What does a ‘trashy novel’ really mean? #romcom #trashy

I always thought the answer was gratuitous sex scenes amongst shallow characters, but others have told me it’s an insignificant plot. I Googled the answer and (palpitations!) it brought up chick lit. Chick lit! Surely not the light-hearted books I … Continue reading

When perfection is a mask for disaster. A novel by:

Pandora Poikilos

Catherine Dixon
is everyone’s dreamgirl. 
Girls want to be her. 
Men want to be with her. 

From her charming smile to her gentle voice, one always turns to take a second look at Cathy. Wherever she goes there isn’t an ill word spoken about her. Her job as Vice President of Communications at MoonStar, one of the world’s top hotel chains is to make sure guests are happy to the point of perfection.

From the blue
oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at
the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning
architecture in Germany, Cathy finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining,
plush clothes and sheer extravagance. But is perfection only a mask for untold
disaster? In a job that deals so much with people, Cathy goes home to an empty
bed. There are no pictures on her wall, no doting phone calls from a tongue
tied lover and no family holidays to boast about.
What is Cathy’s
secret and how will her world change when the world knows? What is the
significance of the blue pendant round her neck? Who is the mysterious man she
is seen with every three months? What are the contents of the brown envelope
delivered to her on the fifteenth of every month? Will her secrets ever catch
up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world
she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller? 
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Genre – Women’s Fiction 
Rating – PG13
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A bit about the author:
International best-selling author, Pandora Poikilos, has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.

social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way
around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading,
writing and people watching.

Thanks to Jacqueline Howett…

for interviewing me on her blog. Crikey, I shall be having “luncheon” next instead of spam sarnies and swapping cider for Champagne!

Yeah, right!

Q. Where do you come from? I come from Northampton in England, the same place where the late Princess Diana lived.

Q. What made you write this book? I love reading chick lit. Funny things naturally happen in life, and I wanted to enforce that. Life is funny, and I enjoy writing about people rather than the actual romance.

Q. Which authors have had a significant influence on your writing? Melissa NathanShe was the first chick lit author I read and I absolutely fell in love with the style. I have read all of her books, sadly she died in 2006 with cancer (she was only 36!!). Through her writing she has shown me that life is funny and delightful as well as scary and heart-breaking.
Please click here to read the rest of the interview, and while there why not have a look at the rest of Jacqueline Howett’s amazing blog – so much to see and read!

Cookie’s Book Club: Women’s fiction versus other genres of literature

Women’s fiction versus other genres of literature

Today I read an interesting article over at Big Al’s Books and Pal’s on the topic of differentiating romance and chick lit genres. I think that Donna Fasano, the invited expert, explained the differences quite well. At least they made sense to me.

If I understood her correctly, while each genre may and generally does involve a romantic element the focus of each is different. In the romance novel the romance itself is the focus, whereas in the chick lit novel the romantic relationship is at most a factor in the protagonist’s growth or journey. Donna says that in chick lit, “Whether the protagonist ends up with a man is not as relevant as the learning process she experiences through various situations that culminate in her resolving her issues…” See the full article for more: BigAl’s Books and Pals: Chick Lit and Romance Fiction / A Defining Moment.

A lively discussion follows this article. I was surprised to find a comment attacking the genres for being ‘silly’ and ‘boring’. For one thing, the comment was not on topic. No one asked for a personal opinion of the genres. Secondly, it was rude and arrogant. The attacker tried to impose his distaste for the genre on others. Third, it wasn’t smart, since he is now an author with at least one less potential fan. But I digress.

The comment that the genres are silly and boring did start me thinking: Romance and chick lit have been mocked and belittled for ages, yet they are as popular as ever. No amount of eye-rolling or finger-gagging is going to change the fact that women love these books. But despite their popularity, have the genres truly been accepted as legitimate forms of literature? Yes, we read them, but how many of us are proud of it? Are we more likely to boast about reading a well-known piece of historical fiction or the latest chick-lit favourite?

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Cookie’s Book Club: Women’s fiction versus other genres of literature