Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

Have Chick Lit, Will Travel is a Best Seller!

Have_Chick_Lit_Blue_Spine_TextHave Chick Lit, Will Travel is going really well!  Just two days after the launch and we’ve already hit some best seller lists.  Right now we’re #49 in Women’s Fiction – Humor.

If you’d like to help, you can tweet:

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It won’t be staying at 99c forever, so get your copy now at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, other Amazon sites or Smashwords (all ebook formats).  The other sites will follow – I’m sorry it’s not up yet but we had some unexpected delays.

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Sometimes, it’s Nice to See Your Child Cry

(Not my daughter)

(Not my daughter)

When my daughter went off with Grandma the other day for her weekly play-date, she cried.  In fact, she was reaching out for Mummy.  Now, please don’t think me a horrible person, but it was kind of nice.

See, the trouble with being a work-at-home Mum is that you have no novelty value.  Unlike Daddy, who goes off to mystical places during the day, Mum is there all the time.  No reason to choose her if you’re offered someone else.  And my little one is definitely a Daddy’s girl, anyway.  She’s already showing signs of being the girly, little princess type.  [No idea what to do with one of those.  I wore tracksuits and cut my hair short as a child.]

Also, in our house (and, I suspect, many others), Mummy is usually the mean one.  I have to say ‘no’ a lot more.  I have to do the things she hates (like brushing her teeth), because Daddy can’t bear her distress.  I don’t like it either, but I know that it has to be done, so I do it.  Sometimes, being a good parent means upsetting your child.  It sucks, but it does.  I try to work with my daughter as much as possible, but she isn’t old enough to understand that some things must be done, however unpleasant, because not doing them could lead to something worse.  I don’t like having smear tests, but I always go because they’re a whole lot better than finding out I’ve got cervical cancer and it’s too late to do anything about it.

It does hurt when your child, whom you’ve spent far more hours than anyone else looking after, reaches for someone other than you.  I always remind myself that it’s a good sign, really, because it means she feels certain that I will always be there to come back to.  But it’s hard not to feel rejected sometimes.  When your baby cries and you pick her up, but she squirms away and reaches out to someone else – even her father.

So, the odd moments when I do seem to be number one choice are precious.  Not that I like seeing her upset, but it’s good to know that she values me.  Like most parents, I suppose, I frequently worry that I’m not good enough – that I’m doing too much X or not enough Y.  When she demonstrates her attachment to me, my efforts are validated.  And all of us like that.

Of course, it’s even better when you get a smile, a kiss and a cuddle when she comes back. 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

Hilary Grossman’s chick lit memoir is being republished by BookTrope and has a snazzy new cover.  I thought the original was beautiful, but this one is even better.  Look how pretty it is:

dangledFor every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him…..

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice….

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy….

meet Hilary….

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

“Dangled Carat sparkles with humor and shines with wisdom. It is a gem of a book.” – Christina Baker Kline – New York Times Best Selling Author of Orphan Train.

“Fans of Sex and the City – Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big – will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd.” – Kirkus Reviews.

Dangled Carat should be available with the new cover in the first week of August, but is available now with the old cover.

Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukBarnes & Noble

headshot 1 -not shrunkHilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship.  She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes.  She loves to find humor in every day life.  And she likens life to a game of dodgeball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer.  She lives on Long Island.

 

 

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[Guest Post] Sydney as a Character in Mr Right and Other Mongrels

Monique McDonell (author of Mr Right and Other Mongrels from the Have Chick Lit, Will Travel box set) explains the importance of location in her book.

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Mr Right and Other Mongrels is set on Sydney’s Northern beaches, specifically at world famous Manly Beach. It’s a place where surf lifesavers, tourists and hard-core surfers mingle on the sand year round.

If you come to Sydney there is a wonderful ferry – aptly named the Manly Ferry – that travels from across Sydney Harbour back and forth to Manly all day. The ferry ride starts at Circular Quay which is nestled between the Sydney opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and crosses heads down the Harbour, north through The Heads and over to Manly. It’s a beautiful journey and in rough seas doubles as a small roller-coaster ride.

Once you reach Manly you walk down a Promenade from the Harbour to the Manly Beach where you can learn to surf, have a swim between to flags, walk around to Shelley Beach or just sit by the water and have fish and chips.SAM_1590

I set the book in Manly because I live quite close by and visit often. In fact, I used to catch the Manly Ferry in and out to work for a couple of years. Part of what inspired me was that it’s an iconic location here in Australia that I thought international readers might know a little about it ,but like to get to know better.

SAM_1580Also as a tourist we sometimes forget that those iconic destinations have whole communities of people who live and thrive there day in day out, just like Allegra and her friends in Mr Right and Other Mongrels.

I love reading books set in places I’ve never been to because it feels like I get to visit without leaving home. That’s one of the wonderful things about books, as far as I’m concerned, their ability to transport you to somewhere new, whether it’s real or imagined. It’s a way to explore without ever really leaving home.SAM_1554

When I do travel I always try to read a book set where I’m going. When I did an internship in Singapore I read A Town Like Alice for example. I also love reading about books set in places I know or have visited. I lived near Salem, Massachusetts for a while so I love reading books set in that area.

Many of my Sydney readers said they enjoyed reading about places they knew so well in Mr Right and Other Mongrels and some overseas folks have said how much they now want to visit.

I hope you enjoy reading about my home town in this book. I felt like it was really another character in the book and like most of my characters I want you to like her (or him!)

mon web (2)Website: http://www.moniquemcdonellauthor.com/

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Introducing a New Box Set: Have Chick Lit, Will Travel

After Wimbledon is going to be part of a new box set, which we’re launching on Friday.  As a special introductory offer, we’re pricing it at only 99c/99p.  That’s three whole novels for less than a pound!  Absolute steal.

Have Chick Lit - High ResolutionWe’re having a launch party on Friday on Facebook and I’d love it if you’d join us.  We’ll be giving away copies of the box set, as well as other great prizes, and having fun discussions.  You’ll also be able to ask us questions.  Because we’re in three different time zones, the party is in three stages.  It’s at 6-8pm in each one: AEST (Sydney – hosted by Monique McDonell), GMT (London – hosted by me) and PDT (LA – hosted by Geralyn Corcillo).

The theme of the box set is a world tour and gives you the chance to read chick lit from three different countries.  The other books in the set are:

SHE LIKES IT TOUGH by Geralyn Corcillo

“Hilarious story that is well paced and very original. You don’t want to miss this sassy crazy romance!”

— Lost in Chick Lit

When a freak fast-food accident almost kills scaredy-cat Lisa, she decides it’s time to get a backbone and really start living. But how is she supposed to get tough after a lifetime of watching from the couch?

Jack Hawkins, that’s how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of beginners’ adventure gear, she makes the most outlandish deal of her life: she will be his test dummy if he helps her become brave.

But are there enough wild adventures in the world to help Lisa find the grit to pursue a career she really wants or the nerve to stand up to her bullying family?  And what about going after the man who’s not afraid of anything… except falling for Lisa?

Winner of Best Indie Book and Best Humor Book at the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013.

MR RIGHT AND OTHER MONGRELS by Monique McDonell

“Truly loved every minute that I was reading this book!” — Smitten With Reading, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Quietly and independently wealthy, Ally Johnson runs a charming second-hand bookshop in beachside Manly and is blissfully happy doing it. Heck, sometimes she even goes downstairs from her flat to run the shop in her Chinese silk pyjamas. It sounds perfect. But when dog-phobic Ally is rescued from an exuberant canine by Teddy Green, Australia’s hottest TV celebrity, her life begins to change dramatically!

Despite her best efforts to resist his charm, Ally finds herself falling for him. Supported by her eccentric family and her fabulous gay friend Justin, Allegra embarks on an on-again, off-again romance with Teddy, complicated by his jealous ex-girlfriend, fashionista Louisa, and her own narcissistic hippy mother Moonbeam.

Will Ally be able to overcome her insecurities and find happiness with Teddy, or will his celebrity lifestyle prove to be too much?

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Both books have great ratings on Amazon and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.  And, when you’re getting all three for less than the usual price of one, you can’t go far wrong.

Have Chick Lit, Will Travel can be pre-ordered from Smashwords (all ebook formats) now and will be on Amazon on Friday and other ebook sites after that.

Please come join us for the launch party (and invite your friends).  I’ve never done one before, so I need your support!

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Work in Progress – July 2014

Lots going on right now.  Really must learn not to take on so much at once!

TDPP_audio-book__2The Dr Pepper Prophecies Audio Book
My voice artist has recorded 26 of 33 chapters, 20 have been edited by her and I’ve listened to the 12 that were done before I went on holiday last week.  This week Elán is on holiday, so I will be doing lots of listening to catch up with her!  Come hell or high water, we’ll have it finished for 8 August so Elán gets her bonus payment from Audible and you can get listening.

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This has been through a few rounds of editing and is now a complete story.  At the end of June, I decided that I needed to take a break from it.  I felt that it needed more work, but I was burned out on it.  While I’m resting, I have several of my beta-readers looking at it.  In August I will go back to it armed with their feedback.  I suspect it may end up longer than I originally planned – maybe up to 50,000 words by the time I’ve finished.

I had a stroke of good luck and won a free edit from CandleLit Author Services, who are affiliated to Best Chick Lit.  Once I’ve had another go at the book, I will send it to them and I’m sure their feedback will help make it even better.

Still on track to have it out late this year.

Have_Chick_Lit_Blue_Spine_TextHave Chick Lit, Will Travel Box Set
I’ve been putting together a box set of three novels with two other authors.  I’m including After Wimbledon and the other books are She Likes It Tough by Geralyn Corcillo and Mr Right & Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell.  That should be available at the end of July.

 

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The Dr Pepper Prophecies is a Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2014

finalist-shiny-webJust had the email this morning.  I entered back in April, I think, so it’s been a long wait and patience is really not my greatest virtue.

The Dr Pepper Prophecies is one of 10 finalists in the Fiction – Chick Lit Category.

Still an agonising wait until 1 September to find out the final results.  Keep your fingers crossed!

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How Does Jane Austen Get Away With It?

PridePrejudice423x630I was re-reading Pride & Prejudice on holiday and there was one thing that really struck me.  Austen wrote very differently to how writers are advised to write today.

We hear a lot of ‘show, don’t tell.’  Basically, this means you don’t say someone was angry, you have them banging things or swearing or whatever to show that they are angry.  You also write out dialogue and scenes rather than summarising them, unless you need to cover repetitive actions or a big period of time like ‘He appeared every Tuesday for the next month.’  Also, we’re told not to use ‘cried,’ ‘shouted,’ ‘agreed’ etc. but just to use ‘said.’  The theory is that readers just gloss over it and so it doesn’t interrupt conversations for them.  One article I read compared it to a punctuation mark.  I take the point, although I don’t think it should be a strict rule.

Austen breaks all of these rules and probably quite a few more.  If she sent her book to an agent today, they’d class it as a first draft and reject it.  Yet her books remain popular with readers.

So, what does that mean?  Is the writing just not as important as the characters and plot?  I know I’ve read fanfiction stories where the writing quality has been poor, but the story has kept me reading.  Can great writers break the rules?  Shakespeare certainly got away with it – the man used to make up his own words all the time.  Or has she built up such a reputation over the previous decades that people just automatically think Austen=good?  And hey, what writer wouldn’t like one of those?

I have to say, I’m not sure I will read it a third time.  I will continue to watch the BBC adaptation (the Colin Firth one), which is excellent.  [The Keira Knightley one, however, is not.  You just can’t cram the book into a film.  Plus, they Americanized a thoroughly English book and it really didn’t work.  And the Bennetts’ situation was represented all wrong.  Can you tell I didn’t like it?]  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s better than the book.  It’s not often that happens.  The only other time it’s happened to me was with The Jane Austen Book Club, although frankly I didn’t think the film was that good either.  Perhaps I will try re-reading Emma, on which I basedThe Dr Pepper Prophecies and see if I have the same feelings towards that.

Are you an Austen fan?  What do you think makes her books so popular?  Do you find her style a problem?

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Smashwords Summer Sale

Smashwords logoJust to let you know that I’m taking part in the Smashwords Summer SaleFlights of Nancy is free and After Wimbledon is 50% off on Smashwords (using the coupon codes on the site) until the end of July.  Smashwords provides all eformats.

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[Guest Post] Pieces of it All by Tracy Krimmer

In this guest post, Tracy Krimmer is telling us about her new adult contemporary romance book Pieces of it All, which is ON SALE TODAY!

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Krimmer_PhotoYou’ll like my book if you like…

Okay, this is very hard to answer. I say this because I don’t feel that Pieces of it All can be easily compared to another book. I think if people who read Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin enjoyed her leading male, they will enjoy one of the leading males in this book, and if they liked the twists and turns of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, they also will like this. It’s a New Adult Contemporary Romance with twists and turns!

Excerpt from Pieces of it All:

This is what having a boyfriend is like, Beth beamed inside as she gazed at Harvey while they drove back to his house. A man, an experienced adult, not a high school boy learning the ropes of life, held her hand, massaging her fingers with his. As her conversation with Lucy replayed in her head, she realized how wrong faulting him for his past was. All those things he’d been through molded him into the man sitting next to her. Life had dealt him a losing hand, and he turned the card game around. He may have been a little broken, but who wasn’t?

“I’m so glad Leslie didn’t stay behind to badger us,” Beth said. “I can’t stand people like her.”

“Like what?”

“Those who think everyone owes them something. She’s not a good person.” She didn’t want to waste time around anyone who brought others down.

Harvey parked Beth’s car right behind his. He unlocked his seatbelt and rested his elbows on the console. “Beth, I think you may be the nicest person I’ve ever met.” Tilting his head forward, he pressed his warm lips against hers. “I’m enjoying our time together.” He kissed her again.

She wanted to tell him she thought the same thing, but she couldn’t speak. The moment his mouth was on hers, her body surrendered, her muscles weakened. In the few make out sessions she had in her past, none compared to a simple kiss from Harvey.

He unlocked from her lips and placed his hand on her neckline. “My dad isn’t home. Do you want to come in?”

“Yes,” escaped her before her brain even had a chance to register what going inside meant. Harvey’s right cheek puffed up as his lips curled into half a smile. Only the two of them would be in the house, Harvey’s house, alone, no one able to interrupt them. Her pounding heart had to quiet down before she passed out, and her nerves needed to calm about a hundred notches.

Bullet greeted them, his tiny, forceful physique relaxing Beth slightly. “Hey buddy,” Harvey scratched the dog’s head. “Let me get you something to eat and some water in your bowl.”

Beth followed Harvey into the kitchen and waited while he fed Bullet. The minute after he set Bullet’s dish down, he ran to her and put his arms around her. The moment she had been waiting for since she first saw his rippling body and messy hair was here. Her head started to float, the sound of the clock ticking getting further away until the gentle caress of his lips grazed her. She allowed his tongue into her mouth, so tender and inviting. His hand slid down her thigh, and as he kept kissing her, her body throbbing.

He pulled away. “Did you like that?”

Silly question. She didn’t doubt he was the best kisser in the world. “Yes,” she whispered. “I did. Don’t stop.”

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Pieces Larger CoverAn alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.

Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.

A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.

Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable, but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

Available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, other Amazon sites, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

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Tracy Krimmer started writing in grade school. Poetry was her first love, and after writing a series of one and two page stories in her third grade Creative Writing notebook, she knew she had many stories to tell. After taking a break from writing, she finally re-discovered her spark in 2012. Pieces of it All is her first New Adult Contemporary Romance, and she is working on two new books now. An avid reader, she picks up books from almost every genre, and explores many in her own works.

Connect with Tracy at her website, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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