Category Archives: By Design

100 Percent Organic (Invisible) Author

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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

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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)

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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!

GRAHAM COOPER
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
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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!