10 Hot Chick Lit Debuts

Here are some of the hotly anticipated chick lit releases from debut authors for the first few months of 2012.

Bond Girl – Erin Duffy

When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And while she’s prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys’ club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realises she’s in over her head when she is relegated to a kiddie-sized folding chair with her new moniker – Girlie – inscribed in whiteout across the back. No matter. She’s determined she’s got the stamina to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of The Street’s most esteemed brokerage firms. Keeping her eyes on the prize, she’ll endure whatever menial, degrading tasks come her way – trekking to the Bronx for $1000 wheels of Parmesan cheese, discovering a secretary’s secret Friday night dance party in the conference room; fielding a constant barrage of ‘friendly’ practical jokes, learning the ropes from her unpredictable, slightly scary, loyalty demanding boss; even babysitting a colleague while he consumes the entire contents of a vending machine on a $28,000 bet. Ignoring her friends’ pleas to quit, Alex excels (while learning how to roll with the punches and laugh at herself) and soon advances from lowly analyst to slightly-less-lowly associate. Suddenly, she’s addressed by her real name and the impenetrable boys’ club has transformed into 38 older brothers and one possible boyfriend. Then The Apocalypse hits. As her life on The Street falls into the depths of intolerable cruelty – both personally and professionally – Alex is forced to choose between sticking with Cromwell Pierce as it teeters on the brink of disaster and kicking off her Jimmy Choos to run for higher ground.
JANUARY

The Perfect Location – Kate Forster

Rose Nightingale is an Australian actress, escaping a bad marriage. Sapphira is the world’s most beautiful actress, hiding her heroin addiction and broken heart. Calypso is a young new star, trying to escape her mum-manager’s clutches. The three women meet on the film set of The Italian Dream, a romantic tear-jerker set in Tuscany. Each of them will find out more about each other and about themselves than they would ever have thought possible.
JANUARY

Point, Click, Love – Molly Shapiro

Best friends and fellow Midwesterners Katie, Annie, Maxine, and Claudia are no strangers to dealing with love and relationships, but with online dating and social networking now in the mix, they all have the feeling they’re not in Kansas anymore. Katie, a divorced mother of two, secretly seeks companionship through the internet only to discover that the rules of the dating game have drastically changed. Annie, a high-powered East Coast transplant, longs for a baby, yet her online search for a sperm donor is not as easy – or anonymous – as she anticipates. Maxine, a successful artist with a seemingly perfect husband, turns to celebrity gossip sites to distract herself from her less-than-ideal marriage. And Claudia, tired of her husband’s obsession with Facebook, finds herself irresistibly drawn to a handsome co-worker. As these women navigate the new highs and lows of the digital age, they each find that their wrong turns lead surprisingly to the right click and, ultimately, the connection they were seeking.
JANUARY

Free-Falling – Nicola Moriarty

Belinda’s life is in free-fall after the sudden death of her fiance Andy. But then ghostly signs begin to appear which suggest he might not really be gone. And Belinda begins to tumble even further. Will his final parting gift be enough to save her? Evelyn McGavin, Andy’s mum, is also struggling. She copes with her sorrow by shoplifting (once), hating Belinda (constantly) and jumping out of a plane. In her skydiving instructor, Baz, she finds an unexpected friend. But why is he so agitated when he hears how Andy died? Two women, united in their loss, separated by their grief. And yet still linked in a most unexpected way …
FEBRUARY

This is a Love Story – Jessica Thompson

This is a love story. Boy meets girl and girl falls for boy – that much is true. But when Sienna meets Nick it’s not the way it happens in love stories. It’s because of a squirrel on water skis… She sees Nick’s dangerous brown eyes and thinks, Don’t. Fall. Into. Them. Who will be there to catch Sienna when she falls? She is so fragile. She has so many secrets, and he is not that serious. Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else. Will they ever get it together or will Nick and Sienna’s love story stay unfinished?
FEBRUARY

Babies in Waiting – Rosie Fiore

Meet Louise, 38, Toni, 26, and Gemma, 18. They are all expecting babies in September. One of them conceived in a hurry because she was running out of time. One of them fell pregnant to keep a man and one got knocked up by mistake after a one-night-stand. But none of them realised what they would come up against as they face nine long months of pregnancy, and the reactions of friends, family and colleagues. Meeting through an online forum, they form an unlikely but powerful bond. When it seems that all they have is each other, their lives will be thrown into turmoil, as a blast from the past threatens to destroy everything.
MARCH

The Out of Office Girl – Nicola Doherty

Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer. She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message. But things are about to change. When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis. Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book. Luther himself is gorgeous, charming and impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it definitely involves mixing business with pleasure. Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble.
MARCH

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual – Kim Izzo

It is Fall 2008, the recession is in full swing and Kate Shaw is about to turn 40. As an acting beauty editor for a fashion magazine, Kate has glided from contract to contract only to be told that, due to cutbacks, her services are no longer required. Through no fault of her own she finds herself single, homeless and desperate to help her family survive its own financial and emotional crises. Known for her love of all things Jane Austen, Kate is given a freelance gig that changes everything: is it possible, in these modern times – and at a certain age – to marry well? What starts as an article quickly turns into Kate’s real-life quest. From the polo fields of West Palm Beach to the slopes of St. Moritz and the glamour of London’s social scene, Kate, who gets mistaken for an aristocrat – Lady Kate – chases the man of her dreams, a charming and elegant older financier. But she keeps running into a brooding Englishman, Griffith Kent, who works at an impeccably Austenesque estate called Penwick Manor. Caught between Mr Rich and maybe Mr Right, Kate must choose what she really wants out of life: to marry for money or marry for love.
APRIL

The Singles – Meredith Goldstein
(aka The Wedding Guests in the UK)

One wedding. Five nightmare guests. Five ways to ruin the happiest day of someone else’s life: 
- Cry uncontrollably over your ex in front of the bride and mix calming herbal remedies with copious amounts of alcohol so that it’s hard to stand up – especially if you’re a bridesmaid.
- Dress like you are attending a funeral and look for opportunities to re-enact scenes from steamy novels. 
- Turn up late wearing a T-shirt covered in mud and something that looks like blood. 
- If you are the bride’s uncle, who no one likes anyway, try to cop off with her friend who’s way too young for you. 
- Wear a suit that stinks of chicken wings and then spend the whole reception propping up the bar. 
Who said going to a wedding solo couldn’t be fun?
APRIL

The Greatest Love Story of All Time – Lucy Robinson

It’s Fran’s 30th birthday and things are good. She’s bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job and her outlandishly handsome and talented boyfriend Michael is escorting her to the Ritz with a bulge the shape of a ring box in his pocket. But something has gone wrong. Very wrong. By the end of the evening Fran is howling in bed with a bottle of cheap brandy and one of Michael’s old socks. In her quest to figure out why her life has suddenly gone down the pan, Fran comes up with a failsafe plan: live like a badger, stalk a stranger called Nellie and cancel her beloved Gin Thursdays in favour of drinking gin every night. But then Fran’s friends force a very different plan on her and it’s nowhere near as fun. How could eight dates possibly make her feel better? But eventually she agrees. And so begins the greatest love story of all time.
APRIL

3 Comments on 10 Hot Chick Lit Debuts

  1. Rosie Fiore
    February 1, 2012 at 12:44 am (3 years ago)

    Woo-hoo! Thrilled to be hotly anticipated, and very much looking forward to reading the other books on the list.

    Reply
  2. Nicola Doherty
    February 3, 2012 at 7:48 am (3 years ago)

    What a great round-up, I’m thrilled to be included!

    Nicola x

    Reply
  3. Mia
    February 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I read The Perfect Location on the weekend. Loved it! About to start Bond Girl.

    Reply

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