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The Perfect Find at the Perfect Time

 

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Heeeyyyy ladies,

First off, I MISS YOU. I haven’t been here in ages because, sadly, mi blog es no mas (my duties as Bumble and bumble‘s copy director leave me no time to properly shake my beauty. Or anyone else’s). The other thing? I finished my fourth novel! My first adult one since The Accidental Diva! The Perfect Find comes out in April — but you can pre-order it now and I’m aching to tell you all about it!

Backstory: When I was 18, I created a life goals checklist. Be a magazine editor, publish a novel, get married, buy a beautiful apartment in a fancy New York ‘hood. By 28, I’d done it all. By 37, I’d lost it all. I found myself laid off with no job leads in my downsizing industry. Divorced as fuck. Forced to sell the home I bought with my first book advance. I moved to a building attached to an empty lot populated by feral cats and empty Hennessy bottles — and fell catastrophically ill. For years. Friends, for a Type-A perfection addict, failing in this way (and in front of people, lord) was almost an ender. But I have a little girl. You don’t get to ugly-sob into bags of Pirate’s Booty forever. You fight. I wrote.

I invented my alter ego, Jenna Jones! She’s a 40-year-old superstar fashion editor who, in one nightmare week, gets dumped by her fiancé of two decades, fired by Darling magazine, has a messy nervous breakdown, and flees to VA for two years. Finally, she begs her evil rival, Darcy Vale, for a job at her street style site. But Jenna, who worries that gifs cause strokes and has never “Twittered,” is digitally clueless and surrounded by uber-cool millennials who think she’s a dinosaur. Worse? At her first party back in NYC, she gets wasted and hooks up with a fine 22-year-old, Eric Combs, who ends up driving her nuts in all the right, but also wrong ways (especially since he has a secret identity that makes him the one person who could destroy her big comeback). Will she risk it all for amor? I can’t give everything away — but click here to read the juicy (free!) chapter when Jenna and Eric first meet 🙂

Anyway! There’s an over-the-top villain, there’s fashion, there are flawed/hilarious/weird/witty/dorky/snarky/fun black characters, just being black and excellent out in the world (imagine that) and, at the heart of it all, is a delicious, sexy, star-crossed love story. A “that orgasm almost killed me” love story. Now’s a good time to note that the amount of sex in a novel is inversely proportionate to the amount of sex the author is getting #IRL. So, there’s mad sex.

Guys, I created Jenna as therapy. As Jenna rebuilt herself, redefining what “having it all” looked like — she helped me do it, too. No, I’m not who my teen self forecasted I’d be. I’m better (besides at 18, most of my goals were derived from Pretty Woman, so…perspective). In this IG era, we all put Valencia filters on our lives to make everything looks so glamorous. But the older I get, the more I realize that the fucked-up tales of loss, and hot messes, and failure — and having the sheer badassery to overcome it all — these are the most glamorous parts of a woman. I wear them proudly. Jenna does, too. And I hope you love her story as much as I fucking adored writing it.

xoxo,

Tia

PS: Billie and Jay from The Accidental Diva may or may not be huge supporting characters in The Perfect Find. FYI.

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21 Comments

  1. LaToya
    February 3, 2016 9:05 am 

    So. Excited.

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:13 pm 

      Ha! LOVE. THIS. xoxo

  2. February 3, 2016 12:12 pm 

    YAAAAS!!! I’M SOOO EXCITED TIA!!!!

  3. 05girl
    February 3, 2016 12:46 pm 

    that last paragraph. yes, yes, yes. I am much more intrigued by those who share The Struggle then those who showcase the Valencia filter.

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:12 pm 

      Valencia filter, pshaw. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  4. Erica
    February 3, 2016 1:48 pm 

    OK, so true story. I’m getting a copy of this book for this line alone:
    “Nope, not biracial. I’m one hundred percent
    all-American black. So black that my middle name is
    Keisha.”

    HAHAHA. I know you are funny, but that is HILARIOUS! Been there said that!

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:12 pm 

      RIGHT? These men out here are insane! And that actually happened to me, more or less. SMH. Hope you love the book!! xo

  5. Jennifer
    February 3, 2016 5:31 pm 

    I have missed your writing!!! So excited and happy to know that this book is coming out!

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:11 pm 

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! You made my night 🙂

  6. February 3, 2016 11:31 pm 

    I feel as if we grew together and I was so sad when you left SYB! Glad that you are back! Proud to be aprt of your community! We have all grown in many ways and different ways since the beginning. Can not wait to support!

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:11 pm 

      Hi Ashley! Such a sweet note — I’m so thrilled and grateful to have your support!! And I can’t wait for you to read The Perfect Find 🙂 xoxo

  7. Wahoowah
    February 4, 2016 3:39 pm 

    Late to the party, I’m sold!

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:10 pm 

      Yay! Can’t wait for you to read it!

  8. Cambrey
    February 5, 2016 11:06 am 

    Go Tia! Can’t wait to read this.

    • twilliams
      February 21, 2016 10:09 pm 

      I hope you love it!! xo

  9. Marcie
    April 13, 2016 1:54 am 

    I just finished reading the sample on Kindle & I’m sold! I can only find it in e-copy. Where can I purchase a book?
    Congratulations!

    • Tia Williams
      April 13, 2016 9:32 am 

      Hi Marcie! You can buy the paperback on Amazon: amzn.to/1WoP1hm

      Thanks so much, hope you love it! xo

  10. Lavendar
    April 13, 2016 5:26 pm 

    Heyyyy! Long time no see babe! I can’t wait to get my Mischo beauty-painted fingernails wrapped around this little gem. Those of us who are familiar with your writing style know we’re in store for a treat. Congratulations on your latest work of art! Muah!!!

    • twilliams
      April 13, 2016 9:02 pm 

      IT’S YOU! Heyyy girl! So excited for you to read the book! I hope you love it…especially you, because you’ve been such a faithful reader, for so long. You have to let me know what you think!! Hope you’re well xoxo

  11. 05girl
    May 4, 2016 2:31 pm 

    Just got my copy in the mail 🙂 very excited to read it while on vacation this weekend.