Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Girly Book Blog Hop: Sensational Secondary Characters

Thanks so much to Libby Mercer for organizing this fantastic blog hop. I'm so excited to be writing about the sensational secondary characters in my debut novel, Finding Lucas.

My novel centers on Jamie Ross, a 32 year old television producer at one of the sleaziest talk shows in daytime television. On her fifth anniversary with her boyfriend, Derek, a former bad boy turned maniacal metrosexual, she knows that he's not the man for her. Everyone knows! But Jamie-- insecure, reserved and terrified of change-- can't see a way out of her dysfunctional and depressing relationship. But when her new boss, Andrew, comes up with a segment on reuniting lost loves, she remembers Lucas--her "friend with benefits" from ten years earlier. She goes on a hilarious and desperate hunt to find him while at the same time, discovers that she is worth so much more than the life she's been living.

And Jamie wouldn't be the funny, quirky and intriguing character she is without the cast of supporting characters by her side. Jamie's family is unique, unpredictable and full of love and laughter. Her mother, Leah, the colonic herbalist and crystal healer, has no problem asking about Jamie's bowel habits when her boyfriend is over for dinner; her stepmother, Leah's girlfriend, Katie, masseuse extraordinaire, reveals the most intimate details of her sex life with a big smile and Jamie's eighteen year old sister, Rachel--bouncy, beautiful and the total opposite of Jamie-- never fail to embarrass her. The banter and antics of my secondary characters are often what my readers comment on the most.

Everyone who reads my book has a very strong reaction to Derek. A total bastard, he puts Jamie and her family down every chance he gets, cares only about owning the latest of every trend and has a mother no girlfriend ever wants to meet. I based Derek's not so nice qualities on some of the men my friends and I have known. And to be completely honest, some of his more OCD habits mirror my own.

It is Jamie's small group of close friends who are her constant support. Hanna, the gorgeous lingerie store owner, is tough and protective; Lucy, her zany co-worker, encourages Jamie to listen to the universe and find Lucas and her chirpy roommate Amy, who sometimes gets way too close for comfort, has a most shocking occupation.

Finding Lucas wouldn't be the same without antagonist Eva, Jamie's colleague and nemesis. She follows Jamie's every move to find anything that will incriminate her and makes it her mission to make Jamie's life sheer hell. And, of course, there is sweet, gentle Andrew: Jamie's boss, new friend and someone who gets her for exactly who she is.

Through the entire novel, readers get tidbits of who Lucas is and why Jamie so desperately wants to find him. He was her best friend, first real sexual experience and in Jamie's mind, totally the one who got away. But is he really?

Truly an ensemble cast of characters, their relationships and interactions are what makes Finding Lucas  "such a fun novel to read," as many of my wonderful readers have said. I had such a good time creating all of them, and Finding Lucas would not be the same story without them.

Congratulations to Lucie Simone on winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and entered to win!

In celebration of this fabulous blog hop, I'm giving away a $10 E-gift card for Amazon.com and one copy of Finding Lucas (currently available as an ebook on Amazon). If you'd like to win, please leave a comment with your email address. Entry to win closes on October 1st at midnight, EST. The winner will be chosen at random on October 2nd and announced here on October 3rd. You must be 18 years of age to enter. Thanks so much for stopping by! The other amazing blogs participating in the Girly Book Blog Hop are listed below. Have fun!






Can you ever really go back to the past?

On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Can I Have a Do Over?

This has been the week from hell. You'd think that being on a blog tour for Finding Lucas would mean that my days are filled with excitement and pride. Yeah, that's not how it's worked out, but it has nothing to do with my tour.

My blog tour has been fantastic, and the amazing response I've received has been the very best part of a long and trying week. I had a niggling feeling that something was wrong with Finding Lucas, and it had been awhile since I had checked on my file. After a debacle re-uploading the file once before, I had promised myself that I wouldn't touch it because I knew the stress I would go through checking, previewing and analyzing would make me crazy. So I left it alone.

Yet, somehow, in the last week, my file switched to an awful looking version of my novel. I have no idea how or why it happened, but happen it did. Anyone who has bought Finding Lucas in the last week has been reading the wrong version. Very late last night, after copious tears, hair pulling and some serious swearing, I finally managed to fix the issue.

I have worked so hard to make Finding Lucas the best it can be, and as any indie author knows, self publishing is all on us. All last week, I imagined my wonderful readers, who are excited to dive into Finding Lucas, tapping on their Kindles only to be disappointed that the novel looked terrible. I am so sorry. But, even though technology has tried to thwart me, with the support of my family and friends (who offered drinks, food and hugs), I have been victorious!

Add to the formatting hell, a flooded basement and massive tree limb in my backyard that had to be chopped, I have needed all of that love not to run screaming. Luckily, all of these things are fixable, and my home and Finding Lucas are finally as they should be. HUGE sigh of relief.

If anyone has received an odd looking version of Finding Lucas recently, please let me know. My readers are the reason my dreams are coming true, and I so appreciate everyone who has taken the time to support me.

This last week has given me courage, patience and determination, and I am now going to celebrate the re-release of Finding Lucas. And have a very stiff drink.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm Going on Tour In My House!

When I first started submitting my novels to agents and publishers, I had huge dreams. One of them was, of course, sitting in a bookstore at a long pine table signing my autograph to a stack of books for my adoring fans. I'd imagined the hotel rooms I would stay in, the exotic cities I would visit and what I would wear to these exciting book signings. Well, I'm finally going on tour!

Instead of dusty bookshops and legions of fans waiting to meet me, though, I'll be sitting in my yoga pants, sipping coffee with my hair up. I might shower, I'll probably brush my teeth, but I won't be getting on a plane to anywhere because I'll be home. And that is alright with me.

Wow, has the world changed since I started writing. And when I first heard the words "blog tour," I had no clue what they meant. I was just starting to figure out exactly what a blog was, and I was about ready to click on the button that would make me a published author. Once Finding Lucas was published, I finally understood what this "blog tour" thing meant.

On September 10-October 1st, some incredible blogs will be hosting me and Finding Lucas. How awesome is that? There will be reviews, excerpts, guest posts and interviews, and I don't even have to leave my living room. For a work at home mom with two kids, this makes me breathe a huge sigh of relief.

I don't want to leave my kids for three weeks, and I'm not quite sure I could. The ache of missing them would be too much. The fact that these blogs want to host me, and I can still put my kids to bed every night is amazing.

If you'd like to stop by any (or all) of these blogs, leave a comment or buy Finding Lucas, here's the list of the wonderful stops I'll be making on my tour:

September 10 &11: Change the Word

September 13: Storm Goddess Book Reviews

September 14: Every Free Chance Book Reviews
 
September 16: For the Love of Film and Novels

September 18: Samantha March

September 19: The Autumn Review

September 22&23: Lost in Literature

September 24: Jersey Girl Book Reviews

September 25: The East Village

September 27&28: The Book Bag (I'll be giving away a copy of Finding Lucas!)

September 29: Reviews by Molly

September 30: Michelle's Book Nook

October 1: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews

Thank you so much to the bloggers, reviewers and readers! This is going to be awesome!