Sunday, May 17, 2015

Find Your Next Chick Lit Read / #ChickLitMay Giveaway!

May is International Chick Lit Month. Let's be honest—it's the best month of the year! Every year, chick lit readers and writers get together to celebrate, share, discuss and gush about their favorite book genre. Not familiar with chick lit or Chick Lit Month? Visit for more information. This year marks the fifth anniversary of ICLM.
To celebrate, a bunch of enthusiastic authors got together and made an infographic to help readers find their next chick lit read. We're giving away 19 ebooks to 19 lucky readers. Just enter to win the books you'd like to read! To enter, comment on the blog post below, listing which books from the graphic you'd like to read and WHY you would like to read them. (Make sure to include your email address so we can contact you.) Entrants can only enter once per blog, but can check out other blogs with this same post and comment there for extra entries! All those links are down below. Entries close on midnight Friday, May 22 (Pacific Daylight Time), and winners will be contacted directly on May 31. Good luck everyone—and happy reading! :D (Even if you missed this giveaway, feel free to share this graphic on your blog and spread the chick lit love!)

Find the authors and books here, and enter again!
Deeper Themes
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A Little Magic
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Laughs Guaranteed
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Light & Bright
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On Distant Shores
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Enter one more time at these great chick lit blogs!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's Launch Day!

The final chapter of Sydney and Louis' epic love story is now available for your reading pleasure! Woohoo! And to celebrate this awesome event, I will be visiting some fantastic blogs. Keep your eyes peeled for my riveting posts and sweet prizes! Visit my Facebook author page for daily updates on all the fun!

What kind of mess has Sydney gotten herself into this time? Check this out!

Sydney Durand had finally achieved the perfect life she had always wanted. After a whirlwind romance with a charming Frenchman, she endured the three weddings it required to satisfy the members of the newly formed Bennett-Durand clan. All she had left to do was stroll into the sunset with Louis to enjoy their long-awaited happily ever after.

But everything changed when the stick turned blue. Suddenly, Sydney finds herself facing the daunting task of becoming a mother before she has even returned home from her honeymoon. Keeping a tenacious hold on her hard-won happiness, Sydney is determined not to give up without a fight – no matter what or who is thrown in her path…and that includes an overbearing mother-in-law, a know-it-all father and her own anxiety about having a baby.

Will she finally be able to tame her neuroses for the sake of her unborn child? Or will her hormone-induced panic cause a meltdown of epic proportions? One thing is clear: Sydney and Louis’ nerves are going to fry…

Sound like a good story? Head on over to Amazon to snap it up!

And don't forget to enter the French Fry Launch Giveaway hosted by none other than Royal Social Media! The giveaway begins on 5/13/15 at 12:01 AM and ends on 5/20/15 at 11:59 PM. Three prizes will be awarded: 

1. $25 amazon gift card & ebook set of the French Twist series
2. 2 e-book sets of the French Twist series.

The giveaway is open for US Only.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

What's on Page 45?

       Do you ever flip to a random page in a book and read it, just to see if the book will pull you in? I do. I love wandering around book stores and checking out the bounty of incredible books at my fingertips. Don't get me wrong–I love my Kindle–but there's something about holding a book in your hands and devouring the words the way you used to as a kid. The feel of the crisp paper as you turn each page, the smell of the fresh print and the lure of the brand new adventure hoping to tempt you into finding a welcoming chair (and perhaps a mocha) and losing yourself for the afternoon.

But I digress! We’re clearly not in a book store, so we’ll have to do our page flipping virtually. I’m going to give you a sneak peek into French Twist, my debut novel, which tells the tale of the whirlwind romance I shared with my husband *gasp* nearly fourteen years ago. I met him while he was in the US on assignment from his Paris-based software company and my life hasn’t been the same since. On page 45, you will find the conversation I had with my sister after our first official date:

       “The man is the most amazing kisser ever. Never in my life have I experienced anything like it.”  I became breathless just from the memory of last night.

       “Oooh! When are you going to see him again?” She was pretty breathless herself.

       I still can’t catch my breath after he unleashes his signature kisses on me–just the right combination of tender and steamy. This swoon-worthy feeling HAD to be included in our epic love story. It’s the stuff dreams are made of! And there’s plenty more where that came from. Feast your eyes on this!

       Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.

     Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist...

Was that enough to reel you in? I sure hope so! If you want to hear more about Sydney and Louis' story, run on over to Amazon and buy this awesome book!

But that's not all! Check out the links below for a whole bunch of other book teasers!

But that's still not all! You could win a truly delectable prize from all your blog hopping. Check this out!


A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney's Goodies! The winner will be lucky enough to choose their flavor from those listed below.

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.
The Girl Next Door (Crème Caramels)A scrumptious, full-bodied caramel. Old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth bliss!
The Charmer (Chocolate Crème Caramels)This smooth, chocolate cream caramel will add panache to your day. An exquisite and elegant morsel, simply irresistible.

The Movie Star (Orange Crème Caramels)A timeless treat that will satisfy caramel fans of all ages. “The stuff that dreams are made of!”

The Bombshell (Lemon Crème Caramels)A bodacious bit of heaven with a bold citrus pallet. They will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Caramels are a girl’s best friend!

Always a Lady (Rose Caramels)A delicate bouquet of rose essence infuses this lovely caramel: alluring, tantalizing and reminiscent of another era. They are perfect for weddings and bridal showers. A definite for ladies who lunch or breakfast at Tiffany’s.


To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below: "In 4 or 5 words, why do you think French Twist would be a good read?"

Please be sure to include your full name as well as your e-mail addressEntries devoid of this information will not be eligible to win the grand prize. How sad would that be? And remember, there are 36 blogs to visit, each one giving you another chance to win! Woohoo!

 A winner will be chosen via on Tuesday, May 19th.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Miss Chick Lit 2015

What if the lovably neurotic Sydney Durand were to enter a Pageant? Now's her chance, because the title of Miss Chick Lit 2015 is up for grabs! Prepare yourself, peeps, for the world will never be the same...


Hi! My name is Sydney Durand and I’m representing the great state of New York! I’m a 28 year-old Human Resources Representative who loves movies, 80s music and any dessert containing chocolate. My dream is to one day find a home for all the baked goods I make. The only person capable of helping me eat the contents of my production line is my father, but he lives three-thousand miles away. My good friend, Nigel, is a close second, but his eating prowess is far inferior to the great Theodore Bennett’s.


I chose this swimsuit because it has a sexy neckline and black is slimming! My husband, Louis, often tells me what a rockin’ bod I have, but I don’t have the confidence to pull off a bikini. (As much as my friend, Maya, has tried to goad me into it.) I agreed to a two piece bathing suit and this surely qualifies!


My talent is organizing! Throw out the contents of your purse and I will make order out of it. Is your haphazard closet giving you a headache? I’ll wrangle everything back into place. Got jumbled thoughts? I’ll sit down with you and make a list. We’ll reorder everything and pack it back into your brain in a way that makes sense. But wait! There’s more! Need further possibilities for your doomsday thoughts? I have those in spades! No one can worry about the most distant, ridiculously impossible occurrences than I can! Let me share my well-honed talent with you. It will improve the quality of your freak outs immensely! May I have a volunteer from the audience?


Do you have a boyfriend/husband? If so, what does he think of you entering this pageant?

Louis thinks that I can do anything. It’s really rather alarming! I’ve gotten quite used to hiding from difficult tasks over the years, but now that he’s come into my life, I have to try to be brave. (Although I’ll never be as brave as he is. The man hasn’t met a dangerous sport he isn’t interested in trying.) He believes that if I put my mind to it, I can win Miss Chick Lit 2015. I believe that if I put my mind to it, I have a good chance of making it through the swimsuit competition without falling on my face. Tune in to see which one of us is right!

If by some miracle I win this competition, I hope to look (and behave) as graceful as the incomparable Audrey Hepburn.

Wish me luck! 




Did you enjoy Sydney’s foray into pageantry? Well, today is your lucky day! You can be a beauty queen too with this array of gift card options! Our US/Canada winner will receive a $100 gift card to Sephora, our UK winner will receive a £65 gift card to Lush Cosmetics and our Australia winner will receive a $125AUD gift card to Mecca

All you need to do is answer Sydney’s interview question, Do you have a boyfriend/husband? If so, what does he think of you entering this pageant?” Include your witty ideas in the comment section below, along with your email address, and you will be entered to win this awesome prize! (Please note entries without email addresses will not count.) A winner will be chosen via on Monday, May 18th.

But that's not all! Sydney isn't the only entrant in this pageant. Follow the links below for a host of other dazzling contestants. Each interview question you answer earns you another chance to win the Sephora gift card! Woohoo! 

And if you're interested in reading about Sydney's latest adventure, click on the link below for a sneak peek!