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!


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?


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!


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! :) 

I have a very special guest on the blog today--the brilliant Sarah Louise Smith! I am a huge fan of her work and she recently released her third novel, INDEPENDENT JENNY! (Congrats, Sarah!) I am looking forward to reading it since I loved her first two novels, AMY &  ZACH and IZZY'S COLD FEET. And now it's time to get to know Sarah's newest main character a little better. Take it away, Jenny! :) 

You can join the cast of any reality show--which show do you choose and why?

I think I might be better behind the camera instead of in front of it, in fact I am a photographer. I'd love to be one of the camera people in the crew of any of those shows though - it'd be great fun! My friend Hayley would be on the show, for sure. She's a complete extrovert, and has a wild side that'd play up to the audience!

Your local diner is naming a dish after you. What is it?

Well, in fact my other friend Shane owns a coffee shop and he named a new American-style muffin after me: The Jenny. It has a lot of ingredients and he said the recipe is complicated. And I can be a bit complicated, apparently. I wasn't sure whether to be thrilled or insulted.

If you could go live in another novel for a few hours, which book would you visit?

Persuasion by Jane Austen. I'm a huge Austen fan, and I named my dog after the main character in Persuasion: Wentworth. I also live in Bath, where Jane Austen lived for a time, so I'm a bit of a Janeite geek, if I'm honest with you.

Your house is on fire. All the humans and pets are already outside and you can save three things before leaving. What do you grab?

My camera, my laptop (containing many precious photos) and my phone so that I can call someone to come and calm me down. I don't cope well on my own. 

You win an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you flying to?

The south of France. I've always fancied going there; I could take photos and drink wine and eat lots of cheese!

About Sarah Louise Smith:

Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, UK, with her husband, a cute cat and a loopy golden retriever. She has an extremely lovely step-daughter and spends most of her free time writing, reading, cooking, and taking long walks.

She’s the author of three chick-lit novels: Amy & Zach, Izzy’s Cold Feet, and Independent Jenny, all published by Crooked Cat.

Sarah’s website/blog: www.sarahlouisesmith.com

You can purchase paperbacks or e-versions from all the usual online book sellers.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Louise-Smith/e/B00AX55ZOI/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/author/sarahlouisesmith

Follow Sarah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahSmith16

Find Sarah on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahlouisesmithauthor


“I slept with someone else.”
Those five words changed everything.

After her husband Ross drops a bombshell, Jenny’s emotions go hay-wire. Things are made even more complex when his brother Aiden makes a confession of his own…

A holiday escape with her friend Hayley seems the perfect way to figure out what – and who – she wants. But Hayley has a hidden motive that results in Jenny spending time with her ex-boyfriend Will, who is now married.

Should Jenny forgive Ross? Can she ignore her feelings for romantic Aiden? And why can’t she get Will out of her head?

One thing is for sure: Jenny doesn’t want to be alone. Surely any man is better than no man, right?


I am so excited to have Aven Ellis and Kylie Reed on the blog today as part of Aven's CLP Blog Tour.
I recently read (and absolutely loved!) WAITING FOR PRINCE HARRY. The super cute cover features two things I love (the Union Jack & hockey) and once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down! Be sure to pick up a copy after reading this fun interview with the novel's heroine. Take it away, Kylie! :)

You can join the cast of any reality show--which show do you choose and why? 

Oh, this question is easy-Project Runway! I always wanted to go to Parsons in New York, and this would be my chance to be a designer.

Your local diner is naming a dish after you. What is it? 

Kylie’s Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies. That is my all-time favorite treat.

If you could go live in another novel for a few hours, which book would you visit? 

Well, it’s not a novel, but I would love to visit the designs in the sixties mentioned in Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1960’s by Paula Reed. (No relation to me, by the way.)
Your house is on fire. All the humans and pets are already outside and you can save three things before leaving. What do you grab?  

My cell phone, because it has all my pictures on it. Harrison’s Olympic jersey because that was his biggest honor, playing for Team USA. Lastly, my HP Notebook because it has all my designs.

You win an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you flying to? 

Spain. It’s Harrison’s favorite place, and I’m dying to see it.

Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer. Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and fears not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option. 

Or does it? 

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger guy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this encounter. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to live in the present? 

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista(New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


My first book baby is celebrating a birthday today! Two years ago, Breaking the Rules was released and, well, life hasn't been the same since. (Look at me getting all sappy and emotional!) But it's true. It isn't always easy. In fact, it's rarely easy. I still struggle to balance my day job and my dream job... and there are days where the self-doubt wins and not-so-nice reviews get through my not-as-thick-as-it-should-be skin. But I wouldn't change any of it because I'm doing something I love. So THANK YOU to all the amazing authors, bloggers and readers I've connected with over the last two years! I am so grateful for your friendship and support. And a special thank you to the fabulous Samantha March of Marching Ink who saw something in Breaking the Rules and helped make my writing dream come true. And now it's time to celebrate with a giveaway!

Since London plays an important part in Roxy and Ollie's story (and it's also one of my favorite places in the world) I decided to include a London-themed prize for this giveaway. And since I'm addicted to Etsy, that's where I went for inspiration.

How adorable are these magnets from Scarlett Paper Boutique? The winner of this giveaway will get the I Love London Magnet Gift Set, a $10 Amazon Gift Card (delivered by email) and signed Breaking the Rules and Zoey & the Moment of Zen postcards. 

The giveaway will run from August 8 to August 15, 2014 and is open to residents of the US and Canada. Cheers and good luck!


This adorable kitty snuggling into my arm is NOT Abbie! His name is Morrie and he belongs to my friend Debbie. Deb and I have been saying for years that Abbie and Morrie are siblings since they look so much alike and both were strays adopted at around the same time. On Friday, I got to spend some quality time with Abbie's "brother" and I took a million pictures of him (and also chased him around the house.) Crazy Cat Lady, indeed!



Summer is officially here, and Marching Ink wants to celebrate with you! For a limited time, get the following titles for just 99 cents: Zoey & The Moment of Zen, Hard Hats and Doormats, and A Questionable Friendship, and don’t forget to enter the #SunNFun giveaway!  

We have a beach bag filled with summer items for you to win: sunglasses, a beach towel, and a picnic set including a tablecloth, carafe, napkins and cups. Also included is a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent digitally. Please note this is open to US/Canada residents only. 

Follow the instructions below to enter, and a winner will be chosen Saturday, July 12. Good luck! :)
Happy Summer from Marching Ink!


For this week's WDOAC, we're heading over to Barbara Barth's fabulous blog, WRITERS WITH DOGS where I talk about adopting Abbie and share pictures of her "helping" me write! Click on the picture to check it out! :)

This is one of Abbie's favorite spots--the table underneath my bedroom window. From there, she can watch the birds and (I'm sure) dream of catching one and... playing nicely with it? Yeah, I'm sure that's what she'd do if she caught one. Hope you're enjoying the view wherever you are. 
Have a great week! :)  

Today is a good day. My new blog is hosting its first-ever guest and that guest happens to be a fellow Canadian author! Bonus points: we are practically neighbours! I am so excited to have Heather Grace Stewart here today with the main character of her newly-released novel, STRANGELY, INCREDIBLY GOOD. Cat Glamour (love the name!) was nice enough to drop by and answer a few fun and silly questions. Be sure to check out the other stops on Heather's tour and, of course, get your copy of STRANGELY, INCREDIBLY GOOD! Take it away, Cat!

You can join the cast of any reality show--which show do you choose and why?

Oh, that's easy. The only reality show I would ever want to be on is my Gram's reality show, Badass Grandma. Can I give it a plug? It's on MTV weeknights at 9 EST. She is the funniest Grandma I know. She's brutally honest, and I find that refreshing. You can also follow her on Twitter @badassgrandma.

Your local diner is naming a dish after you. What is it?

Oh, Herb's is naming a dish after me? That's hilarious. They'd have to name a meal of French onion soup, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie after me, since once, on a very bad dinner date with a man who doesn't believe in using soap, I ordered two bowls of that soup and an entire pie from the dessert window. They should call that meal Guts & Glam - since I needed guts to stick it out during that horrendous date, and my last name is Glamour.

If you could go live in another novel for a few hours, which book would you visit?

I could really use a nice, quiet vacation. I've been through a lot lately, including a rotten divorce, then meeting a Genie, getting trapped inside a castle in France, and going back in time. For once, I would love to just chill on a beach! Maybe I could go live in the novel Beaches. I could play with Cee Cee and Bertie when they meet on the beach, go shopping with them, have some laughs with them. I love adventures and laughs - just maybe for a while, no adventure for me that's bigger than a beach walk?

Your house is on fire. All the humans and pets are already outside and you can save three things before leaving. What do you grab?

I'd have to grab my 91-year-old Gram's disco ball and a couple Bee Gees CD's for her - she lives for those. Then I'd grab my Wii, because that's how I met Gene. I'm sentimental like that.

You win an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you flying to?

This is so easy. It's France. I have the best memories from a short trip I took there recently, and I'm hoping I can get back there soon. I may even take my Gram and sister. Want to join us?

Cat Glamour is lost in a world of pain and self-imposed guilt. She hides behind her weight, her children, and a past she can’t forget. While her 91-year-old, decidedly different, grandmother provides emotional support, Cat needs to take control of her life which has been shattered by her abusive ex-husband and tragic events of the past. 

On the day Cat decides to start an exercise routine, the last thing she expects is a modern-day genie to pop out of her Wii machine. Unfortunately for Cat, her genie is somewhat unreliable in his wish-granting capabilities. In a series of hilarious misadventures, he sends Cat to a castle in France and back in time 20 years in an attempt to solve both Cat’s weight issues and emotional stresses. 

Cat’s journey is one filled with quirky adventures, realistic love, and above all, self-discovery. 

Heather Grace Stewart is a Canadian magazine writer, author and poet. Her first poem was published in her school newsletter when she was five, and she's been hooked on writing ever since.

Heather's debut novel, Strangely, Incredibly Good, will be released by Morning Rain Publishing on June 5, 2014.

Praised by Hollywood actors & producers as 'funny' 'clever' and 'innovative', Heather's screenplay THE FRIENDS I'VE NEVER MET is her best-selling Kindle book to date, reaching #28> Action & Adventure in Women's Bestselling Fiction in November 2013.

Reviewers call her work 'modern' and 'unconventional;' the writing 'tender' 'heartfelt' and 'vulnerable.' (Three Spaces, 2013) Her third poetry collection, Carry On Dancing (Winter Goose Publishing, March 2012) was reviewed as 'brave, personal and eloquent poems.' These collections charted on print and Kindle bestsellers lists in 'Poetry' and 'Canadian Poetry' in Canada, the US and the UK.

Heather is also the author of the Amazon Kindle best-selling poetry collections 'Leap' and 'Where the Butterflies Go,' two non-fiction books for youth, and a book of children's poetry, The Groovy Granny.

Born in Ottawa, she lives with her husband and daughter near Montreal.
In her free time, she loves to take photos, scrapbook, cartoon, inline skate, dance like nobody's watching, and eat Swedish Berries -- usually not at the same time.

Visit her blog at http://heathergracestewart.com and her official website, http://heathergracestewart.me