Happy Birthday to Me

~ By Nan Reinhardt Last month I turned 60. Not a particularly newsworthy event, I grant you. There were no newspaper articles about it, no parades in my honor, Google didn’t post a little “Nan turns 60” animation that day, and I didn’t make the evening news. Nope, it was, as milestone birthdays go, rather quiet. However, for me personally, it was an enormous event because it wasn’t only my 60th birthday, it was launch day for the first two novels in my new contemporary romance series, The Women of Willow Bay. I released Once More From the Top...

Receiving Nora’s Blessing

~ By Ava Miles So, hi, I’m Ava Miles, and it’s great to be hosted by the new Contemporary Romance Chapter Blog. I’m a new writer, and just had my first book debut in July. When I talked to Melissa about what everyone might want me to blog about, she suggested, “Why don’t you talk about receiving Nora’s blessing for your first book?” Well, heck ya, I can do that. My first book, NORA ROBERTS LAND, came out of a true event in my sister’s life. Her ex-husband told her that he blamed their divorce on her reading Nora...

Following Your Dreams at 40

~ By Melissa Chambers 40. When I was 20, that age sounded ancient. You hear twenty-somethings say, “I want to have kids while I’m young so I’ll have energy to play catch with them, and chase them around and stuff.” The implication here is that once you hit mid-life, you’re done for. Might as well throw in the towel and pull out the walker. What bunk. I remember my twenties. If you’d have asked me to run a mile I’d have made it about two blocks, tongue wagging until I passed out on the sidewalk. Sitting at 40 (ish)...

Interview with Jane Myers Perrine

 ~ Interview by Traci Andrighetti As all of us in RWA surely know by now, Jane Myers Perrine was nominated for a 2012 RITA in the Strong Romantic Elements category for her delightful novel, The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Jane about her nomination and her plans for a new series. How thrilling it must have felt to be nominated for a 2012 RITA for The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek! How did you find out about your nomination? I don’t think there can be anything more exciting for a writer...

A Little Girl And Her Big Dreams

~ By Anne Kemp There once was a little girl who dreamed in Technicolor of the life she wanted when she was older. The best and most favorite of her dreams were the ones where she was running away to an island so she could write a book. She knew it was hokey and farfetched, but one cannot help what they dream, or as they say, “the heart wants what the heart wants.” This same little girl had a vision of her life on the island. There was a small, crooked bamboo shack right on the beach, flip-flops freshly...

Happy Friday!

~ By Melina Kantor Hello Chick Lit Fans! Happy Friday. We here at the blog thought we’d kick off the weekend by sharing some of the writing related images / cartoons / inspiration floating around the social networks this week. If you’ve got any more, please share! You can post them to our Facebook page, and while you’re there, you can “like” us too. 🙂 Enjoy! Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer,...

Friday Inspiration

Hello Chick Lit Fans, Happy Friday! This week, I thought I’d share a video from The Moth (“true stories told live”) with a real chick lit feel (not to mention cute firefighters). The story was told by Katherine Russell Rich, a writer who recently passed away. So here it is, a treat for your muses, in Katherine’s honor: We’ll be off next week for a bit of spring break. We’ll be back with brand new posts on Wednesday, 4/18. Until then, happy reading and writing! 🙂 Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah....

Friday Un-inspiration

~ By Melina Kantor Well, dear chick lit fans, I’ve realized something. Every Friday, we here at the blog show up with the intention of helping you kick off a weekend filled with productive writing. But, it has occurred to me that just maybe, some of you poor people are tired and just don’t feel like writing. Writing is hard and exhausting, so who are we to suggest you sit down and spend hours at it? So here you go. 22 More Reasons to Stop Writing. Enjoy! 😉 What are YOUR reasons not to write? Melina writes contemporary women’s...

Top Five Reasons to Read or Write YA

~ By Charity Tahmaseb  Dear Readers, Today, RWA Chick Lit Chapter member Charity Tahmaseb is giving us her top five reasons to love YA. Read on!   1. The best kept secret of writing YA: It’s fun. Writing YA can be a blast. Take, for instance, virtual dress shopping. I’m not much of a girly-girl and never have been, but nothing beats virtual dress shopping as “very crucial research you simply must do before you write.” One of the manuscripts my writing partner and I worked on included a homecoming court–and we had to find dresses for all five...

Friday Writing Inspiration

~ By Melina Kantor Hi Everyone. Happy Friday! It may be March, but here in Brooklyn, it’s still pretty wintry. And it seems many of us have had a tiring week. So I thought we’d kick off the weekend with a bit of inspiration from Maeve Binchy, “The Mother of Chick Lit.” Enjoy! Here’s to a great weekend of writing. 🙂 Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She recently returned from a two month trip to Crete and Israel, where she visited  family and friends did her best to turn...

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