Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you’d like to give them a “like” and follow along:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Rich Amooi
Glynis Astie
Melissa Baldwin
Laura Chapman
Nikki Mahood
Carol Maloney Scott


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

Laurie Baxter
Jamie Farrell
Laura Kenyon
Liberty Kontranowski
Amy Lynch


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

Traci Andrighetti
Renee Conoulty
Robyn Neeley
Gail Olmsted
Meredith Schorr


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

Amanda Aksel
Cat Lavoie
Nikki LeClair
Cassandra O’Leary
Zara Stoneley


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

Tracie Banister
Hilary Grossman
Beth Labonte
Monique McDonell
Clodagh Murphy


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

Becky Monson
Tracy Krimmer
Andrene Low
Cassandra Piat
Amy Rivers


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

Leah Marie Brown
Karen M. Cox
Kate O’Keeffe
Jean Oram
Fern Ronay


MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

Jax Abbey
Laura Barnard
Phoebe Fox
Jenny Gardiner
Stacey Wiedower


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Amy Gettinger
Jennie Marts
Elise Noble
Rosa Temple
K.C. Wilder


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

Isabelle Andover
Michele Brouder
Jennifer Farwell
Holly Tierney-Bedford
Nicole Waggoner

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Kathryn Biel
Geralyn Corcillo
Maggie Dallen
Jillianne Hamilton
Patrice Locke


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

Cindy Arora
Amy Avanzino
Erin Huss
Susan Murphy
Lucie Simone

We will also give away several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

Lessons from NaNoWriMo Land

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Well, I did it. I took part in National Novel Writing Month and didn’t quit. I finished the first draft of my third novel, Molly Miranda: Book 3.

For this, I am very proud.

Buuuuuuuut I didn’t reach 50,000 words which is kind of the whole point of it.

(Just so you’re aware, the above gif is from a British sitcom called Black Books. It’s bizarre and quite charming, especially for book nerds. I think it’s on Netflix. Highly recommend it.)


FINAL WORD COUNT: 40,006 words
WORDS LEFT: 9,994
AVERAGE PER DAY: 1,333 (instead of the recommended 1,667)
DAYS I TOOK OFF FROM WRITING: 5

Even with taking a week off from work to focus on it, I still didn’t reach my 50k. But I feel okay about this. My books aren’t even 60,000 words anyway and I moved the plot along really quickly so I don’t expect many issues to arise when I go back to edit.

I learned a few things about myself as a writer:

  1. really don’t like ignoring spelling mistakes. I have a hard time just continuing on.
  2. Evening writing is my jam. Morning writing is basically impossible.
  3. Stardew Valley is a terrific game and a terrible distraction.
  4. I hate feeling like writing is a chore. It definitely felt like a chore for me all month.
  5. When I spend the month pouring my brain out into a Google Doc, I ignore other things in my life. It’s now December 2 and I feel like I just spent the month in a cave. It’s the weirdest thing.

At this point, I don’t know if I’ll do it again. Ask me again next year. But I’m definitely glad I did it.

Guest Post: Why Do You Need to Plan Before Writing?

Hello readers! I’ve been busy ramping up for National Novel Writing Month. Molly Miranda #3 is, of course, the project I’ll be focusing on and I’m so excited about it. I’ve only tried NaNoWriMo once before and it didn’t go very well, but that was before I had two novels under my belt. I also have a detailed outline going in this time that is certain to help. I’ve been doing a lot of planning, so this guest post came at a perfect time. Talk soon! -Jillianne


Working on buzzessay.com, I always wonder why novices underestimate the importance of planning. Perhaps this is the consequence of a rush, when the writer is full of ideas and anticipates great things. In this state, how can planning – such a little nuance – prevent the future per wizard from creating his first masterpiece?

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FREE on Kindle!

23780011Now’s the time to pick up Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire for FREE on Kindle. Limited time only.

Shortlisted for the 2016 PEI Book Award for fiction. 4.8/5 on Amazon.

Go now and grab a FREE copy of Thief for Hire!

Author Event in Five Islands

This little lady is traveling to her hometown of Five Islands, Nova Scotia next weekend to do an author event!

If you happen to be in Five Islands on Saturday, August 27 at 2pm, stop by the Five Islands Bazaar (that’s the old Five Islands Elementary School building across from Masstown Market) for a reading, pick up a copy of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire and/or Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves and have some free snacks.

Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves is HERE!

MM2-TAT-web copy 4The sequel is here, the sequel is here!

Okay, so, the paperback isn’t available EVERYWHERE just yet but it’s available for purchase on Amazon in the US, UK and Germany. I expect it to be available in Canada and other countries in a few days.

Take me to the paperback please!

Prefer an ebook copy? No worries, I’ve got you covered!

One Kindle copy please!

In case you missed it, here’s the book blurb for Thick as Thieves:

Molly Miranda is back for more hilarious and exciting adventures in professional burglary.

This time, Molly is thrown into the high-stakes world of art theft. She and Rhys, her partner-in-crime, travel to France to steal a priceless work of art with the help of a new business connection—an artist with her own set of unique skills.

But drama is also brewing back in New York. Molly’s younger sister shows up at her door for a tumultuous visit. Ruby, Molly’s best friend, is head over her heels for a police officer who suspects there’s more to Molly than meets the eye.

Relationships have never been easy for Molly but things get extra tricky in Paris, the most romantic city in the world. Will Molly and Rhys finally master the art of love?


If anyone is interested in getting an ebook copy for a review, please comment below or contact me directly.

Molly’s Playlist: Thick as Thieves

Obviously, I’m pretty excited about Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves coming out soon. The paperback will be out next month and the ebook shortly after that. That’s one of the reasons that when the song below came up on my phone this afternoon, I smiled. It’s charming and delightful aaaaand, of course, shares a title with the Thief for Hire sequel. Enjoy!

 

Win a Signed Molly Miranda Paperback + $5 Amazon Gift Card

This giveaway is now over.

Congratulations Nicole Zottola!

Happy International Chick Lit Month everyone! Lots of stuff going on during May: I’m working with an editor to whip Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves (the Thief for Hire sequel) into shape, I’ve got two bookish events next week and my husband and I are moving into our first home.

23780011But that’s not the coolest news. This is:

To celebrate the bookiest month of the year, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire and a $5 Amazon gift card.

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

*Due to shipping costs, I’m only making this giveaway available to those in the United States and in Canada.

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REVIEW: Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

9781470837266I feel guilty for believing all the things people have said about Marilyn Monroe.

  • Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
  • Marilyn Monroe was a “dumb blonde,” capable of only playing “dumb blonde” roles.
  • Marilyn Monroe only had her beauty and her figure and no actual talent.
  • Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with baseball player Joe DiMaggio was a perfect storybook romance.
  • Marilyn Monroe overdosed on purpose.

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PEI Book Awards in the Guardian

My lovely mother-in-law clipped this out of the newspaper for me. Click to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Finley Martin, author of The Dead Letter, for winning in the Fiction category.

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