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Friday, June 1, 2012

In which I'm inspired by Claudia Welch's Sorority Sisters

Wednesday night I picked up fellow Colin Firth Stalker Fan, MK and headed out to Lady Jane's- RDU for their monthly salon.  There were things I expected from this evening: great dessert, amazing authors and crazy shenanigans. All of those things did happen, well, sorta (if there are any photos of the alleged shenanigans, I will deny, deny, deny!)

However, the unexpected happened: I fell in immediate love with a women's fiction novel.




From just one heart-wrenching excerpt I was hooked. It wasn't as though I expected anything by Claudia Welch aka Claudia Dain to be anything less than superb, and I love, love listening to her read from her novels ( MUCH ADO ABOUT DUTTON, Olivia Kelly!), but for me women's fiction tends to be, oh, how can I put this delicately...gouge-my-eyes-out-depressing. It's like forcing me to eat meatloaf and wash it down with coffee flavored beer.

Seriously, I avoid book club picks like they're infected the zombie flesh eating mutant gene.



But this book! I haven't finished reading, but I've already laughed and cried and died in embarrassment right along with Laurie, Karen, Ellen and Diane as they made their way through pledging Beta Pi. And I know what you're thinking-Sorority Sisters?!

Those types of girls, always perfectly made up with matching outfits and beautiful hair.  

Sluts, Snobs, Bitches and Wannabes those types of girls are called. I have different names for them: strong, smart, bitches ;) and...me. Laurie, Karen, Ellen and Diane are all of us, with the same song made of heartbreak, of love and of finding who they are in life, only with different lyrics.

So do me a favor: Read SORORITY SISTERS by Claudia Welch when it hits the shelves on Tuesday.



And for my sorority sisters from the Zeta Lambda Chapter of Delta Zeta: 

Out of my window
Looking in the night
I can see the DZ flickering light
Starboard is green and port Killarney Rose
I can see the DZ light that glows
DZ, I would like to follow you
I would like to sail the ocean blue
DZ, you have treasures in your hold
You have friendships that are made of gold



So tell me, what book have you unexpectedly fallen in love with, despite its genre?






  

28 comments:

  1. Marquita ~ Oh! Claudia's excerpt was AMAZING! I cannot wait to read Sorority Sisters!!

    What have I been surprised by? There are so many things. 1 - I blogged about being surprised by Showtime's Shameless. Such a fabulous show. 2 - The Hunger Games - I didn't think it was the sort of book I would like, but I devoured the series and LOVED every minute I spent reading it. 3 - Iron Man - I'd never been a big comic book fan, but after seeing the first Iron Man movie I have completely changed my mind and I'm a HUGE fan.

    I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. :)

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    1. Great examples, Ava!! I wasn't too sure of The Hunger Games either but got sucked right in. Still haven't seen Shameless and I love Iron Man. I think RDJ really makes the whole concept work. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. LOL I love that Ava is an Iron Man fan! That's awesome! Have you seen Avengers yet? If not, go. It was really good. *That just tickles me imagining being a comic book fan now LOL*

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  2. Marquita,

    There isn't much I won't read when it comes to genres. If a book calls to me, I'll pick it up. The last book I can remember really surprising me and making me fall in love was "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency". A friend loaned the book to me. It was so charming and I had to read more of the series. They are feel good books for sure. :)

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    1. I haven't read that one, Samantha, but the title alone sounds like something I'd want to read. Is it historical?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I'm dying to read this book! :-)

    I'm always surprised when I get caught up in a research book, but there really is a lot of fascinating stuff in history!

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    1. Deb, you can borrow my copy anytime-after I'm done, that is. ;)

      I agree research books can be fun and I think in a previous post you or another commentor called them a time suck, too. LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Marquita,
    Great post. This sounds like a good book. Before I picked up Diana Gabaldon's book Outlander I used to roll my eyes at the idea of time travel. PLEASE! Can we be serious, was my attitude. I actually did read the back excerpt of her book several times and stick it back on the shelf. Then, I actually picked up the book one day, read the first page, and was immediately hooked. The rest is history!

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    1. Julie, I haven't read Outlander, yet. I actually love time travel. One of my favorites is Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey.

      But that's awesome you overcome your aversion, lol!

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  5. I picked up a Tom Clancy novel on the sale table once to try something different. I knew if I couldn't get into it my husband would probably read it. After a few chapters I realized I couldn't just start reading in the middle of the series because it was that good. I stopped reading at about page 200 (it is about 1200 pages so it wasn't like I was even close to the end - lol) and went back to the first book. I had seen the movies (Hunt for Red October, etc.) but I had no idea there were so many more books in that series. I love the Jack Ryan series and have kept up with it.

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    1. Amy, my dad is sooo into Tom Clancy, while I'm into the movies that are made about them, lol!

      I've picked up books in the middle of a series before, but I've never just stopped in the middle to start reading the first. You are a a very strong woman to stop; I don't know if I could do that.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I'm actually a little surprised you think all women's fiction is supposed to be depressing. LOL. I don't read a ton of it, but I can always relate to it when I do.

    I do not normally get into zombie type movies or books, or anything, because they really do nothing for me, but my sister introduced me to a zombie movie that was hilarious. I'm trying to remember the name of it. When I do, I'll come back and post it. (I would call her, but this is way too early for her to be up...)

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    1. Was it Zombieland? Because that was awesome! I'm not really into zombies either - as Marquita can tell you - but my son LOVES them. So I watch The Walking Dead with him. It is good, not really my "thing", but Zombieland was fall-out-of-your-seat funny!

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    2. No, not Zombieland. I finally remembered--it's Shaun of the Dead. If I'm not mistaken in my memory, there is even a scene where they break into a song and dance routine. Great stuff. :) I might have to check out Zombieland if even YOU enjoyed it. I know you you feel about zombies. Or at least the idea of zombie romances. :)

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    3. Actually, Catherine, it was a book club that I used to be a part of that totally turned me off to women's fiction. Each subsequent book was more and more depressing. The characters died, were abused and had cheating spouses with NO happy or happish endings. If I want to read about that stuff, I'll go on news websites.

      And I can't wait for Ava's next book about Regency Zombieland. ;)

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    4. I always think of things like First Wives Club when I think of women's fiction, or maybe an adult version of something like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Girlfriends, hanging out together and helping each other through thick and thin--hopefully with a lot of laughs to go along with the tears.

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    5. I love, love, love The Walking Dead, which is a originally a comic btw, Ava! But I am so ready for Ava's regency zombies! That sounds awesome!

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    6. You're all soooo funny. Ava is not and never will be writing about Regency Zombies or Contemporary Zombies. I just go the shivers. ;)

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  7. Marquita great blog post! I'm really interested in Claudia's new release, it sounds wonderful. I've never read women's fiction honestly so I can't wait to try a new genre. Years ago when I picked up my first James Rollins book I was really surprised to learn how exciting men's thrillers were. I really didn't think I'd like it but he has, in fact, become one of my favorite authors.

    I think everyone should try new genres and be pleasantly surprised. You just never know what you might like if you never try it. Great blog!

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  8. I was surprise on how much I liked The Book Thief. We read that for a book club book and just loved it. I mean it was a fun read even if it was set in Nazi Germany with the narrated by death.

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  9. I was surprised that I liked The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I LOVED Twilight and wasn't sure if I would enjoy a departure from that but my dear writer friend (and fellow Colin stalker) helped me expand my horizons and I really loved it. She's good like that! : )

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  10. I just finished reading The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain. Wow! I hated it, loved it, was shocked, thought I had it all figured out and was shocked again. Read it from start to finish in less than 2 days, something I haven't done in a while. A big departure from my love of romance, but so glad to have read it.

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  11. I fell in love with Jo Nesbo's The Snowman. Even though it's about a serial killer, I found it an amazingly emotional and impossible-to-put-down book.

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  12. Marquita ~ Claudia wanted to comment here, but was having technical difficulties and couldn't get her comment to post.

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  13. Marquita, I'm so late to the party! Ugh! I picked up a contemporary read in an airport (looooong layover) and was delighted with it. It's not my usual read, but sometimes reading outside your box--wait, that didn't sound right--reading outside your norm is the best way to fall in love with reading all over again. :)

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  14. Gritty romantic suspense......they are my go to's when I'm in a semester with a history class (sorry to my historical writers but I get my dates mixed up lol). I was introduced to Allison Brennan and needless to say I've been addicted ever since.

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  15. Such great recommendations here. I preodered "Sorority Sisters" a few weeks ago and I'm counting down the minutes until I can start reading it!

    I write women's fiction with strong romantic elements. It's not Jodi Picoult type WF -- it's closer to romance but with the focus on the heroine's character arc. I want my books to be fun rather than depressing. That doesn't mean there's no sadness in them, but I'm a big believer in happy endings. Chick lit now goes by the name commercial women's fiction, since chick lit officially died a hard death a few years ago. So there's plenty of light, fun, positive women's fiction out there. I highly recommend "Faking It" by Raleigh author Elisa Lorello as an example.

    One book that surprised me recently was "Dear Addi" by Regina Cole (aka Gina Lamm). A lot of erotic romance is dark, but "Dear Addi" had a happy, uplifting ending that I loved.

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