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 Illustrator Hanna Sandvig Talks Drawing and Cover Design

I’m so excited to feature the talented Hanna Sandvig, of Book Cover Bakery, on the blog today. A few months ago, when I wanted to re-do the cover of The Ex Files to match my new Secret Shopper series, I had to find an illustrator. Luckily, I came across a reference to Hanna, who has now designed two covers and two trailers for me, with two more covers yet to do. I debuted the trailer for The Ex Files yesterday, and if you want to be the first to see the trailer for Shop and Let Die, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get a sneak peek on Friday.

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New The Ex-Files Has a Trailer

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Every new cover needs a trailer

I’ve already revealed the new The Ex Files cover, but now it is time to reveal the trailer that talented artist Hanna Sandvig did for me.

Isn’t it cute?

I’ve never been able to draw anything other than princesses (circle faces, bell-shaped skirts), so I’m always envious when I see someone else’s artistic talent. But this time, I got to help create it.

Later this week, I’ll share an interview with Hanna, and maybe give you a sneak peek into our working process.

 

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The Ex Files is Available at Last!

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The Ex Files by Kelly McClymerA book walked into a bar and said…

ROAD TRIP

I’m heading off for a two week drive across the country this morning. It’s going to be epic (or not, judging by how some of these grand plans have gone in the past). We have a brand new digital camera that can even take 3-D images (don’t know why, you’d have to ask the dh). We have incredibly dedicated cat sitters  installed in the house to take care of the 23 year old cat, who needs a lot of affection and reassurance. We’ve stocked the refrigerator and pantry for our cat sitters, fixed the leak under the sink, and put off tearing out the kitchen cabinets.

Before I go, I want to welcome The Ex Files into the world. Today is a day I thought would never come for a book I thought I would never finish after the chicklit genre became The Genre Which Must Not be Named.

Diana’s story was one I wanted to know the end to — but I had other books to write. Books that publishers paid me to write. So I wrote them. In a twist of irony, Simon and Schuster did — kind of — want The Ex Files.… Read the rest

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The Ex Files Arrives July 15

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So, my web guru (aka firstborn son) was supposed to put my gorgeous new cover up in the featured section yesterday. But his father spirited him away to buy a suit for his sister’s wedding instead. This is the first time he’s had a suit, ever. He’s always borrowed one of his father’s jackets to wear if he needed to be a little dressed up.

They got a great deal on a really nice gray pinstripe suit. And dinner at Pizza Hut. I love it when my guys go out and have a father-son bonding session.

Okay, back to me. The Ex Files (my blog novel-in-progress — see sidebar)  is revised, edited, formatted, and in the pipeline at Book View Cafe. It will be released on July 15th. Wooty Hooty Hoo. But, even better, I can show you the cover. If you want to be notified when it is live and ready to be purchased, sign up for my newsletter, I’ll be sending out a welcome to the e-world newsletter on the 15th.

And now: the cover:

Isn’t it pretty?

Oh, by the way, The Fairy Tale Bride just went free (everywhere, including B&N, I think).

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The Ex-Files: To Title Or Not To Title, That Is The Question

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To Title Or Not To Title — Help Needed

I’m working on The Ex-Files, my blog novel, for a mid-July release. It has had the same title for years. But in the time when I first began working on the book (pre-death of chicklit), other novels, and a TV show have used this title.

Friends and colleagues are divided in opinion. There’s no “rule” against reusing a title over and over again. This one is perfect for the novel (a young woman gets her dream assignment that will lead to her moving toward her goal of being a writer for her magazine, The Female Eye — catch is, she has to go back and examine her past relationships to see if she missed “Mr. Right” because of her tendency to break up with guys who don’t meet her very high standards). You can read the novel-in-progress on the blog here.

I’ve kept the title as a working title because it helps me focus on the heart of the story (and also because I love it). As it comes time to commission the cover, however, I’ve been contemplating whether to change it or not. The only other title I came up with was Friends Without Benefits.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday: The Ex-Files Chapter 18

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Finally! I’ve sorted out the plot thorniness that has been plaguing me since January and here’s a shiny new chapter for those of you who haven’t drifted away with better things to do. For anyone new to The Ex-Files, this is the deal: my daughter is getting married in August. I owe her a nice wedding since I’ve been a total Turtle Mom her whole life. My Once Upon a Wedding books are helping to finance her nice, modest, nearly-200 guest wedding (and The Fairy Tale Bride is 99 cents until the end of August for the wedding sale). I’m also finishing The Ex-Files in her honor, because she asked me to (six years ago, when she was in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, but let’s not quibble over time…you know what the Mayans said about 2012). Anyone who needs a refresher can click on the category The Ex-Files on the right sidebar. That will get you to the past chapters.

The Ex-Files Chapter 18

Emily had showed up for Sunday morning bagels without Phil. Again. I didn’t ask because she was in the mood for a fight and I wasn’t. She took one look at the pictures I had spread across the coffee table and said, “Can’t you skip one?”

“If she skipped one, it should have been Henry, not this guy.” Nick seemed a little grumpy this morning.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday: Blood Angel — YA

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Time for another installment of The Ex-Files...except, I'm debuting my newest YA novel, BLOOD ANGEL, this week. You'll have to wait for the next chapter of The Ex-Files until next week. But you can catch up with the chapters if you need to: OBLIGATORY STATEMENT: This is part of  the wedding promotion. I promised my daughter I would finish this chicklit novel (begun while she was in Madagascar in the Peace Corps, and mailed to her chapter by chapter...until chicklit died and I turned to writing my YA novel The Salem Witch Tryouts). She is now home, has earned a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is engaged. So, really, I owe her.

Brief recap of the premise of The Ex-Files: Emily is a young woman with a life plan, who hits thirty without making her milestone of getting married. Her friends say she’s too picky and that she probably overlooked Mr. Right because he folds his socks wrong. Her boss says, “That would make a great story — write it.” So Emily is required to revisit her 7 longest relationships to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. And write about it for a national magazine.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday – The Ex-Files: Chapter 13

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Time for another installment of The Ex-Files.

OBLIGATORY STATEMENT: This is part of  the wedding promotion. I promised my daughter I would finish this chicklit novel (begun while she was in Madagascar in the Peace Corps, and mailed to her chapter by chapter…until chicklit died and I turned to writing my YA novel The Salem Witch Tryouts). She is now home, has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is engaged. So, really, I owe her.

Brief recap of the premise of The Ex-Files: Emily is a young woman with a life plan, who hits thirty without making her milestone of getting married. Her friends say she’s too picky and that she probably overlooked Mr. Right because he folds his socks wrong. Her boss says, “That would make a great story — write it.” So Emily is required to revisit her 7 longest relationships to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. And write about it for a national magazine. With the moral support of her two best friends, Emily is about to reexamine everything she ever thought was a must-have quality in her Mr. Right.

If you missed a chapter, you can catch up here:

The Ex-Files, Chapter One The Ex-Files, Chapter Two The Ex-Files, Chapter Three The Ex-Files, Chapter Four The Ex-Files, Chapter Five The Ex-Files, Chapter Six The Ex-Files, Chapter Seven The Ex-Files, Chapter Eight The Ex-Files, Chapter Nine The Ex-Files, Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven

Without further delay, here is the next chapter of The Ex-Files.… Read the rest

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Chapter 12 – The Ex-Files

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Time for another installment of The Ex-Files.

OBLIGATORY STATEMENT: This is part of  the wedding promotion. I promised my daughter I would finish this chicklit novel (begun while she was in Madagascar in the Peace Corps, and mailed to her chapter by chapter…until chicklit died and I turned to writing my YA novel The Salem Witch Tryouts). She is now home, has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is engaged. So, really, I owe her.

Brief recap of the premise of The Ex-Files: Emily is a young woman with a life plan, who hits thirty without making her milestone of getting married. Her friends say she’s too picky and that she probably overlooked Mr. Right because he folds his socks wrong. Her boss says, “That would make a great story — write it.” So Emily is required to revisit her 7 longest relationships to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. And write about it for a national magazine. With the moral support of her two best friends, Emily is about to reexamine everything she ever thought was a must-have quality in her Mr. Right.

If you missed a chapter, you can catch up here:

The Ex-Files, Chapter One The Ex-Files, Chapter Two The Ex-Files, Chapter Three The Ex-Files, Chapter Four The Ex-Files, Chapter Five The Ex-Files, Chapter Six The Ex-Files, Chapter Seven The Ex-Files, Chapter Eight The Ex-Files, Chapter Nine The Ex-Files, Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven

Without further delay, here is the next chapter of The Ex-Files.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday Take a Break and Catch Up: The Ex-Files

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For reasons beyond my control (also known as “I start tutoring next week and am stuck in right-brain mode”), there will be no new chapter of The Ex-Files this week.

For Twitter #SampleSunday, I’m offering the opportunity to catch up on previous chapters.

OBLIGATORY COMMERCIAL: This is part of  the wedding promotion. I promised my daughter I would finish this chicklit novel (begun while she was in Madagascar in the Peace Corps, and mailed to her chapter by chapter…until chicklit died). She is now home, has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is engaged. So, really, I owe her.

Brief recap of the premise of The Ex-Files: Emily is a young woman with a life plan, who hits thirty without making her milestone of getting married. Her friends say she’s too picky and that she probably overlooked Mr. Right because he folds his socks wrong. Her boss says, “That would make a great story — write it.” So Emily is required to revisit her 7 longest relationships to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. And write about it for a national magazine. With the moral support of her two best friends, Emily is about to reexamine everything she ever thought was a must-have quality in her Mr.… Read the rest

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