Welcome to Stanleyville at long last!
Last week was a big week for me, readers. I had not one, but two lifelong dreams come true.
I was in New York for a business trip and was able to parlay that into a long weekend of fun, including seeing Hamilton on Broadway with almost the entire original cast. I’ve been obsessed with the show for months, and even though I’m a professional theater critic, I had never before seen an actual Broadway show ON Broadway…only tours. I got emotional just walking up to the theater and seeing the marquee glowing against the sky. It was an amazing night.
But that wasn’t the only amazing thing that happened last Friday. On April 1, I finally launched Code Name: Girlfriend into the wild as part of the Virtually Yours anthology! My first novel being published was some heady stuff. It was difficult to deal with last-minute edits and other things being on a trip for the day job, but I pushed through with little sleep, a lot of caffeine, and sheer force of will. I’m so proud of the story, and I’m in such stellar company with the other authors in the set. The whole anthology is based around the idea of a service providing a fake significant other to fool friends, family, and loved ones through text messages, email, and more. Our inspiration was a real service called Invisible Boyfriend that not only provides real-time messaging, but even helps you make up the back story on the faux beau.
Caroline and Drew were incredibly fun to write and their story challenged me in a lot of ways. Theirs isn’t the first story I’ve written in the Geeked Out series, as I’m currently in edits on the first full-length novel, a labor of love that has been in the works for a while. But they’re the first glimpse of my world that you get to see, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
About Virtually Yours:
Virtual Match is your one-stop shop to convincing those nosy relatives, the too friendly coworker, or your ex that you’re off the market. We’ll match you with an attentive boyfriend or girlfriend. Texts, emails, calls, even gifts. All the fun of a relationship-well, almost all the fun-and none of the commitment. You might even forget it’s not real.
About Code Name: Girlfriend:
Drew needs a girlfriend—fast. Trouble is he already told his nosy coworkers all about her, and she doesn’t exist. When his BFF sees an ad for Virtual Match, it seems like the answer to all his problems…until he starts falling for his match. Struggling writer Caroline thinks the tell-all feature on Virtual Match will make her career. Seems easy enough, until pretending to be someone’s girlfriend suddenly gets far too real.
To celebrate the release of Virtually Yours, my fellow author Wendy Sparrow is hosting an awesome giveaway! Be sure to visit her blog and sign up for chances to win awesome prizes like a cool necklace and an Amazon giftcard. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook on April 11 to celebrate the release of Virtually Yours and win more door prizes, swag, and ebooks!