Chick Lit Plus

Blog of the Month: Chick Lit Plus

clp headerWe're excited to announce that we've selected Chick Lit Plus as the Blog of the Month for March! We love the ladies behind this blog: Samantha March and Sara Palacios! Welcome!

The 411:

Samantha March started Chick Lit Plus in October of 2009 as a seed of an idea – to help her become a published author. Already an avid reader, she loved expressing her views about books and talking about writing, so it seemed obvious to jump on the blog explosion. She first started reviewing books she found at the library, and after only one month of blogging was offered to interview Jackie Collins. Since then, Chick Lit Plus has expanded to include two associate reviewers, a blog tour company CLP Blog Tours, and a publishing company, Marching Ink.


Why do people love Chick Lit Plus?

Chick Lit Plus celebrates many aspects of books and women in general. We love giving shout outs to authors and bloggers alike, and we love to encourage people to make your own opportunities!

What is unique about Chick Lit Plus?

Chick Lit Plus doesn’t just focus on books and writing – this is where the “Plus” comes in. We also write articles on celebrities, fashion, beauty, and fitness.


Where to read more about Chick Lit Plus:

Facebook and Twitter

What inspires you?

Knowing there is no glass ceiling anymore. We live in a world where we make our own opportunities and strive to remember that every day.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what celebrity would you want to be with you?

Samantha: Channing Tatum – how obvious is that one, ladies?

Sara: Do I have to pick just one? I would go with Tim Duncan (Go Spurs Go!), Emily Giffin (huge fan) and Paula Deen (because there might be buttah on the island).

What's one inanimate object you can't live without?

Samantha: Laptop  - it is my life.

Sara: My iPhone. Hands down.


What books are you adding to your bookshelf this year?

Samantha: Waaaay too many list! I’m excited for Allie Larkin, Sarah Pekkanen, Sarah Jio, and Anita Hughes. Also I’m hoping to add another from Marching Ink’s Cat Lavoie, CLP’s own Sara Palacios, and possibly even myself this year!

Sara: 2013 is going to be a big year for Chick Lit and I am so excited for the following titles: The Accidental Husband by Jane Green, Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves, Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger and The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell


Thanks, ladies!

7 Holiday questions for Samantha March

Ebook week continues with the fabulous Samantha March of Chick Lit Plus. She's here to dish on her new book, THE GREEN TICKET and answer some of our "hard-hitting" holiday questions! Featured eBook: The Green Ticket by Samantha March


Giveaway: TWO copies! Leave a comment and we’ll choose a winner after 3pm on December 23rd.

The scoop: College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.

While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself --is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.


1. Who do you think will most want to receive THE GREEN TICKET as a gift this year?

Hmm, now I’m trying to decide if you mean my book! Since the big Powerball was just drawn the other night, that seems to still be the only thing on everyone’s mind – including my own! Seriously – what would one do with 500 MILLION dollars?! Back to the question – for the book I’d say my mom, for the money – probably Lindsay Lohan. I hear she’s having trouble paying her taxes. Darn shame.

2. What books are you giving as gifts this year?

Quite a few! To name some : THE GREEN TICKET (obvs!) BREAKING THE RULES by Cat Lavoie (fab!) DOGS HAVE ANGELS TOO by Sarah Cavallaro (so sweet!) and DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW by Joanna Trollope (for my mom!).

3. What's the next book you'll curl up by the fire with?


4. Scrooge or The Grinch?

The Grinch!

5. Peppermint martini or hot cocoa?

Hot cocoa – with plenty of marshmallows!

6. Home Alone or Miracle on 34th Street?

Home Alone!

7. What's the #1 thing you're looking forward to in 2013?

My wedding :)

Congrats, Samantha! xoxo, Liz & Lisa

Lit IT Girl: Debut Author Samantha March

Lit IT Girl has always been one of our fave features.  Because what's more cool that discovering a brand spankin' new author? Um, Not much! Today we're featuring the lovely Samantha March, debut author of Destined to Fail.  Samantha also runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog Chick Lit Plus (which we love!). And we're thrilled that she's wearing the Lit IT girl crown! (she's totally rockin' it, btw!)

Here's the deets on Destined to Fail: Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into their new college life, Abby drops the bomb- she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can’t handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She struggles to move on from her friendship with Abby, but befriends two new girls at college. Everything seems back on track for Jasmine- great new friendships and roommates, a strong relationship with boyfriend Nate, and excelling at her college courses. But Jasmine’s newfound happiness is shattered when her pregnancy test comes out positive. Does she have to drop out of college now and become a young mother? Will Nate stay with her? How can she afford a child? Jasmine’s life has been filled with obstacles and challenges along the way- from a missing father, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions that tore her family apart. With this latest setback, Jasmine fears her life will always be a struggle. Destined to Fail is one woman’s story about overcoming adversity in life, about taking the negatives and finding a positive, and about never giving up hope.

Sound up your alley?  Well, then leave a comment-we have FIVE copies to give away! We'll choose the winners on Sunday December 11th after 6pm PST.  Good luck!


1. Tell us about your decision to self-publish.  It really wasn’t a tough one, actually. When I first started writing, I thought I would query and go the traditional route. Fast forward three years, a recession, and a rising eBook and self-publishing industry, and I started to think differently. Through my book blog, I was meeting and working with more and more self-published authors. I saw that being self-published doesn’t mean failure or weakness. To me, it means taking what you want and making it happen. I’m not good at the waiting game. If I want something, I am going to go for it.

2. What's a line from your "favorite" agent rejection letter? Well, I actually only queried three agents, so I don’t have a big stack of letters to choose from. I was pretty much set on self-publishing once I finished my book, but I thought I should at least give trying the query process a try. I knew my heart wasn’t in it though. I wish I had some good lines to give!

3. What was the hardest part about writing your debut novel? When I first started writing, I was really writing with an audience in mind. As I continued to write, I kept thinking about readers, what they would think about this character and that decision. It took all the fun out of writing, and I thought multiple times about giving up. Then, I saw an author on Twitter say that you need to write for you, not for someone else. I let those words sink in, and the spark was back. I write my books because they are my stories that I want to tell. I can’t constantly think about what others will think, what the feedback will be like, or I’m sure I would have never finished.

4. What is the best/worst advice you received while you were trying to break into the book biz? I have received some great advice along the way from fellow authors, and am extremely lucky to have their input. I don’t know if this is really considered advice, but I was given a lot of helpful tips––from where to buy ISBN’s to how to navigate Smashwords and great recommendations on helpful people along the way, i.e. book formatters or cover designers. I am very self-sufficient and I think I can do anything, but this process and getting a book published made me realize there were many facets where I needed help. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

5. How did you celebrate your book launch? When my eBooks were released, I went a bit crazy. It was a week-long celebration! Special dinners with the boyfriend, a massage, a new watch, and Friday and Saturday night celebrating with friends. Too much? Wait until my print books are out––who knows what will happen then!

6. Who is your writer crush? Is it weird if I say Ann M. Martin? A “writer” crush to me is crushing on someone’s writing abilities, and I have looked up to Ann since I was seven years old. I was a total BSC fanatic.

7. If you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one book, what would it be? Mine! Too egotistical? Darn it. One of my favorite books (going back to BSC) is BSC IN THE USA. I love reading about all the different places the girls got to see! That book could keep me entertained for a long time.

8. What's on your iPod right now? Beyonce “Love On Top” is on repeat.

9. What's your #1 stress reliever? I’m a big fan of massages. Working out can always help me relieve stress, especially kickboxing. Or else yoga!

10. Who/what would you place in the center of the Entertainment Weekly bullseye? This totally not a writer answer, but I can’t not say the Green Bay Packers! I am a huge cheesehead, and this team is on fire!

Thanks Samantha! xo, L&L

To read more about Samantha, head on over to her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.