#ChickLitMay Happily Ever After Hop


Picture it . . . the lovely month of May, where spring is springing up all over the Northern Hemisphere, and there’s going to be a royal wedding, and it’s International Chick Lit Month! What’s a Chick Lit lover to do? Join Chick Lit Chat HQ’s Happily Ever After Hop on Facebook, of course!

From Monday, May 7th through Sunday, May 13th, 49 bestselling and award-winning Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy authors will be whooping it up on Facebook, celebrating all things royal and romantic. And because our readers deserve to be treated like queens, these authors will be giving away books, swag, gift cards, and lots of other fabulous prizes (no toads or poisoned apples here!), plus the week will wrap up with an award of a blingtastic, royal-themed Grand Prize Pack worth more than $150*, and not one, not two, notthreenotfournotfive, but SIX $25 Amazon gift cards!

 


So, grab that tiara, hop on your unicorn, and head on over to the Happily Ever After Hop page on Facebook and join the group where you can meet and chat with your fellow readers, as well as some of the most popular authors in your favorite genres. Plus you’ll find links for all the participating authors and you can enter to win the Grand Prize Pack or one of those Amazon gift cards. We look forward to partying with you!

*The royal-themed Grand Prize Pack giveaway is not open to international entrants. However, all of the individual author giveaways and the $25 Amazon gift card giveaways are open internationally.

Monday, May 7th

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi/

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Susan Hatler https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanhatler/

Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/authorerinhuss

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Susannah Nix https://www.facebook.com/susannahnix/

Melanie Summers https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage

Barbara Valentin https://www.facebook.com/Platespinner/

Joslyn Westbrook https://www.facebook.com/JoslynWestbrookOfficial

 

Tuesday, May 8th

Jackie Bouchard https://www.facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter/

Laura Chapman https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks/

Renee Conoulty https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor

Jayne Denker https://www.facebook.com/JayneDenkerAuthor/

Whitney Dineen https://www.facebook.com/Whitney-Dineen-11687019412/

Karin Gillespie https://www.facebook.com/karingillespieauthor/

Diane Michaels https://www.facebook.com/dianemichaelsauthor/

Robyn Neeley https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

 

Wednesday, May 9th

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/

Kathryn Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel

Christina Boyd https://www.facebook.com/TheDarcyMonologues/

Rachael Eliker https://www.facebook.com/rachaeleliker/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

A.G. Henley https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAGHenley/

Holly Kerr https://www.facebook.com/HollyKerrAuthor

Heidi Renee Mason https://www.facebook.com/HeidiReneeMason/

 

Thursday, May 10th

Beth Carter https://www.facebook.com/authorbethcarter/

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Virginia Gray https://www.facebook.com/Virginia.Gray.Author/

Laura Kenyon https://www.facebook.com/laurakenyonwrites

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieBooks/

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/

 

Friday, May 11th

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin/

Lindsay Detwiler https://www.facebook.com/lindsayanndetwiler

Angie Ellington https://www.facebook.com/angienellingtonbooks

Laura Heffernan https://www.facebook.com/lauraheffernanbooks

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks/

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Michelle Jo Quinn https://www.facebook.com/MichelleJoQuinnAuthor

 

Saturday, May 12th

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

June Moonbridge https://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge

Jennifer Peel https://www.facebook.com/jenniferpeelauthor/

Bria Quinlan https://www.facebook.com/BriaQuinlanAuthor/

Natalina Reis https://www.facebook.com/authornatalinareis/

Sarah Louise Smith

https://www.facebook.com/sarahlouisesmithauthor/

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author/

 

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#HollyJollyHop #Giveaway – HOLLY JOLLY CHICK LIT HOP Dec. 4-15, 2017


If you thought hopping was only done by bunnies at Easter, you haven’t experienced Chick Lit Chat HQ’s annual Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop! 62 bestselling and award-winning authors in the Chick Lit and Rom Com genres are participating in this year’s fun-filled event and each one is doing a fabulous giveaway. Books, swag, and assorted holiday treats are all up for grabs! In addition, you can enter to win one of three Grand Prizes ($100 Amazon gift cards) on the hop’s group page.

The celebration runs from Monday, Dec. 4th thru Friday, Dec. 15th, so strap on that mistletoe and fa-la-la-ollow along on Facebook. This hop is guaranteed to fill you with the Christmas spirit!

Join the party at the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop Facebook group where you’ll get to interact with readers, as well as the authors themselves. You’ll find each day’s featured authors, along with the links to their pages/giveaways, in the pinned post at the top of the group. Can’t wait to see you there!


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Monday, Dec. 4th

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Beth Carter https://www.facebook.com/authorbethcarter

Whitney Dineen

https://www.facebook.com/Whitney-Dineen-11687019412/

Karin Gillespie https://www.facebook.com/karingillespieauthor/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Tuesday, Dec. 5th

Annabelle Costa

https://www.facebook.com/Annabelle-Costa-894496980704700/

Susan Hatler https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanhatler/

Kate Kisset
https://www.facebook.com/KateKisset/

Kirsty McManus https://www.facebook.com/kirstymcmanusauthor

Robyn Neeley

https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

 

Wednesday, Dec. 6th

Sylvia Ashby https://www.facebook.com/sylviaashbywriter/

Hannah Ellis https://www.facebook.com/novelisthannahellis

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieBooks

Becky Monson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeckyMonson/

Jennifer Peel https://www.facebook.com/jenniferpeelauthor/

Thursday, Dec. 7th

Michele Brouder https://www.facebook.com/MicheleBrouder/

Melinda Curtis
https://www.facebook.com/MelindaCurtisAuthor/

Liz Durano https://www.facebook.com/Lizduranobooks/

Diane Michaels https://www.facebook.com/dianemichaelsauthor/

Holly Tierney-Bedord https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

Friday, Dec. 8th

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks/

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Heidi Renee Mason https://www.facebook.com/HeidiReneeMason/

Susan Murphy https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor/

Natalina Reis https://www.facebook.com/authornatalinareis/


Saturday, Dec. 9th

Amy Avanzino https://www.facebook.com/AmyAvanzino/

Susannah Nix https://www.facebook.com/susannahnix

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Michelle Jo Quinn https://www.facebook.com/MichelleJoQuinnAuthor/

Nicole Waggoner https://www.facebook.com/NicoleWaggonerAuthorCircusofWomen/


Sunday, Dec. 10th

Mary Frame https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryFrame/

Sarah-Jane Fraser https://www.facebook.com/sjfraserauthor/

Amy Gettinger

https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gettinger-Author-1412625005719904/

Lizzie Lamb https://www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter/

Joslyn Westbrook https://www.facebook.com/JoslynWestbrookOfficial

Monday, Dec. 11th

Jayne Denker https://www.facebook.com/JayneDenkerAuthor/

Angie Ellington https://www.facebook.com/angienellingtonbooks

Ciara Knight https://www.facebook.com/Ciaraknightwrites/

C.L. Ogilvie https://www.facebook.com/CLOgilvie/

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author/


Tuesday, Dec. 12th

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor

Renee Conoulty

https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

Stacy Juba https://www.facebook.com/Stacy-Juba-100155471301/

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

Wednesday, Dec. 13th

Traci Andrighetti https://www.facebook.com/traciandrighettiauthor/

Kathryn Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor

Denise Stout https://www.facebook.com/DeniseStoutAuthor/

Melanie Summers https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage

Thursday, Dec. 14th

Anne John-Ligali https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

Colette Kebell

https://www.facebook.com/ColetteKebellAuthor/

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Clodagh Murphy https://www.facebook.com/clodaghmurphyauthor

Tess Thompson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessThompson/

 

Friday, Dec. 15th

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin/

Aimee Brown https://www.facebook.com/authoraimeebrown

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Lindsay Detwiler https://www.facebook.com/lindsayanndetwiler

Barbara Valentin https://www.facebook.com/Platespinner/

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#NewRelease #Giveaway – KINDRED SPIRITS by Whitney Dineen

Release Blitz || Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen

Happy Release Day to Whitney Dineen!! Her newest Romantic Comedy, KINDRED SPIRITS, is available now!

Release Blitz || Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen


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#Review – THE REINVENTION OF MIMI FINNEGAN by Whitney Dineen

Synopsis

Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family. 

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding. 

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him. 

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows. 

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Review

5 Stars

Oh, where to begin with this book! The convos between Mimi and Edith (her bunion) were hilarious! The relationship drama between Mimi, Richard, and Elliot. The audio narrator had a pitchy voice but good inflection in voice changes. A chuckling chicklit beach read!

MeetTheAuthor

Whitney DineenWhile attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.
During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. Her first romantic comedy, She Sins at Midnight, won a silver medal in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite awards. Her second, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, is a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, won a silver medal at the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Awards and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Her third chick-lit book, Mimi Plus Two, is causing all kinds of controversy and who the heck knows where it will land. Although, it was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and a Runner-Up at the London Book Festival.
In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first two books in her series, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory and Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle? are both available now. Book three, Beware of the Basement, is due to be released in the spring of 2017.
Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

#BlogTour #Giveaway #Review – MOTHERHOOD, MARTYRDOM, AND COSTCO RUNS by Whitney Dineen

Parenting/Humor/Memoir
Date Published: May 15, 2017
Publisher: 33 Partners Publishing

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Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting:
 
·         Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant.
 
·         Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again–like EVER.
 
·         Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends!
 
And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride as this new mom vows to give up profanity while falling in love with… you guessed it, Costco. Be careful, because if you’re anything like Whitney, you may just pee a little.
 
Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Whitney plummets into postpartum depression, desperately tries to get her kids to stop yodeling in public restrooms, and comes to terms with the fact she’ll never quite be queen of her own kingdom. Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and pat yourself on the back for the sake of mommies everywhere. And while you’re at it, stop by Costco for a case of toilet paper and a Very Berry Sundae. You won’t regret it!
Review
This book says everything that any mother thinks! I will recommend that if you read this book in public, to read at your own risk because you will chuckle and will find yourself nodding your head in agreement. People may think you are crazy (but then again, do you really care?). If you are looking for a witty read, this is the book for you! 

I received an advanced reading copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

excerpt

Calling a Spade a Spade

I grew up in a household where girl parts were called vaginas, boy parts were called penises and pooping was called a bowel movement. My parents believed in calling a spade a spade. There was no mystical voodoo surrounding these perfectly natural parts of life.

Imagine my surprise when I met and married my husband, only to learn these ordinary words were taboo to him. In his puritanical Victorian thinking, girl parts were girl parts, boy parts were boy parts, and pooping was ding ding. No, I’m not kidding.

When we had children, I was unyielding that our daughters learn the proper terms for both body parts and functions. He was equally adamant they hear some watered-down version of the truth. After much heated discussion, I finally agreed to let him have his way, but only while the girls were very young. As questions arose and curiosity developed, I vowed to arm them with the correct scientific words. A sort of truce was called.

During the potty-training years, Margery came up with her own terminology. She pottied out of her front door and pooped out of her back door. This jargon stuck in our household. I recently had a discussion with both girls where I introduced the correct terms for their female bits. Both were pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. They didn’t have any questions so we seamlessly moved on to watching a show on the mating rituals of seahorses.

I hope to always be open and honest with my children, even if they venture into uncomfortable territory. From my recollection, seventh grade seemed to be the age I hit my mom with all kinds of forthright queries. For instance at the lunch table, the boys began throwing around the word, “dildo,” like it was the best word they’d ever heard.

When I got home from school one day, I asked my mom what a dildo was. Without a blink, raised eyebrow, or demand to know where I’d heard such a filthy word, she seamlessly responded, “A dildo is a fake penis, honey.”

Wow, awkward. I dropped the subject right then and there.

While I wanted to know more, like, what in the heck do you do with a fake penis? Who thought up such a crazy idea? And where in the world would you buy something like this? It felt like a change of subject was the best course of action. Not too long afterwards, I asked her about the word douche.

It seemed when the boys weren’t calling each other dildos, they were busy referring to each other as douches. My mom’s explanation that a douche was a female hygiene product, did very little to enlighten me on the reason this term was being bandied about so often and apparently, incorrectly.

A couple months later, I inquired what it felt like to have an orgasm. My mom thought for a minute before responding, “It’s like having an itch and getting it good and scratched.” Needless to say, I scratched my arm bloody that year and just didn’t get what the big deal was.

I hope I can be as cool and informative as my mom was. I mean, no one wants to talk to their children about this stuff, but what an honor if your kids are comfortable enough with you to ask you anything.

Margery and Hope’s cousin, Nikki, introduced them to the word “wiener” last summer. OMG, they took to it with such wild abandon I had to threaten them daily with, “If I hear the word wiener one more time, I’m going to take away sweets for the entire summer! NO MORE WIENERS!”

Then the son of one of my friends lost his swimming trunks at the pool. This was the girls’ first sight of a boy’s business and a slew of conversation ensued. Margery demanded to know why that “little bit of stuff” on the front of a boy was called a wiener.

She insisted on knowing where the term came from. I did my best to explain.

I’m not looking forward to all the uncomfortable dialogue ahead, but I darn well plan on having it. After all, nothing can be as bad as the summer of the wiener.

MeetTheAuthor

While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.
During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. Her first romantic comedy, She Sins at Midnight, won a silver medal in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite awards. Her second, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, is a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, won a silver medal at the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Awards and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Her third chick-lit book, Mimi Plus Two, is causing all kinds of controversy and who the heck knows where it will land. Although, it was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and a Runner-Up at the London Book Festival.
In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first two books in her series, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory and Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle? are both available now. Book three, Beware of the Basement, is due to be released in the spring of 2017.
Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens, and organic vegetables.
 
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