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Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.

I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!

The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.

If you’ve read GUESTLIST, let me know your thoughts. Please leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads or Shelfari or Library Thing or Barnes & Noble. Do you have a blog? Write a review and send me the link! And, shit, if you haven’t read GUESTLIST and you’d like to review it for your blog, hit me up. I’ll give you a copy.

And another thing: don’t be selfish. If you own a copy of GUESTLIST, let a friend borrow it. I also believe it’s available in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library so lend that joker to a friend.

And if all of that is too much, hey, at least leave me a comment below, haha! It would be very much appreciated. I thank you all again. Cheers!

Yesterday, I was reading a few articles at K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay when I came across this post that said the protagonist and antagonist of one’s novel should share similar traits. The examples cited gave credence to Weiland’s argument, and ranged from the parallels between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to the common goal of every character in Dashiell Hammett’s classic The Maltese Falcon.

This made me wonder if Juliet and Ava, the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of my novel GUESTLIST, have more in common than I initially realized. Looking at the same three comparison points Weiland used in her post, here’s what I came up with.

  • Personality: Both Juliet and Ava are angry people. The slightest thing will set them off. I think Juliet would be more inclined to react physically whereas Ava would use mind games and intimidation tactics against any given offender. Several times in the novel, Juliet’s hand balls into a fist and she must restrain herself from hauling off and punching Ava in the mouth. These ladies both wear their hearts on their sleeves—you know when they’re pissed at you.
  • Values: I think Juliet and Ava are both hard workers and take pride in what they do. This is explicitly mentioned in the case of Juliet, who once worked a dead-end job in retail management but still went above and beyond to ensure her store was one of the company’s top earners in the nation. Even when her relationship with her superiors goes south, it’s her work ethic (and their acknowledgement of that) that ultimately helps Juliet. Though we rarely see her truly working, Ava seems to take her responsibilities as Napoleon’s business partner very seriously. I think this is best shown in the scene where she chastises poor Victoria outside Byron Lord’s birthday party. This is also the event in which Ava is in charge, not Napoleon—she’s constantly running around, dealing with the club’s general manager, even working the VIP line at times. Both women are clearly hard workers.
  • Goals: This struck me as interesting. Both Juliet and Ava are trying to tie down seemingly unavailable men. For Juliet, it’s the dapper and debonair Napoleon Fey. He’s a successful and popular party promoters, always surrounded by beautiful women and courted by those with power and influence. Juliet is a relative nobody, a newcomer to New York City and its culture of nightlife. How will she ever stand out? As for Ava, she pines for NBA superstar Byron Lord. Again, we have a man that’s always at the center of attention, and so Ava will do whatever it takes to make him to truly notice and appreciate her.

So, as it turns out, Juliet and Ava are not so different after all. It’s funny the connections that one can make after thinking about it. Hell, I wrote the damn thing and didn’t even realize it until now.

What do you think? Have I hit the nail on the head here? Do you see any more connections between these two characters? Or is it all poppycock, just a bunch of bullshit that I’m trying to shoehorn into the novel somehow? Don’t be shy—leave your opinions in the comments below!

Upon completion of a work, writers are always asked the same two questions.
The first is, “Which character is you?” or some variation thereof. It is constantly speculated that the story you’ve written is nothing more than a roman à clef, the fictionalization of real events and real people, a potentially damning bit of prose designed to humiliate those fucktards who’ve wrong the author in real life.
And that leads to second question – “Is [Character X] based on me?”
Or some variation thereof.
Since the release of GUESTLIST, people have me asked both questions, and while I wholly expected that readers would think that either Swann or Napoleon acted as my author avatar, I was not at all prepared for the onslaught of people questioning whether certain characters represented them.
There’s an old saying with which I’ve recently become enamored: “A hit dog will holler.” As defined by Urban Dictionary, it basically means, “A person acting sensitive, mad, or butt hurt as if something said applied to them … Someone who responds defensively to a general statement, meaning they clearly took it personal.”
It’s also applicable in this instance. And it’s downright amusing.
I’m going to leave it at that for now. But if you have something you’d like to say on this subject, please feel free to holler (like a hit dog) in the comments below.

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Upon completion of a work, writers are always asked the same two questions.

The first is, “Which character is you?” or some variation thereof. It is constantly speculated that the story you’ve written is nothing more than a roman à clef, the fictionalization of real events and real people, a potentially damning bit of prose designed to humiliate those fucktards who’ve wrong the author in real life.

And that leads to second question – “Is [Character X] based on me?”

Or some variation thereof.

Since the release of GUESTLIST, people have me asked both questions, and while I wholly expected that readers would think that either Swann or Napoleon acted as my author avatar, I was not at all prepared for the onslaught of people questioning whether certain characters represented them.

There’s an old saying with which I’ve recently become enamored: “A hit dog will holler.” As defined by Urban Dictionary, it basically means, “A person acting sensitive, mad, or butt hurt as if something said applied to them … Someone who responds defensively to a general statement, meaning they clearly took it personal.”

It’s also applicable in this instance. And it’s downright amusing.

I’m going to leave it at that for now. But if you have something you’d like to say on this subject, please feel free to holler (like a hit dog) in the comments below.

Hello, Dear readers. The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrive. Today, my debut novel, GUESTLIST, is released. And it feeeeeeels sooooooo goooooood!

However, I do have one small, tiny request. If you haven’t already done so, please BUY THE BOOK. No, seriously, stop reading my blog and go to my store or go to Amazon and please BUY THE BOOK. Then you can come back here.

Buy multiple copies. Buy copies for your loved ones—that’s what happened last night at the GUESTLIST Book Release Party (which I will recap later). Two of my good friends bought copies for relatives. One bought it as a birthday gift. That’s pretty dope. My debut novel is going to be someone’s birthday gift. Woot!

Now, after you’ve read GUESTLIST, I’m sure you’ll think it’s the greatest novel ever written and you’ll want to shout this from the mountaintop. By all means, please do, but also consider reviewing GUESTLIST on Amazon and Goodreads. The more stars you give, the more effusive the praise, the better. I’m relying on y’all to help spread word of my genius.

Oh, yeah, please tell all your friends about the book. Make sure to read it in their presence, so when they ask, “Hey, whatcha readin’?,” you can reply with, “GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers. It’s a modern classic, you should definitely BUY IT AND READ IT NOW.” Feel free to write about it on your blogs, mention it in your YouTube and Viddy videos, tweet about it with the #GLIST hashtag, photograph it for Instagram, like it on Facebook, +1 it on Google Plus, and use the cover as your MySpace background. Don’t act like you don’t still log in to MySpace.

Help me spread the word. I need GUESTLIST to be the success it is destined to be, but that can only happen if I have the help of you, my Dear Readers. I know some of you are waiting on the eBook versions, and trust me when I say they are coming soon.

Also, be sure to follow me on the social web. Let’s chop it up—tell me your thoughts on GUESTLIST, and the shenanigans of Juliet, Napoleon, Ava, Swann, and the rest.

Finally, please let me say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the help, all the encouragement, all the love. Many of you have been with me on this journey since day one, others have just gotten on board, but all of you have been exceptionally supportive, and for that I am eternally and endlessly grateful.

Cheers,

Jay Fingers

Oh yeah, don’t forget to BUY THE BOOK! Ha!

My debut novel GUESTLIST is coming out on March 27th. But then again, you already knew this.

In fact, you’re coming to the GUESTLIST book release party at Hanson Dry on the 26th. Right?

Right. And now, let me give you what you want. Read the latest excerpt from GUESTLIST below.

Despite the late hour, the scene outside of Akiko was still electric. People were way too drunk and leaning on each other for support. A few paparazzi were snapping photos and their subjects were posing gamely. Napoleon lifted the rope for Juliet.

“How are you getting home?” he asked her.

“The train,” Juliet said.

“Oh, no,” Napoleon said. “You live in the Bronx, right? No, no, I can’t have you ride the train home at this time of night. Here, let me get a taxi for you.”

“Yeah, I don’t have money for a taxi.”

“No worries.” He winked at her and walked toward the street, his hand in the air to get the attention of one of the oncoming taxicabs.

Juliet protested, but not too much. She could handle the train ride back to Hunt’s Point without any problem, but if she had the chance to settle in the back seat of a car that would drop her right in front of her door, shit, she was going to take it.

Napoleon successfully hailed a taxi, and it pulled up to the curb where he was standing. He stuck his head in the window to speak to the driver. Juliet looked inside her purse, to make sure she had her keys and phone. She started to walk over, but she glanced to the side and saw Ava right outside the ropes by the front door, talking on her cell phone. Though presumably in the middle of a conversation, Ava’s eyes were cast on Juliet.

I’m going to be nice, Juliet thought, and she waved goodbye to Ava.

Ava said something into her phone, ending the conversation, and walked toward Juliet.

Great, Juliet thought. Can’t even bounce without this bitch saying something smart to me.

“Leaving already?” Ava asked Juliet once she closed the distance between them.

“Yeah,” said Juliet. “I’ve got work in the morning so unfortunately I can’t stay.”

Ava glanced over at Napoleon, who was walking back toward them. She smirked at Juliet and said, “Sweetie, you are not the one.”

Just like last week, we see that Juliet and Ava just aren’t going to get along, no matter what. I know you can’t wait to see how all this wraps up! You’ll get your chance soon—GUESTLIST releases on March 27!

GUESTLIST releases March 27 in paperback, and in early April for Kindle, Nook, and iPad—though you can now pre-order the paperback from my store. And don’t forget to download the free GUESTLIST Official Mixtape by DJ Sage!

And make sure to RSVP for the book release party at Hanson Dry!

Direct from the Facebook invite:

Be Cool Books invites you to celebrate the release of its first title, GUESTLIST, written by Brooklyn-based author Jay Fingers. The celebration will take place on Monday, March 26, from 8pm-12am, at the elegant cocktail bar Hanson Dry in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

In addition to Hanson Dry’s exceptionally creative cocktail menu, there will be an exclusive book-themed cocktail, small nibbles, and a limited number of copies of GUESTLIST for sale.

GUESTLIST tells the story of Juliet Feliz, who moves to New York City, leaving behind an unfulfilling life and uncertain future. However, despite her new surroundings and social circle, Juliet’s life threatens to fall into the same rut as before—that is, until she meets successful party promoter Napoleon Fey.

Napoleon introduces Juliet to an exclusive world of VIP nightclubs, luxurious parties, celebrity friends, and sparkler-adorned bottles of champagne. But when Napoleon begins to show romantic interest in Juliet, that raises the ire of a beautiful, and intimidating, ex-model named Ava.

Add to the mix Marcel Swann, a down-on-his-luck young man smitten with Ava; Byron Lord, an NBA player with an affinity for nice suits, cognac, and video vixens; Sharane and Mare, Juliet’s bickering roommates; and a host of other unforgettable characters, and you’ve got the story of a bunch of beautiful people doing some very ugly things.

GUESTLIST, the debut novel from Jay Fingers, is a spectacularly sexy, funny, and, at times, shocking tale of what goes on once you’ve made it past the velvet rope.

You may purchase GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers here or at Amazon.

Kindle, Nook, and iPad versions will be released in early April. Sorry!

Also, download the GUESTLIST Official Mixtape by DJ SAGE absolutely FREE.

Hope to see you on the 26th!

Hanson Dry
925 Fulton St. (btwn Clinton & Waverly Aves.)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
http://www.hansondrybrooklyn.com/

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My debut novel GUESTLIST is coming out on March 27th. But then again, you already knew this.

I know you’re excited and can’t wait to read it. Hell, I’m excited for you. Though I’ve already given you a small peek into the world inhabited by Juliet, Swann, Ava, Sharane, Mare, and Napoleon Fey, I know that you’re hankerin’ for more. Okay, here’s what I’ll do.

Every Tuesday and Thursday—starting beginning today, right now—I will post a small segment of my novel GUESTLIST. You know, just to give you a small taste of what’s happening.

Tuesdays will feature character quotes and/or novel excerpts, while Thursdays you’ll get to read some thoughts from Juliet, the novel’s main character. Quotes will continue until Thursday, March 22.

Savvy?

Now, yesterday was my bad. I had the excerpt all ready to go, but the excitement of GUESTLIST’s first review, as well as life in general, caused me to forget about posting it. As the lovely Ms. Cavalier would say, “Womp womp.

Anyhoo, feel free to check out what was supposed to be yesterday’s blurb below.

Walking hand-in-hand with Napoleon and being introduced to so many important people, Juliet felt she was the center of attention. All eyes were on her. Everyone would want to know who she was, where she came from, and how she came to arrive in the company of their beloved Napoleon. She was thinking about this when they stopped at another table, occupied by four ladies. Sitting in a chair at the far end was a tiny Asian woman, even tinier than Mare. And on the banquette, on the other side of the table, were three black women.

Three impossibly tall, impossibly beautiful black women.

Including the bitch from the Flavor magazine party, who was eyeballing Juliet something nasty as she poured Pellegrino into a crystal goblet.

Juliet just smiled.

Napoleon touched Juliet’s arm, getting her attention. He walked her over to the Asian woman.

“This is Shelly Sing,” Napoleon said, and the two women shook hands. Napoleon explained that Shelly was a radio personality known as “Four Eleven,” a moniker that not only referenced her height (she stood, naturally, at 4’11”) but also an uncanny propensity for acquiring the latest entertainment industry gossip. “She’s got the 4-1-1,” Napoleon said, laughing. “She’s the Page Six of radio.”

“Nice to meetcha,” Shelly said.

“Nice meeting you, too,” said Juliet, noting the soupçon of freckles on Shelly’s face.
Moving over to the banquette, sitting across from Shelly was a light-skinned woman with an extremely toned physique. Napoleon introduced this woman as Keisha Luster. Looking up from her cell phone briefly, Keisha smiled at Juliet. “Hi, how are you?” she asked before returning to her text message.

Next to Keisha was Barbie Shinebright, a bubbly, chocolate-colored beauty with high cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes, and a wide, genuine smile that revealed deep dimples. Barbie set her blinged out cell phone on the table and tried to stand up to shake Juliet’s hand, but found it difficult to do so.

“Don’t worry about it,” Juliet said. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“Nice meeting you,” Barbie said.

“And you’ve already met Ava,” Napoleon said with a casual wave toward the last woman.

“No, actually,” Juliet said, “I haven’t.”

“Really?” Napoleon asked. His face registered surprise. “Well, Juliet, this is Ava Rice. Ava, Juliet.”

In all honesty, Juliet was quite impressed, and even a bit intimidated, by Ava. The woman was beautiful, there was no denying that, and she looked as if she stepped right out of a fashion spread: dress, BCBG; heels, Louboutin; jewelry, vintage. Still, Juliet was determined not to let this woman bully her. She refused to let this bitch smell any fear.

So, Juliet didn’t say a word. She planned to break Ava down with a vicious, icy stare, but the plan didn’t work. Ava was leveling her own Medusa’s glare, trying her damndest to turn Juliet to stone with nothing but her eyes. Finally, Juliet averted her gaze as Napoleon pulled out a chair for her at the table, directly across from Ava.

“Fifty-four eleven,” Ava said. The other girls giggled.

Juliet’s eyes flashed at Ava. “Excuse me?” she said.

“Ava,” Napoleon said, “be nice.” He scolded her with his eyes.

“I’ve never been nice my entire life.” She smiled at Juliet. “But I’ll try my best to be sweet.”

Juliet narrowed her eyes.

WOW! Looks like Juliet and Ava don’t care for one another—and that’s putting it mildly. Wonder how this is going to all work out? There’s only one way to find out, and you already know what it is.

GUESTLIST releases March 27 in paperback and for Kindle, Nook, and iPad—though you can now pre-order it from my store. And don’t forget to download the free GUESTLIST Official Mixtape by DJ Sage!

Today, Dear Readers, I’m going to share with you the 99th page of my novel GUESTLIST. Why the 99th page? What kind of random fuckery is this? Well, apparently, the Page 99 Test is popular amongst writers and readers, used as sort of a litmus test to determine if the book being looked at is worth reading.
From Beyond Page 99:
The Page 99 Test is a test that readers have been doing for a long time.
You walk into Barnes & Noble or Chapters, wander around, find a book that intrigues you and check out the cover artwork, the title and author, and the snippet on the back – all of which are, of course, crafted to sell. Then? Then the savvy among us flip to page 99 and read that whole page.
That’s where the quality of the whole book can be revealed. How can that be? Well, page 99 is a perfectly random page and likely not as overworked as the opening and ending. So it can reveal a lot about the story, the tension – basically, the writing – in about 25 seconds.
Hmmm! Of course I have to wonder how GUESTLIST stacks up against this barometer of literary merit. So, Dear Readers, I present to you PAGE 99 of GUESTLIST below:
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I also plan on posting this at Page 99 to see if it passes muster with their contingent of readers. But I’d like you to share your thoughts with me. What did you think of that single page. Were you intrigued? Did you want to know more? Want to see what happens next, or even what happened before? LMK in the comments below!

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Today, Dear Readers, I’m going to share with you the 99th page of my novel GUESTLIST. Why the 99th page? What kind of random fuckery is this? Well, apparently, the Page 99 Test is popular amongst writers and readers, used as sort of a litmus test to determine if the book being looked at is worth reading.

From Beyond Page 99:

The Page 99 Test is a test that readers have been doing for a long time.

You walk into Barnes & Noble or Chapters, wander around, find a book that intrigues you and check out the cover artwork, the title and author, and the snippet on the back – all of which are, of course, crafted to sell. Then? Then the savvy among us flip to page 99 and read that whole page.

That’s where the quality of the whole book can be revealed. How can that be? Well, page 99 is a perfectly random page and likely not as overworked as the opening and ending. So it can reveal a lot about the story, the tension – basically, the writing – in about 25 seconds.

Hmmm! Of course I have to wonder how GUESTLIST stacks up against this barometer of literary merit. So, Dear Readers, I present to you PAGE 99 of GUESTLIST below:

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I also plan on posting this at Page 99 to see if it passes muster with their contingent of readers. But I’d like you to share your thoughts with me. What did you think of that single page. Were you intrigued? Did you want to know more? Want to see what happens next, or even what happened before? LMK in the comments below!

My debut novel GUESTLIST is coming out on March 27th. But then again, you already knew this.

I know you’re excited and can’t wait to read it. Hell, I’m excited for you. Though I’ve already given you a small peek into the world inhabited by Juliet, Swann, Ava, Sharane, Mare, and Napoleon Fey, I know that you’re hankerin’ for more.

Here’s another passage from the point of view of Juliet, the novel’s main character. Check it out below.

Juliet was struck with that feeling again, the feeling someone was watching her. This was getting tiresome. Not bothering to mask her frustration, Juliet glanced over.

She didn’t lock eyes with the model bitch, however. It was just some random dude. Juliet appraised him quickly, noting his baby face. He wasn’t what she’d consider fine, but he was cute. In good shape. Well-groomed. Handsome.

The dude was leaning on the bar, a couple of rubber bands on his wrist. When their eyes met, he smiled at her. It was a kind, sincere smile. Juliet couldn’t help herself. She returned the smile. The moment she did, though, she knew he was going to try to talk to her. And for as cute and cool as he seemed, Juliet was not interested in this guy. She wanted to see Napoleon—and he wasn’t anywhere to be found.

Hmm … looks like someone is sweating Juliet kinda hard! But if it’s not Napoleon, who could it be? There’s really only one way to find out who it is—you’ll have to read the book!

GUESTLIST drops on Tuesday, March 27, and will be available in paperback and for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

My debut novel GUESTLIST is coming out on March 27th. But then again, you already knew this.

I know you’re excited and can’t wait to read it. Hell, I’m excited for you. Though I’ve already given you a small peek into the world inhabited by Juliet, Swann, Ava, Sharane, Mare, and Napoleon Fey, I know that you’re hankerin’ for more. Okay, here’s what I’ll do.

Every Tuesday and Thursday—starting beginning today, right now—I will post a small segment of my novel GUESTLIST. You know, just to give you a small taste of what’s happening.

Tuesdays will feature character quotes, while Thursdays you’ll get to read some thoughts from Juliet, the novel’s main character. Quotes will continue until Thursday, March 22.

Savvy?

Alright, I know you’re looking forward to today’s quote, so feel free to check it out below.

Exiting near the corner of Broadway and 23rd Street, Juliet and her roommates walked two blocks south, then two blocks west to arrive at Milk. Along the way, clusters of wannabe macks and playboys gave them appreciative nods and suggestive looks, and the ladies ignored them all. To let Sharane and Mare tell it, as cute as some of those dudes may have been, they were walking to their destination, just like the ladies.

“But it’s New York City,” Juliet said. “Everybody walks here.”

“Not if you want to make an entrance,” Sharane, the taller, curvier of Juliet’s roommates, said. “Not if you want to stand out from the crowd. For a nigga to get my attention, he needs to pull up in a town car.”

“Or at least a taxi,” Mare said in a soft voice that perfectly matched her tiny frame.

And so because none of the wannabe macks and playboys were pulling up in town cars or taxis, none of them got any play from the ladies.

Good shit, right? It’s okay, you can tell me. I’ve heard it all before. Ha!

Astute readers will probably say to themselves, “Hey, this looks familiar.” Well, yeah, you’re right. But there’s a reason I highlighted this particular passage. But I won’t tell you why—you tell me why. I want to hear your thoughts so go ahead and leave a comment below. As always, your feedback is welcome and very much appreciated.

And remember, GUESTLIST releases March 27!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and on this day you’re supposed to give gifts to those you love. Well, Dear Readers, my Valentine is … YOU! That’s right, all of you!

And so as a token of my affection, I’d like to give you all the opportunity to read the very first chapter of my upcoming debut novel GUESTLIST. You do know I have a novel coming out soon, right? I’m sure I’ve mentioned it once or twice. Ha!

You can read the first chapter of GUESTLIST below.

(Well, actually, NO YOU CAN’T because you’re reading this on TUMBLR. Head on over to my proper blog to read the first chapter of GUESTLIST.)

Many of you have been asking when GUESTLIST will be available for pre-order and all I can say for now is that it will be before the end of the month. Although you can apparently pre-order it from Barnes and Noble now, so, yeah.

Now you’ve met Juliet, Sharane, Mare, and Napoleon Fey, plus a few of the other characters that populate this world. What are your thoughts so far? Anyone stand out in particular? Looking forward to finding out what else happens? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

For the past month or so, you may have seen me post some mysterious tweets or Facebook status updates with the hashtag #GLIST attached. One reads, “A bunch of beautiful people doing some very ugly things.” Another one says, “People will talk about it. People will be upset. People will be shocked. People will hate. Hey, don’t look at me. I only wrote it.”

Rest assured, I’m not sitting at my desk punching “submit” each time you see these. This is an automated process. But I’ve been doing it because I’ve been trying to pique your curiosity. Judging by some of the responses I’ve gotten, it looks like I was successful.

I’ve been threatening promising that my debut novel would be arriving soon. I’ve been doing this for, oh, about the past two years. Believe me when I tell you that I thought it was ready back then. Things did not work out as initially planned, however, so my novel had to be placed on the back burner. During that time, I learned a lot of things, met a lot of people, got a ton of feedback, and made significant changes. It was all worth it.

That’s what #GLIST is all about, Dear Readers. #GLIST is the hashtag I’m associating with my debut novel. It’s already a somewhat popular hashtag as it’s used by party promoters the world over. If you haven’t figured it out yet, #GLIST is short for Guestlist, which is the title of my novel.

What is Guestlist about, you ask? Well, let’s just take a gander at the blurb we’re using on the back of the book, shall we?

Juliet Feliz moved to New York City, leaving an unfulfilling life and uncertain future behind her. However, despite her new surroundings and social circle, Juliet’s life threatens to fall into the same rut as before—that is, until she meets successful party promoter Napoleon Fey.

Napoleon introduces Juliet to an exclusive world of VIP nightclubs, luxurious parties, celebrity friends, and sparkler-adorned bottles of champagne. But when Napoleon begins to show romantic interest in Juliet, that raises the ire of a beautiful, and intimidating, ex-model named Ava.

Add to the mix Marcel Swann, a down-on-his-luck young man smitten with Ava; Byron Lord, an NBA player with an affinity for nice suits, cognac, and video vixens; Sharane and Mare, Juliet’s bickering roommates; and a host of other unforgettable characters, and you’ve got the story of a bunch of beautiful people doing some very ugly things.

Guestlist, the debut novel from Jay Fingers, is a spectacularly sexy, funny, and, at times, shocking tale of what goes on once you’ve made it past the velvet rope.

Oh oh ohhhhh! Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

You can expect me to post a lot more about Guestlist. I’ve got some fun posts in mind, plus a few extra surprises. Oh, this is going to be so much fun! I can barely contain myself.

Guestlist is being published by Be Cool Books, and will be available February 28, 2012.