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HOLLY JOLLY CHICK LIT HOP IS HAPPENING NOW!

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Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

 

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

 

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you’d like to give them a “like” and follow along:

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi/

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin

Laura Chapman https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks/

Nikki Mahood https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMahood/

Carol Maloney Scott https://www.facebook.com/carolmaloneyscottauthor/

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th

Laurie Baxter https://www.facebook.com/LaurieBaxterAuthor/

Jamie Farrell https://www.facebook.com/JamieFarrellBooks

Laura Kenyon https://www.facebook.com/laurakenyonwrites

Liberty Kontranowski https://www.facebook.com/libertykontranowskiauthor/

Amy Lynch https://www.facebook.com/AmyLynchauthor

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th

Traci Andrighetti https://www.facebook.com/traciandrighettiauthor/

Renee Conoulty https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor/

Robyn Neeley https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

Gail Olmsted https://www.facebook.com/gailolmstedauthor

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th

Amanda Aksel https://www.facebook.com/AmandaAksel/

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieAuthor

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Zara Stoneley https://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley/

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/?fref=ts

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks/

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

Clodagh Murphy https://www.facebook.com/clodaghmurphyauthor

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th

Becky Monson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson/?fref=ts

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

Andrene Low https://www.facebook.com/andrenelowauthor/?fref=ts

Cassandra Piat https://www.facebook.com/Cassandra-Piat-1700738916820157/?fref=ts

Amy Rivers https://www.facebook.com/amyrivers.writer/

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

Leah Marie Brown https://www.facebook.com/leahmariebrownauthor2/

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Jean Oram https://www.facebook.com/JeanOramAuthor/

Fern Ronay https://www.facebook.com/FernRonay

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th

Jax Abbey https://www.facebook.com/JaxAbbeyAuthor/

Laura Barnard https://www.facebook.com/laurabarnardbooks

Phoebe Fox https://www.facebook.com/PhoebeFoxAuthor/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author/

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th

Amy Gettinger https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gettinger-1412625005719904/

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Elise Noble https://www.facebook.com/EliseNobleAuthor/

Rosa Temple https://www.facebook.com/RosaTempleWriter/

K.C. Wilder https://www.facebook.com/girlonawirekcw/

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14th

Isabelle Andover https://www.facebook.com/IsabelleAndover/

Michele Brouder https://www.facebook.com/MicheleBrouder/

Jennifer Farwell https://www.facebook.com/JenniferFarwellAuthor

Holly Tierney-Bedford https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

Nicole Waggoner https://www.facebook.com/NicoleWaggonerAuthorCircusofWomen/

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th

Kathryn Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel/

Geralyn Corcillo https://www.facebook.com/geralyncorcillothewriter/

Maggie Dallen https://www.facebook.com/MaggieDallenAuthor/?fref=ts

Jillianne Hamilton https://www.facebook.com/JillianneHamilton/

Patrice Locke https://www.facebook.com/bypatricelocke/?fref=ts

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th

Cindy Arora https://www.facebook.com/cindyaroraeatwritelove/

Amy Avanzino https://www.facebook.com/AmyAvanzino/

Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/theapartmentmanagersblog

Susan Murphy https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor/

Lucie Simone https://www.facebook.com/simonandfig

There are also several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

 

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September Newsletter Giveaway

Subscriber giveaway – 3 Amazon Kindle copies of Dating for Decades

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I read Dating for Decades last month and really enjoyed it so I’ve chosen it for my September Newsletter Giveaway. Everyone on my mailing list on September 28th goes into the draw and three names will be chosen at random and each will receive an Amazon.com Kindle copy of Dating for Decades.  If you’re not on my mailing list yet – here’s the link to sign up http://eepurl.com/bwZKl5

And here’s a bit about the book:

IT guru Cassie Noble can depend on networks and servers. It’s the people in her life that always let her down. With her fortieth birthday looming, she’d love to find a way to trust and commit to someone.

Eager to work out her problems methodically, Cassie reaches out to her support group. Electrician Keith manages to infiltrate their all-female ranks, infuriating her with his flippant jokes and his all-too laid back attitude. The other women all find him hilarious and she can’t see why. She takes this seriously and he’s doing anything but.

When Cassie needs Keith’s help on a project at her day job, she’s dreading having to work closely with him, however much his hazel eyes make her stop dead in her tracks. As days turn to weeks, he starts to break down her hard exterior. She’s seeing new possibilities. She’s seeing the future…a life that is joyful and bright. A life that includes Keith.

But when a letter from her mother drags her back to the world where Cassie has no control, she shuts down. Can her support group yank her back from that place where hope is lost? And can the man who once drove her crazy be the one who finally doesn’t let her down?

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My June Newsletter Book Choice – Miss Adventure

Subscriber giveaway – 3 Amazon Kindle copies of Miss Adventure 
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I just love Geralyn Corcillo’s books and have read them all – Queen of the Universe, 4 in the Afternoon and Miss Adventure… And this month I’ve chosen Miss Adventure as my newsletter book choice because I loved it and couldn’t put it down, it really made me want to get out there and do all the things I’m scared of doing:-) It was fun, funny, inspiring and touching.

So everyone on my mailing list on June 28th goes into the draw, three names will be chosen at random and each will receive an Amazon Kindle copy of Miss Adventure. So if you’re not on my mailing list yet – here’s the link to sign up http://eepurl.com/bwZKl5

And what’s in my newsletters? Here are the last two I sent…

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Chick Lit May Scavenger Hunt

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May is Chick Lit Month so would you like to win a Kindle PaperWhite and a $100 Amazon gift card? Visit each of the 26 stops on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt and collect the alphabet word at each stop (A, B, C, D, etc.), then submit the A-Z list of words via e-mail to traciebanister@gmail.com with the subject “A to Z Scavenger Hunt Entry.” Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 22nd at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23rd. Good luck!

Here are all the stops…

http://katieoliver.com/ko/2016/05/chick-lit-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt/

http://www.feelingbeachie.com/

http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

http://www.change-the-word.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-scavenger-hunt-z.html

http://www.jennifercollin.com/#!E-is-for-Eating-on-the-ChickLitMay-A-to-Z-Scavenger-Hunt/oyl0z/573321870cf2d5f002be2bc4

www.womanreinventsself.blogspot.com

http://wp.me/p5mONo-fm

http://www.glynisastie.com/#!ChickLitMay-A-to-Z-Scavenger-Hunt/c1q8z/5731f6310cf21b2e94b03d4d

http://everyfreechance.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-z-scavenger-hunt.html

http://www.susanmurphyauthor.com/#!J-is-for-JERK/c1q8z/5733cbc20cf2eac0f5213f7a

http://jennygardiner.net/blog/

http://www.maggielepage.com/scavenger-hunt/

http://www.spajonas.com/2016/05/15/chicklitmay-scavenger-hunt/

http://merytonpress.com/chicklitscavengerhunt/

www.moniquemcdonellauthor.com/blog

https://whitneydineen.com/category/musings/

http://hellochicklit.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

https://amygettinger.com/2016/05/15/chick-lit-may-scavenger-hunt-r/

http://www.tracykrimmer.com/2016/05/15/chicklitscavengerhunt/ ‎

http://juliemulhern.blogspot.com

http://karenmcox.merytonpress.com/

http://www.robynneeley.com/chicklitmay-a-to-z-scavenger-hunt/

http://booksandwinearelovely.blogspot.com/2016/05/chicklitmay-to-z-scavenger-hunt.html

http://wp.me/p2yU7r-l8

https://brmaycock.wordpress.com

Zwww.jenniemarts.com

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Giveaway – 5 ebooks & name a character in my next novel “Stuck with Me”

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As part of Hello Chick Lit‘s first blogiversary I’ve got a prize pack of 5 Kindle ebooks to give away to one lucky reader as well as the opportunity to name a character in my upcoming novel Stuck with Me.

Adam, the love interest, has three sisters, Jo, Mia & Name the character! She’s the youngest of the three sisters and is feisty, outspoken and fiercely loyal to her big brother.

Click here for more info on Hello Chick Lit’s website

Or click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway – open until the 15th of May 2016.

And a bit of info on the five books I’m giving away….

(1) Geoducks are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott

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“… I think life is better when you have love. Not a friendly neighbor or old friends kind of love either, but a love that causes your heart to race and your toes to curl.”

Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a mini-reunion at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends Selah and Quinn to play matchmaker. Will Maggie risk her heart and her quiet life for another chance at romance?

Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world’s largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, Gil reminds Maggie she isn’t too old to fall in love.

Reality Bites becomes The Big Chill when a group of Gen-X friends spend a summer weekend together sharing laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, second chances, and new beginnings in this #1 best selling humorous women’s fiction romance.

Geoducks Are for Lovers is Daisy Prescott’s debut novel and the first book in the Modern Love Stories series of interconnected standalone novels. This book features Maggie and Gil.

Website http://www.daisyprescott.com/

(2) The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns

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Nothing is what it seems in this highly praised debut novel about a food-obsessed young woman who sneaks away to Paris without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Once there she’s robbed, stalked, arrested, kidnapped (almost) and–worse–finds that her numerous issues have come right along with her. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light. P.S. This novel makes for great book club discussions. A sequel is in the works.

Website http://ksrburns.com/

(3) What’s it gonna be? by Cassandra Piat

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Lucy – quirky, scatter-brained and witty – is in a rut. Matt, her boyfriend of four years, is terrified of the ”M” word and refuses to talk about tying the knot, her job is about as exciting as shaving her legs and she feels like she’s going nowhere fast. So she decides to shake things up a bit and before she knows it she finds herself waking up next to a stranger, going on a blind date, meeting a gorgeous Englishman and getting her very own creepy love-struck stalker! But despite all this, it’s harder than she thought to get Matt out of her head….

Luckily she has her best friends to distract her as they have problems of their own that they need her help with. Vic, her eccentric childhood friend, thinks that her husband is playing away and wants Lucy to help her catch him red-handed. Olivia, her colleague and best friend, has met a mysterious Frenchman on an internet dating site and isn’t sure if she should run off to Paris to meet him, or run for the hills?

Filled with fun, humour and a cast of zany characters, What’s it Gonna Be? is a wonderful, sincere and light-hearted tale of friendship, growth and love – with a lovely touch of Mauritius…

(4) The Runaway Bridesmaid by Daisy James

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A deliciously enchanting read, The Runaway Bridesmaid is set to steal readers’ hearts and keep them guessing until the very last page!

What a girl wants…

Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.

But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequinned wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.

Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.

Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…

A delightful romance, perfect for fans of Sophie Hart and Lindsey Kelk!

(5) Love at First Flight by Tess Woods

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What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

Website http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

And more giveaways can be found at Book Giveaway Linky

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Looking for a book to read this weekend?

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If you’re looking for a book to read this weekend, here are the ones that were part of my Valentine Hop giveaway, a great selection of novels from a number of talented Australian authors (including quite a few from Western Australia where my family lives!)

(1) Lily Malone’s “Fairway to Heaven

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It’s going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.

When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.

Lucky for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family’s beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack’s betrayal.

But she’s not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can’t look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.

As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time trusting Brayden with her heart won’t be enough. Jenn has to learn to trust her body, too.

https://lilymalone.wordpress.com/

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(2) Tess Woods’ “Love at First Flight

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What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

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(3) Maggie Bolitho’s “Outback Promise

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Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver. A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady’s affair. With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close. This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through? But trust and forgiveness don’t come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years. Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried …

http://www.maggiebolitho.com/

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(4) Deborah Disney’s “Up and In

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A laugh-out-loud debut that will delight fans of Liane Moriarty and Fiona Higgins, this is The Devil Wears Prada at the school gates.

Distinctly middle-class parents, Maria and Joe have committed every bit of available income to giving their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria must learn to play nicely with Mirabella’s mother, Bea – the beguiling yet beastly queen of the toffee-nosed school mothers at Riverton.

A series of social blunders and intentional snubs make Maria determined to ensure Kate’s rightful position both at school and on the Saturday morning netball team, but as Maria works hard to negotiate the social hierarchy, her previously contented life with Joe falls far from view.

With her mastery of dialogue and character, Australian author Deborah Disney skillfully balances keen and witty observations about daily life with the more serious issues of schoolyard bullying and social isolation.

You will laugh, you will nod along, and you will want to take the increasingly neurotic Maria aside and point out that in all her desperate, gaffe-filled attempts to fit in with the well-heeled, champagne-swilling mummies of Riverton, she might just be risking all that she holds dear.

https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Disney-Author-732526246801668/

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(5) Rocky Romance – a collection of six short love stories

 

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Rocky Romance is an anthology of short stories of love set in the West Australian beachside city of Rockingham. This collection includes heartfelt stories of healing and simply not wanting to be lonely, as well as temptation, the butterflies of early love, and, of course, the inevitable romantic conflict. The stories explore romance as a possibility and as a ‘happy ever after’, giving readers a variety of warm, touching and funny moments to ponder.

A Place to Belong by Monique Hall

The Point of Love by Monique Mulligan

Perhaps Love by Teena Raffa

Love on the Rocks by Louisa Loder

The Whale Whisperer by Karen Weaver

Under the Rotunda by Mike Murphy

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Have you read any of these books? Any other Australian authors or novels you can recommend? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

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