I am so excited to share the cover reveal of my fifth novel, DEFINING HER. Since releasing my last full-length novel, a lot has happened in my personal life and it definitely affected not only the timing of this book and how long it’s taken me to release, but also the content. This novel is women’s fiction but does contain very adult language and situations, including disturbing scenes. The scenes are contained in the flashback scenes and are not the majority of the novel, but they still do require me to put in that warning. This book changed significantly in the two years I’ve been working on it, but the overall theme remains the same – what defines us? Nellie and Prue are two very different women on very different paths in life, but they ask themselves the same question throughout. I hope you enjoy their story, which will release on Wednesday, March 15.
I am running a special promotion now for paperback pre-orders. If you don’t know, I run a beauty channel on Youtube, which was created when I was in a pretty dark place in my life (and when most of these disturbing scenes were written). It gave me a place to find, not a new, but a different identity. When I started CLP it was to be a blog focused on everything I loved, but quickly turned into solely a book blog when I was told by several people online that I couldn’t talk about books and beauty too. I have a whole article on that subject here: http://chicklitplus.com/behind-the-redesign/ if you’re interested in reading, but in short, my Youtube channel quickly became an outlet that I loved being on. I was suddenly able to really combine all my passions – books, beauty, and even fitness – across my platforms. And I learned to stand up for myself, and go after what I wanted without letting the opinions of others force me to doubt myself.
So I wanted to do something special combining both my worlds when it came to the release of DEFINING HER. I’m going to start this contest with the pre-order promotion, and I’m thinking of extending it for the first few weeks of release, but let’s take it one step at a time, all right? For ever five paperback pre-orders that come in, I will draw one giveaway winner. Five orders, 1 winner. Ten orders, 2 winners. And so on. Each winner will receive a surprise package from me and each package will contain books and/or beauty items. I will ask you to check if you are interested in one more than the other (you can check both for a mixture!) if you decide to pre-order, so I can use that as a reference when sending out winning packages. So the contest, starts…RIGHT NOW! If you want to pre-order your copy of DEFINING HER and get entered, please fill out the form below. I will send a PayPal invoice directly to you, so please enter an email you check regularly. After payment is received, your entry will be counted. Books are $10 to purchase, $4 for US shipping, $15 for international shipping. All copies will be signed by me! Print copies will start to be mailed out, first come first served, directly from me as soon as paperbacks are ready, which I estimate to be the first week of March. At some point the printing process does go out of my hands and into Amazon’s so I can’t guarantee that, but I will be providing updates across social media as I have them!
I wanted to do something fun to say thank you. Thank you for buying my books, reading my books, reviewing my books. Thank you for following my blog, watching my videos and the constant support. I have never taken releasing a novel lightly. It’s a group effort, not just me, not just my book editor, not just the cover designer, but to all of you. My family and friends, my readers, my support group. I never want to take my passion for granted, and I hope to be able to give back in my own small way with each release. Book six is currently underway and I would love to release it in 2017, but for right now, all my focus is on my fifth baby. Please keep reading for the full synopsis of DEFINING HER plus how to get entered in the contest. If you are a book blogger and are interested in receiving an ARC copy, you can request that here. I’ll wrap it up here, but a final THANK YOU. Sincerely.
ABOUT DEFINING HER
Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.
Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.
Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.
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