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Book Promo Kindred Spirits

About the Book

Title: Kindred Spirits

Author: Whitney Dineen

Genre: Chicklit / Romance

Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible.

After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.

Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off.

Will Pip’s new “Spirit Helper,” Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard?

Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!



Author Bio

Whitney Dineen is a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor and middle reader fiction. When she’s not spinning stories, Whitney’s raising her young daughters, wrangling chicken, or eating french fries, not necessarily in that order.








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Guest Post Cherry Lips Tour


Today I’d like to welcome Lacey Dearie to my blog. She’s the author of chicklit / fairytale romance “Cherry Lips” and will be talking about her editing process today. Welcome!


I don’t believe I have ever been asked to analyse part of my writing in detail before so this is something new for me. I have a strange, backwards approach to my work that would many authors cringe and I’m sure my editing technique is basic, at best.

When I begin a book, I begin with the title, which is something I know most writers leave until the very end. I’ve known friends of mine to write entire novels without knowing the title beforehand. With me, I have a list of titles from which to work. I then put together a cover based on what that title might conjure up and then write the book from there. When I edit, I never really have a clear idea of what I want to do beforehand and it’s different for each book. The first step though is putting it aside for at least a fortnight to put some distance between myself and the work, forget it and look at it later with fresh and objective eyes.

It’s rare that I’ll have to do a complete re-write of one of my short stories and most get one basic edit but with novels, I always do at least one re-write. Cherry Lips was a completely different story when I first wrote it. It was a Nanowrimo project and written in thirty days so I just battered through the first draft without giving it too much thought.

My first task was to read through what I had done and decide if it was good enough. The plot wasn’t satisfactory and some of the characters were weak, particularly my protagonist. So, what I did was construct a character bible, with handwritten profiles of each character. I renamed some so that their names suited them, wrote down the details of who they already were and who I actually wanted them to be and I referred back to it each time I re-wrote a chapter. It stopped me from having a character who had blue eyes in one scene and green the next. It sounds like such a simple thing to remember but when you’re an author you have literally dozens of people walking around in this imaginary world, so you sometimes need that memory jogger.

Once I had done that, taking one chapter at a time, and the re-write was complete, I went through each chapter, editing three times. The first edit looked at detail. I fleshed it out, which is something you’re apparently not supposed to do, but I do it anyway. I added in weather, temperature, smells, sounds, hairs tingling and palms sweating. All those things that give texture to a scene were put in and I took nothing out.

On my second edit, I deleted unnecessary words and cut out paragraphs that didn’t add anything to the story or had no descriptive quality. If it didn’t progress the story at all, it was cut, and I deleted a lot of dialogue this way. I probably trimmed about ten percent of the book. I also took out a lot of adverbs and asked myself if I could use one word where there had previously been two. The other job at that stage was to look at sentence construction. I don’t always write with perfect grammar, despite being told that I should. Sometimes, perfect grammar looks, sounds and feels clumsy. I write in a style that feels right and where possible grammatically correct but if that looks too formal, I change it. The best thing about writing chick-lit is that it’s informal. I like that.

On my third edit, I simply proof-read. Any spelling errors are corrected and there’s always the occasional cut/paste mistake where something doesn’t make sense any more.

I always love hearing about everyone else’s editing methods and perhaps one day I’d like to use a professional editor to see what recommendations would be made to my techniques.

About the Book

Cherry Lips coverTitle: Cherry Lips

Author: Lacey Dearie

Genre: Chicklit/Fairytale

Cerise is not a witch. She’s an apprentice herbalist whose father is a wannabe warlock and fairy godmother is a madame. But Cerise has a closely guarded secret – the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to the richest and most powerful women in the land is a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Of course, with such power comes responsibility, something Cerise did not consider while she was testing each batch of the product on the men of her home town.

Soon, word of the magical make-up reaches the childless Queen Merewald, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the lip-stain herself and use them to seduce her ageing, impotent husband, King Palen. Her best chance is to send her feline brother-in-law, Blaxton, to befriend Cerise and spy on her. What the Queen didn’t count on was her nephew falling for Cerise without the use of magic or her niece using their jester as bait to uncover the secrets before she did.

Cherry Lips is a chick-lit fairytale about a medieval amateur cosmetologist, a nymphomaniac witch, a kinky jester, an unconventionally handsome prince, a wizard with magical healing powers, a castle made of sand and crystals, magical lip-stain that makes the wearer irresistible and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

Author Bio

Lacey Dearie is the creator of the best-selling Leger – Cat Sleuth Mysteries Series about a talking Glaswegian cat detective. She loves observing cats and their idiosyncrasies and has a particular fondness for black cats with amber eyes or pretty calicos. She would own a house full of pets if her allergies allowed it.

She is also the author of chick-lit novel and Amazon UK Top 100 best-seller, The Tangled Web (currently available only on Createspace), chick-lit fairytale Cherry Lips, two nonsensical short stories about amorous foods and the soon to be released Candlelight Lane Mysteries which blend culinary cozies and magical realism.

In her spare time she loves to travel and is a regular visitor to Cyprus – a place that has influenced almost every story she writes as much as her home country, Scotland. She has a personal blog dedicated to lingerie and fragrances, studies perfumery and is a tiny bit obsessed with cute stationery and ska.

Lacey loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted on Twitter as @laceydearie (please be aware of adult content) or on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/laceydearie (family friendly).


Amazon US: Amazon US

Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Amazon CA: Amazon CA


Createspace: Createspace

E-Store where you can purchase a signed copy with author swag included in the price: laceydearie.storenvy.com

Author Facebook page: www.facebook.com/laceydearie

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Promo Post My Journey to the Ocean


About the Book

MyJourneyToTheOcean-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Title: My Journey to the Ocean

Author: Lena Mikado

Genre: Romance / Chicklit

This novel is a memoir. Memoir gone chick lit (a bit twisted, perhaps at times too philosophical chick lit), yet still a memoir. It is a story about coming out of age, about what is happening on one’s mind when they are falling out of love and about trying to live in the present moment. All wrapped up in the sugar cone of that elusive humor of our everyday lives.

Elena knows what she wants from life. Her whole picture-perfect existence is planned out and allows for no deviation. She is engaged to be married and intends to be happy. Along with three of her girlfriends, she takes a summer trip across the ocean, to St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States. Pool parties, vodka watermelons and the eternal question – to shag or not to shag. Her whole world is about to be rock-n-rolled, and she will have to face a pretty hard choice. It all sounds like a setup for a summer-fling novel, but is it really like that in actuality, or does Miss Real Life have something more conniving under her sleeve? Are there happy endings in real life?

Author Bio

IMG_0155Lena Mikado was born in Voronezh, Russia, and moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA at the age of 22. Lena received her MA degree in Linguistics, Translation and Intercultural Communication in 2005. She is the owner of a translation and localization company, writer, mummy, wife, blogger and belly dancer. And not always in this order. Lena writes tongue-in-cheek chick lit novels that are full of reflections on the matters that bother all of us every minute of our lives: love and hate, life and death, motherhood and trying to live in the present moment. My Journey to the Ocean is the first novel of the All Colors of the Rainbow series.


Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00QI89NW4
Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10439778.Lena_Mikado

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Author Interview Romance & Revenge


I’m hosting an interview today with Laina Turner, author of “Romance & Revenge”, a cozy mystery / chicklit book. I hope you enjoy the interview.

How long have you been writing?

I have written off an on forever but didn’t start taking it seriously until 2007. It was on my bucket list to finally finish a book and try to sell it. I accomplished that goal and haven’t looked back.

Is Romance & Revenge your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

Romance & Revenge is the 9th book in this series. My first Presley book, Stilettos & Scoundrels, was about a senator who was murdered in Presley’s hometown and she wanted to solve the murder. This book is also where she reconnected with Cooper. Someone she knew from high school.


Why did you choose to write a cozy mystery?

I like to have fun and to read for fun. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries because they are light hearted and entertaining. I just gravitated to writing the same thing.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t get discouraged. This path is not an easy one and most of us don’t become overnight sensations. It takes practice and determination. Also find yourself a tribe of people who are pursuing the same goal and can offer you support when you need it.


Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I have the outline and start to the next Presley Thurman book which centers around Presley finding out who stole an expensive diamond brooch from one of her clients at Silk. I also am close to finishing a book not a part of any of my series called That’s Not My Suitcase. It should be out in the spring.

About The Book

23437652Title: Romance & Revenge

Author: Laina Turner

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit

The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.

Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?

Are they done for good?

Author Bio

headshot_LainaTurnerAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.


Laina’s Blog: http://www.lainaturner.com/books/romance-revenge/

Purchase Romance & Revenge on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQAI1QW

View the Romance & Revenge book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0oPIrtLHeU

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