What’s on Page 45?

 

What'sonPage45Another fun part of the Chick Lit May celebration, I’m going to talk about what’s on page 45 of my new release, Pride and Butterflies. You’ll see other blogs below to visit if you’d like to check out what’s on page 45 of other great chick lit books. Enter to win our “What’s on Page 45 Giveaway” on each blog below!

On page 45, my character, Caralyn Sharp is shopping with the man she can’t stand and his mother. Caralyn meets Alex Garrison when he rear-ends her car. They don’t exactly hit it off. In fact, Caralyn does a lot of screaming at him. After that, she believed she’d seen the last of him. Guess what? Alex happens to be the Best Man in her best friend’s wedding and she is the Maid of Honor. Asked to help her friend with her future in-laws, Caralyn sucks it up and shows Alex and his mother, Phoebe, where they can find the best shopping in Charleston. Is it a little awkward? Oh yes! Being a Maid of Honor is rough sometimes. She’s incredibly stressed and Alex does something that surprises her. He suggests that Caralyn let Phoebe take over the bridal shower she doesn’t have time to put together.

I can’t just admit I haven’t done anything for it except send a hasty, badly written email from my phone.

“Hey, Mom,” he says. Phoebe looks up at him with a frown.

“You need the entire bedroom set, Alexander, the furniture you have is barely decent. Real wood is what you need.”

“Mom, Caralyn is pretty swamped at work right now. Would you be able to take over Susanna’s bridal shower completely?”

My mouth drops open. I can’t believe he is trying to help me.

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00019]Find out more about Caralyn and Alex and read about their rocky road to love in Pride and Butterflies!

Caralyn Sharp has a demanding job and a love life that just walked out the door. She barely has time to be her best friend’s Maid of Honor. Right when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she brakes hard to avoid a turtle and is rear-ended by Alex Garrison. He’s a military officer with an attitude and the owner of the most amazing pair of blue eyes she’s ever encountered. As they continue to cross paths, she can’t decide what she wants more: to scream at him or stare into his dreamy eyes.

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HOW TO ENTER
To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below.
“In 4 or 5 words, why do you think Pride and Butterflies would be a good read?”
Leave your full name, along with an e-mail address in your comment. A winner will be chosen via Random.org on Tuesday, May 19th.

You have 37 chances to win on all the participating blogs!

 

Other Participating Blogs:

Kristina Knight

Pippa Franks

Laura Kenyon 

Jayne Denker

Amy Gettinger 

Gina Henning 

Cat Lavoie

Jennifer Ammoscato

Lauren Clark

Laura Chapman

Celia Kennedy

Jennifer Farwell 

Glynis Astie

Clodagh Murphy

Stacey Wiedower

Bethany Turner

Tracy Krimmer 

Jillianne Hamilton

Catherine L. Hensley 

Becky Monson

Georgina Troy

Zanna Mackenzie

Jennifer Collin

Monique McDonell

Samantha March

Sky Greene

Whitney Dineen

Maggie Le Page

Kathryn Biel 

Meredith Schorr 

Karen M. Cox 

Rachel L. Hamm 

T. A. Munroe 

Heather Balog 

Jennie Marts 

Serena Clarke 

Miss Chick Lit Beauty Pageant Tour

 

MissChickLit2015It’s Chick Lit month and we are celebrating with a beauty pageant for our heroines. It’s a fun way to introduce our characters! We’re also holding a drawing for a $100 Sephora gift card. Check out the other participating blogs for more fun and chances to win. You can enter the drawing on each blog.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00019]The character I’m introducing is from my newest release, Pride and Butterflies. It’s out now!

Meet Caralyn Sharp, representing South Carolina!

Hi, everyone, I’m Caralyn Sharp, from Charleston, South Carolina. I’m a public relations manager for successful businessman, Brad Cole. I love painting with watercolor, reading mysteries, and photography. I adore anything with butterflies on it. Charleston is a great place to live, right on the coast. For my talent, I will demonstrate how I multitask! I can paint a watercolor of a butterfly garden while sending a text as I carry on a conversation with my twin sister. All of this will be while I sit on a balance ball. I’ve recently started to try to get in shape and I’m taking a spinning class with Alex Garrison, a dreamy-eyed Air Force officer.

Figleaves-swimsuit-neon-green-skater-skirt-black-one-piece-polka-dot-swim-suit_-10Here’s my swimsuit for the pageant: it’s smart and stylish with a vibrantly colored skirt. Also, check out my gorgeous evening gown for the event.

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I’ve been asked to answer: If you had to choose an anthem for today’s woman, what would it be? I would choose Respect by Aretha Franklin. That’s what we women need more of. Forget Blurred Lines and 50 Shades of Grey. We are people who need to be taken seriously! Give us some R.E.S.P.E.C.T guys.

$100You can be a beauty queen too with this $100 gift card for Sephora. To enter, comment on this post with your email address and your answer to: If you had to choose an anthem for today’s woman, what would it be?

Enter on each blog listed below for more chances to win! A winner will be chosen via Random.org on May 18th.

US/Canada winner – $100 gift card to Sephora. UK winner – £65 gift card to Lush Cosmetics. Australia winner – $125AUD to Mecca
Miss Chick Lit Pageant Contestants:

 

NEW RELEASE: PRIDE AND BUTTERFLIES

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00019]I’m excited to announce that my third book, Pride and Butterflies is out now! It’s available in paperback and eBook through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

When their first impressions go wrong…neither one will be the same.

Caralyn Sharp has a demanding job and a love life that just walked out the door. She barely has time to be her best friend’s Maid of Honor. Right when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she brakes hard to avoid a turtle and is rear-ended by Alex Garrison. He’s a military officer with an attitude and the owner of the most amazing pair of blue eyes she’s ever encountered. As they continue to cross paths, she can’t decide what she wants more: to scream at him or to stare into his dreamy eyes.

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Cover Reveal for Finding Hope

Melanie D. Snitker, author of Calming the Storm and Finding Peace, is excited to reveal the cover of her newest novel. Finding Hope is an inspirational romance and the second title in her Love’s Compass series. Look for it on Kindle and in paperback July 2015.

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About the Book:

Cancer

That one word has rocked Lexi Chandler’s life to the core. Her focus has always been to help others. She loves being a nurse and enjoys spending time with her family. Things had been going according to plan. Now she’s struggling to pick up the pieces and makesense of the changes in her life.

Lance Davenport has cared for Lexi since they were kids. He’s turned burying his feelings into an art. Now, watching Lexi battle with cancer has made him realize just how much he’s missed. He doesn’t know what their future holds, but he’s determined tonot waste another minute.

The people closest to Lexi pull together as she tries to navigate her way down a path none of them ever dreamed she’d have to follow.

About the Author:

melaniesnitkerMelanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there.

She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, archery, camping and hanging out with family and friends.

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Review of A Reason to Run

Today I’m reviewing a wonderful women’s fiction novel I just finished, A Reason to Run by Christina Coryell. I definitely recommend it.

Here’s a little about it:

reasontorunPeople are talking about C.W. Oliver, the mysterious author with a book sitting atop the bestseller list. They are also talking about Camdyn Taylor, the pretty blonde from an embarrassing proposal rejection video that has recently gone viral. What would happen if people knew that those two individuals were one and the same?

Camdyn Taylor doesn’t like chaos, but it always seems to find her. When it inevitably appears, she does what comes naturally: She runs. That is one of the reasons she finds herself drawn to her ancestor, Willa Lawrence. A young widow with a new baby in the early 1800’s, her future and inheritance looked steady. Then, unexpectedly, she ran. With only the most basic necessities, she set off on a journey with her child toward an uncertain future.

Camdyn is determined to keep her pen name a secret, and she’s almost as determined to discover the reason for Willa’s impulsive departure. When she finds herself suddenly thrust into the spotlight after a suitor’s ill-advised proposal, she resorts to following Willa’s footsteps to Tennessee in order to finish her latest book.

Finding herself lost and in need of a little hope, she crosses paths with Cole Parker at just the right moment. She quickly becomes aware that things might never be the same, and while she’s focused on unearthing Willa’s reason to run…she just might discover her own.

My Review:

This book drew me in from the start. Camdyn is a complex and very real character. She certainly has a reason to run, a poor victim of viral-social-media-video infamy. The author did a brilliant job helping the reader feel the excitement Camdyn and Cole felt when they were getting to know each other and everything between them just clicked. It reminded me of the way it feels when you meet the right guy, and you do almost feel like a high-school girl with a crush again because you’re blushing so much. However, the road to love isn’t smooth for Camdyn and Cole, the viral video returns to wreck her reputation and both of them have past pain and disappointments to overcome.

It was so interesting that Camdyn chose to write a book about her ancestor Willa. I already love history, and family history is even more fascinating, so, of course, I thought it was an awesome idea to write a book about her great-great-great grandmother. It leads her to research and learn more about her family and I enjoyed that.

Despite complications and hurt feelings, there is a sweet romance in this story that won’t disappoint.

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1397050_323783904459077_9068886798416538983_oChristina Coryell is a small-town girl from southwest Missouri with a heart full of dreams and a head bursting with stories. She earned her degrees in English and History from Drury University, and she does most of her writing with a couple kids climbing on her or loud guitars playing in the background. She thinks every great novel should be built on a great character, and in her first series, that character is Camdyn Taylor. All four volumes of The Camdyn Series are currently available.

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