Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

‘After Wimbledon’ is Now Available to Buy on Amazon!

After Wimbledon is now available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, local sites.

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Free Sample From ‘After Wimbledon’!

Part of the first chapter (it’s a long one).  Read it here.

After Wimbledon will be out by tomorrow…

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Cover for ‘After Wimbledon’

I’ve had a cover designed for After Wimbledon by JelenaM who did the new one for The Dr Pepper Prophecies.  What do you think?

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My Favourite Quotes From ‘After Wimbledon’

Just a few of my favourite lines from this novel:

‘I’m just having a mental breakdown, that’s all.  Would you like a cup of tea?’

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‘Joe and I have what I think of as an emotionally open relationship.  In a traditional open relationship (oxymoron?), you are emotionally intimate only with each other and sleep with anyone you want.  In our case, we are sexually exclusive, but have our deep and meaningful conversations with other people.

That is, assuming Joe has any at all.’

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‘As tempting a sight as you were lying there, drooling away and snoring like a warthog – although the see-through knickers are very nice – I’ve always had this mad idea that the woman you’re groping should be conscious.’

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This is what it comes down to.  I go to Joe’s matches so as not to be criticised and he goes to mine to watch the Boston Bombshell’s tits bounce.

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‘Do you want sex tonight?’ he asks, by way of greeting.  ‘I thought I’d call first before I bother coming over there.’

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The Chick Lit Classics

Jody at Jennifer Joyce Writes has rounded up the chick lit classics.  She reckons they are:

  • The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
  • P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  • I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk
  • Meet Me At the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Of these, I must confess I’ve only read the first and the last.  Bridget Jones definitely deserves its place.  The Shopaholic series I’m less keen on.  Although I know it’s wildly popular, I actually prefer Sophie Kinsella’s stand-alone novels.  My favourites are Can You Keep a Secret? (the book that inspired me to write The Dr Pepper Prophecies) and the more recent Wedding Night.  I think a lot of it is just character-bonding, or lack thereof.  Becky Bloomwood just frustrates me.  I never even finished Mini Shopaholic.

I’m surprised not to see Marian Keyes on the list.  Who else do you reckon is missing?

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New Cover for ‘Wedding Hells’

Wedding Hells has also had a makeover.  This cover was also designed by JelenaM at 99 Designs.

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Mel and I: Complete Opposites. Sort Of.

This was written as a guest post for This Chick Reads.

People tend to think that you are the character you write as.  I think it’s the same phenomenon where fans think that actors are the people they portray.  I hope that’s not the case, since the last character I played (I do amateur dramatics) was a sexually aggressive witch.  And before that I was a mentally ill woman living on the streets and feeling up sailors.  But anyway…

Mel Parker, the lead character in my first novel The Dr Pepper Prophecies, is not me.  We certainly have things in common – I don’t think I could write her if we didn’t – but we are absolutely not the same person.

We share a sense of humour, certainly.  Like Mel, I tend to be snarky (I just discovered this word and I love it) inside my head, but not out loud.  I certainly relate to her struggles to work out what she wants in life and how to get there.  To be honest, I still haven’t resolved this issue.  Instead I’ve neatly sidestepped it by becoming a stay-at-home mum.  My job now is to keep my toddler alive.  I realise that, if you don’t have one of your own, this may not sound like a full-time job.  Believe me, it is.  She firmly believes herself to be indestructible and has an internal radar that directs her straight towards trouble.

Fortunately, I don’t share Mel’s terminally bad luck.  That’s just in because it’s funny.  Plus it’s easy to write, because I just think of a scenario and then ask myself what could go wrong.  Pretty much all her trials come out of my slightly warped imagination.  Except the fermented hair spray – that actually happened.  Though luckily not on the way to a job interview.

I’m not as hard on men as she can be, although when I wrote the first draft I probably was.  Though unlike Mel, who’s had a string of lousy boyfriends, I just knew nothing about them (I was only 20 at the time).  I still don’t, since my husband cheerfully ignores everything I thought I knew about relationships.  Especially the ‘attraction fades after the first couple of years’ rule.  I swear that man will still be groping me on his death bed.

Where was I?  Oh yes, how unalike we are.  Well, I did work in an insurance office processing claims (and found it every bit as riveting as Mel does), although only as a temp.  I am addicted to chocolate, though my days of still maintaining a good figure seem to be over.  I’ve never tried matchmaking though.  Mostly because my romantic instincts are non-existent.  Unless someone comes up to me and goes ‘I fancy you’, I won’t know.  I’d be utterly useless as cupid.

So, in summary, we’re totally different people.  Except…

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Chick Lit Love Fest

Laura Bambrey is organising Chick Lit Love Fest for Saturday 5th April, 2014:

A one-day festival dedicated to all things Chick Lit. Join major authors of the genre for talks, readings, signings and cupcakes.

Calling all Chick Lit lovers! I’m so excited to tell you all about Chick Lit Love Fest…

Whether you call it Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy or something else… you love those books with the pastel covers, brilliantly quirky heroines and loveable heroes….

Come and spend a whole day indulging in all things Chick Lit: talks and readings by three of chick lit’s leading lights, meet the authors, get your mitts on their books, get them signed and chat about chick lit to your heart’s content at the Cupcake Party at the end of the day.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, I have three perfect reasons why every chick lit lover will want to be there: my lovely authors. I’m very excited to announce that Talli Roland, Alexandra Potter and Carole Matthews have all been confirmed to speak at Chick Lit Love Fest 2014.

As we all know, the best way to showcase the perfect story is to place it in the perfect setting- and I’ve found one! The festival will take place at Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes in South Devon. Events will be set in and around the Great Hall and courtyard. It’s a stunning venue even in the autumn- but in the spring, you’re surrounded by flowers- it would make the perfect setting for a chick lit novel.

Sound like bliss? Good!

Get the date in your diary now: Saturday 5th April, 2014 

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For this to go ahead, she needs to raise £5,000 in the next 30 days.  To support the project, or just help spread the word, please go to Kickstarter.  Fantastic prizes available to supporters!

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Suggested Author: Becky Monson

I came across Becky Monson on Twitter, when she quoted one of her book’s reviews that started ‘Dear fans of Bridget Jones, Sophie Kinsella, and Marian Keyes.’  I mention the exact same authors in my book description, so I’m thinking you’ll probably like her book if you like mine.  It has a lot of very good reviews on Amazon.com.  See what you think.

32 Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

 

Julia Dorning is in a rut. She has lived in her parent’s basement for ten years, been at the same mundane boring job for ten years and she has no self confidence.

When handsome hunky Jared Moody is hired in HR at her company, her life begins to change in ways she never saw coming. Is Jared the catapult to get her moving again?

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New Cover for ‘Flights of Nancy’

FoN-Cover-IllustratedDesigned a new cover for Flights of Nancy to fit in better with the new one for The Dr Pepper Prophecies.  Put together by me, from stock vectors made by far more talented designers.  I think it came out quite well.

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