Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Second Time Around: Lucie Simone

I adored Lucie Simone's novels, Hollywood Ending and Picture Perfect and am so happy to have her here. Her books are fun, smart and exciting, and I can't wait to read Roses in Bloom. Welcome, Lucie!

Second Time Around
By Lucie Simone
When I started my first novel, Hollywood Ending, back in 2003, I didn’t really know how to write a novel. I had a degree in Journalism and a Masters in Television Production, but earning those diplomas did little to teach me what it really takes to write a book. Luckily, I was able to recognize this and sought out the books, workshops, lectures, classes and conferences that helped me understand story structure, scene and sequence, plot development, character arcs, etc. And I was doing all this work while writing Hollywood Ending, which is perhaps why it took me 6 long years to finish it!
So, after releasing my debut novel, I was armed with a lot of experience and know-how when it came time to focus on my second book, Picture Perfect. The main difference this time around was the fact that I thoroughly plotted out the story, scene by scene, before I wrote a single sentence of prose. I also created character profiles, complete with pictures and back-stories, and I really worked on understanding their personalities, their flaws, and their attributes. It was a lot of prep work, but it really paid off. With all that research done, the writing just flowed almost effortlessly when it came time to sit down at my computer.
I’m not saying there weren’t surprises or changes or challenges along the way. Au contraire! There were plenty. But because I knew my characters so well, and I knew what needed to happen when to keep the story moving along, none of those things threw me off course. And having done all that research before typing, “Chapter One,” actually made the writing of the book more fun. Instead of laboring over a plot point or a character’s motivation, I was allowed the freedom to simply type and let the characters tell their own stories. 
Now that I’m working on my third book, Roses in Bloom, which I hope to release in about a year’s time, I am putting all those tools to work for me again. I am deep in the development process, discovering who my characters are, what their stories are, and exploring their relationships with each other and their own hopes, desires, and fears. It’s a wonderful part of the creative process because this is the point where anything can happen, and where I fall in love with each of my characters, even the bad guys. And that’s key for me because, really, if I can’t fall in love with them, no one else will either.
Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, yoga, and writing. She has a degree in Journalism, a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production, and is a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer.
Her short story, A Taste of Italy, won the New York Book Festival competition for best ebook and is a bestseller at Amazon UK. The release of her debut novel, Hollywood Ending, a romantic comedy about life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous, marked the launch of her small press, Simon & Fig, which publishes Chick Lit, Lad Lit and Women’s Fiction exclusively.
Lucie lives, loves and writes in the City of Angels, but considers New York City her second home and visits as often as her bank account will allow.  

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Second Time Around: Jackie Bouchard

I've never met Jackie Bouchard, but I consider her a good friend. She is someone I love and trust and has been such a great support to me during this self-publishing adventure. I loved her first novel, What the Dog Ate (such a great title) and cannot wait to read her second. Thanks for joining us, Jackie!

Second Time Around: Is It Supposed to be This Hard?

I started writing Book Number 2 when our beloved 12-year-old beagle, Bailey, died. (As an aside, I think this is why I instantly became friends with Sam –she has the same last name as our pup’s first name. That, and because she’s super sweet.) Technically, though, it was Book Number 3. I’d started the First Book Number 2 the day after I sent my manuscript for What the Dog Ate (Book Number 1) to my agent. I knew the waiting would kill me, and I wanted to keep busy.

I do love my First Book Number 2, and someday I’ll finish it, but when we lost Bailey the best way for me to deal with that was to write about a character dealing with the death of her own beloved beagle, named Barnum. Thus the Second Book Number 2 was born. And then I tried to kill it. I’ve tried a few times to stop writing this book, but it won’t leave me alone.

For one thing, the main character, Jane Bailey (I had to sneak Bailey’s name in there somehow!), would not stop talking to me. After she helped me get through the worst part of my grief, she wouldn’t shut up. She was all, like, “Oh, no, you don’t. You’re not just going to use me for your own needs and then toss me aside! I’ve got more to say!” (I tried to tell her to shut up and go away, but I created a monster.)

Yes, I tried to quit, but Jane kept dragging me back. Meanwhile, we’d gotten another dog, Abby—a complete maniac of a mixed breed rescue pup. I started working Abby (re-dubbed “Maybe”) into Jane’s story. After the loss of Barnum, Jane swore she would never get another dog, but through various twists and turns, Maybe comes into her life.

After a year of working (and not working) on the book, Abby got bone cancer and had to have her leg removed. Suddenly I didn’t feel like writing about the healthy, happy, crazy Maybe while my own Abby was sick, so I took a major break from the book. But… Abby ended up being amazing on three legs. She taught the hubs and me a lot about handling adversity with grace and a run-like-you-still-got-four-paws zest for life.

So, I went back to work and Maybe also became a three-legged cancer dog. The book continued to slowly chug along. Unfortunately, so did Abby’s cancer and we lost her in January of this year.

I want this book to be hopeful and happy—a “love story” for crazy dog people like myself (even though it opens on a sad note with Barnum already gone). After Abby’s death, “hopeful” and “happy” were not feelings at the top of my emotional to-do list.

So, that meant another looong break from the book. I recently got back to working on it, and I only have a few more scenes to finish, some serious editing to do, and then it will finally be DONE.

It’s my understanding that there are authors out there who find their second book much easier than the first. Who are these well-adjusted, calm, non-neurotic people?? They are not me, that’s for sure.

Even when I started the First Book Number 2, which has no dead dog situations, I knew it would be harder to write. With Book Number One, I had zero expectations of myself. Now I have expectations, and an agent whom I don’t want to let down, and I have, like, 3 (maybe even more than that??) fans that I don’t want to disappoint! Since I am a people pleaser, that means I have a whole five (maybe even more than that??) people’s expectations riding on this book… Not to mention my husband would love me to be his ticket to early retirement! This book was destined, due to my own craziness, to be harder for me, even if I’d never had the real-life drama tossed in.

I so want this book to be really good, to honor my two pups who both brought so much joy to my life, but these “books from the heart” are darn hard!

Maybe I should take my queue from my Angel Abby, and remember to just dive in with gusto and not worry about tomorrow! I guess I’m still learning things from her. Clearly, Abby was sent to me for a reason.

Thanks Sam for inviting me to guest post! I love this series and have enjoyed reading the other “Second Time Around” posts.


The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she'd just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona's gut.

This is how Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she's not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down; rather she'll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon. Finding herself in situations where she begins to go through her usual over-analysis of the pros and cons, she stops and instead asks herself: What would Kona do? With Kona as her guru, Maggie begins her quest for tail-wagging joy.

"What the Dog Ate" is a funny, tender story of mending a broken heart and finding love and a new life right under your nose, with woman's best friend at your side. If you enjoyed Claire Cook's "Must Love Dogs" or Lolly Winston's "Good Grief," you'll love "What the Dog Ate" and be rooting for Maggie and Kona.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Second Time Around: Jen Tucker


I read Jen Tucker's first memoir, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out before ever knowing her. I was blown away by her honesty, humor and ability to make the most hectic day one in which I wanted to be a part of. Through the incredible online community of authors, we connected, and I fell in love with her kindness, intelligence and passion for life. Reading her second memoir, The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt, brought me tears and laughter and made me long for a third child. I've since gotten over that, but my love for Jen and her writing remains. I am so happy to have her here today. Welcome, Jen!
My Second Rodeo

Samantha, thank you so much for asking me to spend time at your blog today. For those of you who don’t know, Samantha and I met each other through the fabulousness that we call the internet. She has quickly become so dear to me, that I would wash her socks if she asked me to. That’s love people… She is a gem among authors and editors. A sounding board for me personally and professionally. I’m lucky to call her friend.

I love the fall series Samantha is featuring on authors and their second time around publishing. It’s funny because there are some firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths (ugh…sounds like a math fractions class; sorry about that) for me and my new memoir, The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt. They are all important milestones representing where I’m at today in the world of publishing. So grab a Kit Kat, a glass of wine, and let’s hang out for a bit.

My Firsts

This is my first step into self-publishing. I felt like the time was right for me to make this move creatively. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities my previous publisher gave me. They believed in a girl with inside out panty problems before she even believed in herself. I learned quickly you wear many hats when going Indie; creative director, human resources, outsourcing of necessary projects (translation: editing, cover design, formatting, PDF), marketing guru, public relations, and snack break engineer. All positions overlap, work closely together, and require a stocked pantry of Mike & Ikes and Cheetos. Board meetings can get hairy too.

The Seconds

My second memoir meant no sophomore slump. I took to heart every constructive criticism of my first memoir, and let that positively fuel my new book to be better. I wanted to evolve as a story teller too, so I attended workshops, read a lot more, and looked to trusted people to red-pen edit my tale until it bled. I needed to know what worked, and what didn’t for readers. That is critical! I’m a total extrovert, cheerleader type that needs to be reeled in sometimes when getting to the heart of a story. That held true for my writing. I worked to keep digressions pertinent, and tangents creatively sound; keeping what only enhanced my story. In other words, I embraced the delete button on my computer and did not fear it taking away from my adventures.

I knew I wanted my second book cover to be smashing. I wanted readers to know when looking at the cover that it complimented my first memoir. Continuity was major for me in the design, and Laura Morrigan nailed it! No tricks. No dicky-dash. Just a clean cover that instantly tells you Jen Tucker reflected upon another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day when you see it.

Authors, bloggers and readers as a whole are some of the most supportive, genuine, loving cheerleaders on the planet when it comes to lifting other authors and their work up. I was so thrilled to have so many that wanted to have me stop by and chat about my new book. I also have no shame (again: extrovert and I’m an only child; I know that’s telling), and reached out to many bloggers and authors to guest post for them. I felt confident asking, and also was thrilled to reciprocate. That is important!

Some Thirds

I’m not sure I have any thirds. I just liked saying it.

The Final Fourths

Although this is my second memoir, it is my fourth published book. In 2001, my first children’s picture book called, Little Pumpkin was released. It had been out of print for years, and recently has made its way onto Kindle. I have had tears and smiles knowing a new generation of readers will spend time with this little orange gourd. It feels like holding your first baby in your arms again, so-to-speak.

It humbles me to no end that readers choose to spend time with me, and one of my books, when they have so many wonderful authors and works to choose from. This second time around the memoir rodeo has taught me a lot. Never be afraid to evolve, change, and step out in this world to try something new. You’ll only be disappointed if you don’t. Don’t live your life with any what-if’s!

Bless and be blessed,

Yes, this time she checked to make sure her panties were not inside out when her day began to head south. Jen Tucker returns with her latest memoir, The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt. Her dogs sample ant trap delicacies, a dentist appointment goes strangely awry, and she battles potential road kill daredevils on one thorny day. Tender at times, funny as always, one of your favorite girlfriends returns to show you there are silver linings in the midst of bad days.
It's fall in the pumpkin patch, and Little Pumpkin desperately wants to join a family for Halloween. He discovers that he is not the biggest, tallest, or roundest of pumpkins and frets over the thought of not being chosen because he is too small. Join Little Pumpkin as he learns the valuable lesson that when you give of yourself to others, you'll discover deep inside of you what matters most.

Also included in this book are fun pumpkin facts, recipes, and activities to extend the pumpkin fun at home or in a classroom.
Jen Tucker has never met a gluten free cupcake that she didn’t like. A former teacher and educator, she has worked with children in school, hospital, and enrichment settings. In her years at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, it was Jen’s job to bring the “hands on fun” into the visiting exhibitions in the galleries. Jen broke away from writing children’s books and thematic units in 2011 with her memoir, The Day I Wore my Panties Inside Out which was a semifinalist in the humor category in the 2011 Goodreads Book Awards. She is a monthly guest blogger at the website, Survival for Blondes where she marries humor with preparedness. Jen lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband, Mike, and their three children.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Second Time Around: Wendy Ely

I'm psyched to have Wendy Ely, the author of Jesse's Brother, here today because I'm just halfway through the novel and can't put it down. Welcome, Wendy, and thanks for joining us!

She Hated My Heroine? Oh Yeah!

Jesse’s Brother is my first serious piece of writing. I wrote four novels before Jesse’s
Brother, but their purpose was help me learn the craft of writing. One of the biggest
objectives I learned while writing was that I want the reader to feel strong emotions while
reading my book. If the reader is reading a sex scene, my goal is to get the reader turned
on. If someone dies, the reader should be scared or sad. They must feel something. If they
didn’t, I didn’t do my job as the author.

Jesse’s Brother has been released for the second time. With this re-release comes a new
set of reviews. One reviewer commented that she hated my heroine. This might (and
probably would!) make most authors cringe. “But I don’t want someone hating anything
to do with my book,” would be the logical statement. In my case I did my job and evoked
a very strong feeling in my reader. You see, Samantha isn’t the perfect cheerful character.
Actually, she has some baggage and is a bit rebellious at times, but she is a strong
character and stands up for herself. Here is a sample of what I mean:

“Samantha Lynn Johns! I didn’t raise you to be a whore!”
She tried to squash the shock of the hateful words. What she wanted to do
was to hop off the car and leave Alban altogether. It took all of her effort to
stop herself. It didn’t matter what her mother claimed she was, she knew she
wasn’t a whore. But the words had stung, like so many other times before.
“Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll tell you all the juicy secrets over breakfast
tomorrow.” So much for restraint.
“You’re going to make yourself a disgrace to this community, Samantha.
I can’t believe the way you are acting these days.” Her mom snatched the cup
of mocha, and poured the brown liquid onto the dirt. “I don’t allow this kind of
trash at my home, either.”
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Hurry up, Noah, she begged
“Worry about our reputation if you don’t care about your own,” snapped
Mom. “I’m a respectable, church-going woman.”
She jerked her gaze in Mom’s direction. “Respectable?”
“I’m going to talk with your father,” Mom said in a huff before stomping
toward the house.
“By the way,” called Samantha, making her mother pause for a
moment. “Good churchgoing ladies don’t call their daughters whores.”

Yes, Sam is visiting her parents’ home for the summer and trying to deal with the issues
she has with her mother. Her mom won’t stop digging at Sam, so Sam had to bite back.
Yes, she does change over time in the, book but until then, she dates two men.
The reviewer confirmed that I had done my job when she said, “This is a story wherein I
can only say great things about the author. A well-written story with all the characters fleshed out nicely. It's a good read and quite frankly, the characters are so developed that I actually started hating the heroine by the middle of the story.”

*Reader's Choice award winner! One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them. Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad...right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland. As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch make her yearn for more.

Will Samantha be able to choose between the men before their secret crushes her?

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Email: authorwendyely@gmail.com
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Second Time Around: Joanna Weiss

When I read Milkshake by the brilliant Joanna Weiss, I found myself furiously nodding in agreement and laughing so hard that I cried. The novel is so unique, smart and relatable that I cannot wait for Joanna's next novel. I'm so happy to have her here today!

When I started writing my first novel, “Milkshake,” I had one kid who went to bed at a predictable hour and a laptop that didn’t connect to the Internet -- unless I plugged it into a telephone line and waited several hours for AOL to load. I wrote in a series of late-night sessions, followed by hazy, sleep-deprived bursts when I was on maternity leave with baby number two. “Milkshake” is a spoof of the breastfeeding wars, a tale of a nursing mother who has a wardrobe malfunction, a political campaign that co-opts her story, and a sexy would-be governor who gets the baby bug. As I was writing, life kept fueling art. I remember sitting on my bed one morning with my newborn son, thinking, “This hurts like a b---ch,” and before long, I had a new character who delivered my thoughts in a sarcastic speech.
These days, the tugs on my attention are much greater. My new laptop has wireless, and constantly lures me with social media. My day job -- as a Boston Globe columnist –requires me to come up with two big ideas each week. My evening routine involves lording over homework, piano practice, and dental hygiene. When late night rolls around, I’m usually konked out in in one kid’s bed or the other’s.
But I do have a second novel in the works, a story of class warfare, nameless for now, that’s slowly growing in a computer file called “Rich Bostonians in Progress.” It’s the story of Ellie, a middle-class woman with a chip on her shoulder, and her relationship with a family of crazy-rich Mayflower descendants. Corky, the black sheep of the family, commits an act of performance art that shuts Boston down for a day – inspired, as they say, by true events. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/brainiac/2007/01/attack_of_the_m.html
(To promote veganism, he sets up little black devices that make mooing sounds, and are mistaken for terrorist bombs.) To make amends, Corky starts to work at the inner-city afterschool program that Ellie runs. And Ellie, against her better instincts, kindles a romance with his older brother, Skip. Skip is handsome and charming, but aimless– he can’t figure out what to do with his life, because he doesn’t have to -- and he makes Ellie wonder: Can you forge true love across a class divide?
What keeps me going, during moments of exhaustion and doubt, is the process itself. Inspiration comes from unexpected places: I caught a snippet of the Tyra Banks Show when I was home sick one day, and it launched one of my favorite scenes in“Milkshake.” And it doesn’t take long before the characters start speaking for themselves. This time around, I’m especially keen on Skip and Corky’s parents: the matriarch who coddles her wayward son, and the dilettante dad who wears a Speedo around the mansion, and thinks a bunch of urban middle-school kids will want to hear him play an ancient Mayan flute. I’m working my way toward the scene when the dad and the inner-city kids first meet, and I can’t wait to see what happens.
I only hope that I can stay ahead of current events, and keep my fiction at least a half-step more outrageous than reality. Sometimes, when writing satire, that’s harder than you’d think. As I wrote “Milkshake,” I was imagining a group of breastfeeding extremists called the BOOBs, at a time when a store in Europe was selling breastmilk ice cream. These days, I’m coming up with outrageous things rich people might say, while certain politicians are declaring that they have a Cadillac for each coast.
I’m taking it all as inspiration –and a challenge. Also, I’m thinking of ditching the computer and writing the rest in longhand. Really. There are fewer distractions that way.

When she tries to feed her baby in an art museum, new mother Lauren Bruce suffers a wardrobe malfunction -- and becomes the "Joe the Plumber" of the breastfeeding wars. A sexy politician, running for Massachusetts governor, enlists Lauren to help her win the women's vote. Breastfeeding advocates, who call themselves the BOOBs, want to make her a true believer. And a group called the MOMs -- for "Mothers on Modesty" -- wants everyone to cover up. Now, Lauren has to decide where she stands, all while dealing with political rallies, breast pumps, talk show hosts, perfect-mommy friends, and post-baby sex.

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Twitter: @JoannaWeiss

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Second Time Around: Meredith Schorr

As the air becomes crisp and cool (at least in Toronto!), and the leaves start to fall, I always feel like I'm starting fresh. To celebrate new beginnings, I'm running a fall blog series with guest posts from some incredible authors. They'll be here in October and November talking about their second novels. As I work on my second novel, Everything But, I appreciate their words of wisdom. Welcome to the  Second Time Around!

I'm so excited to launch this series with the amazingly talented Meredith Schorr. Meredith's first novel, Just Friends With Benefits, is equally as fantastic as her second, A State of Jane, and both are definite favorites of mine. Welcome, Meredith and thanks for joining us.

I absolutely devoured Finding Lucas so when Samantha asked me to write a guest post for her blog about my experience publishing a second novel, all I could think was, “When is your second book coming out?  I want to read it NOW!”  But I digress…

My second novel, A State of Jane, was released on September 17th, almost exactly two years after the release of my debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits.  My experience both writing and publishing my second novel varied greatly from my first.  For one thing, I knew nothing about the publishing industry when I first started writing Just Friends with Benefits.  All I knew was that the book could be described as “chick lit.”  Most of what I read was also chick lit and some of those books were fantastic, others were pretty horrible and some of them just were.  I was very excited because I truly believed Just Friends with Benefits was just as good as many of the published novels I had read in the genre and it was not a knock-off of anything that had been done before – it was original.  Therefore, I just assumed it would be published like so many other awesome, awful and mediocre chick lit novels before it. 

Imagine my surprise when after sending out upwards of 50 query letters to agents only to be rejected before they even read the first five pages, I learned that “chick lit” was dead and that very few agents were offering representation to unknown authors unless they had an established fan base because they couldn’t sell it to New York City editors. That’s another thing - I had no idea that there were so many different ways to publish.  I kept hearing the phrase “New York isn’t publishing chick lit.”  At the time, I did not know there were so many tiers in publishing.  Big 6?  Traditional? Epublishing? Small Press?  The only distinction of which I was aware was between using a publisher and self publishing.  As much as I dreamed of being the next Sophie Kinsella (and still do), I just wanted to get my books into the hands of readers.  I wasn’t looking to be rich and famous and decided that if chick lit was really dead, by the time I actually secured an agent who was able to sell Just Friends with Benefits to “New York”, I would be on my death bed too! 

So after extensive research and a lot of soul searching, I decided to put a halt on my agent search and send out my manuscript to publishers who did not require agents. The day I received my contract from Wings ePress for Just Friends with Benefits was one of the happiest days of my life.  To this day, I am so thankful they believed in my book enough to invest their editors, cover artists etc. into publishing it.

Writing and publishing A State of Jane was different in so many ways.  I didn’t spend nearly as much time sending out query letters to agents.  While I felt I owed it to myself to at least try to get a big publishing deal, I knew I had other options. I had learned about the importance of having a back list in building a fan base and did not want to waste another five years before releasing my second novel. I was also extremely confident going in because Just Friends with Benefits had received such good feedback and several people who had read both told me that A State of Jane was even better and that my writing skills had greatly improved.  Additionally, after Just Friends with Benefits came out, I was surprised to learn that the hardest part of publishing is not writing the book; it is what comes next, namely, marketing and promotion.  It’s not that I thought the book would just sell itself, but I didn’t give the marketing much thought at all and just assumed that my publisher would take care of that end.  Well, you know what they say about those who assume?  Yeah.   With this knowledge, I was drawn to Booktrope Publishing because providing marketing support is something they consider part of their role as publisher and they promised it would not solely rest in my hands.  I loved the idea of having some help, and the company’s “team publishing” philosophy appealed to me in general.  For so many reasons, I just knew I wanted to publish A State of Jane with Booktrope and so the day they sent me a contract was also one of the best of my life! 

I could go on and on (and on) about everything I’ve learned as a result of publishing my two novels but I don’t think Samantha had a novella in mind when she asked me to write a post for her blog.  That being said, anyone who has questions should feel free to email me.  I would love to hear from you!  I have a feeling, I will be able to write a sequel to this post by the time my third novel is finished.  The learning processing is an ongoing one and I look forward to expanding my knowledge. J!


Jane Frank is ready to fall in love. It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm. There's just one problem: all the guys in New York City are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation. Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.

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Twitter: @meredithschorr

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