Category Archives: By Design

ChickLitChat’s Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop: Let’s Talk Princesses!


Once upon a time…

…there were four fairy-tale princesses. They were all very different, but each was very special in her own unique way.


Welcome to this stop on ChickLitChat’s Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop, part of the ChickLitLove celebration going on all week! Glad to have you here! Let’s talk a princess or two…or how about four? And then I’ll let fill you in on how to win some goodies! Read the rest of this entry

100 Percent Organic (Invisible) Author


I swear, it’s stuff like this that just turns me all around. TheGirlWhoLovesBooks posted a screen shot of an e-mail blast she received from a noted author (who shall remain nameless) asking for something that beggars belief. Go take a look—it’ll open in a new window. I’ll wait. Read the rest of this entry

#ChickLitLove, Day 4: It’s All About the Besties


CLLIt’s a week of #ChickLitLove for the ChickLitChat authors!

Today is Galentine’s Day (thanks, Parks and Recreation!)—a day to recognize female friends. But I kind of want to call it Palentine’s Day, because sometimes a girl’s bestie is a guy. (And sometimes the guy doesn’t even want to sleep with her, nor she him.) So here’s to pals!

And be sure to follow the hashtag #ChickLitLove on Twitter for other great posts today! Tomorrow: Attack of the Graphics on Twitter! Stay tuned!

And if you haven’t heard, Down on Love is on sale (!) right now (!) for only $1.99 at B&N, Kobo, and iTunes!

Book: By Design
Main character: Emmie Brewster
Emmie’s Pals

  • Trish, bestie since middle school
    Nook coverBestie Boost: Provides ready supply of wine, sympathy, and advice when Emmie is distraught over her love life or career; also Trish’s family (husband, two sons) provide perspective (that having a husband and family doesn’t guarantee bliss, but instead instills a different type of chaos)
    Sample advice: “Emmie, my darling, there’s something you’ve never understood about life. If you don’t like something, don’t put up with it—throw it out!
  • Avery, misguided blind date who became gay bestie instead
    Bestie Boost: Another shoulder to cry on; love life serves as a reminder that Emmie should be trying to have way more fun than she is; lingerie fashion advisor
    Sample advice: “If you don’t at least try on a leopard-print bra, the terrorists win.” Read the rest of this entry

#ChickLitLove, Day 3: The Heroes (“Mmm…Heroes…” /Homer)



It’s a week of #ChickLitLove for the ChickLitChat authors! Today: the heroes! Yep, it’s time to meet the men in my main characters’ lives. Now that’s the best way to spend a hump day, no? (Oh staaaahhp…) Check out the questionnaires the men have completed, below. 
And be sure to follow the hashtag #ChickLitLove on Twitter for other great posts today and throughout the week!

Nook coverStory: By Design
Love interest: Emmie Brewster
Age: 38
Height, weight: 6’, 172 lbs.
Hair: Black, graying at temples
Eyes: Dark blue
Occupation: Architect
Marital sitch: widowed
Family: Daughter Sophie, 6
Celebrity you’ve been told you look like: Jack Davenport with James May’s eyes (The person on the book cover is an impostor.)
Naughty food you like to indulge in: Gooey desserts, as long as I can watch Emmie enjoy them.
What you wear to bed: Seriously? Read the rest of this entry

#ChickLitLove, Day 2: Excerptapalooza!


CLLIt’s a week of #ChickLitLove for the ChickLitChat authors! Today: excerpts! Yep, from all three of my rom coms. Why not? And be sure to follow the hashtag #ChickLitLove on Twitter for other great posts today and throughout the week!

Use these handy-dandy links to jump to an excerpt: Read the rest of this entry

#ChickLitLove, Day 1: Meet the Heroines


CLLIt’s a week of #ChickLitLove for the ChickLitChat authors! Today’s offering: A chat with my heroines. Let’s dive in, shall we? And be sure to follow the hashtag #ChickLitLove on Twitter for other great posts today and throughout the week!

Hello there, and welcome to the first stop on the ChickLitChat Valentine’s Week Event, #ChickLitLove! Today we’re talking with three bona fide heroines. They may not have scaled Everest or rescued a box of puppies from being sucked down into a raging whirlpool, but they have conquered even harsher challenges: scaling the interminable heights of life, career, and family to achieve success and find happiness, plus navigating the treacherous waters of relationships to find true love. Please give a warm welcome to Emmie Brewster, main character of By Design; Faith Sinclair, main character of Unscripted; and Georgiana Down, main character of Down on LoveRead the rest of this entry

Valentine’s Week Means Lots of #ChickLitLove!


CLLBrace yourselves—a whole lotta love is coming your way! A mess of chick lit and romance authors (members of ChickLitChat on Twitter and Facebook) are taking over the intertubez this Valentine’s Week—because one day just can’t contain all the #ChickLitLove, of course!

We’ll be covering a different topic each day on all our blogs. First up: get to know our chick lit and romance heroines, up close and personal, on Monday. Stop by here to meet mine, and follow the Twitter hashtag #ChickLitLove for links to other blog posts.

It’s gonna be an unabashedly squishy hearts-and-flowers kind of week, and I can’t wait! Embrace the #ChickLitLove! Resistance is futile!

All My Books! Fo’ FREE!


So who wants to snag all three of my rom coms for free? Yep, you read that right: You can win copies of By Design, Unscripted, and Down on Love just by entering the contest over at Chick Lit Reviews & News. Prizes awarded via Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Just for clarification, we’re talking these here:

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Not bad, right? So what are you waiting for? :)

…Are you still here? Go enter! Go! </Ferris Bueller, adapted>

Cheap Laughs!


By Design cover smallCommitment phobic? I hear that. A little hard up for cash? Tell me about it!  Just really like free stuff? Well, have I got a deal for you!

My first rom com, By Design, is available for FREE—that’s right, zero, zip, NADA—from September 3 through September 10! Whatever your preferred e-format, you can get it for absolutely NUTHIN’.

Laughs don’t get any cheaper than that—so go get it!

Romance Is Easy; Comedy Is Hard!


mamajHey! I’ve got a guest blog post up at Jenni’s place, Jennifer Joyce Writes, about the joys (and perils and pitfalls) of writing romantic comedies. Be sure to stop by and check it out!