Category Archives: Books

Cloak hoods off to next gen blogger

aragorn-and-legolas-in-the-return-of-the-king-aragorn-and-legolas-34519903-960-406It’s no secret The Lisas are bookish and nerdish (respectively). We salute this passionate up and coming young writer.

via My Life Called Fantasy – Home

Writing Contest: Grand Novel Contest | Inkitt

Source: Writing Contest: Grand Novel Contest | Inkitt

Awkward mom moment perhaps better left untold?

This one’s for our NJ author pal, TOOL (The Other-Other Lisa).

click for video clip:  Book royalties may go toward kids’ future therapy.

Stay-at-Home Moms/Stay-at-Home Dads Mystery Books and Housewives Mystery Books: The Cozy Mystery List Blog

Woman Looking Through Magnifying GlassWhat a neat blog. You can bet we will be ‘investigating’ it!

Stay-at-Home Moms & Stay-at-Home Dads Mystery Books &/or Housewives Mystery Books: — The Cozy Mystery List Blog.

Book Review: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March

The book follows two estranged adult sisters and the aunt who helped raised them along with her own daughter, mostly over the course of one summer. Each of the four women goes through a personal journey of loss and discovery, and together they learn to put aside their differences and work toward a more fulfilling future, individually and collectively.

The family bed & breakfast and the aunt’s adoration of the works of actress Meryl Streep provide the backdrop for the characters to discuss their emotions by comparing themselves and their tribulations to that of the movie characters. There is obvious built-in appeal for Meryl Streep fans.

Italiano: Stella di Meryl Streep sulla Hollywo...

Italiano: Stella di Meryl Streep sulla Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles (California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For me, the only real sticking point was redundancy on the part of the author in describing just how “hurt & confused” each character was feeling. The tension was more consistent than escalating, but the issues did get resolved satisfactorily. The ending was the strongest part of the book, and for that I give the author a full measure of credit.

In addition this was a refreshingly PG book with no gratuitous language, sex or violence.  On a 5-star scale I give The Meryl Streep Movie Club a solid 3 stars. If you like happy (albeit fairly predictable) endings, this novel definitely fits the bill. Nothing scary here, dear readers, just a good old-fashioned estrogen joy ride.

She Reads |

If you have a book club or are simply looking for a book review source, thelisas recommend SheReads.org. Watch for 1Lisa to add her opinions to the mix coming soon.

Our Beautiful Distraction

Loathe though we are to confess it, The Lisas have been slacking off this summer. Having a book out in the wilds of the free market means stats to obsess over, publicity opportunities to conquer, and lovely new reviews to enjoy, like this one from Chick Lit Central: The Blog!

To change Lisa & Lisa Write a Book to Lisa & Lisa Write Many, Many Books, the Lisas have Three Main Objectives to accomplish this summer:

  • Not die of heat-stroke (although 1Lisa’s father is convinced artists are more successful in death).
  • Challenge ourselves and each other to specific goals.  Discovering how many brownies we can eat in one sitting is a laudable exercise, but we feel we have mined this to its very depths.  Time to focus on writing. Starting with a two woman focus group on how many cookies should be awarded for each page written.
  • Not give in to our many distractions which include, but are in no way limited to: auctions, ebay, free cell, facebook, Words with Friends (vocabulary enriching as it may be), garage sales, hockey free agency signings, take-out menus, and a dangerous case of phone addiction.

Our 12-step program begins as soon as we get off the phone.

Seventh Star Press Open House – Eight Titles Free on Kindle

Some out-of-this-world fantasy & horror reading from our good friend, Jackie Gamber and several of her good friends at Seventh Star Press Open House: Eight Titles Free on Kindle

Chick Lit Author Blog Hop Book Giveaway and Gift Card Contest!

***UPDATE*** Congrats to ebook winners Patricia W. & ‘sionedkia’ and grand prize winner Tiffany White.

We’re pleased this week to take part in a blog hop contest sponsored by Tracie Banister, of Books by Banister. The post below contains a “secret” italicized word (*not a book title). Find it, then collect a secret word from each of the other fabulous Chick Lit Blog Hop particpants, and you can qualify for a girly, pampering prize: a $150 Sephora gift card. Leave us a comment and we will select one name at random to win an ebook copy of Worth Lying For (*if you’ve already ordered/read our book, thank you – and please comment anyway; we’ll find you a “worthy” prize). Read on for more details.

A Natural Progression from Chick-to-Hen Lit

I grew up reading romances. I adored the vicarious thrill of living through the hero and heroine’s progress, from fiery arguments to first kiss. I still do. But somewhere along the way, a little book was published. You may have heard of it: Bridget Jones’s Diary. In a flash the publishing world was delirious with chick lit fever. And I reveled in the humor and sheer fun of it all.

Despite the publishing industry’s desire to replicate Bridget Jones, I am not suggesting that the books I devoured were cookie-cutter copies. I have found great diversity in voice, style and quality among chick lit authors–just as with any literary form. In fact, the books I ended up loving the most did not have the young main characters in glamorous (or semi-glamorous) city jobs that are most often associated with the genre. I fell hardest for the sub-set of chick lit often called hen-lit, matron or mum lit, with its quirky characters and quaint village settings.

Living in the United States, I found it difficult to get my hands on all the hen lit I wanted. I could see book after neon-covered book popping up on the web-sites of UK booksellers, but not making it to the States to be published. I ordered titles online and organized visits to book shops on trips to Canada. I still remember the satisfyingly heavy weight of the two large book bags I lugged out of the World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto a few years ago.

When TOL (The Other Lisa) suggested we write a book featuring a middle-aged woman living in a small town who just happens to abscond with a big bag of drug money, I immediately envisioned the final copy in a glowing pink or purple cover–an American hen lit book ready to rub shoulders and share a glass of wine with my British favorites, such as Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker, The Only Boy For Me by Gil McNeil and Every Woman For Herself by Trisha Ashley. I hope our book, Worth Lying For, gives its readers the hours of entertainment and genuine laughter these books have given me.

So let’s review the Blog Hop Contest instructions: Look in the post above for the italicized word (hint, it’s hyphenated), then follow this link to the LIST of blog posts of the other contributing authors. Collect all 34 secret words and submit them to CLABlogHop@aol.com  by Sunday, May 20 to be eligible to win the Grand Prize $150 Sephora gift card. Happy chick-litting & good luck!

  • Contests open to residents of the United States only.

COMING MONDAY – Chick Lit Author Blog Hop Week

Mark your calendars! Thelisas and 33 other authors will be participating in a salute to readers. Book giveaways and a $150 Sephora gift card grand prize contest! Preview:  CHICK LIT AUTHOR BLOG HOP 2012