Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is in the Air! Valentine's Q&A with Jamie Ross from Finding Lucas


8  fabulous authors and I have lowered the prices of our ebooks to .99 from February 14-17. How's that for a nice (and cheap) Valentine's Day surprise? To celebrate, one of our characters from the books on sale is answering some fun, steamy and romantic questions. Be sure to check the authors' blogs listed at the end of this post to read their interviews!

In Finding Lucas, Jamie Ross is struggling to get out of a toxic relationship with Derek, her maniacal metrosexual boyfriend of 5 long years. When her new boss at the sleazy daytime TV show where she works plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas--her "friends with benefits" from high school and early college that she hasn't seen or spoken to in over ten years. With a nudge from her quirky gang of friends, Jamie goes on a frenzied hunt to track Lucas down.

1. Are you currently in a relationship? If so, tell us a little bit about your S.O. And if not...what are you looking for in a romantic partner?

Let me just take a drink first. This is a bit hard to talk about it (sucks down half of a vodka/cranberry cocktail). Whew, okay. Well, relationship might be pushing it. I mean, Derek wasn't always such an uptight prick, but lately, okay, for the last couple of years, he's turned into someone I don't even recognize. When we met, he was cool, down to earth and so hot. He had a motorcycle, long hair and could have cared less what brand of jeans he was wearing. But ever since he got his big, all important corporate job, he's changed. I don't know what to do. We've been together for so long. And I love him. But am I in love with him? I don't know (sighs hugely). My ideal romantic parter would be the Derek I met. Funny, smart, rebellious, edgy, sexy. Maybe I can get that back? Or maybe if I can find Lucas, I'll know whether I should stay or go.

2. How old were you when you had your first kiss--and can you share what you remember about it?

Well, I remember my first kiss with Lucas. I was sixteen, and we were at a crazy party at this guy, Jason's house (giggles and takes another sip). Jason would have these huge parties in his backyard, and his parents never cared if we were drinking all of their alcohol or jumping off of the roof. Looking back now, I guess you'd say they weren't the best parents (grins and pulls her hair back into a ponytail). Anyway, Lucas had just moved to Chicago from Oregon, and the first time I saw him sitting on the grass outside the school, I couldn't take my eyes off of him. He was sullen, uncommunicative, and moody. A guy who didn't pay attention to me? I wanted him. So, one night at Jason's, he just leaned over and kissed me. Wow, it was amazing. I don't think we even exchanged two words, but when his lips touched mine, I was on fire. He held my face in his hands and used just the right amount of tongue. I'd never been kissed like that. Actually, it's been a long time since I've been kissed like that.

3. Describe your ideal romantic evening.

I would love to just hang out in our sweats, order in some Italian and watch a movie. No fuss, no muss, no tense silences. Oh, and an orgasm would be great!

4. What's your favorite romantic comedy, book or movie, and why? What about love song--and why?

I love TV. In fact, I work as the associate producer of a daytime talk show, and TV and movies are my perfect escape. I'm not so good at talking about the things that bother me so I like to get lost in TV to forget what's going on (looks down at the floor quickly and drinks the last of her cocktail). My favorite romantic comedy would have to be "Bridget Jones's Diary." I love that she says it like it is, isn't perfect, has a bit of extra weight like I do, I mean, look at the size of my ass, and wants to be with someone who makes her happy. But it's not easy for her to get there. And favorite love song? That's easy. "Crazy for You" by Madonna. It's an old song, but it played at my prom, and even though Lucas and I were just "friends with benefits" all through high school, we didn't want anyone to know we were together at all. I hate gossip, and I didn't want to be the cause of it. So, we weren't "together" at prom, but we had that one dance. I love that song.

5. What food most gets you "in the mood"?

Anything that my family thinks isn't healthy (laughs and rolls her eyes). My mom is a colonic herbalist and crystal healer and she and my step-mom don't eat meat, sugar or caffeine. So, if I have a steak, a vodka cranberry cocktail and chocolate, I'm good to go. But, to be honest, my sex life is at such a standstill, I'd be happy with a stick of gum to get me going.

6. Can you tell us about your worst date ever?

So, Derek and I spent our 5 year anniversary in Montreal. Sounds romantic, right? Well, Derek loves nothing more than shopping, and it always has to be the best. The hottest pants, the trendiest bag. Ugh. So, instead of hanging out at Mont Royal with the bongo players and relaxing in the sun, we went to buy stuff. I'm happy with my ratty jeans and second-hand tops. I got a totally unnecessary makeover, since I don't know how to use it anyway, and I've looked orange ever since. But, Derek used to take me on the coolest, most low-key dates. Camping trips, rides on his motorcycle...things used to be so great.

7. How far will you go on a first date? And how many dates do you need to go on before you knock boots?

Ha! Now, this is a great question because Derek was my first and only one night stand. I'd been able to get as far as the "everything but" stage before I met him, but the idea of having sex with someone I didn't know scared me. But, I was at a bar with my best friend, Hanna, the most gorgeous woman you'll ever see, when Derek walked in. I assumed he was looking at us because he wanted Hanna, every guy does, but he actually wanted me. I could not give up on an opportunity to have sex with a guy so hot. We've now been together for 5 years. But, if we broke up, and I met someone? I've never been one to follow a rule book or anything, but I think it would take a couple of times of seeing him before we were, um, knocking boots.

And there you have it. Jamie's obviously got a lot to work out, and if you want to find out how she does that, Finding Lucas is on sale for a few more days.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would absolutely love to hear your answers to some of these questions so please leave a comment if you'd like. And be sure to check out all of the other authors below whose books are also on sale for .99!



 In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister – Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself?  http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y 

Rita Hayworth’s Shoes by Francine LaSalaJilted bride Amy's down on everything until she convinces herself to purchase a cute, ridiculously expensive pair of second-hand shoes. Once she does, life starts looking up, and she falls into an unexpected new romance with the last man she'd ever expect to love. But can a pair of shoes really be magic? And is her new prince really just a frog? http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hayworths-Shoes-ebook/dp/B007ZHVB1I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie – When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancĂ© who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure? http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-the-Rules-ebook/dp/B008UZYPLW

The Green Ticket by Samantha March – College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty, but her good fortune quickly turns disastrous when she realizes her job is filled with lies, betrayal, and cover-ups. Keeping up with classes, her girlfriends and a budding romance, Alex feels the pressure – but will she overcome the challenges? http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Ticket-ebook/dp/B00AI02BO0

Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer - Disgraced New York fashionista, Maya Kirkwood, is fashioning herself a new life as an artist in San Francisco when she's hired to do an installation of her work by dorky, yet dashing dotcom executive, Derek. The sparks soon start to fly, but this could mean disaster for Maya - a woman with an explosive past and far too many secrets. http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Maya-ebook/dp/B00AN7CCV0

A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr - Jane Frank is newly single after nine years and looking for a second chance at love. But when she dives head first into the NYC dating scene and finds it infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow, it may be time for Jane to turn the tables! http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64

True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano - When her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris, Marlo Spencer travels to her hometown to try to rekindle their relationship. But when dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and betrayals are revealed, can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart? http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Way-ebook/dp/B007VA4AZI

Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone - Lauren Tate’s perfectly planned life quickly unravels at the seams when a smear campaign threatens her career as a top TV executive, but she learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart goes missing. http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-ebook/dp/B0093H0326


Meredith Schorr-Author of Just Friends with Benefits and a State of Jane

Cat Lavoie- Author of Breaking the Rules

Libby Mercer-Author of Espresso Macchiato, Fashioning a Romance and Unmasking Maya

Tracie Banister- Author of Blame it on the Fame and In Need of Therapy

Samantha March-Author of Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket

Lucie Simone-Author of A Taste of Italy, Waterdance, Hollywood Ending and Picture Perfect

Francine  LaSala-Author of Rita Hayworth's Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth and Everything

Nancy Scrofano-Author of True Love Way and Cupid on Deck






Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine’s Day eBook Sale – 9 authors, 9 ebooks, 99 cents each!


Love is in the air . . . and it can be on your Kindle, too!

Do you want to fall in love with a good book this Valentine's Day weekend? How about 9? Then don't miss this special promotion. For four days only (February 14th - February 17th), 9 popular Chick Lit authors will be lowering the prices on their favorite rom-coms to 99 cents on Amazon.com! At that price (A bottle of wine costs more!), why not sample them all? Some delicious literary treats await you, and unlike chocolates these goodies are calorie-free!

And guys: If your sweetie is a book-lover, you'll make her Valentine's Day by gifting her with one (or more) of our fun, romantic stories! 


Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey



Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind? http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A 

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister 




Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself?  http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y 

Rita Hayworth’s Shoes by Francine LaSala


Jilted bride Amy's down on everything until she convinces herself to purchase a cute, ridiculously expensive pair of second-hand shoes. Once she does, life starts looking up, and she falls into an unexpected new romance with the last man she'd ever expect to love. But can a pair of shoes really be magic? And is her new prince really just a frog? http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hayworths-Shoes-ebook/dp/B007ZHVB1I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie 




When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancĂ© who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure? http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-the-Rules-ebook/dp/B008UZYPLW

The Green Ticket by Samantha March 



College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty, but her good fortune quickly turns disastrous when she realizes her job is filled with lies, betrayal, and cover-ups. Keeping up with classes, her girlfriends and a budding romance, Alex feels the pressure – but will she overcome the challenges? http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Ticket-ebook/dp/B00AI02BO0

Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer 




Disgraced New York fashionista, Maya Kirkwood, is fashioning herself a new life as an artist in San Francisco when she's hired to do an installation of her work by dorky, yet dashing dotcom executive, Derek. The sparks soon start to fly, but this could mean disaster for Maya - a woman with an explosive past and far too many secrets. http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Maya-ebook/dp/B00AN7CCV0

A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr  



Jane Frank is newly single after nine years and looking for a second chance at love. But when she dives head first into the NYC dating scene and finds it infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow, it may be time for Jane to turn the tables! http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64

True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano 



When her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris, Marlo Spencer travels to her hometown to try to rekindle their relationship. But when dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and betrayals are revealed, can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart? http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Way-ebook/dp/B007VA4AZI

Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone  



Lauren Tate’s perfectly planned life quickly unravels at the seams when a smear campaign threatens her career as a top TV executive, but she learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart goes missing. http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-ebook/dp/B0093H0326





Monday, February 11, 2013

Celebrate Chick Lit!

Okay, I must breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Nope, it's not working. I am beyond excited and may not sleep tonight. I will lie there smiling maniacally in the dark because today, my hard work, tears, frustrations and fear all became worth it. Well, publishing Finding Lucas, seeing it in paperback for the first time and connecting with the most amazing group of authors, bloggers and readers makes it all worth it. But seeing my name in the same sentence as Marian Keyes's and being featured in a video with one of the funniest, smartest and prolific chick lit writers in the world was...awesome. If you'd like to check out the Wattpad video and hear how Marian Keyes, Romi Moondi, Caitlin O'Hanlon and I define chick lit, here it is:
http://www.wattpad.com/chicklit

I am honored to be able to voice my opinion of chick lit and hear those of authors I admire. Watching myself on video (I can't believe I actually giggled my name, but in my defense, I am not used to introducing myself as anything other than "Sam") is surreal and more than a little weird. But, truly, this is a day to remember and just one more reason why being a writer is the best and craziest job in the world.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chick Lit in the New Millenium

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about chick lit. You know, the genre that some love to hate? Well, I'm both a voracious chick lit reader and proud writer of the edgy, smart and hilarious genre, and I'm so excited that it's being discussed. It has become so popular again that Wattpad is launching a chick lit category on February 11th. I am honored that Finding Lucas (among 49 other stories from fabulous chick lit writers) will appear on the launch page from February 11th to March 11th. But, here's the best news. My idol, greatest influence and one of the best chick lit writers out there, the incomparable Marian Keyes, is Wattpad's partner in this chick lit launch! Finding Lucas will appear on the same page as her work. I think I'm dreaming.

So, head on over to Wattpad and check out Finding Lucas. You can vote, leave comments and read some of the other stories being featured in this incredible launch.

Here are two you from Sarka-Jonae Miller that you can read now!

http://www.wattpad.com/11453341-between-boyfriends?d=ud

http://www.wattpad.com/story/3942506-blood-is-thinner-than-cashmere

So, if you're a chick lit lover or curious about this polarizing genre, be sure to follow the launch and discover some fantastic writers!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Finding Lucas is On Sale Today!

I buy so many books. I buy so many books that I'm scared to look at my VISA bill. So, every now and then, I love to peruse the Kindle books that are on sale. Today, I'm very excited to announce that Finding Lucas is an Ereader News Today Bargain Book of the Day. What does that mean? Well, for a limited time, Finding Lucas is only .99 cents!

We all like a good deal, and though the sale won't last long, I hope anyone who has wanted to read Finding Lucas will have a chance to buy it today.

I try to keep my book's price as low as possible, and I still think $2.99 is a pretty good deal. I put my everything into writing books and this is also my profession (along with my writing/editing company, Perfect Pen Communications). But, every now and then, it's nice for my readers to get a sweet deal because they have been so supportive of me.

So, grab your copy of Finding Lucas and spend the rest of your money on a second book!