We are so glad to have Meredith Schorr with us at ICLM this year! Her novels definitely epitomize chick lit, and one of them even focuses on someone who blogs about–what else?!?–chick lit! She’s here today to talk about this fabulous blogger, Kimberly Long, and what they’d do if they spent an afternoon together. And so that one of our readers can get themselves a literary treat, she has a $5 Amazon gift card to give away!
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After trying her hand writing children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women. When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Blogger Girl (reviewed here and currently on sale for 99 cents) is her third novel. She is also the proud author of Just Friends with Benefits and A State of Jane (reviewed here).
My play date with Kimberly Long from Blogger Girl
As the waiter places another Mimosa in front of our plates, Kim lets out a deep breath. “I’m so full!”
I take a sip of my drink, already buzzing big-time from the first four. “It was good though, right?” I convinced her to have brunch at Parlor Steak House on the Upper East Side. Not only is the food amazing, but brunch comes with five drinks per person—your choice of Mimosa, Screwdriver, Bellini, or Bloody Mary.
“Totally,” Kim says, nodding her head enthusiastically. “And it’s right in my ‘hood.”
“What should we do now?” This is the first time I’ve hung out with Kim face-to-face, although we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well online, mostly because Kim has reviewed all three of my books on her blog, Pastel is the New Black.
“Barnes & Noble, of course. Drunk book shopping is so much fun.”
“And potentially very costly,” I say, raising an eyebrow. “But count me in.”
“Is this our last drink?”
“Yes. Unless you want to go to a bar instead of a bookstore,” I say, hoping she’ll say no. I enjoy Sunday-Fundays, but the Manic-Monday that follows is never as fun.
Kim looks at me with horror. “I might die if I have another drink. And I’ll definitely barf.”
I giggle, agreeing with her since Kim can’t be more than one hundred pounds soaking wet. If I’m already tipsy, I’m surprised she’s still standing. “I’ll take that as a no. then.”
After we pay the bill, we half walk and half drunkingly glide to the closest Barnes & Noble on 86th Street. We don’t say much as we naturally gravitate to the new release table at the front of the store. I pick up a copy of Jane Green’s most recent release and read the synopsis on the back cover before returning it to the table. A quick glance at Kim discloses that she picked up the same book. Great minds.
Suddenly Kim opens her eyes wide and I watch the color drain from her face. When she mutters, “Oh my God,” I rush over to her. “What’s wrong?”
She motions to the book on the table directly in front of her—Cut on the Bias, by Hannah Marshak.
“I keep hearing about that one on Facebook. Was it good?”
Kim bites her lip and gazes distractedly around the room before answering, “Uh, I’m not sure. Haven’t read it yet. On the TBR. So… do you have a boyfriend, Meredith?”
Taken aback by her sudden change of the topic, my head jerks back. “Not currently. What about you?”
Kim gives me a meek smile. “Not sure, actually. There’s someone I really like, but not sure if it’s got staying power. I hope so!”
Kim tells me she met the guy, Nicholas, at her law firm. I work at a law firm too—another thing we have in common besides our voracious appetite for chick lit. And boozy brunches.
After an hour, we force ourselves to leave the bookstore without buying anything since both of our Kindles are already overloaded. Kim has plans for dinner with her best friend, Bridget, and I am meeting a few of my close friends for dinner later as well. We both decide a nap is in order to sleep off the lingering booze in our systems.
“I had so much fun! We should definitely do this again,” Kim says. “And hurry up and finish your fourth book. I can’t wait to read it, although I can’t imagine liking it more than Blogger Girl.” Giving me a sheepish grin, she shrugs. “No offense.”
Smiling, I say, “None taken. I’ve heard that before. For what it’s worth, a sequel to Blogger Girl is next on my list.”
Beaming, Kim says, “I can’t wait. Just be nice.”
Thanks to Meredith for taking us on this fun adventure with Kimmy!
Enter to win Meredith’s giveaway! (Use the Rafflecopter link.)
Open worldwide. Giveaway ends May 11th at midnight EST.