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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

My Favourite Christmas Recipe & Why I Love It!

Originally posted on Hello Chick Lit on Dec 8th 2016


Christmas is synonymous with so many things for so many reasons for each of us. I could write a list of all my go to Christmas food, films, books and things to do but nothing beats my favourite Christmas recipe, which is mulled wine.
I’m not sure if mulled wine is enjoyed around the world but in my little flat in West London, the month of December will see at least one saucepan of this lovely, warming drinking being made and devoured.
I first got into making mulled wine the very first time I decided to throw a Christmas time party. I was living with my sister and a friend at the time and we invited a bunch of people round. Mulled wine is good drink to make for a group of people because it goes a long way, is inexpensive and can be as alcoholic as you want it to be or not.
Since being married, my husband and I make mulled wine every year and one of the biggest reasons I love it is because of the memories it evokes every time I think about Christmas. My hubby and I tend to have a small gathering of friends drop in around Christmas time and they’ve come to expect the tradition of our mulled wine evening. So when I’m out buying the ingredients for mulled wine I’m always reminded of the great times we’ve had with friends and family, especially those we don’t get to see very often. For me, Christmas is a time for family and friends and I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love a warm glass of this delightful little drink. It works whether you’re eating something savoury or indulging in a mince pie or two (or three).
Over the years, we’ve experimented with different recipes because there are so many ways to make it. The biggest cheat is to buy a box of mulled wine spice from the supermarket and follow the directions. Yes even a mulled wine connoisseur like me resorts to cheats every now and again. And why not?
Where you mustn’t skimp is on the wine. Very often I’ll buy a cheaper wine to make it with but if you do that, just make sure it has a full body to it – just my little tip!








So now onto a starter mulled wine recipe:
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 60g/2oz demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved or slices
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 60ml/2fl oz brandy/spirit of your choice amount of your choice :)
Method
  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
  3. Off the heat, stir in the brandy if you are using it.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve.
Remember you can modify as much as you like and please feel free to experiment – I certainly do!.







ENJOY!

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Chilled Christmas

I've been patting myself on the back since completing the first in my three book Magenta Bright series. In case you didn't know, Magenta is the heroine of my up-coming romantic comedy.

The first book is called Magenta Bright: A Year In The Life and it's all about Magenta having to fulfil her grandmother's dying wish in order to get her hands on a quarter of a million pounds! Well that's the 'in a nutshell version' you'll learn more about Magenta in the new year so watch this space ...

I had so much fun writing this story. It started off as one idea and sort of developed into a whole other story; one I'm very happy with and can't wait to share with you.

Of course, now book two and three have to be completed. But, at the moment, I'm taking it easy for a while and preparing myself to get back into story telling mode. I've been enjoying all the lovely reviews that have been coming in for my other books and I'm catching up on my mile long reading list. In other words I'm chilling.

Let's face it, it's not long until Christmas and I want to enjoy it with my family before the world of Magenta Bright takes over.

How are you spending the run up to Christmas? Will you take it in your stride? Panic? Or is it just another day?

As for me, I'm looking forward to a chilled Christmas!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My Ideal Christmas

Originally posted on Hello Chick Lit on 24th October 2016


For the first time ever, I wrote a Christmas book of my own. Usually when I’ve written Christmas stories it was for a ghostwriting job I was being paid to do. And, because I have to follow an outline for the story, I just wrote on auto-pilot and it really didn’t register with me that I was writing about Christmas in the late summer or early autumn. I was just going through the motions and getting paid for a job.
In reality I’m just not one for getting Christmassy until right on top of Christmas day itself!
Seriously, I normally buy Christmas presents, decorate the tree and the house just a week before the big day. I know a lot of you will think I’m cutting it a bit fine but I’ve always been like that – compacting all the festivities into a small time frame rather than let Christmas take over a whole month or more. In fact you wouldn’t catch me going near a mince pie before December 20th – crazy right?
But this year, with just over three months to go until one of the best holidays in the year, Christmas feels like it’s just days away to me this time around. My Christmas build up has started now and I’ve already got my eye on my favourite Christmas sweater, even though it’s still quite warm here in London.
And the reason I’m getting in the mood for the holidays is because I spent most of my year creating my first Christmas novel and it’s all I’ve talked about, dreamt about and thought about for months!
With that in mind I started thinking about what makes Christmas special for me – apart from the book :)
Mainly it’s the idea of seeing family I don’t get to see very often because we all have such busy lives. People make more of an effort for a get together – which is fantastic.
My ideal Christmas looks something like this:
  • Watching all my favourite films with a cosy blanket and a warm drink. Some of my favourites include: Meet Me In St Louis and It’s A Wonderful Life.
  • Getting stuck into an equally snuggly Christmas story in the evening. I like to pull out a classic some years like, Little Women or A Christmas Carol.
  • Look around my living room and bedroom, wondering how I can spruce it up or do something different with it. Some years it meant new cushions, a sparkly quilt over, sometimes just some scented candles did the trick. I mean apart from having a huge tree in your living room, I always think something more than the usual is needed.
  • On the day itself, I traditionally get out my favourite music ie jazz collections of all the Christmas carols and Christmas songs I know and love, then I turn up the music while I’m cooking and sing along. Loud. If I’m annoying people I just don’t care – it’s Christmas.
I have also been known to over indulge on the food and drink and I use the fact that it’s Christmas as an excuse.
And who knows, if I publish a Christmas book next year, I might make getting into the spirit of Christmas sooner rather than later a habit! I’m enjoying it so far.

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Jolly Holly Chick Lit Hop


Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today's best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here's how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors' Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you'd like to give them a "like" and follow along:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

We will also give away several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Mr Perfect V The Perfect Christmas

Originally posted on Rachel's Random Reads on 27th October 2016


When I told a friend of mine that I had written a novel called, Single by Christmas, she asked if I didn’t mean, ‘Married’ by Christmas. After all, she told me over the phone, isn’t that what happens with heroines in the type of book you write?
Well I had to point out to her that sometimes genres can be turned on their heads and for all she knew my heroine might just be married by Christmas because I’d managed to weave it into the story by way of a massive plot twist – the title might be red herring I told her.
After hanging up, I thought a lot about what she said. Chick Lit novels and the type of romantic comedy that I love to write usually call for a Happy Ever After, don’t they? But that made me wonder, should a woman go all out to find the perfect man in time for a big holiday like Christmas, in the tradition of true love, or does she forget about men and try for the kind of Christmas that everyone loved once upon a time – the Christmas that’s all about family and friends.
If you’re happily in a relationship then this won’t really apply to you, but I have a few single girlfriends who are not relishing another holiday season without the arms of a hunky guy wrapped around them. It’s not as if I don’t get that, but why put yourself under so much pressure when it is only one day after all? Somehow the true meaning of Christmas gets lost if all the single women are going Bridget Jones crazy and singing, “All by Myself” just because there isn’t a man around.
Instead, I say, down with love (or at least searching for it for a while) and get out your old turkey baking tray, Christmas cake recipes and invite family and friends over on Christmas day, instead. It’s the perfect time of year to catch up on old friends and people you haven’t seen in a while. So why not throw a party?
I remember moving to a new flat some time ago and when it came to Christmas I decided I’d invite lots of people around. I threw an open house party; cooked a big pot of chilli, a big one of mulled wine (which got topped up frequently) and opened my doors from the afternoon onwards. The idea was that people would come and leave after a while making room for the next bunch of people who came in. Trouble was, it was such a success, no one left and my poor little flat was bursting at the seams. But it was a great Christmas party and one I’d love to capture the spirit of again.
Mr Perfect or no Mr Perfect, you can still have a good time.
This year, I will be doing what I love to do best at Christmas time; every evening I get cosy on the sofa, lights on the tree twinkling and I indulge in a slushy film on the television. Then to top it all, on the day, I go crazy in the kitchen, whipping up a load of food for the family. Later I’ll be lying on the sofa in a daze while keeping a watchful eye on the Ferrero Rocher, hoping the rest of the family don’t eat them all before I have space.
Sounds pretty indulgent but that’s a Merry Christmas for me and I’m pretty sure that instead of trying to find Mr Perfect in time for Christmas, you’d have a great time with the people currently in your life and who already love you loads!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Book Review - A Year And A Day

A Year and a DayA Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this book based on the description, I wasn't familiar with the author and read this copy for NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sadly the style of writing was not for me. The pace was slow and I found myself skimming through chunks of texts which only seemed to repeat the characters' emotions or state of mind but in a different location in Prague.

The premise was good but I was disappointed by the story telling. While the author uses POV with intelligence and consistency, I really couldn't care less about any of the characters, even though they all went on a journey of self realisation. I had lost interest in them by a third of the way through. I think the main reason I read until the end was because I'd guessed one of the plot lines and wanted to see if I was correct. I was. In fact I'd guessed the ending to the story of all the characters.

Broom writes with heart on the subjects covered and I'm pretty sure that will help sell this book to a large number of readers of this type of women's fiction.

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Better Than a #Black Friday Sale - It's Free!

Grab a Free Chick Lit Read on me!

I was feeling extra generous, especially as we come up to the season of goodwill, and I'm offering ebook copies of Natalie's Getting Married for FREE from now until 28th November.

And that's it! Now all you have to do if you want to take advantage is hop over to Amazon and claim yours! Simple.

Here's the Universal Code as I'm not sure how many countries Amazon cover as part of this deal.

Or for Amazon UK: Click here and Amazon US: Click here!

Read, enjoy, review! Thank You!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

My Favourite Christmas Rom Coms

Originally posted on Reading...Dreaming on 21st October 2016


When it comes to Christmas and romantic comedies, I can’t get enough of the genre in book or film formats. There’s nothing better than getting snuggly with a good Christmas rom-com on the television, a glass of your favourite drink in hand and a box of tissues at the ready, even when you know there’s going to be a Happy Ever After. The same could be said for a good book at Christmas. Bring on the love and bring on the comedy, that’s what I say.
So what are my favourite rom-coms to get snuggly to at Christmas? Well the list was so long, I whittled it down to a top 5 – but even that was a hard decision.
So here goes:
No. 5 – The Holiday
This one stars one of my favourite actors, Jack Black. I absolutely adore this guy’s talent. It didn’t hurt the film to have the handsome Jude Law in a lead role either. But the best thing about this film is that there are two happy endings – you can’t get better than that!
Favourite Quote: “Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you're behaving like the best friend.”
No. 4 – Matchmaker Santa
Now this one was not on at the cinema. It’s one of a billion “made for television” films that for me was above average and could have given some of the blockbusters a run for their money. It has a touch of magic in it and sees an engaged couple being kept apart and finding that they each fall in love with someone else! Sounds weird but you have to trust me on this one.
Favourite Quote: “ [Man on Plane]‘Did you ask Santa for something special?’ [Melanie] ‘I asked for true love.’
One of my favourite actors for rom-com is in this one – Sandra Bullock. Love her. And I love this dreamy film – excuse the pun. But I love films with a twist of fortune; falling in love with one guy who doesn’t know you exist only to find the one for you is right under your nose. It’s a common theme in this genre but I don’t care. No matter how contrived, this well acted film has to be seen to be believed.
Favourite Quote: “And who are you, Jack, the happiness guru?
Excuse the double up but by cheating I get to have 6 films on my top 5! These films both star a great pairing of actors who work so well together. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are great in straight films as well as comedy. I am just in a state of heavenly bliss as I watch either of these films and they are the ones I have the tissues out for, just waiting for that Happy Ever After to arrive. Great stuff.
Favourite Quotes: “That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in a love movie!” “People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened.”
No 1. – Serendipity
One of the best themes a writer can work with is the one of Fate and that’s what this film is all about. It begins in New York as two people, already in separate relationships, meet while Christmas shopping and both want to buy the same pair of gloves. Years later, will they meet again? There are some films you can just watch over and over again, even if you know what’s coming next, and this is one of them for me. Such a beautiful story – I can’t get enough of it and that’s why I made it No. 1!
Favourite Quote: “I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It's one of my favourite words.

Now you tell me, what’s your favourite romantic comedy Christmas film?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Book Review - Piece by Piece

Piece by PiecePiece by Piece by Cathie Whitmore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is an exceptionally written piece of women's fiction that I would recommend to lovers of the genre. I loved the movement through time as we discover more about the lives of this well off family in Australia, but in particular the generations of women as seen through their eyes.

The characters were well drawn and I particularly liked the relationship between Celeste and her mother, Eleanor. There are lots of characters to take in during this saga but Cathie Whitmore has the knack of making the reader want to know more which makes this book a bit of a page turner!

If you are drawn to the poignant themes of lies and betrayal then Piece by Piece is for you. Not only does the writer explore sexuality, infertility and wealth but she also develops a background set in recent history and a saga that has the potential to continue into another book!

Highly recommend read!

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Comes Early In Chick Lit

Originally posted on Connect With Chick Lit Club 26th October 2016


I’m a new writer to chick lit and romantic comedies but I didn’t fail to notice that there were a lot of Christmas books in this genre out on sale as early as September; some were even out on Amazon in August!
Now I’m one of these people who gets agitated when she sees Christmas decorations going up in shop windows in the autumn. It just doesn’t seem right to me somehow. I’m not ready for the festive season, especially on a year like this in London when the sun is still out (as I write) and I haven’t started wearing my woollies yet. But the trend to bring out a Christmas book earlier rather than later still seems to be the norm.
So, as a new writer I did what everyone else was doing, I planned to publish my Christmas book in October – who am I to doubt the experience of others?
Earlier this year, Single by Christmas was just a seed of an idea and I wasn’t even sure I could have it written, edited and proof read in time for December, let alone any earlier than that. I struggled with the concept of writing anything remotely Christmassy so early in the year.
I wondered if I should put decorations around my writing desk and stick paper snowflakes on the window to get me in the mood. I also wondered how the other writers managed to get so Christmassy if, like me, they were writing their Xmas romances in the springtime!
Finally I came to my senses when I realised, you don’t have to have snow, tinsel and mince pies around to write about Christmas, in the same way a historical fiction writer doesn’t have to go back in time to write historical fiction novels! The answer was staring me in the face; do what fiction writers do best – USE YOUR IMAGINATION. Then, suddenly, the novel that was just a few scrawled notes on an old notebook, came to life and I found I was in full flow and the ideas just kept on coming.
When it got the to the end of August and I was in the throws of editing, I did notice that one of the television channels, renowned for its romantic drama films, started showing Christmas movies! I was tempted to start watching some but, to be honest, I just love the idea of a Christmas film being watched when I’m all cosy on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, thick socks on and the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background. And I wasn’t about to get the tree out in August! Added to that we were having a heatwave in London and it just didn’t seem right.
If I decide to write a Christmas novel for next year, Christmas will have to come early again, but I think I know how to handle it now.
So now Single by Christmas is out there, the official release date being 18th October. It still wasn’t published as early as some but I’m happy that it’s the heart-warming, feel good story I was hoping to write and I hope it has readers getting cosy on the sofa with a hot drink and getting well and truly in the holiday mood.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Anti-heroines in Women’s Fiction – Where Do You Stand?

Originally posted on Linda's Book Bag on 17th October 2016


Most of my writing day is taken up by writing fiction. If I’m not writing a blog or magazine article for a client, I’m creating fictional characters either in my own stories or as a ghost writer. Most of the fiction I ghost write comes under the women’s fiction umbrella, mainly romance. In every outline I’m given the heroine is always likeable, kind, well adjusted, good looking (if not absolutely beautiful) and everything she does makes her worthy of the handsome hero.
I know we pick up a book because we like to escape the real world but I always prefer to ‘keep it real(ish)’ when I write – particularly in my own stories.
So when it came to writing Single by Christmas, I knew straight away that I wasn’t writing my female protagonist in the typically expected style for women’s fiction. Alex Marshall wasn’t going to be the heroine, she was going to be the anti-heroine.
When writers create anti-heroes – the bad guy who womanises, drinks too much, puts his needs first – it seems to be acceptable because he is a man. But how do you react to a woman who does all those things?
Typical Anti-Hero/Anti-Heroine Traits (in brief)
  • Self-absorbed, selfish
  • Shows little remorse for bad behaviour
  • Imperfections easily identified
  • Has the reader’s sympathy but has questionable morals
I knew that when I embarked on my Christmas story that Alex Marshall wasn’t the type of woman who owned a cake shop and sold mince pies to the man of her dreams, neither was she going to get stranded with him in a snow storm in a remote and picturesque town. But I had to be careful. I didn’t want to lose the spirit of Christmas. I didn’t want Alex to be an out and out villain who ambushes Santa and holds the pressies for ransom. I had to tread carefully and let the reader see her ‘naughty’ side in the events of the story and hopefully understand her motives as the scenes played out in typical anti-heroine fashion.
I also had to bear in mind that this story was a romantic comedy – emphasis on the romantic and the comedy. So how could I make Alex edgy and still leave room for the odd laugh or two (or more, hopefully). My answer: I made Alex a little too fond of booze and gave her a very selfish streak.
One early reader of Single by Christmas said she wanted to slap Alex. Maybe you will, too, but the fact remains, her motives are questionable and so is her behaviour.
I knew I was taking a risk, especially since I’ve created a female character in a previous story who, potentially, put the whole sex in a bad light. One reviewer didn’t appreciate that and deducted a star from her review because she hated when women are not portrayed in a positive light.
But I say, ‘Hey, we’re only human, and we all mess up sometimes’ – even women.
I guess when it comes to romantic comedy there may be a strong argument that dictates that the leading lady ought to have nothing but flawless qualities. But I argue that there’s nothing wrong with upsetting stereotypes and Alex Marshall is no stereotypical heroine.
So what’s your view? Do you want all the women you read about to be ‘perfect’ or can you handle the odd flawed character once in a while?

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hello November!

So, here we go folks, we're into another month and I'm into another round up of things to do.

I don't know about you but my Things To Do List for November is looking very, very long. My first task is to take a deep breath, exhale slowly and tell myself 'I can do this!' I can get through another busy month - I don't really have any other choice.

Before I get into November I have to say a special thank you to all the book bloggers and book reviewers who were on the 12 Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour and all the others who reviewed my book or featured me on their sites or Tweeted about the book. THANK YOU. And I'm enjoying reading all the fabulous reviews. They've all been 5 and 4 Stars, so I got this one right.

Also, as last month was all about the Single by Christmas book launch and giveaway (and if you haven't got your copy yet, then ... you know what to do). I'd like to congratulate the five winners and hope that they enjoy the book, too!

Now onto November. Amongst the multitude things I hope to and have to get done, there is one biggie. My mission (and yes I have accepted it) is to finish writing the first book in my three part Magenta Bright Series

I will talk more about Magenta later but I'm so loving writing this new character and I'm almost finished the first draft of the book which is entitled, Magenta Bright: A Year In The Life. You'll be able to get a sneak preview after Christmas and Publication will be in Spring 2017!

So not only will Magenta keep me busy in November but she will be occupying lots and lots of my time next year.

But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself - I have to get through November To Do List first.

What's on your To Do List?


Monday, 17 October 2016

The 12 Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour & Giveaway!

It's finally here!

The blog tour and giveaway I've been raving about for weeks kicks off today and with a stunning line up of bloggers and reviewers on board I really hope you enjoy the tour.


The giveaway is below so enter away and don't forget to comment each time you follow a stop on the tour.

Spread the word and use #SinglebyChristmas


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck :)

Publication Day!

The official release date of Single by Christmas is 18th October and you can get your copy here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US




 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Twelve Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour

So I told you how I threw caution to the wind and decided to throw my own blog tour for the release of my up coming novel Single by Christmas, well the response has been great and some fabulous bloggers and book reviewers are taking part.

The official release date for Single by Christmas is Tuesday 18th October and I'm really excited.

Here is the list of blogs taking part:


Monday 17th

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday19th
Whispering Stories http://whisperingstories.com/
Thursday 20th
Chick Lit Chickadees http://chicklitchickadees.com/

Friday 21st

Saturday 22nd
Sunday 23rd

Monday 24th
Hello … Chick Lit http://hellochicklit.com/

Tuesday 25th

Wednesday 26th
Chick Lit Club – Connect http://connect.chicklitclub.com/wp/

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th
Pretty Little Book Reviews http://www.prettylittlebookreviews.com/

Monday, 26 September 2016

Guest Post - How Chick Lit Has Changed Over The Years

Today I am joined by Caroline Black of Culture Coverage for an fabulously insightful post that I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I did!

Over to you Caroline:


How Chick Lit Has Changed Over the Years

I always got hung up on the idea of chick lit and never understood how to properly define the word, mostly because it irked me that no one often gives that term out to books that are any good besides Pride & Prejudice.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

While my literature classes were inundated with the kind of female-led texts that could make a modern woman weep from boredom (sorry Chopin lovers, I’d rather read the phone book than take another stab at The Awakening), it’s undeniable that the new stuff has a little bit more pizazz.

Whether it’s because women are writing more today or just because there are fewer restrictions on their freedoms, abilities and dreams, the most recent slew of chick lit has made me a believer in the genre. Here are a few reasons why.

It’s Spicier

No one wants to say it, but I will: Fifty Shades of Grey changed the way people look at chick lit. Sure, some can call it just another romance novel, but it was the romance novel heard around the world. And while it wasn’t the first book that revealed the complicated sex life of the modern women, it did continue the tradition in style. Helen Fielding’s Bridget, Bushnell's Carrie and even Hawthorne’s Hester would approve.

It’s Smarter and More Share-Worthy

Sophie Kinsella doesn’t write your typical heroine, and I would make the case that Helen Fielding doesn’t either. These women aren’t pushing stereotypes of female behavior onto their characters; they’re letting them come alive and fully realized. Who didn’t love Confessions of a Shopaholic, a hair-brained spender with a need for shoes? Or Andrea Sachs of The Devil Wears Prada fame? These women weren’t dumb and they weren’t just in love—they were navigating modern worlds with smarts and pizazz.

It’s Scarier

With Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on The Train now a film, audiences around the world are going to get another dose of a swoon-worthy mystery with a woman at its center. It’s only one of the many recent stories that revolve around mischief, mayhem and conflicted, complicated heroines. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl sparked interest even before it was turned into a movie by Ben Affleck. After it had hit the big screen, it exploded across the consciousness of moviegoers for it’s fresh (i.e. rare) exposure of female sexuality. Cue in Marvel’s comic book heroine Jessica Jones, with a show currently streaming on US Netflix, for its openness to discuss rape, sex, and gender fluidity, and you’ve got a great reason to head for the next Comic Con even if your heart is more in the romance section.

It’s Still Romantic

When Nora Ephron set out to make You’ve Got Mail, it was a remake of an old movie about letters. For the modern world, letters weren’t going to be such a mass draw for audiences, but the email angle was just right. For books that still grasp the romantic spirit with modern heroines, Marian Keyes is one author that still keeps things classic as well as full-on romantic. From Sushi for Beginners to Anybody out There?, the whimsical meet-cute scenario is still alive and well.

It’s Starting Younger

Some of my favorite chick lit genre authors are technically masters of teen fiction, and that’s a good thing. From Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and the Full-Frontal Snogging to Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter, the heroines populating the tween and teen chick lit shelves aren’t just captivating the younger set but captivating audiences of every gender, age and nationality with fun, wit and great plotlines. If you look at Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, it may have been girly, but it changed the way people think about princesses. That’s certainly something to celebrate.

Have you got a girl power series that you can’t get enough of? Maybe a one hit wonder that delights you every time you get to name it in your book group as your favorite piece of chick lit? Share your thoughts in the comment section so I can get on the bandwagon and introduce myself to new titles!

About the Author: Caroline is an avid reader and entertainment junkie. Although she loves a good story and an even better movie, she’s still of the impression that the book is always better. The exception to this is Bridget Jones’ Diary—that one is a knockout in both regards! You can read more of Caroline’s thoughts on entertainment at www.culturecoverage.com or find her on Twitter at: @CultureCovC