Author Guest Post
Why I Love Chick Lit
These days it’s almost as if “chick lit” has become a dirty word—invoking images of Pepto Bismal pink colors and cartoon girls with stiletto heels on their feet and cosmos in their hands. After the market became glutted with these books in the early 2000s, editors—who had once begged for these tales of girls in the city—now wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. And comparing your book to Sex and the City or Bridget Jones’s Diary was pretty much a death sentence.
Which is a shame, in my opinion, since there were some really awesome books and authors that came out of that trend. Books and authors that spoke right to my 20-something old self. Finally I had books I could relate to—characters who were just like me. Struggling through first-jobs and bad boyfriends and wardrobe malfunctions galore—they made me laugh, they made me cry. They made me realize that no matter how bad or mortifying things were at the moment, that I, too, could have a happy ending. And while not all heroines walked into the sunset with the perfect guy—that offered hope and optimism that things would be okay.
And I think that’s important in our often dark world. Not every book has to have some deep moral message—or even—shock, horror!—great literary merit. Some books should just be for fun. To make you laugh. To entertain you on a boring afternoon. To give you comfort when you need it most. And that’s what chick lit does for me!
About The Author
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award-winning television producer and author of novels for adults and teens. She’s worked at television stations in New York, Boston, San Diego, and Orlando and is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. When not writing or producing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, 80s music, and her favorite guilty pleasure—videogames. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob and their daughter Avalon.
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Love at 11 by Mari Mancusi
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
Publication Date: March 21, 2012
Format: eBook - 236 pages / Kindle - 853 KB / Nook - 844 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit
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When Maddy graduated from Columbia University, she was ready to change the world. She'd get a job at Newsline, meet a nice guy, and live happily ever after with a real designer handbag on her arm. Five years later, she's stuck producing puff pieces for the local News 9 San Diego--where "if it bleeds, it leads." She's still single, her family's falling apart, and so is her knock-off Kate Spade.
Even a promotion--complete with hot camera guy--can't seem to turn her luck around. After all, the promotion means working with the most narcissistic anchor on the planet and hot camera guy Jamie? Well, he'd be perfect...except for that pesky model/actress fiancee of his.
But just as Maddy's ready to give up on her dreams, a secret scoop from her favorite knock-off purse guy has her suddenly chasing a huge lead. And Jamie is right by her side--in all the right ways. Can she bag the bad guy in an exclusive expose, put her family back together again, and win Jamie's heart? Stay tuned...it's the story of a lifetime.
My Book Review:
When Maddy Madison graduated from Columbia University, she was ready to save the world, be the voice of truth and ethics in journalism. She dreamed of working at her favorite network TV magazine, Newsline. Five years later at the age of twenty-seven, she still toils away at local News 9 San Diego as an assistant producer, where she produces fluff pieces of sensationalistic trash instead of the thought-provoking and legitimate stories that she yearns to get on air. So what's a girl to do when her dreams are yet unfulfilled? Why she keeps going ... and lands a promotion as an investigative producer and a hot new cameraman to boot! But life doesn't get easier for Maddy even with the promotion: she has to deal with a conceited news anchor; the hottie cameraman she is attracted to is engaged; her parents are getting a divorce; she has a sixteen year old wild child sister Lulu; and she still gets fluff stories. Just when she's about to give up, a chance at an exclusive expose may just be what she needs to get her life back on track.
In Love at 11, author Mari Mancusi weaves an entertaining tale of one woman's dream to be a credible and ethical producer in the broadcast news industry, while dealing with family, love and career issues. Written in the first person narrative and set in San Diego, producer Maddy Madison takes the reader along for the journey as she weaves her way through life's crazy path.
This story has a nice mixture of intrigue, life issue with family and career, humor and romance. It's a fast-paced story that keeps the reader entertained and turning the pages. Spunky Maddy Madison is realistic, she has flaws and is easy to relate to. Who hasn't dreamed of becoming someone important and doing great things, only to have real life intervene? The great thing about Maddy is she doesn't let it get her down, she keeps on trucking. Add in the crazy behind the scenes insiders look into the broadcasting world and a romance with a hunk who's engaged, that's Maddie's crazy world in a nutshell!
With a quirky cast of characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and a crazy fun storyline, Love at 11 is simply a fun book to read!
Author Mari Mancusi adds her personal experience in the broadcasting industry to the story with some really fascinating behind the scenes insight into local TV newsrooms.
Love at 11 is a lighthearted story filled with humor, romance and intrigue. Author Mari Mancuso's sense of humor comes shining through in a zany and entertaining way, this book is guaranteed to make you laugh and smile.
RATING: 4 STARS ****