Contest alert: Desperately Ever After and Once Upon a Time giveaway!!

A few months ago, Chick Lit Central recommended the Desperately Ever After series for anyone suffering from “Once Upon a Time withdrawal” during the summer break. So with OUAT returning in twelve days and the print version of Book Two (Damsels in Distress) hitting the cyber bookshelves today, it seemed the perfect time for a little giveaway magic!

Up for grabs: one signed copy of Damsels in Distress and a brand new DVD of Once Upon a Time’s first season.

To enter, click here or on the graphic below. The giveaway runs through September 28, when the people of Storybrooke officially return. (My apologies, but due to shipping costs and the format of the DVD format, only U.S. addresses are eligible.) Best of luck!!

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Do you believe in 398.2?

While browsing around Etsy the other day, I stumbled upon a necklace that bore these words: “I still believe in 398.2.” Naturally, having no idea what this meant, I immediately opened up a new tab and Googled it.

Now, “I still believe in 398.2″ is one of my favorite sayings. It ranks just under “Live like there’s no midnight,” a Cinderella reference that I partially credit for both the name of this blog and a key scene in Desperately Ever After. The number 398.2 corresponds to the folktales, fairytales, and fables section of the library. Thank you, Dewey Decimal.*

The pendant above, offered by Newartpendants, is just one of many iterations of this saying. Check out more offerings here. Perhaps you deserve an end-of-summer treat?

*Yes, I know the founder of this system was Melvil Dewey, not Dewey Decimal. But the latter sounds so much more fun ;)

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What if Disney princes were real??

Guarantee #1: They’re handsome
Guarantee #2: They can sing (and dance)
Guarantee #3: They aren’t quite as dreamy as you imagined

Ever stopped to think about what was really going on in those fairy tales?

If you like this, check out Desperately Ever After. You may never see Beast, Sleeping Beauty, or Prince Charming’s find-me-a-wife ball the same way again!

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Giveaway ends noon Friday

The wonderful Danielle Poiesz has been kind enough to celebrate the release of Damsels in Distress with an interview and giveaway!!

She asks some fantastic questions about the future of the series, and is offering two copies of Desperately Ever After (Book One). All you have to do is name your favorite prince or princess. (And apparently, Xena warrior princess counts!)

Check it out here: Reading Between the Lines


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The saga continues!!

I am so happy to announce that Damsels in Distress, Book Two in the Desperately Ever After series, is now available as an e-book!

Visit Amazon to find out what’s in store for Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Penny, Snow, and Cinderella.

Also check out my interview with the fabulous Danielle Poiesz at her blog, Reading Between the Lines. She’s offering two e-books of Book One, Desperately Ever After, for anyone new to the series.

P.S. Look for the paperback version of Damsels in Distress next month. And have a wonderful weekend!!

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Desperately Ever After: Update on Book Two

If you Google “denial,” you’ll get definitions from the Mayo Clinic, Wikipedia, and good old Merriam-Webster. You’ll also get to relive some Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, learn that “Denial” is an extremely popular book title, and read 217 author quotes on Goodreads.

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it,” George R.R. Martin wrote in A Game of Thrones.

While you could also call it optimism, or hope, or faith that Amazon would correct its conversion errors in a timely manner … at the end of the day, Mr. Martin is right. I have been in denial for the past week about the scheduled release of Damsels in Distress. Continue reading

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Q&A (and giveaway!) with author Celia Kennedy

kennedy- coverI‘m very happy to welcome Celia Kennedy to the blog today. Celia is the author of both Venus Rising and Charlotte’s Restrained–which she is offering to one lucky reader. After the interview, leave a comment for the chance to win!


Charlotte’s Restrained is described as “a comical fictional tale of what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide.” Sounds enticing. What else can you tell us about the story?

SmallPhotoCharlotte has four fabulous friends that she met at Oxford, while doing graduate work in business law. Right out of the gate you know these are intelligent, driven women. However, they let their hair down when they are together, so these capable ladies sometimes run amok. Hence, Charlotte lands in a bit of trouble and in the public eye.

I wanted to write an intelligent and funny tale, set in real locations, where Charlotte rescues herself. While she is, a great romance, or two, blossoms, but the tale really is about the strength and friendship of these women.


What inspired you to write it?

I was addicted to television show, Inside the Actor’s Studio. Every actor/actress interviewed appears to have multiple talents, have overcome serious life issues, and has astounding resilience and fortitude.  Continue reading

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Chick Lit Central hosts first Damsels giveaway

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.14.53 PMBook Two in my Desperately Ever After series will be unleashed in just a few days, but Chick Lit Central (a phenomenal site for fans of women’s fiction) has gotten a head start. In today’s post, I talk to them about this blog, discuss the upcoming Damsels in Distress,  give a few hints about the future of the series, and offer up a “reader’s choice” copy of the yet-to-be released title.

The giveaway ends Monday, so shuffle on over ;)

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Fond farewell & giveaways galore

The literary world will be so sorry to see her go, but Shaz Goodwin is leaving Fiction Addition Blog Tours with a bang!

Check out her 1000-plus Facebook “likes” celebration. And enter the biggest book giveaway of the summer!!

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The Giver hits Hollywood

Watch this for thirty seconds and tell me what immediately comes to mind.

Can you say “Katniss?” Just trade Meryl Streep for Donald Sutherland and throw in a few mockingjays. The guy who plays Jonas even looks like his last name should be Hutcherson-Hemsworth!

When I heard Hollywood was making a film adaptation of The Giver, my reaction was part excitement but far more fear. Why? Because as I explain on The Love of a Good Book this week, The Giver is sacred.

giverI’ve read Lois Lowry’s masterpiece three times so far and worn my copy to the bone. (The picture at right can attest to this, though I blame the torn cover on my brothers!) The first time, I was probably about twelve years old. And while I enjoyed the story about the colorless, dystopian world that assigned marriages and careers like theatre seats, I only understood a fraction of what I would five years down the road … and again four years after that.

Assigned to read it once in middle school, once in high school, and once in college, you might think I’d be bored of the story by now. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, I’ve always reached “the end” amazed that I missed so much in the past. The story seems to be constantly evolving–revealing new connections and emotions and “ah” moments depending on my current state of mind or stage in life. To me, that is the sign of a really phenomenal book. Continue reading

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