Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Book Birthday to Isabella Louise Anderson for The Right Design!

I'm always so happy when one of my editing clients celebrates the success of a book I have worked on. I often team edit with Francine LaSala, and together we had the wonderful opportunity to edit THE RIGHT DESIGN by Isabella Louise Anderson. Isabella is also the founder of The Chick Lit Goddess group, and I will forever be grateful to her because it is where I met many of my beloved author friends.

Happy Book Birthday, Isabella!

In the author's debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way--even if morals are tested!

Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job--Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him--something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.
Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Release by Laura Chapman: The Marrying Type


Laura Chapman is an awesome writer and person, and I had the pleasure of co-editing her fabulous short story, Oh Baby, in the anthology, A Kind of Mad Courage. Her second novel, The Marrying Type, releases today, and I'm very happy to be a part of its launch! Congrats, Laura! 

You are cordially invited to read Laura Chapman’s new novel, The Marrying Type!
Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). 
With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. 
Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

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About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfills her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Everything Can Change in an Instant

This morning I woke up feeling very lucky. My parents are alive. Today could have been the worst day of my life.

I came home last night from a school meeting, pleased with myself that my inappropriate comments went over well, and I didn't put my foot in my mouth too much. I opened the door and heard the words that froze my entire body.

"Your parents were in a car accident tonight."


It was the longest pause I've ever had to endure. Life with my parents truly flashed through my mind, and I was numb, trying to prepare myself for the next words.

"But they're fine."

Now, I wish I had heard the second sentence first, but I fell onto the couch, shaking with relief. My parents were driving to a friend's house when a car slammed into the passenger side of their Acura, shattering glass all over my father and throwing my mother into the steering wheel. The passenger side airbag deployed, saving my father from being stabbed by so much glass, but his nose was cut, his eye hemorrhaged, and he is bruised and battered. The airbag did not deploy on the driver's side, which prevented my mother from having her chest crushed. Still, her chest burned with pain, and an ambulance rushed them both to the hospital to check for heart attacks, broken bones, and internal injuries. The other drive is also fine, thank God, and they all walked away from what easily could have been a fatal accident. The car is totaled, and it doesn't matter.

My mother didn't want to tell me at first because I am prone to panic, especially when it comes to something horrible happening to the people I love. I have an unhealthy fear of that late night phone call, the police at the door -- the news that someone who is important to me has died. Death of my loved ones is inevitable, and I can't control it. This is something that is very hard for me to accept.

I got off the phone with my parents, who, though shaken, were okay. I felt grateful, lucky, and stupid for letting the small stresses of my day (a sick kid, parking tickets, a very long to-do list) get to me. I am so fortunate to be very close to my family and to always have their support and love. They have encouraged my every dream and passion, even when those dreams and decisions didn't align with their own. We have just gotten back from a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic. Ten of us, together day in and day out, enjoying our time together more every day. Not everyone has a family they know has their backs and loves them unconditionally. Not everyone has both or even one of their parents. Today, I realize that I truly have it all.

So, this morning, I have some perspective. It's freezing cold here in Toronto. I don't care. I have piles of work to do. I don't care. I have a wrinkly tummy. I don't care. All I care about is that my parents are safe, and I get to hear their voices for another day.

This perspective won't last long, I know, because the minutiae of life takes over, and I forget. But today I remember how much I have.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Release by Meredith Schorr: How Do You Know?

I love when I can help support an amazing author, especially if that author is one of my dearest friends. Meredith Schorr's fourth novel, How Do You Know?, is released today, and I was lucky enough to beta read this wonderful book. Not only is Meredith so warm, funny, kind, and generous, she is truly one of my favorite authors.

Congratulations, Meredith, on writing such a relatable, poignant, heart-warming, and addictive book. I loved it!

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women's fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the 'proverbial clock' that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.


A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing
when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was
probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and
blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit
and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day
job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status.
Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held
annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You
Know? is her fourth novel. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.


Twitter: @meredithschorr


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Inspired by INSPIRE

No, that is not the cleverest of titles, but it's true. This past weekend, I spent all day, every day, at the inaugural Toronto International Book Fair, known as INSPIRE. Starting on Thursday night, I trekked down to the Metro Convention Centre and met up with Lydia Laceby and Heather Wardell. Well, first I picked Lydia and Heather up at the hotel bar next to the convention centre, and we made our way over. I was putting the kids to bed, so sadly, I missed the pre-party.

Walking in, we got our glass of wine and wandered shyly around, not knowing where to begin. The wine smoothed our initial hesitation, and we looked at all of the new books released, salivating over the gorgeous covers and heart-pounding blurbs.

If it is cold, and I have more than a sip of liquid, you can usually find me in and out of the bathroom, and that's where I was exiting for the umpteenth time when we ran into Chantel Guertin and Marissa Stapley. Both had been involved in our BookBuzz event, and we keep in touch when we can. How wonderful it was for us Toronto authors to stand around, schmoozing and gabbing at a book fair in our own city.

I won't bore you with the to-the-minute description of my weekend at INSPIRE, but here are the highlights:

-Listening to the brilliant and very funny Margaret Atwood speak about her new collection of short stories, Stone Mattress, with Mark Medley, the books editor at the Globe and Mail (and singing Margaret "Happy Birthday")

-Hearing what the Humber School for Writers panel, with authors David Bezmozgis and Joseph Kertes, moderated by program director and author, Antanas Sileika, had to say about objectivity versus subjectivity in fiction and their writing processes

-Watching Marissa Stapley discuss her amazing novel, Mating for Life, and gender labels in fiction

-Having the chance to see a panel with authors Lisa Genova and Amanda Lindhout with Mary Ito from CBC

-Seeing Mark Leslie Lefebvre, director of self-publishing and author relations at Kobo, at the Kobo Writing Life booth, and hearing all of his fantastic book news (and enjoying his shaved head, which gives him a bad-boy mystique)

-Walking two and half hours through the PATH to my hotel with Kaley Stewart and Lydia, buying pajamas, chips, and beverages along the way, crawling into my bed, and laughing for hours and hours with them

-Spending twelve hours a day brainstorming plot ideas with people who don't get bored talking about my books because they're doing the same thing with theirs

All in all, I think the first Toronto International Book Fair was a smashing success. By the end I was sated, exhausted, and itching to get home and put my thoughts on paper.

I can only hope that next year one of my books will be on those beautiful shelves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Editing...

How did I get so lucky to combine my passions into a job? I pinch myself every day. I am a women's fiction author, but I am also a professional editor who owns Perfect Pen Communications. I have been able to edit manuscripts for clients all over the world, and I'm so flattered to have been asked to be one of the editors-in-residence for today's post on editing at Chick Lit Chat HQ.

If you haven't heard of this Facebook group, it is a members-only (you can join by visiting the page on Facebook) cooperative of authors, readers, and bloggers, which began as an off-shoot of the popular Thursday night Twitter chat, #ChickLitChat, which is held between 8 and 9 p.m.

Editor Chrissy Wolfe, the incredible blogger and reviewer of Every Free Chance Books, will be on Twitter during this Thursday's chat so follow the hashtag and lurk or ask any burning editing questions you might have.

I often team edit with the incomparable Francine LaSala, and along with me and Chrissy, she will also be popping in and out on Thursday's Chick Lit Chat HQ Facebook group to answer questions.

Questions such as how to find an editor, how much it will cost, what credentials an editor should have, and so much more will be answered. Choosing the right editor can be daunting, and we hope to make the process a little easier.

So, swing by the Facebook group today, the Twitter chat (#ChickLitChat) tonight, and/or read the posts and tweets at your leisure.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sarah Louise Smith & Her Latest Novel, Independent Jenny

I absolutely loved Sarah Louise Smith's first two novels, and through our writing group, I have gotten to know her as a person, as well. Not only is she so talented, but she's also incredibly lovely, and I can't wait to read her latest novel, Independent Jenny, coming out on September 16th, 2014.

Welcome, Sarah!

“I slept with someone else.”

Those five words changed everything.

After her husband Ross drops a bombshell, Jenny’s emotions go hay-wire. Things are made even more complex when his brother Aiden makes a confession of his own…
A holiday escape with her friend Hayley seems the perfect way to figure out what – and who – she wants. But Hayley has a hidden motive that results in Jenny spending time with her ex-boyfriend Will, who is now married.

Should Jenny forgive Ross? Can she ignore her feelings for romantic Aiden? And why can’t she get Will out of her head?

One thing is for sure: Jenny doesn’t want to be alone. Surely any man is better than no man, right?

Win a free e-book!

Now here’s your chance to win a free e-copy of Independent Jenny. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahsmith16 and tweet something about why you think you deserve to win. Use the hashtag #IndependentJennyComp and Sarah will pick the best winner by the end of this week!

About Sarah Louise Smith:

Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, UK, with her husband, a cute cat and a loopy golden retriever. She has an extremely lovely step-daughter and spends most of her free time writing, reading, cooking, and taking long walks.

She’s the author of three chick-lit novels: Amy & Zach, Izzy’s Cold Feet, and Independent Jenny, all published by Crooked Cat.
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