CHICK LIT BLOG AUTHOR HOP 2012
“Wanna see my shorts?”
I like my romance short and sweet. More like fifty shades of pink than grey. That’s why I’ve been putting out collections of sweet and sassy, funny romantic shorts I call Flirts! (Beach Flirts! Holiday Flirts! Fairy Tale Flirts! and coming soon, Wedding Flirts!) These stories are perfect for when you don’t have time to commit to a novel, but still want to squeeze in a story or two. I have lots of readers who tell me they look forward to reading them during their lunch break. Or kids practices.
Ok, technically, mine are novelettes. I know. What’s a novelette? It makes me sound as if I use doilies at teatime. Well here’s the deal. Short stories are 1,000-7,500 words in length, so they can easily be read in one sitting. Anything shorter than that is flash fiction. Stories over 7500 words and up to 20,000 words are called novelettes. Novellas are 20,000-50,000 words. Mine are around 10,000 words, so I just go with short stories.
Why give a short story a shot when you’re used to longer fiction? It’s like giving the shy boy on the bus a shot when you know nothing about him. When you didn’t even know he’d been sitting there all this time.
Besides a quick dose of fun, you get to know a lot of characters. My short story collections have five stories in each collection, so you’ll meet lots of different couples in interesting situations. If I’ve done my job, you’re going to feel like you really got to know and care about these folks. As a reader, I love learning about new characters and places, and a few short stories a week will fill that desire, whether from a collection, or a bunch of individual shorts.
It’s a great way to try out a new genres and authors. I’m not a big sci-fi reader, but I recently picked up a short story with an interesting premise that’s getting a lot of buzz online. I’m still thinking about that story a week later. Would I have read it if it had been a novel? Probably not. Too big of a commitment in my crazy busy world. But this short story was the perfect way to pass an hour, and now I have to rethink my stance on “not liking sci-fi.”
And just because it’s a short story, doesn’t mean it’s not a complete story. I think this is the biggest reason people are reluctant to try short stories; like it’s going to be as fulfilling as one bacon wrapped scallop on a toothpick when you really want the stuffed haddock with the rice pilaf. Short stories really can be fun, fulfilling, and totally worth your time. In fact, some of my readers say my shorts collections read as full bodies of work, because my stories link to one another and characters pop up in other stories. (That happened after a moment of serendipity, when one story ended at a charity even and another started at a charity event and I thought, man, I can’t do that. And then realized, oh yes I can!
So even if you’ve never tried a short story, and you’re convinced it’s not for you, give it a shot. Get yourself to your favorite ebook site and start browsing. You’re sure to find one in your favorite genre, or maybe you can try something new. This could be the start a beautiful relationship between you and short fiction. A secret lover on the side whenever you need a little love. Your novels never need to know.
- Each of the 34 participating authors has written a special Chick Lit-centric piece and these posts will go live on Monday, May 14th. At each blog hop stop, you will have the opportunity to enter to win a FREE Chick Lit e-book from that particular blog’s owner/author. All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog post, including your name and e-mail address, and you’re automatically entered to win. If you visit each blog hop stop, that means you have the chance to win 34 different e-books!
- The blog hop will start at Natalie Aaron & Marla Schwartz and end at Jen Tucker. You will find a list of all the stops on the blog hop at each auther’s blog. Authors’ blogs will be listed in alphabetical order according to last name.
- In each of the author’s blog posts, there will be a “secret word.” This word will be italicized, so it will be easy to find. All you have to do is make note of this secret word at each blog hop stop. Collect all 34 secret words and submit your list to CLABlogHop@aol.com before midnight on Sunday, May 20th and you will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing! The winner of this drawing will receive a $150 Sephora gift card! $150 to spend on make-up, fragrance, bath and body goodies, skin care, and hair products! How fun is that? This gift card can be redeemed online, or at any Sephora store in the US.
- Winners of each of the participating author’s e-books, as well as the Grand Prize winner of the $150 Sephora gift card will be announced on Monday, May 21st.
- Contests are open to residents of the United States only.
We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! Don’t forget to tell all of your Chick Lit-loving friends! The more, the merrier!
Here’s the list of authors:
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