Blog Love: Carol and Jennifer (The Sweet Escape)

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This week we have a slightly different Blog Love for you, until now our blogs have featured women who love to read who started a blog for their own pleasure in their spare time. The Sweet Escape is a little different, the blog is owned by publishing house Simon & Schuster and running it is now in the job descriptions of Carol and Jennifer. If only we could all be so lucky!

And that’s part of why The Sweet Escape ranks as one of our favourite book blogs, Simon & Schuster supply a lot of our book club reads.

On that note, let me introduce you to Carol and Jennifer of The Sweet Escape Team.

Hi and welcome to Beauty and Lace ladies.

How did you get started as a book blogger?

The Sweet Escape came about because we really wanted to start our own blog for other fans of chick lit books.  We’re both big fans of chick lit so it’s a big bonus that the company we work for, Simon & Schuster, also publishes lots of fantastic chick lit authors (who are the main focus of the site) like Jennifer Weiner, Ali Harris, Jane Costello and Milly Johnson. We’re also big fans of retail therapy, great food and travel so we try to include posts on a range of things – mostly inspired by the books we cover on the site.

What is your background?

We’ve both worked in book publishing for several  years, doing PR and marketing. We’ve always been big readers but our biggest passion is for chick lit. We think that makes us the perfect team to run The Sweet Escape.

Tell us about your blog?

Our aim with The Sweet Escape is to celebrate everything that’s fabulous about chick lit and to keep readers posted with all the latest news, articles and free chapters from their favourite authors and their books. We love books about crushes on bad boys and ending up with the nice guy next door; best friends and love triangles; fabulous shoes and finally getting the one that got away. These are the books that get us out bed every day and keep us up late at night, and we know there are lots of fans out there who love them too. We’re also nosey so the blog gives us an excuse to ask Paige Toon what’s in her make-up bag (we love a beauty product or five)!

Is blogging a hobby or a job for you?

It is part of our job now (the site is owned by Simon & Schuster) but it’s so much fun, we wish we could do it full time! Blogging is so immediate – we can post whenever we like, and we love being able to publish original articles from our wonderful authors (they are a talented bunch).

What is your favourite book of all time?

Carol: Such a tough question! As far as chick-lit goes, I’d have to say In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner. Non-chick lit: Either Cloudstreet by Tim Winton or The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Jennifer: This is a hard question! I tend to forget a lot of the books that I’ve read but in the last year my favourites have been: Chick lit, I’d have to go with All the Single Ladies by Jane Costello which had me laughing out loud. Non-Chick Lit: I finally got around to reading The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the film and I loved it! I cannot wait to see the movie!

What are you currently reading?

Carol: I’ve just finished The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris and cried my eyes out. It’s about a couple, Molly and Ryan, who meet when they are students. Their story is woven around the kisses they shared but as you can tell from the title, we are counting down to Molly and Ryan’s first last kiss. And that’s all I’ll say about that so I don’t spoil it for you!

Jennifer: At the moment I’m reading The Wish List, the new book by Jane Costello which is again, hilarious! It’s a story of Emma Reiss who has just six months before she turns thirty and a number of things on her list of “Things to do before 30’ to accomplish. It reminds me that I need to find that list I wrote…

Which author would you most like to meet and why?

Carol: Jennifer Weiner! I’m a huge fan – she is funny, smart and writes the kind of characters I want to be friends with. Movie people please make another movie like In Her Shoes (Jennifer wrote the novel the movie is based on)!

 Jennifer: This is a really tough question as there are so many fabulous chick lit authors out there! However, the author I would most like to meet would be Jackie Collins, the Queen of Chick Lit, as I’ve read her books for years! Plus, I’d love to find out all the Hollywood goss on whom her characters are really based on!

What book would you like to see made into a movie?

Carol: Last year we published Mia March’s book The Meryl Streep Movie Club. It’s about sisters Isabel and June, their cousin Kat and her mum Lolly. Every week they get together at Lolly’s gorgeous seaside B&B to watch Meryl Streep movies and eat the delicious cupcakes June makes. There’s a whole lot more to the story but they are such great characters, I always see Naomi Watts, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep in the lead roles.

Jennifer: From the last year I would love to see All the Single Ladies by Jane Costello made into a movie. Jane is such a brilliant writer and the story of getting dumped and trying to win the guy back has happened to so many of us that I think it would be fun to watch on screen – my only request is that Jennifer Lawrence is cast as Samantha!

What future plans do you have for your blog?

As we’ve just launched the blog in February this year (Valentine’s Day actually!) we are really keen to find our audience and start getting to know them. We have great access to our authors who are able to give us a snapshot into their daily lives and the process behind their writing which is just fantastic. We’re hoping to share this information with all of their fans out there.

Name 3 of your favourite blogs?

Chick Lit Club – Chick Lit Club is such a fantastic blog that has great reviews of every chick lit book under the sun! They also host International Chick Lit Month (May 2013) which is jointly run by the teams behind Chicklit Club, Chick Lit is Not Dead, Novelicious and Chick Lit Central which is a great place to find out more about our favourite Chick lit authors. http://www.chicklitclub.com/

Chick Lit is Not Dead – Another excellent blog run by two BFF’s, Liz and Lisa. These two have fabulous interviews with authors and are also writers themselves so their blog posts are brilliant reads. http://www.chicklitisnotdead.com/

Zoe Foster Blake– We’re both big fans of Zoe, love her work chick lit and non and, her tumbler is hilarious! http://zoefoster.tumblr.com/

What does being a book blogger mean to you?

We both love reading chick lit so being book bloggers gives us the opportunity to share our access to authors and their books with their fans. It’s a way to connect with other chick lit fans out there that are also interested in finding out more about these great titles.

Carol and Jennifer can be found at www.thesweetescape.com.au, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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