The Goodreads giveaway is over! Congratulations to the lucky winners, Tanya and Kathy. Your books are already winging their way to you!
Interesting articles I’ve come across this month:
Why books in a series should have a “previously on” page – Chick Lit Reviews & News
Chick lit “harms body image” – The Guardian
Why guys should read chick lit – Becky on Books… And Quilts
In defence of predictability – Belinda Williams
A look at chick lit – Natflix & Books
7 reasons chick lit is not dead – Wow That’s Cool?
Why is chick lit such a derogatory term? – Fiona Drane’s Blog
A master’s in chick lit – NY Times
Jane Austen’s thoughts on novels – Kimberly Truesdale
International Chick Lit Month:
May is International Chick Lit Month, so keep an eye out for events
There will be a 99c Chick Lit Sale 5-11 May 2014 with multiple authors involved. Follow #99CentChickLit on Twitter. Watch for more details on this blog.
Facebook party 8 May
BestChickLit is looking for blog tour hosts
Fiction Dreams welcomes book news and posts
Masquerade Crew is looking for book cover designers
Writers’ Boost wants guest bloggers
Comet Babe wants guest bloggers
Chick Lit Plus is looking for guest blogger/reviewers
Sam’s Book Corner wants guest bloggers
Shaz’s Book Blog wants featured readers
Shaz’s Book Blog is offering to spotlight posts to debut novelists and authors with series
This Chick Reads is looking for guest posts and giveaways
Dreaming With Open Eyes will do guest posts or interviews
Sky’s Book Corner wants guest posts or interviews
Just a reminder that my Goodreads giveaway of two paperback copies of After Wimbledon will end on 30 April, so get your requests in now if you haven’t already.
Good luck everyone!
*** Special Offer ***
If you don’t want to wait, I’m also offering a code for $2 off the paperback when you buy through CreateSpace. (I would offer one through Amazon if I could). Just enter DZFBPFEL at the checkout. It’s valid all the time the giveaway is on.
Just noticed that Amazon UK has the paperback version of Early Daze on sale at £3.90 right now. That’s a saving of 22%! No idea how long it will last, so grab it now.
Amazon.com has it at 10% off as well.
Audio books are supposed to be the next big thing. Personally, I don’t really like being read to, but many people do. But is it right for my books?
Amazon has had a programme for a while whereby, instead of forking out vast sums in advance to have your audio book recorded, you can arrange with a narrator to split the profits it makes. It’s a brilliant system for indie authors. Until recently, it was only open to authors based in the US, but now UK addresses are allowed.
I offered The Dr Pepper Prophecies up as my trial, and I’ve been impressed by the response. I’ve had a number of narrators submit ‘auditions’ (a recording of them reading a short extract from my book). Amazon have even offered a stipend of $100 an hour to the winning narrator (provided we meet certain conditions). I assume this is an introductory offer based on genre or author location, but I’m sure it’s helped attract entrants! All of the auditions have been good and I’ve actually found one voice I think could fit the bill for Mel. But should I go for it?
The trouble is, no narrator is ever going to read Mel exactly the way I hear her in my head. I’m not sure even I could do that. And surely the wrong narrator could make a massive difference to how the book is experienced. Just from listening to the auditions, I’ve heard so many different Mels and some of them I haven’t liked at all. Is it really safe to hand over your creations to someone else?
I’d like to know what you think about audio books. Do you buy them? If you do, would you be interested in hearing TDPP? Please vote, or leave a comment and let me know.
If Early Daze has interested you in reading more about the experiences of preemie parents, or someone in your life has given birth early, here’s some other books you might like. There’s not too much fiction out there, so most of them are straight memoirs. Stock up on tissues before you start!
Incubator Views: A Story of Teen Pregnancy and the Struggle of her Preemie by Peyton Mathie
The Hatbox Baby by Carrie Brown
Keeping Up With Kenna by Nicole Andrews Moore
Keeping Up With Kenna The First Year by Nicole Andrews Moore
From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds by Jennifer Degl
Alex: The Fathering of a Preemie by Jeff Stimpson
Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life, and Motherhood by Kasey Mathews
ANGEL’S BREATH: – A premature baby. Her story by JESSIE L. SHROPSHIRE
Tiny Footprints by Irish Babies
124 NICU Days — A Preemie Tale of Love, Loss and Healing by Ryan Rhodes
Miracle Child by James P. Wilcox
Preemie Chronicles: Our NICU Experience by Jeff Ewing
The Summer Called Angel: A story of hope on the journey through prematurity by Sola Olu
Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe by Alexa Stevenson
I’m still getting it linked to the Kindle edition (and, thanks to the quirks of CreateSpace, it currently has no line breaks in the description), but it’s available for purchase now from Amazon.com ($7.99), Amazon.co.uk (£4.99) and all other Amazon sites.
Amazon.com are even offering a whole 40c off at the moment. Can you still buy anything for that? Don’t forget to treat yourself to whatever else you need to buy to qualify for free delivery. Because you were going to buy it anyway, so you’re saving money really…
10% of my royalties from sales of Early Daze go to Bliss, a charity for premature babies.
Please don’t forget to leave a review when you’ve finished reading!
Today, Samantha March is sharing an extract from her new novel A Questionable Friendship, which is part of the Books in Bloom 99c chick lit sale.
I hadn’t told anyone about the cramps yet, not Portland or even Aaron. They had started coming on just last week, and at first I chalked it up to period pain. I thought it was strange since I wasn’t one to suffer from cramps all that much, but sometimes I would get a passing cramp on the first day or two of my period. But the cramps were lingering and much more painful than they ever had been. I was also on day eight of my period, which was odd as well. For as long as I could remember I had been on a five day period schedule, so day six was weird but I didn’t worry, day seven I was confused and slightly worried, but day eight…I didn’t know what to think. I actually wondered for a brief moment if I was pregnant, only to realize that duh – periods usually symbolized otherwise. I was just so excited and looking for a happy excuse to explain my body, but now I wondered if something could be really wrong.
I slowly peeled down my pants and underwear. Heavy blood. I exited the stall and grabbed a tampon out of the basket of freebies by the sink. That was another thing that was off-kilter. Not only were my periods five days, but I was a light bleeder. I had no idea where all this heavy stuff was coming from, but that was causing me to be even more scared. I knew I should schedule a doctor appointment, but what if…
Stop that, I told myself firmly. I finished up in the bathroom and washed my hands, looking at myself sternly in the mirror. Nothing is wrong, and even if it was, I couldn’t be stupid about it. I couldn’t just put off a doctor’s appointment because I was afraid of bad news. I’d heard too many stories of women that find a lump in their breast but convince themselves nothing is wrong, only to put it off and then get diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer because they were too busy trying to fool themselves. If something was wrong, hopefully I was going to catch it early enough. It was only the third day of my body giving me a sign. I had time to make the appointment.
I headed back to the cardio room and took a seat at the empty bike next to Portland. “What do you got going on the rest of the day?” I asked as I started pedaling, trying to push any scary thoughts of cancer or sickness out of my head.
“Just getting the car really. Thought about doing some house cleaning so it’s not in terrible shape for when Dad comes. How about you?”
“I’m going to pop into EJs in the afternoon and help Serena close up. Then we have an appointment with the accountant to go over our final tax preparations. We are seriously behind there and I’m started to get worried. But I think they only need our signatures now and then they can file it. Finally!”
“I bet it was a tough year with opening a new business and all that. I’m just glad I don’t really have any part of that. I just hand Trent my W-2 from EJs and his accountant takes care of all of it. I know Trent is more involved with all the write-offs and junk he has to do and keep track of, but I’m glad I’m out of that!”
“Amen! I think next year will go a lot smoother. And hopefully we get some money back this year. We had to pay in last year with just Aaron’s self-employed tax, but we did the estimated tax thing this year and hopefully that helped. It probably won’t be much, but we can put it towards our New York trip or something!” We weren’t hurting financially by any stretch of the imagination, but it was always nice to get some extra money and not pay even more into the government if you didn’t have to.
“I was looking at some places online last night too and I’m getting a list together of things I want see. Hopefully we have enough time to cover everything!” Portland said.
“I hope so too! And the guys cannot complain about us taking a day to shop since we’re going to the game with them. We deserve it!”
“Agreed! Hopefully we can pencil in a date soon.”
“I think Aaron said the schedules are out but they just have to look at their work calendars and decide which date will be best. I’ll get on him some more to get one picked so we can have that done and over with.”
We finished up on the bikes, did some light stretching, and headed out the doors. After dropping Portland off at The Window and saying our good-byes, I pointed the Tucson home. I pulled out my cell phone while at the stoplights on 92nd and hovered my finger over my OB-GYN’s office number. Figuring it was a Saturday and the offices might be closed, I put my phone back in my purse and continued on driving. I’d call Monday.
Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.
*** A Questionable Friendship is on sale for 99c/77p on 21 & 22 April 2014 ***
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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