The Lazy Historian

I’ve never been one for not biting off more than I can chew.

My newest project, in addition to my long list of other projects, is The Lazy Historian. While researching Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire and its sequel, I fell back in love with history. I mean, I never stopped loving history, but I got really, really into it again. The main difference in how I used to view history and how I view it now is the vastness of what I want to know. For many years, I only cared about England in the 1500s. That’s it. I’ve recently expanded my knowledge base to include art history, French Revolution history, Georgian and more. I want to know everything.

Well, almost everything. My interest is still limited to western Europe for the most part, but I’m even finding Civil War history interesting these days. I am thinking I will take a stab at writing non-fiction after Molly Book 2 is out. We shall see.

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 1.56.35 PMSpeaking of the Molly Miranda sequel, readers will be happy to know I’m back on the wagon! I got married, that went well and last night I sat down and hammered out some words. It was a bit slow because of constant fact checking (I can’t just let something go until later. ugh.) but I’m feeling positive about it.

If you wish to see photos from my wedding, you can see those here, on my other blog.

Well, ya know. My other other blog. *eye roll*

Molly Miranda is 6 Months Old!

And I want you (YES, YOU) to have this ebook for FREE.


To celebrate Molly Miranda’s half-birthday, I’m giving away an ebook copy to everyone who signs up to my e-newsletter TODAY (August 6, 2015). You’ll get some occasional Molly Miranda goodies from me in your Inbox AND this 5-star rated action/comedy mystery, all for free.

[EDIT] This giveaway has now ended. Thanks to everyone who signed up! You will be receiving your FREE ebook tomorrow (August 7), just in time for some weekend reading! If you missed the giveaway, I still urge you to sign up for my newsletter for my occasional goodies. :) [/EDIT]

Don’t wait. Sign up today!


Short Hiatus

11403086_10153162058672885_936473123813178315_nI haven’t updated in ages. Don’t be mad at me. My wedding day is less than two months away. After that, it’s back to the keyboard! The Molly Miranda sequel is about half written (first draft, mind you) but at least I’m not going back to a word count of 0. It really helps.

I’m also finding that crafting, painting, scrapbooking and designing things for myself (and my Etsy store) really help to calm me down these days. I have to make time to have all of these things, as well as writing, in my life. All of these things make me happy, but writing doesn’t relax me like other artistic pursuits do.

If you’d like a head’s up when I’m back at writing, sign up for my newsletter and I’ll toss an email out when the time comes. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

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.

Gulp. Continue reading

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 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!)


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!

Chick Lit Rocks + Giveaway!


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


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—”
“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!



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.


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 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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