HAVE YOURSELF A CHICKLIT CHRISTMAS … GIVEAWAY!

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Someone already gave me the finger at the supermarket, my inbox is crammed with Black Friday specials and I just ate lunch while listening to Michael Buble sing “Silent Night.” Alas! The holidays are here!

So, before I sit down to  a slice of leftover pumpkin pie, I wanted to let everyone know that I am part of the Chick Lit Christmas Giveaway 2013 that includes 29 books from authors all over the globe! 29 new authors to discover, 29 paperbacks to add to your collection and 29 different ways to escape for a few hours into the fun and frolic of a good book!

All you have to do is sign up  and wait for our big announcement on Christmas Eve. It’s that easy! Now if only holiday shopping was …

Happy (Chick Lit) Holidays everyone!

And to all my new readers, thank you for visiting my blog! please email me with any questions paprgrrl@gmail.com

 

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Christmas at Mulberry Inn

With all the excitement over Heartbreak Cake, I haven’t had a chance to talk about the release of the holiday anthology Merry & Bright  that I am also lucky to be a part of this season.

I wrote a short story called “Christmas at Mulberry Inn” that touches on Christmas, friendship, new beginnings, budding romance  and plenty of holiday pie!

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The anthology was put together and edited by publisher Simon & Fig and I’m joined with talented coauthors Isabella Louise Anderson, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano.  Check it out for a cozy holiday romance that’s a great way to get into the season.

The setting for my short story is Murphys, a charming Gold Country town tucked away in the leafy Sierra Nevada Foothills. I got to discover this part of California when I lived in Stockton and spent a lot of my weekends heading out on day trips all over Calaveras County. I was lucky to have these small towns just an hour drive away from me.

Murphys is a historical gem. It’s beautiful, feels like you jumped into a Mark Twain story and has a  really eclectic food scene with interesting menus and innovative chefs that create a big city dining scene in a small town. Oh and did I mention the wineries? Yes, lots of cute spots for sipping on big reds.

It’s a great place to spend the holidays and an even better place to fall in love.  I hope you get a chance to discover it through Merry & Bright this holiday season.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Novel!

The week before I gave birth to my son,  I found myself worrying relentlessly about what would happen after he arrived.

Would I be a good mom?

Will I ever figure out how to swaddle?

How will I juggle being a mom and a career woman?

The truth is the minute I saw his smushy little face, all of those worries and questions just disappeared as we all began to make our way to our new lives as becoming a little family.

As I get closer to the publication date of my forthcoming novel HEARTBREAK CAKE, I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of starting to write a book and actually finishing it, going through edits and now coming up on finally having it published. It feels a lot like I’m giving birth to another baby, just this time it’s in e-book format!

 

 

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It was not easy trying to finish the book after my son was born.

I was a nervous new mom, but I was also still a writer. A writer who had made a commitment to meet a personal deadline and  even though I knew it would be a lot easier to  stop writing. I knew I couldn’t.  Truthfully a lot of things went ignored to keep going, mainly laundry, dishes, sleep and a lot of personal time. Any moments I wasn’t spending with my son or at work, I was writing. I would write in front of the television, write while he was napping, write when I was eating , write at work, write on my breaks and when my son’s father forced me to take ME TIME, I’d head to my favorite coffeehouse and just keep writing.

There’s a lot to writing a book, it ain’t over after THE END, which is what I discovered after I submitted it to my publisher.  The end is actually just the beginning.

But now that I’m a little over a week away from publication, I am so happy  I stuck to my guns and got it done.

My son just turned 2, he loves hot chocolate and Belgian Waffles. And I can finally say that HEARTBREAK CAKE is being officially released on November 15th.  It took a while from start to finish, but here we are.

Make sure to head over to my Facebook page to stay informed on any new updates and release information. I have lots to do with an upcoming book blog tour hosted by Fictionella and I’m  putting together a  Los Angeles book signing event at my sisters home decor shop Boho Upcycle.

Looking forward to show everyone my new baby!   It’s a novel!

If you have any questions on HEARTBREAK CAKE, feel free to email me at paprgrrl@gmail.com

Thanks!