Monday, May 11, 2015

What's On Page 45?

Chick Lit Chat – What’s On Page 45?


It’s New Year’s Eve in Chamonix, France and Charlotte Young finds out her celebrity crush is amongst the celebrities in town celebrating!
Chamonix, New Years Eve

After her plotting and scheming fails, she convinces her best friend, who resembles a young Sophia Loren, to use her curves and sexual charisma to wile their way into his orbit.
One sultry stroll across a crowded casino gains the attention of every male in the room. Fortune is on Charlotte’s side, and she meets her celebrity crush, Des Bannerman.

Des Bannerman
Charlotte Young

Her BFF, Tiziana, spend the evening charming Des’ friend, giving Charlotte a chance to drink champagne and roll the dice with the King of Romantic Comedies!

Not realizing the enormity of her fifteen minutes of fame, their night on the town lands Charlotte on the cover of tabloids world-wide, and the paparazzi wanting more. On Page 45 we find Charlotte and her four closest friends are trying to escape the vying photographers. On the small knoll where the chalet stood, the only area not heavily landscaped by snow-covered evergreen trees, was a sea of photographers, all ready to take pictures and shouting, “Which one of you is the other woman?”
Tiziana Caputto
Bravely Charlotte, Hillary, Marian, Kathleen and Tiziana fight their way through the throngs to their rental car, hoping to make it to a local spa for a day of pampering. Kathleen grabbed my elbow and propelled me towards the white four-wheel drive vehicle that Hillary had rented. It wasn’t often that Kathleen was commanding, but she said just loud enough, “Everyone, duck your heads, stay in a group, Charlotte’s in the middle, don’t say a word.”
Charlotte, raised in a small town in Maine, works for a public relations firm in New York City. She’s used to dealing with celebrities and PR events. She’s not used to be at the center of the frenzy. I lost it! I flopped down, laying across Kathleen and Tiziana’s laps in the backseat, and laughed my head off. “This is so fucking ridiculous!”
 Girls, what did you do last night?” asked Hillary. After Tiziana and Charlotte had landed their men the previous night, Kathleen, Marian, and Hillary went their separate ways, unknowing of what exactly transpired between their friend and the handsome and entertaining actor. Hillary, a British Rose, is from a long line of Bluebloods in England. The maelstrom of media attention is far from all things respectable.

Kathleen Ehlers

Fortunately for the ladies, they have Irishwoman, Marian! She’s brave, witty, sarcastic, and at times, brash. “Bloody hell! How the feck am I supposed to drive through this lot?” Marian and Hillary often clash on how they think things should be handled, but two certainties unite them, friendship and loyalty.
Hillary Cavendish
Marian Connolly
Marian drives them to safety, while Hillary shields Charlotte, as Kathleen calls the spa and demands access to the celebrity entrance. Tiziana does what she does best, dazzles them with her beguiling eyes and pouty smile!
“I wonder what this is like when you’re an actual celebrity. I’m not sure how long I can stand this!” I complained. What will Charlotte have to endure to survive her fifteen minutes of fame?

One of the songs from the playlist!



You’ll need to read beyond page 45 to find out! Charlotte’s Restrained, The Accidental Stalker.



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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Miss Chick Lit 2015


My name is Charlotte Young. I am a 33 year old Chief Financial Officer for a PR firm… born and raised in the great state of Maine. You may think you know all about me – from when a certain celebrity and I appeared in tabloids and on entertainment TV worldwide. I want to assure you I’m not a stalker, I just took the opportunity to meet my celebrity crush – I mean who doesn’t want to meet Des Bannerman? Anyway, I digress. I studied at Oxford University (love the pubs), love to travel (which is how I got into this mess), food is a passion, and I’m super tight with a four tremendously capable, utterly witty, very vivacious women (whom I met in a pub, which is a story all by itself).

The Swim Suit Competition!

As you can see, I am a petite, curvy girl! I recently bought this Melissa Odabash piece in a lovely boutique in Chelsea, London. For you petite ladies who are tired of shopping in the girls section at department stores, venture into specialty shops. The vertical lines, splash of color, and supportive bikini bra made me feel ten feet tall!  While I wouldn’t say I am super sporty, I do like a bathing suit that lets me run around and look sexy at the same time.

I recently bought this suit when my girlfriend, Tiziana, invited all of us to join her in Saint Tropez. Needless to say, I wanted to look my best.


I love, love, love, disco music. One of my favorite childhood memories is of me, my sisters, and my parents dancing after dinner – the music would be blasting, we’d all sing on the top of our lungs, and just dance, dance, dance, until we collapsed and it was time for bed.

Tonight I would like to perform “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle, as a tribute to my wonderful childhood.


Interview Question!

How have your friends influenced your life? Which friend has influenced you the most?
Hillary Cavendish

Marian Connolly


Wow, this is a tough question, because I have four fabulous friends, who have seen me through so many ups and downs. Tiziana, Hillary, Marian, and Kathleen know I love them to pieces – we meet while in graduate school at Said School of Business, at Oxford University. Over the last ten years, whether it was career decisions, or which color lipstick to wear, they’ve all been there for me.
Tiziana Caputto

We’ve spread all over the globe, but we talk all the time, and Hillary organizes annual vacations – so I am super grateful to her for that. Marian is wickedly funny; the snarky, sarcastic sort of funny. Fiercely loyal too. Kathleen is the more than just a pretty face, she is really driven. On more than one occasion she’s bailed us all out of some tight spot. Then there’s Tiziana…think Sophia Loren with a really high IQ and you’ve got Tiziana. Sexy, smart, generous, dramatic.

Kathleen Ehlers

Honestly, I couldn’t say one has influenced me more than another. I would be lost without them all.

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