Do you like Chick Lit books? Well tonight, I created a Facebook group called Chick Lit Goddesses…
I’d love if you’d join!
Do you like Chick Lit books? Well tonight, I created a Facebook group called Chick Lit Goddesses…
I’d love if you’d join!
Over a year ago the hubby and I moved back into our newly renovated home, and it’s beautiful. We’ve had fun organizing and playing with (and in) the new parts of the house, but never really opened back up the old part, making it into one home — until recently. Our front door was blue to begin with, and we wanted a change. We sanded for a few hours, then stopped, letting it go not very pretty for a long time. Just this past weekend, we finished…and it’s so pretty! The paint color we ended up with is called “Stolen Kiss,” (perfect name, don’t ya’ think?). After the door was finished, we started (cleaning out, throwing out/away and organizing) the rest of the house. Our first task was our “reading room,” (A.K.A. “where we put everything else”). Step-by-step through our organization, we made huge progress — and still are! In the past four days, we’ve bought five of these bookshelves from Office Depot, each under $50 dollars! Now, comes the fun part! My amazing, handsome, loving and funny husband brought home a barcode scanner, (yes, like from the stores) and we’ve scanned almost every book in our house and put them on our new shelves so we can record every book we have in our house. (I swear, he has a way to do everything!) While it’s been quite and eye-opening experience to see all the books I have in their place, it’s mind-boggling of what to do with them. I have so many different type of books that it seems more like a bookstore than a home, but I’m okay with that because I love bookstores — ha, ha!
How do you suggest putting the books in order?
Last night was my first post in a long time! Whew! It’s been a busy few weeks since I’ve blogged, but it’s all been for a good reason! With editing books one and two, hosting guests, reading for tours and writing my contribution articles for GHG, life gets busy. Add a loving husband and very needy cat to the mix and it’s even more hectic (but only some of the time).
Here’s a small summary of in detail what’s been going on…
–Editing: I’m still in the process of editing my first and second book. Book one, Redefined Dreams, needed A LOT of work, but I’m seeming a glimmer of light. With my other book, The Right Design, I just finished the first quick run through, but now it’s time to focus on making this what I want it to be!
–Guests: I’ve had the pleasure of having Guests stop by Chick Lit Goddess, (click HERE to see all their posts). Like I’ve mentioned before, all of them inspire me.
–Reading and Tours: When I was asked to take part in my first Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a huge fan of CLP for quite long time, and I love Samantha — she’s an awesome woman! If you ever want to take part of a tour, I recommend it! (Let me know if y’all have any questions if you’re interested in more information on these tours).
–Contributions for GHG: If you’ve not checked out my contributing articles at Good Humor Girl, come check it out! You won’t want to miss out!
Sometimes it’s okay to just take a break…
This past weekend I took off Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been so caught up in my work that I’ve barely spent any time relaxing. Work is all I think about. I guess this is a good thing because I love what I do, but sometimes it’s necessary to take a vacation, like my parents and brother have been telling me — especially my husband. When I came back to work today, I felt refreshed and ready to take on what I had waiting for me.
How do you deal with taking a break from your work? Do you handle it well, or are you a worker bee?
My review for this book will be up Wednesday (Hump Day), June 13th!
**Comment below on what you think I’ll say about it**
**UPDATED: HERE IS MY REVIEW**
Author Bio: Janet Eve Josselyn graduated from Colby College, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Boston College Law School. She toiled for years as a litigator in Boston at a law firm that is no longer still in business. Prior to her meteoric rise in the law, Janet worked as an architect in Boston, designing some pretty hideous buildings that have probably been torn down by now. She has published one novel, Thin Rich Bitches, and has written numerous articles for publications in the US (including MORE Magazine) and in the UK (including People of Few Words). Janet, her husband, son, and large black dog currently reside in an unnamed suburb of Boston where she will be able to count her friends on one hand soon after publication of Thin Rich Bitches.
Five Reasons Why Reading Chick-Lit Can Make You Look Younger and Thinner
One thing that diet pill manufacturers don’t want you to know is that reading chick-lit can make you look younger and thinner for a lot less money. With your nose buried in a good chick-lit book, you won’t be making any new wrinkles worrying about your narcissistic boss, your child’s pathetic math grade or the husband’s penchant for not flushing the toilet. And there is no need to be scared reading a litany of horrific descriptions of bodily functions that could cease if you indulge in the product. Just read, and enjoy. No need to call 9-1-1 because you are unable to breathe or speak. Like that would do any good anyway, if you are unable to breathe or speak. That is about as funny as the lawyers for the diet pill companies ever get.
Secondly, you can feel real, guilt-free joy when the fictional narcissistic boyfriend contracts something yucky after engaging in a frolic with a woman who is not his girlfriend. Not only is that wanton woman a real piece of (fictional) work, but we can afflict her with any nasty personal habit we want to at the drop of a hat if we are the author. And we can also remind the boyfriend about the consequences of behaving like a fictional bad boy. So much fun! Fictional stuff can’t run afoul of any state or federal laws, so the guilt-free joy really is anxiety-free and thus wrinkle-free.
Thirdly, reading chick-lit can make you look younger and thinner because if you are parked on the sofa or curled-up on the bed reading chick-lit, you are not exposing your skin to the harmful rays of the sun. No need to debate the merits of SPF 30 versus SPF 100. That’s a no-brainer.
Reading chick-lit is also satisfying and calorie-free (unless you dragged the giant bag of M&M’s that you bought from Costco (allegedly for the husband) to the sofa to enjoy as you read the chick-lit)).
Lastly, if you are reading chick-lit, most likely you are not driving the husband’s car and ignoring the flashing oil light moments before seizing the engine which is very loud and smoky and stressful and expensive and pisses the husband off, causing stress and angst and wrinkles and other stuff that definitely ages a wife. Trust me on that one . . . . . !
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Book Review for “Taking Shots”
“Taking Shots” by Toni Aleo
Photographer, Elli Fisher, loves hockey – it’s practically what she lives for. When given the chance to take pictures of her favorite team, the Nashville Assassins, she gladly jumps at the chance! That’s when she finally meets her long-time crush and captain of the team, Shea Adler, #6. There is immediate attraction between them from day one, though Ellie doesn’t get why because she doesn’t think she’s his type. Shea Adler is known for having one night stands with big-boobed blond women, and isn’t supposed to be falling for overweight and very insecure girls like herself. Once she realizes how persistent Shea is, her confidence grows and grows, only after he breaks every wall that she hides behind and after a lot of work, but Shea doesn’t give up on her – thanks to the sometimes help of Ellie’s best friend Harper, who is also dating an Assassin, and Grace, Shea’s sister.
I loved this book! Toni Aleo has written a book I will never forget. “Taking Shots” was such a delight to read. From beginning to end, I was keeping my fingers crossed for Ellie and Shea. Not only were these two great as a couple, they were great characters individually who had their own storyline with friends and family. I loved how the book was written from his and her POV. I thought it was done very well – and loved how it switched just when I wanted to know that the other was thinking, and the sex scenes were hot! While it was long and words were repeated quite often, I couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a cute read with a happy ever after ending, then you’ll love this book!
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
About the author:
My name is Toni Aleo!
I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.
I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.
I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?
I hope to hear from you on here, my Facebook, or my twitter! Thank you so much!
Buy “Taking Shots!”
Buy her other Assassins book, “Trying To Score!”
Have you ever been in the writing or editing process and haven’t liked you main (or any) characters? Well, beginning to strongly dislike my Hero. I’m in the editing process of my first book and I’m wanting to delete him all together. He’s the main Hero, so this means creating a new character — maybe even a guy with a heart towards his pregnant girlfriend and the baby he helped to create!
Let me explain:
Nathan really is a nice guy. His girlfriend is pregnant and he doesn’t want to be a father. She wants to keep it, but he had major daddy issues. His dad wasn’t there for him, so he’s afraid of repeating the pattern. While he love Lucy (my Heroine), being a father part of the plan. Lucy prepares to become a mother on her own and she’s okay with that decision.
Nice guy, right? Ha! I know that this might be a realty for some, but this guy is a jerk! He’s a handsome jerk, one that could easily be described as an innocent Christian Grey of “50 Shades of Grey.” When I wrote this two years ago, the only conflict I could think of was pregnancy because I didn’t want to write about love triangles. (I have before in a book that I didn’t finish, but might continue with that sometime in the future). Maybe I don’t like Nathan because I have trouble writing from a male POV!
Have you ever written a book, then want to get rid of a character because you don’t like him or her? What do you do to get your characters likable?
Celebrities! We might love them and we might hate them, but as writers I think we should pay attention to them and what they say and do. Why, you ask? Because it helps us create better characters.
Often times when I have writer’s block, I think of what situations celebs have been in. I imagine what they would wear, what they do, who they’d be with and what they’d say. This helps add drama. In this case, I sometimes add Kardashian-like traits to my Heroine. While I’m not really a fan of the Kardashian’s, Khloe is my favorite. (Read THIS blog post I wrote about her).
I think that I first really began to enjoy celebs when Friends was on. I loved Jennifer Aniston and still do! She’s got a great body, she’s funny, she has confidence, and she’s moved on from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – yuck! Come on, we all know he’s a loser for cheating on Jen! As for George (yes, I’m on a first name basis with him), don’t we all wish he was our Heroine? Can you believe he just turned 51?! This leads me to another plus of following celebs – relationships! If you read the famously known tabloids and relate them to your characters, then you can create conflict between your Hero/Third Party/Heroine. The magazine and website I use for this is UsWeekly!
(It’s okay if you can’t take your eyes off the men on this post. I can’t either).
Here’s some advice for writing your characters like celebs:
Read magazines! Don’t just look at the pictures imagining how you wish you had their life
When watching an award show, observe them carefully: How do they walk? Who do they hug? A parent, friend or lover?
Above all, create the character that you want! It’s important to do this because while copying can be easy, I don’t recommend it. Be creative! You don’t have to use everything about just one actor or actress, but maybe combining characteristics might work better — to create that perfect character for your book.