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Have you seen these?

Check out this new line of Disney Toms, so far featuring Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and now Snow White.

I wonder who’s next. Penelopea perhaps? 😉

Use this link to save $20 off a $75 order

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Readers’ Favorite announces 2018 winners (and look who’s listed!!)

I’m very excited to announce that Desperately Ever After has received the Finalist Award for Fiction – Chick Lit in this year’s Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest, which receives thousands of entries from over a dozen countries.

According to press materials, “Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the ‘Best Websites for Authors’ and ‘Honoring Excellence’ awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.”

Respectively, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals went to The Summer of New Beginnings, by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby; Seeds of Intention, a 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winner, by Andrea Thome; and The Royal Treatment, by Melanie Summers.

For more information, visit https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/desperately-ever-after

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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Happily Ever After Hop — and giveaway!

 

In addition to some gorgeous weather this morning, today comes with a very exciting event: the start of Chick Lit Chat HQ’s Happily Ever After Hop!

I am thrilled for several reasons. First, because there are so many wonderful, funny, talented writers participating beside me. Second, because I love giving things away. And third, because this hop truly seems tailor-made for my books.

Each day during the hop, a handful of us will take to Facebook to discuss how our books relate to the themes of “searching for Prince Charming” and living “happily ever after.” Well, in my case the question should actually be: How DON’T they relate? The Desperately Ever After series is a direct result of these concepts. It’s what happens when you take our most beloved fairy tale princesses and imagine how things went down after true love’s kiss. Did Snow White’s prince ever lose his luster? Was Belle eternally happy after Beast traded his fur for skin? Did four kids and the pressures of running a kingdom ever weigh too hard on Cinderella? Like us, the women in these books struggle with family, kids, career, regret, and especially … men. Like us, not everyone who’s achieved her “happy ending” seems to know it, and not everyone who hasn’t seems to know what she wants.

Thankfully, my CLC friends and I have put together a truly fantastic prize package that you most definitely WILL want — unless you have an aversion to jewels, chocolate and gift cards, this is.

The Happily Ever After Hop runs all the way through Mother’s Day, with new giveaways opening up each day (mine’s May 10 — mark your calendars).

For all the details, head over to the official Happily Ever After Hop event page via this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1962370290669865/

Thanks and good luck!

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A Valentine’s Day event to drool over

 

What do you expect on Valentine’s Day? A romantic dinner and flowers? A sweet text in the middle of the day? A trail of rose petals leading from your front door to a bed flanked by caviar, chilled champagne, and diamonds?

Personally, I’ve never made much ado over the Hallmark holiday. (Not that I mind a nice flower arrangement or a massage should they be offered.) But lucky for you, my author comrades over at Chick Lit Chat HQ are Valentine enthusiasts. And they’ve put together a fun-filled event that celebrates everything there is to love about Cupid’s big day.

That’s right, book lovers. Starting today, more than forty chick lit and romantic comedy authors will be throwing a fabulous, Valentine-themed bash on Facebook (hereafter known as the Sweet Treats & Yummy Reads Hop) offering giveaways galore. Up for grabs will be books, gifts, author swag, and loads of other wonderful prizes that fulfill the “yummy reads” part of the party.

But what about “sweet treats,” you ask?

Well, hold on to your skinny jeans, folks. Because CLC HQ will be giving a six-pack of Wicked Good Cupcakes* to not one, not two, but THREE grand prize winners for this hop. And the best news of all? You get to choose your own sinfully delicious flavors! (Commence happy dance now.)

 

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Sweet Treats & Yummy Reads Hop on Facebook and join the group page. Here, you can chat with fellow readers; meet some of the most popular authors in your favorite genres; enter to win one of the grand prizes; and find out what the forty-plus participating authors are giving away on their respective pages. I look forward to seeing you there!

*Wicked Good Cupcakes only ships to destinations in the United States, so the Grand Prize portion of this hop will not be open to international entrants. However, the 40+ individual author giveaways will be open internationally.

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Galentines and giveaways

Happy Galentine’s Day everyone!

valentinesdaypromoclcsquareI’m thrilled to be participating in today’s Chick Lit Love Hop along with 48 other talented, funny, and downright awesome authors.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the author of the Amazon bestselling Desperately Ever After trilogy, which crosses Desperate Housewives with the Brothers Grimm and asks what happened to our most beloved fairy tale princesses after true love’s kiss. What if Cinderella had a midlife crisis? What if Beast’s redemption didn’t last? What if Sleeping Beauty had another lover before that royal “hero” broke her curse?

The books center around a funny, spunky, and very real (minus the whole castle thing) group of friends … which is why a “Galentine’s Day” post is so appropriate. I had a hard time choosing which character to spotlight, but in the end went with a note from Cinderella to Rapunzel. The former is married with four kids, while the latter is still making up for eighteen years locked away from the opposite sex.

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fullsizerender-1Drawing on the spirit of love and fairy tales, my GIVEAWAY features DVDs of three of my favorite romance films: “The Notebook;” “While You Were Sleeping;” and “Crazy, Stupid Love.” (Check out the full list of favorites on my blog tomorrow.)

To enter, just sign up for my email list via this link and type a handy little “done” in the comments section below or on the corresponding Facebook post. If you’d like a bonus shot, share this post via Facebook as well. The drawing is open through midnight Wednesday, February 15, and I’ll choose the winner at random on Thursday.

Once that’s finished, don’t forget to head on over to the official event page to meet more authors and enter more giveaways — including drawings for SpaFinder gift cards.

Best of luck!

P.S. The second and third books of the series are on a nearly half-price Kindle countdown sale that ends at midnight tonight. Don’t miss out!

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Repaying man’s best friend

I stumbled upon this article in the wee hours of nursing last night, and just had to share. Whether or not you’re a dog lover, it’s a beautiful story that restores a little bit of my faith in humanity (and hope for our future) at a time when we all need it the most.

One Green Planet: Mall in Turkey brings homeless dogs in from the cold

 

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What do you remember about the ’80s? ’90s?

Remember Oregon Trail? Kerri Strug’s ankle? The original Nintendo?

Check out my roundup of favorite things from the 80s and 90s today at Chick Lit Central. Also, scroll down for info on a pretty freaking awesome giveaway.

Thanks again to CLC for having me!

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Best Halloween films for wussies (like me!)

Yes, I’m reblogging my own post here, but my opinions haven’t changed … probably because I’m too wussy to watch anything new that’s supposed to be scary 😉

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I have a confession to make. I’m a wuss. Not when it comes to roller coasters, thrill rides, or soaring around Hawaii in a doorless helicopter, mind you. But put me in a haunted house and I might clock some poor 15-year-old “zombie” in the jaw … while screaming at the top of my lungs and flinging metal props to aid in my escape.

Yet despite all that, I love Halloween. I love the colors, the fanfare, and the ability to embrace some inner wild side for a day and not care what anyone thinks. (So yes, the same reason your nice muffin-baking neighbor is reading 50 Shades of Grey … again.) That said, I could do without the psychopaths in hockey masks. And the pea soup vomit. And the creepy  children with long black hair who move like spiders and climb out from abandoned wells.

That’s why my top Halloween…

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All good things…

Updated October 17

Earlier this year, my agent tipped me off to this super cool thing called Amazon Instant Preview, which lets you flip through a book right from your webpage. Unfortunately, WordPress took a while to get on board with it … but good things come to those who wait! Check it out. Oh, and mark your calendars:

October 25: Cover reveal for Desperately Ever After Book THREE, Skipping Midnight

November 1-15: Skipping Midnight pre-order period; series-wide gift basket giveaway (this is going to be so much fun – details to come); and blog tour

November 16: Skipping Midnight’s release!

 

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Second Impressions blog tour — and giveaway

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From the author:

When do you know you’ve fallen in love? Not with a person, but a book? Is it the first time it makes you sigh? Or gasp? Or is your love instant?

It’s an amazing moment when you fall in love with a book. I remember the moment I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice. I hadn’t even cracked it open.

I have never been good at reading something assigned to me. Let’s chalk that up to my innate dislike of authority. I just rented P&P 95 and figured I’d fake the rest. But my English prof tricked us. During a pop quiz, he asked for that immortal first line.

I did not pass this quiz, but then neither did anybody else in the class. I did, however, finish the movie and read the book.

And it was love at first sight.

I am by nature a lover of snark, especially elegant snark. And who is the queen of elegant snark?

Our dear Jane. I didn’t know that first line when the professor asked for it, but, after that first read, I certainly never forgot it.

So, that’s how our love story began.

Over the last 20 years, my love has gotten deeper and more comfortable. P&P is there when I need a laugh, when I need a cry, and when I just need to know that everything will be okay. It’s a most reliable and trusted friend.

I hope that my book, Second Impressions, becomes at the very least, a pleasant acquaintance you enjoy spending time with every now and again when you need it.

Lizzy & Darcy have fought so very hard to stay apart, but will they fight for each other’s affection (and yours) just as hard? I’m willing to bet they are.

Blurb:

Once, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were foes, then tenuous friends. After Elizabeth discovers Darcy is engaged to another woman, she flees to Boston to seek solace with her cousin, the brash and worldly Emeline Poston.

When she returns to England after years spent abroad, Elizabeth must face the man who shattered her heart, and she is shocked to find the proud man she once knew drastically altered.

Does she have the courage to seek out the man with whom she fell in love—whatever the cost?

Fitzwilliam Darcy has spent his days regretting what might have been and his nights being tormented by the decisions he has made. His life in tatters, he can barely face the once-respectable man in his mirror or the baby girl in Pemberley’s nursery. Now that Elizabeth has returned, will he atone for his mistakes and win her heart for good?

This alternate path reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is recommended for adult readers. Continue reading

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