Monthly Archives: May 2012

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 31st, 2012

Don’t forget that today is the last day to bid on items from Brenda Novak’s Auction for Diabetes.  I’m offering a day on the blog and lunch with James Rollins at next year’s Barbara Vey Readers Luncheon.  Check out the hundreds of offerings all donated for a great cause.  Now check out the WW Ladies latest reads.

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joysann

joysann

Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman

Read by joysann

The Private Unaffiiated Paranormal Investigators (or PUPI) have two cases to solve, so this small team of extraordinary Talents share duties to discover a killer of a non-human, and to investigate the bizarre burglary/vandalism of a wealthy man’s home, neither crime one with which the ordinary law enforcement wants to deal. Bonnie Torres finds her investigative talents hampered, or perhaps enhanced, by the uncontrolled interaction between her magic and that of one of the Big Dog’s, her boss Ben Venec. Regardless, the PUPI’s have to face a powerful supernatural trickster before an evil is leashed upon the city.

The World of the Cosa Nostradamus is a magical place that I’ve enjoyed before in L A Gilman’s Retrievers series, a world that clings pretty close to Manhattan. This independent series has a slightly different, somewhat less edgy quality to it, and it’s easy to read with very likable characters. It’s a fascinating place to visit, mysterious, suspenseful, exciting, and I’m looking forward to the 4th book, Dragon Justice, coming out this summer.

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Stacey

Stacey

Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton

Read by Stacey

Jenna Riley has had enough of sports.  Despite the fact that her siblings play professional sports…and she manages the family sports bar.  Unfortunately, she can’t deny that Ty Anderson pushes all of her buttons.  Ty himself shows no sign of giving up on her, and the childhood dreams of a music career she’d lost forever.  With Ty by her side, she will search within herself and discover whether or not she has the strength to seize the happiness within her grasp. If she can get past the fact that the blazingly sexy Ty is a pro hockey player.

Scorching Sex and a tale that gives readers a hint that a good relationship is about support as well as lust? Sign me up, especially when the on-ice action gets as hot as it is in the bedroom.  I’m glad my need for a hockey story during the midst of the Stanley Cup playoffs drew me to this one, because I now have a huge Jaci Burton backlist to read! I have definitely scored!

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Sophie

Sophie

Starters by Lissa Price

Read by Sophie, 16

Since the Spore Wars killed her parents, along with the rest of the population ages 20 to 60, Callie Woodland has been squatting in abandoned buildings with her little brother, Tyler, who has a lung defect that makes everything more difficult for him, and her best friend, Michael, a boy whose existence she was only just aware of until they allied for survival reasons.  Between the renegades who would kill you for just a single bite of something to eat and the Marshalls who, if they catch you, will take you to an Institution (which is really just a euphemism for prison), not to mention the lack of running water, food, heat, and money, Callie, Michael, and Tyler have been living a hard life.  Then Callie finds out about Prime Destinations, a company with technology that gives an Ender (someone over 60 years of age) the ability to inhabit the body of a Starter (someone under 20 years of age) for as long as a month at a time, and decides that, as scary as it sounds, it was worth what Prime Destinations would pay her—so count her in.  Callie signs a contract for three rentals, her ability level adding a bonus to her paycheck, and is on her way to big bucks—but when she wakes up from the last rental, it’s not over, and Mrs. Winterhill has planned to do a lot more than party while in Callie’s body.

 

This book was gripping from start to finish!  After one chapter, I just wanted to know more, more, more—putting it down was almost painful!  Lissa Price’s creativity flourishes in telling about the future, and her characters and cliff-hangers have me eagerly awaiting the release of the second book!

 

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joysann

joysann

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Listened to by joysann

Charley Davidson, private investigator and Grim Reaper, is hired to find a missing woman, but it’s a task woefully hampered by her lack of sleep. She’s warding off slumber by any measure, because every time she dozes off she’s thrown into realistically vivid sexual dreams with the gorgeous Reyes Farrow, the son of Satan. Not that he’s really there – yet; he’s plotting to escape prison and joining her to protect her from demons far worse than he.

I thoroughly enjoy these Grim Reaper books by Darynda Jones. It’s such an imaginative concept, and Charley’s problems are so unusual. Third Grave is fast, intriguing, sexy, with chucklingly good humor. Listening to the book read by Lorelei King only makes it better.

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Stacey

Stacey

Season for Temptation by Theresa Romain

Read by Stacey

When James, Viscount Matheson, meets Julia, his fiance’s sister, sparks fly.  But Louisa is perfect, proper and carries the dowry he needs to manage his estate.  And yet James and Julia find themselves spending a great deal of time together.  And as society tongues start to wag, Julia and James must discover whether what they have is just a flirtation, or if it is something worth breaking every single society rule for.

Such an adorable and well told tale! I loved how easy it was to get lost in the characters, their emotions and their world. Getting parts of the story from the perspective of each of the characters was an extra special treat,and went a long way towards fully bringing me into the story. I cannot wait until book 2. Kudos to Theresa Romain.
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Bottom Line:  Today is Hug Your Cat Day and from what I see on the internet, there are a kazillion cat lovers out there…lots of hugging going on today.

NEORWA Cleveland Rocks Romance

Barbara Vey -- May 29th, 2012
joysann

joysann

Hello, joysann here.

A couple weeks ago the Northeast Ohio Chapter of RWA held their annual springtime workshop for their members, and I was very grateful to have the opportunity to attend. As a dedicated reader, one would think there wouldn’t be much to hold my attention, but au contraire. I’m always intrigued by the characters and worlds authors create, and I admire the people who are so willing to invest so much of themselves to put entertainment into words for me. I also wonder at the nuts and bolts of the craft, and am interested in the writing process, though I’ve no inclination to indulge or experiment.

Alexandra Sokoloff

This year’s workshop presentation was given by Alexandra Sokoloff, successful screenwriter and horror/thriller author. The title Screenwriting Tricks for Authors is pretty self explanatory, but it was a revelation to me to see the parallel between a good movie and that terrific novel I so enjoyed. Alexandra’s in-depth dissection of plotting and timing was fascinating, with the history and purpose of Acts and Scenes, and an explanation of why they work. Using examples of well-known and favorite movies, she was able to show how the same techniques that made them successful can apply to an author’s work.

I found it fascinating, and Alexandra also made it entertaining. It happened that the hotel was the venue for a local high school prom, so when the booming rhythm of music exploded into our quiet and sedate little conference room (fortunately near the end of the Friday evening segment of the workshop), Alexandra laughingly restrained herself from stepping into her dancer/performer persona. Actually, I would have liked to have seen what she could do, impromptu.

Between the fine luncheon, the book signing, and the huge raffle drawings during Saturday’s program, Alexandra gave more in-depth detail and examples of her subject, giving all the authors there material with which to work. I got to see a perfect demonstration of my favorite part of any successful writer’s workshop as Alexandra enthralled her audience… and that is practically watching the imaginary lights come on and the scenes roll above the individual writers as they integrate what they are learning into the stories in their heads.

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The workshop concluded with an unusual and fun educational entertainment. Everyone should get to watch the incomparable Romancing the Stone with Alexandra’s enthusiastic commentary highlighting the individual elements that made the movie so exceptional.

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NEORWA includes several successful published authors, and it’s by continuing to provide inspiring workshops for its members that Cleveland Rocks Romance.

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Bottom Line: One of these days my camera will learn to cooperate with me so I can provide decent pictures of my own.

Giveaways

 

From Jeannie Lin:  The Harlequin Historical authors are teaming up to giveaway free books and other summer themed prizes. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire (or equivalent e-reader depending on the winner’s region). Open to international applicants as well. Official rules and eligibility here.

 

From GET LOST IN A STORYJoin us and win free books. Mon: Jennifer Bernard, 2 The Fireman Who Loved Me; Tues: Jill Limber, A Heart that Dares (e); Wed: Clover Autrey, 3 ARCs (e) The Vampire and The Highland Empath; Thurs: Julie Kenner, When Passion Lies & Carpe Demon; Fri: Jillian Stone, An Affair With Mr. Kennedy.

Charting Your Way to a Best Seller

Barbara Vey -- May 25th, 2012

As readers we really don’t know or necessarily care what goes into the making of a book.  Our main concern is reading that amazing story that will transport us to other times and places and take us away, for a while, from our reality.  But, of course, authors do care about the system, so I thought I’d share this amusing chart I found on Facebook.

If you’re a reader, does it matter to you how books get published?  Or are you only interested in the final product?  What about the chart?  Clever or too close to reality to be funny?

 

Bottom Line:  “You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.” ~ Albert Einstein

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 23rd, 2012
One of Donald's winning moves

One of Donald's winning moves

Donald Driver won Dancing With the Stars last night.  I swear it was like Super Bowl Sunday in Wisconsin.  I actually screamed out loud at the tv (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  He did an amazing job and it always feels good when the one you’re cheering for wins.  Sorry if your person lost, but that’s reality tv for you.  And while I was watching television, the WW Ladies were busy reading.

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joysann

joysann

Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

Listened to by joysann

“Mac” Mackenzie and her cohorts, operatives unusually gifted with talents like telepathy and telekinesis, are dedicated to developing the special skills that make each member a force to be reckoned with. Ex-Navy Seal Shane Laughlin becomes part of the team using his own mundane but specialized skills in a dangerous effort to tear down a criminal organization creating an addictive, deadly designer drug. Though Shane experiences the effects of one of Mac’s more exotic talents, he is determined to convince her that he isn’t so susceptible that she can’t trust the something special developing between them.

Born to Darkness kept me enthralled for non-stop hours as I listened to narrators Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank pass the story back and forth, enhancing the thrilling action, the high drama and the strong characters Suzanne Brockmann has written. The new paranormal series introduces a new team of heroes to care about and a new scary world for them to dwell in. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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Joan

Joan

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

Read by Joan

Physician Elliot Drake and his friends are cave exploring in Arizona when suddenly they feel the earth shaking and electrical shocks, and then everything goes dark. They awake 50 years later to discover the world as they knew it is gone, and they themselves are changed in mysterious ways. They discover a small band of humans living in what is left of Las Vegas, and Elliot meets a woman to join him in facing an unknown and dangerous future.

The world that Joss Ware has created is intriguing and every page in the book pulls you further into the story. It is a thrilling mix of adventure, danger and romance. This is the beginning of a series, and I cannot wait to read the rest.

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joysann

joysann

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Read by joysann

In support of her father’s business merger, Louisa Honeycutt agreed to a loveless marriage, but bails out at the altar, heading for anywhere until things calm down. She spots Double Dare, Inc, offering adventures of a lifetime, and, spur-of-the-moment.  Louisa deceives owner/guide Sam Rawlins into spiriting her out of town for any kind of adventure. Sam’s intrigued by Lou’s feisty nature, and finds his “no clients” relationships rule is in danger of being broken.

The cover of Double Dare just looked too cute to pass up when I came across it, and as a fast, fun read, was just what I wanted. It’s an older book, the first I’ve read by Rhonda Nelson, and I’ll be looking to see if I find her other and more recent books as clever and entertaining. The story was charming, the dialogue quick and smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters’ sweet romance.

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Heidi

Heidi

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Read by Heidi
Olivia Bishop has always lived by the rules. Her ex-husband Victor found it boring and predictable. But now Olivia is starting over and doing things she never has before. Including Jamie Donovan, bad boy of the bar. Jamie might be more temptation than Olivia can handle, but she isn’t stopping or slowing down. Much to the chagrin of her ex.
The heat that develops between Olivia and Jamie practically burned up the pages of the book. WOW! The jealousy of Olivia’s ex, really made the book move quickly, because you were never sure where he would show up next. Olivia and Jamie both have future goals, and it was nice to see it play all the way to the end of the book.

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Kym L

Kym L

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Read by Kym 

When she receives an invitation to accompany her sister to Edenbrooke, Marianne jumps at the chance to escape Bath for the countryside. But adventure and love await her, if she’s only brave enough to risk her heart.

Drawn by the words “A Proper Romance” on the its (very attractive) cover, I picked this book up on a whim and was further intrigued to discover I didn’t recognize either the author or publisher (Shadow Mountain). Well! What a pleasant surprise! In Edenbrooke, Donaldson has crafted a romantic Regency without blatant sexual content. This book is one that I would recommend to any Regency fan including those, like my mother, who prefer a “cleaner” read. Give it a whirl.

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Heidi

Heidi

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen  

Read by Heidi
A sequel to Whistling in the Dark: It’s now 1960 in Milwaukee, a heat-wave has hit, and Sally O’Malley has to keep an eye on her sister Troo and keep her safe during the summer. Because of their escape of a murderer, they are on watch for anything unusual. A series of events makes them wonder if history is repeating itself or has Sally assumed too much and only imagining the worst.Hooray!! Sally O’Malley is back, and she is just as wonderful as ever!! Her voice is so truthful for what she is dealing with while running through Milwaukee in the summer. Just when you think you know where the book is going, another twist comes along and quickens the pace. Sally brings courage, honesty and joy while working with the other characters of the story and it’s lovely how Lesley mixes the past with landmarks in the Milwaukee area. You don’t have to be from Milwaukee (I’m not!!) to enjoy this book!!
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Bottom Line:  I think Donald Driver should go on The Amazing Race next.

Giveaways

From GET LOST IN A STORY: GIVEAWAYS May 21 – 25  Mon: Ellie James; Tues: Cynthia Cook, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies (e); Wed: Brenda Hammond; Thurs: Pat McDermott, A Band of Roses (e); Fri: Bill Allen.  Just leave a comment.

How to Schedule BEA

Barbara Vey -- May 21st, 2012

Book Expo America runs June 4-7 in New York and I’m going.  Now comes the hard part.  Picking and choosing what to do and who to see.  There’s an extensive schedule and a great line.  Where to start?  My normal way is to wander around and talk to just about everyone, but I thought I’d try something a little different this year.

 

Neil Young

Neil Young

Luckily, the website offers My BEA Show Planner.  I’ve already gone through and clicked on all the authors I want to meet and it’s quite extensive considering there will be 775+ authors signing.  There are tons of events like breakfasts and lunches, but some are sold out already. Although, Neil Young is doing a free lunch event open to all attendees where he’ll be interviewed about his book Waging Heavy Peace.  I can’t even imagine how crowded that will be.

 

There will be author stages where various authors and professionals will be sharing their take on what’s happening in publishing.   Of course, there’s a lot of celebrity sightings since almost every celebrity seems to have a book out.

 

PW has a booth at BEA and this is the first year I’ve been asked to help man (woman) it.  I’m excited to do it because people have always said to me, “I stopped by your booth, but you weren’t there.”  It looks like my schedule will be Wednesday from 9-10 a.m., so stop by if you’re in the area.

 

I’m also signed up for the BEA Bloggers Conference which will be June 4th.  This event is still fairly new, but I’ve heard such great things about it.  I’m hoping to come away with lots of new ideas and make many new acquaintances.

 

I’ve even downloaded the BEA Mobile App to help me out.  On paper, it looks like I’m very organized, but I’ve got to tell you that I’m just so easily distracted at BEA.  I love to just meander up and down the aisles talking to everyone in their booth.  It seems they all have such interesting products and stories.  I love learning new things and meeting fascinating people.

 

I’ll really try to keep to my schedule, but I can’t promise I won’t deviate from the plan.  Please stop me and say hi if you see me wandering.  And tell me how you plan these events.  Do you keep a schedule?  Are you a free spirit?  Any tips on how I can do it better?  Anything special I should check out at BEA?  Tell me now so I can put it in my planner.

 

Bottom Line:  Going to NY and you know what that means…Robert DeNiro watch.

When Your Imagination Springs to Life

Barbara Vey -- May 18th, 2012

For some reason I’ve been having a lot of nightmares lately.  You know, the kind where when you wake up you don’t know what’s real and what’s not.  Like that poor guy in the television show Awake.  There’s a car accident and his wife dies and his son lives, but when he goes to sleep and wakes up, his wife is alive and his son is dead.  I wonder if this is how Stephen King comes up with some of his ideas, through his nightmares?

 

I remember interviewing  Sharon Sala years ago and she told me that when she gets stuck on a plot line and can’t figure out what to do, she goes to sleep.  When she wakes up, she has the answer.  I wonder how many writers out there solve their plot problems that way?

 

I’ve had authors tell me they get their best ideas in the shower, while driving a car, going for a walk, listening to music and swimming.  It seems like sometimes the mind needs to be needlessly engaged for something creative to leak out.

 

So, authors, tell me, are there any tricks you use when you’re stuck?  Readers, what helps you solve a seemingly unsolvable problem?  What’s worked in the past?

 

Bottom Line:  Maybe a warm glass of milk before bed will stop my nightmares…or a shot of booze.

Jeannie Lin: New Mom of Twins

Barbara Vey -- May 14th, 2012
Daniel and Mae Linh

Daniel and Mae Linh (nice jab with the Cardinal's outfits)

While I’m visiting St. Louis, author Jeannie Lin caught a Tweet I posted about coffee at a local cafe.  She contacted me and we met up for a wonderful visit.  Last time I saw Jeannie, we were guests of the San Diego RWA and ended up taking a train together back to Los Angeles late last year.  It was great to catch up.

BV:  You’ve had a lot going on lately.  Care to comment on that?

JL:  5 months ago I wasn’t a mommy and now I am.

BV:  So, what did you have a boy or a girl?

JL:  Both.  One of each.

BV:  That is so sweet!  What did you name them?

JL:  Daniel Louis and Mae Linh

BV:  Any special meanings to their names?

JL:  Both are from my husband’s side of the family, but Mae Linh is a combination of Vietnamese and English.

BV:  Any chance that’s affected your writing schedule?

JL:  Hmmm…the twins are finally sleeping through the night, so I write between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

BV:  Was that ever part of your normal writing pattern?

JL:  I’ve always been an early morning person, but the babies still dictate the schedule.

BV:  I’ve heard that you are committed for several books in the near future.

JL:  I’m writing 2 books for Harlequin Historical and 2 stand alone books for HQN.  The most recent is My Fair Concubine (you can watch the video here).

BV:  So, what do you do in your spare time?

JL:  Spare time?  I also work a full time job, but luckily I can do it from my home.

BV:  Any chance you’ll be doing a reality show like Jon and Kate plus 8?

JL:  I think it would be more like Survivor.

Bottom Line:  I think Jeannie can Outlast, Outplay and Outwit anyone, so my money is on her.

St. Louis Just For Fun

Barbara Vey -- May 11th, 2012
Enjoying frappacinos at Barnes & Noble

Enjoying frappaccinos at Barnes & Noble

Everyone knows how much I love to travel.  Conferences, conventions workshops…it doesn’t matter, I love it all.  But this week is special because I’m spending it with my grandkids in St. Louis.  My son and his wife are enjoying the Napa Valley, but I’m the one having all the fun.

 

Of course, things started a little rough with a 2 hour flight delay (on a 48 minute flight), but once I got here we had a lovely dinner at J Bucks.  Even though the food was good, the conversation was delightful.  Alex, 11, proceeded to tell me that author Ridley Pearson visited their school.  Alex was completely taken by him and for good reason, he’s a terrific story teller.

One of the stories related to me told of someone asking the author if she had permission to read his books.  He assured her that anyone could read his books and was kind of confused by the question.  The reader explained that she wanted to read his book in outer space.  Obviously that wasn’t a request he got everyday.  She went on to tell him that she would be reading the story to  child every day while she was on a space mission.  Some time later, he received a phone call…from space.  The reader called to let him know how much they enjoyed his book.  I bet every author wishes they had a story to tell like that.

 

Today was my first day on the job and sleeping in Alex’s room I awoke to his clock taunted me at 7:55 a.m.  The kids had to be to school by 8!  I jumped out of bed (maybe not a real jumped, but I moved pretty fast for me), but by the time I made it to the other bedroom I noticed it seemed pretty dark outside.  I checked my phone and sure enough it was only 5:41 a.m.  I grumbled back to bed, all the while planning ways to get back at Alex for not having the correct time on his clock.

 

Mission statement

Mission statement

After dropping the kids at school, on time, I went in search of a Paneras and ended up at the Saint Louis Bread Co. (That’s what they call Paneras here).  I parked at a meter and only had a $1 worth of change.  I’d need to drink fast.  When I came in to order, I was told to drop my money in a box in front of the register.  I asked about this and was told that this was a Saint Louis Co. Cares Cafe.  This non-profit cafe works on donations.  Patrons are encouraged to leave the suggested amount or more if able.  Anyone in need can donate less and anyone without means is asked to donate 1 hour of volunteer time in exchange for a meal.  I’m telling you that this brought tears to my eyes.  What an amazing program.

 

As I sit here writing this, I’m amazed at the amount of people who are greeted by name.  There is such a warm and inviting atmosphere here.  I know if there were one of these in my area, I would frequent it often.  I go to Paneras all the time the way it is.  So, if you are in the area, stop by and leave a nice donation.  If not, I’m sure your local food bank would love to see you.

 

Bottom Line:  After the kids get out of school, we’re heading over to Barnes & Noble…this will be the best week ever!

 

 

When Facebook Makes Me Smile

Barbara Vey -- May 9th, 2012
From Susan McGeown

From Susan McGeown

I enjoy trolling through Facebook.  Yes, it can be a time suck, but I consider it research for my job.  People post interesting articles, comments, bits and pieces of their lives.  (I follow my family separately, for good reason.)  It can be a great tool for authors and others to get the word out on their products and I admit that I’ll pick up on a book I may have otherwise missed.  Yesterday alone I downloaded 3 books of authors I hadn’t read before because they were free reads.  Sometimes there are nice surprises.

 

But, most of all, I get a kick out of some of the pictures and sayings posted (although I think there should be a whole different stream for cat and dog pics).  So, I thought I share a few of the ones that caught my eye this week.

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From Jessica Trapp

From Jessica Trapp

 

From Kristie Leigh Maguire

From Kristie Leigh Maguire

 

From Tim Trail

From Tim Trail

 

From Bizzaro Comics

From Bizzaro Comics

 

From Neil Low

From Neil Low

 

From Tonya Kappes

From Tonya Kappes

 

Please feel free to send me any that you find interesting and I’ll consider doing a follow up.

 

Bottom Line:  Today is School Nurse Day…do you remember your school nurse?  I do.

How Do You Define Chick Lit?

Barbara Vey -- May 6th, 2012

I recently got into a discussion with an author about Chick Lit.  It wasn’t really about Chick Lit itself, it’s more about the definition of Chick Lit.

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Wikipedia defines Chick lit as genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly.  The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit.  Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine’s relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.

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Melissa Amster who writes for Chick Lit Central blog says, “I define chick lit as modern women’s literature featuring a female character ranging in age from 20-40, dealing with issues in the fields of career, romance and family (or even a mix of these items). In more recent times, a lot of chick lit has centered around fertility issues or pregnancy and divorce or infidelity. Some authors that stick out as chick lit for me are Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Emily Giffin and Carole Matthews.”

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My conversation with this issue started with me saying I didn’t think that Jennifer Crusie wrote Chick Lit.  I think of her books as romantic comedy.  Even though this is close to Wikipedia’s definition, I think that Jennifer Crusie does have more romance in her books (which is fine with me).  To me, Chick Lit is more about women’s issues or maybe some of the more perceived notions of shopping, shoes and clothes (not anything that really interests me in real life).  Kind of like Sex and the City is to TV and I do think of the Sophie Kinsella books that way.

So I went out and asked people on the street their definitions of Chick Lit.

Sue, 51:  I think of magazines about fashion and celebrities as Chick Lit.

Britney, 22:  Books that are light and fluffy like shopaholic books.

Mary, 37:  Anything my husband wouldn’t read.

Rhonda, 49:  Romance…straight romance.

Sherry, 52:  Shoes, shopping, Sex and the City.

Rose, 36:  Girlfriends, Kinsella, Weiner.

Liz, 22:  Never heard of Chick Lit…what is it?

Love this sign in a Norway bookstore

Love this sign in a Norway bookstore

 

,I’ve discovered, over the years that how books are categorized can be very important to some people.  While they will read one genre, they will not read another because of where it might be placed on a book shelf even though they might really enjoy the book if they ever gave it a chance.  I’m all in favor of trying things at least once.
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What about you?  How do you define Chick Lit?  Does it matter?  Do you read it?  Has it received a bad reputation?   Suggest a great Chick Lit book for me to read.

Bottom Line:  Yes, I’ve said it…I hate to shop.

 

Giveaways

From Eric Glover:  Enter for your chance to win a copy of Melissa Fay Greene’s new book No Biking in the House Without a Helmet – a touching story about the creation of Melissa’s unique family, which gives rise to wisdom on subjects of profound interest – unmapped by experts and unknown to outsiders – to parents everywhere. To enter, please visit Media Connect’s Facebook page and tell them why you want a copy of Melissa’s book.