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.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
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? 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.



BE SURE TO VISIT ALL OF AVEN ELLIS' CLP BLOG TOUR STOPS: 

 
 
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!

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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!


 
 

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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!


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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?

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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. 

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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


 
 
Reason #45645 why I'm always covered in cat hair...
Abbie loves to jump inside the dryer when the clothes are warm and dry! 
 
 
I have been waiting a long while to officially announce this little piece of news, but the day is finally here! I am so excited to announce that BREAKING THE RULES and ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN will be published in Hungary by the Erawan publishing house founded by author Eva Fejos! I know. Crazy, right? I still have a hard time believing this is really happening. And in a few months I will be holding a copy of my debut novel... and I won't be able to read a single word except my name. (Perhaps I need to invest in the Hungarian Rosetta Stone?) I cannot wait to share the new covers with you. And if you have any Hungarian friends who enjoy chick lit, please send them my way! ;) As always, huge thanks to Samantha March of Marching Ink for her support with this new project. 

Köszönöm! (That means thank you as per Google Translate.)
 
 
On my old blog (the now-defunct Catenabi Chronicles) I used to have a feature called WEEKLY DOSE OF ABBIE CUTENESS. And now I'm bringing it back... whether Abbie likes it or not! 

Abbie is one friendly feline, but she does NOT enjoy the company of other cats--and she barely tolerates stuffed ones who invade her space. But she decided to play nice today. Have a great week, everyone!  
 

    Who is Cat Lavoie?

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