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What Is Your Romance Novel Name?

  Posted by Jean Oram , 21 September 2013 · 1,092 views

<p>Ready for some fun? I’m playing this game over at Sydney Landon’s launch party for her latest Danvers novel “<a title="Fighting For You" href="[url="http://amzn.com/0451468953"]http://amzn.com/0451468953[/url]" target="_blank">Fighting For You</a>.”</p>
<p><a title="Get your copy of Fighting For You" href="[url="http://amzn.com/0451468953"]http://amzn.com/0451468953[/url]" target="_blank"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-358" alt="Fighting For You by Sydney Landon" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FightingForYou-186x300.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FightingForYou-186x300.jpg[/url]" width="186" height="300" /></a></p>
<p>You can play here and figure out your new steamy romance novel name and/or you can also pop over to her launch party on Facebook. Everyone is welcome. If you join her party and leave your romance name <a title="Sydney Landon's release party! The game and giveaway!" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/events/444571015657837/455850011196604/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/444571015657837/455850011196604/[/url]" target="_blank">in this thread </a>you could win a signed paperback of Champagne and Lemon Drops!</p>
<p>Let’s play!</p>
<h3>Steamy Romance Name Game</h3>
<p>Please note that Annette Blair’s wonderful <a title="Annette's great sensual word list" href="[url="http://www.annetteblair.com/sensual-words.htm"]http://www.annetteblair.com/sensual-words.htm[/url]" target="_blank">Sensual Word list</a> on her website helped me out when I needed a few more steamy adjectives.</p>
<p><strong>How to play:</strong></p>
<p>It’s pretty simple. Using the first letter of your first name, look down the list of first names below and choose your new first name. My name starts with a J, so my new first name is Arousing. (Hello!)</p>
<p>Next, we’re going to pick a middle name. Using the month of your birth, choose the corresponding name from the birth month list. My new middle name is Studette Muffin.</p>
<p>And because I created this game to celebrate Sydney’s Danvers series, we’re going to join Danvers International and adopt Danvers as our last name.</p>
<p>So my new sexy name is Arousing Studette Muffin Danvers.</p>
<p>Have fun you sexy beasts!</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>First Name list (Choose your first name based on the first letter of your real first name):</strong></p>
<p>A= Ravishing</p>
<p>B= Tawdry</p>
<p>C= Dreamy</p>
<p>D= Busty</p>
<p>E= Sensual</p>
<p>F= Wild Thang</p>
<p>G= Raunchy</p>
<p>H= Tantalizing</p>
<p>I= Sinsational</p>
<p>J= Arousing</p>
<p>K= Majestic</p>
<p>L= Swoonalicious</p>
<p>M= Steamy</p>
<p>N= Passionate</p>
<p>O= Carousing</p>
<p>P= Virtuous</p>
<p>Q= Wanton</p>
<p>R= Bootylicious</p>
<p>S= Smouldering</p>
<p>T= Adventurous</p>
<p>U= Titillating</p>
<p>V= Spicey</p>
<p>W= Racey</p>
<p>X Y Z= Frisky</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Middle Name (Choose based on your birth month):</strong></p>
<p>January= Sex Goddess</p>
<p>February= Love Shack</p>
<p>March= Studette Muffin</p>
<p>April= Hotstuff</p>
<p>May= Sweetheart</p>
<p>June= Booty Call</p>
<p>July= Vixen</p>
<p>August= Sex Machine</p>
<p>September= Virgin</p>
<p>October= Volcano of Love</p>
<p>November= Bodice Ripper</p>
<p>December= Mistress of Glory</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong><a title="Win win win!!" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/events/444571015657837/455850011196604/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/444571015657837/455850011196604/[/url]" target="_blank"> Join the giveaway! Click here for your chance to win!</a></strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Psst! Don’t forget, you can pick up your <a title="Free romance--Champagne and Lemon Drops" href=" [url="http://amzn.to/12Fxgk4"]http://amzn.to/12Fxgk4[/url]" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">ebook copy of Champagne and Lemon Drops for free!</span></a></strong></span></p>
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<p><strong>What’s your steamy romance name? Share it in the comment section. <img src='[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/url]' alt=':)' class='wp-smiley' /> </strong></p>
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An Update: Get Your Exclusive Stuff!

  Posted by Jean Oram , 04 September 2013 · 458 views

<p>Hiya folks!</p>
<p>I think it’s time for a little news from me (Jean):</p>
<h3>Whiskey and Gumdrops!</h3>
<p>Whiskey and Gumdrops is looking like it will be released next month–October 2013. I have a lot of work to do! It was initially planned for the end of this month (September) but life boxed me about the ears and reminded me that it is truly the one in charge of my destiny–as well as my book’s. <img src='[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif[/url]' alt=';)' class='wp-smiley' /> Ouch. Stay tuned for sneak peeks and the cover reveal.</p>
<h3>Insider’s Club Exclusives Coming Soon!</h3>
<p>Do subscribe to the newsletter (<a title="Jean Oram's author newsletter" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/signup"]http://www.jeanoram.com/signup[/url]" target="_blank">www.jeanoram.com/signup</a>) if you haven’t already. I’m planning some exclusive content (as always) and it is a great place for keeping your finger on the pulse for my latest releases, exclusive contests and giveaways, freebies, as well as an upcoming insider’s club for fans of the Blueberry Springs series (that won’t be mentioned anywhere else but in the newsletter). It’s completely free and I won’t flood your inbox with drab. It’s always got something readers would like because I’m a reader too and I hate drab newsletters.</p>
<h3>Giveaways!</h3>
<p>There are always giveaways going on when I band with other authors to celebrate the release of their latest books. There is a giveaway board on this <a title="Look for the Giveaway Board!" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com"]http://www.jeanoram.com[/url]" target="_blank">website’s main page</a> (I don’t always mention the giveaways elsewhere) where I mention giveaways from early release copies of my books to signed paperbacks to gift cards…</p>
<p>Here’s what’s hot:</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FashionablyDeadPeterman.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FashionablyDeadPeterman.jpg[/url]"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-348" alt="Fashionably Dead" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FashionablyDeadPeterman.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FashionablyDeadPeterman.jpg[/url]" width="77" height="116" /></a>September 7th – 8th (Saturday &amp; Sunday). Win a signed paperback of Champagne and Lemon Drops over at author Robyn Peterman’s release party for her new release <a title="Fashionably Dead" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Fashionably-Dead-Damned-Series-ebook/dp/B00EYMXM2I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1378251630&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=Fashionably+Dead"]http://www.amazon.com/Fashionably-Dead-Damned-Series-ebook/dp/B00EYMXM2I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1378251630&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=Fashionably+Dead[/url]" target="_blank">Fashionably Dead</a>. It’s a Facebook party where everyone is invited. Lots of authors giving away prizes!<a title="Robyn Peterman's release party for Fashionably Dead" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/events/418981318206327/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/418981318206327/[/url]" target="_blank"> [url="https://www.facebook.com/events/418981318206327/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/418981318206327/[/url]</a></p>
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<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GentlingCowboy.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GentlingCowboy.jpg[/url]"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-345" alt="Gentling the cowboy" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GentlingCowboy.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GentlingCowboy.jpg[/url]" width="84" height="121" /></a>September 1-16th. Win a yet-to-be-determined prize from me and MANY other authors in bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s Facebook release party for her upcoming book <a title="Preorder your copy of Ruth Cardello's Gentling the Cowboy." href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Gentling-Cowboy-Nights-Series-ebook/dp/B00EKR2H6E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1377641085&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=gentling+the+cowboy"]http://www.amazon.com/Gentling-Cowboy-Nights-Series-ebook/dp/B00EKR2H6E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1377641085&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=gentling+the+cowboy[/url]" target="_blank">Gentling the Cowboy</a>. <a title="Gentling the Cowboy Release party--everyone invited!" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/events/185301321647149/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/185301321647149/[/url]" target="_blank">[url="https://www.facebook.com/events/185301321647149/"]https://www.facebook.com/events/185301321647149/[/url]</a></p>
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<p><strong>As always, I love hearing from you. Drop a comment or <a title="Jean Oram' newsletter" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/signup"]http://www.jeanoram.com/signup[/url]" target="_blank">sign up for the newsletter</a>!</strong></p>
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Champagne and Lemon Drops Available in Paperback

  Posted by Jean Oram , 03 August 2013 · 328 views

<p>Hi readers!</p>
<p>This is just a quick post to let you know Champagne and Lemon Drops is now available as a paperback! As well, I am ordering a stack of them for upcoming giveaways. <img src='[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/url]' alt=':)' class='wp-smiley' /> Stay tuned! I’m also thinking of holding an online launch party with tons of prizes for readers when I release book 2 in the Blueberry Springs series, Whiskey and Gumdrops. You won’t want to miss it. (P.S. You can sign up for my <a title="Mailing list sign up. It's free and it's fun. Romance goodness straight to your inbox. No spam. Ever." href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/signup"]http://www.jeanoram.com/signup[/url]" target="_blank">mailing list by clicking here </a>and have this kind of sweet info delivered straight to your inbox.)</p>
<p>Here’s where you can get your hands on a paperback of Champagne and Lemon Drops. Please note that the price will vary depending on where you are having it shipped to. I did my best to keep the prices down, however the more options I added for distribution the more my price went up! OH NO! Lesson learned. (The hard way.)</p>
<h3>Buy Champagne and Lemon Drops in paperback. Just in time for ordering Christmas gifts! Okay, okay… it’s still summer, but it’s always good to think ahead!</h3>
<p><a title="Buy the print version of Champagne and Lemon Drops." href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Lemon-Drops-Blueberry-Contemporary/dp/0991860225/"]http://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Lemon-Drops-Blueberry-Contemporary/dp/0991860225/[/url]" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a> or <a title="Champagne and Lemon Drops in paperback" href="[url="https://www.createspace.com/4310413"]https://www.createspace.com/4310413[/url]" target="_blank">CreateSpace</a></p>
<div id="attachment_67" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 406px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-67 " alt="Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance cover art" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg[/url]" width="396" height="570" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Now in paperback!</p></div>
<p>Thanks for reading!</p>
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Name Mandy’s Cat in Whiskey and Gumdrops!

  Posted by Jean Oram , 02 August 2013 · 523 views

<p>Okay dear readers, I need help.</p>
<p>And you are completely qualified! 100%!</p>
<p>I need to name Mandy’s cat in my upcoming Blueberry Springs book, <em>Whiskey and Gumdrops</em>. I have a lot of troubles naming characters sometimes and have tagged Mandy’s half-Persian kitty as Fluffinator at the moment. It’s quirky and goofy, but it doesn’t quite fit.</p>
<p><strong>Here’s the scoop:</strong></p>
<p>In the comment section of this post, suggest names for Mandy’s cat. If you see one you like in the comments, you can vote for it by leaving a comment saying you are voting for that one.</p>
<p>Once a name has been chosen (thank you in advance!!!) that person will be mentioned in the book’s acknowledgements as having named Mandy’s cat. (If you would rather stay anonymous, that is fine, too. We can work around that.) As well, I would like to gift you with an ebook or paperback copy of <em>Whiskey and Gumdrops</em> when it is released (late September or early October).</p>
<div id="attachment_325" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 497px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-325" alt="Persian cat by Si Griffiths" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg[/url]" width="487" height="324" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Photo credit: <a title="Photo Credit and source" href="[url="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg"]http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Persian_Cat_7_UK.jpg[/url]" target="_blank">Si Griffiths</a></p></div>
<p><strong>Here are some Fluffinator sneak peeks:</strong></p>
<p><em>She ignored FLUFFINATOR, her half Persian who was rubbing against her, determined to leave as much gray fur on Mandy’s navy uniform as possible.</em></p>
<p>Yeah, typical cat, right? Here’s more:</p>
<p><em>Mandy burst out laughing, startling FLUFFINATOR who acted highly insulted as she strutted away, head held high, nose pointed upward, and that gargantuan tail definitely giving her the finger.<br /></em></p>
<p>This cat has ‘tude!</p>
<p><em>Mandy closed her laptop and crossed the room. She pet FLUFFINATOR, who had returned to the windowsill unfazed, and scanned the street. This kind of behavior usually meant Frankie was out there. FLUFFINATOR, despite her typical haughtiness had a thing for Frankie, even though the puss did her best not to let it show around him.</em><br /><em>Like Mandy, like kitty.</em></p>
<p>Okay, that’s all I’m sneak peeking at the moment, but it should give you a feel for Fluffinator.</p>
<p>Comment away! And thanks for reading.</p>
<p>Note: Name the cat ends Sunday, August 4th at midnight Mountain Time.</p>
<p>Another Note: After finding this picture to brighten the post and provide inspiration, I totally want to name Fluffinator Mr. Winkles–even though the cat, in my mind, is female. BUT I should also note that I can easily change the sex of the cat to fit the winning name.</p>
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Romance Scavenger Hunt and PRIZES!

  Posted by Jean Oram , 31 July 2013 · 459 views

<p>The wonderful author J.M. Griffin (Vinnie Esposito mystery series) has been hosting an online scavenger hunt with eleven authors and all of them are dishing out prizes. And the scavenger hunt is soooo easy! Seriously. Easy. It won’t take you more than a minute or two, it’s fun, and you can win gift cards galore to your favourite online booksellers and MORE. And who can’t use more books!! And… um, more.</p>
<p>And now it is my turn! (<del>July 31 – August 2.</del> This has changed!! Now my draw will be held from August 3 – 5!)</p>
<p>To win a $10 gift card to any online store of your choice, visit <a title="Scavenger Hunt!" href="[url="http://scavengerhunts.vpweb.com/Event.html"]http://scavengerhunts.vpweb.com/Event.html[/url]" target="_blank">J.M.’s scavenger hunt website</a> and find the missing info and enter.</p>
<div id="attachment_306" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 669px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/superfood.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/superfood.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-306" alt="Romance is the superfood of books." src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/superfood.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/superfood.jpg[/url]" width="659" height="439" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Yep, it’s shareable.</p></div>
<p>See you over there and GOOD LUCK!!!</p>
<p>P.S. If you’ve been waiting for Whiskey and Gumdrops, book 2 in the Blueberry Springs series, it is coming soon! It’s looking like later September or early October and I’m planning giveaways and parties and, and, and STUFF! Stay tuned for more info.</p>
<p>Oh, and here are the authors and their prizes with a new giveaway every three days until August 16, 2013:</p>
<div>Liberty Blake $20 gift card of choice</div>
<div>Maeve Christopher $20 gift card</div>
<div>Christine Donovan $20 gift card</div>
<div>Sammie Grace $20 gift card</div>
<div>J.M. Griffin $25 gift card of choice</div>
<div>Terri Marie – Swag</div>
<div>Lisa Norato $20 Amazon gift card</div>
<div>Jean Oram $10 gift card of choice</div>
<div>Amber Skyze 2 Print books &amp; swag</div>
<div>Jeanine Duval Spikes $15 gift cards<br />Christine Tetreault $15 gift card of choice</div>
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Giveaway: Gift Card and Advanced Paperback of Champagne and Lemon Drops

  Posted by Jean Oram , 21 June 2013 · 599 views

<p>Do you like winning egift cards to an online store of your choice?</p>
<p>Do you think autographed books are cool?</p>
<p>Do you like the idea of getting your hands on a book before ANYONE else can?</p>
<h4>If you answered yes to one or more of those questions read on!</h4>
<p>In celebration of the upcoming release of Champagne and Lemon Drops in paperback format–its first time in print–I am hosting a giveaway over on fellow author, T.J. Loveless’s blog.</p>
<div id="attachment_67" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 227px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-67" alt="Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance cover art" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ChampagneLemonDrops_55K.jpg[/url]" width="217" height="313" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Win!</p></div>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">What you could win:</span></strong></p>
<p>1) An autographed paperback copy of <a title="Download your ecopy of this small town romance for free!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Lemon-Drops-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B00BR3AT9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top"]http://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Lemon-Drops-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B00BR3AT9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top[/url]" target="_blank">Champagne and Lemon Drops</a> BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! The launch date for the print version of this book isn’t until July 26th. So you could totally taunt people at the beach with your newly won book.</p>
<p>“What are you reading?” you casually ask someone as you recline in your beach chair.</p>
<p>“Hmmm,” you say with mild interest as they reply.</p>
<p>Hand to your chest with pure innocence when they return the question and ask you what you’re reading. “What am I reading? Oh, you know… an autographed copy of this fun book that won’t be out for another couple of weeks.”</p>
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<p>2) The winner will also walk away with a $10 gift ecard to an online store of their choice.</p>
<h3>Here’s the scoop with extra sprinkles</h3>
<p>Over on T.J.’s blog there is an interview with me about my writing journey. You don’t have to read that to enter. Leave a quick comment saying hi or whatever comes to mind. Then pop up to the rafflecopter box in the blog post and check off that you left a comment and voila. You are entered! How easy is that? (P.S. It looks like you might be able to enter more than once!)</p>
<p>Where to enter: T.J. Loveless’s blog, Queen of the Padded Room. <a title="Win a signed copy of Champagne and Lemon Drops and a $10 gift card!" href="[url="http://queenofpaddedroom.blogspot.ca/2013/06/yay-she-came-back-meet-jean-oram-and.html"]http://queenofpaddedroom.blogspot.ca/2013/06/yay-she-came-back-meet-jean-oram-and.html[/url]" target="_blank">Click here for the direct giveaway link</a>.</p>
<p>Giveaway is open until June 23rd (Monday), 2013.</p>
<p>Good luck!</p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Reminder:</strong></span> You can download Champagne and Lemon Drops for <a title="Links to get you your FREE copy of Champagne and Lemon Drops from your online book vendor of choice. Enjoy!" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/books/"]http://www.jeanoram.com/books/[/url]" target="_blank">FREE in all ebook formats</a>! As well, sign up for my author newsletter and allow me to deliver big giveaway news, book release news, and book freebies straight to your inbox. (About every month or two.) <a title="Sign up for Jean Oram's romance mailing list!" href="[url="http://jeanoram.us6.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=6226a557c7f8d32e7f233ec8f&amp;id=1e0a489b33"]http://jeanoram.us6.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=6226a557c7f8d32e7f233ec8f&amp;id=1e0a489b33[/url]" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a></p>
<p><em><strong>Are you lucky? Tell me in the comment section about the coolest thing you’ve ever won. (The biggest thing I’ve ever won was peanut butter brittle. Oh, and a book. Apparently, I’m saving up my karma for a BIG win.)</strong></em></p>
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<p>The post <a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/book-giveaways/book-giveaway-gift-card-champagne-and-lemon-drops/"]http://www.jeanoram.com/book-giveaways/book-giveaway-gift-card-champagne-and-lemon-drops/[/url]">Giveaway: Gift Card and Advanced Paperback of Champagne and Lemon Drops</a> appeared first on <a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com"]http://www.jeanoram.com[/url]">Jean Oram</a>.</p>

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Meet J. Lea Lopez: Your Erotica and New Adult Ebook Fix

  Posted by Jean Oram , 28 May 2013 · 919 views

<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SorrysNotEnough.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SorrysNotEnough.jpg[/url]"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-220" alt="Sorry's Not Enough by J. Lea Lopez" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SorrysNotEnough.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SorrysNotEnough.jpg[/url]" width="324" height="465" /></a>Have you met J. Lea Lopez? She’s new and so is her hair colour! Seriously, this writer has some do-it-yourself guts when it comes to cutting (gulp) and colouring her hair. Last I checked she was moving from blue to purple. Or was it the other way around?</p>
<p>I met J. Lea through a writer’s board and read her work for the first time in <a title="Spring Fevers on Amazon. It's FREE you should totally get a copy." href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Fevers-ebook/dp/B007EDIAGC/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369345662&amp;sr=1-3"]http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Fevers-ebook/dp/B007EDIAGC/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369345662&amp;sr=1-3[/url]" target="_blank">Spring Fevers</a>. Her story ‘Adventures of Sasquatch’ (see below–you can get it for free! It’s a fun story about a girl with big feet trying to find true love) made me want to hug my ereader. It also inspired me to write my own short stories, ‘Crumbs,’ which appeared in <a title="The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/The-Fall-Tales-Apocalypse-ebook/dp/B009ZVVDOM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top"]http://www.amazon.com/The-Fall-Tales-Apocalypse-ebook/dp/B009ZVVDOM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top[/url]" target="_blank"><em>The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse</em></a> which is about finding love at the end of the world (well, my story is–the whole anthology isn’t about that) and my latest story ‘Gown for Sale’ which will be released in Summer’s Edge in July. That’s all thanks to J. Lea!</p>
<p>And now she is going the indie route which means we’ll get to read a lot more of her stories from the hot and steamy (see the end of the post) to her contemporary new adult novel, <em>Sorry’s Not Enough</em>.</p>
<h3>Sorry’s Not Enough</h3>
<p>Charlotte learned at an early age that people – including family – are capable of hurting you so bad “sorry” will never be enough. The obvious solution is not to let anyone close enough to do any damage, and she’s doing just fine with that until a summer writing workshop brings Steven into her life. Seemingly immune to Charlotte’s Stay the Hell Away from Me pheromones, he uses his wit and good looks – or what Charlotte would call his obnoxious ego and his stupid good looks – to win her over. The unexpected summer romance screeches to a halt when Steven’s job creates an ethical dilemma for the couple. Sorry doesn’t begin to cover the hurt feelings.</p>
<p>Despite the secrets Charlotte’s keeping and the renewed passion with which she pushes him away, Steven can’t let her go. And so the cycle of their relationship begins. Over the course of four years they share moments as passionate lovers, periods of warm friendship, as well as months of barely-civil tension.</p>
<p>When no amount of time or distance, and no number of men, can make her forget the comfort of Steven’s arms, Charlotte must dig into her painful past and face the man whose betrayal destroyed her capacity for trust to begin with. And by the time she finds the courage to do so, will “sorry” be enough to get Steven back?</p>
<h3>Where to Buy Your Copy of Sorry’s Not Enough</h3>
<p><a title="Amazon.com Sorry's Not Enough" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Sorrys-Not-Enough-ebook/dp/B00D0DQHLK"]http://www.amazon.com/Sorrys-Not-Enough-ebook/dp/B00D0DQHLK[/url]" target="_blank">Amazon</a><br /><a title="Sorry's Not Enough all formats on Smashwords" href="[url="http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319676"]http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319676[/url]" target="_blank">Smashwords</a><br />Barnes &amp; Noble: Coming Soon!</p>
<p>Note from Jean: I read the sneak peek of Sorry’s Not Enough in the back of Consenting Adults and I am HOOKED! I have to know what happens now!</p>
<h3>Get a Free Romance Ebook: Consenting Adults (Yes, There are Free Erotica Short Stories, Too)</h3>
<div id="attachment_225" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="width: 209px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ConsentingAdultsJLeaLopez.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ConsentingAdultsJLeaLopez.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-medium wp-image-225" alt="Consenting Adults, short erotica stories by J. Lea Lopez" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ConsentingAdultsJLeaLopez-199x300.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ConsentingAdultsJLeaLopez-199x300.jpg[/url]" width="199" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Doesn’t this make you think of Sweet Dreams novels? Warning: Contents steamier than Sweet Dreams!!</p></div>
<p>While this post was supposed to be just for J. Lea’s new release, her contemporary new adult book, <em>Sorry’s Not Enough</em>, I was reading her other new release which is a free romance ebook that contains short erotica stories and short romance stories. And so I asked her to share what it is about as well as I know readers LOVE FREE BOOKS!</p>
<p><strong>Consenting Adults contains 5 free short stories:</strong></p>
<p><em>The title story, “Consenting Adults”, explores the eroticism of an enthusiastic “Yes!” between lovers.</em></p>
<p>Note from Jean: Wowzers. A sweet story about an office love affair. Hot, too.</p>
<p><em>“The Haricot Verts” peeks in on a tense moment between a couple where she can’t seem to say what’s on her mind.</em></p>
<p>Note from Jean: I love the awkward, unsaid tension in this very short story.</p>
<p><em>“The Reluctant Exhibitionist” follows a young couple learning to open up and share their fantasies without embarrassment.</em></p>
<p>Note from Jean: The title says it all. Another hot story about opening up to your lover.</p>
<p><em>“The Adventures of Sasquatch” is the story of a single mom – and her big feet – reclaiming her inner princess.</em></p>
<p>Note from Jean: This one is my favourite–it’s the one I mentioned above–and it reminds me a lot of Jennifer Weiner. If you read it you will fall in love with the characters and demand J. Lea write a novel about them!</p>
<p><em>“Between the Lines” shows what happens when long-hidden desires sizzle to the surface between two near-strangers.</em></p>
<p>Note from Jean: Explores the other side of a shy wallflower. Another hot one. <img src='[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif[/url]' alt=';)' class='wp-smiley' /> </p>
<h3>Where to Download Your Copy of Consenting Adults</h3>
<p><a title="Consenting Adults on Barnes &amp; Noble." href="[url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/consenting-adults-j-lea-lopez/1115380658?ean=2940044503137http://"]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/consenting-adults-j-lea-lopez/1115380658?ean=2940044503137http://[/url]" target="_blank">Barnes and Noble</a><br /><a title="Consenting Adults on Amazon." href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKH0X2G"]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKH0X2G[/url]" target="_blank">Amazon</a><br /><a title="Consenting Adults on Kobo." href="[url="http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Consenting-Adults/book-8MmZBR7Wm0WKIDDN0cH5Rw/page1.html?s=aqF5muy1qEekbwNByr-6bw&amp;r=1"]http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Consenting-Adults/book-8MmZBR7Wm0WKIDDN0cH5Rw/page1.html?s=aqF5muy1qEekbwNByr-6bw&amp;r=1[/url]" target="_blank">Kobo</a></p>
<h3>Who is Author J. Lea Lopez and Where Can You Find Her?</h3>
<p>J. Lea Lopez is a writer with a penchant for Jello-O and a loathing for writing bios in third person. She writes character-driven erotica and contemporary new adult stories. She’s an introvert with a touch of shyness, but you can follow her on <a title="Follow J. Lea Lopez on Twitter" href="[url="http://www.twitter.com/JLeaLopez"]http://www.twitter.com/JLeaLopez[/url]" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or <a title="J. Lea Lopez on Facebook" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/jlealopez?fref=ts"]https://www.facebook.com/jlealopez?fref=ts[/url]" target="_blank">Facebook</a> for a peek at the secret world of naughtiness inside in her head.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>~ ~ ~</strong></p>
<p><strong>How about you? Have you ever been won over by a guy despite your misgivings like Charlotte in J. Lea’s story, <em>Sorry’s Not Enough</em>? Tell us about it in the comment section. I always love to hear your stories.</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><em><a class="embedtweet" title="Tweet a shout out for new author J. Lea Lopez:" href="[url="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Do%20you%20read%20new%20adult%20novels%3F%20How%20about%20romance%20or%20erotica%3F%20%40jlealopez%20has%20you%20covered!%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jeanoram.com%2Ffree-romance-ebooks%2Fj-lea-lopez-new-adult-erotica%2F%20via%20%40jeanoram%20%23FREE%20%23romance"]https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Do%20you%20read%20new%20adult%20novels%3F%20How%20about%20romance%20or%20erotica%3F%20%40jlealopez%20has%20you%20covered!%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jeanoram.com%2Ffree-romance-ebooks%2Fj-lea-lopez-new-adult-erotica%2F%20via%20%40jeanoram%20%23FREE%20%23romance[/url]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Tweet a shout out for new author J. Lea Lopez:</span></a> Do you read new adult novels? How about romance or erotica? @jlealopez has you covered!</em></span></p>
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The Vervacious Josie Brown: Chick Lit Author Extraordinaire

  Posted by Jean Oram , 27 May 2013 · 804 views

<p>Welcome to International Chick Lit Month as well as a sneak peek into the secret lives of chick lit authors. They are a cool group of people and today we have author Josie Brown on The Lovebug Blog! Welcome Josie!</p>
<p>Oddly enough, I first ‘met’ Josie Brown’s books when I published my own. There was this DAZZLING cover sitting on the women’s fiction lists that totally hooked me in. It was the cover of <a title="Get Josie Brown's Totlandia for FREE on Amazon.com" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia"]http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia[/url]" target="_blank">Totlandia: The Onsies</a>. I mean, what isn’t there to love about a sparkly baby bottle on a light blue cover? I picked it up (it’s <a title="Get it now. Don't wait. It's great! Hey, it rhymes!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia"]http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia[/url]" target="_blank">FREE</a>) and promptly set the other book I was reading aside so I could finish her hilarious look at momhood and what we’ll do for our kids. In other words, I was an INSTANT FAN!!!</p>
<p>Josie was available to chat here on the blog for International Chick Lit Month as well as <em><span style="color: #ff00ff;">SHARE THE COVER OF HER UPCOMING BOOK</span></em>, The Candidate, AND tell us how we can win $100 gift card! Wow!</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Totlandia.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Totlandia.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-245" alt="Josie Brown's Totlandia series." src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Totlandia.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Totlandia.jpg[/url]" width="431" height="323" /></a></p>
<h3>Interview with Author Josie Brown</h3>
<p><strong>Jean/The Lovebug Blog: When were you first introduced to chick lit or romance? Who was your first chick lit or romance love?</strong></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Josie Brown:</span></strong> I guess my very first “chick lit” book was BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, which I adore to this day. It had all the elements: a quirky heroine who learns to believe in herself, a cad, the good guy, and the best friends in the world, and a story arc where she finally proves to herself that she’s worth having all the wonderful things she deserved.</p>
<p>Then again, if we can call Jane Austen chick lit, I’d have to say PRIDE AND PREJUDICE was my first chick lit reading. Funny how little we women (and readers) have changed through the ages!</p>
<p><strong>Jean: What do you enjoy most about writing humourous chick lit? (Do you ever make yourself laugh?– ‘Cause you totally make your readers laugh, chortle, giggle and snort.)</strong></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Josie:</span></strong> HA HA! Well, that just made my day! I’ve had interesting conversations with my editors as to how much — and how little humor a good novel should have. Really, I should rephrase that: our discussions have been based on the amount of pathos in my books, which I leaven with humor. I love it when readers comment on how “real” my heroines are; that they can feel for them, cry for them, as well as laugh with them (and at them). My goal is that you’ll miss them when the book ends. So, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for letting me know that I’m doing so.</p>
<p><strong>Jean: The Totlandia series reads like Desperate Housewives hits the playgroup circuit and you completely hit the nail on the head with the competition between mothers as well as their insecurities and motivations for wanting the best for their tots. Did you have to do any undercover work and infiltrate top-notch playgroups as research? In other words, how did you end up totally capturing the best and worst of motherhood?</strong></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Josie:</span> </strong>My research was playground-based (LOL!) Living as I do in San Francisco and Marin County, California, I’ve witnessed a lot of mama drama from the posh set. Some things that should be mundane are blown out of proportion. Keeping up with the Joneses is always top-of-mind, as is ensuring that your child has all the advantages of those in the same zip code. It’s why they’re raising their children here in the first place. But when all is said and done, is pray that the experiences and advice you’ve shared with your child puts them on the path of being healthy and happy adults. You won’t be around to micromanage their lives forever. And you can’t measure it by “stuff”.</p>
<div id="attachment_246" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 315px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/MarriageBooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/MarriageBooks.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-246" alt="Josie Brown's books" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/MarriageBooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/MarriageBooks.jpg[/url]" width="305" height="228" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Hey look! It’s the whole set from finding the man to getting married to having a baby!</p></div>
<p><strong>Jean: You’ve written several series in the chick lit genre. What are the highlights and frustrations of writing a series? (And do you ever find your readers begging for more after you’re done?)</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Josie:</strong></span> HAHAHA! I’m always honored when I get a message from a reader begging for the next book to come out. That proves I’ve touched them in some way, and so have my characters.</p>
<p>As for the highlights: I enjoy plotting out my character’s story arcs. And of course, I enjoy writing about characters we all enjoy hating, which in the <a title="Get Josie Brown's Totlandia for FREE on Amazon.com" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia"]http://www.amazon.com/Totlandia-Onesies-Book-Fall-ebook/dp/B00A4PJYQW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428292&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=totlandia[/url]" target="_blank">Totlandia</a> series is Bettina Connaught Cross, of course. She’s a joy to write, because we’ve all come across a mean mommy, just like her. And since we don’t want to be mean mommies ourselves, I’m glad she’s become my outlet for the outlandish stuff I can only dream of inflicting on a fellow mom.</p>
<p>As for the frustrations: Sometimes to move the story forward, one character needs more “page time” than another. If she isn’t the readers’ favorite, I’ll hear back that they wish I would have focused on their fave instead. In truth, I plot out each character’s story thread in different color fonts, then count up the colors to make sure I’m giving them an equal number of scenes. Of course, they are also sharing their scenes with others, so there is some overlap. Hey, it’s a problem I love having, because I enjoy my TOTLANDIA moms (Lorna, Jade, Jillian, Ally) equally. They all bring a different perspective to motherhood, parenting and relationships. My hope is to do them justice.</p>
<div id="attachment_247" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 403px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/HousewifeAssassin.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/HousewifeAssassin.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-247" alt="The Housewife Assassin series by Josie Brown." src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/HousewifeAssassin.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/HousewifeAssassin.jpg[/url]" width="393" height="294" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Five Books!! Did you know Josie now knows the cover model through Facebook? Cool!</p></div>
<p><strong>Jean: Chick lit is best known for to-die-for shoes, career traumas &amp; drama, handsome heroes, and best friends. In what ways does your own life resemble chick lit?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Josie:</strong></span> Okay, I just spewed my coffee on this one! Seriously, NONE WHATSOEVER.</p>
<p>Except for the “handsome hero” part. I truly feel that I manifested my husband from a wishlist that asked for humor, good looks, and smarts that would keep me on my toes–</p>
<p>In second thought, once I was explaining to the editor of my book, <a title="Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lives-Husbands-Wives-ebook/dp/B003KN3M7M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428680&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=secret+lives+of+husbands+and+wives"]http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lives-Husbands-Wives-ebook/dp/B003KN3M7M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428680&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=secret+lives+of+husbands+and+wives[/url]" target="_blank">SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES</a>, how Martin and I met, and she commented, “You know you put him in this book, don’t you?”</p>
<p>Didn’t see THAT one coming.</p>
<p>So yes, I guess we all draw from real life. (Except in my case, being flat-footed and pigeon-toed means I can’t wear high heels…sigh!)</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JosieBrown.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JosieBrown.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-248" alt="The Secret Lives of Husband and Wives by Josie Brown" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JosieBrown.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JosieBrown.jpg[/url]" width="414" height="309" /></a></p>
<p><strong>Jean: Tell us a bit about your latest project. I hear there is something in the works which your readers–new and old–will love. As well, tell us how readers can win a $100 gift card on your website.</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Josie:</strong> </span>Oh yes! Readers MUST enter my contest, which is tied to my latest release: <a title="The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide by Josie Brown" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Housewife-Assassins-Relationship-Survival-ebook/dp/B00C7JS6SK/ref=la_B001IZR5ZE_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428761&amp;sr=1-8"]http://www.amazon.com/Housewife-Assassins-Relationship-Survival-ebook/dp/B00C7JS6SK/ref=la_B001IZR5ZE_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369428761&amp;sr=1-8[/url]" target="_blank">THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S RELATIONSHIP SURIVIVAL GUIDE</a>, for a $100 gift card to the bookstore of their choice! <a title="It's easy! And you could win $100 from Josie Brown!" href="[url="http://www.housewifeassassinshandbook.com/contest-for-100-dollar-giftcard-for-the-housewife-assassins-relationship-survival-guide.html"]http://www.housewifeassassinshandbook.com/contest-for-100-dollar-giftcard-for-the-housewife-assassins-relationship-survival-guide.html[/url]" target="_blank">All they have to do is read the excerpt and send in their answer to the question.</a></p>
<div id="attachment_249" class="wp-caption alignleft" style="width: 384px"><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/The-Candidate-Final4.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/The-Candidate-Final4.jpg[/url]"><img class="size-full wp-image-249 " alt="Cover reveal for The Candidate, a political thriller, by Josie Brown." src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/The-Candidate-Final4.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/The-Candidate-Final4.jpg[/url]" width="374" height="561" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Cover reveal for The Candidate, a political thriller, by Josie Brown. Is that a hot cover or what?</p></div>
<p>I’ve also got a new political thriller breaking in a couple of weeks, called THE CANDIDATE. Because I love your site, and in honor of International Chick Lit Month, you and your readers <strong>will be the first to see the cover</strong>, which I’ve enclosed for you, here.</p>
<p>It’s a dark, sexy political thriller, something that’s been knocking around in my head for some time. Anyone who loves my Housewife Assassin series will certainly enjoy it. Of course, it’s more serious than Donna’s machinations, but just as fun.</p>
<p>The Candidate is: SCANDAL meets HOMELAND as a presidential campaign manager stumbles onto a terrorist plot involving his candidate, the halls of power, and the woman he loves.</p>
<p>Of course, Book 5 of the series, THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S VACATION TO DIE FOR, will be out in August, so that we all end our summer with a bang!</p>
<h3>Where to Find Author Josie Brown as well as Josie Brown’s Books</h3>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Josie:</span></strong> I welcome readers to look me up at:</p>
<p><a title="Author Josie Brown's website" href="www.JosieBrown.com" target="_blank">www.JosieBrown.com</a> (Official Website)<br /><a title="Author Josie Brown's blog" href="[url="http://www.AuthorProvocateur.com"]http://www.AuthorProvocateur.com[/url]" target="_blank">www.AuthorProvocateur.com</a> (Blog)<br /><a title="The Housewife Assassin's Handbook website" href="[url="http://www.HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com"]http://www.HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com[/url]" target="_blank">www.HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com</a><br /><a title="Author Josie Brown on Twitter" href="[url="http://www.twitter.com/JosieBrownCA"]http://www.twitter.com/JosieBrownCA[/url]" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/JosieBrownCA</a><br /><a title="Friend Josie Brown on Facebook!" href="[url="http://http//www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor"]http://http://www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor[/url]" target="_blank">[url="http://www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor"]http://www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor[/url]</a></p>
<p>And of course, all my books can be found on <a title="Josie Brown's page on Amazon.com" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Josie-Brown/e/B001IZR5ZE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1369427740&amp;sr=8-2-ent"]http://www.amazon.com/Josie-Brown/e/B001IZR5ZE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1369427740&amp;sr=8-2-ent[/url]" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>, <a title="Josie Brown's books on Barnes and Noble for your Nook" href="[url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/josie-brown?store=allproducts&amp;keyword=josie+brown"]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/josie-brown?store=allproducts&amp;keyword=josie+brown[/url]" target="_blank">BN.com</a>, <a title="Josie Brown's books on Kobo" href="[url="http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=josie+brown"]http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=josie+brown[/url]" target="_blank">Kobo.com</a>, and <a title="Josie Brown's books on iTunes" href="[url="https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/josie-brown/id213912951?mt=11"]https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/josie-brown/id213912951?mt=11[/url]" target="_blank">iTunes.Apple.com</a></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>~ ~ ~</strong></p>
<p>This is the end of the International Chick Lit, chick lit author interview series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well as discovering–like I have–that Bridget Jones’s Diary has inspired a LOT of chick lit authors as well as the idea of their lives resembling chick lit makes them spit out their beverages. Who knew?</p>
<p>If you’ve missed them, check out these other four great interviews with authors <a title="The whole series of chick lit author interviews for International Chick Lit Month. Thanks for reading!" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/category/international-chick-lit-month/"]http://www.jeanoram.com/category/international-chick-lit-month/[/url]" target="_blank">Talli Roland, Dina Silver, Lindsey Kelk, Tonya Kappes</a>. I hope you’ve found some great books to read. Now… run off to Josie’s site and read her except and <a title="Win a $100 gift card on Josie's Site!" href="[url="http://www.housewifeassassinshandbook.com/contest-for-100-dollar-giftcard-for-the-housewife-assassins-relationship-survival-guide.html"]http://www.housewifeassassinshandbook.com/contest-for-100-dollar-giftcard-for-the-housewife-assassins-relationship-survival-guide.html[/url]" target="_blank">put yourself down to win the $100 gift card from Amazon!</a></p>
<p><strong>If you had just one word to describe Josie Brown’s upcoming release, The Candidate, what word would you use? (Can be in reference to the cover or her blurb!)</strong></p>
<p><em><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a class="embedtweet" title="Click to Tweet this post: " href="[url="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Check%20out%20author%20%40JosieBrownCA%20spitting%20out%20coffee%20as%20well%20as%20a%20COVER%20REVEAL%20of%20her%20upcoming%20book!%3A%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jeanoram.com%2Finternational-chick-lit-month%2Fauthor-josie-brown-interview%2F%20via%20%40jeanoram"]https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Check%20out%20author%20%40JosieBrownCA%20spitting%20out%20coffee%20as%20well%20as%20a%20COVER%20REVEAL%20of%20her%20upcoming%20book!%3A%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jeanoram.com%2Finternational-chick-lit-month%2Fauthor-josie-brown-interview%2F%20via%20%40jeanoram[/url]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Click to Tweet this post: </span></a>Check out Josie Brown spitting out coffee as well as a COVER REVEAL of her upcoming book.</span></em></p>
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International Chick Lit Month with Award-Winning Author Tonya Kappes

  Posted by Jean Oram , 26 May 2013 · 757 views

<p>Happy International Chick Lit Month! Today we have award-winning chick lit author Tonya Kappes here to share how she created an amazing beading shop in her novel Carpe Bead ‘em as well as how to join her for a tea party! And if you’ve read the other <a title="Read all the interviews with chick lit authors celebrating International Chick Lit Month!" href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/category/international-chick-lit-month/"]http://www.jeanoram.com/category/international-chick-lit-month/[/url]" target="_blank">interviews in the series</a>, you might be starting to notice a trend among the secret lives of chick lit authors and when they first fell in love with chick lit.</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/image.jpeg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/image.jpeg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-238" alt="Tonya Kappes Magic Series" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/image.jpeg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/image.jpeg[/url]" width="280" height="210" /></a></p>
<h3>Interview With Chick Lit Author Tonya Kappes</h3>
<p><strong>Jean/ The Lovebug Blog: When did you first fall in love with chick lit and/or romance?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Tonya Kappes:</strong> </span>It started with reading Claire Cooke books as well as the Bridget Jones series. I’m a sucker for a great movie with chick lit elements. Plus Sex In The City was uber fun to watch too!</p>
<p><strong>Jean: What part of writing chick lit do you enjoy the most?</strong></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;">Tonya:</span> </strong>It’s the friendships that draw me into the genre. I love strong women helping strong women. There is nothing scarier than women in numbers!<a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaKappes.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaKappes.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-239" alt="Tonya Kappes books" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaKappes.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaKappes.jpg[/url]" width="275" height="183" /></a></p>
<p><strong>Jean: Have you had to do research for your various books? For example, in <a title="Carpe Bead 'em by Tonya Kappes" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Carpe-Beadem-ebook/dp/B0050I4UX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369421984&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=carpe+bead+%27em"]http://www.amazon.com/Carpe-Beadem-ebook/dp/B0050I4UX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369421984&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=carpe+bead+%27em[/url]" target="_blank">Carpe Bead ‘Em</a> your heroine creates amazing beaded creations. Did you know beading before you began the story or was it something you had to learn (or make up) for the story? What did you enjoy about the process of creating a beading heroine?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Tonya:</strong></span> Ah….good question! I was actually an owner of a beading company, Bead-Nicks, for over five years until I sold it. The business was great because it brought women together. I got to see first hand how they process the beads and what they wanted for designs, then I got to create what was in their head. Bead-Nicks was great for friendships too. There were parties where I showed them how to make jewelry, but that wasn’t the best part. The best part was me standing around listening to them talk about their lives. It was a place for them to escape and have girl time. I loved that!</p>
<p>I love Hallie [from Carpe Bead 'em]. She had to overcome a lot of stigma and self pride to get to a happy life. I think that we women have a hard time putting our self pride aside. Hallie had to grow in order to find her passion.</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Jinx.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Jinx.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-240" alt="Tonya Kappes Chick Lit eBooks" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Jinx.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Jinx.jpg[/url]" width="280" height="210" /></a></p>
<p><strong>Jean: Chick lit is best known for its hunky heroes, career dramas, best friends who rock, and coming of age. Are there any ways in which your own life resembles chick lit?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Tonya:</strong></span> I am very fortunate to have an amazing hunk and best friend! As a matter of fact, there are some little elements of my relationship with my best friend (28 years of friendship!) that is in <a title="Carpe Bead 'em by Tonya Kappes" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Carpe-Beadem-ebook/dp/B0050I4UX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369421984&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=carpe+bead+%27em"]http://www.amazon.com/Carpe-Beadem-ebook/dp/B0050I4UX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369421984&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=carpe+bead+%27em[/url]" target="_blank">Carpe Bead ‘em</a>. After 28 years of friendship, something is going to seep in <img src='[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/url]' alt=':)' class='wp-smiley' /> </p>
<p><strong>Jean: If you had a chance to go on a date with one of the heroes from your novels, who would you pick and why?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Tonya:</strong> </span>Sam from <a title="The Ladybug Jinx" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Ladybug-Jinx-Grandberry-Falls-ebook/dp/B0055HG1HE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369422086&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=ladybug+jinx"]http://www.amazon.com/Ladybug-Jinx-Grandberry-Falls-ebook/dp/B0055HG1HE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369422086&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=ladybug+jinx[/url]" target="_blank">The Ladybug Jinx</a>! The Ladybug Jinx is a coming of age for my hero. I loved the process of talking to men and how they have to become very humble to get to their life’s passion. For Sam, it was hard but well worth it in the end. He would do ANYTHING for his woman!</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaBooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaBooks.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-241" alt="Tonya Kappes Books--chick lit" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaBooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TonyaBooks.jpg[/url]" width="359" height="269" /></a></p>
<h3>Where to Find Author Tonya Kappes</h3>
<p>Oh! They can find me on-line at my website: <a title="Tonya Kappes website" href="[url="http://www.Tonyakappes.com"]http://www.Tonyakappes.com[/url]" target="_blank">Tonyakappes.com</a> or they can join my amazing STREET TEAM on Facebook where I have a ton of on-line parties and giveaways~<a title="Join author Tonya Kappe's Street team!" href="[url="https://www.facebook.com/groups/208579765929709/"]https://www.facebook.com/groups/208579765929709/[/url]" target="_blank">[url="https://www.facebook.com/groups/208579765929709/"]https://www.facebook.com/groups/208579765929709/[/url]</a></p>
<p>This year and next year, I’m traveling to various cities and hosting teas to meet readers in person! Those can be found on my <a title="Join author Tonya Kappes for tea in the USA!" href="[url="http://www.tonyakappes.com/p/news-and-events.html"]http://www.tonyakappes.com/p/news-and-events.html[/url]" target="_blank">events page at my website</a>.</p>
<p>I’m also hosting several meet and greets around the United States with The Ya Ya Writer Girls! <a title="Ya Ya Writer Girls--events" href="[url="http://www.yayawritergirls.com/events/"]http://www.yayawritergirls.com/events/[/url]" target="_blank">[url="http://www.yayawritergirls.com/events/"]http://www.yayawritergirls.com/events/[/url]</a></p>
<p>I love connecting with readers! That is why I do this amazing job. I’ve won several awards from the industry, but winning 2013 Reader’s Choice Award Novella for my romance A NEW TRADITION with Indie Romance Convention, was such a great honor this year! I’m excited to be going to the conference to meet readers and pick up the award! So much fun! I LOVE MY JOB!</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>~ ~ ~</strong></p>
<p><strong>Those tea parties sound SO cool! Readers, if you had the chance to hang out with an author where would you want to do it? Spa? Dinner? Traveling? Facebook? (If you’ve already hung out with an author–maybe it was Tonya!–feel free to share that story in the comments.) I always love to hear your stories.</strong></p>
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Lindsey Kelk: The Hidden Sexy in Being a Chick Lit Author

  Posted by Jean Oram , 25 May 2013 · 483 views

<p>Welcome to another weekend of interviews with fabulous chick lit authors in honour of International Chick Lit Month! Today we have the British chick lit author Lindsey Kelk–who now lives in New York. (Chick lit authors seem to have no qualms about moving to different countries–have you noticed?) Lindsey, as well as writing a plethora of great chick lit reads, is also a <a title="Beauty Mecca by Lindsey Kelk" href="[url="http://lindseykelk.wordpress.com/?s=lindsey+loves"]http://lindseykelk.wordpress.com/?s=lindsey+loves[/url]" target="_blank">beauty blogger</a>. Chick lit authors are SO sexy! Or are they? Maybe I am just messing with you… read on to find out!</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IHeartSeries.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IHeartSeries.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-231" alt="Lindsey Kelk I Heart Books Series" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IHeartSeries.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IHeartSeries.jpg[/url]" width="411" height="548" /></a></p>
<h3>Interview with Chick Lit Author Lindsey Kelk</h3>
<p><strong>Jean/The Lovebug Blog: When did you first fall in love with chick lit?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey Kelk:</strong></span> In all honesty, I was never really a massive reader of the genre as a genre, I was one of those kids who read everything I could get my hands on – for every Sweet Dreams romance I read as a teenager, I read two Point Horrors. I do remember stealing my mum’s copy of <a title="This is Watermelon if you are curious like I was--I hadn't come across this one yet. Looks good!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Marian-Keyes/dp/0060090367/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407769&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=watermelon+by+marian+keyes"]http://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Marian-Keyes/dp/0060090367/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407769&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=watermelon+by+marian+keyes[/url]" target="_blank">Watermelon</a> by Marian Keyes on holiday when I was another massive influence on me, I thought it was so funny. So funny that I nicked my step-mother’s book and still have it now, it’s the original paperback cover with the silhouette of the woman smoking. I never really sat down and thought ‘I’m going to write chick lit’ I just sat down and thought ‘I’m going to write’ and <a title="I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk." href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/Heart-New-York-Novel/dp/B005DI9HPI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/Heart-New-York-Novel/dp/B005DI9HPI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">I Heart New York</a> came out. I’m pretty happy about that.</p>
<p><strong>Jean: What is the sexiest thing about being a chick lit author?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey:</strong></span> Ha! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more at a question. Amazing. Thank you. Um, being able to stay in bed until nine am most days? Right now I am sat on my sofa in a ratty sweatshirt with two day dirty hair in a topknot, looking at a load of washing that needs to go to the laundrette, writing chapter eight of <a title="I Heart Christmas--available for preorder!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">I Heart Christmas</a>. It is the least sexy scene in the world.</p>
<p><strong>Jean: Have you ever had a hero (or heroine) misbehave on you and totally change the course of one of your stories? If so, what did you do about it?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey:</strong></span> It happens. I only really start with a very vague outline, point A to point B and how I get from the beginning to the end is a mystery. I didn’t know James Jacobs (a recurring character from the I Heart books) would ever be seen again after <a title="I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Hollywood-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/B005Q6DUGE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407835&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=i+heart+hollywood"]http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Hollywood-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/B005Q6DUGE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407835&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=i+heart+hollywood[/url]" target="_blank">I Heart Hollywood </a>but he keeps popping up. I sort of love him. Jenny and Louisa are being real minxes in <a title="I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk--available for preorder!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">I Heart Christmas</a> right now… I can’t say anymore! Starting a new series with <a title="About a Girl--preorder it!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">About A Girl</a> has been amazing – I have no idea what anyone is going to do because they’re all strangers. The I Heart gang are so familiar, I’m always pretty certain of what they’re going to do.</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/kelkbooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/kelkbooks.jpg[/url]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-232" alt="Books by Lindsey Kelk" src="[url="http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/kelkbooks.jpg"]http://www.jeanoram.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/kelkbooks.jpg[/url]" width="398" height="298" /></a></p>
<p><strong>Jean: Have real life tidbits from your life (i.e. career dramas, boyfriends (or a friend’s boyfriend), and other capers) ever snuck their way into one of your stories?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey:</strong></span> Oh absolutely although the weirdest thing is that Angela seems to go through things before I do! There are definitely a few escapades that slipped through, more random adventures than major life events, thank god. I’d never cope with what my characters go through.</p>
<p><strong>Jean: What is the most daring thing you have ever done?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey:</strong></span> Probably moving to New York. I’ve also done a lot of long distance travelling for boys that weren’t worth it but at the time, it felt terribly brave. I would like to bill them for all the airfares/car hires/years taken off my life for braving a coach from Doncaster to London on a snowy, icy Boxing Day though… love costs so much money sometimes.</p>
<p><strong>Jean: What are you working on now/What would you like readers to know about you and your books, etc?</strong></p>
<p><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Lindsey:</strong> </span>It’s a busy year! My new book, <a title="About a Girl--preorder it!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">About A Girl</a>, is out on July 4th and that’s the first in a new series. I’ll be over in the UK to promote that over the summer (hopefully) which should be lots of fun. Then <a title="I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk--available for preorder!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/I-Heart-Christmas-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/000750151X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407726&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=i+heart+christmas+by+lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">I Heart Christmas</a> is coming out in November, I’m writing that right now, and then I’m off to Italy in September to research the sequel to <a title="About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk--preorder it!" href="[url="http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk"]http://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Lindsey-Kelk/dp/0007497989/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369407608&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=lindsey+kelk[/url]" target="_blank">About a Girl</a> which is out next summer! And then I’m having a sit down because it will be March 2014 and I’ll be knackered. All the info and my online meltdowns are well documented at<a title="Lindsey Kelk online!" href="[url="http://lindseykelk.com"]http://lindseykelk.com[/url]" target="_blank"> www.lindseykelk.com</a>. (Note from Jean: If you are a Sex in the City fan you TOTALLY have to check out Lindsey’s blog where she’s answering the questions posed by the character Carrie.)</p>
<p>A big warm thank you to Lindsey. Man, could you imagine having to go to Italy for research? Bliss!</p>
<p><strong>Question for readers! If you could travel anywhere in the world for, er, ‘research’ where would you go? Anywhere at all! Let us know in the comment section.</strong></p>
<p>Thanks for reading!</p>
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