Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chick Lit Club - New Website

Launched in October ’07, a new “ChickLit Website”. Author Interviews, Author News, New Releases and a Forum…….looks like a fun site!


Quote from ChickLitClub.......About the Website:

Chicklit Club - a site especially for anyone wanting to know everything about chick lit books. With more than 250 rated titles, 150 authors and 75 book previews and counting . . . this is the one-stop site for readers needing their fix of chick lit.

If you want to find out about the latest releases and what's about to hit our shelves, head to our

New Releases and Sneak Peek sections.

If you seek the lowdown on which titles to add to your to-be-read piles and which ones to give a miss, check out our Titles A-Z listing where each book has been given a rating out of 10.

1-3 There goes a few hours you'll never get back.
4 Recommend it to an enemy.
5 Average but with some redeeming bits.
6 Will entertain but not rock you.
7 Worth recommending to a friend.
8 You'll find this hard to put down.
9-10 Absolutely brilliant. Why didn't I write this?

If you want to know which authors to try next or uncover other titles a favourite author has penned, check out Authors A-Z.

Want to read about our Top 10 all-time titles, favourite authors, most loved characters and more, then click on the Top 10 section.

Classic Reads looks at those must-read titles that have helped define chick lit over the past decade.

Dream Themes and Take Two are the places to go if you like reading by theme or can't wait for the sequel.

Or try out some of our Club Challenges - as an individual or as part of a book group.

And because we're from Down Under, there's a special Australian Made section for those wanting to catch up with homegrown authors and books.

Keep visiting us as more information is added every week, including author Interviews, industry news and Screen Scene gossip about how chick lit novels are making it big in the TV and movie worlds.

Monday, October 29, 2007

KISS AND TELL - Harlequin and Carly Phillips

Sorry this is late but I just saw it this evening..........

Kiss and tell, win $1,000

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Remember your best kiss? The one that gave you butterflies and made you feel like this was the one guy you'd want to go on kissing forever? Tell HQN Books and author Carly Phillips about that kiss in 25 words or fewer and you might win $1,000.

It's all in celebration of the author's new novel, "Sealed With a Kiss" (HQN Books, October 2007, $7.99). The book focuses on the emotional issues of some of the characters from her 2006 bestseller "Cross My Heart," bringing them together to solve a crime. When Molly Gifford's father is charged with murder, Molly is determined to get the best criminal lawyer available -- even though the best is Daniel Hunter, the ex-boyfriend she dumped a year earlier. Though time has yet to heal his wounds, he agrees to help -- and they seal their pact to free her father with a soul-searing kiss. This is one lawyer who's determined to win -- in love and in law.

Readers can enter the contest by telling Phillips about their best, most life-changing kiss in 25 words or fewer. The winner can use the money to recreate that special moment, go on a romantic getaway -- or any way she pleases to make her life a little better.

To enter online, visit, follow the onscreen entry instructions and send a brief description (25 words or less) of your best kiss. To enter via mail, hand-print (or type) on an 8-1/2-by-11-inch plain piece of paper your full name, mailing address and telephone number and send along with a brief description of your best kiss in 25 words or less to: The Carly Phillips' Sealed with a Kiss Contest 20705, 3010 Walden Ave., P.O. Box 9069, Buffalo, NY 14269-9069. For eligibility, all online entries must be received through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15. All mail-in entries must be postmarked by Nov. 15 and received by Nov. 22.

To obtain a copy of these official rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Carly Phillips' Sealed with a Kiss Contest 20705 Rules, 225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, ON M3B 3K9. Limit one submission per person or e-mail address. If more than one entry is received from one person or e-mail address, only the first entry submitted will be considered valid. Entries received from persons residing in geographic areas in which entry is not permissible will be disqualified

Romance Novels Tap Into Hospitals For Storylines

Romance Novels Tap Into Hospitals For Storylines
October 26, 2007 8:33 a.m. EST

Ishita Sukhadwala - AHN News Writer
Dublin, Ireland (AHN) -

Irish physician Dr. Brendan Kelly conducted a tongue-in-cheek study, the findings of which he published in the medical journal Lancet.

Dr. Kelly randomly selected 20 medical romance novels and found that majority leaned towards "brilliant, tall, muscular, male doctors with chiselled features, working in emergency medicine" who were "commonly of Mediterranean origin and had personal tragedies in their pasts", according to The Associated Press (AP).

The female protagonists - mainly working in primary care, obstetrics/neonatology, surgery or emergency medicine - were "skilled, beautiful and determined but still compassionate."

Karin Stoecker, editorial director at Harlequin Mills and Boon, said: "We see exactly the same on televised medical dramas. In these kinds of professions, there is the need to remain emotionally distant, which spills over into private lives - there's nothing more thrilling than a damaged hero", reports BBC News.

Hospital romance is one of the fastest growing sub-genres in romantic fiction. According to the Romance Writers of America, it generates $1.2billion in annual sales and accounts for 39 percent of all fiction sold in the U.S, AP reports.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

2008 Readers & Authors Get Together - Lori Foster & Dianne Castell

Dianne Castell and Lori Foster are planning an event………


Planning is underway!
Official registration forms will be available at after the New Year.

Here are some quick details…
DATE: June 6th-8th
LOCATION: Marriott North in West Chester, Ohio. are $99 a night.

REGISTRATION FEE: $35– that covers Friday night pizza party, Saturday morning continental breakfast and Saturday buffet.Restaurants are nearby for dinner.

Industry professionals attending so far:
Cindy Hwang, Berkley

Crissy Brashear, Samhain
Margaret Riley, Changeling Press
Sue Grimshaw, Borders buyer
Roberta Brown, Brown Literary Agency
Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Literary Agency
Meriam Gray, Co-Founder, Topaz Promotions, LLC
Marisa O’Neill, RomanceNovel TV

For more information go to:

If you’re an author or industry professional interested in attending, please contact Lori at

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Celebrate Romance Conference for Authors & Readers

Celebrate Romance Conference for Authors and Readers
When: February 29th - March 2nd
Cost: $150
Where: Columbia, South Carolina
The Inn at USC

Celebrate Romance (a.k.a. “CR”) is a unique conference where romance readers and authors come together as equals to celebrate their love for the romance genre. Unlike many other conferences, this gathering has no other agenda but to support readers and their passion for romance novels.

CR keeps registration fees as low as possible. The event is run entirely by volunteers and is not designed to make a profit. Because of this, all attendees pay the same registration fee and participate in the same events. Whether this will be your first CR or your sixth, every penny spent is more than worth the memories you leave with.


Registration is already open. Everyone (both authors and readers) pays the same registration fee, which is $150 this year. The fee covers all the events at CR except for dinner Saturday night. It includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The meals are going to be great this year – one reason we picked this hotel is because it had such delicious menu offerings!

Two keynote speakers, Sabrina Jeffries and Stephanie Bond

Karen Hawkins
Cindy Holby
Elizabeth Hoyt
Isabo Kelly
Rosemary Laurey / Madeleine Oh
Jade Lee / Kathy Greyle
Linnea Sinclair
Julia Talbot
Vicki Lewis Thompson
BA Tortuga
J.C. Wilder

If you have questions or comments, please email at

Alexa Darin - Kisses Don't Lie

Alexa Darin was at Jane Porter's booking signing last night and it was delightful to meet her. As I'm always looking for new authors, Alexa has a new book out Kesses Don't Lie and I'm going to buy it at her booking signing in a couple of weeks at the Book Fair, The Emerald City Writer's Conference. It was lovely to see her excited about Jane's book and her new release as well.

Here's a description of Alexa's Kisses Don't Lie

When It Comes To True Love.

Bailey Ventura can't think of a better way to kick back and have some fun than a weekend in Las Vegas with her best friend. When Bailey hits the slots and wins a fabulous red Thunderbird, she can't believe her luck. But the real jackpot is when she meets Carter Davis, the gorgeous head of casino security who also moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

Luck Is All You Need.

Carter clearly knows all about taking care of business both in and out of the bedroom. No one has ever made Bailey feel this way before. Could he be the one? But when a romantic road trip is sidetracked by a diamond heist and Carter admits he's involved, Bailey isn't so sure anymore that he's her Prince Charming. Now she'll have to discover if Carter is steering her straight toward heartbreak-or if he's the best thing that's ever happened to her.

"Kisses Don't Lie is a hunka hunka burnin' fun!"

—Geralyn Dawson

"Sharp, witty writing. The perfect blend of passion and humor."

—Meryl Sawyer, New York Times bestselling author on Good With His Hands

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 Announces Twenty-Five Semifinalists in Romance Writing Competition Announces Twenty-Five Semifinalists in Romance Writing Competition
Nearly 500 Manuscripts Submitted by Aspiring Romance Novelists from Across the Country

NEW YORK & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE), the leader in social media for adults, and the Pocket Books imprint of Simon & Schuster, a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, today announced the twenty-five semifinalists in The First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. In the quest to find America’s next great romance novelist, the semifinalists were narrowed down by the Gather community from nearly 500 manuscripts submitted from across the country since August 2007. The names and hometowns of the semifinalists are cited below, and can also be found online at

Sarah Andre, Houston, TX
Dale Cozort, DeKalb, IL
Sarah Castleberry, Houston, TX
Theresa Ragan, Granite Bay, CA
Dena Straughn, Grovetown, GA
Terri Molina Dunham, Chandler, AZ
Allison Newman, Cambridge, MA
Tracy Beltran, Phoenix, AZ
Stephanie Woodard, Fort Worth, TX
Isabel Barney, Hollywood, FL
Kristin Wallace, Miami, FL
Judi Fennell, Philadelphia, PA
Caren Crane Helms, Raleigh, NC
Rachael Herron, Oakland, CA
Maggie Dana, Old Saybrook, CT
Layla Morgan Wilde, Hartsdale, NY
Lauren Coe, Brier, Washington
Jerrica Knight-Catania, New York, NY
Meredith McGuire, Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Floyd, West Chester, OH
Christine Morris, Brookfield, OH
Diane Nichols, Vestal, NY
Starr Toth, Ortonville, MI
Jamie Chapman, Hastings, NE
Bonnie Latino, Atmore, AL and Bob Vale, Ocean Township, NJ (co-authors)
The announcement of the semifinalists in the romance competition follows a positive review from USA Today, which praised the two winning novelists in’s original First Chapters competition, Terry Shaw and Geoffrey Edwards, whose novels were published this fall by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster.

“Excitement around the First Chapters competition continues to build as people increasingly realize the power that their participation has in selecting the world’s next great literary talents,” says Tom Gerace, founder and Chief Executive Officer ( “The high quality of the romance submissions has ignited a feverous flow of activity and engagement amongst our members, who have always been captivated by good writing.”

Beginning today, the second chapters of each semifinalist will be reviewed and rated by the Gather community until the end of Round Two on October 8, 2007.

“Romance writers are one of the world’s most passionate groups of people,” noted Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Pocket Books. “The First Chapters Romance competition has allowed Pocket Books to leverage the power of social media to identify undiscovered talent and provide our customers with fresh, carefully plotted, and well-crafted romance writing.”

As the official retail sponsor of, Borders, Inc., a leading retailer of books, music, movies, gifts and stationery items, is promoting the First Chapters competition via email to its millions of Borders Reward® members. The winning title will be featured in over 1,000 Borders and Waldenbooks stores nationwide.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a guaranteed publishing contract with PocketBooks along with a $5000 advance. To obtain more information regarding the specifics of the judging, please reference the competition timeline below.


Submission period: 08/1/07 - 08/22/07
Full romance manuscripts submitted to

Round One: 08/27/07 - 09/18/07
Posting of chapter one at -
community votes to select 25 semi-finalists

Round Two: 09/24/07 - 10/08/07
Posting of second chapter at
community votes to select five finalists

Round Three: 10/11/07 - 10/30/07
Grand Prize Judging Panel votes to select a Grand Prize winner

Grand Prize Winner announcement: 10/30/07

Members of Grand Prize Judging Panel:

Lauren McKenna, Editor, Pocket Books
Maggie Crawford, Editorial Director, Pocket Books
Tom Gerace, Gather Founder & CEO
Sue Grimshaw, Romance Buyer, Borders


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