Author Guest Post
A Day in My Writing Life
...Is not typical. Every day is a different schedule with different tasks to complete. When I enter writing life (different than planning life, researching life, editing life, publishing life, and marketing life) I give myself daily goals for my writing. If I know that on Tuesday I have doctor’s appointments and a lunch date, I might give myself the goal of writing 1,000 words or finishing a certain scene. If I have nothing on the calendar, I might give myself the goal of writing 5,000 words. Regardless, I always have a writing goal when I am in my writing life. I fear that if I did not have these goals, the book would never get done. I am such a stickler for lists, and if I cannot cross off my writing goal at the end of the day, I am one unhappy camper. So this is something that really works for me, and if you are a fan of lists, I suggest it for you too!
I do typically complete my writing goal in the morning. My nights are too unpredictable. Sometimes the fiancé wants a spur-of-the-moment date night, or a girlfriend wants to get a manicure. I tend to get up at least one hour before I am scheduled to start working for my day job to knock the writing out, and if I cannot finish it by the time I have to log in, I work on it during my breaks or once I am off – I generally have another 45 minutes until my fiancé gets home. I only write at my desk in my office, because that offers the least distractions (such as the TV!) for me. It might not seem like I get the most amount of time to concentrate on my writing, but I do wear a lot of hats, and need to find the time to wear each one every day. Sometimes an hour or two is all I can give, but I have found if you work hard, don’t get distracted, and have clear goals set out, that novel will be written in no time!
About The Author
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
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Publisher: Marching Ink
Publication Date: November 14, 2012 Paperback / December 3, 2012 eBook
Format: Paperback - 326 pages / Kindle - 471 KB / Nook - 642 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction / Young Adult Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: The Green Ticket
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
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.
My Book Review:
Do you remember when you were in college and were unsure of what your future goals would be? Welcome to twenty year old Alex Abrams' world! Alex is in her junior year at Kaufman College in Des Moines, Iowa, studying Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship, but she's not sure what direction she wants to go in after she graduates from college. Alex works part time as a waitress at Tastie's sports bar and restaurant with her best friend and roommate Lila Medlin, but has also been looking for another job, when she sees an ad in the classifieds for a manager's position at Blissful Salon and Spa. She applies for the position and lands it, she knows this is her dream job, but she quickly finds out that everything isn't always "blissful" at the salon and spa. The Green Ticket is Alex's coming of age story where she learns the difference between being a carefree college girl and the ups and downs of the adult business world.
The Green Ticket is a delightful coming of age story that will have the reader walking down the memory lane of their own college days. Written in a fun and easy style, author Samantha March weaves a lighthearted tale in the first person narrative told by Alex Abrams, who takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery mixed in with some good old college fun and finding love along the way. With four fabulous best girlfriends who make Alex's college experience memorable; a blossoming love interest with a genuine guy named Henry Landon; and intriguing drama and issues galore at the salon; Alex finds out who she truly is and what it's like to be an adult!
I loved the author's character development of Alex, she engages the reader to follow along on Alex's journey as she navigates the complicated path of self-discovery from being a fun-loving college girl into an adult business woman. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Alex's college life with her four best girlfriends: Lila Medlin, Carmen Morales, Emma Burton, and Hannah Lovington. The relationship that these five close friends shared brought back memories of my own college friendships, so many good times mixed in with the craziness of studying for a degree, that's what the college experience is all about and the author nailed it to a tee! I especially enjoyed getting to know each of the girls, their different personalities and individual stories added to the entertainment value of the story. I really enjoyed the blossoming love interest between Alex and Henry, it was refreshing to read about a light romance without explicit sex scenes. I think what intrigued me the most about the story is the salon and spa's drama involving owners Kevin and Dani Dohlman. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive ... trust me, the behind the scenes issues at the salon kept me turning the pages. I really loved how Alex worked her way through the variety of dilemmas that came her way at the salon. Alex's story is one that college girls should definitely read, there really is some good examples of what it's like to transition into an adult.
The Green Ticket is an enjoyable coming of age story that has enough fun, romance and drama that will keep the readers entertained. It is a story that is lighthearted and a breath of fresh air, kudos to author Samantha March on a wonderful second novel.
RATING: 4 STARS ****