I'm so glad to have the lovely Sarah Louise Smith back on the blog today to celebrate the release of her new novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT ELLEN! I am a huge fan of Sarah's work and her fourth novel sounds just as awesome as the first three. I can't wait to read Ellen's story but, until then, here's a little Q&A to get to know Sarah's new leading lady a little better. Take it away, Ellen! :)
You can join the cast of any reality show--which show do you choose and why?
Any reality show starring band members from my favourite group Four Ape. I was CRAZY for them when I was a teenager, esp lead singer Jasper Ryan. I'm obviously over that now though. Honest.
Your local diner is naming a dish after you. What is it?
Crazy Cat Lady. Or maybe "Groupie Girl Special"
If you could go live in another novel for a few hours, which book would you visit?
Zoey & the Moment of Zen. Sounds like a nice vacation; and I think I'd be good friends with Zoey! :)
(Blogger's note: Awww. I agree. I think Ellen and Zoey would be great friends. It might be time for Zoey to visit the UK!)
Your house is on fire. All the humans and pets are already outside and you can save two things before leaving. What do you grab?
1) My Four Ape limited edition greatest hits CD
2) My phone so I can call my friends and freak out
You win an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you flying to? Wherever my number 1 celebrity crush, rock star Jasper Ryan is! ;)
ABOUT SARAH LOUISE SMITHSarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, England with her husband, step-daughter, loopy golden retriever and cheeky tortie cat.
Sarah has been writing stories since she can remember and has so far completed four chick-lit novels, all published by Crooked Cat:
Amy & Zach
Izzy’s Cold Feet
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ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s every girl’s dream to date a pop star...
When Ellen starts dating Tom, a member of the band she adored as a teenager, she can’t believe how lucky she is.
She neglects to mention that she's a huge fan because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-bandmate/ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.
That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything Ellen has ever dreamed of...
May is International Chick Lit Month and I'm happy to take part in the #ChickLitMay event, where amazing authors come together for fun blog posts, giveaways, and all sorts of bookish awesomeness!
Today's theme is: Miss Chick Lit 2015! Read on to meet my candidate: Zoey Everwood from ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN.
Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs and meet the other candidates... and enter the giveaway! :) On with the show!
Hello, Miss Chick Lit candidate. Please introduce yourself:
"Hi, my name is Zoey Everwood. I'm a twenty-six year old coffee shop owner from Messina, Connecticut. My hobbies include drinking coffee, baking cupcakes, and keeping very close tabs on my ex (for the moment) boyfriend. My dream is to someday travel back in time because I enjoy living in the past.
It's time for the Swimsuit Competition. Please show us the swimsuit you've selected and why this particular piece caught your eye:
I chose this little number because it's super cute (I love pink and black!) and a little flirty... but it also offers a bit more coverage, which I also like. But the best thing about it? I feel fabulous when I wear it!
And now for the talent portion of out competition. Miss Everwood, the stage is yours:
Sadly, I can't sing or dance or recite Shakespearean sonnets in a perfect British accent (my friend Owen is the expert in that field) but I've been working with coffee since I was a child watching my parents build their business, which I now own. I apologize for the shameless plug, but Everwood's Coffee Shop makes the best cappuccino... and, on a good day, I might be able to add a little foam art to your morning cup! Let me show you...
Let's get to know our candidate even more with this randomly selected interview question:
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want and why?
I'd definitely chose to be invisible for reasons I'd rather not elaborate on. (What? I'm disqualified if I don't give a complete answer? Fine.) I'd want to be invisible so I can follow certain people around without being noticed. I'd eventually learn how to use my superpowers to save humanity or something... but the first, umm... two weeks... would be devoted to being Braden's shadow. Just to make sure he's doing okay. And maybe to see if he's still thinking about me. (I'm hoping my best friend Dar and my aunt Nessa aren't watching this pageant, because I'm going to be in trouble when I get home!)
GIVEAWAY TIME!! You can be a beauty queen too with this $100 gift card!
To enter the giveaway, you need to respond to the same interview question Zoey was asked during the pageant: If you could have any superpower, which one would you want and why?
Please post your answer in the comments along with your email address.
(VERY important to include an email so we can contact you if you're the lucky winner!)
A winner will be chosen via Random.org
on Monday, May 18th.
The grand prize is as follows (depending on where the winner resides)
- $100 gift card to Sephora (US/Canada winner) or
- £65 gift card to Lush Cosmetics (UK winner) or - $125AUD to Mecca (Australia winner.)
Visit these other participating blogs to meet more Miss Chick Lit 2015 candidates.
Be sure to answer each candidate's interview question for a chance at the grand prize!
Want to know more about Zoey? Pick up a copy of ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN.
My publisher, MARCHING INK
, is releasing its first ever multi-author collection on April 14, 2015. It’s called TWENTY-SOMETHING and it includes three full-length novels: BREAKING THE RULES by yours truly, A QUESTIONABLE FRIENDSHIP by Samantha March
, and HARD HATS AND DOORMATS by Laura Chapman
. I am so incredibly honored to be part of this collection with two amazingly talented and lovely authors.
To celebrate the release of TWENTY-SOMETHING, my fellow Marching Ink authors and I are celebrating our twenties. (Read Samantha's blog post HERE
and Laura's blog post HERE
.)Oh, my twenties. Unlike Samantha and Laura, I have been out of my twenties for a long while... (*cough* about six years now *cough*) but I still remember all the highs and lows. But who really wants to talk about lows, right? Forget those. One of the greatest things that happened in my twenties is... my first trip to London. (Which also happened to be my first flight and only my second time outside Canada.) I look back at that trip with so much fondness because, well, it was kind of crazy. I was 25 and I'd been working my first grown-up job for a few years (I'm still working at the same company, by the way...) and I'd been able to save up a bit of cash. London had been a dream for such a long time... and I decided to go on my own. It was just me, a bus and Tube pass, and a map of the city. Oh, and a dog-eared guidebook (Lonely Planet London) that I'd joyfully poured over for months, making notes on everything I wanted to see. It was amazing.
I got lost. I wandered the streets for hours. I didn't do half of the things I wanted to do (to be honest, my list was so long it would have take a month to so everything) but I loved every second.
Almost everyone who knows me knows I HATE having my picture taken. So I took a lot of pictures during my week in London, but I wasn't in any of them. I was okay with that... until I got home and started worrying no one would believe I was actually there! ;) But I got a huge surprise when I went to get my pictures... (Yes, I took pictures with a camera that used actual film. I feel old.) The first picture in the stack was THIS ONE. I burst out laughing (and actually teared up a bit) and it was so awesome that it got its own page in my London scrapbook:
Tell me, if (like me) your twenties are long gone, what were the highlights? And if you're still twenty-something, do you have anything in particular you'd like to accomplish before the big 3-0?
To pre-order your copy of TWENTY-SOMETHING for the discounted price of $1.99:
Amazon UKHard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman
After losing out on a coveted promotion at work, Lexi Burke is done playing the nice girl. Her first order of business: Giving in to her longtime workplace crush. But Lexi soon learns that balancing a workplace romance and her job might be harder than she anticipated. A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March
While Brynne and Portland seem to have an ideal friendship, cracks are starting to show as their lives take a turn for the complicated. Not willing to go to one other with their secrets, one woman begins to feel shut out and the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. Their journey will explore several questions of friendship, and show that happily ever after might not be in the cards for everyone. Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie
When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancé who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure?
Happy Book Birthday to THE RIGHT DESIGN by Isabella Louise Anderson! I am so happy to be included in the month-long celebration of THE RIGHT DESIGN's publication. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, the ebook is on sale right now for only $0.99!
If you're in the US, be sure to enter the giveaway to win some fabulous prizes!
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the author's debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way--even if morals are tested!
Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.
Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job--Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.
But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him--something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.
Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn't blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing. Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies! She loves featuring authors and their books. She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading. Isabella's short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig's Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.
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THE RIGHT DESIGN PRIZE PACK:
Enter to win a mini-beach make-up bag, lip gloss, Scentsy Love Story hand cream, a ring/jewelry polisher, bookmarks, and a Nothing Bundt Cake (this will be shipped separately).
US winners only, please, and no P.O. boxes.
Huge congrats to Pauline Wiles on the release of SECRETS IN THE SKY! I loved her debut novel, SAVING SAFFRON SWEETING, and I can't wait to read the prequel! Be sure to get your copy now! :)
Title: Secrets in the Sky
Author: Pauline Wiles
Series: Saffron Sweeting #2 (Prequel to Saving Safron Sweeting)
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Women’s Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Pauline Wiles
How far should you go to keep a secret?
No-one ever accused Sophie Campbell of being a coward. From caving trips to rooftop pranks, it appeared nothing could hold her back, especially once she landed a dream job promising travel all over the world.
But Sophie’s jet-setting lifestyle is not what it seems and she’s been spending more time in the quiet English village of Saffron Sweeting than she cares to admit. When her beloved Great Aunt Wol dies suddenly, Sophie loses one of the few people who truly know her. As friends, family and an old flame gather for the funeral, questions soon follow. Worse, Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to the man most likely to expose her secrets. Can she manage to guard her past, yet finally follow her long-held dream?
Featuring both new and familiar characters, this stand-alone romantic comedy is set two years before Saving Saffron Sweeting. With side helpings of British tea, cake and wit, Secrets in the Sky explores how finding the courage to be yourself can be the toughest challenge of all.
Bella looks incredulous, but before she can respond, there’s a brisk knock at the front door.
Bugger, I think, who the hell’s that? Surely not someone trying to sell us solar panels in this weather? Bella’s busy concocting our dinner, so I gather myself and head for the door.
When I open it, I find a tall woman with wavy auburn hair standing with her back to me. She’s wearing a chic navy suit with a peplum jacket, which shows off curves like Jessica Rabbit.
Then she whirls around on one heel and proclaims, ‘At last! You’re the one sleeping in my husband’s bed!’
With that, she steps forward, and thrusts out a hand. Instinctively, I take a step back, but then notice her wide, mischievous smile.
‘I’m so pleased to meet you,’ she says. ‘I’m Amelia.’
I shake her hand cautiously. Her grip is enthusiastic and she’s wearing a huge cocktail ring which winks at me, despite the gloom outside.
‘I’m sorry,’ I say, apologising immediately for something I haven’t done. ‘But I’m not sleeping with your husband.’
But I’m really thinking: Joey – the scumbag – is he married and hasn’t told me?
‘No, darling, not with my husband. Just in his bed, right? And I should have said ex-husband.’
‘Umm…’ I’m still not getting it.
‘You’re house sitting, correct? For Michael Hargraves? You’re wearing his dressing gown, you know.’
Now I get it. Bella’s Uncle Mike. And this is his dressing gown? Ugh. I hope it’s been washed.
‘Well, I’m Amelia Hargraves. I own the estate agency in the village.’
‘Oh,’ I say. The penny drops. I’ve seen her occasionally in the post office and the baker’s, always dressed beautifully and talking in that deep, posh way. ‘Sorry. Yes. Would you like to come in?’
Amelia strides past me happily, not needing, of course, to be shown the way to the living room. I shuffle after her, making sure the belt of Mike’s dressing gown is tied securely.
Amelia’s standing in the middle of the room, head swivelling as she assesses her former home. Even though I am entirely blameless in the sleeping-with-the-husband department, I still feel awkward.
‘Where the bloody hell did that come from?’
She’s looking, of course, at Stanley, who opens both eyes, lifts one clawed foot off his perch and echoes ‘Bloody hell!’ at the top of his voice, adding ‘Feed me!’ for good measure.
‘He’s temporary,’ I say. Great. Now she’s taught Wol’s parrot how to swear. Some guardian I make.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
British by birth, Pauline Wiles moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. Apart from a yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes, she's never looked back.
Pauline’s writing has been published by House of Fifty, Open Exchange and Alfie Dog Fiction. Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was a number one Kindle Best Seller.
When not writing, she can be found getting the steps wrong in a Zumba class or calculating how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake. Her ambition is to sell enough books to cover the cost of flying herself and a reader to London for tea. Social Networking Links Website Goodreads Facebook Twitter Pinterest
My fabulous Marching Ink
label-mate, Laura Chapman, is launching her second novel today! Be sure to check out this book. I had the honor of reading an advance copy last year and I absolutely loved it! Don't forget to watch the book trailer (so cute!) and enter the giveaway! :)
You are cordially invited to read Laura Chapman’s new novel, The Marrying Type.
Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).
With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.
Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.
You can add The Marrying Type to your to-read list on Goodreads and enter to win one of three prize packages by participating in this Rafflecopter:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfills her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel. Stay Connected Website Blog Facebook Goodreads Twitter Instagram
I am so happy to take part in the CLP Blog Tour
for Eva Fejos and her new novel, VACATION IN NAPLES! I got to know Eva last year when she contacted me about translating my novels and publishing them in Hungary. (Definitely one of the highlights of 2014 for me!) Read on to know more about Eva and her novels. Be sure to grab a copy of VACATION IN NAPLES
and visit all the stops on her tour
. Don't forget to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
“I believe that each novel has its own destiny and that when the time comes, it will be fulfilled” – Eva Fejos
- Eva Fejos is a Hungarian writer and journalist.
- has had 18 best-selling novels published in Hungary so far.
- Vacation in Naples is her 15th best-seller, published in 2013.
- has won several awards as a journalist, and thanks to one of her articles, the legislation pertaining to human egg donation was modified, allowing couples in need to acquire donor eggs more easily.
- spends her winters in Bangkok.
- likes novels that have several storylines running parallel.
- visited all the places she’s written about.
- spent a few days at an elephant orphanage in Thailand; and has investigated the process of how Thai children are put up for adoption while visiting several orphanages.
- founded her own publishing company in Hungary in 2013, where she not only publishes her own books, but foreign books too, hand-picked by her.
- Her books published in Hungary thus far are:
Holtodiglan (Till Death Do Us Part)
Eper reggelire (Strawberries for Breakfast)
A mexikói (The Mexican)
Helló, London (Hello, London)
Karácsony New Yorkban (Christmas in New York)
Karibi nyár (Caribbean Summer)
Szeretlek, Bangkok (Bangkok, I Love You)
Most kezdődik (Starting Now – the new edition of Till Death Do Us Part)
Nápolyi vakáció (Vacation in Naples – the English version)
Száz éjjel vártam (I Waited One Hundred Nights)
Mert nekünk szeretnünk kell egymást (We Must Love Each Other)
November lánya (November’s Daughter)
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Niki Ladányi, the young investigative journalist has a cold-blooded criminal to thank for the biggest story of her life. She might have managed to put him behind bars, but Verbovszky hasn’t forgotten her: after he escapes from jail, he heads out to get his revenge. Meanwhile, Niki is hot on a new trail, investigating a story in Naples about dogs smuggled out of Hungary, for possibly something other than their pedigree. Niki takes along her mother, who reunites with an old flame from her youth, Alessandro. The unfinished business between Niki’s mother and the former tailor – who has since become a successful name of Italian Haute Couture – sparks more than just a yearning for the past. Alessandro’s son, Giacomo, also feels increasingly attached to Niki, but the criminal on her trail and Niki’s complicated love affair with Andras, a detective back in Budapest, combined with the intricacies of her grandmother’s dangerous new job, all come together, causing a twist in Niki’s vacation in Naples… perhaps changing the lives of two families forever.
Is it possible to rekindle a relationship after thirty years? Can love be passed down from mother to daughter? Can a son make a decision for his father when a business and a family are at stake? Can a detective still insist on doing the right thing if his actions endanger himself and the people he loves?
Love and career, revenge and forgiveness, tradition and renewal; three generations, two families, a decision for life: all this in Eva Fejos’s best novel yet. Come along on her Vacation in Naples.
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I'm so thrilled to feature my good friend Tracie Banister and her new Chick Lit novel, TWIN PIQUES, for my first blog post of 2015! I've been eagerly awaiting this novel for over a year--ever since Tracie first told me about Willa and Sloane, the leading ladies of TWIN PIQUES. Tracie's third novel was published this week and you should definitely check it out. (I've started reading it and, as expected, I was hooked from the first chapter!) Want to know more about TWIN PIQUES? Read on!
ABOUT TWIN PIQUES
Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.
How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?
Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore?
To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Twin Piques is her third Chick Lit release. The pet psychic character in this novel was inspired by Tracie’s rascally rescue dogs. She’d love to know what goes on in their heads!
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I haven't posted a cute picture of Abbie in a while... it's almost as if she's stopped being cute and adorable. (I know, right? That's IMPOSSIBLE!) Here's a picture of her patiently waiting as I make (extremely slow) progress on Book 3! I'm very excited about this new project. Even though this book is taking me out of my comfort zone, I'm enjoying the challenge. And I'm looking forward to sharing fun stuff like the title, blurb, and cover art in the (hopefully) near future. Back to work I go! :)