Manic Mommy’s Incredible Journey

Introduction by Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

When we thought of Chick Lit Bloggers to invite to participate in International Chick Lit Month, Stephanie Elliot a.k.a. Manic Mommy was the first one who came to mind. She’s one of the first bloggers I met when I was just starting Chick Lit Central as a book review blog. Her posts about authors and books, as well as her amazing giveaways (which are still going on almost all the time) inspired me to do more with Chick Lit Central.  She and I have stayed connected over the past couple of years, exchanging book recommendations and hooking each other up with authors to interview. She and Melissa P. have met in person and are now friends, as well. Stephanie is truly an awesome woman…not only does she have three kids, but she also has time and motivation to write novels! Here’s the story of her path from mommy blogger to published author! And since she’s writing about books more than parenting these days, she’s changed the name of her blog to “Booking with Manic.” Here’s how you can “book” with her, as she has a giveaway of her e-novella, “The Cell Phone Lot,” for FIVE lucky readers!

If You Love Chick Lit, Have I Got The Blog For You!
Morphing from Mommy Blogger to Book Reviewer to Author
By Stephanie Elliot

The first blog I ever read was Jennifer Weiner’s, after I discovered Good In Bed. She inspired me to start my blog, MaNiC MoMMy in 2004, in which I griped and bemoaned being a mommy of three young children very close in age.

My children are now 14, 13 and 10½. I can’t blog about them any longer. They don’t like when I share stories about their latest crushes, and I can’t upload videos of them dancing to Black Eyed Peas anymore. Their friends discovered the blog. The Mommy Blogging days are over.

I also discovered that during the Mommy Blogging days, I started to blog more and more about the books I had been reading and the authors I had been meeting. I was sharing hilariously fun stories about book signings, and telling readers about cool new books I discovered. It was a natural process. My kids got older and they stopped doing cute blog-worthy things; my life was freeing up and I was able to do more of what I loved – writing, reading and attending book signings.

At the time, I was living in the suburbs of Chicago – a mecca for writers! I was able to meet Julie Buxbaum, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, Stephanie Klein, Elizabeth Berg, Jen Lancaster, Heather Armstrong, Maureen Lipinski, Karen Doornebos, Dawn Meehan, Eileen Cook, Jess Riley, Amy Sprenger (wait for her books – they’ll be awesome!) Stacey Ballis, and so many more talented authors. I feel that was a time in my life that help mold me into the writer, reader and reviewer that I am today. I’m thankful that I’m still close friends with many of these authors and I consider them mentors.

Two years ago, our family relocated to Arizona, where even though we are abundantly blessed with sunshine and terrific weather, rarely do authors do book tours here. Yay for Jen Lancaster who knows the advantages of a great book signing here!

But MaNiC MoMMy, the blog, still prevails. Even though I don’t get to attend as many book signings as I would like to, I am still able to feature so many talented authors on the blog, and often! When I began connecting with the authors, and discovering their amazing books, I wanted to share their books with the MaNiC readers. So every week, you’ll discover at least one to three new authors and can enter to win that book the blog.

Recent authors on the blog have included: Seré Prince Halverson, Laura Dave, Allison Winn Scotch, Sarah Pekkanen, Sarah Jio, Meg Donohue, Lauren Fox, Rainbow Rowell, Hilary Winston, Ashley Ream, Amy Hatvany, Val Frankel, Catherine McKenzie to name just a few. If you like any of these authors, that’s what’s in store for you at MaNiC MoMMy!

Reading all these wonderful authors has also inspired the novelist in me. I’ve written three novels, and am working on the fourth one. Publishing is a hard business, but I’m not one to give up, and while I had an agent, I did some serious soul-searching and felt she was not the right one, so I’m on the search again. In the meantime, I’ve self-published an e-novella called “The Cell Phone Lot” (available for Kindle only) and I’d love to offer five copies to readers today. Here’s the blurb:

Grant and Bridge didn’t think their chance meeting at the cell phone lot would lead to anything, but after flight delays and a couple of beers, each starts to wonder if they were meant to find one another. But Grant’s supposed to pick up a girl he’s met online, and Bridge isn’t quite over her ex-boyfriend. Is the timing right, or might this possible relationship just never take off?

Just leave a comment telling me who your favorite author is and you’ll be entered to win one of five copies of “The Cell Phone Lot!”


Stephanie Elliot blogs as MaNiC MoMMy. Visit her website at She also blogs daily at as a Real Moms Guide blogger

Giveaway ends May 13th at midnight EST.

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25 Responses to Manic Mommy’s Incredible Journey

  1. Kim W. says:

    I have so many favorite authors but I think Jodi Picoult is my all-time fave!

  2. jltuck says:

    Steph, good for you for reinventing yourself! So proud of you XOXO

  3. Pooja D. says:

    Every author is unique is their own special way…as for me-I can snuggle down with a Sophie Kinsella book anytime,any place!!!! She tops my favourites list-hands down…

  4. Sabrina-Kate Eryou says:

    I really think Jodi Picoult or Jennifer Weiner take that title.

  5. Jenn B says:

    My favorite author is Jen Lancaster!

  6. erica s says:

    I love so many author’s. I think M.C. Beaton is one of my favorites!!!

  7. Bridget O'Neill says:

    My favorite author is definitely Jennifer Weiner!

  8. Stephanie Morecraft says:

    I’d have to go with James Patterson and Jen Lancaster. Jen’s posts on FB are actually how I came across your website. I’d love to read more of your blog!!!

    • Wilson says:

      I’ve gotten into the habit of checking the blog to see what’s been posted, when I wake up and right before I go to sleep. I’m going to miss the blog. I do wish that all of the giveaways had been world wide. I know first hand how expensive shipping is, but there is always surface mail if it’s coming from Europe, and if you’re here in the US, you’ve only got one choice, first class air mail. I also think Nina’s got a great idea to have giveaways matching that days posts.

  9. Sophie Bristow Harris says:

    My favourite author at the moment is Andy Tilley who wrote the fantastic “Recycling Jimmy”. I haven’t laughed so much in years!!

  10. Kat Duncan says:

    Melissa Hill

  11. My favourite author is Sophie Kinsella

  12. dollyj007 says:

    I’m pretty fond of Jodi Picoult. For lighter fare, I enjoy Jen Lancaster.

  13. nikki57 says:

    I love Kristin Hannah

  14. Amy Orons says:

    All of the above for sure but my go to favorite is Jen Lancaster.

  15. Lisamarie says:

    Hands down Jen Lancaster

  16. Michele W. says:

    So many favorite authors it’s hard to choose just one. Meg Cabot, Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella are a few of my favorites.

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  17. Katrin W says:

    My favourite author of all times would have to be Jane Austen, but from the recent authors I love Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews!

  18. Love Mave binchey Jennifer Weinberg Kristen Hannah .

  19. chicklitcentral says: chose Katrin W., nikki57, Michele W., Pooja D., and Sophie Bristow Harris. Congrats!

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