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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Twelve Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour

So I told you how I threw caution to the wind and decided to throw my own blog tour for the release of my up coming novel Single by Christmas, well the response has been great and some fabulous bloggers and book reviewers are taking part.

The official release date for Single by Christmas is Tuesday 18th October and I'm really excited.

Here is the list of blogs taking part:

Monday 17th

Tuesday 18th

Whispering Stories http://whisperingstories.com/
Thursday 20th
Chick Lit Chickadees http://chicklitchickadees.com/

Friday 21st

Saturday 22nd
Sunday 23rd

Monday 24th
Hello … Chick Lit http://hellochicklit.com/

Tuesday 25th

Wednesday 26th
Chick Lit Club – Connect http://connect.chicklitclub.com/wp/

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th
Pretty Little Book Reviews http://www.prettylittlebookreviews.com/

Monday, 26 September 2016

Guest Post - How Chick Lit Has Changed Over The Years

Today I am joined by Caroline Black of Culture Coverage for an fabulously insightful post that I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I did!

Over to you Caroline:

How Chick Lit Has Changed Over the Years

I always got hung up on the idea of chick lit and never understood how to properly define the word, mostly because it irked me that no one often gives that term out to books that are any good besides Pride & Prejudice.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

While my literature classes were inundated with the kind of female-led texts that could make a modern woman weep from boredom (sorry Chopin lovers, I’d rather read the phone book than take another stab at The Awakening), it’s undeniable that the new stuff has a little bit more pizazz.

Whether it’s because women are writing more today or just because there are fewer restrictions on their freedoms, abilities and dreams, the most recent slew of chick lit has made me a believer in the genre. Here are a few reasons why.

It’s Spicier

No one wants to say it, but I will: Fifty Shades of Grey changed the way people look at chick lit. Sure, some can call it just another romance novel, but it was the romance novel heard around the world. And while it wasn’t the first book that revealed the complicated sex life of the modern women, it did continue the tradition in style. Helen Fielding’s Bridget, Bushnell's Carrie and even Hawthorne’s Hester would approve.

It’s Smarter and More Share-Worthy

Sophie Kinsella doesn’t write your typical heroine, and I would make the case that Helen Fielding doesn’t either. These women aren’t pushing stereotypes of female behavior onto their characters; they’re letting them come alive and fully realized. Who didn’t love Confessions of a Shopaholic, a hair-brained spender with a need for shoes? Or Andrea Sachs of The Devil Wears Prada fame? These women weren’t dumb and they weren’t just in love—they were navigating modern worlds with smarts and pizazz.

It’s Scarier

With Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on The Train now a film, audiences around the world are going to get another dose of a swoon-worthy mystery with a woman at its center. It’s only one of the many recent stories that revolve around mischief, mayhem and conflicted, complicated heroines. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl sparked interest even before it was turned into a movie by Ben Affleck. After it had hit the big screen, it exploded across the consciousness of moviegoers for it’s fresh (i.e. rare) exposure of female sexuality. Cue in Marvel’s comic book heroine Jessica Jones, with a show currently streaming on US Netflix, for its openness to discuss rape, sex, and gender fluidity, and you’ve got a great reason to head for the next Comic Con even if your heart is more in the romance section.

It’s Still Romantic

When Nora Ephron set out to make You’ve Got Mail, it was a remake of an old movie about letters. For the modern world, letters weren’t going to be such a mass draw for audiences, but the email angle was just right. For books that still grasp the romantic spirit with modern heroines, Marian Keyes is one author that still keeps things classic as well as full-on romantic. From Sushi for Beginners to Anybody out There?, the whimsical meet-cute scenario is still alive and well.

It’s Starting Younger

Some of my favorite chick lit genre authors are technically masters of teen fiction, and that’s a good thing. From Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and the Full-Frontal Snogging to Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter, the heroines populating the tween and teen chick lit shelves aren’t just captivating the younger set but captivating audiences of every gender, age and nationality with fun, wit and great plotlines. If you look at Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, it may have been girly, but it changed the way people think about princesses. That’s certainly something to celebrate.

Have you got a girl power series that you can’t get enough of? Maybe a one hit wonder that delights you every time you get to name it in your book group as your favorite piece of chick lit? Share your thoughts in the comment section so I can get on the bandwagon and introduce myself to new titles!

About the Author: Caroline is an avid reader and entertainment junkie. Although she loves a good story and an even better movie, she’s still of the impression that the book is always better. The exception to this is Bridget Jones’ Diary—that one is a knockout in both regards! You can read more of Caroline’s thoughts on entertainment at www.culturecoverage.com or find her on Twitter at: @CultureCovC

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The DIY Blog Tour

Organising your own blog tour anyone? No? Well let me tell you it's not that easy. But I've always been one who likes a taste of adventure and so far planning my own blog tour for Single by Christmas has been just that.

Yes I've been confused, perplexed and bamboozled in the planning stages but the book blogging world is full of friendly folk who are kind and willing to help.

My proposed blog tour called: The 12 Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour runs from Monday 17th October to Friday 28th October.

Yes, there will be giveaways and yes we will have fun on the blog hops.

So far there are 19 stops and I think I could handle some more.

If you're a book blogger and can host a guest spot, promo blast or author Q&A then contact me and we'll take it from there!

The Blurb

You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

Out: Tuesday 18th October 2016 on Amazon!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

What I #amwriting!

The summer is nearly over here in the UK. It was a hot one for most of us and just this week the sun surprised us with another boost of heat and we all whipped off our cardigans and got back out in the garden or went to the park to cool off. It's been the best summer we've had weatherwise in a few years.

But while I sit waiting for the sun to warm us up again for another lovely day, I'm also mindful of the task I set myself earlier this year and that was to write a 3 book series!

In my short writing career so far I've published a novella called Sleeping With Your Best Friend and recently I published my first full length book, Natalie's Getting Married. They both have had some pretty goody reviews, even if I say so myself, so I'm looking forward to publishing my Christmas novel, Single by Christmas, very soon.

The Magenta Bright Book Series

Now on to write the series!
I already had the character Magenta Bright in my mind and the basic idea of what she would encounter and what her story would be and I was looking forward to writing the first book.

I've marked out a rough plan for the whole series so I know exactly what's going to happen (unless of course Magenta has other ideas, as often happens with my characters).

Because it was such a big undertaking I decided to give myself time scales to work to in order to get the whole series written. And let me tell you it's so much more difficult to plan a series than it is a one off. I always wondered how some writers of books in a series kept the ideas fresh and kept their readers coming back for more, but the fact that a lot of my readers wanted follow ups to both my novella and my novel, it got me thinking that if a character is popular enough, then people will be eager to keep on reading about them.

So the basic deadline plan was etched out. Sadly, because of other commitments I got behind straight away. BUT I'm about 26k words into book one and that should be 30k by the end of the week! Sunshine or no sunshine, I'm staying in to work on this novel!

With Single by Christmas about to go off to the proof reader (see my forthcoming post about Writing  a Christmas Novel) It's heads down and lets see what Magenta does next ...

Quick blurb about the first Magenta Bright book

Magenta Bright has one year to prove she can hold down a job. If she does, she gets her hands on a sizeable trust fund. If she fails, the money stays in trust until she is forty-five. Now twenty-eight, Magenta has to shake off her wild child image, forfeit being bailed out by her rich parents – and grow up. She likes the finer things in life, designer handbags, shoes and objet d’art for her Holland Park apartment. So how does a girl who hasn’t had a job for more than two months cope? First she finds a job and soon discovers that new boss, Anthony Shearman, is as big a flake as she is. Not only does she have to keep her job, she has to keep Anthony from quitting his otherwise she’ll have to start again. The most fraught and madcap year of her life has begun. Magenta will get her hands on that trust fund and nothing and nobody will stand in her way … even if she's drives herself, and everyone around her, completely crazy in the process.