Monday, February 12, 2018


Are you excited about Valentine's Day? The authors at Chick Lit Chat HQ are, and we know quite a bit about romance, not to mention gorgeous guys and swoonworthy storylines, which is why we've put together a fun-filled event that celebrates all these wonderful things.

That's right, book lovers, it's time for the Sweet Treats & Yummy Reads Hop! Starting February 12th, 40+ Chick Lit and RomCom authors will be throwing a fabulous, Valentine-themed bash on Facebook and each of them will be offering a GIVEAWAY--books, gift cards, author swag, and lots of other wonderful prizes will be up for grabs!

But wait, there's more! You know we have the "yummy reads" covered (this group is nothing if not crazy talented), but what about the "sweet treats?" Hold on to your hats, peeps, because CLC HQ has outdone itself this time. We'll be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Grand Prizes for this hop and each of those lucky winners will receive a 6-pack of Wicked Good Cupcakes!* And the best news of all? You get to choose your own sinfully delicious flavors. (Commence happy dance now.)

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Sweet Treats & Yummy Reads Hop on Facebook and join the group page where you can meet and chat with fellow readers, as well as some of the most popular authors in your favorite genres, plus find the lists of participating authors and enter to win one of the Grand Prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!

*Wicked Good Cupcakes only ships to destinations in the United States, so the Grand Prize portion of this hop will not be open to international entrants. However, the 40+ individual author giveaways will be open internationally.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


It's release day for my 5th novel, Izzy As Is! If you like saucy heroines, beachside settings, swoon-worthy romance, and laughing until your sides hurt, you won't want to miss this fun read! 

The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback.

Purchase a copy of Izzy As Is during release week (January 24th-30th, 2018) and you could win a fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s sassy Latina heroine (nail polish, jewelry, and mojitos are some of her favorite things) and the beachy setting in Miami. People who purchased Izzy during the pre-order period are also eligible for the giveaway!
This prize pack includes:

Deco Miami Custom Trio Set of Nail Lacquer with
Champagne Mami, Feeling Fuego, and SeƱorita

Betsey Johnson Peacock Feather Earrings

Gift Republic Mojito Cocktail Scented Candle

Coconut Scented Gift Set from The Body Shop

(inc. Shower Gel, Body Scrub, Body Butter, Soap, and Bath Lily)

Bella Pilar Gem-Topped Gold Pen

She Spiral Notepad Set by Kate Spade New York
(Quotes on Notepads: 1 - She believed she could, so she did. 2 - "How many shades of red lipstick do you need," they asked. "That question," she replied, "is complex and intriguing." 3 - She adores pretty things and witty words.)

To enter this giveaway, e-mail me with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on January 30th, 2018 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Izzy As Is within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


#ChickLitMay is here once again, and this year thirty fabulous Chick Lit/RomCom authors, including yours truly, are celebrating with a blog hop that will introduce you to the male protagonists in our books. These hotties are competing to win the coveted title of Book Boyfriend 2017, so they will be doing their very best to convince you to vote for them. If you visit all the stops on this hop, you can enter to win a HUGE prize that's guaranteed to bring a smile to any Chick Lit fan's face. (Details below.)

Let's get this hop started with the one, the only (as far as he's concerned), the heavily accented DANTE MARCHETTI from Mixing It Up . . .

"Buon giorno, hoppers! Eet ees I, Dante Marchetti, Manhattan restaurateur, television personality, and "culinary virtuoso" as Food & Wine Magazine recently called me (and they're not wrong). Eef you could taste thees luscious, creamy black truffle risotto I just made, there would be no question in your mind as to which man ees most deserving of your vote in thees leetle contest. Talent ees sexy, yes? As ees passion for what you do. And I am very passionate about cooking beautiful, tasty food."

"What are my other assets, you ask? Just look at me. Eef you like your man to be tall, with a thick mane of dark hair, smoldering espresso-colored eyes, and a body that could easily get him a role een the next Magic Mike movie, then you have found him. Also, I have a great sense of personal style. When eet comes to fashion, my motto ees, "The tighter, the better." Eef you are wondering what I wear under my chef coat, I have two words for you: wife- beater."

"I am a self-made man who has worked hard to achieve my success unlike a certain self-entitled principessa who has had everything handed to her and thinks she ees how you say . . . the knees of the bee? Speaking of my TV co-host, please ignore the smear campaign she ees waging against me. She cannot stand eet when I am een the spotlight, getting all the attention and appreciation I am due. Also, I believe she ees secretly een love with me (Who can blame her?) and ees jealous at the thought of me gaining more admirers from thees hop.

Vote for me because I am the best man for the job (and eet will make Cecily

E-mail your vote for DANTE MARCHETTI to BOOK BOYFRIEND 2017 and enter to win the hop Grand Prize following these instructions:

Want to win a Kindle Paperwhite + 30 e-books written by the participating authors, including Mixing It Up by me? All you have to do is
hop to all the stops on the list below, collect the candidate's name at each stop, then submit all 30 names to BOOK BOYFRIEND 2017 and you will be entered in our Grand Prize giveaway. Entries for the hop will be accepted until Sunday, May 21st at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 22nd. This Grand Prize giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Thanks to a flood in my basement last spring that knocked out the cable in my workout room, I started reading my Kindle while walking on the treadmill, which gave me a good chunk of reading time every day and got me back into the reading groove big time. I went from reading a couple of books a month to plowing through 3-4 a week! I was shocked when I counted up my reads for the year and realized that I completed 65 books in 2016. Go, me! I enjoyed most of what I read, so it wasn't easy to narrow that list down to just 12, but I did my best.

A few notes about my selections—some of these books were released in 2014/15; I just discovered them this year. Also, I decided to limit this list to full-length novels. You will notice that I like to genre-jump with my reading depending on my mood and what I'm writing myself. (I didn't read Foodie Fic at all while working on Mixing It Up, then went on a Foodie Fic binge once I released the book.) Without further ado, here are the dozen books (in alphabetical order) that made my reading year special. I wholeheartedly recommend them all!

1) A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (Historical Mystery): This book boasted one of the most unique and entertaining heroines I encountered this year, Veronica Speedwell, a Victorian Era lepidopterist who gets caught up in a web of intrigue, murder, and conspiracy relating to her parentage. I can't wait to read the sequel, A Perilous Undertaking, which will be out next month.

2) Flirtinis with Flappers by Marianne Mancusi (Time Travel/Fantasy/Chick Lit): This book was the last of the Timeless Love trilogy, a series that I mainlined over the summer. I loved all three of the books, but this one ended up being my fave because I adore the 1920s (the era the heroine travelled back to), I thought the romance was deliciously steamy and gripping, and there was a twist in the final act of the book that was a jaw-dropping shocker.

3) Gamer Girl by Glynis Astie (Chick Lit/Fantasy): This is really two books-in-one as each chapter opens with the protagonist disappearing into a virtual world where she's a fierce, butt-kicking fairy. How the author ties the characters and relationships in the game into what's going on in the heroine's real life is incredibly clever and I found Meri's journey to be a compelling one.

4) How to Look Happy by Stacey Wiedower (Chick Lit): One drunken rant about her cheating boyfriend and bitch of a boss on Facebook and interior designer Jen Dawson's life is forever changed. The power of social media and how it leads us all to have unrealistic expectations is explored in a very funny and engaging way in this book.  

5) Melody Bittersweet and The Girls' Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French (Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Chick Lit): This book was quirkily charming in the way only a British novel can be and packed an emotional punch that took me by surprise. (I had tears streaming down my face while reading the scenes where ghost whisperer Melody helps a trio of ghostly brothers resolve their issues and move on.) I loved the characters in this book and look forward to reading the next Melody adventure when it comes out.

6) Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig (Cozy Mystery/Chick Lit): I read all three of the books in the Java Jive Mystery series this year, but this second one was the biggest page-turner for me because this was when things got real for heroine Juliet. Her archenemy, Cecelia, is murdered, her best friend/Cecelia's boyfriend, Pete, stands accused, and her maybe love interest, Ryder, is involved in the investigation. The climactic scene at the end of the book when Juliet faces off against the deranged killer was the most suspenseful and nerve-racking thing I read all year!

7) Scared Witchless by Amy Boyles (Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Chick Lit): The Bless Your Witch series is just plain fun. The author's writing style is breezy and engaging and I love her unique take on witches and magic (queen witches, witch police, intra-coven magic-stealing—it's all here). This first book is a great introduction to the characters who are all well-defined and interesting and the local color provided by the small-town southern setting adds a lot to the story.

8) Styling Wellywood by Kate O'Keeffe (Chick Lit): This was the first book I read that was written by a Kiwi and set in New Zealand, so that alone makes it memorable to me. Aspiring stylist Jessica Banks is the heroine of the story, and she grows a lot both personally and professionally over the course of the book. I liked how relatable and flawed Jessica was and how the story zigged when I thought it would zag. The Will They?/Won't They? dynamic between Jessica and her longtime friend Ben was delicious, and I appreciated that the author explored some pretty profound issues via Jessica's past and the guilt she felt. A very strong and engrossing debut. I've got the other two books in the series on my TBR pile.

9) Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte (Chick Lit): Hands down the funniest book I read all year. I snort laughed several times while reading it. The author has a deft hand at finding the comedy in any situation, and she's equally good at building romantic tension. I fell in love with both Summer and Graham and rooted for them throughout the book. Their journey toward coupledom makes for a great read, and I can't wait to read more about them in the just-released sequel, Summer at Sunset.

10) The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (Women's Fic/Foodie Fic): When the story opens, pastry chef Olivia's life is in shambles. Not having many options, she ends up working in the kitchen of a country inn in Vermont where she slowly but surely finds a new lease on life via the friends she makes and a surprising romantic connection. Like Olivia, I quickly became attached to all the characters in this book and was touched by how she was embraced by the townspeople and started to feel like she'd finally found a home.

11) The Gargoyle Gets His Girl by Kristen Painter (Paranormal/Chick Lit): I've read three of the six books in the Nocturne Falls series now and continue to be awed at the imagination and creativity of this author. Her world-building is just incredible! I picked this book as my fave of the series so far because the two leads were so different. (I've read a lot of books with supernatural creatures and Willa and Nick were my first fae jeweler/gargoyle security guard.) Beyond the romance, this book delves into the fae world and all the court intrigue and politics there, all of which I found very interesting.  

12) Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis (Women's Fic/Foodie Fic): How could I not love this clever riff on the classic enemies-who-fall-in-love-under-assumed-identities plot? The kooky supporting characters in this book are an absolute delight, and I enjoyed seeing pastry chef Sophie's evolution after she's left at the altar and loses her fancy job then has to reinvent herself by going to work in an old-school Jewish bakery. This book left me with a smile on my face and a craving for some freshly made bread!

What were your favorite reads of 2016? I'd love it if you'd tell me about them in the comments below. I'm always looking to add to my TBR pile and I'll need lots of books if I'm going to reach my very ambitious goal of reading 100 books in 2017.