REVIEW: Princess Diaries – Royal Wedding

The Princess Diaries books are/were very special for me. It’s one of the series that taught me that books can be funny and main characters can be flawed. It’s one of the series that made me want to become a writer in the first place.

Royal Wedding made a great addition to the Princess Diaries lineup. Mia is now all grown up, dealing with paparazzi at every turn while still trying to have a career (she is involved with several charities) and something of a love and social life.

I love that writer Mag Cabot keeps Mia’s voice pure and loyal to the established character, keeping many of her lovable quirks, while maturing the character into a grown up. Really well done.

It made me laugh. It made me tear up. (To be fair, I’m getting married in 2.5 months so basically everything wedding-related makes me well up.) Loved seeing how her friends and family have developed too. As expected, Grandmére is still the same. Thank goodness.

Also, I’m so glad that this book doesn’t appear to be a one-off, as it’s Princess Diaries #11. And seriously, who would leave a book series at ELEVEN books? Especially when we’re about to see Mia move to Genovia. I can’t wait to see her bein’ a badass boss.

Meg Cabot is still the queen of fun fiction and Mia is still fantastic.

The Art of Letting Others Into Your Brain

As soon as I sent Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire out to its first reviewers, I was filled with anxious joy. My moment had come. People I had never met would read my book, get to know characters I created and hang out in a world that I created for them. It was exhilarating and like nothing I’d ever felt before.

And then people I knew in The Real World wanted to read my book too.

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In the mood for some romance?

While writing Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, I had so much fun writing the sizzle between Molly and her love interests that it put me in the mood for a really good romance novel. My author friend Kristina Knight recommend this new multi-author box set that romance readers are going to looooove.

Shades of Desire: 10 Sweet & Spicy Romances

Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.

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Find Your Next Chick Lit Read / #ChickLitMay Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed to entries.

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 internationalchicklitmonth.com 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! 😀

(Even if you missed this giveaway, feel free to share this graphic on your blog and spread the chick lit love!)

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Find the authors and books here, and enter again!

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Chick Lit Rocks + Giveaway!

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Molly Miranda is a professional thief, and she loves what she does. She is a badass with badass taste in music.

Giveaway info near the bottom of this post!

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What’s on Page 45? + Giveaway

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As a part of the events going on during International Chick Lit Month, several chick lit authors are posting the contents of page 45 of one of their books. You can view page 45 from Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire below.

This is a conversation between Molly and Rhys during their first assignment together. Molly doesn’t know him very well, and certainly doesn’t trust this bold stranger she’s been partnered up with. Turns out, he knows more about her than she knows about him…

You can find details to our yummy giveaway under the excerpt.


It was time for me to be assertive. “Why did you call me ‘Molly’ earlier?”
Rhys riffled through his suitcase. “Because that’s your name.”
“Why do you think that’s my name?”
He shrugged. “Audrey told me.”
“No, she didn’t. She knows me as Betty Bruce. That’s my name.”
Rhys smirked. “Betty Bruce sounds like a superhero name. Also, that’s the name on your fake passport, not your real name—”
“No, it’s—”
“Your name is Molly Miranda. You live in New York. You own a flat in Manhattan and you live with a waiter named Nate.” He looked at me. “Is he your boyfriend?”
Damn it.
“We’re just friends,” I snapped. “And don’t say ‘waiter’ like it’s a big deal because I’m from New York. Half the people in New York who are in their twenties work in food service. Nate and I are just—”
“Vermont.”
“What?”
“You said you’re from New York, but you’re not. You’re from Vermont.”
My chest was heaving and my knuckles hurt from squeezing my fists. “How do you know all this stuff about me?”
He crossed his arms over his chest. “Now what kind of professional would I be if I didn’t check up on the young ingénue I’d be sharing an assignment with?”
I stared at him. “Go on.”
“Audrey told me your name is Betty Bruce. First I hacked into the American passport database and found Betty’s passport and acquired your photograph.”
Like all passport photos, mine was terrible. I looked like an annoyed zombie.
Rhys spoke quickly and without any hesitation. His Scottish accent wasn’t thick enough for me to misunderstand him.
“Betty Bruce doesn’t have much of an online identity— no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever. So, I used the FBI’s facial recognition software to cross-reference it with anyone else with an American passport.”


Intrigued? You can pick up the Kindle version of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire for $0.99 all month long. Happy Chick Lit Month everyone!


View other book snippets (from page 45) from these other chick lit authors!

Kristina Knight
Pippa Franks
Laura Kenyon
Jayne Denker
Amy Gettinger
Gina Henning
Jennifer Ammoscato
Lauren Clark
Laura Chapman
Celia Kennedy
Jennifer Farwell
Glynis Astie
Clodagh Murphy
Stacey Wiedower
Bethany Turner
Franky Brown
Tracy Krimmer
Catherine L. Hensley
Becky Monson
Georgina Troy
Zanna Mackenzie
Jennifer Collin
Monique McDonell
Sky Greene
Whitney Dineen
Maggie Le Page
Kathryn Biel
Meredith Schorr
Karen M. Cox
Rachel L. Hamm
T. A. Munroe
Heather Balog
Jennie Marts
Serena Clarke

Since there’s nothing more delicious than a good chick lit book, we’re giving away something delectable!

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GRAND PRIZE

A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney’s Goodies! Winner can 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.

HOW TO ENTER

To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below.

“In 4 or 5 words, why do you think would be a good read?”

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address (Make sure you underline, bold, and highlight this as we must have a way to contact the winner!) A winner will be chosen via Random.org on Tuesday, May 19th.

You can enter at each of the blogs participating in the list above. So, that’s lots of chances to win!

May is International Chick Lit Month/Book Giveaway

Happy International Chick Lit Month! I’ve got a lot of different stuff planned for this month. US and Canadian citizens can enter this Goodreads giveaway to win a signed paperback of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire. Giveaway ends May 20.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Molly Miranda by Jillianne Hamilton

Molly Miranda

by Jillianne Hamilton

Giveaway ends May 20, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

For those of us that prefer Kindle ebooks, there’s something for you too!
(Click the graphic to get your Kindle copy.)

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That Time I Was an Amazon Bestseller

Today was the last day of a $0.99 promotion I’ve been running for about three weeks. It went well! Very well, actually.

I’m currently sitting at #65 in Amazon’s Women’s Adventure category and #80 in the Humor & Satire: American category. But during the high point of the promotion (April 1-2), I reached #3 and #4 in those same categories.

I damn near cried.

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That’s right. I was third after frickin’ Game of Thrones.

Like… where am I?


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99¢ Sale!

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For a limited time only, all ebook versions of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is on sale for just $0.99!

Pick your poison: Kindle / Kobo / iBooks

Clean Reader and the Art of Swearing

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Update: Good news from the front lines! You can stick your ******* Clean Reader app up your ****: Authors’ backlash forces Christian couple to remove all ebooks from app that bleeps out all the naughty words has all the details.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about swearing in fiction for a while. Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is about a twenty-something criminal so giving her a potty mouth seemed like the natural thing to do. Most of the swearing she does is in her head and used for comedic effect.

I’ve had very few complaints about the swearing. These people didn’t have a problem with Molly being a criminal though. This amuses me.

And that’s FINE. You can’t please everyone. People who mind swearing and sex in their reading material are not my target demographic. I realize that I may be shutting out some potential readers by including swearing and a bit of sex in my books. My book wouldn’t be my book without swearing and the occasional sex joke.

And then, just this morning, Twitter exploded.

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