July 19, 2016

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


Author: Laura Stampler
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume...

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job...right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Black-Dresses-White-Lies/dp/1481459899/ Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-black-dresses-little-white-lies-laura-stampler/1122749765 
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/little-black-dresses-little/id1047553511 IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481459891 
Simon & Schuster: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Little-Black-Dresses-Little-White-Lies/Laura-Stampler/9781481459891 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25337536-little-black-dresses-little-white-lies

Today, I can’t imagine Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies being called anything other than, well, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies. The word play, the sense of adventure, the nod to fashion — the title feels like a perfect fit.

But that wasn’t always the case!

Here are 5 other things I considered calling Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies:

Ripped from the headlines of one of Harper’s dating blogs, this was the original title of my book. But after talking about it with my editor, we realized it just didn’t feel right. This book isn’t about kissing a lot of boys (although there are definitely some swoon-worthy moments). It’s about friendship and secrets, having crazy new adventures while still managing to stay true to your-self. So that was that for Confessions of a Make-Out Bandit. (I guess I’ll just have to save it for my memoirs.)

Before going to New York City for the summer, Harper promises her bff Kristina that she won’t replace her with real friends. Rather, she’ll only make cantaloupe friends. Harper explains, “Everyone knows that cantaloupe is the ultimate filler fruit of the fruit salad. No one asks for it, it’s just there. No one really craves hanging out with cantaloupe friends. It’s how you make do so you don’t, you know, socially starve to death.”

While I liked the idea of Harper trying not to be a filler fruit for the summer, this title was a little too confusing (and might accidentally get the book shelved in the cooking section.)

This was my inspired-by-Instagram title. Is Harper portraying her “real” self or a highly edited, idealistic version of her life?

In Harper’s new world of fashion and faux expertise, The Knockoff (playing off knockoff hand-bags) seemed like it could be a fit. Too bad it was ALREADY A BOOK.

Like the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Anyone? No? Yeah… it didn’t quite work.

Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurastampler 
Tumblr: http://laurastampler.tumblr.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lastamp/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13810476.Laura_Stampler

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

* A hardcover copy of LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES to TWO (2) winners – US only

Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway is US only. Giveaway ends July 26th at 11:59 PM Pacific. Book will be ordered from Amazon. Prizing courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours. 

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
July 6th – Please Feed the Bookworm – Review 
July 6th – Read Now Sleep Later – Guest Post 
July 7th – Worth Reading It? – Review 
July 7th – YA Book Madness – Review 
July 8th – Awkwordly Emma – Review 
July 8th – YA Reads – Character Interview

Week Two:
July 11th – Fictional Fox – Review 
July 11th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview 
July 12th – Fiktshun – Review 
July 12th – The Anatomy of a Bookworm – Review 
July 13th – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review 
July 13th – Whatever You Can Still Betray – Guest Post 
July 14th – Creatyvebooks – Review 
July 14th – Latte Nights Reviews – Review 
July 15th – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review 
July 15th – Books & Beauti – Guest Post

Week Three:
July 18th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Character Interview 
July 19th – Book Briefs – Review 
July 19th – A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Post 
July 19th – All The Crannies – Review 
July 20th – The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review 
July 20th – Dazzled by Books – Author Interview 
July 21st – Vibin With Books – Review 
July 21st – The Recipe Fairy – Guest Post 
July 21st – Oh, For The Love Of Stories - Review 
July 22nd – Books and Bindings – Review 
July 22nd – Underneath the Covers – Guest Post 


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