December is underway in all its glory, with cold fronts sweeping the nation. There’s even ice here in the San Francisco Bay Area covering my once bright boganvellia. But December has another meaning, a meaning I hadn’t discovered until this year: the end of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, National Novel Writing Month is a pseudo-contest that challenges writers to start and finish a 50,000 word novel within the month of November. Once you submit your final text to their website and they verify the word count you are counted among the winners. Many great novels of our time were born of NaNoWriMo including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

What does any of this have to do with Chick Lit and Wine? This year I accepted the challenge and wrote my first chick heist (think Sophie Kinsella meets John Grisham). This challenge also explains why Chick Lit and Wine has been quiet for a month – I’ve been toiling to meet the daily word quota.

We want to honor others who finished their chick lit novels during NaNoWriMo 2013 – whether it’s your first effort or you’re an established author we want to hear from you! This month and in early 2014, we’ll review a handful of NaNoWriMo chapters.

How to have your NaNoWriMo chapter reviewed by Chick Lit and Wine:

Send an email to with the subject line “NaNoWriMo Chapter for review”

            Include your name, website/blog and any cover art you want us to publish with the review

Keep an eye out for more reviews, gift guides and more throughout December here on Chick Lit and Wine!