you are reading, you already know that the theme of this blog hop is princesses. We are supposed to compare the heroine of our novel(s) to a princess. At the risk of being thrown out of the blog hop (and the female gender), I have a confession to make: I don’t know very much about princesses. I don’t know why, since I grew up in a household full of women—my mom, two older sisters, and a grandmother. I watched a lot of soap operas and beauty pageants (both with my grandma) and sitcoms (I was supposed to be in bed, but I hid in the hallway outside my mom’s bedroom while my sisters played “look-out” so I could watch Laverne & Shirley) but nothing with princesses! And while I wasn’t a tomboy, I played sports and collected caterpillars (gross, I know), but I didn’t play princess.

In order to participate in this blog post, I did some internet research on the characteristics of princesses and other Disney characters. I had every intention of comparing Kimberly Long, the heroine of my novel, Blogger Girl, to a princess, but the first descriptions I read reminded me so much of Jane from A State of Jane and Maggie from How Do You Know?, that I decided to pick one princess to compare to each of my four heroines. But then I couldn’t find one that reminded me of Stephanie from  Just Friends with Benefits so I reverted to the original plan and stuck with Kim. And then I discovered that Kim shares characteristics of several princesses (or other Disney characters) and so to give you the most insight into her character, I’ve listed them all here:

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Why? Because Kim loves to read and is not shy about it. She’s a (book) blogger girl, after all!

Why not? Because Kim’s love interest, Nicholas, is certainly not a beast. He’s a hottie with penetrating brown eyes and terminal five o’clock shadow.

Cinderella from, duh, Cinderella

Why? Because Kim learns that if you want to make a dream come true, you have to do the legwork. Kim’s Fairy Godmother in this path of self-discovery is very unexpected to everyone, Kim most of all.

Why not? Because Kim’s parents are alive and doting. And while her younger sister Erin is annoying and has a girl crush on Kim’s nemesis, she’s not evil.

Tinker Bell from Peter Pan

Why? Because Kim’s insecurity regarding her position at work and what she considers less “ambitious” life goals often leads to misguided jealousy.

Why not? – Because while Kim is not a pushover and will stand up for herself, she’s not vindictive either.

Dot from A Bug’s Life

Why? Because Kim is vertically challenged at only four foot eleven.

Why not? Because Kim doesn’t hate being small. She is, however, bored with the constant Long/Short jokes

Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Why? Because like Jessica, Kim has big boobs, is confident about her sexual prowess, and loves her man

Why not? Because Jessica is probably a foot taller than Kim and whereas Jessica has green eyes, Kim’s eyes are brown—this physical characteristic plays an important role in the novel

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Blogger Girl on Amazon

The Grand Prize for this hop is the Congratulations Magic Morsels 48 Gift Box from Fairytale Brownies http://www.brownies.com/, which includes a bite-size assortment (Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Original, Raspberry Swirl, Walnut, Cream Cheese) of 48 delicious gourmet brownies.

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***EXTREMELY IMPORTANT*** To gain entry to win the grand prize described above, please comment by answering the question: With which Disney princess do YOU most identify and why? And please include your e-mail address along with your comment. Entries will NOT be valid if you don’t include an e-mail address. The contest is only open to U.S. citizens.

To continue hopping for seventeen more chances to win the grand prize, check out these fabulous posts:

 

Valentine’s Day ebook Super Sale!

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We’re spreading the love this Valentine’s day. Ten fabulous (and mostly chick-lit) authors have teamed up to offer you an amazing ebook promo. See below to download FREE or hugely discounted bestselling books. Valentine’s Day only.

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Valentine’s Day Celebration – fun, flirty facts about Nicholas Strong

The Valentine’s Day Celebration continues with my interview of Nicholas Strong, leading man of Blogger Girl.

The one!

The one!

                Meredith: Who is the celebrity you’ve been told you look like?

                Nicholas: *laughs* Most recently, I am being told I resemble Peeta from The Hunger Games but it’s only because no one would call either of us tall. I’ve heard Jake Johnson from The New Girl and Chris Messina from The Mindy Project but again, I think it’s because we’re all kind of short and have lazy shaving habits. *scratches scruffy jawline*

                Meredith: What naughty food do you like to indulge in?

                Nicholas: Guacamole. Lots of guac.

                Meredith: What do you wear to bed?

                Nicholas: Nothing *winks*

                Meredith: *blushes* Favorite body part of the opposite sex:

                Nicholas: I’m a breast man. *cheeks turn pink*

                Meredith: *looks down at her small Bs in regret* How many people have you said “I love you” to?

                Nicholas: I assume you mean in a romantic way…Two.  I take those three words very seriously.

                Meredith: Relationship deal-breaker?

                Nicholas: *frowns* Laziness.

                Meredith: How old were you when you had your first kiss and did you instigate it?

                Nicholas: I was eleven and, yes, I instigated it. It was her first kiss too, but I could tell she wanted it because she kept looking at my lips. So, I just took a deep breath and went in. It wasn’t the smoothest lip-lock but I’ve gotten better.

                Meredith: Do you have any tattoos or piercings? If so, describe.

                Nicholas: No piercing or tattoos. If I was going to get one, it would be something music-related. Or The Beatles.  

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                Meredith: What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

                Nicholas: I like a good full-bodied red wine, but I’m pretty easy to please.

                Meredith: Describe your dream girl:

                Nicholas: *gazes over my head with dreamy eyes* – I like a girl with personality. Someone who I can’t quite figure out but am endlessly interested in. Of course, she’s gotta be cute. I’d prefer on the petite side since I’m only 5’7” but I’ve dated taller girls. And like I said before, I’m a breast man so that would be cool. But, honestly, if I really like a girl, none of this “list” stuff matters.

                 Well, I hope you enjoyed learning more about Nicholas. For more information, read the book 🙂

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Valentine’s Day celebration (ChicklitLove) continues with flirty excerpt from Blogger Girl

A few minutes later, we sat side by side, each with a glass of Montepulciano in front of us. I angled my body toward his. “So besides writing diddies like ‘Kimmie Long was in my pants’, tell me more about your love of music.”

His face turning red, Nicholas started laughing.

“What’s so funny?”

Still laughing, Nicholas covered his mouth with one hand and held two fingers of his other hand up to me.

“What the…” I started laughing along with him even though I wasn’t in on the joke.

Finally, Nicholas stopped laughing and wiped a tear from his eye. “I’m sorry about that.” He started laughing again.

“C’mon!”

“Okay. It’s really stupid.” Nicholas clamped his lips together.

“What’s really stupid?” I took a sip of my wine.

“Diddies,” he said without embellishment.

“What about them?”

His lips trembling again, he said, “I assume you mean ‘ditties’, as in the plural of ‘ditty’ or short song. But it sounded like you said diddies, which is different.”

I rolled my eyes. “Thanks for the grammar lesson, counselor.”

Nicholas scooted closer to me and gently moved a hair away from my face. Smiling softly, he said, “I’m sorry. It’s just that ‘diddies’ is slang for titties and, well, hearing it come out of your mouth made me…” he started cracking up again.

I threw my head back and laughed out loud. “That’s why you broke out in uncontrollable laughter? Because you thought I said ‘titties’?” Shaking my head at him in disbelief, I said, “How old are you?”

Nodding, he said, “I know. I’m totally embarrassed that I lost it.” He started laughing again.

“I can see that!” We laughed together for a second until we both stopped at the same time and smiled at each other, neither of us saying anything.

Breaking the silence, Nicholas raised his shoulders in a shrug. “I’ve always loved music. Started listening to punk and new wave as a baby and saw my first concert as a toddler – The B-52s.”

I pictured a young Nicholas clapping his hands and dancing along to the music. “So even as a young’un, you enjoyed diddies, huh?” I flashed him a devilish grin.

Nicholas winked. “Yeah. And I thought music was pretty cool too.”

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Valentine’s Q&A with Blogger Girl’s Kimberly Long

It’s almost upon us— Valentine’s Day— the “romantic love” holiday. In honor of this festive-for-some-depressing-for-others-day, a bunch of popular chick lit/romantic comedy authors thought it would be fun to feature the more romantic aspects of our books on our blogs all week.

Today, Kimberly Long, the main character in my most recent release, Blogger Girl, answers some questions regarding her love life.

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Meredith: What three qualities do you find most attractive in a partner?

Kim: I’d have to go with sense of humor, sex appeal, and aggressive without being overbearing.

Meredith:  What’s your idea of romance?

Kim:  On a grand scale, I would love for someone to serenade me at Karaoke or write me a love song but in realistic terms, someone who loves me unconditionally and never lets me doubt it for a second.

Meredith: Who’s your favorite on-screen couple (Film or TV)

Kim:  Hmm, well I’m not a fan of the sappy love stuff. I’m also not a fan of the alpha male/meek woman, like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey. I like couples who challenge each other and make each other laugh. I’d have to go with Harry Burns and Sally Albright. Although I also have a special place in my heart for Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.  Oh, and Mindy and Danny from The Mindy Project, but they’re not officially a couple…yet.

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Meredith: What’s been your most embarrassing moment in regards to the opposite sex?

Kim: Not to toot my own horn, but unless I am so overwhelmed with attraction for someone that I can barely cross my legs, I’m pretty cool around the opposite sex. I’m not one of those girls who gets herself in crazy, awkward situations like spilling things or falling on my face. I have, however, been known to babble too much about Pastel is the New Black, my chick lit blog, and most straight men can only take so much of the book talk.  

Meredith: What was your first impression of your partner or crush? How accurate was it?

Kim: My first impression of Nicholas was definitely that he’s a player. Either a player or too good to be true. Time will tell…

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Meredith: How have you coped with break-ups in the past?

Kim: Well, my first boyfriend—my high school sweetheart—became my friend with benefits years later. So far, none of my break-ups have been tragic because I don’t think I was truly in love. I have a feeling it won’t be as easy to recover from the next one…

Meredith: Which hot actor would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Kim: Josh Holloway because a) his dimples are divine, b) I am a sucker for scruffy men and he wears it so well and c) after being stranded on “the Island” as James/Sawyer, he could probably take care of both us. 

I heart Sawyer.

I heart Sawyer.

Meredith: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

Kim: Admittedly, I’ve never been one to make grand gestures. I think I worried too much about being rejected and so I just let it go. But I think someday, if the situation warrants it, I will have to take a page out of one of the fantastic chick lit books I have read and pull out all of the stops. Those chick lit heroines always get their man!

Meredith: PDA: How much is acceptable?

Kim: I think it’s definitely nice to hold hands and tastefully touch your partner in public. Even a few kisses are acceptable. However, unless you are a teeny-bopper at a dive college or straight-out-of-college-bar, full-on sucking face and groping is totally inappropriate. I like to lock eyes with my partner over a drink or dinner in the knowledge of what we will do to each other once we are alone. Flirting in and of itself is an extremely sexy activity. Almost as fun as the main event—but not quite!

Meredith: What is the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?

Kim: To have enough confidence in yourself and your appeal to be able to accept and believe a man who says he is interested and acts like he is interested is, in fact, interested until and unless he proves otherwise, rather than letting your own insecurity sabotage the relationship before it has really even gotten started.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Kim. Stay tuned for tomorrow when I will post an excerpt from Blogger Girl that showcases the flirtier/sexier side of the book!

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

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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:

http://www.catlavoie.com/blog/
http://samanthastrohbailey.blogspot.ca/
http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com/
http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/
http://samanthamarch.com/blog/
http://luciesimone.blogspot.com/
http://clippingsintheshed.wordpress.com/
http://www.chicklitbee.com/

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! http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64

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? http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A

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?  http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y

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? http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hayworths-Shoes-ebook/dp/B007ZHVB1I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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? http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-the-Rules-ebook/dp/B008UZYPLW

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? http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Ticket-ebook/dp/B00AI02BO0

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.http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Maya-ebook/dp/B00AN7CCV0

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? http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Way-ebook/dp/B007VA4AZI

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. http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-ebook/dp/B0093H0326

Valentine’s Day ebook sale – 9 authors, 9 ebooks, 99 cents each!

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Love is in the air . . . and it can be on your Kindle, too!

Do you want to fall in love with a good book this Valentine’s Day weekend? How about 9? Then don’t miss this special promotion. For four days only (February 14th – February 17th), 9 popular Chick Lit authors will be lowering the prices on their favorite rom-coms to 99 cents on Amazon.com! At that price (A bottle of wine costs more!), why not sample them all? Some delicious literary treats await you, and unlike chocolates these goodies are calorie-free!

And guys: If your sweetie is a book-lover, you’ll make her Valentine’s Day by gifting her with one (or more) of our fun, romantic stories! 

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? http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A

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?  http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y 

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? http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hayworths-Shoes-ebook/dp/B007ZHVB1I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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? http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-the-Rules-ebook/dp/B008UZYPLW

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? http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Ticket-ebook/dp/B00AI02BO0

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.http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Maya-ebook/dp/B00AN7CCV0

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! http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64

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? http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Way-ebook/dp/B007VA4AZI

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. http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-ebook/dp/B0093H0326

 

movies we ♥

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and so it’s no surprise that many bloggers are posting about all things ‘love’.  Since all the cool people are doing it, so will I. 

Today, I’m blogging about my favorite movies in the romance/love story/romantic comedy genre and to tie my post into writing, my favorite lines from each.  I’ve tried to include my favorite quote relating to the “love” theme, but in some cases, my favorite line from the movie is not at all romantic but just plain funny.  And in some cases, it was too hard to choose just one quote and so I didn’t:

 Bridget Jone’s Diary

 “I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are” – Mark Darcy to Bridget Jones

 When Harry Met Sally 

 “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” – Harry Burns to Sally Albright

 ‘Cause someday, believe it or not, you’ll go 15 rounds over who’s gonna get this coffee table. This stupid, wagon wheel, Roy Rogers, garage sale COFFEE TABLE.”  – Harry Burns ( My sister and I have had many laughs over this one through the years!)

 The Way We Were

 “If I push too hard it’s because I want things to be better, I want us to be better, I want you to be better. Sure I make waves you have I mean you have to. And I’ll keep making them till your everything you should be and will be. You’ll never find anyone as good for you as I am, to believe in you as much as I do or to love you as much” – Katie Morosky to Hubbell Gardiner (My favorite love story EVER except each time I read it, I say an unanswered prayer for a different ending)

  Love Actually

 “With any luck, by next year – I’ll be going out with one of these girls. But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you – Until you look like this Merry Christmas” – Mark to Juliet

  

Jamie: You learned English?
Aurelia: Just in cases.

 (Just makes me giggle…)

 Jerry Maguire 

 “On the surface, everything seems fine. I’ve got this great guy. And he loves my kid. And he sure does like me a lot. And I can’t live like that. It’s not the way I’m built” – Dorothy to Jerry.

 “All right. I shoplifted the pootie” – Jerry to Rod. (Again, just makes me giggle.) 

Gone With the Wind 

“There’s one thing I do know… and that is that I love you, Scarlett. In spite of you and me and the whole silly world going to pieces around us, I love you. Because we’re alike. Bad lots, both of us. Selfish and shrewd. But able to look things in the eyes as we call them by their right names” – Rhett to Scarlett.

You’ve Got Mail

“Yeah. I would have asked for your number, and I wouldn’t have been able to wait twenty-four hours before calling you and saying, “Hey, how about… oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie… for as long as we both shall live?” – Joe Fox to Kathleen Kelly 

“Well, let me ask you something. How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of… of putting you out of business?” – Joe Fox to Kathleen Kelly 

Spendor in the Grass 

“Deanie – You’re a nice girl” – Bud

“I’m not. I’m not a nice girl.” – Wilma Dean

Another movie that usually results in the depletion of all of the tissues, napkins, paper towels and any other printed matter I have in my apartment from the tears I shed agonizing over the ending. 

13 Going on 30 

“Hey! You got arm hair!” – Jenna

“Never got quite that reaction before.” – Matt

Clueless 

“You look like Pippi Longstocking.” – Josh 

“Well you look like Forrest Gump. Who’s Pippi Longstocking?” – Cher

“Someone Mel Gibson never played.” – Josh

“Cher, I don’t want to do this anymore. And my buns: they don’t feel nothin’ like steel” – Tai to Cher.

“Why do you care what *he* thinks, Murray? I’m the one who has to look at you! What am I gonna do with you now? And right before the yearbook pictures? What am I gonna tell my grandchildren? You know what? That’s it…”  Dionne to Murray 

 “He’s a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy, know what I’m saying?” – Murray to Cher and Dionne 

I could go on and on and on…

The Sure Thing 

 “Yeah, Nick. Nick’s a real name. Nick’s your buddy. Nick’s the kind of guy you can trust, the kind of guy you can drink a beer with, the kind of guy who doesn’t mind if you puke in his car, Nick!” – Walter (“Gib”) Gibson

 “You know, junk food doesn’t deserve the bad rap that it gets. Take these pork rinds for example. This particular brand contains two percent of the R.D.A. – that’s Recommended Daily Allowance – of riboflavin.” – Gib

“What the hell’s wrong with being stupid once in awhile? Does everything you do always have to be sensible? Haven’t you ever thrown waterballoons off a roof? When you were a little kid didn’t you ever sprinkle Ivory flakes on the living room floor ’cause you wanted to make it snow in July? Didn’t you ever get really shitfaced and maybe make a complete fool of yourself and still have an excellent time?” – Gib 

 “Oh. It’s not easy getting rides. Do you know what I mean? I mean most people are real afraid to pick up hitchhikers. I mean you never know who you might pick up. I mean I could be some crazed slime ball. I mean a real deranged, violent psycho. You know what I mean? I mean a guy who would rip out your heart and eat it – just for pleasure.” – Gib

 That Gib is one funny dude.  But seriously, The Sure Thing might be one of the most underrated romantic comedies ever.  I watched it again recently and it never gets old. 

Can’t Buy Me Love 

 “I need to talk to you. Every time I call you’re either taking a bath, washing your hair or you’re out of the country. That was a good one, by the way”. – Ronald Miller to Cindy Mancini

 “I mean, he went from totally geek, to totally chic!” – Patty

“We were all friends then, remember? And now you want to end his life because he’s talking to Patty on your side of the cafeteria. Oh man, that’s stupid. I know cuz that’s where I wanted to be. On your side, with your crowd. But I messed up. See, I tried to buy my way in. But Kenneth, he’s not trying to buy anybody. He’s just trying to make friends *being* *himself*. Cools, Nerds, your side, my side, man it’s all bullshit. It’s just tough enough to be yourself.” – Ronald Miller 

And there you have it – a list of my favorite “chick” movies and some of the lines that helped them make the list.  

With Valentines Day approaching, what are your top love stories/romantic comedies and most memorable quotes?