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Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop 2018!

 

Wait, didn’t we just do this? How is November almost over? Is Christmas really just five weeks away?!

Perhaps I’m the only one, but it seems like I just announced the¬†Pumpkins and Pages Hop winners a couple weeks ago. Well, there are some instances in which a speedy clock can be a good thing. Like while you’re sinking into a communal leather couch waiting for the world’s longest oil change. Or while you’re gearing up for the next epic Chick Lit Chat HQ event — in this case the third annual Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop, which runs December 3-9 and features more than 60 amazing authors and contests.

In past years, I handed out e-books, paperback books, and holiday movies. But if I learned anything during the Pumpkins and Pages Hop, it’s that you guys love clothes! You want to cuddle up in sweaters, scarves, and hoodies when it’s cold out, and hit the beach when it’s hot. Rather than pick out something that may not fit your style, however, I’ve decided to let the winner work directly with my favorite online “personal stylist” by offering a $40 gift certificate to Stitch Fix. If you’ve already tried them, you know how exciting this opportunity is. If you haven’t, use my referral link to cover the styling fee, and tell them what you like. You only pay for what you love, so there’s nothing to lose. And in my experience, they do whatever it takes to make you happy — sending one free shipment after another until you fall in love with something and find your personal stylist match. Plus, the style quizzes are pretty fun ūüėČ

In addition to my giveaway (which opens Saturday, December 8, on my Facebook page) and those of the 60-plus other authors, Chick Lit Chat HQ is offering a grand prize gift box stuffed with holiday-and winter-themed goodies, and four runner-up prizes. So join the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop group on Facebook, mark your calendars for December 3-9, and put a giant red circle around December 8. Trust me, it will be worth putting down the eggnog.

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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?¬†ūüėČ

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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôll 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 ‚ÄĒ 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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January 22, 2017 · 10:10 AM

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 ūüėČ

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I have a confession to make. I‚Äôm 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 ‚Äúzombie‚ÄĚ in the jaw ‚Ķ 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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